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Murder Strikes a Sour Note Erin Murphy, manager of Glacier Mercantile (aka the Merc), is tuning up for Jewel Bay’s annual Jazz Festival. Between keeping the Merc’s shelves stocked with Montana’s tastiest local fare and hosting the festival’s kick-off concert, Erin has her hands full. Discord erupts when jazz guitarist Gerry Martin plummets to his death from the rocks above t Murder Strikes a Sour Note Erin Murphy, manager of Glacier Mercantile (aka the Merc), is tuning up for Jewel Bay’s annual Jazz Festival. Between keeping the Merc’s shelves stocked with Montana’s tastiest local fare and hosting the festival’s kick-off concert, Erin has her hands full. Discord erupts when jazz guitarist Gerry Martin plummets to his death from the rocks above the Jewel River. The one-time international sensation had fallen out of sync with festival organizers, students, and performers. Was his death an accident―or did someone even the score? Erin investigates despite the warning signs not to get involved. And when the killer attacks, she orchestrates her efforts into one last crescendo, hoping to avoid a deadly finale.


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Murder Strikes a Sour Note Erin Murphy, manager of Glacier Mercantile (aka the Merc), is tuning up for Jewel Bay’s annual Jazz Festival. Between keeping the Merc’s shelves stocked with Montana’s tastiest local fare and hosting the festival’s kick-off concert, Erin has her hands full. Discord erupts when jazz guitarist Gerry Martin plummets to his death from the rocks above t Murder Strikes a Sour Note Erin Murphy, manager of Glacier Mercantile (aka the Merc), is tuning up for Jewel Bay’s annual Jazz Festival. Between keeping the Merc’s shelves stocked with Montana’s tastiest local fare and hosting the festival’s kick-off concert, Erin has her hands full. Discord erupts when jazz guitarist Gerry Martin plummets to his death from the rocks above the Jewel River. The one-time international sensation had fallen out of sync with festival organizers, students, and performers. Was his death an accident―or did someone even the score? Erin investigates despite the warning signs not to get involved. And when the killer attacks, she orchestrates her efforts into one last crescendo, hoping to avoid a deadly finale.

30 review for Treble at the Jam Fest

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chatting About

    Erin Murphy manages Murphy's Mercantile in scenic Jewel Bay, Montana. The annual Jazz Festival at the Food Lovers' Village is revving up for visitors to come from miles away for their entertainment, dining, and shopping pleasures. Erin has to quickly don her amateur sleuth cap as a famous, but fickle jazz guitarist, Gerry Martin, meets his maker over the side of a steep cliff and on the sharp rocks below. The town is thrown into a tailspin without their show headliner and with worries about how Erin Murphy manages Murphy's Mercantile in scenic Jewel Bay, Montana. The annual Jazz Festival at the Food Lovers' Village is revving up for visitors to come from miles away for their entertainment, dining, and shopping pleasures. Erin has to quickly don her amateur sleuth cap as a famous, but fickle jazz guitarist, Gerry Martin, meets his maker over the side of a steep cliff and on the sharp rocks below. The town is thrown into a tailspin without their show headliner and with worries about how the negative publicity may affect the festivities. The story has a banner cast of characters who are either enjoyable, frustrating, manipulative, or dishonest. There are heart-touching moments, also, as future decisions are made due to a terminal illness. The murderer's identity may surprise some readers. Author Leslie Budewitz is in good writing form with an appealing plot for an afternoon spent reading a story with all the cozy elements readers enjoy. While this story didn't quite have the special 'dazzle' I've experienced in previous books by this author, it was still an interesting read. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy for NetGalley.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    I was so excited to see that this series was going to carry on. I have had a great time following author Leslie Budewitz and her wonderful cast of characters. TREBLE AT THE JAM FEST was the tastiest in the series so far! This was a rushed but heart felt review. I do love this series, and Leslie Budewitz's writing. I look forward to more in this series, and from the author.

