The Plot Is Murder

Mystery Bookshop, #1

"The Plot Is Murder" is the first book in the Mystery Bookshop series!

Samantha Washington finally accomplishes her dream of opening her own mystery bookstore, but while she’s preparing for the grand opening, she’s writing her own cozy mystery novel. Just when the murder happens in her novel, a murder happens in her real life—a dead body in her backyard.

It was hard to really get into this novel at first, with the intertwining of fiction and reality. Samantha writes her own mystery novel, while solving a real-life murder at the same time. I didn’t care for the mystery novel she was writing, but I did enjoy the real-life murder she had to solve so that’s what kept me reading.

The characters were very pleasant and endearing. I liked them a lot, especially Samantha’s grandmother. Very funny and she kept me laughing. The setting was very well-written. I really enjoyed the small town of North Harbor, and all its buildings and characters.

The mystery itself kept my interest. It was sort of predictable, but not totally. It had some really good twists in there. The pacing was excellent though, and I really liked the author’s writing style. Very simple yet descriptive.

Overall, a good start to a new cozy mystery series! I’ll definitely pick up the next book in the series!

Book Blurb for The Plot Is Murder

The small town of North Harbor on the shores of Lake Michigan is about to have a new mystery bookstore. But before the first customer can browse its shelves, the store’s owner is suspected of her own murder plot . . .

Samantha Washington has dreamed of owning her own mystery bookstore for as long as she can remember. And as she prepares for the store’s grand opening, she’s also realizing another dream—penning a cozy mystery set in England between the wars. While Samantha hires employees and fills the shelves with the latest mysteries, quick-witted Lady Penelope Marsh, long-overshadowed by her beautiful sister Daphne, refuses to lose the besotted Victor Carlston to her sibling's charms. When one of Daphne's suitors is murdered in a maze, Penelope steps in to solve the labyrinthine puzzle and win Victor.

But as Samantha indulges her imagination, the unimaginable happens in real life. A shady realtor turns up dead in her backyard, and the police suspect her—after all, the owner of a mystery bookstore might know a thing or two about murder. Aided by her feisty grandmother and an enthusiastic ensemble of colorful retirees, Samantha is determined to close the case before she opens her store. But will she live to conclude her own story when the killer has a revised ending in mind for her?

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2017 4.00