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  • A strong start to a new series

    When Charlotte Reed inherits her Great Aunt’s B&B in Beaufort she has a chance to start over somewhere new after her husbands death. While hosting a literary themed event, one of the guests is murdered and there are plenty of suspects, including g Charlotte and her staff. To clear her name and those of her friends, Charlotte and her next door neighbor team up to figure out who would want the man dead. Now Charlotte. Weds to figure it out before she becomes the next victim. A solid whodunit that will have you longing for the next book before you even figure out the mystery.

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  • Loved it!

    cozy-mystery, murder-investigation, bed-and-breakfast, widow, amateur-sleuth, friendship, family-dynamics, small-business, small-town, North Carolina***** The murder mystery was excellently done with all its twists and red herrings, and there was no problem identifying the probable victim who was too obnoxious to avoid his just desserts. But I was more drawn to the parallel investigation into the history and more of the great aunt who left her home and business to Charlotte. A thoroughly enjoyable read! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

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  • Victoria Gilbertnever disappoints!

    Widow and former school teacher Charlotte Reed inherited a B&B called Chapters, from her great aunt. Located in the historic waterfront town of Beaufort, North Carolina, Chapters is a book-themed B&B, where guests and locals can enjoy book clubs and special events celebrating books and authors. When one of her guests is murdered during an event, Charlotte, her staff, and her other guests all become suspects. She teams up with her next-door neighbor to solve the murder. Booked for Death is the first book in Victoria Gilbert's Booklovers B&B Mysteries. I absolutely love her Blue Ridge Library Mystery series so I was really excited to read this book, and I have to say, it did not disappoint. This is an enjoyable and entertaining read, with a charming setting, fun characters, and a mystery that will keep you on your toes. The plot moves along nicely, and the author provides plenty of red herrings in a bid to throw readers off the scent. But in the end, I stuck to my theory and was completely right about the killer's identity and motive. There's also a fun second mystery about Charlotte's aunt that really adds to the story. The protagonist, Charlotte, is believable, easy to like, confident. I look forward to solving more mysteries with her and Ellen. Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • A gentle, steady murder mystery

    If you enjoy a gentle, steady, murder mystery novel, this one may just be for you! Its paced rather than rushed. You certainly got to see the world through the eyes of the main character, the owner of the B&B, Charlotte. For me, there were perhaps too many suspects and the motivations put forward for the murders seemed a little thin. I can't claim I related well to the lead, considering she has chosen hospitality as a vocation, she comes across as being at odds with her situation rather than enjoying it. I enjoyed her neighbour who was her sounding board for many of her notions and has a great deal to offer in terms of intrigue. The great- aunt also appeals and was one of the elements I really enjoyed. Perhaps the fact that I wasn't surprised when there were "reveals " along the way detracted a little from my enjoyment. Even the final scene felt a little implausible for me. My thanks to #Netgalley, the author and Crooked Lane Books for my advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Great start to a new series

    A nice beginning to a new series that makes me want to read more. Forty-two year old Charlotte Reed is an instantly likeable character and the perfect star of a cozy mystery. She’s smart and thoughtful, but also very curious and a bit impulsive. Perfect for trying to solve the crime that falls right in her lap at her Bed-and-Breakfast, Chapters, in Beaufort, North Carolina. After Charlotte’s husband Brent unexpectedly and tragically died three years ago, she was of course devastated. When her great-aunt Isabella left the B&B to her it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make a new start in a new place. After a year she’s settled in. She enjoys running Chapters and likes her new life. Even if she’s not yet ready to try romance again, she has made some good friends and a place for herself. However, while that place didn’t include the thought of murder and the threat of past events that threaten to smear her great-aunt’s good name, Charlotte discovers she has something of a knack for investigating and off she goes. Booked for Death is an enjoyable story with a good solid plot and enough characters and clues to keep you interested and guessing until the last page. The writing is excellent, smooth with very nice word pictures to describe people, places and things, with a good sprinkling of cryptic comments and little hints about history and past life, to reveal more about Charlotte and the others bit by bit and to let the story unfold at a nice pace. Even when the characters are acting stupid and you want to shake them the story moves easily along until the satisfying conclusion. Booked for Death is a good read that I recommend.

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