Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Murder in the Mystery Suite

Book: Murder in the Mystery Suite
Series: Book Retreat Mysteries #1
Author: Ellery Adams


Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia is the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her number of bookings, resort manager Jane Steward has decided to host a Murder and Mayhem week so that fans of the mystery genre can gather together for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving.

But when the winner of the scavenger hunt, Felix Hampden, is found dead in the Mystery Suite, and the valuable book he won as his prize is missing, Jane realizes one of her guests is an actual murderer. Amid a resort full of fake detectives, Jane is bound and determined to find a real-life killer. There’s no room for error as Jane tries to unlock this mystery before another vacancy opens up…-Goodreads

Review: I've heard great things about this author and I was super excited to read this. A resort that caters to book lovers (does someplace like this actually exist? Because if so, I'm booking a trip!), a murder mystery weekend (I love mysteries) where an actual murder takes place. Hello-this sounds like a perfect novel for me. I think my expectations were too high because I found myself bored with the story. I'll avoid spoilers, but once Jane found out about her family 'secret' the book jumped the shark. I can deal with a certain level of ridiculousness but I just couldn't stop shaking my head. I also couldn't reconcile the resort having financial trouble with the fancy cars, food, etc. 

Overall-not my favorite book and it was a struggle to finish. I love the idea of the book though. 

Grade: 1/5

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