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Booked for Death
Booklover’s B&B Mystery #1
BY Victoria Gilbert

Crooked Lane
August 11, 2020/ ISBN 978-1-64385-307-9

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Charlotte Reed inherited her great-Aunt Isabella’s B&B in Beaufort, North Carolina. Chapters B&B has been renovated and hosts special events to celebrate books, genres, and authors.

During a literary retreat celebrating mystery author Josephine Tey, a rare book dealer, Lincoln Delamont, is murdered and there is no shortage of suspects as he was disliked by nearly everyone who knew him.

It comes to light that he had information pointing to Isabella Harrington stealing rare books to fund the B&B many years ago. Charlotte becomes a person of interest when Lincoln’s daughter suggests that she killed him to shut him up.

Charlotte’s tasks are threefold: convince everyone that she is innocent, clear her great-aunt’s name, and find the real killer before the killer eliminates her. With help from her feisty neighbor, Ellen, Charlotte makes lists of suspects and comes up with plans to unearth the fiend.

I found this to be an enjoyable read with many interesting characters and twists and turns. I couldn’t figure out who the killer was until the author was ready for the big reveal. That kind of mystery always scores points with me.

Booked for Death held my interest and attention throughout the whole book. It is an excellent start for a new series.

Appropriate for teens through seniors, it would make a good selection for a book club read.

It will be interesting to see how Chapters B&B, Charlotte, and company evolve in future books. You won’t want to miss this one so that you are clued in from the beginning of a new series.

Reviewer Notes: The author also pens the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series

Reviewed 2020