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Fiction Can Be Murder

(Mystery Writer's Mystery #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  371 ratings  ·  148 reviews

Mystery author Charlemagne "Charlee" Russo thinks the twisty plots and peculiar murders in her books are only the product of her imagination--until her agent is found dead exactly as described in Charlee's new, unpublished manuscript. Suspicion now swirls around her and her critique group
Paperback, 284 pages
Published April 8th 2018 by Midnight Ink
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Theresa Alan
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this laugh-out-loud mystery.

Charlemagne “Charlee” Russo is a likeable a heroine. A mystery writer with a penchant for spilling beverages and food on herself and things around her, she becomes the focal point when her literary agent is murdered—in the exact manner Charlee wrote about in her as-yet-to-be-published novel.

The suspects are the members of her critique group and her beta readers—friends and family willing to read the unpublished work as a nonprofessional. Also, of cour
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Fiction Can Be Murder by Becky Clark is the first book in the new Mystery Writer’s Mystery series. As the series titles suggests this new series centers around Charlemagne “Charlee” Russo who is an author who writes murder mysteries.

While Charlee is at her book group meeting her phone begins ringing like crazy and when she finally answers she gets the news that her agent has been found murdered and the police are on the way to talk with her. It seems that Charlee’s agent was killed in the exact
jv poore
Semi-successful mystery writer, Charlee, has penned the perfect murder. At least according to her critique group, beta readers, boyfriend and agent. And yes, even if she does say so herself. But before it goes to print, her diabolical plan is implemented in the real-life murder of her agent.

Melinda Walters wasn’t well-liked. Maybe not even respected. Actually, not even an awesome agent. Few will weep when hearing of her untimely demise. The apparent automobile accident is instead, the result of
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I appreciate it when a book can get my full attention in the first dozen pages - maybe there is a good hook; maybe I can instantly connect with the characters; maybe the writing just draws me in. Happily, all three happened for me while reading, “Fiction Can Be Murder.” It is the first in the Mystery Writer’s Mystery series. It is quick paced and entertaining and I am so glad I decided to check out this new series! The main character makes sense as a sleuth. Charlee is a mystery writer who does ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I really enjoyed this mystery, and it was an especially nice change of pace from my usual read - cozy mysteries. The protagonist, Charlee, is a mystery author whose agent is murdered in a well-planned, unusual way, and she must find the killer before she's arrested for the crime or winds up next on the killer's radar. There are several strong suspects, but they all had verifiable alibis, so it's a challenging mystery to solve. I appreciated how realistic Charlee is, and liked her wit and sarcasm ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlee's agent is killed in the same manner as a character in her new, unpublished novel. So, clearly, Charlee is suspect #1. Also on the list of suspects are her beta readers and critique group. The suspect field is small, but Charlee must look at her friends as suspects to find the killer.

Entertaining and fun. Charlee knows she is innocent, but everyone, even her friends, think she's guilty. A quick read with some humor. I especially enjoyed the interactions Charlee had with her critique gro
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Fiction easily becomes murder when literary agent, Melinda Walter is killed in exactly the same way as the victim in author, Charlemagne “Charlee” Russo’s latest manuscript. Charlee had problems with the woman but never plotted to kill her. So who else had access to the manuscript? Could someone in her critique group have done the deed and used her book to frame her? Stranger than fiction she puts on her sleuthing cap to bring this murder mystery to an end. Hopefully, she’ll s
Alex M.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-release, arc
✎ About the book:  Charlemagne "Charlee" Russo is a mystery author that has a great affinity for murder in her writing. All is sunshine and rainbows until her agent is found killed in the exact way as one of the characters from her book. 

"How can I be drowning in the driver's seat of my car two block from home?"

