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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Community Affairs by Michele Lynn Seigfried (Book Review)

Community Affairs by Michele Lynn Seigfried
Book 3: Jersey Shore Mystery Series
Publisher: Horseshoe Bay Publishing
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Format: Paperback - 280 pages
               Kindle - 2314 KB
ISBN: 978-1502455710
Genre: Cozy Mystery 

Buy The Book: 

Buy The Series: Jersey Shore Mystery Series
Book 1: Red Tape
Book 2: Tax Cut
Book 3: Community Affairs
Book 4: Major Crimes

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a book review program hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.

Book Description:

A tale of kidnapping, murder, and neighbors you’d like to kidnap and murder…

Bonnie Fattori is a sexy, sassy, Italian Princess living in New Jersey. She’s loving life with a rich husband, beachfront living, and a promotion at work—until a new neighbor, Lyla Spratt, is determined to destroy her happiness.

After several run-ins with the unstable woman next door, Bonnie starts to suspect a connection between her new neighbor and the untimely death of a local resident, Polly Pitcher. She recruits her good friend Chelsey to help figure out if her suspicions are correct.

As the neighbors go head-to-head in a hilarious battle, Lyla is pushed to the brink of insanity. The more unhinged Lyla becomes, the more Bonnie’s life and the safety of her family are at risk. Can Bonnie find out what really happened to Polly Pitcher before it’s too late?

A perfect read for those who like laugh-out-loud humor in their mysteries!

Book Excerpt:  

Read Excerpt from Chapter 1

My Book Review:

If you are looking for a fast-paced cozy mystery to wile away a cold winter's day, then I have the book for you!

In Community Affairs, the third book in the Jersey Shore Mystery Series, the author transports the reader back to the Jersey Shore to follow newly promoted Coral Beach Municipal Clerk Bonnie Fattori and her best friend, amateur sleuth Chelsey Alton, on their latest mystery investigative adventure.

Set in the small NJ shore town of Coral Beach, and told in the first person narrative, Bonnie and Chelsey take the reader on a riveting roller coaster ride full of surprising twists and turns as they investigate the kidnapping and murder of local resident, nurse Polly Pitcher.

This book has enough humor, mystery, suspense, and romance that easily draws the reader into the story, keeping them guessing until the surprising conclusion. Bonnie's new position in the seaside town gets a tad bit crazy when she has numerous run ins with her psycho new neighbor, Lyla Spratt, wife of local Senator Cason Spratt! And if that isn't enough, Bonnie has suspicions that Lyla aka "Lemon Face" is involved in the untimely death of Polly Pitcher, so she recruits best friend Chelsey Alton to help her solve the mystery, but their investigation leads to Bonnie's life being threatened! As this entertaining action-packed whodunit unfolds, the quirky characters and intriguing storyline will make you laugh, keep you in suspense, and even engage you in trying to solve the mystery along with the sassy duo of Bonnie and Chelsey.

Community Affairs is a thoroughly entertaining cozy mystery to read. Even though it can be a standalone read, I would suggest that the reader read the series in sequential order so that they can follow every one of Chelsey Alton and friends madcap mystery adventures!


About The Author

Michele Lynn Seigfried is the author of humorous, cozy mystery novels and a children’s picture book author/illustrator.

Michele was born and raised in New Jersey. In her mystery novels, she draws from her personal expertise in the area of municipal government, in which she has served for over 17 years in two different municipalities.

She holds a B.A. in communication from the College of New Jersey with a minor in art. She obtained the Master Municipal Clerk certification from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks in 2010. She also holds the Registered Municipal Clerk certification and Certified Municipal Registrar Certifications from the State of New Jersey.

In combining her love of writing with art, Michele began writing and illustrating children’s picture books in 2013. She has won several awards for her novels.

Author Website
Amazon Author Page


  1. So glad you enjoyed it. Sounds like a wonderful read!
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

    1. Hi Diane, thank you for stopping by my blog today! This is a really entertaining cozy mystery series. :)

    2. Kathleen, thanks a million for taking the time to read and review Community Affairs! I'm so thrilled you enjoyed it!

    3. Hi Michele! I really enjoy reading this series, looking forward to reading more adventures from the Jersey gang. :)