Reserved for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
Series: Booklovers B&B Mysteries #2
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Meeting your favorite author in the flesh can be the chance of a lifetime. But for one unlucky fan, her plum place in line at a book signing will lead to her untimely demise.
Beaufort, North Carolina, is home to Chapters Bed and Breakfast, owned and operated by former schoolteacher Charlotte Reed. This historic 18th-century inn draws in voracious readers from far and wide with its lovingly curated special events celebrating a host of genres and authors.
On this sunny July weekend, a visit by one of the biggest names in romantic fantasy attracts throngs of admirers to the quaint coastal village. That's not ideal, as the author retreated to Chapters to get away from it all for a while. No matter--she'll appease her fans with a "Tea and Talk" meet-and-greet at the B&B celebrating her bestselling series (starring a devilishly dashing, time-traveling pirate), follow that up with a quick book signing at Bookwaves, the hip indie bookstore across town, and spend the remainder of the weekend in delightful repose.
But when the president of the reclusive writer's fan club is found dead in the harbor by the Beaufort docks--done in by a blunt-force blow to the head--it's up to Charlotte Reed, her neighbor Ellen, and Ellen's trusty Yorkshire terrier to sniff out the killer. Because if they can't, a spectacularly successful book series--and its author--may come to a sudden, lethal conclusion.
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Having loved the first book in this series I was eagerly awaiting this one. It did not disappoint. Charlotte schedules bestselling author, Amanda Nobel, for a book tour at Chapters, the B&B and bookstore that she runs. There are plenty of others staying as well and when Lisette, the head of Amanda’s fan club, is discovered dead things take a turn for the worst. There are more than a few suspects and of course Charlotte and her neighbor Ellen are more than ready to solve this murder.
There seems to be a lot going on in this one but I didn’t think it took away from the main murder plot. I enjoyed the various characters and really got into the story. This was certainly a great follow up to this series.