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Murder in the Mystery Suite

(Book Retreat Mysteries #1)

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WHO WOULD RESORT TO MURDER?

Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia is the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her number of bookings, resort manager Jane Steward has decided to host a Murder and Mayhem week so that fans of the mystery genre can gather together for some role-playing and
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Mass Market Paperback, 277 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2014)
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Cindy Because Jane is referred to as Ms. Steward instead of Mrs. Steward, I assume that either she did not take her husband's name upon marriage or she reve…moreBecause Jane is referred to as Ms. Steward instead of Mrs. Steward, I assume that either she did not take her husband's name upon marriage or she reverted back to her maiden name upon his death. Because the boys had not been born at the time of her husband's death, it makes sense to me that she gave them the same last name that she herself uses. At this time we know very little about her relationship with her husband so it's possible that we may receive more information later on into the series.(less)
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Gary Sundell
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an enjoyable read. What's not to like? Dead bodies, secret passages, fun characters, literary references galore, a grumpy tuxedo cat; my kind of book. I'll be reading the next books in the series as soon as possible.
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
“These people are mystery fans. Readers. Bibliophiles. They’re far too refined to resort to violence.”

I loved the enthusiasm aimed toward books and reading, especially with the themed murder mystery week and the celebration of various literary detectives. It was nerd city for me, trust me. Being with the guests when they visited various rooms such as the Green Gables Gazebo and Agatha Christie Teamroom. Having meals catered to novel names and characters? Yep, a bookworm's dream: Julius Caesar sa
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Vivian
Mar 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book but sadly I did not - in fact, I didn't even finish it - I found it slow, boring and utterly forgettable. So many contradictions - the need for a themed mystery weekend to generate revenue, yet they have a fleet of Rolls Royces to pick up guests for transport to the hotel? The hotel holds a scavenger hunt using the entire grounds which are said to be in major disrepair? Lavish food displays for teas and restaurants in the hotel - can't be in that bad of shape financial ...more
Kim
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book and I've been trying to convince myself that I do, but I just don't. I'm not fond of any of the characters and while I do like how the book started, it completely lost me when the family secret was revealed (even though I didn't enjoy the book I don't want to ruin it for anyone else.). I would've enjoyed the book (and series, I'm sure) if it had just been a book loving retreat that mysteries happened at. ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
MUDER IN THE MYSTERY SUITE
by Ellery Adams
Book One in the Book Retreat Mystery series

A few chapters into this first book in the Book Retreat Mystery series, I was already enjoying what I thought to be another sweet, cozy mystery series. By chapter five I had the feeling of reading a Nancy Drew story in which Nancy was now a grown woman. This of course thrilled me to no end. However, it felt as though I was also in a modern day Agatha Christie novel. Until chapter eight when Nancy and Agatha combi
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Lark37
Apr 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Couldn't finish this one although I tried. The book is supposed to be set in Virginia in modern day. Who in America calls the owner of a restaurant a publican? I felt the author was trying so hard to create a small English town atmosphere that she threw in every word/name she could to evoke the traditional English cozy image. I suppose she thought it would help create the traditional cozy atmosphere to use literary type names for the employees at Storyton Manor, like Sterling, Pimpernel, Sinclai ...more
LORI CASWELL
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
WHO WOULD RESORT TO MURDER?

Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia is the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her number of bookings, resort manager Jane Steward has decided to host a Murder and Mayhem week so that fans of the mystery genre can gather together for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving.

But when the winner of the scavenger hunt, Felix Hampden, is found dead in the Mystery Suite, and the v
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Kateryna
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit-read
This cozy-mystery is set at a resort for book lovers, on the murder mystery weekend where an actual murder takes place. It could have been a lot of fun, but it really wasn't. The author had too many ideas for one book. It went a little overboard with lots of the side stories. I didn’t get much into the book and then when the family secret came out - totally unbelievable - it lost me. ...more
Fred
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Murder In The Mystery Suite is the first book in the Book Retreat Mystery series.

Ellery Adams has come up with another engaging and fun series with a cast interesting characters. This series takes place at the venerable Storyton Hall in western Virginia.

