A Book of Murder in Notchey Creek
by Liz S. Andrews
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Pub Date 15 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 31 Dec 2022
Book lover Harley Henrickson follows a trail of murders linked to a rare first-edition printing of Jane Eyre.
It’s almost summer in Notchey Creek, Tennessee, and Harley Henrickson is attending the Antiques and Blooms Festival. Antiques line the streets, flowers fill hanging baskets, and festivalgoers stand in line, waiting to appraise their treasures. Order turns to frenzied excitement when the town’s controversial new resident, Suzanne Clare, presents a rare first-edition printing of Jane Eyre. The book is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, a prize for which many would kill.
On the following morning, Suzanne Clare is found dead in her mansion, and the book is missing. To Sheriff Jed Turner, the woman’s murder appears to be a clear-cut case of burglary-homicide, but Harley is not so sure. Suzanne Clare had many skeletons in her closet, and many enemies among her neighbors. When Harley's friend rockstar Beau Arson is suspected in the woman's murder, she will stop at nothing to prove his innocence.
As bodies begin to accumulate and jealousy, passion, and revenge rear their evil heads, Harley discovers that Charlotte Brontë’s rare first edition is indeed a book of murder.
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PRAISE FOR THE HARLEY HENRICKSON MYSTERY SERIES
"A deftly constructed and thoroughly enjoyable small-town murder mystery with a Christmas twist." -Kirkus Reviews (The Ghosts of Notchey Creek)
In crisp, engaging prose, Harley's methodical clue gathering finds the hero investigating her town's love triangles and a blackmailing scheme, while Andrews keeps the pages turning with twisty plotting, clever red herrings, and local color as distinct as the recipes for whiskey cocktails that close out the book. --Booklife by Publishers Weekly, Editors Pick (Loving and Dying in Notchey Creek)
Andrews again does a fine job of keeping the mystery's solution in suspense until the end while offering a charmingly folksy setting and eccentric characters. Another twisty, entertaining entry in this cozy series featuring an appealing investigator. --Kirkus Reviews (Loving and Dying in Notchey Creek)
"This funny, well-plotted mystery, which boasts sharp wit and a clever heroine, will delight readers of all ages." --Booklife by Publishers Weekly (The Ghosts of Notchey Creek)
"The Ghosts of Notchey Creek has a charming ambiance that breathes new life into the cozy mystery genre with humor, suspense, and surprises." --Manhattan Book Review (The Ghosts of Notchey Creek)
"Andrews mixes up a tasty cocktail out of appealing ingredients. The complex plot is intelligently managed and full of surprises. Characters, too, are multi-layered. Keeps readers guessing ... with humor and romance balancing the who-dun-it." --Kirkus Reviews (Murder Comes to Notchey Creek)
"A wonderful small-town mystery ... Harley Henrickson will have you cheering before you know it. The Ghosts of Notchey Creek will keep readers entertained until the very end." --San Francisco Book Review (The Ghosts of Notchey Creek)
"The mystery's plot is enhanced by the author's skillful use of imagery and a parade of complex and eccentric characters. I found it impressive that Andrews was able to simultaneously weave a plot that kept me guessing while conjuring visual images that made me laugh. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book." --Online Book Club, 4/4 stars (Murder Comes to Notchey Creek)
Average rating from 28 members
Harley Henrickson puts her investigative skills to the test again when a body is found at the annual Antiques and Blooms Festival. It seems that one of the newest residents of Notchey Creek, Suzanne Clare, recently acquired a rare book and came into town to have it appraised. She spoke with Jonathan Vermis, who tried to lowball her and buy it out from her. Regina Somerville was also appraising items and started salivating when she saw the one of a kind first edition Jane Eyre. After causing a stir with the appraisal and actually scheduling a date with Hunter Rowlandson to buy the book, a woman is found dead behind the bookstore and it is Harley who takes the lead to find out who she is. She recognizes the woman from the appraisals line where she seemed very intent on the appraisal of the rare book, however, neither she nor Jed, the sheriff, know her name. However, before they can get more information about her, a new morning dawns an additional murder as Suzanne is found dead. As Harley starts asking questions as an honorary deputy (temporarily of course) she starts uncovering a secret held for decades. All the while, more bodies are added to the list, narrowing down the possible suspect list.
