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November 11, 2023

Crime for the Books by Kate Young ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Lyla Moody and her book club, the Jane Does, are hosting a Halloween party at Magnolia Manor, tailored after Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced, but when the lights come on after the staged murder, a real victim lies dead with a gunshot wound in her chest.

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book cover of cozy mystery Crime for the Books by Kate Young
October 2022; Crooked Lane Books; 978-1639101085
audio, ebook, print (336 pages); cozy mystery

Crime for the Books
 is the third book in Kate Young's Jane Doe Book Club Mystery series. I haven't read the first two books in the series. I love bookish cozy mysteries so I wanted to give this series a try. 

It isn't usually a problem to start a cozy mystery a few books in, especially when there has only been two previous books. However, I had trouble connecting with the characters. I can't say it was just because I didn't start with book 1.

I read all kinds of cozy mysteries - historical cozies, culinary cozies, paranormal cozies, etc. I'm not sure I've read one with the vibes of southern fiction. I'm not a fan of southern fiction and so I struggled with this book because of it.

I was a little disappointed that it wasn't more bookish, but a lot of book cozies don't really talk about books so much.

I did enjoy the mystery. When the story got focused on it and unraveling everything towards the end I was really sucked into the story.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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