  3. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts We arrive in Jewel Bay just in time for the Jazz Festival. To kick off the event a few of the musicians featured put on a mini preview concert in the event area behind Erin Murphy’s store The Merc. Tempers seem to flare between a few of the artists but Erin thinks the night went pretty well. When headliner Gerry Martin is found dead the next morning Erin finds herself smack dab in the middle of another murder investigation. She is trying to save the festival but she may end up Dollycas’s Thoughts We arrive in Jewel Bay just in time for the Jazz Festival. To kick off the event a few of the musicians featured put on a mini preview concert in the event area behind Erin Murphy’s store The Merc. Tempers seem to flare between a few of the artists but Erin thinks the night went pretty well. When headliner Gerry Martin is found dead the next morning Erin finds herself smack dab in the middle of another murder investigation. She is trying to save the festival but she may end up getting herself all jammed up. Can she catch a killer before the last note is played? All of our favorite characters return and many new ones arrive on the scene. Jewel Bay is a small town and the Merc is right in the center of all the actions. Erin’s mom is cooking up a storm in the Merc’s kitchen and she also takes a big step, Tracy helps Erin with the store and has her area full of chocolate and demand is growing, and Erin has hired Lou Mary to help at the store too. She is just training but I feel she will fit right in. Adam and Erin’s relationship is going strong. His friend Tanner has come to town with some news that could change that though. Also new in this story are the musicians and a new deputy sheriff. The cast is diverse and with those we love, those with secrets, and those that just rub everyone the wrong way. Very representative of life in a small town. The story moves right along with many things that twist and connect leading up to the surprising reveal. The imagery created by the author’s words gives a clear picture of Jewel Bay and all its special places. The dialogue was real and flowed naturally. I am so excited that this series is continuing. I have enjoyed every visit and can’t wait to return. I have become very invested in these characters. If this series is new to you don’t worry. The author provides a cast list at the beginning of the book. I think after reading this one you will want to go back and read the series from the start.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Janet Robel

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was cute for the most part. I seemed to have trouble getting into the story and characters and would put the book down. There were many distractions that took away from the mystery. Erin is a good amateur sleuth, but makes the police seem very incompetent at their job. One of the highlights was getting glimpses of Erin's feline companions. I may read the next in this series but not sure.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    Somehow, I missed book #3 so will go back and read it next. There were things mentioned in this book that were obviously sorted out in the last one that left me wondering and feeling like there was a piece missing from the puzzle. Having said that, I still enjoyed this book a lot, We arrive in Jewel Bay, Montana for the Jazz Festival. As an opener to the festival, some of the musicians put on a short preview concert in the event area behind Erin Murphy’s store, The Merc. When a couple of argument Somehow, I missed book #3 so will go back and read it next. There were things mentioned in this book that were obviously sorted out in the last one that left me wondering and feeling like there was a piece missing from the puzzle. Having said that, I still enjoyed this book a lot, We arrive in Jewel Bay, Montana for the Jazz Festival. As an opener to the festival, some of the musicians put on a short preview concert in the event area behind Erin Murphy’s store, The Merc. When a couple of arguments occur between Gerry Martin, one of the premiere performers, and some others, Erin becomes curious. When he is found dead the next morning on the rocks by the river, Erin finds herself smack dab in the middle of another murder investigation, especially as her boyfriend and his friend are the ones who find the body and see someone push him off the cliff. She is trying to save the festival, run the Merc, deal with her relationship and investigate all at the same time. Can she catch a killer before the last note is played? Will she and Adam weather some changes in their relationship? All of our favorite characters return and many new ones arrive on the scene. Jewel Bay is a small town and the Merc is right in the center of all the actions. Erin’s mom is cooking up a storm in the Merc’s kitchen and she also takes a big step. Tracy helps Erin with the store and has her area full of chocolate and demand is growing. Erin has hired Lou Mary to help at the store and Tracy seems to be getting her nose out of joint. Adam and Erin’s relationship is going strong and we meet his friend Tanner has come to town with some news. Also new in this story are the musicians and a new deputy sheriff. The cast is diverse yet I missed Kim, Erin's friend and previous deputy. There is a good representative of a small town, especially one that is a tourist destination. This mystery is well crafted with many clues. I enjoyed the twist and turns as the list of suspects grew and how Erin manages her business while investigating. The descriptions of the town and the area around it sprinkled throughout the story enable the reader to picture the area, perhaps longing to actually visit and see it yourself. This is a enjoyable mystery that moves right along as connections are made leading up to the surprising reveal. I definitely recommend this book and this series to any cozy mystery lover. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

