Ill Met By Murder by Elizabeth J. Duncan – Book Review

Ill Met By Murder by Elizabeth Duncan

Ill Me By Murder by Elizabeth J. Duncan is a 2016 Crooked Lane Books publication.

Source: audio book through Overdrive

“It’s the most important night of the year for the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company–the annual fund raising performance at the country estate of the wealthy widow Paula Van Dusen. And this year promises to be even more special as the company will give a moonlight performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of the wedding celebrations for Paula’s daughter, Belinda Van Dusen, and her fiance Adrian. But “the course of true love never did run smooth,” and in the aftermath of a disastrous after party, the stage is set for murder.

Hugh Hedley, son of a prominent upstate New York family and Adrian’s rival in the cut-throat world of high end Manhattan real estate, is found murdered with a stolen prop from the play. Mrs. Van Dusen is desperate to keep her daughter’s name of out of the paper, so Charlotte Fairfax is drawn into yet another murder case amidst her costume design responsibilities and finding a home for the company’s new theater school.

But Charlotte nevertheless throws herself into an investigation of shady business deals, a missing dog, and long buried family secrets because “though she be but little, she is fierce!”‘ – Goodreads Continue reading “Ill Met By Murder by Elizabeth J. Duncan – Book Review”

Read It and Weep by Jenn McKinlay

Read it and Weep by Jenn McKinlay

Read It and Weep by Jenn McKinlay is a 2013 Berkley publication.

Source: ebook checked out through OVerdrive

“Answering Shakespeare trivia comes with the job description for library director Lindsey Norris. But when the Briar Creek Community Theater mounts their newest production of the Bard, she has no intention of leaving the stacks for the stage. Unfortunately a villain is waiting in the wings…

Former Broadway actress Violet La Rue is holding auditions for A Midsummer Night’s Dream—and everyone from the sour spinster librarian Ms. Cole to Lindsey’s youthful library pages are trying out for parts. Brought in to play the mischievous Puck is the flirtatious professional actor Robbie Vine, who seems to have eyes for Lindsey. Before her blush has faded, the Bard’s dream turns into a nightmare—when one of the cast is poisoned. Now Lindsey and her crafternooners must take center stage to unmask the culprit before the final curtain call…” – Goodreads Continue reading “Read It and Weep by Jenn McKinlay”

A Forgotten Murder by Jude Deveraux – Book Review

A Forgotten Murder by Jude Deveraux

A Forgotten Murder by Jude Deveraux is a 2020 Harlequin MIRA publication.

Source: advanced copy through NetGalley

“After solving two murder cases in their hometown of Lachlan, Florida, Sara Medlar, her niece Kate and their friend Jack need a change of scenery. Sara arranges for them to visit an old friend of hers in England. Upon arrival at Oxley Manor, a centuries-old estate that has been converted to a luxury hotel, Kate and Jack quickly realize that Sara is up to something. They learn that Sara has also invited a number of others to join them at Oxley.

When everyone assembles, Sara lets them know why they are there. Decades earlier, two people ran off together from Oxley and haven’t been heard from since—and Sara wants to solve the case. As the people who were there the night the two went missing, the guests find themselves cast in a live mystery-theater event.

In reenacting the events of that night, it becomes clear that everyone has something to hide and no one is safe, especially when the discovery of a body makes it clear that at least one of the people who disappeared was murdered.

Sara, Jack and Kate are once again at the heart of a mysterious case that only they are able to solve. But someone is willing to continue to kill to keep the truth about Oxley Manor buried, and none of the guests are safe.” – Goodreads
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Design For Murder by Carolyn G. Hart – Book Review

Design For Murder by Carolyn G. Hart

Design For Murder by Carolyn G. Hart is a 1988 Bantam Books publication.

Source: audio book through Overdrive

“When Annie Laurance is invited to stage a Mystery Night for the Historical Preservation Society of Chastain, South Carolina, she instead finds herself the leading lady in a flesh-and-blood drama. The play’s the thing wherein the curtain falls on grande dame Corinne Webster. While fingers point at Annie, the perpetrator lurks within the genteel cast of Murder-Most-Make-Believe . . . and Annie has a race to find out who it is.” – Goodreads Continue reading “Design For Murder by Carolyn G. Hart – Book Review”

Off Kilter by Hannah Reed – Book Review


Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your favorite books you’ve read in the past. This week I’ll be sharing with you a new to me author, Sarah Simpson.

Off Kilter by Hannah Reed

Off Kilter by Hannah Reed is a 2014 Berkley publication.

Source: I purchased a used copy at a local book shop.

“After the recent death of her mother and the dissolution of her marriage, thirty-something Eden Elliott is seriously in need of a fresh start. At the urging of her best friend, bestselling author Ami Pederson, Eden decides to embark on an open-ended trip to the picturesque village of Glenkillen in the Scottish Highlands, to do some hands-on research for a book of her own. But almost as soon as Eden arrives in the quaint town, she gets caught up in a very real drama…

The town’s sheep shearer is found murdered—clipped with his own shears—and the locals suspect Vicki MacBride, an outsider whose father’s recent death left her the surprise heir to his lucrative sheep farm. Eden refuses to believe the affable heiress is a murderer, but can she prove that someone is out to frame her new friend before she finds herself on the receiving end of more shear terror?” – Goodreads
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Due Or Die by Jenn McKinlay – Book Review

Due or Die by Jenn McKinlay

Due Or Die by Jenn McKinlay is a 2012 Berkley publication and is the 2nd installment of the Library Lover’s series.

Source: checked out from my library through the Overdrive app

Carrie Rushton, the president of the Friends of the Library, has been accused of murdering her husband. The evidence is stacking up against Carrie, but neither Lindsey nor the Briar Creek crafternoon club is buying it.

When a nor’easter buries the small coastal town, the police are too busy digging out the locals to investigate the murder. With the help of her crafternoon friends and an abandoned puppy they name Heathcliff, Lindsey has to solve the question of who murdered Mr. Rushton before the killer closes the book on Carrie…” – Goodreads Continue reading “Due Or Die by Jenn McKinlay – Book Review”