May 21, 2019

The Codebook Murders: The Oakwood Mystery Series (Oakwood Book Club Mystery 4)

Hello my cozy friends,

Today I am reviewing "The Codebook Murders" The Oakwood Mystery Series (Oakwood Book Club Mystery 4) by Leslie Nigel.  The Oakwood Book Club Mystery novels can be read separately as stand-alone books or read in order.

Print Length: 245 pages
Publisher: Alibi (May 21 2019)


Amateur sleuth Charley Carpenter discovers a coded journal that could crack her small town’s most infamous cold case wide open in this charming cozy mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of The Book Club Murders.

As the owner of Old Hat Vintage Fashions, Charley Carpenter supplies retro apparel to the residents of Oakwood, Ohio, but she’s been known to set business aside to play detective when a mystery rears its head. And there’s no bigger mystery in Oakwood than the murder of Regan Fletcher—a case that’s haunted the town for decades.

Regan’s boyfriend, Carter, did time for the crime—until another man’s confession freed him. But did the “real killer” really do it? Or did Carter walk away with blood on his hands? When Charley stumbles on an old journal written in code, it only complicates the case by revealing a blackmail scheme that targeted dozens of Oakwood’s citizens, giving them all a motive for murder. 

Now, with a spate of new suspects to pursue, plus a fresh murder and the abduction of her sleuthing partner, Charley must dig deeper still into the past—even as she risks being buried by her shadowy prey. Joining forces with Detective Marcus Trenault and the newly formed Oakwood Mystery Book Club, Charley turns to a classic whodunit for clues on catching a killer—before more lives are lost, and the truth dies with them.



This was my first time reading a book by Leslie Nigel and I plan on catching up on the other 3 books.  I found it to be a well written and paced mystery and I was engrossed from the very beginning. 

There were intriguing characters, a small town setting, lots of plot twists, red herrings and plenty of suspense.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it.

My Rating
I requested and received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Alibi. All thoughts and opinions are my OWN.

Leslie Nagel is a writer and teacher of writing at a local community college. Her debut novel, “The Book Club Murders”, is the first in the Oakwood Mystery Series. Leslie lives in the all too real city of Oakwood, Ohio, where murders are rare but great stories lie thick on the ground. After the written word, her passions include her husband, her son, and daughter, hiking, tennis and strong black coffee, not necessarily in that order.

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