This book is even crazier than the last and I love it! With all the twists and turns and almost steamy interludes, the author takes you on a great ride. Harley is just about one of my favorite characters to read about. She has a heart of gold and nerves of steel. She just needs to kick that self-confidence up and she would be knocking the silly boys away with a stick. Everyone is drawn to her because of her great personality and she is smart as hell, connecting dots all over the place. These books are all written beautifully, the flow is perfect and the storyline is engaging. It never felt like there was irrelevant descriptions nor filler pagers to add to the length but not the quality. Each night I would read until I fell asleep, I just couldn’t put it down. This book is great for everyone who enjoys a good mystery who-done-it.
A Book of Murder in Notchey Creek is book #4 in the Harley Henrickson Mystery series by Liz S. Andrews. This is my first book I have read in the series. This is a delightful cozy series with great charcters and a well crafted sleuth. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinions are my own. I liked the characters and Hayley the protagnist , Beau the rock star friend and Matilda the pig are great additions to this series.
The setting of early summer in a small town in Tennessee is beautifully atmospheric and enjoyable. As the town prepares for a antique fair a local woman of esteem and a checkered past has a valuable copy of Jane Eyre to sell. She makes a deal with a less than honest antique book vender who convinces her to sell to him. Soon secret emerge and dealings with nefarious types who want access to the book . The mystery that builds is so well done I found myself enthralled turning pages to conclusion. A very enjoyable read, a well crafted fun sleuth and great charcters. Well done to the author.
In exchange for an honest review, I received a free copy of A BOOK OF MURDER IN NOTCHEY CREEK (Book 4 of the Harley Henrickson Mysteries) by Liz S. Andrews. Who knew a book appraisal could be so dangerous? Unexpectedly, the book appraisal leads to a trail of murders that Harley is determined to solve. I enjoyed this book as well as the previous three.
A solid whodunit. Plenty of red herrings that will keep the reader guessing. This is a can't put down book! Carve out some time because it's that good a mystery! Strong characters and great story plot. Thanks #netgalley and #LittleForestPress for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.
Shared pasts. Shared memories. Shared secrets.
Superb mystery with many layers. The author's writing style flows, almost poetic at one moment, insanely tense at others, all while moving the story steadily forward. Her imagery is superb, capturing moments and sounds that vividly help us visualize the beauty of the setting and mood. I didn't write it down exactly, bad me, but one phrase introducing a tense encounter sorta encapsulated that ability as she describes crickets chiming out the "beleaguered seconds" like a metronome. In other words, I fully loved this book.
I won't detail the plot, which is easily found elsewhere, but simply say that it's far more complex that the cute cover might indicate. Harley has an amazing ability to remember and quote passages from books. She's well read and once had a scholarship to Harvard. Yet, she's known for her cocktail mixes, hence many underestimate her. Although this worked nicely as a stand-alone, I found myself wanting to know more about not just Harley's past but that of her rock star friend, Beau, who seems to share so many of her memories. She's also got a good friend in Jed, the sheriff, who in contrast to the more stereotypical police-v-amateur sleuth relationship, seem to work together well and trust each other. How refreshing.
As for the murder, it's complicated. On the surface, it begins simply enough with the death of an unknown woman. Then bodies start piling up. First, who is the unknown woman? Is there some connection between the deaths or is there a random killer at large? Wow, did you realize how much rare books are worth? How is a tatoo connected to the book "Jane Eyre"? What did Suzanne mean when she called "Jane Eyre" a little golden Easter egg? A maid mumbling literary verse? Why is the press hounding....oh, never mind. Enough teasers. Read the book. I don't think you'll regret it and, hey, Matilda the pig does get a couple scenes.
Thanks #NetGalley and #LittleForestPress for introducing me to the wonderful series. I'll be back! And, oh, those cocktail recipes sound wonderful.
At an annual festival, a woman brings a first edition of Jane Eyre to be appraised. It seems the book is quite the hot commodity among the buyers. While looking into two deaths that seem to be related to the book, Harley and Jed find it’s more complicated than just the value of the book. Secrets keep coming out and bodies keep piling up. Can they solve the case before they join the body count?
If you love cozies with small town settings, this is the one for you. I’ve not read this series before and simply fell in love. While this is the fourth book in the series, I had no trouble reading it and following along, so it works well as a standalone if you’re just discovering the series as well.
