Saturday, October 8, 2016


Charley Carpenter has poured heart and soul into her clothing store, Old Hat Vintage Fashions. She’ll do anything to make it a success—even join the stuffy Agathas Book Club in order to cultivate customers among the wealthy elite of Oakwood, Ohio.
Although mixing with the most influential women in town has its advantages, Charley finds the endless gossip a high price to pay. But after two women with close ties to the Agathas are brutally murdered, everyone falls under threat—and suspicion. When key evidence indicates that both murders are the work of the same hand, Charley realizes that the killer has arranged each corpse in perfect imitation of crime scenes from the Club’s murder mystery reading list. She uses her membership in the Club to convince Detective Marcus Trenault to use her as an inside informant. Not that he could stop her anyway.
Intelligent, fearless, and every bit as stubborn as Marc is, Charley soon learns the Agathas aren’t the only ones with secrets to protect. Passions explode as she and Marc must race against time to prevent another murder. And if Charley’s not careful, she may find herself becoming the killer’s next plot twist.  (synopsis from Amazon)

3.5 stars
An entertaining cozy featuring red haired vintage clothing store owner, Charley Carpenter, and her best friends Frankie (Francesca) and Dmitri.

Charley joins “The Agathas’” book club to mix with the “elite”, thereby increasing traffic and business for her Old Hat Vintage Fashions shop. When the body of an Agatha member’s sister turns up as the victim in a tableau straight from one of their club reads, Charley gets a bit more than an uptick in business and lively plot and character discussions.

A murderer with a penchant for recreating scenes from their club picks makes every Agatha a suspect, while a multitude of red herrings will have readers vacillating between suspects one scene should cement the prime suspect for mystery aficionados.
There were times Charley was eclipsed by her friends and personally, I’d like to see more of Frankie and Dmitiri. So, something to look forward to perhaps.
Set in a quaint, homey town with a varied, likeable cast, and solid whodunit, THE BOOK CLUB MURDERS should have a strong appeal for cozy fans. A strong debut for a promising series.

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