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Fatal Fiction

(A Book Barn Mystery #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  243 ratings  ·  76 reviews
When kindergarten teacher Charli Rae Warren hightailed it out of Hazel Rock, Texas, as a teen, she vowed to leave her hometown in the dust. A decade later, she’s braving the frontier of big hair and bigger gossip once again . . . but this time, she’s saddled with murder!

Charli agrees to sell off the family bookstore, housed in a barn, and settle her estranged dad’s debt—if
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Published December 6th 2016 by Lyrical Underground
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Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts
Just a quick trip from Colorado to Texas, sign some papers, get out of town and get back to teaching those kindergartners. Big problem, Charli Rae Warren is only in town a few minutes and she finds a dead body. The woman she was meeting to put Hazel Rock in her rear view mirror permanently is deader than a door nail and the cops think she did it. When they find Charli’s dad is missing too, they both share the top a very short list of suspects. To get out of this mess she needs
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charli Rae Warren left her small hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas under a cloud of scandal. Now, a kindergarten teacher, she heads back home to help her estranged father sell their family book barn. When she arrives, she finds the realtor dead, her father missing and a strange armadillo taking up residence at the book barn.

First, she must prove her own innocence, then she must find her father. He has suddenly become the prime suspect. Charli and her father have had their differences, but there’s no
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-mystery
This is a rather light read. Although it is off to a quick start, the story is slow to develop. A great deal of the story is time spent setting the characters and their relationship and the small town atmosphere. Lots of red herrings are thrown in along the way as well as a bit of romance. The writing is simple and informal in its style.
The initial attraction was the setting of a bookstore, but the descriptor of “cozy mystery” says it all.
Deana Dick
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a hoot this book turned out to be. The characters are over the top funny and kept me laughing throughout the book. The story is set in a little town called Hazel Rock, Texas. The description of the town was like going back to the old days of a town like Mayberry. I remember that show so well. The town gathered at the barbershop to gossip and there was always cooky characters to keep the show interesting. In Hazel Rock ,we have the local beauty parlor where all the latest news can be found. ...more
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hazel Rock, Texas is the last place Charli Rae Warren ever wanted to come back to. If it hadn't been for the real estate agent who was in charge of selling her father's business, the Book Barn, insisting that Charli had to sign the papers in person, she would have happily stayed in her Denver digs with her classroom full of kindergarteners. What was to have been a quick trip to sign the papers and then high-tail it out of town, turns into an open-ended stay when Charli stumbles upon the body of ...more
Mary Brown
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fatal Fiction
A Book Barn Mystery, Book #1
Kym Roberts
5 Stars


When kindergarten teacher Charli Rae Warren hightailed it out of Hazel Rock, Texas, as a teen, she vowed to leave her hometown in the dust. A decade later, she’s braving the frontier of big hair and bigger gossip once again . . . but this time, she’s saddled with murder!

Charli agrees to sell off the family bookstore, housed in a barn, and settle her estranged dad’s debt—if only so she can ride into the sunset and cut ties with H
Peggy R
This is the first book in Kym Roberts' new Book Barn Mystery series and I very much enjoyed my visit to Hazel Rock. This is a delightful cozy mystery with a flow that keeps the reader turning pages. I found that the author had a nice descriptive writing style that allowed me to picture the town and the characters who live there. Our main character, Charli Rae ("Princess") Warren is spunky, sarcastic and had a good sense of humor to her. The cast of secondary characters are quirky, fun, and inter ...more
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A pink armadillo called Princess and a barn filled with books, I need to say that because it is EPIC! The minute I read that I knew that this was a series that I was going to fall in love with and I have!

