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The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco
Book Club #1
Laura Disilverio

April 2015 / ISBN 0451470834
Mystery - cozy

Reviewed by Cheryl Green


Amy-Faye Johnson was hosting this month's Readaholics book club. They were going to discuss The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. This group consisted of: Brooke Widefield - her best friend, Lola Paget - owner of a local plant nursery, Ivy Donner - assistant to the city's CFO, Maud Bell - hunting and hiking guide and Kerry Sanderson - realtor and Mayor of Heaven, Colorado. The ladies were very vocal about the book and time flew. As Ivy was leaving, she reminding Amy-Faye of the meeting they were having in the morning.

Amy-Faye arrives at Ivy's house and no one answers the door. She checks around back to see if maybe Ivy was outside. Before leaving she peers in the kitchen door. When she spots Ivy on the ground, she picks up the outdoor grill and smashes the window. After the ambulance takes Ivy to St. Mary's Hospital, Amy-Faye talks to the police. By the time Amy-Faye got to the hospital, Ivy was gone. Ivy's death was ruled a suicide and Amy-Faye doesn't believe her friend was depressed. She thinks someone murdered her. While Amy-Faye runs Eventful!, (her event planning business) she and the remaining Readaholics will attempt to get justice for Ivy. They had better be careful or they could have the book thrown at them.

Things to ponder: Will Amy-Faye manage to avoid Doug while planning his wedding to Madison? Was someone trying to kill Ivy or just make her ill? Is the arguing in Clay Shumer's office about Ivy? Did someone at work "doctor" Ivy's tea?

Laura DiSilverio has given us a real treat with her brand new Book Club Mystery series. The protagonist, Amy-Faye, is reeling after finding out the love of her life is getting married. Yet, she still manages to plan his wedding, and investigate the death of her dear friend. This is a well-plotted page-turning read. It is filled with humor and cozy mystery lovers will enjoy solving this death. I can't wait to read the next book in this delightful series: The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle. Look for it in December 2015. So, if you like your mystery with a tome or two, then you should be reading The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco.

Reviews of other mysteries in this series

The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco #1
The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle #2

Reviewer's Note: Laura DiSilverio also writes the Mall Cop Mystery series

Reviewed 2015