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Sea Salt Lavender for Aphrodite by @_JulieMHoward is a Beach Reads pick #cozymystery #beachread

Author: Julie Howard

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Book Blurb:

Rosella Rivers enjoys the perfect life, loving her new ice cream food truck business featuring exotic flavors. But her beach view parking space is not so lovable when she finds an acquaintance stabbed to death in the boardwalk bathroom.

Detective Mark Pruitt knows murder is bad for small-town Olympus Bay. He must find the suspect before he strikes again. When he first sets eyes on Rosella, the only witness, he is smitten. However, there's no time for romance when danger lurks.

Together he and the lovely ice cream maker must discover the killer before he turns his sight on Rosella.


The echo of a drip-drip-drip resonated from within. Rosella glanced around, wishing a man would pass by, someone she could send inside on her behalf. On this side of the structure, though, the beachfront was hidden from view and the building backed by sand dunes. Unless someone needed to use the facilities, they wouldn’t approach.


A distant chime from the town clock made her heart sink. Ten a.m. Opening time. She had to get back to her truck. A fresh round of anxious yips sounded. She scooted to the corner of the building and peeked toward her truck. Aphrodite stood at attention, straining at the leash. The dog barked twice at spotting her and renewed efforts to break free of the tether.

She returned to the doorway. “Mick, I’m just going to step inside since I’m a little bit worried, just to make sure you’re okay. Let me know if I shouldn’t come in.” No response sounded. “All right, coming in.”

The odor hit her first. Heavy, sweet, sickening. Then her eyes registered the scene. Mick lay face down in the middle of the tile floor, a steady stream of deep red blood winding its way toward a drain.

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Why is your featured book a must-read?

Who doesn’t crave ice cream and the beach on a hot July afternoon? Sea Salt Lavender for Aphrodite sweeps you to a seaside boardwalk, swirls scents of salty breezes and food-truck fare, and tosses in a murder. For those who enjoy a little romance, that is brewing as the investigation begins.

It’s a case of murder with sweet complications. A light and satisfying beach read.

Giveaway – Enter to win an e-book bundle of all 51 books featured in the Beach Reads Bookish Event: Open Internationally. Runs July 17 – 22, 2020. Winner will be drawn on July 30, 2020.

Author Biography:

Julie Howard is the author of the best-selling Wild Crime and Spirited Quest series. She is a former journalist and editor who has covered topics ranging from crime to cowboy poetry. Now she edits an online anthology, Potato Soup Journal, and spends many delightful hours writing her books.

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Jul 17, 2020

Thank you, Julie, for sharing your book in our Beach Reads Bookish Event. It sounds like a delightful summer read.

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