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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Booked For Murder


Booked for Death: A Book Lover's B&B Mystery
by Victoria Gilbert

About Booked for Death


Booked for Death: A Book Lover's B&B Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (August 11, 2020)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1643853074
ISBN-13: 978-1643853079
Digital ASIN: B07XX7PHTV

From the critically acclaimed author of SIBA Okra Pick A Murder for the Books, Victoria Gilbert embarks with a new series for perfect for fans of Kate Carlisle and Juliet Blackwell.

A book lover's B&B in an idyllic waterfront village becomes the scene of a grisly murder--and a ruthless battle between treachery and the truth.

Nestled in the historic waterfront town of Beaufort, North Carolina, Chapters Bed-and-Breakfast is a reader's paradise. Built in 1770, the newly renovated inn hosts a roster of special events celebrating books, genres, and authors. It's the perfect literary retreat--until a rare book dealer turns up dead in the carriage house during a celebration of Golden Age mystery author Josephine Tey.

The victim's daughter points the finger at forty-two-year-old widow and former schoolteacher Charlotte Reed, who inherited the B&B from her great-aunt Isabella. Charlotte is shocked to discover that the book dealer suspected Isabella of being a thief who founded Chapters on her ill-gotten gains. Charlotte has successfully learned the B&B business in a year, but nothing has prepared her to handle a death on the premises.

Armed with intelligence and courage and assisted by her vibrant older neighbor, a visiting author, and members of a local book club, Charlotte is determined to prove her innocence and to clear her great-aunt's name. But the murderer is still at large, and equally determined to silence anyone who might discover the truth behind the book dealer's death. Now, Charlotte must outwit an unknown killer--or end up writing her own final chapter.

What I Thought:

I thought this book was going to start out slowly, but it really did not, once I got started reading it, it flowed really well and kept my interest. I thought the writing was superb and the setting and plot were great. Who would not want to stay at a bed and breakfast that has literary themes and is a book lovers dream. Charlotte has come to Beaufort, NC to keep her aunt Isabella bed-and-breakfast running. When a guest at a weekend retreat accuses Isabella of stealing artifacts from previous employers, Charlotte begins to wonder just what her aunt Isabella had done with her life. When the man who accused Isabella is murdered, Charlotte has to clear her name. While she is investigating the murder, she also delves into her aunt Isabella past and is surprised by what all she learns. As I said, I thought this one was going to be iffy, but it took off and kept me turning pages. There were lots of suspects with many different motives. I was surprised by the reveal of the killer and the reason why the murder took place. This was a very well written book and the plot was great, I enjoy a cozy that keeps me guessing and this one certainly did that.
I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About Virginia Gilbert


Victoria Gilbert, raised in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, turned her early obsession with reading into a dual career as an author and librarian. Victoria has worked as a reference librarian, research librarian, and library director. When not writing or reading, she likes to spend her time watching films, gardening, or traveling. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers and lives in North Carolina. This is her fourth Blue Ridge Library mystery.
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