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Publisher's Summary

In a charming cozy mystery series debut, Leslie Nagel's irrepressible small-town heroine finds that her fellow book club members may be taking their Agatha Christie a bit too literally - and murder a bit too lightly.

Charley Carpenter has poured heart and soul into her clothing store, Old Hat Vintage Fashions. She'll do anything to make it a success - even join the stuffy Agathas Book Club in order to cultivate customers among the wealthy elite of Oakwood, Ohio.

Although mixing with the most influential women in town has its advantages, Charley finds the endless gossip a high price to pay. But after two women with close ties to the Agathas are brutally murdered, everyone falls under threat - and suspicion. When key evidence indicates that both murders are the work of the same hand, Charley realizes that the killer has arranged each corpse in perfect imitation of crime scenes from the club's murder mystery reading list. She uses her membership in the club to convince Detective Marcus Trenault to use her as an inside informant. Not that he could stop her anyway.

Intelligent, fearless, and every bit as stubborn as Marc is, Charley soon learns the Agathas aren't the only ones with secrets to protect. Passions explode as she and Marc must race against time to prevent another murder. And if Charley's not careful, she may find herself becoming the killer's next plot twist.

©2016 Leslie Nagel (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A home-run debut...with action, adventure and murders involving mystery books, it is sure to please every cozy mystery fan! I highly recommend adding The Book Club Murders to your fall reading list." ( The Cozy Mystery Journal)
"Charley Carpenter is my kind of woman - smart, strong, and independent. She makes an engaging and utterly appealing new detective. Book some time with Charley today!" (Michael Lister, New York Times best-selling author of Blood Oath)

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Narrator needs a studio

The story was decent. The narrator was good. But the recording itself was distractingly echo-y. Like it was recorded in a bathroom. All hard surfaces.... no sound absorption.

I'd buy another if this is a series. Just need to improve the recording process.

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Be will to suspend belief

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I am weary of five star reviews, so I take the time to read comments. This book has a great plot, however, the romance, as written, is more appropriate for a YA book. The relationship of the police department working with the heroine is beyond belief, and allowing her to take over the murder room is laugh out loud silly.

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Story good narrated poorly

Story good but sounded like the narrator was in a well if her other book like this one won't buy

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Boring start

I actually did not finish this book. It sounds like it was written with a thesaurus in hand.

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Excellent start to a new series

Leslie Nagel has written a great story for the beginning of her new series. If you're a fan of cozy mysteries, I highly recommend this audiobook.

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Awesome new series

I can't wait for the next book. What a great beginning to a series. I really cared about the characters and what became of them.

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Good if you're under the age of 30.

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Honestly there were so many high school-ish emotions running rampant that I really didn't care "who did it". It was exhausting. I was relieved to finally get to the end although the story was quite good. Good narration.

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good mystery

this was a wonderful cozy mystery that had a lot of twists and turns! The characters were incredibly believable and the narration was wonderful! My only pet peeve about certain cozy Mysteries is that they get too involved in personal relationships rather than focusing strictly on the mystery.

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The book club murders

the story kept you guessing until the end,
both. story line and reader were great.

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A book club solves a murder from their midst

In The Book Club Murders by Leslie Nagel, Charley Carpenter is one of eight women who form the Agathas Mystery Book Club, meeting every month to dissect murder mysteries written by women. Charley doesn’t particularly care about the other women, except for her best friend, Frankie, but she stays active in its membership because it has proven good for her business, a vintage clothing store named Old Hat. At the current book club meeting, the talk revolves around a murder that happened the previous night, but fun gossip soon turns to horror when Detective Marcus Trenault arrives to break the news to Lindy that her sister, Serena, is the victim. Prodded by Frankie, Charley uses her past history with Marc to get involved in the case. When another woman turns up murdered, Charley pieces together the few details she has heard to conclude that the murders are imitating the murders found in recent books read by the Agathas.

Racing across the street from Old Hat to the Safety Building, Charley insists on seeing Marc, who gets furious that she knows details about the murders that no one else should know. But soon she convinces him and his partner, Paul, that her knowledge comes from books that they had actually found at the crime scenes, with the pages describing the murders dog-eared. Her insight into the murders is clever enough for the police to decide to use Charley as a confidential informant, a position that leads her to find legitimate, useful evidence.

Charley and Marc race to try to find the killer before someone else gets killed. But the list of people aware of the books read by the Agathas is limited to the members of the book club and their closest family and friends, leading to the suspicion that the killer is one of the Agathas, a scary prospect.

This book was a lot of fun to listen to. I appreciated the connection to real mystery books and the creative methods used to tell the story. I enjoyed the clever conclusion. Further, I also appreciated the way the police did not come across as dolts, as happens in so many cozy mysteries. Charley’s connection to the case comes in believably.

My one concern about this book is that it took a while for me to be able to sort out the characters. At the beginning, the characters tended to run together, and I found it a bit confusing.

The book’s audio version is narrated by Dina Pearlman. I really enjoyed her performance, which included great voices for each character. This helped me to distinguish among the characters who confused me in telling them apart. Pearlman does a really excellent job in bringing the book to life. She is now high on my list of top narrators.

The Book Club Murders gave me plenty of enjoyment as I listened to the book. The story kept me enthralled, and despite the fact that the other characters confused me, the characters of Charley and Marc were realistic. I give the book four stars.

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WoW

I got so engrossed in the audiobook I struggled to stop listening to it.
Narration and storyline both superbly done

3 of 3 people found this review helpful