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A Most Curious Murder

(A Little Library Mystery #1)

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  641 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
Jenny Weston moves home to Bear Falls, Michigan to nurse her bruised ego back to health after a bitter divorce. But the idyllic vision of her charming hometown crumbles when her mother's little library is destroyed.

The next door neighbor, Zoe Zola, a little person and Lewis Carroll enthusiast, suspects local curmudgeon Adam Cane, but when he's suddenly found dead in Zoe's
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Crooked Lane Books
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Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

This story was an absolute treasure.

Jenny Weston reeling from an awful divorce arrived back home in Bear Falls to find her mother’s Little Library has been chopped to bits and books have have been ripped apart. The Little Library was built by Jenny’s dad for his librarian wife because little Bear Falls doesn’t have a public library and she wanted to share her joy of reading. He built it to look like just like their home and put it up shortly before he was killed in a car accid
Oct 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, dnf
I couldn't finish this. I tried to plow through because I really did like Zoe and wanted to see how things turned out for her, but the rest of the characters were either dull or unpleasant. The lone exception to that is Jenny. She was awful and the reason why I hated this book. I get it. Part of the cozy formula is for the protagonist to have some sort of "trauma" from their past, but gee whiz, not only was hers weak, but it was something that she should have gotten over a loooooooong time ago a ...more
Oct 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks, cozies
I tried to like this, but unfortunately I didn't.

I found pretty much all the characters either TSTL, weak and wimpy, or simply unpleasant and unlikable.

The mystery and what the murder was all about was depressing verging on disturbing and I did not find anything to enjoy about it.

This was a miss for me on all counts where cozies are concerned. I expect murder, I expect SOME unpleasant people, and I expect small-town busybodies. But I don't expect to be depressed and sad when I get to the end of
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
NOTE: I’ll put it out there…I am not a fan of Alice in Wonderland, and there are most obviously many references to it in this book. However, I am a fan a Little Libraries, so I had to check this book out. With that being said, my review is based on the author’s writing ability, her plot, the mystery, and not my personal dislike of Alice.

Author Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli grabbed my attention when I heard A MOST CRUIOUS MURDER was the start of a series based on Little Libraries. I am fascinated by t
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
One of the most boring and annoying books I have read in a long time.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up. I picked up this book because the series is called Little Library Mysteries. There is references to Little Libraries, but there is more to the story than that. Jenny Weston has returned home to Bear Falls, Michigan for the first time in five years. She has come home to lick her wounds after a bitter divorce and the loss of her job. When she arrives home, she sees her mother's little library, the one her father made for her before his death, broken to pieces and all the book ...more
K.A. Davis
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy reading cozy mysteries for a variety of reasons: good character development, happy endings, and of course they are a source of wonderful entertainment. A MOST CURIOUS MURDER: A Little Library Mystery, by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli, fits my criteria for what makes a book good, but then the author went a step further and made it great! A MOST CURIOUS MURDER has a strong plot with plenty of twists, turns, and falls into the rabbit hole which kept me up late at night turning pages. But what mad ...more
May 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, cozy-mysteries
A Most Curious Murder by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli is the first book in A Little Library Mystery series. Jenny Weston has just moved back to Bear Falls, Michigan following her acrimonious divorce. One thing she has always loved is the Little Library her father built for her mother in front of their home. Her mother was a librarian before she married, but the town had no library. This was a way for her to be a librarian and help people picks books (it works a little differently from your traditiona ...more
Oct 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Well I can't believe that I am giving Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli's book a 1 star. I loved her previous series (Emily Kincaid Mysteries), so was anxiously awaiting receiving copy of A Most Curious Murder so that I could devour it. Unfortunately, I had to force myself to finish it.