  6. 5 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    I was thrilled when I found out that the Food Lovers’ Village Mystery series by Leslie Budewitz had found a new home with Midnight Ink! After what seemed like a long wait I finally had the chance to read TREBLE AT THE JAM FEST and it did not disappoint! The protagonist, Erin Murphy, is the manager of her family’s shop, Murphy’s Mercantile, in Jewel Bay. The author paints a vivid picture of the town and the gorgeous location, so much that it makes me want to visit. She weaves in both scenery and t I was thrilled when I found out that the Food Lovers’ Village Mystery series by Leslie Budewitz had found a new home with Midnight Ink! After what seemed like a long wait I finally had the chance to read TREBLE AT THE JAM FEST and it did not disappoint! The protagonist, Erin Murphy, is the manager of her family’s shop, Murphy’s Mercantile, in Jewel Bay. The author paints a vivid picture of the town and the gorgeous location, so much that it makes me want to visit. She weaves in both scenery and the activities that this slice of Montana paradise has to offer so that the reader feels like they are participating, albeit vicariously, through Erin and her friends. Erin and the cast of characters who surround her seem like real people and it was a pleasure getting reacquainted with them. I love that they are moving forward, growing as individuals and as a community, making changes that aren’t always easy. Leslie provides a list of the characters at the front of the book which is particularly helpful for readers who pick the series up in the middle (or start with TREBLE AT THE JAM FEST) instead of beginning at book one. But overall each book is easily read as a standalone. I truly enjoy the creativity the author shows in developing festivals for the town. I especially liked the Jazz Festival theme used for this book since it’s one of my favorite types of music to listen to while reading and enjoying a glass of wine. I just wish there could be a sound track to go with the print and e-book versions 🙂 The murder plot was complex with plenty of viable suspects and I was quite surprised by the ending. Erin feels compelled to get involved and solve the case because her boyfriend was the one to find the body. She also freely admits she’s nosy and likes to snoop… which in itself is reason enough to get involved. There are so many delectable recipes provided at the back of the book and I want to try them all. I did make the Rhubarb Custard Pie after learning it was the author's family recipe and it was every bit as delicious as I had imagined! I received an ARC with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    Fair warning: Don’t read this book while you’re hungry, unless you have some good snacks close at hand. With a series called the “Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries”, one would think this might be self-explanatory but I don’t want anyone to say I sent you in unprepared lol. This is the 4th book in the series, but the 1st one from its new publishing home so it can easily be read as a standalone. The references to past books are mostly spoiler-free but still whet my curiosity to go back and catch up on Fair warning: Don’t read this book while you’re hungry, unless you have some good snacks close at hand. With a series called the “Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries”, one would think this might be self-explanatory but I don’t want anyone to say I sent you in unprepared lol. This is the 4th book in the series, but the 1st one from its new publishing home so it can easily be read as a standalone. The references to past books are mostly spoiler-free but still whet my curiosity to go back and catch up on the first three when I have time. Erin is a great heroine/amateur sleuth, and I really like her character, her family, her business, her boyfriend. They all have solid relationships with each other – not much drama, which is so refreshing. The drama is reserved for the murder and the jazz festival, and the copious amount of suspects in play. In true cozy mystery fashion, the town is full of people who had motive for murder. Some had opportunity, too. Solving the case kept Erin – and me – busy and engaged throughout the novel. A sweet (tear-inducing) subplot gives Treble at the Jam Fest a bit more dimension than the typical cozy, and I’m interested in future books in the series to see how that all progresses. This subplot is meaningful in the little things, and the author has done a great job – through small gestures and little scenes – of conveying warmth and affection and friendship. Without making it seem that the main plot is conflicting at all with this subplot… or vice versa. Bottom Line: Sweet and tart, just like a good strawberry-rhubarb jam, Treble at the Jam Fest is perfect for longtime fans of the series as well as newcomers who aren’t yet sure what to expect. It’s not as quirky as some cozy mysteries; instead, it’s warm and (gasp!) cozy with mouthwatering food to send you in search of the nearest specialty food shop. The mystery is well-plotted and the solution is not immediately obvious. While it might be a bit slow in places, overall this is a very enjoyable read and a series that’s now on my radar! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.) see my review at Reading Is My SuperPower

