Series: Book Club Mystery #2
Published by NAL on December 1, 2015
Genres: Cozy Mystery
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Amy-Faye Johnson’s book club, the Readaholics, is engrossed in Murder on the Orient Express, and Poirot’s surprising resolution is stirring up debate. Is the solution remotely realistic? Is justice served by Poirot's decision? Well, the book is fiction after all…
Then, just as Amy-Faye is planning the grand opening of her brother Derek’s pub, his hot-headed partner is murdered. To keep Derek from being railroaded as a suspect, Amy-Faye and the Readaholics take a page from Poirot and investigate. But as the clues lead to unlikely places, surprising motives, and a multitude of suspects, Amy-Faye and her pals wonder if truth can be just as strange as fiction.
The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle is right up my aisle. Amy-Faye is an event planner, but more importantly, she’s a member of a mystery book club. This month they’re reading Murder on the Orient Express, one of my favorites, so of course when a murder occurs, more than one of the readaholics is thinking it might be a conspiracy.
This is the first in the series I’ve read but I had no trouble jumping right into the characters and their lives. Amy-Faye has organized the grand opening of her brother’s new brewery, but his business partner is found dead in the dumpster in the middle of the party—probably not good for business, definitely not good for her brother who gets arrested. Of course, Amy-Faye and the gang have to clear her brother’s name and keep the brewery running.
Amy-Faye and her friends are fun to hang out with. They each have their own careers and quirks, they’re very different from each other but fit together well. Amy-Faye’s almost boyfriend is a cop of course, (why do so many of these amateur sleuths date police?), but they actually manage to be reasonable about the whole he had to arrest her brother thing. I’m going to ignore the ex-boyfriend who’s back in town—I’m not a fan of love triangles and would hate to see one here.
The mystery is fine. I liked how it all tied together. And our sleuth did not put herself in danger. Well, maybe she did, but it worked out without her needing saved, which is always nice.
This was a fun cozy mystery and I just enjoy that it loves mystery novels as much as I do.
This counts as 1 pts in the COYER Treasure Hunt (book with a cat on the cover).