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With Valentine's Day just around the corner, Jane Steward is organizing a week of activities for fans of love stories at her book-themed resort. But her Regency readers barely have time to brush up on their Jane Austen before tragedy strikes Storyton Hall. Rosamund York, one of the most celebrated authors in attendance, is killed.

Rosamund had as many enemies as she did admirers, including envious fellow novelists, a jealous former lover, and dozens of angry fans. It's up to Jane, with the help of her book club, the Cover Girls, to catalogue the list of suspects and find a heartless killer quickly - before the murderer writes someone else off.

©2015 Ellery Adams (P)2015 Tantor

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Great Second Installment!

What did you love best about Murder in the Paperback Parlor?

I loved that the mystery was wrapped up in so many other intriguing story lines. This book delivers mystery, romance, humor & a whole cast of characters who are narrated so perfectly and brought to life. By the end of the book you will wish that Storyton was a real place because trust me you will want to visit! I love books that make you feel like you are transported into them, and this fit the bill

Who was your favorite character and why?

Outside of the main character Jane I really love Aunt Octavia. She is so sassy and you can't help but love her!

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was at the very end when the twins went to the Pickled Pig for the pig naming ceremony. It really brought the story full circle and also left the plot open for book 3

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. I broke it up into 3 days because I wanted to really have time to enjoy it, but you could get so wrapped up in the story that it's very easy to read in just 1 sitting!

Any additional comments?

I was looking forward to this book for months before its release, and now I am even more anxious for Book 3 next year. This series is charming and captivating. Book 1 is Murder in the Mystery Suite, so i recommend you start there to understand the characters on a more intimate level.

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Do they really have retreats like this?

Would you listen to Murder in the Paperback Parlor again? Why?

Yes. I feel like I didn't get every detail the first time, too many interruptions. It is just a good story, with a little bit of everything, but I would not mind if one of my daughters decided to listen to it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked the new guy, Lochland. He is mysterious, something about him is broken and you don't know if he can be trusted, but you want him to be one of the good guys because of his military past. I think his character will be a favorite of mine if this series continues.

What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

Her differing tones and inflections (hope using correct terminology) for the different characters, and the differing emotions brought life to the characters.

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A VERY COZY MYSTERY.

THE STORY LINE MOVED FAST AND THE INTERESTING STORY LINE KEEP ME LISTENING TILL THE END. I THINK YOU WILL FIND IT A CREDIT WILL WORTH SPENDING.

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A terrific read!

If you love books, mystery and adventure, this is a book for you. Ellery's storyline weaves you through the literature and lives in Storyton Hall. It's a warm, light read that is well presented by the narrator. I cannot wait for the next installment!!!

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  • kaylady
  • Morgan Hill, CA US
  • 08-12-15

Unique bookish setting with book-related character

Both the town and the inn reflect the bookish nature of this series, along with the Romantic Valentines Day festivities. Romance writers and fans congregate to participate in romantic decorating contests, dances and programs. and if some of the participants end up dead....

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great story<br />enjoyed listening to the reader's inte

enjoyed listening to the reader's interpretation of the story. She has a great readers presence.

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I Enjoyed it

I enjoyed this book. It is refreshing to be able to listen to a mystery while on long drives.

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  • Deedee
  • In a quiet place
  • 05-04-18

Not For Me

This series isn't one of Ellery Adams best efforts. The story started out ok but it seemed to go on and on without purpose. The mystery isn't developed very well and too much time is spent on characters who do not offer anything to the story. Plus I also don't like the idea of a secret society to protect books. I couldn't get into it. I finally stopped listening to it and decided not read anymore in this series. I will however continue to listen to other books by Adams. Johanna Parker does a good job as narrator. She brings life to a story in desperate need of it.

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Unique and lovely

I have really enjoyed all of Ellery Adam's series but this has been my favorite! There is excitement, mystery and sweet romance. So worth the listening!!

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 12-24-17

Books, Dreams, Writers and Killers

Loved this tale about Storyton Hall and a bunch of women romance writers gathered together before Valentine's Day . . . nothing like the green eyed monsters (envy and jealousy) to get a woman's blood boiling . . . I can almost smell the old books . . . history and mystery, partners . . . hand in hand, going forward to find a killer amongst the writers gathered for the conference at Storyton Hall. Jane Steward, the keeper of Storyton Hall, with her two twin little boys, Fitz and Hem, is strong, yet has a heart of gold, after losing her husband some three years earlier . . . Muffet Cat and Jane's aunt and uncle are as charming as Jane and her sons, and together they team up to be the caretaker's of Storyton Hall and its hidden treasures . . . and to search for a killer . . . and although romance is in the air, the story stays quite clean . . . to my delight . . . there are heroes and villains, as the knights and princesses of old in this charming tale . . . I am definitely going on to the next in the series!