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Murder in the Paperback Parlor

(Book Retreat Mysteries #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,303 ratings  ·  326 reviews
The New York Times bestselling Book Retreat mysteries feature Storyton Hall, the perfect getaway for literature lovers—except when a guest tries to get away with murder…

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Jane Steward is organizing a week of activities for fans of love stories at her book-themed resort. But her Regency readers barely have time to brush up on their
Paperback, 287 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Berkley
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Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Dollycas’s Thoughts

I was blown away by the first book in this series, Murder in the Mystery Suite, and this one is even better.

We return to Storyton just in time for Romancing the Reader week. The hall is full of lovers of romance novels and Jane has arranged for some special romance authors to attend as well. A full week of activities is planned including a search to find the perfect model for an upcoming romance novel cover, author panels and more. The most well known author is Rosamund York.
Aira Karina
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ellery Adams is one of my autobuy author and this book got me hooked ! It is actually the second book in the series, and i am going to read the first one .

Storyton Hall is a magical place , heaven on earth for every book lovers in the world . Jane Steward , the owner of the resort , is trying to plan an event since valentine's day is coming. A week full of activities around romance is prepared at her book themed resort. A famous romance author , Rosamunf York, is invied to the event as the cher
Jane Steward, manager of Storyton Hall is excited about her upcoming Regency Romance week event for Valentine's Day. She may even find a Regency romance hero of her own if her best friend's brother has anything to say about it. The event brings in many lovers of Regency romance novels hoping to spend time with their favorite author, Rosamond York. Ms. York is a notorious diva who never interacts with her fans but has remained on the best seller lists for years. Her fellow romance authors are jea ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once again I say when it comes to Ellery Adams books you need more than five stars to do it justice. Last year when I read Murder in the Mystery Suite I felt as if Ellery Adams had created a form of heaven. A resort in the mountains of Virginia that is a real retreat for book lovers. I fell in love with Storyton Hall and all it entails. So when Murder in the Paperback Parlor came out this week I rushed to read it. Ah the joy of another visit to the Book Retreat series. Another chance to spend ti ...more
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Yes I know some of the storyline in this series is far-fetched but that's part of what I love about it!

I love to imagine I'm visiting Storyton Hall and exploring all the themed rooms and sampling the delicious food whilst reading endless books. In fact, I wish I had a plan of the building as I set off to find the Daphne du Maurier Morning Room and ended up at the Agatha Christie Tea Room. You know how bad my sense of direction is!
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Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Book one in the Book Retreat Mystery series, MURDER IN THE MYSTERY SUITE, was one of my favorite books of 2014. Everything I loved about that book has only gotten better in MURDER IN THE PAPERBACK PARLOR.

Storyton Hall is a place I would want to visit again and again. A quiet country retreat to spend time with other bibliophiles would be perfect wouldn’t it? But Storyton Hall isn’t all it appears to be. What with pesky murder to contend with. Never fear…the staff of Storyton can handle anything
Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery, 2015
This is fast becoming one of my favorite cozy mystery series! Ellery Adams has transported us to Storyton Hall, a manor house. located in a secluded valley in Virginia. The story is set in modern times but with the imagery painted by Ms. Adams, it evokes a sense of yesteryear. Storyton Hall is a most unique place, it houses a library of thousands of books in all genres; this how the book retreat came to be.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day so Storyton Hall has a romance retreat planned for readers of
Jul 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Ellery Adams seems to be at a bit of a crossroads - she has one of the best current cozy series, Books by the Bay, but she wants more. Like Olivia, her Books by the Bay protagonist, it is clear when her heart is in the story and when it is not. The Book Retreat series should be great fun - a cozy country inn themed around great books and harboring even greater secrets - and at moments, it is - but such a quirky concept needs a degree of lightness and whimsy that the series so far lacks. Too many ...more
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Number two in the “Book Retreat Mysteries” series set in Storyton Hall, “the perfect getaway for literature lovers.” Well, it’s perfect except when there’s a murder during the romance readers event being held on this weekend. Some Valentine’s Day adventure!

This has all the elements of a typical cozy mystery: an amateur sleuth, a “cute” occupation / back story, a little romantic tension, and more suspects than you can shake a stick at. In this case the vict
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I saw this at my library I was like, wait the next book of this series is already out? Seriously? And so I had started this and another book. Thus I breezed through this, putting aside the other book I was reading.

Glad I did because this is a pretty good series so far. I mean how could I not love that bookish setting and its bookish references?

The mystery was especially good here, what with the different suspects throughout the murder mystery. There hints of story arcs for some of the char
I just love this series and these characters are amazing. It would be so awesome to have friends like the employees of Storyton Hall. Jane is a great character, very strong especially since she became Guardian of the secret library. This retreat was Regency romance-themed, and Jane expected a very sweet bunch of ladies, not crazed fan girls as she experienced when various items were auctioned for charity. And she certainly wasn't expecting another murder. A side story has Jane falling for one of ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Murder in the Paperback Parlor, the second installment in the Book Retreat Mystery series, is a delight. An idyllic mansion in a quaint village complete with secret passages and books, books, and more books – what could make for a more ideal setting for a cozy murder?

