Monday, November 15, 2021

Fall Reading 2021 A Murder Like No Author


The third book in the Main Street Book Club Mysteries begins with bookshop owner Arlo dealing with yet another unexplained death in the small town of Sugar Springs, Mississippi. Traces of a previous death have only recently been expunged from the sidewalk in front of Arlo and Chloe's Books and More. The town is looking forward to the premiere of the movie based on a book by a local author and Arlo has been hoping that the event will draw customers to her store. But when a body is found in the theater scheduled to host the premiere, all bets are off.

Arlo and her Friday night book club are soon deeply involved in the investigation despite the requests of the local Chief of Police. Can a small business owner and a few ladies old enough to be her mother actually catch the killer? All the strangers from out of town expand the pool of suspects with ties to the deceased. Could it have been someone from his past in Eastern Europe? Someone who is trying to ruin the premiere? Someone looking to profit from the movie? The clues lead slowly but surely to the resolution of the case.

Readers may be drawn to the story for a variety of reasons: the small town Southern setting, the involvement of the bookstore and reading group, the style of cozy mysteries in general - or they may already be familiar with the series and glad to have a new installment. A great match for fans of The Secret, Book & Scone Society series or The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mysteries.

I read an advance copy provided by the publisher for review purposes.

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