Charley Carpenter will go to any lengths to further her clothing store business and drum up more sales. She’s even joined the stuffy Agathas Book Club group made up of the wealthy elite of their small town of Oakwood, Ohio. Although the company is a bit lacking in the club with only her one good friend in the group she does however enjoy the books so vows to stick around for her store.
When a body is found in the small town though the gossip starts flying around rather quickly. Charley finds herself running into an old family friend Detective Marcus Trenault when she keeps finding herself coming up on details that might help his case. But when Charley finds the murderer may have ties to the Agathas she really begins working with the detectives to help solve the case.
The Book Club Murders was a really nice fast paced sort of crossover between a cozy mystery and a mystery/thriller read. The main character in this story does do some investigating on her own like you would find in a cozy mystery but a lot of the book also involves the police investigation that you would find in a normal thriller.
I would warn that for fans of a cozy mystery this one may cross a few lines for readers that are used to a somewhat more clean read that you find in cozies. There’s some language and also a relationship developing in here that I don’t often find in those types of stories but for me I found I rather enjoyed this one being a bit of a mix of both types of books.
Overall, 4.5 stars, a bit of a mix of a cozy and thriller read. Great small town setting, characters and story line.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.