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

    If you like intelligent amateur sleuths who successfully juggle family, business and community, try Leslie Budewitz' Food Lovers' Village mysteries. The fourth in the series, Treble at the Jam Fest, even has a community jazz festival and recipes. Something for everyone. Erin Murphy manages her family's general store, Murphy's Mercantile, in Jewel Bay, Montana. She's also involved in the community as head of the Village Merchant's Association. It's a natural fit for the Merc to kick off the annual If you like intelligent amateur sleuths who successfully juggle family, business and community, try Leslie Budewitz' Food Lovers' Village mysteries. The fourth in the series, Treble at the Jam Fest, even has a community jazz festival and recipes. Something for everyone. Erin Murphy manages her family's general store, Murphy's Mercantile, in Jewel Bay, Montana. She's also involved in the community as head of the Village Merchant's Association. It's a natural fit for the Merc to kick off the annual Jazz Festival with a small preview in the back courtyard. The audience members may not have noticed the tension between the headliner and a couple musicians. But, Erin observed a couple unpleasant moments. So, it doesn't come as a shock when the man is found dead the next morning. But, Erin's boyfriend, Adam, and his childhood best friend, Tanner, found the body. And, Tanner saw someone push him to his death. No one except Erin and the police seem to care that the man is dead. But, people do urge Erin to do something about it because they don't want the notoriety affecting the festival. Erin juggles the training of a new staff member with her roles as supportive friend and girlfriend. She has a lot on her plate in her personal life, along with her role as amateur sleuth. Erin is an appealing amateur sleuth. She's intelligent, with good business sense. She even uses a spreadsheet, the "Spreadsheet of Suspense", to analyze the mystery. She supports the decisions made by her mother and former best friend. And, when her boyfriend faces a dramatic change in his life, she struggles to accept it, and find a way to support him as well. But, it takes Tanner to point out to her that she takes foolish risks, placing herself in danger. Anyone who appreciates the community life in cozy mysteries, and an intelligent amateur investigator, might want to check out Treble at the Jam Fest. You might find yourself singing the praises of author Leslie Budewitz.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I really enjoy Leslie Budewitz' Food Lovers Village series. I've "read" the first 4 via Audible, and the narration is as good as the story! :-)

  10. 4 out of 5

    ANNE

    I've really enjoyed all the books I've read of Leslie Budewitz. This one is another winner!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Milana Marsenich

    This was a really fun, delightful mystery. Leslie Budewitz has created a wonderful town that is really fun to visit. I found her characters quirky, kind, resourceful and inspirational.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Abby Fabian

    This book is filled to the brim with character development. The author treats the characters like living and breathing individuals, as she should. She doesn't just write mystery books that have a little character. She writes book about lives that have mysteries mixed in. But don't get me wrong, the mystery is in no way lacking! The mystery was very believable. Be forewarned, the food references will have you craving rhubarb jam and pesto!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alice Teets