Valentine’s week has arrived at Storyton Hall, and manager Jane has a week’s worth of romantic activities planned for the Romancing the Reader Retreat. A
Doward Wilson
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Betrayals, lies, greed, ambition, blackmail and love are all mixed into this story. Storyton Hall is a resort filled with thousands of books. Jane Steward, her aunt and uncle own and run it. Being a resort for all things doing with books, Jane has booked a convention for Regency romance writers and their fans over Valentine's Day. Rosamund York is the leading writer to attend and a diva of unbelievable proportions. Things get out of hand and Rosamund is found dead by poisoning. To save the resor ...more
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
I didn't enjoy the second book in this series as much as the first. It dragged a bit for me, took me a while to get through. With the Cover Girls (Jane's book club gals), and the staff at the inn, there's a lot of characters to keep track of, possibly too many, as I kept mixing up the Cover Girls. There's a bit of drama with Jane's love interest, Edwin, as she discovers (view spoiler) ...more
April Schilling
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an early copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book in the Book Retreat Mystery series. I loved it! The characters and setting are great, I absolutely love Storyton Hall! It is filled with secret passageways, a garden, and a library I would love to have. I would love to visit the town of Storyton, it seems like such a neat place to visit.

It's Valentine's Day and Jane has wonderful things planned. Romance writers are coming to Storyton,
Excellent. I'm excited for the next one!
I went right from the first book of this series into this one - which I think is a good idea because much of the main characters' story line picks right back up in this second novel. What I especially enjoy about this series are all the literary references as well as the on-going development of the characters and their connections one to another. The setting of Storyton Hall is delightful and there are enough plot twists and turns to keep one interested. As with any cozy mystery, there are times ...more
Bree Hill
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed book one in the series but WHOA book two was amazing!!
Micky Cox
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first book in the series was good, but this one is even better! I am loving the characters and the detail that the author puts into each of their personalities is fantastic. The plot is well constructed and woven quite well. In this one, the villain was more obvious to me, but that did not detract from the plot one bit. In fact I think my knowing enhanced the mystery and the struggle to untwist it even more. The personal stories of the characters flows quite nicely throughout the story witho ...more
Carrie Templeton
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can’t get enough of this delicious literary series! I need physical copies to capture all of the amazing quotes ❤ ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, audio-book
I just love this series and as always looking forward to more. The narrator is just perfect for this series.
Sarah Iverson
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Storyton Hall is an enchanting place that I find myself swept into. The storyline sweeps me away into a fully different world. The relationships of the characters make me smile. The ending is surprising. This series is one that I can't wait for the next book! I love it!
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had a dream the night after I read Murder in the Paperback Parlor, I dreamt that I was exploring the hidden passageways inside Storyton Hall. I was searching for the hidden library of books and I didn't want to wake up until I found it. You know your a bibliophile when you start dreaming about books you read, because as anyone close to me will tell you I am obsessed with books.

Valentines Day is fast approaching and Storyton Hall is getting ready for the Romancing the Reader retreat where many
Aug 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Listened for Review (Tantor)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 3.50

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: Murder in the Paperback Parlor by Ellery Adams was a delightful read with some pretty great twists!

Overall Thoughts: I read as much romance as I do mysteries so I picked up Murder in the Paperback Parlor without reading the first book in the series (I do have a hold on it at my library) because of the romance retreat setting. I wa
Jill Tool
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-reading
This is the second book in The Book Retreat Mysteries. This book grabs you before you’re halfway through with the first chapter. The same main characters are back at Storyton Hall for a week of Romance Readers during Valentine’s Day. One of the things I enjoy about this series is that it adds to my TBR list, with many references to many books and character.

Ellery Adams has a very gift of telling a story all the while keeping the reader engaged, and entertained. The mystery is great but don’t th
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
WOW, there is a lot going on in this book and it sort of shouldn’t work – but it does. What all have we got? Well, a small town with a book-themed resort (Why is this place not REAL???), the family who owns and runs the resort complete with Single Mom with twins and a charmingly eccentric Aunt and Uncle, a week long themed event, and – lest we forget – an ancient secret society of book-loving and protecting warriors. It sounds completely ridiculous but makes for a delightful read! The characters ...more
Teresa Kander
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Another great entry in the Book Retreat Mystery series. I fell in love with Storyton Hall and its various residents after the first book (Murder In The Mystery Suite). Getting to spend time with them again was exciting and fun.

This time around, it's nearly Valentine's Day, and there is a week of romantic literary events at the resort. Of course, romance is in the air for several couples, even after one of the visiting romance writers is murdered. And, of course, we're treated to Jane's training
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was the grateful recipient of an early copy from the author in exchange for writing a fair and unbiased review.
Ellery Adams has created another masterpiece here. The almost magical setting of Storyton Hall is magnificent; an English mansion transported block by block to western Virginia and filled with hundreds of thousands of books. There are secrets here, also, that only a select few are aware of: a library within the library, filled with the rarest manuscripts in the world and being cared
❂ Jennifer
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wavered between 3.5 and 4 stars on this one: there were enough copywriting errors to get my attention, but I like the mystery the author is creating around the romantic interest and there isn't a love triangle, so ultimately, I went with 4 stars.

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Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Valentines Day is fast approaching, making it the perfect time for Storyton Hall to host the Romancing the Reader retreat. Fans of romance novels are gathering to participate in several fun themed activities throughout the week. The highlight of the trip will be interacting with the best selling Regency author, Rosamund York. However, the retreat quickly becomes a crime scene when Ms York is found poisoned in the gardens. Jane and the guardians of Storyton Hall must keep their guests happy while ...more
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USA Today and New York Times bestseller author, Ellery Adams, has written over thirty 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 snacks on black li ...more

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Book Retreat Mysteries (6 books)
  • Murder in the Mystery Suite (Book Retreat Mysteries, #1)
  • Murder in the Secret Garden (Book Retreat Mysteries, #3)
  • Murder in the Locked Library (Book Retreat Mysteries, #4)
  • Murder in the Reading Room (Book Retreat Mysteries #5)
  • Murder in the Storybook Cottage (Book Retreat Mysteries #6)
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