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Reserved for Murder–mystery with a nod to spies

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Reserved for Murder

by Victoria Gilbert

As mysteries go, this cozy, Reserved for Murder, has a plot with its share of suspicious characters and motivations for murder that bubble to the surface. In keeping with its bookish nature, Charlotte’s B&B is called Chapters as a tribute to Isabella, the great-aunt she inherited it from. Isabella collected rare books. Although not a spy like her aunt, Charlotte has a nose for sniffing out clues and it gets put to the test when one of her guests is murdered.

The book focuses on a whole week set up as part of a promotional event and also intended to be a short break for famous romance author Amanda Nobel. It includes accommodations for the three winners of a fan contest, a book signing, a tea party, and a cocktail party. Several locals play important roles including Charlotte’s very private neighbor Ellen who used to be Isabella’s handler. Ellen also has a charming but mysterious “cousin” Gavin staying with her.

I enjoyed this mystery. The murderer is revealed in a dramatic scene. Charlotte has a finale party after her her last guest leaves and explains the details to the locals exposing the secrets and putting everything in order. It was a nice wrap-up for the book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Rating: 4/5

Category: Mystery

Notes: 1. #2 in the Booklover’s B&B Mystery Series
2. I enjoyed this not-quite-spy, but all mystery, story. Background from the first book in the series would be helpful but is not essential.

Publication: June 8, 2021—Crooked Lane Books

Memorable Lines:

“It is astonishing, isn’t it? Books, I mean. All the books by so many authors. You’d think all the ideas would be used up, but somehow they’re not.”

If there was anything likely to toughen someone up and teach them how to play a long game, dealing with a classroom full of high-energy, hormonal, sometimes oppositional, teenagers was definitely it.

While there are many well-written bestsellers, there are some that aren’t, and yet are still inexplicably popular. And you know, trends come and go. What’s popular one day can change the next.”


  1. Gretchen says:

    I have read both books in this series. I liked the first one better than the second. For some reason I found it hard to warm up to Charlotte in both books. I usually did by the second half of the book. I enjoyed the mystery too.

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    • lghiggins says:

      I agree that Charlotte is not as likable as some main characters. I think it is because she is uncomfortable in her new role and she is trying to figure out not only how to run her business and her relationship with her employee but also what her great aunt and her neighbor were up to!


  2. WendyW says:

    I like that this is a cozy mystery and is bookish too. Nice review, Linda.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jenna says:

    A book about books! Sounds fun~

    Liked by 1 person

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