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The Legend of Sleepy Harlow
League of Literary Ladies Mystery #3
Kylie Logan

Berkley Prime Crime
October 2014/ ISBN 0425257770
Mystery – cozy / Holiday: Halloween

Reviewed by Cheryl Green


Bea Cartwright is expecting a full house at her B&B. EGG is coming. That is, the Elkhart Ghost Getters are coming to get more footage of “Sleepy” Harlow. Not many people are looking forward to a return visit. The last visit by EGG to Put-In-Bay on South Bass Island, they trashed part of Kate Wilder's precious grape vines. Noreen Turner, EGG lead investigator, will not take no for an answer to filming in the winery. Kate Wilder, the winery owner is adamant – no more filming.

Kate is thrilled to be interviewed by Deidre Mannington of Wine! Magazine. It will put the Ohio wines on the map. Unfortunately, this was an elaborate setup by Noreen to get Kate off the island and out the way. Noreen jimmied the lock on the winery door and lied to her crew to get them to film. Caught in the act, Noreen had no choice but to leave.

The next day, Bea is checking out the venue for the annual Wake to Summer event. The guys are putting the plywood coffin in place. It seems awfully heavy for an empty plywood coffin. The men end up dropping it and the broken coffin reveals a body. It appears that someone really didn't want Noreen Turner to do any more filming. When Bea sees her friend, Kate, get into the police chief's vehicle, she knows she will have to find the real murderer. Let's hope Bea will be able to finish the Halloween book selection –The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Bea had better be very careful solving this murder or she could end up fermented.

Things to ponder: Can Bea reconstruct Marianne's ruined manuscript? Is Kate a witness or prime suspect? Just what did Bea see in the winery?

This is one of my favorite series. What could be more fun that a mystery series that is about a reluctant book club? I love how the mysteries run parallel to the book the League of Literary Ladies are reading. Bea and her friends always rally together to solve the mystery – especially if the accused is one of their own. This well-plotted mystery will be a delightful treat for cozy mystery readers. I found I could not put this book down – I had to find out whodunit. So if you like your mystery with a literary spirit, then you should be reading The Legend of Sleepy Harlow.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Mayhem At The Orient Express #1
A Tale of Two Biddies #2


Reviewed 2014