The Book Club Murders
Book 1, OAKWOOD MYSTERY - The Oakwood Mystery Series
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USA TODAY BESTSELLER • In a charming cozy mystery series debut, Leslie Nagel’s irrepressible small-town heroine finds that her fellow book club members may be taking their Agatha Christie a bit too literally—and murder a bit too lightly.
Charley Carpenter has poured heart and soul into her clothing store, Old Hat Vintage Fashions. She’ll do anything to make it a success—even join the stuffy Agathas Book Club in order to cultivate customers among the wealthy elite of Oakwood, Ohio.
Although mixing with the most influential women in town has its advantages, Charley finds the endless gossip a high price to pay. But after two women with close ties to the Agathas are brutally murdered, everyone falls under threat—and suspicion. When key evidence indicates that both murders are the work of the same hand, Charley realizes that the killer has arranged each corpse in perfect imitation of crime scenes from the Club’s murder mystery reading list. She uses her membership in the Club to convince Detective Marcus Trenault to use her as an inside informant. Not that he could stop her anyway.
Intelligent, fearless, and every bit as stubborn as Marc is, Charley soon learns the Agathas aren’t the only ones with secrets to protect. Passions explode as she and Marc must race against time to prevent another murder. And if Charley’s not careful, she may find herself becoming the killer’s next plot twist.
Praise for Book Club Murders
“A home-run debut . . . With action, adventure and murders involving mystery books, it is sure to please every cozy mystery fan! I highly recommend adding The Book Club Murders to your Fall reading list.”—The Cozy Mystery Journal
“Charley Carpenter is my kind of woman—smart, strong, and independent. She makes an engaging and utterly appealing new detective. Book some time with Charley today!”—Michael Lister, New York Times bestselling author of Blood Oath
“A super-paced good read, perfect for a bibliophile and a mystery lover! . . . Charley is a fun, slightly sarcastic character. She’s smart, brave and passionate. . . . And the mystery . . . that was plain wicked!”—Nadaness in Motion
“A good mystery with a solid dose of romance.”—The Ninja Librarian
“I found the book to have an interesting pace; it was like an adventure ride. Twists and turns, sometimes a quick chapter. other times the chapters are full and winding. . . . This book is a great start to a new and exciting series.”—Bibliophile Reviews
“The premise for this story is great, the plot is well developed, and I can’t wait to get to know the characters better as the series continues. I had no idea who the murderer was until the moment of the reveal, which is just the way I love it.”—Book Babble
“Tuck into this well-written and endearing cozy murder mystery, set in an upper-class suburban community where the veneer of civility is thin and verbal encounters are often knife-edged.”—Mallory Heart’s Cozies
“I always enjoy getting in on the ground floor of a new series and this one gets off to a great start. As soon as I saw this series involved a mystery book club, I knew I would have fun with it and I did.”—Socrates’ Book Reviews
Great start to the series
What started out as a normal, charming cozy mystery, quickly morphed into a very well written murder mystery with so many twists and turns to keep you guessing up until the very end. The author has created well crafted and believable characters with such unique personalities...not too quirky, or with over the top silliness. I was quite impressed with just how unique each character was, and their individual roles in the cadence of the story.
Charley is not your typical snooping cozy mystery, meddling heroine...she actually demonstrates high intelligence and common sense at the same time. She not irritatingly rushing head long into situations that leave other characters TSTL, she, Frankie, Dmitri and Marc are well thought out characters who play intricate parts in the success of the stories believability.
I look forward to the continuance of the series as I can only see good things coming from Charley, et al.
This book was provided by the Publisher and Netgalley for my honest review.
Book Themed Murders
The Book Club Murder is the first book by Leslie Nagel so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was a wonderful story that was cozy mystery mixed with romantic suspense. This is the first book in a new series The Oakwood Mystery series. This is a standalone with no cliffhanger, though it is open-ended for future books in the series. There is described violence, this is a murder mystery after all.
The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that all of that info here. The author did a great job of explaining and describing the characters and the town. I loved the idea of the theme staged murder scenes and the aptly named book club. There are a lot of clues in the storyline that keep you guessing what twists and turns will be revealed next. And they continue to keep coming until the end of the book. It definitely kept me riveted. I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down.
I look forward to reading more of Leslie Nagel's books. I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Intriguing mystery, enjoyable characters
I did not want to put this book down. Between the whodunit and the romance between Charley and Marcus, I had to turn the page. Charley wanted to help the police after the first murder because she knew the people involved. Her past with Marcus, the lead cop, almost kept her from passing on information. I cheered for both Charley and Marcus as they realized the past was just that and that they were attracted to each other. The mystery was compelling with several suspects to choose from, and I found the "theme" behind the murders intriguing. I highly recommend this book.
I received a copy of this story through Netgalley.