Jane Steward, a widow and mother of precocious twin boys, is the manager at Storyton Hall, having taken over from her great-aunt Octavia and great-uncle Aloysius. Storyton Hall houses several extensive libraries and Jane has come up with a plan t
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Ilinca
Jan 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Entirely silly, with no redeeming qualities. I was longing for a good cozy mystery, and reviews tricked me into thinking this was a decent choice. Sadly, this is a clicheistic, poorly written, totally unsatisfying amateurish book written by a very poor reader of books in general, and a worse writer. Too bad.
Mystereity Reviews
I was scouting around looking for a book for the r/CozyMystery Online Referral book bingo square and BeachbumBookworm swooped in on Discord with this recommendation. It had all the things I like in a cozy mystery; a deftly written plot, likeable characters, secrets (I love secret anything in books!) and the absence of tropes. Perfect!

Jane Steward runs a resort catering to book lovers, Storyton Hall, in the tiny town of Storyton, VA. Looking for an event to host that will bring in loads of book l
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Lesa
Ellery Adams introduces her first Book Retreat mystery, Murder in the Mystery Suite, with a paragraph to delight the heart of any book lover. "There were books everywhere. Hundreds of books. Thousands of books. There were books of every size, shape, and color. They lined the walls from floor to ceiling, standing straight and rigid as soldiers on the polished mahogany shelves, the gilt lettering on their worn spines glinting in the soft light, the scent of supple leather and aging paper filling t ...more
Ronna
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I got this book free from the author. This is my honest review.

Ellery Adams has begun a mystery series for all lovers of mystery and books. Storyton Hall is a huge resort nestled in rural Virginia, surrounded by shops and restaurants that also cater to the literature lover. Guests will have the services of a full staff, including butler, chauffeur, and a librarian who reins over a library that could rival parts of the Library of Congress. He can find books for everyone from the toddler reading B
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Paige
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wished there more than five stars to give ? I do right now in writing about this book. This is a cozy like no other I have ever read. The heroine Jane Steward is not your usual cozy girl. She is the mother of twin boys Hemmingway and Fitzgerald and that is a big clue to her personality. She like me is a book lover. She works in the family owned resort Storyton Hall. The theme of the resort is books, authors, and fantasy. Just my kind of place. When Jane hosts an event called Murder ...more
Meg
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A compelling start to a new-to-me series. The setting of a book- themed resort bursting with books and a huge literary secret was exciting. A repeated error with a secondary character's name during an important discussion threw me out of the story but, otherwise, this was a good, easy read. Looking forward to reading the next in the series. ...more
Dawn Michelle
Ummm...okay.
First, I like the characters quite a bit. Its a interesting premise and I enjoyed that.
BUT...
I ABSOLUTELY DESPISED the narrator. SO. SO. SO Meh. Cozy mysteries are not to be read in a breathy, sexy-wannabe voice. Blech. And because of that, I had a very hard time enjoying this book. And how she pronounces words [like she was creating her own language] also almost drove me insane.

Because of that, I will not be listening to any more of this series and am hoping that I will be able t
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Julie
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is a first for me, a cosy mystery based in America.
Really enjoyed the first half but then it went down hill, I'm afraid. Won't give to much away but the plot takes a turn.... one I didn't enjoy...and it all got a bit daft.

Maybe I compare most cosy mysteries to Agatha Raisin books, which I love.
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☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
I found this cozy very entertaining and with books included in the story is even better but the death of Felix has Jane wondering if her resort is going to have problems with getting bookings. With all that went on in the story Jane also finds out other things that she didn't know about her family and I find quit entertaining. I can't wait to see how this continues and how far she will follow with the family secret. ...more
Cathy Cole
Aug 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I think Adams' Books By the Bay novels are some of the very best cozies being written today. I love them, so I was excited to learn that she was writing a new series, and I bought a copy as soon as it arrived at my local bookstore. From the first paragraph, I was in heaven. Storyton Hall is any serious book lover's perfect world, and the countryside and village outside its walls complete the dream scenario. There are times when I read that I want to be drawn into the type of world that should ex ...more
Melissapalmer404
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Book #67 Read in 2014
Murder in the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams

