This is the second book in the By the Book Mysteries by Tamara Berry, and I loved it as much as the first. She’s got a great way of creating characters readers care about and start to like right away, and this was no different. By the time the book was heading toward its close, I couldn’t read fast enough! What a showdown! While it’s probably not necessary to read the first book in the series, I recommend reading it first for better enjoyment of this book since you’ll know the characters and some of their stories already. Can’t wait for the next book!
My Goodreads review:
Wow was this good! Probably as exciting as one of main character Tess’s books, without any gore of course! As with the first book, this one grabbed by the arm right away and pulled me right on in. Some interesting new characters came onto the scene and it’ll be even more interesting to see which if any gets to stay on in the next book, which incidentally I can’t wait for!
I absolutely love that Gertie! She’s such a crazy, fun kid and incredibly wise for her fifteen years. She really cracks me up sometimes! There were some good comic scenes in this from various characters just to relieve any tension going on.
The showdown was epic with a good twist at the end. It took me most of the book but I did figure out the killer right before Tess did. I’m not sure I’m a fan of the ending since Victor and Tess weren’t on the best terms, but I’m optimistic for the next book!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Poisoned Pen Press via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.