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Buried in a Good Book
A By the Books Mystery
By Tamara Berry

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Description of Buried in a Good Book

Don’t miss the first book in a brand-new gripping and hilarious bookish cozy mystery series by author Tamara Berry! Put your sleuthing hat on-Buried in a Good Book features:
A thriller writer who knows way more than anyone should about death and dismemberment
Her young daughter who’s more intrigued by dead bodies than she probably should be
An isolated cabin in the woods that’s probably-definitely-hiding something
The tiny mountain town that seems less than troubled by a sudden abundance of murders

Bestselling thriller writer Tess Harrow is almost at the end of her rope when she arrives with her teenage daughter at her grandfather’s rustic cabin in the woods. She hopes this will be a time for them to heal and bond after Tess’s recent divorce, but they’ve barely made it through the door when an explosion shakes the cabin. Suddenly it’s raining fish guts and…is that a human arm?

Tess was hardly convincing Gertie that a summer without Wi-Fi and running water would be an adventure. Now she’s thrust into a murder investigation, neighbors are saying they’ve spotted Bigfoot in the woods near her cabin, and the local sheriff is the spitting image of her character Detective Gabriel Gonzales-something he’s less than thrilled about. With so much more than her daughter’s summer plans at stake, it’s up to Tess to solve this case before anyone else gets hurt.

My Thoughts on Buried in a Good Book

I stopped reading the galley to go and order the book. Why? Because the writing *sparks* on the page. The first words drew me in immediately. The mystery is off to a quick start when a severed arm rains down from the sky. That grabbed my attention. Tess also has her hands full with her daughter, Gertie. Gertie is smart and not afraid to say what she thinks. She also has a quick wit and the sparring between the two is hilarious at times. Also? Tess would starve if it wasn’t for Gertie’s gourmet cooking skills.

Then there’s the sheriff, Victor Boyd. He’s the spitting image of Detective Gabriel-Gonzales. Sheriff Boyd knows this because he is a big fan of Tess’s, something he is reluctant to admit. Tess, however, is constantly bringing up her favorite detective and what he would and wouldn’t do in any situation. These characters add plenty of humor to the book.

Tess takes it upon herself to investigate the murder—after all, it practically happened in her backyard. Doing so, however, places her and Gertie in the killer’s path. It was a twist I didn’t see coming (even though all the clues were there). At first, I wasn’t particularly happy with the ending. I had to go back and think it through. Once I connected all the dots, the ending made sense.

So. My recommendation is to read this book. It’s a keeper on my shelves.

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Publishing Information

Publisher-Poisoned Pen Books
ISBN 9781728248608

Thanks to #Netgalley for providing a copy of the book.