Daily Review: Lily’s Homecoming Under Fire by Anna Celeste Burke

Life in small-town California wine country is a tangled vine of mystery, suspense, and intrigue.

In California’s Wine Country, Someone Wants Lily Dead.

When Lily Callahan returns home to California’s wine country, sparks fly amid a hail of bullets as she and U.S. Marshall Austin Jennings take cover.

Money, fame, and love all come into play as motives when Lily and Austin try to find out who sent hired guns to kill Lily. The trouble begins soon after her beloved Aunt Lettie dies and leaves her estate to Lily—is it about the money?

Is Someone Trying To Replicate Lily’s Soap Opera Murder?

Is life imitating art?

Lily’s trouble-making character in a long-running TV soap was recently killed by a paid hitman. Is a crazed fan trying to end Lily’s life as well as her acting career? Did her agent borrow a page from the script after Lily dismissed him?

Lily’s surprised to find an old flame waiting for her when she returns home. Has he reached the point that if he can’t have her, nobody can? If it’s about an old love that’s become dangerous, the new one that propels Lily and Austin into each other’s arms won’t help.

Life in small-town California wine country is a tangled vine of mystery, suspense, and intrigue.

USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Anna Celeste Burke, brings you the first book in the Calla Lily Mystery Series!

Anna Celeste Burke

Amazon Review

By Elysian Fields

I love a great mystery, especially one that is not predictable, full of action and suspense and keeps me turning the pages. This story was all of that and more. I loved the plot and the ending but the characters were also amazing to read about.

I have never read this author before but this might be the beginning of a wonderful readership, LOL.

The idea that there is a murder and it may be for inheritance is not a new idea, but the way the author spends this idea and gives it a fresh and interesting flow made this story wonderful to read. The author also really knows how to bring a story to life.

The details in the characters, the places and the thoughts really made this story seem like a documentary retelling rather than a fictional story. I felt and could see each action or emotion and that just pulled me in.

I really want to discuss this story with more details but I will not be responsible for spoilers (LOL) so, if you like mysteries, well developed plots and detailed characters this is a must read for you.

Amazon Review

By nataliemarie71

Lily’s Homecoming Under Fire is one of the books in the box set “Love Under Fire.” I really enjoyed reading this new cozy mystery by Anna Celeste Burke.

It’s sad enough when you lose someone close to you, but it was even harder for Lily because Aunt Pettis was practically her mother! Aunt Lettie was such a wonderful woman, who helped everyone she could, but that all ended when she was found dead in her home!

Of course, everyone thought she died of natural causes, but was that the truth. Lily had her doubts, but is she right?

Could someone have murdered her Aunt? That’s what makes this a great cozy!

There is one more thing! The sparks are flying between her and Austin! Will they make it as a couple? I guess we have to wait for book #2 to find out more! This is an awesome book Anna! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Amazon Review


Anna Celeste Burke has brought another heroine to life in Lilly’s Homecoming Under Fire, and -Wow!- what a way to begin this new series.

To say it starts off with a bang is putting it lightly, and to have a former “Soap Opera” actress as the star, along with an interesting cast of characters, is an amazing start to what promises to be another blockbuster.

The background, California’s amazing Wine Country, and the diabolical villains, plus Lilly’s “posse,” neighbours, and assorted family members, aren’t the only players in this cozy drama.

There’s the former boyfriend, assorted nasty and nefarious bit players and one very attractive lawman.

Oh, and an adorable dog who is only a “mini” in size.

Read it, and you can thank me later.

Please click HERE to find Lily’s Homecoming Under Fire on Amazon.

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  • Anna Celeste Burke

    Caleb and Linda, you two are so generous and thoughtful. Thank you for putting the first Calla Lily Mystery in the spotlight today. This is a fun mystery to write with an ensemble cast featuring Lily’s “diva posse.” What a great way to start my week!

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