I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Murder in the Paperback Parlor by Ellery Adams
Length: 9 hours
Published by Berkley on August 4th 2015
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Johanna Parker
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Also by this author: Murder in the Mystery Suite, A Killer Plot, A Deadly Cliché (A Books by the Bay Mystery #2), Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #1), Peach Pies and Alibis (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #2), A Killer Collection, The Path of the Crooked, The Last Word (A Books by the Bay Mystery #3), Pecan Pies and Homicides, A Fatal Appraisal, Lemon Pies and Little White Lies (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #4), A Deadly Dealer, Murder in the Secret Garden, Breach of Crust, A Treacherous Trader, Carbs and Cadavers, Fit to Die, Chili Con Corpses (A Supper Club Mystery, #3), The Way of the Wicked
The New York Times bestselling Book Retreat mysteries feature Storyton Hall, the perfect getaway for literature lovers—except when a guest tries to get away with murder…
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Jane Steward is organizing a week of activities for fans of love stories at her book-themed resort. But her Regency readers barely have time to brush up on their Jane Austen before tragedy strikes Storyton Hall. Rosamund York, one of the most celebrated authors in attendance, is killed.
Rosamund had as many enemies as she did admirers, including envious fellow novelists, a jealous former lover, and dozens of angry fans. It’s up to Jane, with the help of her book club, the Cover Girls, to catalogue the list of suspects and find a heartless killer quickly—before the murderer writes someone else off…
What I thought of this book.
Jane is the keeper of rare books, and it’s something not to take lightly, but more than that she runs a hotel where she does book retreats. Her first retreat for mystery lovers didn’t go so well as there was a murder but what does she have to fear about a bunch of romance lovers. They should be nice, right?
It seems one of the famous authors isn’t what she seems to be and her newest books really ticks off some readers who are getting an advance copy at the retreat. There is one who is very vocal about it and then that author is found dead. Poisoned. Who killed her? Well, there are a lot of angry fans, a reporter and the other authors. Seems she was not well liked. So Jane has to hurry up and find out who might have wanted the romance author dead before it ruins another retreat.
Jane and her Cover girls (the book club) conspire together to find out who the killer is while trying to keep the people at the retreat happy and unafraid of what was going on.
Jane also has to deal with Edward the man whom she kind of likes. He is her friends brother but he is not exactly who she thought he was and when she finds out things about him it’s devastating to her.
Jane is a great character and she has been taking her martial arts training serious and it definitely helps her take down the bad guys. She is taking her role as keeper of the sacred volumes of works that are hidden in her secret basement really serious. The secondary characters are pretty cool too!
I enjoyed the first book but I think I liked this second in the series a bit better than the first one.
Johanna Parker does a great job with this series, but It was hard thinking of her narrating this book when all I could think of is the YA horror books she narrated that I listened too…lol. She is a good narrator so I don’t mind listening to her.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Audiobook Challenge 2016
- Cloak and Dagger 2016
- Craving the Cozies 2016
- Cruzin' Thru the Cozies 2016
- Winter COYER