This is the fourth book in a series by Liz S. Andrews featuring book lover and whiskey distiller, Harley Henrickson. In this instalment which is my second, Harley is at the Antiques and Blooms Festival where she is volunteering. Everything is ready for the event; the shop fronts are adorned with flowers in hanging baskets and cocktail samples are shimmering in the sun. The sweet iced tea is at the ready. The main item of interest is newcomer, Suzanne Clare's rare first edition copy of Jane Eyre. Then a dead Suzanne is found in her own mansion...
A charming, well-constructed cozy packed with quirky characters and red herrings aplenty that kept me guessing. As well as the helpful though awkward Harley, I adored the parts that included her rock star friend, Beau. For a highly amusing and wild time, grab your copy of A Book of Murder in Notchey Creek!
I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Little Forest Press via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
I really enjoyed this fun, cozy myself. The characters and the plot was a fun read for me. I thoroughly enjoyed this cute cozy read!
Another entertaining and compelling cozy mystery in this series. I fell in love with the cover and the solid mystery kept me hooked and guessing.
I was glad to catch up with the fleshed out characters and had fun.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
A Book of Murder in Notchey Creek is the 4th book in this series. Harley Henrickson is the main character who is a whiskey distiller and owner of the Henrikson Whiskey Distillery and Smokey Mountain Spirits store in Notcheiy Creek, Tennessee. The other characters add to this story. It is Memorial Day weekend with the festival. Harley is in line at a table that is doing book evaluations to see what her book is worth. The woman Infront of her is showing her first addition o Jane Eyre which is also signed. A mysterious woman pushes herself ahead in the line with her eye on the woman with the book. Jonathan Vermis gets very excited when he exams the book and tries to buy it at a low price. The woman says she will get another opinion and goes to The First Edition Book Store owned by Hunter Rowlandson. the book brings much excitement. Many people what to buy it. The woman with the book is Suzanne Clare who has just bought Stoneridge and is new to the town. . When she finds out that the book is worth millions she offers to sell it to Hunter and invites him to her house for dinner. When everyone interested in the book all leave from the back of the store. Shortly after everyone leaves Jane Merriman rushes into the store saying there is a dead woman in the dumpster It is the strange woman that was in line. She has a knife in her chest. She was in the book store earlier. Hunter is uncomfortable going to Stoneridge alone and asks Harley to come shortly after he arrives.
Before she goes to met Hunter she goes to see Beau Arson who is the last of the Sutcliffe family. He made his money in music as well as the family money. They are good friends since childhood. Harley tells Beau about Hunter and he says he might be interested in the book too and goes with her to Stoneridge. They go inside to the library and finds Hunter in a situation with Suzanne. Beau and Suzanne seem to know each other and there is a scene where Beaiu tells her to get out of his sight before he kills her. The next day Haley gets a phone call from Tina , the caterer, who went to pick up her things from the night before that Suzanne has been murdered. This is where the story takes the reader on an adventure of whodunit as well as two more murders that follow. The story is too complex to try to tell so I will leave it to the reader to find out all the background. Jed Turner is the sheriff and is also a good friend of Haley. The story builds up with an exciting ending of who killed the people and why.
Two weeks after the murderer confesses Harley goes to the cemetery to visit her families grave. She cries when she thinks about her mother.. Beau comes and sits down beside her and they sit together.
I look forward to the next in this series to see where Harley's life goes and what adventure is ahead of her and her friends.
Book #4 in the series, however it is the first one I've read. I was confused with the characters and their relationships, so if possible read in order. That being said I enjoyed the characters and the setting. The mystery kept me guessing and I recommend the series.
Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.
My first in this series. Harley is such an interesting and relatable character and Notchey Creek is a wonderful setting for this twist and turned filled mystery. I'm looking forward to checking out more of this series.
Sringtime in Notchey Creek Tennessee and Harley Hendrickson is attending the Antiques and Blooms Festival. Antiques and flowers fill baskets line the streets while festival goers wait in line to-appraise their treasures.when order turns to frenzied excitement the town’s controversial new resident Suzanne Clare presents a rare edition of Jane Eyre. This book is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars a prize for which many would kill. The following morning Suzanne is found dead in her mansion and the book is missing. The sheriff believes it is a clear cut case of burglary-homicide but Harley is not convinced. Suzanne had many skeletons in her closet and many enemies among neighbors. As more bodies turn up Harley discovers Charlotte Bronte’s rare first edition is indeed a book of murder. This is a very enjoyable story great characters and I highly recommend to everyone.