Nov 8, 2019

Can't Judge a Book By Its Murder by Amy Lillard

Hello my cozy friends,

Today I am reviewing "Can't Judge a Book By Its Murder" the first book in the "Main Street Book Club" mystery series by Amy Lillard.

Not every murder is by the book…

As Sugar Springs gears up for its all-class high school reunion, Mississippi bookstore owner Arlo Stanley prepares to launch her largest event: a book-signing with the town’s legendary alum and bestselling author, Wally Harrison. That’s when Wally is discovered dead outside of Arlo’s front door and her best friend is questioned for the crime.

When the elderly ladies of Arlo’s Friday Night Book Club start to investigate, Arlo has no choice but to follow behind to keep them out of trouble. Yet with Wally’s reputation, the suspect list only grows longer—his betrayed wife, his disgruntled assistant, even the local man who holds a grudge from a long-ago accident.

Between running interference with the book club and otherwise keeping it all together, Arlo anxiously works to get Chloe out of jail. And amidst it all, her one-time boyfriend-turned-private-eye returns to town, just another distraction while she digs to uncover the truth around Wally’s death and just what Sugar Springs secret could have led to his murder.
I found the beginning to be a bit slow but I soon got into the story.  Being as this is the first in series we need to be introduced to the this could be why.

The setting of  Sugar Springs is wonderful, I always like a small town setting where almost everyone knows one another.  Makes for fun and often quirky characters.  I liked protagonist Arlo and her best friend Chloe as well as the side characters such as the older, feisty ladies of the book club and lets not forget the Amazon parrot!

I found myself engrossed in the story and reading it in one sitting.  It was entertaining, full of twists and turns as well as a few surprises.  I look forward to reading the next installment in this series.

I requested and received an Advance Readers Copy from Poisoned Pen Press and NetGalley.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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