I enjoy reading mysteries of all sorts. Over the last while, I read these ones, all from different mystery sub-genres. Scroll down to check out my reviews.

To the Tome of Murder (A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery #7)

To the Tome of Murder (Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery #7) by Lauren Elliott

Published October 26th 2021 by Kensington

4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

It’s Thanksgiving in Greyborne Harbor and there is a lot going on. The town is having an upcoming Civil War-era themed cooking and baking competition, with a hefty cash prize and free publicity going to the winning dish, so Addie had stocked her store with a rare selection of traditional holiday recipes from the influential 19th-century publication Godey’s Ladies Magazine. She also has copies of several vintage cookbooks. When Kalea, Addie’s Cousin, finds her boyfriend dead she becomes the prime suspect because they had recently argued. Now Addie has another murder to solve. Trying to figure out what connection the murder and a vintage briefcase might have with another might just blow open this case.

To the Tome of Murder is a well-written and plotted mystery that was well-paced and kept me interested from start to finish. I really like Addie’s character and have enjoyed seeing her growth as the series has progressed. She has softened somewhat, but is still a bit prickly. She is extremely intuitive and I love how she puts clues together. I am enjoying her relationship with Simon and I like that he supports her sleuthing. We meet some other interesting characters in this book that added some colour to the town and book. As we learn more about the victim, there are more and more suspects come to light. I was able to figure this one out before the reveal, but I still enjoyed the story very much. Overall, there is a lot to like about this series. It is set in a bookstore, it has a smart, strong sleuth, some quirky characters and well written mysteries. I definitely recommend it. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

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The Art of Theft (Lady Sherlock #4) by Sherry Thomas, Kate Reading (Narrator)

Published October 15th 2019 by Penguin Audio, Berkley

5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Art of Theft is the 4th Lady Sherlock mystery by Sherry Thomas and narrated by Kate Reading. In this book, Charlotte Holmes’ most recent job involves infiltrating a French chateau, during a Yuletide ball, to steal material that is being used to blackmail a dear old friend of Mrs. Watson. This is not a solo effort, needing the skills and talents of many in order to carry off this feat during the ball, where precious artwork will be bought and sold. As it becomes apparent that the blackmail scheme goes much deeper and organized crime is deeply involved, it becomes even more dangerous. All my favorite characters are back, including Lord Ingram, as prim and proper as ever while pining after Charlotte; and Livia, Charlotte’s lovable but full of self-doubt sister along with others. Will they be able to safely retrieve the painting and shut down the blackmail schemes?

This book picks up pretty much where the last one left off, and it references things that have happened in the previous books, so this is probably a series best read in order. Charlotte is sharp and in command. She plans, explains and deduces what is happening. She is extremely smart and competent which I love, especially with this story set in Victorian times when women were considered best in the home. There are times that the characters were in danger, times they pulled back before they get caught and of course times where they solve the crime. There are times this story moves slowly as the plot is revealed, but it is tense. There is some romance, but that is an aside to the mystery that is solved along the way. Another wonderful installment to the Lady Sherlock series.

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The Word Is Murder (Hawthorne and Horowitz Mystery #1) by Anthony Horowitz, Rory Kinnear (Narrator)

Published June 5th 2018 by HarperAudio, HarperCollins Publishers

5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

One bright spring morning in London, Diana Cowper, the wealthy mother of a famous actor, enters a funeral parlor to plan her own service. Six hours later she is found dead, strangled with a curtain cord in her own home. Did she know she was in danger? Who killed Diana Cowper? Daniel Hawthorne, a brilliant, eccentric investigator who was let go from the police, but because of his skills, he is hired as a consultant. He wants someone to write a book about this case, so he hires Anthony Horowitz as a ghost writer. Reluctantly, he is drawn into the case and ends up working with Hawthorne. Hawthorne is rude, obnoxious and annoying, but this case with all its twists, ends up pulling Horowitz in and doing some investigations of his own.

“The Word is Murder” is the first book I have read by Anthony Horowitz. I really enjoyed the way it is structured. Anthony Horowitz places himself in the book and accompanies detective Daniel Hawthorne on an investigation, then writes a book (this one) about the case. As Hawthorne investigates, we learn about an accident that occurred ten years earlier. Diana Cowper had an accident that killed one 8 year old twin and left another disabled. Was someone after revenge? I really enjoyed the differences in Hawthorne and Horowitz and how they complemented one another. As brusque as Hawthorne is, Horowitz is diplomatic. They made such an entertaining pair! The mystery in this one takes off in a few directions that kept me guessing right from start to finish. There is some danger along the way, but Hawthorne comes through when he is needed. I really enjoyed this well written story and will continue to read more in the Hawthorne and Horowitz series. Rory Kinnear does a wonderful job with the narration. I often felt like I was right there seeing the investigation firsthand. His performance definitely enhanced my enjoyment of this story.