Reserved for Murder review

This is the second book in the Booklovers B&B series by Victoria Gilbert that she introduced last year. I loved the whole idea of a book-themed B&B that even has a book club that guests can participate in. Even though there was only one book before, I felt like the characters were old friends when I started reading this one. And there’s a new character that I hope will become good friends with Charlotte! She and Ellen already make for the best sleuthing buddies. For the most enjoyment of the series, I highly recommend reading the first book so you’ll have all the background info on Charlotte and how she came to own Chapters, the book-themed B&B.

My Goodreads review:

Reserved for Murder (Booklovers B&B Mysteries #2)Reserved for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I quickly fell in love with this series last year when the first one came out. What could be more fun than a good cozy mystery mixed with a little bit of spy intrigue? Ellen is the coolest neighbor having been a spy at one time in her life, but once a spy…well you know how it goes. I love her character, and we got to meet a new person that I hope will keep their word and come back soon.

There wasn’t a book club book that the murder coincided with, but it did get into the drama of the fan fiction world a little bit. With no shortage of suspects, Charlotte and Ellen had their work cut out for them being eyes and ears for the police as they all tried to sort this out. The showdown was great with everyone (of the good guy crew) having a part in it. I hadn’t suspected whodunit until Charlotte did.

I thought the ending wrapped everything up perfectly with all the local friends gathering and discussing the case. Then the very ending was really good and makes me wish the next book was coming sooner! (Not a cliffhanger, no worries, just some wishful thinking on my part!)

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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Booked for Death review

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:

Booked for Death (Booklovers B&B Mysteries #1)Booked for Death by Victoria Gilbert

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.

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