Can words jinx someone? In Booked for Death, B&B owner Charlotte is hosting a Josephine Tey book week with War of the Roses-themed events. When a guest named Lincoln, insinuates Isabella, the founder of the B&B, came about her wealth in a shady way, Charlotte states, “The last thing I want to deal with is a dead guest.”
Of course, Charlotte has to do just that. When Lincoln is soon killed, most of the guests have motives and several have wished him dead aloud. Who is the murderer? His daughter, Tara, whose dreams of vocal stardom he so quickly dashed? His long-suffering wife, Jennifer? His girlfriend, Julie, who just found out he is not separated from his wife after all? The B&B’s cook/housekeeper, Alicia, who would do anything to preserve Isabella’s good name? A local author avenging his father’s death? Or someone else?
Booked for Death is a delightful tale with both the setting of a golden-age mystery and the plot of one too. The pacing is also spot on for armchair detectives who want to race to discover whodunit before Detective Johnson or even Charlotte herself. This is the first entry in a new series by the author of the Blue Ridge Library series. Already, I can’t wait for the next book. If you love cozy mysteries, especially if you fancy yourself an armchair detective, you must check out this excellent book-themed tale when it is released on August 11th. 5 stars and a favorite!
Thanks to Crooked Lane Books, Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
About Booked for Death
Booked for Death: A Book Lover’s B&B Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (August 11, 2020)
Hardcover: 320 pages
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.
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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