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Reserved for Murder

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I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the Book Lover's B & B cozy mystery series. This one is just as delightful as the first.

The owner of Chapters, Charlotte Reed, is hosting a popular romance writer and several of her biggest fans at the B & B and one of the fans is dead. 

A great plot and great characters!! I also appreciate that several of the usual "rules" of cozies aren't always present in this series. 

All in all, an enjoyable mystery and one I'd highly recommend. Hoping there are many more to come in this terrific series!!
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When a reclusive writer visits the B&B for a getaway things go awry. The president of the fan club is found murdered in the harbor. It's up to Charlotte and Ellen to solve this delightful read.  Another excellent book by the author! Thanks #netgalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. #Crookedlanebooks
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The second volume in the Book Lover's B&B Mystery series is as charming as the first.  Charlotte Reed is hosting a popular author and three of her biggest fans at Chapters B&B in Beaufort, SC, when one of the fans is found dead.  Charlotte and her retired spy neighbor Ellen, along with Ellen's mysterious "cousin" Gavin, help investigate the crime. Fan fiction, ghost writing, and a little romance all play a part in the mystery.  In this cozy mystery series, the police actually welcome help from the amateur detectives.  Shocker!  Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing an ARC,
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Publish Date: June 8th 2021
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Charlotte is hosting a reclusive romance writer at chapters but somehow the authors location leaks and fans descend on her and the coastal town. When a fan ends up dead, Charlotte and Ellen must help track down a killer before anyone else gets killed

This is the second in the #bookloversbandbmystery series. In the last book we learned all sorts of information about Charlottes aunt and Ellen and it was really nice to pick back up with them. I was a little frustrated far into the story the murder occurs but that’s just me. Overall great book and I look forward to the next one!

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

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Loved this cozy mystery! The book kept me guessing until the end. Great story and characters. Enjoyed reading!
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I enjoyed the plotline of this second installment in the Booklovers B&B mystery series. The mystery involving a famous author, a small group of super fans, and a glimpse into the publishing industry was interesting and the many suspects kept me guessing. However, I don't feel that the character development is progressing very much, especially with the main character, and that is going to need to change for this to be a successful series. I don't think I know any of them better now than I did at the end of the first book. I hope that the author spends more time deepening our relationships with the core characters in the upcoming books. Thanks to Netgalley and Crooked Lane books for the advance digital copy!
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I like mystery series set in B&Bs, and this is one of my favorite series. I like Charlotte, the owner and former teacher. Her neighbor Ellen has a mysterious past. The other recurring characters are equally likable. This murder plot has plenty of suspects and motives to keep you guessing. I like that each book reveals more about Charlotte's past and that of her great aunt's, who owned the B&B originally.
I hope there are more books to be written in the future.
I received an Advance Review Copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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Charlotte Reed, new proprietress of Chapters B&B in Beaufort, North Carolina, is still getting used to running her late aunt's business while also mourning her husband’s recent unexpected death. She is however looking forward to welcoming best-selling romantic fantasy author Amanda Nobel for a week of rest and relaxation part way through her latest nationwide book tour. Her publishers have insisted on one public appearance at the beginning of the stay but its worth it for a little down time. 

At the same time Charlotte is distracted by neighbour Ellen's surprise house guest as normally she allows no one to stay overnight and nephew, Gavin Howard, seems to be making himself very much at home. As the week progresses Charlotte is dismayed to find mysteries and gossip sitting uncomfortably alongside literary discussion and Amanda's book signing and then one of her guests is found murdered. 

This is the second book in Victoria Gilbert's Book Lovers B&B Mystery series in what sounds like an idyllic setting. There are two storylines running simultaneously both of which were entertaining and well written. I liked the main characters and enjoyed the dialogue throughout; I shall definitely be on the look out for a third outing for Charlotte and her friends. 

I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own.  I enjoyed this easy summer read.
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I received this book for an honest review from netgalley #netgalley

I have been wanting to read this book for a while and I'm so glad that I finally got a chance to a great new series for me the plot was amazing characters were fun and quirky.
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I had been avoiding the genre of cozy mystery for so long and after reading Reserved For Death, I wonder why? If you are like me and have not read many cozy mysteries, the book 2 in this series by Victoria Gilbert is the perfect beginning. 

Charlotte runs a beautiful B and B called Chapters and it has the perfect vibe for all book lovers. Amanda, a romance writer has arrived at Chapters for a little promotional event along with three lucky fans who got the chance to join her at the B and B. Everything is great until one of those fans turns up dead. Charlotte, along with her peculiar group of friends must figure out who did it. 

The book is COZY! It's the kind of book you should take time with simply because it's something you can look forward to after a long day of work. Curl up with a cup of tea and just get lost in the world of book lovers. 

