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  • A bibliophile delight!

    Murder in the Storybook Cottage by Ellery Adams has Jane Steward busy preparing for the upcoming Peppermint Press Conference for children’s authors and illustrators at Storyton Hall. She also has the first Golden Ticket winners arriving the next day and Jane wants to make sure that the Gilbert family have a magical vacation. Jane has a special surprise for the Cover Girls (her book club). They take a sleigh ride to the new Storybook Village which will open to children of all ages on Friday. The ladies are delighted with the fairy tale houses and the activities available in each one until they stumble upon a woman in a red cloak with a basket nearby laying on the floor of Belle’s house. There is a valuable copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales in the basket. Jane is shocked when a couple of a days later another woman turns up dead in the woods wearing a blue parka with white fur trim with a copy of Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen left in her room. Jane and her loyal Fins needs to catch the Fairy Tale Killer before he strikes again. Murder in the Storybook Cottage is the delightful 6th installment in A Book Retreat Mystery series. It can be read on its own for those new to this book themed series. It is a joy to visit Storyton Hall in Storyton, Virginia with all the fabulous books, special events and scrumptious food. I love the books, authors and literary characters mentioned throughout the story. My favorite was Raggedy Ann and the Lucky Pennies (I collect Raggedy Ann items). Storyton Village is a magical addition to the resort with the adorable fairy tale themed little cottages. There is the gingerbread house, Rapunzel’s tower, Belle’s house, and Rumpelstiltskin’s workshop (just to name a few). There are enchanting events for the guests to attend at Storyton Hall including the colorful Rainbow Tea and the Family Valentine’s Celebration. I thought Murder in the Storybook Cottage was well-written with developed characters and special setting. It is rich in detail that allows the reader to visualize the captivating setting. I always enjoy reading each A Book Retreat Mystery to catch up with the characters who inhabit this world. Jane’s twin boys are up to their usual mischief, Eugenia Pratt’s beau is coming to town and he has big news to share with her, Lachlan has something special planned for Valentine’s Day for his girlfriend and Jane’s bestie, Eloise Alcott. The mystery was intriguing with its fairy tale theme. There are a variety of suspects including a very dislikeable couple who write children’s books. I enjoyed the misdirection as well as following the clues to find out why someone killed the two women. My favorite quote from Murder in the Storybook Cottage is when Jane was saying the ladies did not read the books for happy endings. “It was the journey they were interested in--the voyage from the first page to the last.” There is a hint at what will occur in the next A Book Retreat Mystery at the end. Murder in the Storybook Cottage is a diverting cozy mystery with fairy tale fun, wonderful Wonka Bars, a terrible twosome, a clever killer, fun family festivities, and bibliophile bliss.

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  • I loved it!

    If I could simply use one word for how I feel about this series of books, it would be "Wow"! I have always enjoyed this series, and this latest offering was above and beyond my expectations. This book grabbed me from the first page and did not let go. The characters and setting are written vividly and are intriguing. The whodunit and suspects kept me enthralled and guessing! I strongly suggest you read this series in order, to fully appreciate it. I highly recommend this book. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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  • Once Upon A Murder

    Storyton Hall is hosting an event sponsored by a children’s book publisher and authors, illustrators, publishers and families with children are all in attendance. But when two women are found murdered with collectible editions of fair tales that seem tied to their murder, Jane Steward and her fins are all over it. While trying to find who would have done such a dastardly deed, the Storyton staff also aims to keep their guests and the children safe while trying to find the murderer. While I read the previous book in this series and was not totally on board, I gave the next one a read and am glad that I did. Definitely a mystery series for the bibliophile!

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  • I like the series.

    I received a free copy of MURDER IN THE STORYBOOK COTTAGE (Book 6 of the Book Retreat Mysteries) by Ellery Adams in exchange for an honest review. Storyton Hall is hosting a conference for a children’s publishing company just in time for the opening of its fairytale village activity center for children. Jane Steward takes her book club friends on a surprise preview of the event and find the body of an unknown young woman dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, a rare and valuable copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and slain like she was Snow White. Shortly thereafter, a guest goes missing, and a Storyton staff member finds her body posed like a character in a Hans Christian Andersen story. It’s clear to Jane, her staff, and law enforcement that the murders are linked. Finding that link will uncover the motive and reveal the murderer. Can Jane and her staff keep everyone safe until the killer is caged? I liked this book and enjoy the series. I recommend this book to fans of the series. I recommend the series to fans of Ellery Adams and to fans of cozy mysteries featuring murder, books, castles, small towns, specialty inns, and special events. #MurderintheStorybookCottage #NetGalley

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  • Murder meet fairy tales

    Storyton Hall is the location for Peppermint Press Children’s Book Publishers Conference. Jane Stewart believes this is the perfect time to open the resorts Fairy Tale Forest for the children of the guest. She takes her best friends on a pre-view tour of the forest only to find the body of a real-life Red Riding Hood. As in the children’s fairytale “Red” met with an unsavory character in the forest. This mysterious young lady is not a guest of the resort and Jane can not figure out why she is in one of the cabins. Jane and the Fins need to discover why this lady was found at the resort and why someone would want to kill her. I love this series and this book is my new favorite. Every time I read one of these books, I want to visit Storyton despite the murders. Author Ellery Adams is wonderful at describing the setting. You feel as if you are transported to the resort. When I went to college, I studied elementary education. My favorite class was Children’s Literature. This conference would be one I would love to attend (second only to a mystery conference). Jane, her friends, and the Fins are wonderful characters. I love how they help one another and support each other through good and bad times. I feel as if I am reading about a group of my beloved friends. I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and in no way, I have been influenced by anyone.

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