Review of A Reference To Murder


A Reference To Murder

A Book Barn Mystery, Book #2

Kym Roberts

5 Stars


Charli Rae Warren is back home in Hazel Rock, Texas, spending her time reading, collecting, and selling books—at least, the ones that don’t get eaten first by her father’s pet armadillo. Running the family bookstore is a demanding job, but solving murders on the side can be flat out dangerous…

The Book Barn is more than just a shop, it’s a part of the community—and Charli is keeping busy with a fundraising auction and the big rodeo event that’s come to town. That includes dealing with the Texas-sized egos of some celebrity cowboys, including Dalton Hibbs, a blond, blue-eyed bull rider who gets overly rowdy one night with the local hairdresser . . . and soon afterward, disappears into thin air.

Dalton’s brother also vanished seven years ago—and Charli is thrown about whether Dalton is a villain or a victim. After a close call with an assailant wielding a branding iron (that plays havoc with her hair) and some strange vandalism on her property, she’s going to have to team up with the sheriff to untangle this mystery, before she gets gored . . . (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  Charli is smart and feisty and is not afraid to stick her nose where it might not belong.  She is a hard worker and has good business sense.  Scarlett is the perfect best friend, she will stick up for you and also comfort you when you need it.  I just love the friendship that they have and I think we should all have a friend like Scarlett.  Princess, Charli’s father’s pink armadillo, stole the show and is one of the best pets ever.  I have to say that I would really like Charli to decide on which of her male suitors she likes best and move on.

The author is very talented is her descriptive writing and through most of the book I felt like I was right there watching all of the action taking place.  I felt like I could see the bulls at the rodeo and smell the smells.  I loved the small town feel of Hazel Rock and how neighbor’s helped each other out, and also how everyone knew everyone’s business. It seemed like a real small town to me.

The mystery was carried on well throughout the story.  There were enough suspects to consider and enough twists and turns and red herrings thrown in to make it difficult to solve the mystery, and I did not figure out the whodunit until it was revealed at the end. I like when that happens.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. With quirky likable characters, a small town setting and a well plotted mystery, this is a book you do not want to miss.

I received a free copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I want to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.



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