I looked this book and I'm excited to read more of Victoria Gilbert's works. I am looking forward to reading the first book in the series, Booked For Death (which I can't find anywhere)
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Charlotte and Ellen were an exceptional sleuthing duo, challenged with routing out a murderer from within the guests at The Chapters, Charlotte’s bed and breakfast inn. This proved to be a trying and stressful event, one that almost had a fatal outcome but also with a silver lining for Charlotte.
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I love books about books, authors, bookshops, libraries-well you get the idea. I've read other books by this author and enjoyed them. However, as much as I liked Chapters B&B, I didn't like any of the characters very much-not even owner Charlotte Reed. The characters seemed stilted, their conversations contrived and often abrupt. The murder was interesting, with several great suspects, and definitely a new twist on motive for the deed! It was nice that Charlotte had a good working relationship with the police detective. Regardless, I was disappointed in the book.

I appreciate Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this title.
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I enjoyed Reserved for Murder more than the first in the series.  Charlotte is becoming more likeable, helped by the addition of the character Gavin.  This is a cozy mystery series (I believe) and reading about an unhappy character (Charlotte in book one) was not enjoyable.  In the first book she was suspicious of everyone, including the cook/housekeeper (who didn't even have a strong motive for murder) and her best friend.  For me, this made Charlotte very unlikable - who wants a best friend like that.  But, in this second book, she softens up a bit.  I guess the author is going for a character who is going to be more trusting/connecting through the series, but it isn't a load of fun for a cozy mystery.  So, the addition of Gavin in this second book was a great help.  I hope we see more of him in the future.  In Reserved for Murder, the B&B guests were interesting and the main murder plot was good - I couldn't figure out who the murderer was.  The author's other series is so good, I'm hanging in there with this series.  I like the writer's writing style, it allows me to relax and just enjoy the plot and characters.  I look forward to the next in the series.  Hopefully, Charlotte can have some real fun.
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Not for me. The characters were one-dimensional. The dialogue was totally unnatural, everyone sounded the same, and the sentences went on foreeeeever, like "Jack, Mary's boyfriend, who was a fireman, a job which required him to put out fires, sauntered over to us and smirking, picked up a canape and popped it into his mouth." And everyone is introduced by their full names and says "But please, call me First name." Drove me nuts. DNF at 15%. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
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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 a July weekend, a visit by one of the biggest names in romantic fantasy attracts admirers to the coastal village. That's not ideal, as the author retreated to Chapters to get away from it all for a while. But she will still 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--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.

This is the second in the new Book Lover's B & B series by Victoria Gilbert.  I read the first one last year and really enjoyed it so was excited to be able to get the second book thanks to NetGalley and the publisher.  I have read through the author's Blue Ridge Library series , and enjoyed her writing and character development, and this new series promises to be just as good.
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A continuation of the Book Lovers B&B series, Reserved for Murder doesn't fail to deliver.  As more secrets of the B&B are revealed the amateur sleuths once again waltz with death.   A new possible love interest leaves us hanging for the next book.  My measure of a truly good mystery is whether I can determine the guilty party ahead of the revelation.  And while it took a while, I did figure it out but was a toal surprise when I did.  A good read and one I think others will enjoy.
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This was in interesting offering in Victoria Gilbert's A Booklover's B&B Mystery series with the death of a fan club president who was staying  at Charlotte's B&B.  The intricacies of the publishing world were touched on, including fan fiction and ghostwriting.  My biggest difficulty is the lack of warmth and likability of the main character, Charlotte.  I too was a young widow, and I would hope that I portrayed more of a connection with life and joy than Charlotte does.  She is just kind of sour.  This makes it hard for me to be attached.  I do hope for more in the future, more connectivity with others.  The mysteries are satisfying but I am going to need more positive character development in the future.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.  The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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I love a good B and B story. 

Witty, enjoyable read like a cozy mystery book should read. Characters who make you laugh, you find relatable and enjoy their story make it that much more enjoyable.
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Reserved for Murder is the 2nd in the Book Lovers B&B Mystery series, though it is the first book I have read by Victoria Gilbert. The setting is a book themed B&B named Chapters, in Beaufort, North Carolina . Charlotte, the owner, has booked a well known romance author and her fans for a book talk as part of the author's book tour. Emotions run high as the book discussion turns to ghost writing, historical accuracy, and fan fiction. It is after the explosive talk that the murder occurs. Added to the mix is the next door neighbor who is a retired spy and her cousin---they are the subjects of the secondary plot. I do enjoy books with spies!
The mystery was well plotted, with twisty turns and clues. The characters were fun and colorful with hidden depths. Each one was unique and essential to the story. I love books with spies, so the neighbor and her cousin were a boon. A satisfying read on this snowy day!
Thank you Kensington Publishing and NetGalley for honoring my request for an eARC to read and review. My opinions are my own, I review books that I enjoy so that others can enjoy them, too.
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Quick, easy, enjoyable read which warmed my soul on a cold winter's day.  Pleasant characters and a mystery that kept you involved until the end.
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