Review: Death of a Wandering Wolf by Julia Buckley

Death of a Wandering Wolf by Julia Buckley

Synopsis and Details:

Hana Keller is enjoying a day off from serving up tea and delicious pastries at her family’s Hungarian Tea House when her downtime turns deadly….

The only thing Hana loves more than a good cuppa is finding a delicate porcelain treasure to add to her collection. She’s usually on the hunt for teacups but when she spots a rare wolf figurine at a local yard sale, she knows it’s her lucky day. Hana also knows the wolf is valuable and tells the seller that he’s charging too little for it. His reaction is peculiar–he says he received the wolf from someone he doesn’t trust and he just wants it out of his life.

Hana is inspecting her new prize when she finds a tiny microchip attached to the bottom of the porcelain wolf. When she shows the figure to her police detective boyfriend, Erik, Hana is shocked to learn that the chip is actually a tracking device. They decide to confront the seller about the sneaky sale but when they arrive at his house, they find him dead. Erik and Hana now must hunt a calculating killer who has no intentions of crying wolf when it comes to murder…

Series: A Hungarian Tea House Mystery #2  |  Genres: Cozy Mystery  |  Release Date: June 30, 2020  |  Publisher: Berkley  | Pages: 304  |  ISBN: 978-1984804846  |  ASIN: B07YRVMYF1  |  Format: ARC  |  Source: Netgalley

Review with Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I wasn’t sure if it could happen but I think that I love Death of a Wandering Wolf even more than the first book, Death in a Budapest Butterfly. This story had all the culture and charm of its prequel but what was different in this one was the inclusion of Erik’s family! I loved, absolutely loved, his sisters! They were a force to be reckoned with and they were hilarious. I loved the interaction between them and Hana and I am looking forward to further introductions with the rest of Erik’s family.

Hana’s family was also a part of the plot, although to lesser extent then previously included. Still they played pivotal roles in some instances and were hilarious in others. I just love the family bond they have. I can always feel their deep connection and it adds a lot to the story. The tea house, which is such a charming element, still continued to have its role but the story was focused mostly on Hana, Erik, and Hana’s brief encounter with a man who had a great impact in the local community, unbeknownst to her.

The mystery that Hana and Erik found themselves all tangled up in was wonderful. There were many suspects as well as interesting connections to Hana and her family. The story just flowed and I was loving every minute of it. I liked that, although romance was a strong part of the story, it never overshadowed the whodunit. Hana and Erik both developed as characters and their relationship also blossomed. Overall, Death of a Wandering Wolf was a joy to read with delightful characters, sinister motives, and a splash of the paranormal. 

*Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group & NetGalley for this eARC of Death of a Wandering Wolf*

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This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

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About the Author:

Author Julia Buckley

Julia Buckley has loved reading and writing since childhood. She is still a sucker for a great story, and, like any bibliophile, she loves libraries, Scholastic Book Fairs, the smell of ink, pads and pens, typewriters, and books you can’t put down. She lives in a Chicago suburb with her husband Jeff, a giant dog named Digby and three spoiled but wonderful cats. She has two grown sons and a beautiful daughter-in-law.

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