A Murder Between the Pages

This is the second book in the Main Street Book Club series by Amy Lillard, already known as a romance writer. I’m so glad she’s writing cozy mysteries! I’m not a romance reader (although I enjoy a little romance in cozies), but if I was, I’m sure I’d be reading hers because the covers look very sweet.

It’s so fun to picture Arlo herding her cats, er I mean, book club members around the town trying to keep the 70 and 80-somethings out of trouble and on topic if they’re in the bookstore. I love that these women are all in touch with smart phones and computer usage probably more than some people half their age, lol. Although Helen said she preferred not to use computers, she did know what she was doing.

My Goodreads review:

A Murder Between the Pages (Main Street Book Club Mysteries 2)A Murder Between the Pages by Amy Lillard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For some reason, I loved this book even more than the first one! Those book club ladies are a hoot and crack me up! It’s so funny how poor Arlo has to feel like their babysitter or sometimes even cat herder! But she loved each one of them fiercely especially Helen who took care of her from age sixteen. It had been so long since I read the first book that I really forgot so much. The author was great about catching readers up just enough without it getting boring for those who read the first book or giving away anything. I was actually glad for any review.

I had a feeling all along about whodunit and was right, but I hadn’t expected the twist that had come along. I did figure one other thing out too, but usually I do that and have nowhere to go with it, so I just sit back and enjoy the read. At first I was like Arlo and didn’t really want to worry about the past mystery, but like her, I got sucked into it quickly. I mean who could resist with these awesome ladies going on about it all the time? Arlo’s description of them as being like the Golden Girls was pretty much spot-on…if those ladies had been amateur sleuths, that is!

I liked that Chloe and her little boy were included more in the story, since the first book she was basically unavailable most of the book. Just as the current murder and past mystery were solved, another one soon came along. Not actually a mystery, more like a returnee to town. I think I might have to reread parts of book one now!

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Killer Apple Pie–review

This is a newer series called Pies and Pages by well-known Carolyn Q. Hunter so since it features two of my favorite things, pies and a bookstore, I just had to check it out.

My Goodreads review:

Killer Apple Pie (Pies and Pages Mysteries #1)Killer Apple Pie by Carolyn Q. Hunter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this first book of a new series, Pies and Pages. It was a fun change too. The protagonist, Bert Hannah is in her 60s, widowed and decides to start a brand new business. The detective in charge is also about that age so maybe there will be a little interest going on, who knows? 😉

Bert Hannah loves baking pies and always uses her favorite out of print cookbook. When she accidentally dunks it in water, she pays a visit to a used bookstore which is the one she ends up buying. Her old friend Brinkley owns it and is up to his eyeballs in debt so he’s happy to sell to her. Later they sign the deal but the next day she finds him dead in his office.

The detective in charge almost acts like he suspects either Bert or Kyle, the youngish landlord of some of the shops. Bert just knows it’s neither one of them so she is determined to find someone else who might be a suspects. Possibly a local investor named Marc? Or could it be grumpy customer Pearl who always wanted to buy Brinkley’s not for sale family Macbeth?

This was a fun and fairly quick read. I honestly read it in one sitting because I just couldn’t stop. It was a pretty simple mystery and I had an idea of who might have done it but I wasn’t completely sure until the author chose to reveal. I’m looking forward to reading more in the series. The characters were likable and I think even the detective is coming around and not going to be such a grump. Pies and a bookstore, you can’t go wrong with this one!

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