When Charli goes back to her hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas, she thought it was a quick in and out job for her, she might see her dad but that wasn't her main objective, she was going to see the real estate lady who was going to end her connection to the town and everything in it. Things didn't h
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book in this creative series. The plot different from most Cozies but has many of the elements of a cozy. The characters are developed and Charli Rae Warren will attract your attention The descriptions of the area will place you in Hazel Rock, Texas. There are two romantic themes. A lot of information on book art is provided. Reading about it gave me a wish to learn about the art form. A pink armadillo named Princess adds interest and humor to the story.
Charlie has agreed to return hom
Bette Hansen
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable read!! Small town cozy mystery with the perfect amount of twists and turns to keep you guessing and wanting more. Charli was a great character and you could feel her frustration with being back in Hazel Rock and the current situation. Returning was never in her plan. Happy and content as a teacher in Colorado is where she wants to be but with her father missing and a murder to solve Hazel Rock is where she is stuck. The townspeople are hilarious and all the secondary characters ar ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good mystery that had several likable characters and was an easy read. I mentally rated it a 3.5 due to some editing errors and/or repetition, but rounded it up to 4* for all its positive aspects. I have the next one downloaded and look forward to seeing what direction the story will take.
Jessica Robbins
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-kindle
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Jeanie Jackson
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am ready for the next book in the series and Fatal Fiction hasn't even come out!!! I love light mysteries with a slightly different feel and Fatal Fiction has both the comfort of a small Texas town with which I can relate and elements that are unlike any other book I have read, in addition to the pink armadillo! I want to get to know these wonderful characters even better and to watch their lives develop. I have no doubt that this is a series that I will follow as long as Kym Roberts keeps cre ...more
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
**I voluntarily read an Advance Readers Copy of this book from Kensington Books via NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. **

Fatal Fiction is the first book in the new Book Barn Mystery series. I loved the idea of a book store in an old historic barn!

The basics: Charli Rae Warren left her small Texas hometown years ago, with no plans to ever return. But, you know what they say about best laid plans. After receiving a call from a local realtor alerting Charli to her
RO G'ma
Fatal Fiction is the first book in Kym Roberts’ Book Barn Mystery series and is a well-written, steady paced whodunit, with well-developed and likeable characters, humor, and a touch of romance, a sense of community and forgiveness, and a pink Armadillo, named Princess. There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing who the murderer was until the reveal. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

Charli Rae (Princess) Warren fled her hometown after high school whe
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
What a great start to a new series! I always love books set in small towns in Texas especially if the author gets the feel of the characters/town right, and Kym does that in this book.

I thought it was interesting that the main character was biracial. It took awhile before I actually figured it out, but even then it really wasn't a big deal to the rest of the townspeople. Charli Rae was definitely something of a trouble maker when she was younger but perhaps because she had something to prove?

Lisa Morin
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Fatal Fiction is the first in a new series by Kym Roberts.
I voluntarily read an ARC of this book and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Charli Rae Warren has returned to Hazel rock to sell The Book Barn, a family owned bookstore.
She hasn't been back in years and the cool reception she receives wants to send her running away.
When she discovers a dead body in the book store, she freaks out and of course is the first suspect.

As a first in a new series, the story line was good. I didn't connect wi
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Many in this genre are 'starting a new life back home' in a coffee shop/bakery/florist/inn. This is different. She doesn't want to go 'home' and it's an old book barn. The peripheral characters are well drawn and interesting. The plot is unpredictable yet linear.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely delightful addition to the world of cozy mysteries. The Texas setting, complete with an adorable armadillo, gave the story a real down-home feel. The ending was a shocker, and now I can't wait for book two!
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Fatal Fiction’, first in the Book Barn Mystery series. The protagonist, Charli, is very likable in that she is like many of us. She made her share of teenage errors, then left home after a blowup with her dad, Bobby Ray, and never looked back. She returned to handle one thing only, planning to be back to work as a kindergarten teacher the following week. Life threw a curveball and she was stuck with Princess the pink armadillo (it is Hazel Rock, Texas, after all), she has a ...more
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was fun. I wasn't sure I was going to like it. Charli (aka Princess) has come home after a 10 year rift with her father. She finds their bookstore is now painted a bright pink and is called "The Book Barn Princess". She walks in and finds a woman murdered. She is thrown into the middle of this murder. First she is a suspect, then her father. It's tough, she is remembering the town through her teenage eyes. There are several colorful characters, including a pink armadillo. I've never see a r ...more
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fatal Fiction is the first in the Book Barn mystery series featuring Charli Rae "Princess" Warren. Charli is currently working as a school teacher in Denver, CO but has come back to her hometown of Hazel Rock, TX to sign the papers necessary to sell her family business, The Book Barn.

