More bloodshed at a bibliophiles' bed-and-breakfast as Victoria Gilbert's delightful series continues.
Meeting your favorite author in the flesh can be the chance of a lifetime. But for one unlucky fan, her plum place in line at a book signing will lead to her untimely demise.
Beaufort, North Carolina, is home to Chapters Bed and Breakfast, owned and operated by former schoolteacher Charlotte Reed. This historic 18th-century inn draws in voracious readers from far and wide with its lovingly curated special events celebrating a host of genres and authors.
On this sunny July weekend, a visit by one of the biggest names in romantic fantasy attracts throngs of admirers to the quaint coastal village. That's not ideal, as the author retreated to Chapters to get away from it all for a while. No matter--she'll appease her fans with a "Tea and Talk" meet-and-greet at the B&B celebrating her bestselling series (starring a devilishly dashing, time-traveling pirate), follow that up with a quick book signing at Bookwaves, the hip indie bookstore across town, and spend the remainder of the weekend in delightful repose.
But when the president of the reclusive writer's fan club is found dead in the harbor by the Beaufort docks--done in by a blunt-force blow to the head--it's up to Charlotte Reed, her neighbor Ellen, and Ellen's trusty Yorkshire terrier to sniff out the killer. Because if they can't, a spectacularly successful book series--and its author--may come to a sudden, lethal conclusion.
About the Author
Victoria Gilbert, raised in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, turned her early obsession with reading into a dual career as an author and librarian. Victoria has worked as a reference librarian, research librarian, and library director. When not writing or reading, she likes to spend her time watching films, gardening, or traveling. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers and lives in North Carolina.
Praise for Reserved for Murder: “Captivating...Well-rounded characters match the finely crafted plot.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Plenty of mysterious circumstances and quirky characters are spiced with a romance that hints at future complications.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Plenty of background on books and publishing combine with the agreeable small-town ambiance and the sultry southern setting to frame with satisfying cozy.” —Booklist
“A true master of the 'whodunnit' style of mystery . . . The stuff of which successful Hallmark Channel TV movies are made.” —Midwest Book Review
“[F]un, charming, and addicting from the first page.” —Portland Book Review
"Reserved For Murder moves at a steady pace and is an excellent choice for a beach read or an airplane ride.” —Mystery and Suspense Magazine
“Gilbert presents a good story, a fast read, and enough clues, red herrings, foreshadowings, and questions to keep the pages turning.” —New York Journal of Books
“Delightful characters and high-stakes danger.” —Woman's World
Praise for Victoria Gilbert: “Gilbert skillfully weaves a rich tapestry of suspense, suggested guilt, and motive.” —Midwest Book Review
“Readers of Ellery Adams’s Book Retreat mysteries will appreciate this new series.” —Library Journal
“All of the hallmarks of a cozy.” —Booklist
“A true master of the genre.” —Midwest Book Review
"I can't wait for the next in the series." —Laura DiSilverio, bestselling and award-winning author
“An intricately plotted library whodunit that both cozy readers and librarians will love!” —Amanda Flower, Agatha Award-winning author
"Great fun!" —Julia Buckley, author of the Writer's Apprentice Mysteries
“Victoria Gilbert delivers an entertaining mystery.” —Victoria Abbott, award-winning author