Review: Murder at the Book Group by Maggie King

Review: Murder at the Book Group by Maggie KingMurder at the Book Group by Maggie King
Published by Pocket Books on December 30th 2014
ISBN: 9781476762463
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 268
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

For fans of Anne Canadeo comes a fun and sassy cozy mystery in which one woman must solve the murder of a book group member and untangle a web of secrets hidden by her bookish cohorts.

Hazel Rose never dreamed that the murder mystery book group she and her friend Carlene started would stage a real murder.

Nevertheless, the normally composed Carlene is unusually angry and rattled one night during a book group discussion and dies after drinking cyanide-spiked tea. Despite a suicide note, Hazel is skeptical; Carlene never seemed suicidal--she was busy making plans for her future. Incidentally, Carlene was married to Hazel’s ex-husband, and Hazel has always suspected there might be something more to her past than she let on.

How much does anyone really know about Carlene Arness? And did she die by her own hand or someone else’s? Hazel begins a search for the truth that produces no shortage of motives, as she unearths the past that Carlene took great pains to hide. And most of those motives belong to the members of her very own book group…

Featuring memorable characters and a wicked sense of humor, Murder at the Book Group shows the darker side of a book club where reading isn’t about pleasure-—it’s about payback.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


drey’s thoughts:

I was really intrigued by the premise of a murder occurring in the midst of a book club meeting, which shouldn’t be a surprise considering how much I love books… Not that I’ve ever participated in a book club or group, but I have been curious. So I was looking forward to inhaling Murder at the Book Group.

And I’m so sorry to say I didn’t get into it at all. I gave it the 50-page try (actually, 76 pages), but didn’t connect with any of the characters or with the story. The main character wants to know more – about her friend Carlene, about Carlene’s death – but is a bit too washy-washy to be forthright and come right out and ask. The other book club members are straight from a casting call, from the overly-obnoxiously-opinionated to the secretive to the suspicious.

It’s been a long time since I inhaled all available Agatha Christies, and Murder at the Book Group brings to mind the style in prose and telling. It’s just that Hazel is no Poirot.

drey’s rating: Did not finish

Have you read Murder at the Book Group? What did you think?

About Maggie King

Maggie King grew up in North Plainfield, New Jersey, graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology, and worked as a software developer in Los Angeles for many years. She is a founding member of the Sisters in Crime Central Virginia Chapter. Her short story “A Not So Genteel Murder” was published in the Virginia Is for Mysteries anthology. Maggie lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, Glen, and two cats.


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