Jun 20 2020

Booked for Death by Victoria Gilbert

Posted by Brooke in Book Giveaway, Book Tour / 5 Comments

Booked for Death by Victoria Gilbert

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Booked for Death by Victoria GilbertBooked for Death by Victoria Gilbert
Series: A Booklovers B&B Mystery #1
Published by Crooked Lane Books on August 11, 2020
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: a book tour, NetGalley
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A book lover's B&B in an idyllic waterfront village becomes the scene of a grisly murder--and a ruthless battle between treachery and the truth.

Nestled in the historic waterfront town of Beaufort, North Carolina, Chapters Bed-and-Breakfast is a reader's paradise. Built in 1770, the newly renovated inn hosts a roster of special events celebrating books, genres, and authors. It's the perfect literary retreat--until a rare book dealer turns up dead in the carriage house during a celebration of Golden Age mystery author Josephine Tey.

The victim's daughter points the finger at forty-two-year-old widow and former schoolteacher Charlotte Reed, who inherited the B&B from her great-aunt Isabella. Charlotte is shocked to discover that the book dealer suspected Isabella of being a thief who founded Chapters on her ill-gotten gains. Charlotte has successfully learned the B&B business in a year, but nothing has prepared her to handle a death on the premises.

Armed with intelligence and courage and assisted by her vibrant older neighbor, a visiting author, and members of a local book club, Charlotte is determined to prove her innocence and to clear her great-aunt's name. But the murderer is still at large, and equally determined to silence anyone who might discover the truth behind the book dealer's death. Now, Charlotte must outwit an unknown killer--or end up writing her own final chapter.

My Thoughts

Booked for Death by Victoria Gilbert is the first book in the new Booklovers B&B Mystery series and it is set in Beaufort, NC. North Carolina is my favorite state to visit – my sister-in-law’s sister lives in Wilmington, and I’ve been fortunate enough to spend some time there. I love everything about a B&B for book lovers! What a perfect destination vacation. I’d love to participate in fun bookish events – especially in an area I love spending time in. The setting and the premise of the story drew me in first. I found myself reading until I was too sleepy to keep going! That is the mark of a good book for me – when I read until I can’t keep my eyes open. 🙂

The book starts off with a lot of “set up” – introducing characters, setting, etc and the murder happens a bit later in the story because of that. I’ve found that happens with books that are first in the series since they require a bit more background information than later entries. Once the murder occurred, the story really flew for me as I was racing to find out whodunit – and worried that there would be more victims before the killer was found.

Overall, this was a strong start to a series sure to appeal to cozy lovers everywhere. I am looking forward to more in the series!

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About Victoria Gilbert

Victoria Gilbert, raised in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, turned her early obsession with reading into a dual career as an author and librarian. Victoria has worked as a reference librarian, research librarian, and library director. When not writing or reading, she likes to spend her time watching films, gardening, or traveling. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers and lives in North Carolina.

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

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5 Responses to “Booked for Death by Victoria Gilbert”

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “Booked for Death” by Victoria Gilbert and for being part of the book tour.

    Fabulous author and a book that I can’t wait to read. Great combination!

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