    I enjoyed this latest installment in the Food Lovers' Village series. The characters are still fun, and the interactions between them seem very realistic. Of course, the investigating by the main character is not realistic, but that is not why we read cozies, is it? There were so many suspects that I was kept guessing up until the reveal, but then the ending did seem a little rushed. I will read more in this series. I was provided this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an hones I enjoyed this latest installment in the Food Lovers' Village series. The characters are still fun, and the interactions between them seem very realistic. Of course, the investigating by the main character is not realistic, but that is not why we read cozies, is it? There were so many suspects that I was kept guessing up until the reveal, but then the ending did seem a little rushed. I will read more in this series. I was provided this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Another fun read in the series set in Jewel Bay, one of the fictional-yet-not towns I'd most like to visit! This time, the big town event is the annual jazz festival, with concerts and workshops and a musician who rubs everyone the wrong way. We meet some more Jewel Bayers in this book, a new employee at the Merc, and Adam's lifelong best friend Tanner, visiting from Minnesota. The mystery is good, with several potential guilty parties, and I was quite surprised at the end, as I heavily suspecte Another fun read in the series set in Jewel Bay, one of the fictional-yet-not towns I'd most like to visit! This time, the big town event is the annual jazz festival, with concerts and workshops and a musician who rubs everyone the wrong way. We meet some more Jewel Bayers in this book, a new employee at the Merc, and Adam's lifelong best friend Tanner, visiting from Minnesota. The mystery is good, with several potential guilty parties, and I was quite surprised at the end, as I heavily suspected another character as the culprit. I recommend this book - and series - to mystery lovers and food lovers, as it contains recipes for some of the yummy eats mentioned in the story!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    I really enjoyed this addition to the Food Lovers' Village Series. It was good to have more of Erin and company. I loved these characters, enjoyed the mystery, and thought it had a great setting. I'm looking forward to more in the series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Libby

    (E-Lib) The Cincinnati library didn't have this so I recommended that they get it. I enjoyed this book -- I want to live in Jewel Bay -- but I have a hard time keeping all of the characters straight.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Confusing story and I really didn't appreciate the whole description and scenario of the plump woman who came into her shop. It was a BIG turn off for me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    TREBLE AT THE JAM FEST is the fourth book in the Food Lovers’ Village series by Leslie Budewitz. Although this is the first book I’m reading in this particular series, I have read other books by Budewitz before. I worried that I might feel a little bit lost jumping into this one. While I think the mystery stands alone really well, I found that I didn’t connect with Erin’s character as much as I hoped to. The book starts off a little bit slow and because I felt like I didn’t know Erin well and TREBLE AT THE JAM FEST is the fourth book in the Food Lovers’ Village series by Leslie Budewitz. Although this is the first book I’m reading in this particular series, I have read other books by Budewitz before. I worried that I might feel a little bit lost jumping into this one. While I think the mystery stands alone really well, I found that I didn’t connect with Erin’s character as much as I hoped to. The book starts off a little bit slow and because I felt like I didn’t know Erin well and there’s so much interaction between Erin and the other folks, the book took a while for me to warm up to. I don’t normally have this issue with the other books I’ve read by this author so I think it could’ve been my fault for not reading in order so at this moment, Erin isn’t my favorite sleuth right now. I’m sure that will change as I continue to read more of the series. I was really interested in this series because it takes music and food together and mashes them together. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work in the beginning, but it actually had a really fun, laid-back feel to it that makes it very enjoyable. I almost want to compare it to a summer concert or a family barbeque. It’s definitely a good fit for this time of the year. So while TREBLE AT THE JAM FEST isn’t my favorite book by Budewitz, I am looking forward to reading more from this series. *ARC provided by publisher Reviewed by Annie❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bree

