Trouble at the Buckeye Festival | Critical Book Review

When it comes to mystery novels, the usual suspects include murder, crime, investigation, and stress. However, Alice Kanaka’s Trouble at the Buckeye Festival takes a refreshing detour, infusing warmth, humor, and friendship into the detective genre. This book is like a cozy tale tailored for those adult children who’ve staunchly refused to grow up, providing a delightful mix of fun and charm.


Unlikely Detectives Unveiling Mayhem

Meet Bumfuzzle and Cattywampus, two retired seniors from a tranquil town, thrust into action as they try to unravel the source of mysterious incidents at the beloved Buckeye Festival. What was once a cheerful event, complete with horseshoe throwing and pie baking contests, is now marred by a medley of misdeeds—from cat tail shaving to attempted chili poisoning and even murder.


Aging Adventurers in a Small Town

Marge and Joey, a retired teacher and a war veteran, unmarried but long-time friends, find themselves at the epicenter of this unconventional mystery. Departing from the conventional trope of young crime-solvers, the narrative celebrates the enduring sense of adventure that transcends youth.


Charming Town, Endearing Tale

The town of Buckeye comes to life in an endearing manner, blending the excitement of festivities with the authenticity of its people and the inevitable small-town politics. In a delightful twist, this whodunit channels the spirit of classic 80s films like Tim Curry’s Clue (1985), managing to transform the morbid nature of murder into something whimsical and fun—a feat easier said than done.


Cozy Evening Companion

Surrender yourself to its coziness, and let the charming characters and setting transport you to a realm of mystery, friendship, romance, redemption, and values. Marketed as the inaugural installment in a new series featuring this unlikely detective duo, Trouble at the Buckeye Festival is a promising start, leaving readers eagerly anticipating the next adventure of Marge and Joey.

Publisher, Genre, Print Length, and ISBN

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
IndieBookViewMystery, Thriller & Suspense218 pages9798986310572

When it comes to mystery novels, the usual suspects include murder, crime, investigation, and stress. However, Alice Kanaka’s Trouble at the Buckeye Festival takes a refreshing detour, infusing warmth, humor, and friendship into the detective genre. This book is like a cozy tale tailored for those adult children who’ve staunchly refused to grow up, providing…