A Review of Murder At The Book Group (Book Group Mysteries). By Maggie King.
Synopsis From Amazon:
Hazel Rose never dreamed that the murder mystery book group she and her friend Carlene started would stage a real murder.
Nevertheless, the normally composed Carlene is unusually angry and rattled one night during a book group discussion and dies after drinking cyanide-spiked tea. Despite a suicide note, Hazel is skeptical; Carlene never seemed suicidal—she was busy making plans for her future. Incidentally, Carlene was married to Hazel’s ex-husband, and Hazel has always suspected there might be something more to her past than she let on.
How much does anyone really know about Carlene Arness? And did she die by her own hand or someone else’s? Hazel begins a search for the truth that produces no shortage of motives, as she unearths the past that Carlene took great pains to hide. And most of those motives belong to the members of her very own book group…
Featuring memorable characters and a wicked sense of humor, Murder at the Book Group shows the darker side of a book club where reading isn’t about pleasure—it’s about payback.
Maggie has done a beautiful job of building the characters in this story. I am partial to group settings whether they are reading groups or hobby groups, they are always entertaining.
There were twists and turns throughout the book and lots of characters filled with enough drama to keep the interest of the reader. The many characters sometimes led to a bit of confusion but overall the character development was well done. In particular, Maggie does a great job expressing Hazel’s thoughts. It was quite clear when she was thinking and when she was speaking. Sometimes an author blurs those thoughts making it hard to decipher. Thank you, Maggie, for keeping those lines clear.
Probably one of the most interesting things about this book is the number of suspects for this murder. It could have been anyone in the book club and Maggie does a good job of keeping her readers in suspense until the reveal at the end.
One of the things that I don’t want to overlook is its enticing book cover. It is very beautiful. The wind blowing through the window, The mysterious person outside the window, The tall bookshelves, and the teacups, hmm could they contain poison? The cover puts the reader right in the middle of the drama. I love it!
Overall, this is a Four Star Mystery which I highly recommend. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
About the Author:
Maggie King grew up in North Plainfield, New Jersey, graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology, and worked as a software developer in Los Angeles for many years. She is a founding member of the Sisters in Crime Central Virginia Chapter. Her short story A Not So Genteel Murder was published in the “Virginia Is for Mysteries” anthology. Maggie lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, Glen, and two cats. Visit her at MaggieKing.com.
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