Murder in the Paperback Parlor by Ellery Adams
Narrator: Johanna Parker
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
Date Read: August 2015
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
The New York Times bestselling Book Retreat mysteries feature Storyton Hall, the perfect getaway for literature lovers—except when a guest tries to get away with murder…
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Jane Steward is organizing a week of activities for fans of love stories at her book-themed resort. But her Regency readers barely have time to brush up on their Jane Austen before tragedy strikes Storyton Hall. Rosamund York, one of the most celebrated authors in attendance, is killed.
Rosamund had as many enemies as she did admirers, including envious fellow novelists, a jealous former lover, and dozens of angry fans. It’s up to Jane, with the help of her book club, the Cover Girls, to catalogue the list of suspects and find a heartless killer quickly—before the murderer writes someone else off…
Series: Book Retreat Mysteries #2
Also by this author: Peach Pies and Alibis , Pecan Pies and Homicides, Lemon Pies and Little White Lies, A Killer Plot br> br>
Listened for Review (Tantor)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 3.50
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Murder in the Paperback Parlor by Ellery Adams was a delightful read with some pretty great twists!
Overall Thoughts: I read as much romance as I do mysteries so I picked up Murder in the Paperback Parlor without reading the first book in the series (I do have a hold on it at my library) because of the romance retreat setting. I was not disappointed, Ellery really did a great job of capturing the fun, craziness, and fandom that does exist in the romance world. Though I am hoping the Historical Romance Retreat next year doesn’t have as many deaths LOL. I am fan of Ellery Adams storytelling and this series is just the type of tale I expect her to tell. The only thing this was missing was I wanted a little more “oomph” or “fun” from the characters. They were intriguing. I liked them. I just wanted more. The case was solid though and that ending makes me think that Book 3 will have just what I am looking for 🙂
Narrated By Johanna Parker /8 hrs and 59 mins
Johanna is one of my favorite narrators. I have listened to her do romance, cozy mysteries, and urban fantasy. She has never disappointed me. She has really great pacing, style, and quirk. Check out something she narrates and I don’t think your will be disappointed.
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