This is the first cozy in the new Booklover B&B mysteries by Victoria Gilbert. I enjoyed the fact the story had the main murder plot but also some other side mysteries regarding the different characters backgrounds. This of course leads to different false suspicions and some misunderstandings.
The interesting aspect of this character list to me was the fact Charlotte, the MC, suspects her friends and employees along with the guests of her B&B. The reactions were as expected but I did feel their would have been more resentment that others suspected you although the book portrayed them as taking it in stride as objective investigators. I think there would have been a bit more emotion and hard feelings involved though.
The book has many references to other works of mysteries as the central event in the story is a literary theme week and there are many book club members as characters. All the characters are avid mystery readers.
I enjoyed the series debut and look forward to reading more as the series expands.
Booked for Death by Victoria Gilbert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Great first book in a new cozy series
This cozy has some great characters and lots of descriptions. This book felt like there was more detail about environment, food, locations and people than a typical cozy. I liked that the lead, Charlotte, suspected friends as well as strangers. The awkward encounters were. Included and seemed mostly realistic although I’d think there would be a few hard feelings if your friend thought you might have committed murder. There were lots of twists and the ending was a bit of a surprise although I had begun to suspect that character was the guilty party
I look forward to reading more of the Booklover B&B series
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