I received this book for free from Audiobook Jukebox in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Murder at the Book Group by Maggie King
Length: 10 hours and 20 minutes
Genres: Cozy, Mystery
Published by Pocket Pages: 400
Source: Audiobook Jukebox
Narrator: Susie Berneis
For fans of Anne Canadeo comes a fun and sassy cozy mystery in which one woman must solve the murder of a book group member and untangle a web of secrets hidden by her bookish cohorts.
Hazel Rose never dreamed that the murder mystery book group she and her friend Carlene started would stage a "real "murder.
Nevertheless, on the night when the normally composed Carlene seems unusually angry and rattled, during group discussion she dies after drinking cyanide-spiked tea. Despite a suicide note, Hazel is skeptical; Carlene never seemed suicidal--why else would she make all those plans for her future? Incidentally, Carlene was married to Hazel's ex-husband, and Hazel has always suspected there might be something more to her past than she let on.
How much does anyone really know about Carlene Arness? And did she die by her own hand or someone else's? Hazel begins a search for the truth that produces no shortage of motives, as she unearths a past that Carlene took great pains to hide. And most of those motives belong to the members of her very own book group...
Featuring memorable characters and a wicked sense of humor, "Murder at the Book Group" shows the darker side of a book club where reading isn't about pleasure--it's about payback.
What I thought of this book.
I love cozy mysteries bu this one just didn’t hit me, I found it to be a tad bit boring and just didn’t flow like most cozies.
Will at Book Group Charlene is murdered. She was poisoned leaving a group of people who were at the Book Group as suspects. At first they think it was suicide but nobody who knew Charlene really believed it was suicide so Hazel takes it upon herself to find out more about those around her and who might have wanted her dead.
So as things go along we find out that Charlene had a bit of a sexual appetite and even made videos. A lot of different people had reasons for wanting her gone and I was really surprised as to the reason why the person did what they did. I can say I didn’t really see that one coming. I think the ending of this book was a little off for me and I can’t explain it without giving something away.
Hazel was a decent sleuth but not one of my favorite ones. She was married to the deceased husband a long time ago and he seemed to maybe want to get together with her, but she didn’t want too. She is sort of seeing Vince but it’s nothing real serious.
This cozy just really didn’t have that fun, make me laugh, quirky sort of feel that I like with my cozies. Some people might enjoy it but it was just okay for me.
The narrator Susie Berneis did a pretty decent job with the narration. This was the first time I had heard this narrator and I thought she made a pretty good Hazel.