19 June 2013

Review: Trouble in Store by Carol Cox

When she loses her job as a governess, Melanie Ross heads to Cedar Ridge in the Arizona Territory to claim half of her cousin’s store, as promised by his partner, Alvin Nelson. But when she arrives, Alvin is dead and his nephew, Caleb, has no desire for a business partner, especially not one of the female variety. When Melanie discovers a dead body on the back step, and they begin to suspect there might be more trouble in store… (sorry, but I couldn’t resist the pun). The murder then forms the foundation of the plot, as it becomes apparent that there is a mystery that must be solved.

As well as the murder there have been some mysterious notes, suggesting someone doesn’t want Caleb in town. Trouble in Store is a good mix of mystery, humour and romance. The characters were likeable, and while the story focused more on Melanie and Caleb’s disagreements about the store and the mystery, there was still a nice romantic sub-plot. The story is clearly Christian, but not preachy.

I really enjoy historicals like Trouble in Store. There’s nothing especially deep or challenging, but they are fun, easy to read, perfect for a snuggling down with in winter, or reading in the sun in summer. Lighthearted with good morals, and something I’m happy to pass on to my daughter. Recommended.

Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review. You can find out more about Carol Cox at her website, on her blog or you can connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.


  1. Thanks so much for the lovely review, Iola! I'm glad you enjoyed Trouble in Store!

    I also wanted to let you and your readers know about a fabulous giveaway Bethany House is doing to celebrate the release of Trouble in Store!

    It's the Mercantile Mystery Sweepstakes, and every one of the prizes was inspired by the book. I could try to describe them here, but you really have to see them for yourself!

    You can find all the details at the following link on my Facebook page. And if you don't have an account there, no worries! Even though it's hosted on Facebook, a Facebook is NOT required to enter!


    The contest ends soon--on June 20--so time is short. I hope you'll take a moment to look it over and get your entry in!

  2. Hi Carol

    Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the link to the contest. I'll make sure to share it.