In the latest mystery from the author of Better Homes and Corpses and Hearse and Gardens, Hamptons interior designer and antiques picker Meg Barrett uncovers a veil of spooky goings-on…
The first Sag Harbor Antiquarian Book and Ephemera Fair is right around the corner, and interior designer Meg Barrett has her hands full decorating rooms at the Bibliophile Bed & Breakfast for wealthy rare book collector Franklin Hollingsworth. Rumor has it Hollingsworth is in possession of an unpublished manuscript written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. When the Fitzgerald manuscript’s authenticator is found dead at the bottom of a cliff, Meg suspects a killer is on the loose.
Rare books start disappearing from the B & B and Meg sees a connection between the stolen books and the deceased authenticator. With the fair looming, she finds herself caught up in catching a killer and thief before another victim is booked for death.
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The characters are well rounded and well developed. Meg is a hard-working smart woman, who is not perfect (none of us are). I liked the fact that she has a hearing impairment, this made her seem a little more real to me. And the fact that she can read lips makes it more interesting to me. It is sure to help her in investigation, gathering clues. The other characters added a lot to the story and I liked getting to spend time with all of them.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place. And I could see in my mind the rooms of the B&B, the way they were decorated and all of the belongings in the rooms.
The mystery was well written and with so many clues to sift through and suspects to consider, it was difficult to solve. And adding to the tension was the author’s descriptions of the hurricane barreling toward them. There was plenty of suspense contained within this book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. With great characters, great descriptions and plenty of tension and suspense, this is a book you will want to read.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the chance to read and review this book.