A Book Barn Mystery, Book #3
Charli Rae Warren doesn’t plan on striking it rich as the owner of an independent bookstore in Hazel Rock, Texas—especially one with a pink armadillo as its mascot. But when an ingenious advertising campaign puts her business on the map, it ropes in some deadly publicity . . .
Charli can’t believe writer Lucy Barton has agreed to promote her latest Midnight Poet Society novel at The Book Barn Princess—or that there’s only a week-and-a-half to prepare for the signing. It’s all because of The Book Seekers, a smartphone app created by her cousin Jamal exclusively for Charli’s bookstore, which sends fans on a virtual scavenger hunt around town for a chance to meet the bestselling author. But as soon as it goes live, people turn up dead . . .
Someone’s using The Book Seekers to track victims and copycat the fictional Midnight Poet Society homicides, and horrified locals suspect Jamal could be the mastermind behind the crimes. While Charli readies the Barn for a stampede of new customers, it’ll take true grit to shelve the culprit before her brainy cousin gets locked behind bars, Ms. Barton backs out of the visit, and she finds herself up a creek—with a serial killer holding the paddle! (Goodreads)
The characters are well developed and well rounded. Charli way is such a great character, loving smart and a great friend. I really like the friendship between her and Scarlet, the are best friends that would do anything for the other one: comfort, rejoice, even call each other out if that is what is needed. We should all have a friend like that. The secondary characters are also well developed and added a lot to the story. I must say that I want Charli to make up her mind about what man she wants to be with, it is getting old.
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 and listening in on conversations. The small town descriptions seemed very realistic and Hazel Rock is a place I would like to visit. I really like the setting of The Book Barn Princess and if it were a real place, I would visit it.
The mystery was carried on well throughout the book and was not easily solved. There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that even the most seasoned armchair detective would have trouble solving it.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I really enjoyed this book and this series. It has everything you could want in a cozy mystery, including a pink armadillo.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.