Charli fled her hometown right after high school when classmates, friends and townspeople starting spreading vicious rumors about her. Charli was most upset that even her own father, Bobby Ray seemed to believe the
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
First in this 'everything's big in Texas' Book Barn series, readers are introduced to Charli Rae "Princess" Warren and her hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas. Charli, a kindergarten teacher in Colorado, returns home when the local realtor, Marlene Duncan, informs her that her daddy, Bobby Ray, needs to sell their family store, the Book Barn. Charli ' signature is required as she's half owner. Charli had left Hazel Rock ten years prior and has been estranged from her father ever since. When Charli arr ...more
Nikki Brooks
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brand new cosy series I dare you not to love! Charli is a real puzzle to figure out. She ran from her home town after her then boyfriend didn't defend her from gossip ad her father basically told her to deal with it. She is now a self assured kindergarten teacher. But when her father plans to sell their family business, she has to return to deal with the paperwork. She did not expect to find it painted bright pink and to have an armadillo in residence - defo not a pink one! There are now two Pri ...more
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fatal Fiction by Kym Roberts is the first in a new cozy series by Ms. Roberts. It was a smoothly paced plot with enough twists and turns that I never did know who the murderer was until the reveal. I was hooked from the first chapter and didn't put it down until the end. There's also a brief glimpse at the end of the book into the next book in the series.

Charli was an interesting female lead. She had run away from Hazel Rock and her father's bookstore as a teenager. She's all grown up now and r
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, cozy
When Charli arrives back in her home town after 12 years she intends for a short stay; only to put her signature on the selling papers of her father's book barn. Realtor Marlene has urged her to sign because of her father's debt. Unfortunately her stay is extended after finding Marlene dead in the store! After first being arrested for suspicion of murder, Charli is released and starts to investigate as her father is the next suspect on the list.

I enjoyed the story, but it was hard for me to warm
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, e-books
If you are looking for a new series to start with that will keep you guessing until the very end this is it!

Charli Rae Warren has always been princess to her father. But she left town many years ago never to look back. When she gets an urgent phone call from a realtor that she has to come and sign papers to sell the Book Barn that was her childhood home and family business she makes the trip back to Hazel Rock, Texas. Not only is the town's signature Book Barn now bright PINK! But there is also
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy, mystery, netgalley
When Charli returns to her hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas, it’s only meant to be a quick trip. When first she and then her father are accused of murder, however, she decides to hang around until she can clear her dad’s name.

The barn-as-a-bookstore setting and an armadillo named Princess with the run of the place would have been enough to pique my interest in this cozy, but in Charli I also got a believable, fallible, and perfectly human heroine. She has her issues with the town and the people tha
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-publisher
Thank you netgalley for the ARC copy of this book. There are times when I really enjoy a good cozy. The setting of this one was different from so many - a barn converted into a bookstore. Who doesn't love a bookstore? Although a little heavy on the "texas twang" it didn't deter from the story. I really enjoyed Charli - she was spunky and sassy. The author left the path open to two different love story angles as well. Looking forward to the next installment.
Cecilia Minden
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I met Kym Roberts at a Book Festival in McKinney, TX. She told me I could download this book for $.99. What could I lose? Nothing. What did I gain? A delightful easy cozy mystery that is perfect for poolside. I enjoyed meeting her characters and I look forward to reading about their further adventures.
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