Cozy Mystery Book Review: Snuffed Out

About the Book

Book: Snuffed Out 

Series: Wilkester Mysteries (Book 2)

Author: Barbara Cornthwaite 

Genre: Christian Cozy Mystery 

Release Date: July 24, 2020

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Publisher's Book Description

"Picnics can be murder… scenes. 

What was supposed to be a romantic picnic at “their spot” turns criminal when Katrina and Todd stumble—almost literally—over a body. 

What’s the college chef doing under a bush up in the mountains? Other than being dead, that is. 

Who killed him? Why? 

All clues point to people who Katrina is certain didn’t do it. Especially the one who ends up dead himself. 

Uh, oh. 

Thanks to a slow-burning romantic relationship that can’t seem to get past chapter one, and a determination to save her friend from false arrest, Katrina joins Todd again as they riddle out bizarre clues, weed through unlikely suspects, and learn to communicate on a more personal level. 

What do you get when you combine literary humor, sweet romance, and a practical helping of faith? A cozy mystery that’ll keep you guessing. Barbara Cornthwaite’s second Wilkester Mystery has everything you want for a cozy read. 

Snag Snuffed Out today."

My Review

Snuffed Out, by Barbara Cornthwaite, is the second book in the Wilkester Mysteries series. Picking up where the first book ends, this cozy mystery novel offers a satisfying blend of suspense and faith. With an added touch of sweet romance, this novel is thoughtful and engaging. 


As the plot unfolds, it reveals a story that is interesting and full of surprises. While the mysteries increase and suspicions multiply, important clues are uncovered and unexpected motivations are exposed. Within this mystery, themes of friendship, expectations, and trust ensure that this novel is entertaining as well as edifying. 


As with the first book in the series, it is the characters that make this book shine. They are clever and likable. Their thoughts and feelings are interesting and authentic. Though they struggle with unsettling events, questions, and insecurities, they draw genuine strength and purpose from their faith and their friendships. 


Page after page, Snuffed Out is a thought-provoking and memorable novel. It is a book I can gladly recommend to all readers who enjoy cozy, inspirational mysteries. Barbara Cornthwaite is a gifted mystery writer, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. 


*I was given a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own. 

About the Author: Barbara Cornthwaite

Barbara Cornthwaite lives in the middle of Ireland with her husband and children. She taught college English before “retiring” to do something she loves far more; her days are now filled with homeschooling her six children, trying to keep the house tidy (a losing battle), and trying to stay warm in the damp Irish climate (also a losing battle). She is surrounded by medieval castles, picturesque flocks of sheep, and ancient stone monuments. These things are unappreciated by her children, who are more impressed by traffic jams, skyscrapers, and hot weather.

Teaser for Snuffed Out

Todd closed the folder with the Franklin case paperwork in it and laid it on top of the stack of folders waiting to be filed. He almost reached for the Delaney case notes again but resisted the impulse. There was no new information in there, and he’d gone over everything a dozen times in the last few days. He had promised Katrina he wouldn’t give up, but without any new leads to pursue, there wasn’t much he could do. 

He shook his head, impatient with himself. He’d been doing so well at putting her out of his mind—hadn’t thought of her all day until this moment. Now he’d probably be struggling for the rest of the day. 

John Ortega poked his head into Todd’s office. 

“Hey, we just got a call from the librarian at Wilkester College about the theft of a manuscript. The chief said either one of us could go, but I thought you might like to take it.” 


“Oh, come on,” said John. “You think I’m blind and deaf?” 

“It’s no use. Nothing’s going to happen between Dr. Peters and me.” 

John leaned up against the door frame and grinned at him. “’Dr. Peters,’ huh? She was ‘Katrina’ for weeks.” 

“Well, that was before. Now that I know a relationship isn’t possible, I need to keep my distance.” 

“She turned you down?” 

“I didn’t ask, but trust me, I know what I’m talking about.” 

“Hmm,” John said. “You don’t usually give up on things so easily. Well, do you mind handling this anyway? I’ve got that other robbery case to deal with, and I’m supposed to be interviewing that guy from Tacoma in a couple hours.” Todd hesitated and John added, “She’s an adjunct professor, right? She’s probably not even on campus now, and she certainly won’t be in the library.” 

“Oh, okay.” Todd sighed. He pushed back his chair and stood up. 

“’Attaboy. Thanks for taking the call.” John turned to go and then looked back. “It will get easier, you know.” 

“I know.” As long as I don’t see her again. 


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  1. I enjoyed the post. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Thank you for sharing. It was nice to learn more about the book and author.

  3. Wonderful review! Snuffed Out sounds like a must read. Thank you for sharing.


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