"Fourth book in the series continues to delight!"
Reviewed by Debbie Wiley
Posted May 22, 2018
Mystery | Mystery Cozy
Charli Rae Warren doesn't know what to make of it when
she arrives at her father's home early one morning to
find Ava James leaving. Ava is collaborating with the
Book Barn for a literacy drive for the foster care
program, but now Charli suspects her father may be more
involved with Ava, particularly after his secretive
behavior. However, things take a disturbing turn when Ava
is found stabbed to death and Charli's dad and Jacob
Sperry (aka the Judge and a former sheriff who repeatedly
hassled Charli while she was growing up) are standing
over Ava's body. Can Charli uncover who killed Ava before
someone kills her as well?
Wow! I love that Kym Roberts doesn't shirk away from
real-world topics such as domestic violence, as she sheds
light on the impact it has on both women and children.
It's not all heartache, however, as LETHAL LITERATURE
delivers some truly heartwarming and inspiring moments
resulting from those intense and sometimes quite scary
experiences. Kym Roberts has crafted a cozy mystery
series that delves into darker issues while maintaining
the warm and friendly atmosphere we expect in a cozy
The characters in LETHAL LITERATURE are just sheer fun!
Charli is a hoot, particularly when she and her best
friend, Scarlet, get together. Shenanigans can and do
commence when they are up to something. The bathroom
scene in LETHAL LITERATURE still cracks me up just
thinking about it! However, the secondary characters are
just as much fun as Kym Roberts does a spectacular job at
creating a real sense of community with Hazel Rock. I
could easily envision the three old men sitting together
at the nursing home and laughing with them at their
antics even as my heart aches for Isla Sperry's struggles
with Alzheimer's Disease.
LETHAL LITERATURE is the fourth book in Book
Barn Mystery series but readers new to the series can
easily jump in and enjoy the story line. Kym Roberts
provides readers with sufficient information on the back
history of the character relationships. In fact, Kym
Roberts digs deeper into Charli and her father's
histories and their own relationship, helping readers
appreciate their newfound closeness even more.
I have fallen in love with the Book
series! The fourth book in the series continues to be a
delight. From the warm inviting but oh-so-gossipy setting
of Hazel Rock, to the tight knit friendships, to Charli's
pet (and Book Barn mascot) Princess, the pink armadillo,
every aspect of LETHAL LITERATURE is both enjoyable and
well-written. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, give LETHAL
LITERATURE and the Book
Barn Mystery series a try.
Running an independent bookstore in small-town Hazel
Rock, Texas, doesn't sound like a high-risk pursuit. But
when a fundraiser reveals a story with a truly killer
ending, Charli Rae Warren will need to scramble to sort out
the deadly plot…
Sponsoring the literacy drive to benefit the foster care
system should be a feel-good endeavor, but one of Charli's
helpers is definitely on another page. Charli's dad is
distracted and keeping something secret, which Charli
suspects is a harmless flirtation with an attractive county
clerk who offered to lend them a hand. It's nothing to worry
about—until the same clerk winds up dead…
When nosy locals begin pointing fingers, Charli finds
herself entangled in a race to uncover the killer's
identity—and to get to the bottom of a shattering family
secret that could rewrite her history in alarming ways.
Suddenly Charli is facing her worst fears and her childhood
nemesis in order to unmask a murderer—before he silences her
What do you think about this review?
1 comment posted.
Re: Fourth book in the series continues to delight!
What a good review. Thanks. The Book Barn series is a treat.
(Kathleen Bylsma 3:59pm June 11)
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