When a member of an exclusive book club is checked out, spunky librarian Trudell Becket must sort fact from fiction to solve the murder.
The Cypress Arete Society is one of the town’s oldest and most exclusive clubs. When assistant librarian Trudell Becket is invited to speak to the group about the library, its modernization, and her efforts to bring printed books to the reading public, her friend Flossie invites herself along. Flossie has been on the book club’s waiting list for five years, and she’s determined to find out why she’s never received an invitation to join.
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But not long after Tru and Flossie arrive for the meeting, they’re shocked to find the club’s president, Rebecca White, dead in the kitchen. Rebecca was a former TV actress and local celebrity, but was not known for being patient or pleasant. She’d been particularly unkind to the book club’s host for the evening, who also happens to be the mother of Detective Jace Bailey, Tru’s boyfriend. And Rebecca had made it clear that she didn’t think Flossie was book club material.
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With her boyfriend and one of her best friends wrapped up in a murder, Tru has to work fast to figure out who cut Rebecca’s story short before the killer takes another victim out of circulation....
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A Book Club to Die For by Dorothy St. James is the third A Beloved Bookroom Mystery. For those new to the series, the book can be
read as a standalone. A Book Club to Die
For is easy to read and it has steady pacing.
There is an interesting cast of characters (they would fit right into
any small Southern town). I do not blame
Tru for trying to save the library’s books and opening a secret library (any
booklover in her position would do the same).
Tru is having a hard time, though, keeping the secret library a secret. I cannot imagine a library without physical
books. I just love Tru’s cat, Dewey (who could resist that cute face). The mystery is amusing. Tru is asked to speak at the elite Arete
Society (a fancy book club). When the
president of the group ends up dead before the meeting begins, the police zero
in on the hostess of the event.
Unfortunately, the hostess is Hazel Bailey who happens to be Jace’s
mother (and Tru is dating Jace). Jace is
not allowed to investigate. Tru dons her
detective cap and sets out to expose the killer. Tru asks questions and soon learns that here
are plenty of people who wished the victim dead. There is misdirection to keep readers off the
trail of the true killer. I wish the
solution had been more challenging. It
can be deduced soon after the murder (before if you are an avid mystery reader).
Everything comes together for Tru, and
she sets out to capture the killer.
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Tru is not busy working or trying to clear Jace’s mother, she is on the hunt for
her father. He has disappeared and no
one seems to know where he is located. Tru
must also keep the basement library a secret from Mrs. Farnsworth, her boss
(and the fact that Tru brings Dewey to work with her each day). A Book Club to Die For is told in the first
person which leaves us privy to all of Tru’s thoughts. She tends to ramble. There are repetitive details (I lost track of
how many times we are told that Flossie is dying to become a member of the
Arete Society). I am baffled as to why Hazel would serve tuna noodle casserole
at what is supposed to a classy event. There
is humor scattered throughout. I
especially found the Tech Bros latest creation hilarious (there is one scene
involving yellow dust that cracked me up).
A Book Club to Die For is an upbeat tale with a bag of books, a dead
diva, a metal menace, a clever cat, a caffeine conundrum, a missing man, and a