    Don't you love when a book/series takes you home? I mean when you can practically smell the pine trees and see the charming town. This book brought me back and gave me such delight. As a cozy mystery, I think it is important that a book can transport a reader to the town with the characters. A mystery must grab a reader, and make them begin guessing quickly, and provide the right amount of clues that make a reader lean different ways. Leslie provided enough ideas for a reader to even question who Don't you love when a book/series takes you home? I mean when you can practically smell the pine trees and see the charming town. This book brought me back and gave me such delight. As a cozy mystery, I think it is important that a book can transport a reader to the town with the characters. A mystery must grab a reader, and make them begin guessing quickly, and provide the right amount of clues that make a reader lean different ways. Leslie provided enough ideas for a reader to even question who would be the victim. This was a big deal to me, I think the victim line up is just as important as the suspect and I was amazed at the list I had for victims, then delighted in who it was. I actually, don't read the back cover of a book prior to reviewing it, so that I have all the elements of surprise covered. I try and look at a book like some one that would only judge by a cover and just dive in. I dove in and never came back. Erin is a wonderful character, I am really delighted by her (this is the second book in this series I have read.) she has this ability to seem like a calm breeze, and yet has moments of a gust. It is memorable and she will be a character that sticks in the mind.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    4.5 out of 5 stars rounded up. I really enjoyed this latest installment of the Food Lovers' Village Mystery series. I love the main characters anyway. I find that even tho' Erin can't stop herself from asking questions and talking to people and getting herself in danger, she's not doing things haphazardly. She thinks about what she's doing and if she thinks it's going to be dangerous, she gets someone to go with her most of the time. Adam's wonderful and I enjoyed meeting his friend, Tanner, in t 4.5 out of 5 stars rounded up. I really enjoyed this latest installment of the Food Lovers' Village Mystery series. I love the main characters anyway. I find that even tho' Erin can't stop herself from asking questions and talking to people and getting herself in danger, she's not doing things haphazardly. She thinks about what she's doing and if she thinks it's going to be dangerous, she gets someone to go with her most of the time. Adam's wonderful and I enjoyed meeting his friend, Tanner, in this book. I hope we're able to see more of him! The settings in these books always make me think that maybe I want to move to Montana. Then I come to my senses and remember that I'm very much at home right here in Michigan! The settings are always exquisitely described and yet, they're not overly flowery descriptions. They're just right for the series. The plot line moved along steadily and was fun. I enjoyed both the mystery plot and the sub-plot in this installment. I did not know who the villain really was until the end when it was revealed. I had wondered about the person a couple of times, but I was never certain. The prose flowed well and everything was well-written. I highly recommend this book and the rest of the Food Lovers' Village Mystery series by Leslie Budewitz. Read them all, you'll not be disappointed! *** Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this title. I was not compensated for my review. All opinions and conclusions are my own. ***

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Lynn

    A new series to me. I Wished I had the chance to read the series from the beginning! Book 4 was fun. The reader is immediately drawn into the suspense of 'who done it' while enjoying the quaint town and townspeople. The town and festivities reminded me of summer vacations around Colorado when I was a kid! Leslie Budewitz does a fabulous job of drawing you into the story and locale. I want to visit Jewel Bay. I was so intrigued I wonder what I have missed in books 1 to 3! I love the Food Lover's S A new series to me. I Wished I had the chance to read the series from the beginning! Book 4 was fun. The reader is immediately drawn into the suspense of 'who done it' while enjoying the quaint town and townspeople. The town and festivities reminded me of summer vacations around Colorado when I was a kid! Leslie Budewitz does a fabulous job of drawing you into the story and locale. I want to visit Jewel Bay. I was so intrigued I wonder what I have missed in books 1 to 3! I love the Food Lover's Series concept. This story revolved around a murder happening during a music festival. While leaving no stone un turned or paper cup forgotten Erin seems to be on a timeline to figure it all out and safely return the town to normal. If your a fan of Cozy Mysteries Treble at the Jam Fest and the series is perfect for you. Check it out . . . I received a complimentary copy from Great Escapes Tours

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    Great cozy mystery series This is the fourth installment in a great cozy mystery series set in Montana and involves food, festivals and murder. Erin Murphy, is some big personal changes as well as running her family's Market full of home grown and all natural food. She's roped into planning another Festival in the small towns of Jewel Bay, Montana, this time it's a jam fest, celebrating local music and also homemade jam for the summer. The concert is headlined by Gerry Martin, a former celebrity Great cozy mystery series This is the fourth installment in a great cozy mystery series set in Montana and involves food, festivals and murder. Erin Murphy, is some big personal changes as well as running her family's Market full of home grown and all natural food. She's roped into planning another Festival in the small towns of Jewel Bay, Montana, this time it's a jam fest, celebrating local music and also homemade jam for the summer. The concert is headlined by Gerry Martin, a former celebrity and rock star who now resides in Montana. Everything is going well for the event until Jerry gets into an argument with quite a few of the other acts, the next day, Erin, her boyfriend (Adam), and his best friend from Minnesota, Tanner, discover Jerry's body, it's revealed that he fell from cliff, but Erin suspects foul play and deduces from his footprints, that old Jerry was pushed off the cliff to his death. Which means this accidental fall is actually murder, and Erin sets out to figure out what actually happens. I've enjoyed this series as well as the other series written by this author, Leslie Budewitz. Whether it's a Spice Shop in Seattle or a fictional community in Montana. She knows how to bring the atmosphere alive, and provide very detailed, relatable and lifelike characters. Some of them are very kooky and quirky, but that is all right.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marie McNary