If you like Alice in Wonderland quotes, you will like this book. I do not. The plot line was predictable, the story line threads were a bit random, and the idea that a woman could still be pining for her high school sweeth
Paul Waibel
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I tried several times to read A MOST CURIOUS MURDER, but found it impossible to develop sufficient interest to finish it. I was confused from the start. Was it a mystery, or a fantasy. Was it a novel for an adult reader or a young adult reader? I began to see it as a novel similar to the fantasy novels by Madeleine L'engle. A quick look at its Amazon page confirmed my suspicions. Those who ordered it are said to have shown interest in similar titles like A DARK AND STORMY MURDER by Julia Buckley ...more
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found this to be a charming mystery because of the characters. My favorite childhood story is 'Alice in Wonderland' and I thought there would be more 'Alice' type things going on besides quoting lines from Lewis Carroll's masterpieces, but that's fine. It does start out a bit slow and convoluted, but by the third of fourth chapter, I got interested. I wasn't expecting anything more than a few hours of entertainment and it fulfilled my expectations nicely. Mimsy were the borogoves, indeed.
Jul 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
I am glad this was a book I checked out from the library, and not one that I purchased. I got about 35% of the book read, and I just decided to stop reading it. It was hard for me to follow the characters and the fairy tale aspects of the story really did not add anything, except confusion.
Cherie Bush
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like it more than I did.
Rounded up to 3 stars. A bit disappointing.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Cozy Mystery centered around a small town with a small lending library vandalized during a rainstorm. While cleaning up the mess a neighbor is discovered, DEAD in the backyard of the next door neighbor.
Cute collection of characters.
Mary  (Biblophile)
Jun 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
I found the characters in this story unlikable and, therefore, it colored the entire way I looked at the story. Too much angst from one character and way too much nastiness from another. I'd say this one stepped out of the usual "cozy" mode and not for the better.
Carolina Imhof
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
1.5... Most characters are annoying, and the ones that might be likable are hardly in there... there's too many things that don't make sense.
Selah Pike
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Meh. I think the author was trying WAY too hard to be quirky and charming.
Marguerite Czajka
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this because I am a Little Free Library Steward. It took a while to get into it but I warmed up to the characters, except the main character - 18 years and a marriage after high school, and she is still far too hung up on her high school boyfriend dumping her., which made her annoying.
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-in-series
Dealt with alcoholism, death and romance. Great book. I liked that one of the main characters likes fairies.
Donna Huber
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything a cozy mystery should be. And if you like Alice in Wonderland you'll enjoy the quotes that are spouted about in regular conversations.
When Jennie goes home to Michigan for a visit after a bitter divorce (her husband left her for his pregnant girlfriend), she is greeted by the destruction of her mother's Little Library and all its contents. The Little Library, on a post in front of their house, was built by her father in exact replica of their house for his wife, a librarian, for living in a town with no library. The destruction breaks Jennie's heart. Then even before she can greet her mother, she is confronted (and confounded) ...more
"Curiouser and curiouser." When I read Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli's first Little Library Mystery, I wished I had paid more attention to Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Although the book stands on its own as a mystery, the reader is thrust into a topsy-turvy world with quotes from Lewis Carroll. The wordplay-filled mystery would certainly mean more to readers who remembered or loved Carroll's books.

Jenny Weston returns home to Bear Falls, Michigan to lick her wounds after he
Susan Krich
May 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a Goodreads book.
Even though I liked the plot it was a difficult read for me. As on page 10 "words and words and words". There were just too many words that led me nowhere. There were also too many references or allusions to British authors and their works that I didn't know off hand. I had to keep going back and rereading paragraphs several times.
I liked the concept of a mystery starting with a vandalized little library, but I couldn't get into it because of the stilted writing and annoying secondary character.

I received an ARC from Net Galley.
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
strange. the characters were too quirky, the plot lines went all over the place and the story ended abruptly. Will not be reading any more in this series.
I found it hard to get into this book, but I kept reading. The characters just didn't grab me. Enjoyed the Alice in Wonderland quotes, and the one character I did enjoy was Zoe.
DelAnne Frazee
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: A Most Curious Murder - Little Library Mystery Book 1
Author: Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Published: 6-12-2016
Pages: 336
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Sub-Genre: Amateur Sleuths, Women's Fiction, Suspense, Cozy Mystery
ISBN: 9781629536054
ASIN: B01H082F02
Reviewed For NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: 4.25 Stars

Jenny Weston moves home to Bear Falls, Michigan to nurse her bruised ego back to health after a bitter divorce. But the idyllic vision of
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: listened-to
I have been a fan of Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli since reading DEAD DANCING WOMEN. It's a unique suspense mystery and I have looked forward to reading more of the series. Then I read a review about this Little Library Mystery series and had to add it to my WWBL too. I found it on Simply Audio and kept my fingers crossed it would be moved up the wishlist soon. Got my wish last week and it immediately went into the CD player in Sebastian.
It took me a chapter or two to get into the story. It is not th
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli (aka Elizabeth Lee) is a Michigan based novelist whose 12th book is due out in 2016. She teaches fiction writing at Northern Michigan College and has written for the NORTHERN EXPRESS, the ROMEO OBSERVER, the DETROIT NEWS, and the RECORD-EAGLE. She is a member of the Author’s Guild, International Association of crime Writers, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers’ of America, Mi ...more

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