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Reserved for Murder: A Booklover's B&B Mystery (BOOKLOVER'S B&B MYSTERY, A) Hardcover – June 8, 2021
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—Midwest Book Review
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—Portland Book Review
"Reserved For Murder moves at a steady pace and is an excellent choice for a beach read or an airplane ride.”
—Mystery and Suspense Magazine
“Gilbert presents a good story, a fast read, and enough clues, red herrings, foreshadowings, and questions to keep the pages turning.”
—New York Journal of Books
“Delightful characters and high-stakes danger.”
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“Gilbert skillfully weaves a rich tapestry of suspense, suggested guilt, and motive.”
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About the Author
- Publisher : Crooked Lane Books; First Edition (June 8, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1643855905
- ISBN-13 : 978-1643855905
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.73 x 1.01 x 8.51 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #629,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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*I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this book. I am not required to leave a review. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Charlotte was an English teacher before inheriting Great-Aunt Isabella’s B & B, Chapters. A forty-something widow, she could start over after the loss of her beloved firefighter husband. A murder took place at one of the literary events after she began to manage Chapters. She worked hard to find whodunit with the help and encouragement of Ellen, her next-door neighbor and friend of Isabella.
Ellen has secrets that Charlotte wishes the sweet lady hadn’t told her. Some of those secrets concern work that she and Isabella had done in their younger years. Ellen has a houseguest this week who she introduces as Gavin, the son of her cousin. When he starts paying too much attention to Chapters and two of their elderly neighbors, it seems that visiting family is not why Gavin is in town.
The highlight of the week is Chapters’s special event. The famous romantic adventure novelist Amanda Nobel, her publicist Tony, and three fans who won the prize of spending a week with her are at Chapters. Amanda has published twelve of the time travel novels of a swashbuckling pirate that now has a TV series. Her stay has been kept under wraps so she can take a break from her book tour.
The day after the only public event, Lisette, head of one of Amanda’s top fan clubs and author of many fan fiction stories using Amanda’s characters is found dead in the water (literally) near the docks. It looks like she was murdered. Other than her abrasive personality and her stalker ex-husband, a reason for her murder is not evident.
Charlotte and Ellen were invaluable help to Detective Johnson last year. They told her anything they overheard from guests, and she asks them to do so again. After all, one of fans, the author, and her publicist have a week left at Chapters, one of whom could be a killer. The more they learn, however, the more suspects they find. Charlotte is braver – or maybe rasher – than I am! I didn’t get why she showed her hand when talking to a couple people. I’m not sure I could confront someone I thought was a killer as if they were a recalcitrant high school student. It worked for her, thankfully, and she and Ellen remain my favorite characters.
This is an excellent cozy that invited me in on the first page, and I very much enjoyed it! Chapters, Isabella’s wonderful library, and her friends are such a great setting I would love to visit. There were a couple red herrings, then one tiny clue that helped show me the real whodunit despite almost overwhelming motives for others. No loose ends were left, and the end was very satisfying. I highly recommend this to those who appreciate well-written cozy mysteries, Southern hospitality, B and B’s and book centered events.
From a thankful heart: I received an eARC of this novel from the publisher and NetGalley, and this is my review.
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