A Delightful Dive

4.25 out of 5 stars


June Bug by Jess Lourey, narrated by the talented Jennifer Jill Araya, is an absolute gem that sparkles with mystery and charm. Having just finished May Day, the first book in the Murder by Month Mystery series, I was eager to dive back into the quaint, quirky world of Battle Lake, Minnesota. Lourey’s ability to blend cozy mystery elements with gripping suspense is a true delight, and this book takes it up a notch.

The story kicks off with Mira James, our intrepid part-time reporter, who finds herself caught up in a local treasure hunt. What starts as a fun summer escapade quickly turns into a high-stakes adventure when Mira discovers more than just a faux diamond at the bottom of Whiskey Lake.

Lourey’s knack for creating a comfortable yet thrilling atmosphere shines through as Mira unravels a puzzle that spans decades, all while dodging a menacing figure from her past. The balance of “oh no, what’s going to happen” mixed with that cozy “everything will hopefully be okay” charm kept me hooked from start to finish.

What makes this series truly special is the return of Mira James. Her character is hilariously relatable, especially when her love interest is around, transforming her into a lovable, tongue-tied puddle.

Lourey’s writing also captures the essence of Minnesota, making the setting feel both inviting and eerily mysterious.

Jennifer Jill Araya’s narration is the icing on the cake, bringing each character to life with warmth and authenticity. Her performance, paired with Lourey’s tight, engaging story, makes June Bug an enjoyable mystery.

Overall, June Bug is a delightful blend of mystery, humor, and heart. If you enjoyed May Day, you’ll love this sequel even more. Lourey’s storytelling prowess combined with Jennifer Jill Araya’s superb narration creates an audiobook experience that is both entertaining and heartwarming. Whether you’re a cozy mystery aficionado or a suspense lover, this book has something for everyone. Dive into Battle Lake and join Mira on her latest adventure—you won’t be disappointed!

It’s super weird and awesome to have your local newspapers and area mentioned in a book set in Minnesota. But a welcome surprise at that.

Book Description:

A summertime treasure hunt in rural Minnesota leads to murder in this delightful gem of a rom-com mystery by Edgar Award-nominated author Jess Lourey.

Summer in Battle Lake kicks off with fireworks and festivities, but it’s a local treasure hunt that’s amping up the tourist trade. It certainly piques the interest of part-time reporter Mira James—both as fodder for a column and because she could use the five grand in prize money.

The treasure? A faux diamond hidden at the bottom of Whiskey Lake. When Mira takes a deep dive in search of it, rather than finding the planted jewel, she uncovers a legendary puzzle reaching back nearly seventy years. But fishing for answers puts her face-to-face with a suspicious new arrival: a creeper from her past up to his old menacing ways.

When murder turns a hot June night into a scorcher, Mira realizes there are more mysteries hidden in this town than fake gems, and to solve them, she has to stay alive.

Revised edition: This edition of June Bug includes editorial revisions.

June Bug by Jess Lourey
Narrator: Jennifer Jill Araya
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
Series: Murder by Month Mystery #2
Published by Brilliance Audio Genres: Mystery
Format: Audiobook
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Also by this author: Unspeakable Things, Bloodline, Litani, Catch Her In A Lie
Also in this series: May Day, Knee High by the Fourth of July

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