Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Murder on the Poet's Walk by Ellery Adams

 Murder on the Poet's Walk
Book Summary

When corpses clutching poems begin turning up around Storyton Hall, resort manager Jane Steward is on the trail of someone exercising poetic license to kill . . .
As Jane eagerly anticipates the wedding of her best friend Eloise Alcott, Storyton Hall is overrun with poets in town to compete for a coveted greeting card contract. They’re everywhere, scrawling verses on cocktail napkins in the reading rooms or seeking inspiration strolling the Poet’s Walk, a series of trails named after famous authors. But the Tennyson Trail leads to a grim surprise: a woman’s corpse drifting in a rowboat on a lake, a crumpled copy of “The Lady of Shallot” in her lifeless fist.
When a second body is discovered, also holding a page from a poetry book, a recurring MO emerges. Fortunately, Jane is well versed in sleuthing and won’t rest until she gives the killer a taste of poetic justice . . .

My Thoughts

Murder on the Poet’s Walk by Ellery Adams takes us back to Storyton Hall where poets are in residence trying to win a contract with an up-and-coming greeting card company.  Things take a turn when one of the frontrunners in the competition ends up dead.  When a second poet ends up in a watery grave, Jane with help from her loyal staff sets out to expose the killer.  As if Jane does not have enough on her plate, it appears that a valuable manuscript has gone missing from the secret room.  Jane is baffled as to how someone could have discovered the way in.  Jane needs to find the guilty party before the competition ends and the poets fly the coop. 

Murder on the Poet’s Walk is a delight to read.  I always enjoy my visits to Storyton Hall which is a paradise for booklovers.  While Murder on the Poet’s Walk is the eighth A Book Retreat Mystery, it can be read as a standalone.  The author included all the background information that a new reader needs to know.  I thought Murder on the Poet’s Walk was well-written with developed characters.  Jane, Edwin, Fitz, Hem, Aunt Octavia, Uncle Aloysius, the Fins, and the Cover Girls are back for another adventure.  The author’s descriptions bring Storyton Hall to life.  I can envision the beautiful rooms especially the library and the secret room.  The mystery is well done.  I love a complex mystery with some good twists and turns along the way.  I enjoyed the literary references throughout the story.  There is a romantic scene at the end that will delight fans of the series.  I was sorry when my trip to Storyton came to end.  I have read every book in A Book Retreat Mysteries and each one is better than the last.  Murder on the Poet’s Walk is bibliophiles delight with a cutthroat competition, a watery sepulcher, an adroit discovery, a literary killer, a missing manuscript, an ill uncle, and a poetic penalty.

Murder on the Poet's Walk is available from Amazon*.  You can find the other seven A Book Retreat Mysteries here.  You can follow Ellery Adams on Amazon and you will receive an email when she has a new book release.  You can find all of Ellery Adams' novels here.  Here are some of the other books that came out today:  An Amish Christmas Star by Shelley Shepard Gray, Charlotte Hubbard, and Rosalind Lauer, Seams Like Murder by Dorothy Howell, Murder in a Cape Cottage by Maddie Day, The Amish Matchmaker by Amy Lillard, The Second Christmas by Marta Perry, Christmas Scarf Murder by Carlene O'Connor, Maddie Day, and Peggy Ehrhart, Cicada Season by Mindy Steele, and An Amish Proposal for Christmas by Vannetta Chapman.  Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Tomorrow I am sharing my thoughts on The Second Christmas by Marta Perry.  It is the first An Amish Holiday Novel.  I am off to move my gnomes and garden flags out of my yard (anything that could be a projectile). Unfortunately, a hurricane is heading this way.  I am glad that I have not put up my Halloween display yet.    I hope that you have cheerful day.  Take care and Happy Reading!


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