This is the first books in a brand new Booklovers B&B series by Victoria Gilbert who also writes the Blue Ridge Library series, one of my personal favorite series. I found these characters to be just as fun, especially Ellen Montgomery, a neighbor to Charlotte who runs the B&B. They made good sleuthing buddies, so I hope they keep going on adventures together.
The book comes out August 11, but it was too tempting to wait that long to read it!
My Goodreads review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was an awesome theme for a B&B setting. I really enjoyed meeting these characters and have decided that Ellen is my favorite. When you read the book, you’ll see why! The aunt that Charlotte had inherited her B&B from was kind of a mysterious lady, and Ellen helped Charlotte discover the truth about her after a guest who ended up dead in the carriage house had threatened to reveal certain truths…although we eventually find out that the guy’s version of the truth was way off.
The killer’s identity definitely caught me by surprise. I liked how Charlotte had gathered all her suspects just like in her favorite classic detective books. The police were in on the showdown, but it still could have gone sideways. I’m anxious to keep reading this series and see what other adventures Charlotte and Ellen get into. I’m sure Julie is a good bestie to Charlotte, but for some reason, I just couldn’t warm up to her like I do the sleuth’s usual sidekick. Probably because in this case, the sidekick turned out to be the very cool 70-something Ellen.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own. The book is scheduled for release on August 11.