I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Book Club Murders by Leslie Nagel
Published by Alibi on September 27th 2016
Also by this author: The Antique House Murders
In a charming cozy mystery series debut, Leslie Nagel’s irrepressible small-town heroine finds that her fellow mystery book club members may be taking their Agatha Christie a bit too literally—and murder a bit too lightly.
Charley Carpenter has poured heart and soul into her clothing store, Old Hat Vintage Fashions. She’ll do anything to make it a success—even join the stuffy Agathas Book Club in order to cultivate customers among Oakwood, Ohio’s wealthy elite.
Although mixing with the most influential women in town has its advantages, Charley finds the endless gossip a high price to pay. But after two women with close ties to the Agathas are brutally murdered, everyone falls under threat—and suspicion. When key evidence indicates that both murders are the work of the same hand, Charley realizes that the killer has arranged each corpse in perfect imitation of crime scenes from the Club’s murder mystery reading list. She uses her membership in the Club to convince Detective Marcus Trenault to use her as an inside informant. Not that he could stop her anyway.
Intelligent, fearless, and every bit as stubborn as Marc is, Charley soon learns the Agathas aren’t the only ones with secrets to protect. Passions explode as she and Marc must race against time to prevent another murder. And if Charley’s not careful, she may find herself becoming the killer’s next plot twist.
This day was stomping on her last nerve, and it wasn’t even ten o’clock.
What I thought of this book
The Book Club Murders was such a fun cozy mystery!
Charley doesn’t really fit in with the Agathas (the name of her book club) because she is not wealthy like they are but she figures it’s her one way to fit and she likes reading. Charley owns a vintage store shop and a lot of her outfits comes from altering some of those from her shop.
They were all at a meeting when the cops come to tell one of the ladies that her sister has been killed. All the Agathas think that Charley can get them the inside scoop because she knows Marc one of the detectives that came to tell Lindy about her sister.
Charley and Marc have never gotten along but she has always had a crush on him since high school. When Charley realizes some things about the murder that is familiar with one of the books they read and then another murder happens and it is like another book they read, she gets to be a part of the investigation whether Marc likes it or not.
They can’t just go accusing some of the wealthiest women in the town of murder so Charley volunteers to snoop around and see what she can pick up and try and narrow the list. She can’t believe that an Agatha could be a murderer.
This was a really fun cozy mystery! It was almost like a cozy mystery romance though as there was a lot of focus on Marc and Charley and their relationship, but it also had a really good mystery.
I loved Charley she was a down to earth lady who is just trying to make it in a place where there are a lot of wealthy people and she is not. She takes care of her father and runs her own business. I really liked Marc as well because he is flawed too. He is a detective who had moved away for a while to Chicago but came back home. Charley and he have a lot of history and none of it has been great and most of that was his fault.
The Agathas are a bunch of interesting rich ladies who all have something they could be hiding. Frankie and Lindy are probably the more down to earth ones of the bunch. Frankie is Charley’s friend and co-conspirator when it comes to trying to find out what happens and I really like her.
Overall, this was a lot of fun with a few laugh out loud moments and if you love cozies then you will want to read this one!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Cloak and Dagger 2016
- Craving the Cozies 2016
- Cruzin' Thru the Cozies 2016
- Netgalley Reading Challenge 2016
- New Release Challenge 2016