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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.
Booked for Death: A Book Lover’s B&B Mystery
by Victoria Gilbert
I received this book free to review; however, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive compensation at no cost to you.
Booked for Death: A Book Lover’s B&B Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (August 11, 2020)
Hardcover: 320 pages
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.
You know how they say, “You can’t judge a book by its cover”? We do it anyway, and I’ll admit that I did it with Booked for Death! Just look at that gorgeous house and that adorable dog. Yes, I do read the synopsis of books too, but cute covers always draw me in. The synopsis of this book drew me in too. I love the water, and Chapters B&B is in an “idyllic waterfront village.” And Chapters is a reader’s paradise with bookish events and bookish rooms! Sign me up for an extended stay, Charlotte!
Charlotte runs this beautiful B&B thanks to her great-aunt’s bequest. And things are all well and good until someone is murdered during one of the B&B’s author celebration weeks. With so many suspects, and some of them still staying at Chapters, Charlotte feels the need to ferret out the murderer. As you follow the clues with Charlotte, you’ll be led down a lot of rabbit holes! I had an idea about who the culprit was, but I wasn’t positive of my guess until close to the end of Booked for Death. There’s another “mystery” hidden in the book, and it’s my favorite part of the story! No spoilers!
In addition to the beautiful setting and twisty mystery, Booked for Death has some great characters that are sure to show up in more books as the series progresses. My favorite character is Charlotte’s neighbor Ellen…that’s her dog on the cover by the way. I’m not too sure about Charlotte’s friend Julie yet, but she may grow on me. There are a couple of other characters that I really liked too, but I won’t tell you who they are since everyone’s a potential suspect! I’m ready to solve the next mystery.
I definitely recommend Booked for Death for all of you cozy mystery book lovers!
About Victoria 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.
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaGilbertMysteryAuthor/
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