A fatal booking

Victoria Gilbert

Book - 2022

"Booklover Charlotte is delighted to welcome an eclectic group of guests to Chapters Bed and Breakfast for a book club retreat focused on fairy tales and classic children's literature. But when one of the guests is poisoned at a Mad Hatter tea party, Charlotte realizes she's fallen down a rather unpleasant rabbit hole. The victim--an opinionated busybody whose jewelry store sold original designs, along with some possibly 'hot' merchandise--had plenty of enemies, spurring... Charlotte and Ellen to offer their well-honed investigative skills to assist the local police. But as they delve deeper into the each of the guest's stories, they realize all of them had a motive, and the means, to close the book on the unfortunate victim. Enlisting the aid of a few local residents, as well as their new ally, agent Gavin Howard, Charlotte and Ellen vow to reveal the truth, even if the path to any sort of happy ending is strewn with deadly danger"--Dust jacket flap.

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Series
Gilbert, Victoria. Book lover's B&B mystery ; 3.
Subjects
Genres
Cozy mysteries
Detective and mystery fiction
Published
New York : Crooked Lane 2022.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
295 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
1643859145
9781643859149
Main Author
Victoria Gilbert (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Formerly a teacher, the widowed Charlotte Reed now runs Chapters, a B&B in Beaufort, North Carolina, which she inherited from her somewhat mysterious Aunt Isabella. At the request of Lora, a former teaching colleague turned artist and jewelry designer, Charlotte and her small staff are hosting a week-long gathering of a book club focused on classic children's literature. According to Lora, the six members have little in common, as they range from a retired lawyer to a twentysomething art teacher. The week kicks off with a Mad Hatter's tea party in the garden, all the guests coming in costume. At the party, Stacy, who runs a jewelry store, is found poisoned. Charlotte and her neighbor, former spy Ellen Montgomery, seem to have the local detective on speed dial. The pair share what they learn about the remaining guests, but that doesn't stop the killer from going after Charlotte after she learns too much about the hidden connections among the book club's members. The skillful combination of seaside-resort ambiance, literary allusions, and engaging continuing characters makes this a delightful third addition to the series. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

With a group of children’s literature fans staying at her B&B, Charlotte falls down a proverbial rabbit hole after a guest is poisoned at a Mad Hatter tea party, in the third novel of the series following Reserved for Murder.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

With a group of children's literature fans staying at her B&B, Charlotte falls down a proverbial rabbit hole after a guest is poisoned at a Mad Hatter tea party, and must investigate a number of guests who all had a motive for disposing of the unfortunate victim.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Victoria Gilbert’s third Booklover’s B&B Mystery, a treat for fans of Mary Daheim and Kate Carlisle, finds owner Charlotte Reed and her former spy neighbor, Ellen Montgomery, pitted against a tea-party poisoner.Booklover Charlotte is delighted to welcome an eclectic group of guests to Chapters Bed and Breakfast for a book club retreat focused on fairy tales and classic children’s literature. But when one of the guests is poisoned at a Mad Hatter tea party, Charlotte realizes she’s fallen down a rather unpleasant rabbit hole The victim – an opinionated busybody whose jewelry store sold original designs, along with some possibly “hot” merchandise – had plenty of enemies, spurring Charlotte and Ellen to offer their well-honed investigative skills to assist the local police. But as they delve deeper into each of the guest’s stories, they realize all of them had a motive, and the means, to close the book on the unfortunate victim. Enlisting the aid of a few local residents, as well as their new ally, agent Gavin Howard, Charlotte and Ellen vow to reveal the truth, even if the path to any sort of happy ending is strewn with deadly danger.