This is the first book in a new cozy mystery and I loved it. The book is set in a quaint village called Storyton with the primary setting being a wonderful literary retreat called Storyton Hall, a reader's dream. Rooms are named after authors and characters and this book is during a murder mystery themed retreat, which was the brain child of Jane Steward. Jane is a single mother of twin boys (her husband died when she was pregnant)
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Sue Ross
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first in a new series from Ellery Adams. In my opinion, it is the best series so far. In this first installment, we find Jane Steward, a widow with twin 6 year old boys, living in a rundown castle, if you will, with her great aunt and uncle. Within the halls of this castle, there are secrets. Secrets that must be protected at all costs. In the town of Storyton, many are not who they appear to be. When a runaway horse gallops through the center of the town and the rider dies, things f ...more
Reads
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive this book from the author. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down!!
Ms Adams has created a whole new village, Storyton, in the beautiful mountains of Virginia. Storyton Hall is a huge resort for book lovers. It's filled with books and mystery.
Jane Steward, her fun 6 yr old twin boys, aunt and uncle, along with other great characters, run the charismatic resort. Jane comes up with a brilliant idea for a murder and mayhem theme week at the resort to help ra
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Debbie
I had a hard time rating this book. I really enjoyed it but a few things bothered me, I went with 4 stars as it is very well written and entertaining. One of my largest problems was that I had to keep dragging myself into this century, between the setting and the way the characters talked I kept putting it in a Victorian era, I had to keep reminding myself that is in these times. The mystery was excellent but unless I missed something I don't think there were enough clues to figure it out. This ...more
Mark Baker
Feb 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, mystery
Jane Steward is trying to get more income to her family’s Storyton Hall, already famous as a retreat for readers. But her idea of a Mystery and Mayhem Week begins with a murder and a stolen book. What secrets will she uncover?

This book attempts to do something a little different with the cozy genre, and I’ll admit it took me a little while to get on board, but once I did I found I liked the idea. I also really did love the characters. Unfortunately, the plot came up short, leaving us with some l
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Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
2.5 stars. This one was just ok for me. Some parts of the inn were a little too "perfect" for me. I also smell a love triangle brewing which I really dislike. ...more
Annu
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This was an interesting story, with quite a bit of twists and turns to keep me interested. However, I felt a certain plotline was a bit too far fetched but then I wondered isn't that why we read stories - to escape reality and live in a fantasy - especially at a time when the world is facing a crisis. The characters were interesting and quirky but none left an impression on me. Although, I loved the cover girls group, wish I could be a part of the group. The only character that I didn't warm up ...more
Julie McCahill
Sep 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Fun and light. 3.5
Rob
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The prolific Ellery Adams has created a delightful series with her Book Retreat mysteries. With its playful premise and charming characters and a setting that is every bibliophile’s dream, readers are in for a treat! I mean who wouldn’t want to self-isolate with a good book in the Jane Austen Parlor or have a night cap in the Ian Fleming Lounge? And if that weren’t enough, an unexpected secret will ensure repeat business at Storyton Hall. I know my suite is already booked!
Jessica Robbins
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-print
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Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Jane runs Storyton Hall a resort for book lovers and to gain more attention she has decided to make themed weeks and her first one is Murder and Mayhem for all the mystery lovers out there. They have a lot of fun things set up and one is a scavenger hunt and the person who won would get a book.

It’s a rare book and it seem that more than one person wants to get their hands on it, so much that the might have even committed murder. To make matters worse they gave away the wrong book, Jane’s aunt di
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USA Today and New York Times bestseller author Ellery Adams has written forty novels and can’t imagine spending a day away from the keyboard. Ms. Adams, a Native New Yorker, has had a lifelong love affair with stories, food, rescue animals, and large bodies of water. When not working on her next novel, she bakes, gardens, drinks vats of coffee, spoils her three cats, and searches for snacks. She l ...more

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