    It’s official. You can add Treble at the Jam Fest to the long list of cozies that have been added to my pile because a vibrant and appealing cover caught my eye. This cover looked so full of summer and fun, I knew I wanted to give it a try. And I’m glad I did. This is the fourth book in the Food Lovers Mystery Series (and the first one I have read). We follow store manager, Erin Murphy through her adventures in the picturesque town of Jewel Bay, Montana. Erin is a busy lady in this book. Between It’s official. You can add Treble at the Jam Fest to the long list of cozies that have been added to my pile because a vibrant and appealing cover caught my eye. This cover looked so full of summer and fun, I knew I wanted to give it a try. And I’m glad I did. This is the fourth book in the Food Lovers Mystery Series (and the first one I have read). We follow store manager, Erin Murphy through her adventures in the picturesque town of Jewel Bay, Montana. Erin is a busy lady in this book. Between family issues, relationship questions, hiring new staff for the Merc, oh and trying to help solve the murder of a famous musician that happens to happen right in the middle of one of their biggest events of the year. So if you are looking for a summer read that is full of fun and adventure, pick up a copy of Treble at the Jam Fest. Read this complete review here: https://cozyexperience.com/treble-jam...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    Number 4 in the Food Lovers' Village Mystery series opens with the residents of Jewel Bay, Montana setting up for the annual Jazz Festival. One of the acts for the festival is Gerry Martin, jazz guitarist. While Martin is very well-known, he is not very well liked. The festival takes a turn when Gerry Martin falls from the top of the rocks at the Jewel River. Erin Murphy has solved several other crimes that have taken place in Jewel Bay. She begins to investigate Martin's death and she discovers Number 4 in the Food Lovers' Village Mystery series opens with the residents of Jewel Bay, Montana setting up for the annual Jazz Festival. One of the acts for the festival is Gerry Martin, jazz guitarist. While Martin is very well-known, he is not very well liked. The festival takes a turn when Gerry Martin falls from the top of the rocks at the Jewel River. Erin Murphy has solved several other crimes that have taken place in Jewel Bay. She begins to investigate Martin's death and she discovers it may not be an accident. The question she must ask is: Who hated Gerry Martin enough to push him to his death? I am a fan of Leslie Budewitz and her Food Lovers' Village Mystery series. I find the characters to be very relatable and Erin has effective sleuthing skills. I am looking forward to the next book in this series, as well as the author's other series. I received an advance copy of this novel from Good Reads First Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emmie

