- Series: A Book Retreat Mystery (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (August 5, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425265595
- ISBN-13: 978-0425265598
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 334 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Murder in the Mystery Suite (A Book Retreat Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – August 5, 2014
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Praise for the New York Times Bestselling Book Retreat Mysteries
“[A] suspenseful and compelling read.”—Kings River Life Magazine
“[A] delight...An idyllic mansion in a quaint village complete with secret passages and books, books, and more books—what could make for a more ideal setting for a cozy murder?...Ellery Adams spins a fine tale full of jealously, love, greed, aspirations, and poison...Highly recommended.”—Open Book Society
“Adams...combines clever clues, a smart and courageous heroine and an interesting setting in a whodunit that will inspire readers to make further visits to Storyton Hall.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Adams makes Storyton Hall come to life…Readers will relish the way [she] weaves together books, mystery, and fantasy.”—Fresh Fiction
About the Author
Ellery Adams is the author of three New York Times bestselling series, including the Book Retreat Mysteries, the Books by the Bay Mysteries, and the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries. Ms. Adams has held many jobs, including caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all while penning poems, children’s books, and novels. She writes and creates culinary delights from her home in central Virginia.
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Storyton Hall has become Jane's refuge. Deep in the hills of Virginia, the manor-cum-literary hotel is exactly what she needed for her and her twin boys after her husband passed. Now as acting Steward for her aunt and uncle, she takes her job very seriously. It takes money to keep the place running smoothly and she needs to find it- fast. What is a hotel with multiple libraries to do? A themed week for mystery fanatics to dress up and solve imaginary mysteries. The first Murder & Mayhem week is about to launch!
The scavenger hunt, their first event with a first edition book as the prize, goes well; if the prize was a bit more popular than imagined- even for bibliophiles. With all the newcomers, though, there's a lot of strange things going on. Runaway horses, and a corpse in the mystery suite- missing his prize. As Jane moves through the week she learns there's more to her home than she thought- secrets that must be protected, treasure that must remain secret. When things become dangerous, can this single mother really rise to the occasion?
So there's a lot to love here. The plot is interesting, and I love the characters. Fitz and Hem are fantastic little boys that add some much needed comic relief. I also loved Muffet Cat and Aunt Octavia. The story was a bit slow for me at first, as there was a lot of ground to cover, but once it hit it's stride I couldn't put it down. I was definitely intrigued and wanting to learn more.
There was quite a bit, though, that was hard to swallow. A secret library with a treasure trove of never before seen manuscripts? The reader in me is on board.... but it's a bit fantastical. Just now realizing that her beloved uncle is a badass fighter that's been protecting literary treasure.... I am starting to feel like this is a stretch. Then, there's the fact that they have stocked the place with mercenary badasses that have been protecting Storyton Hall for years. We're talking sword fighters, archers, poisoners, and a forensic lab. It's all a bit much. You tell me I have to learn to fight, keep these secrets, raise two kids and manage a hotel.... I'll tell you where you can stick your bright ideas. Yet, for all of this, I was spellbound. I loved this book- every crazy paragraph. I will say, though, that this isn't my favorite series I have read of hers, but it's up there. Seriously, it's going to be hard to top The Secret, Book & Scone Society! For me, this is a four star book.
On the adult content scale, there's some minor violence and the conversation gets a bit racy in areas.... but it is blessedly tame. This is just good, clean fun and a super quick read. I give it a three tops.
One of my favorite parts of the book was Storyton Hall itself. I would love to find a resort like it. It would be a delight to explore the different public rooms and libraries. Along with that I had a blast trying to see how many book, character, and author references there were in the naming of the actual places and characters in this fun book.
The mystery and how it was plotted was fantastic. I was completely drawn into it and caught up in trying to figure out “who-dun-it” once the murder had occurred. There were plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing. I changed my mind a few times as to who the culprit was a few times.
One of Jane’s friends is very vocal about her preference for “steamy” romances. That description pushed my limits for a clean read a little. That was the only down side to this wonderful book for me. I just kept reminding myself that we can’t control our friends and their tastes either.