Emma Starrs moves back to her hometown in Colorado to help her sister save the family bookstore. They want to bring more people to the shop thanks to book readings, signing and literary parties. Emma’s first job is to help an old classmate with a murder mystery dinner party. The evening goes incredibly well until her classmate’s husband is found dead, and Emma and her aunt Nora are accused of the murder.
❤️ What I liked about How to Book a Murder by Cynthia Kuhn
📚 The literary references. This book was written by a person that really loves books and reading. The setting is a (lovely) bookstore, there are a lot of references to Edgar Allan Poe, and the main characters organizes literary events and murder mystery dinner parties… what an amazing job!
👩 Emma and her family. They are all lovely. Emma is witty and full of resources. Her aunt Nora is quirky, strong and a famous mystery writer. Her sister is sweet and caring. They really look like the perfect family.
✍️ The writing group. Emma not only is a literary event planner, but she also wants to be a writer. To do so, she joins a group of wannabe writers: they meet at the bookstore and exchange feedbacks on what they are writing.
🔍 The whodunit. The story is quite elaborate, and the murderer is definitely not who I was expecting. So well done to the author.
To the score
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5 A lovely cosy mystery, with plenty or Edgar Allan Poe references… the perfect read for Halloween! Thanks to #netgalley and #CrookedLaneBooks for the ARC.