    I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. Originally it was the cover that drew my attention, so I did not realise that it was the fouth book in a series. But that didn't matter too much. Just a bit of history here and there between the characters that was easily deducted during the book. This mystery is different. It is not your normal run of the mill cosy mystery. It is as if this book is more deliberate and well thought through. I must admit that I was impressed by the reasoning and th I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. Originally it was the cover that drew my attention, so I did not realise that it was the fouth book in a series. But that didn't matter too much. Just a bit of history here and there between the characters that was easily deducted during the book. This mystery is different. It is not your normal run of the mill cosy mystery. It is as if this book is more deliberate and well thought through. I must admit that I was impressed by the reasoning and the motivation and actions of the characers. Well written with well developed characters. It was the first book that I read by this author, but it will not be the last. I truly enjoyed every page. I would recommend this book to every one who loves a good, well crafted mystery where the reader has to work a bit to solve the crime. Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with the opportunity to read and review this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Some people know what they are good at, some know their deepest passions and interests and some follow in the path chosen for them by their family. In a small town, it seems like everyone knows each others' business, but far too often, there are secrets being kept. Sometimes from those you believe are closest to you! There is a lot going on in Jewel Bay, Montana as the annual Jazz Fest and workshops take over the town. With an abrupt and disturbing change of schedule to the events, Erin Murphy can Some people know what they are good at, some know their deepest passions and interests and some follow in the path chosen for them by their family. In a small town, it seems like everyone knows each others' business, but far too often, there are secrets being kept. Sometimes from those you believe are closest to you! There is a lot going on in Jewel Bay, Montana as the annual Jazz Fest and workshops take over the town. With an abrupt and disturbing change of schedule to the events, Erin Murphy can't hide her attempts to get to the bottom of things. It seems everyone expects her to be smack in the middle. I may have understood all the details better if I had read the previous books in this series but I understood enough. To make things more complicated for Erin, most of her suspects are people she knows and has trusted. There is a LOT going on in this book, with the festival and various personal relationships. Changes are on the horizon in every aspect of this book and emotions are raw. Settle in for a cozy read but be prepared to want to read the next book to find out what happens next.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a great book; this is the fourth book in the Food Lovers’ Village series written by Leslie Budewitz. Erin Murphy, manager of Murphy’s Mercantile (aka the Merc), is tuning up for Jewel Bay’s annual Jazz Festival. Between keeping the Merc’s shelves stocked with Montana’s tastiest local fare and hosting the festival’s kick-off concert, Erin has her hands full. Discord erupts when jazz guitarist Gerry Martin is found dead on the rocks above the Jewel River. The one-time international sensati This is a great book; this is the fourth book in the Food Lovers’ Village series written by Leslie Budewitz. Erin Murphy, manager of Murphy’s Mercantile (aka the Merc), is tuning up for Jewel Bay’s annual Jazz Festival. Between keeping the Merc’s shelves stocked with Montana’s tastiest local fare and hosting the festival’s kick-off concert, Erin has her hands full. Discord erupts when jazz guitarist Gerry Martin is found dead on the rocks above the Jewel River. The one-time international sensation had fallen out of sync with festival organizers, students, and performers. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    This is a nicely done cozy that hits a lot of sweet spots- it's got a terrific character in Erin, wonderful characters in the rest of the town, a great Montana setting, jazz, and, well, food! This is an easy read with not too many twists and not a lot of drama. While some amateur detectives can bumble a bit, Erin never does. She asks good questions and proceeds logically. I enjoyed this thanks to an ARC from Netgalley. I hadn't read the earlier books but that wasn't a problem; I'm going to lool This is a nicely done cozy that hits a lot of sweet spots- it's got a terrific character in Erin, wonderful characters in the rest of the town, a great Montana setting, jazz, and, well, food! This is an easy read with not too many twists and not a lot of drama. While some amateur detectives can bumble a bit, Erin never does. She asks good questions and proceeds logically. I enjoyed this thanks to an ARC from Netgalley. I hadn't read the earlier books but that wasn't a problem; I'm going to lool for more from Budewitz, who seems to very much like her characters.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Almada

    I was really looking forward to this book and it did not disappoint!!!! I really like Erin and love the "Merc", the family and the cast of family and friends. This book really takes advantage of the lovely setting in Montana to make for a scary and different murder. With the Jazz Fest in town, and the victim a performer we have lots of good suspects, strangers and hometowners alike. To make matters more interesting Adam's best friend is visiting and he and Adam witness the murder from afar. Ther I was really looking forward to this book and it did not disappoint!!!! I really like Erin and love the "Merc", the family and the cast of family and friends. This book really takes advantage of the lovely setting in Montana to make for a scary and different murder. With the Jazz Fest in town, and the victim a performer we have lots of good suspects, strangers and hometowners alike. To make matters more interesting Adam's best friend is visiting and he and Adam witness the murder from afar. There are also lots of family things going on and Erin has finally broken down and added another employee. With everything going on, she knows she should leave it to the police, but we know that's not going to happen, everyone who enjoys this series is in for a treat, anyone just picking it up is going to wonder what they have been missing!!!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda Lugar

    I have not read anything by Leslie Budewitz before. This is a very good series with great characters. I have family in Montana which makes me love it even more :-) Eager to read the next book.

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