✎ Review: "Fiction Can Be Murder" appealed to me because of the title - fiction can, indeed, BE a figurative murder but in this novel's case takes a literal one also. "Fiction Can Be Murd
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
: FICTION CAN BE MURDER is the first in the Mystery Writer’s Mystery series and my first book by author Becky Clark. Overall the story is quick paced and entertaining and I really enjoyed it. In fact I laughed out loud quite a few times. Charlee turns into an amateur sleuth when her publishing agent Melinda is murdered. Being an amateur sleuth comes natural for Charlee as she is a mystery writer who knows how to research facts to create her fictional crimes. On top of this her brother is a polic ...more
Laura M
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charlee Russo is a mystery writer who is at her writer’s group meeting when she learns her agent is found dead. Sad enough (even though he woman could give the Wicked Witch a run for her money), but what complicates matters is that the agent was murdered in exactly the same way as a victim in one of Charlee’s books. Made worse by the fact that Charlee thought her agent might be skimming some of her book profits, Charlee is starting to look like a darn good suspect. Charlee’s paranoia (understand ...more
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
Cute cover right? Makes you want to just curl up in this chair and read the day away right? Well, my suggestion, pick another book to do so. "Fiction Can Be Murder" has the honor of having one of the most annoying characters I have met in a long time. Charlee Russo is a mystery writer, although how I have NO idea because she's pretty darn clueless. One morning, her agent ends up dead and is killed in the exact same manner as written in Charlee's upcoming, unpublished novel. This puts Charlee, as ...more
A new author for me and the beginning of a new series. The Plot is unusual and a good one. I did not feel this a cozy, it is more of a novel with a mystery and a romance. It is written from a first-person view. The written did not flow easily and I found it hard to follow. The characters are one dimensional, the best one is the MC whom I dislike very much for her actions which did nothing to add to the story. I found the book HARD TO RATE. I finally settled on 3 stars but would have RATE IT 3.5 ...more
Jordan Theune
Note: I would like to thank NetGalley for allowing me an ARC of Becky Clark’s “Fiction Can Be Murder” in exchange for a fair and honest review.

“Fiction Can Be Murder” is a cozy mystery that makes for perfect rainy day reading. The story follows Charlee, an author whose manuscript is used as the inspiration for the murder of Melinda, Charlee’s book agent. After police determine the cause of death, they quickly suspect Charlee of committing the murder. Because only a select people have read Charle
Lisa Morin
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fiction Can Be Murder by Becky Clark is the first in a new series.
Charlee Russo is a mystery writer and part of the Monday Morning Critique Group.
When someone gets a hold of her newest manuscript, the tables are turned and Charlee becomes the number one suspect in a murder investigation.

Why is Charlee a suspect?
It's her agent that gets killed and Charlee has means and motive. She is questioning her royalty payments and that puts a huge target on her back.
Charlee knows she's innocent, but it has
Mark Baker
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, mystery
Melinda has a reputation for taking pleasure in being mean to people. Even though Charlee Russo is an author this agent represents, she’s seen Melinda’s mean streak before. So it isn’t necessarily a surprise when Melinda winds up murdered. What is a surprise is the method – straight out of Charlee’s just submitted book. Clearly, someone in her life is trying to frame her for murder. But which of her friends could it be?

Early on, I was worried that I was about to be flooded with suspects. While t
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: check-for-next
I really enjoyed this book. It did start out a little slow, but the main character, Charlee, grew on me and I wanted to know who did it. I also really liked the storyline (with someone using a mystery writer's plot to frame her). I did not figure out who did it and was a little surprised at the ending. I hope the next book is out soon and is as good as this one.
Nina Silva
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a cute first offering in a new mystery series. I got into a chat with Virginia over at Rosepoint Publishing, when she introduced me to Fiction Can Be Murder in her review, about whether or not it is a cozy mystery. I agree with my blog buddy in that it’s not quite a cozy. I’d say it’s not quirky enough. Virginia says, it doesn’t have any recipes! Lol. Either way, it’s still a fairly well-plotted mystery that you can enjoy pretty quickly.

Fiction Can Be Murder introduces us to mystery writ
Libby Klein
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun, Funny and quirky. Charlee has an overactive imagination which is perfect for a writer of murder mystery novels. For a sleuth trying to get to the bottom of a real life murder investigation, she hilariously gets in her own way. I so enjoyed this first book in the Mystery Writer series and can't wait till the next one.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I saw this at my library, I remembered that I had wanted to read it when it came out earlier this year, and I'm always happy to let my library know I appreciate them having the latest cozy mysteries available. I have another book started but this is due back soon so I just binged on it.

This is a new-to-me author and I am now a big fan of her writing style. This book was so funny in so many ways, not so much slapstick, in-your-face comedy, but situations and descriptions sometimes really mad
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
Rating 3.5 stars

Being accused of murder isn't fun but also when people who are supposed to be your close friends look at you with accusing eyes. This wasn't a great or bad story.It was fun reading how Charlee tries to figure out who did it instead of her writing a book about it. LOL I thought it was funny when she even questioned the lead officer of not being able to do his job correctly because she believes he's not into it due to his do in retirement or just doesn't care. Now if that were me I
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This book had an interesting theory and manner of killing but something just missed in the story. Charlee writes mystery novels and is at her writers meeting when she finds out that her agent has been killed in the same unusual manner That Charlee had used in her latest novel. Charlee is afraid she is being targeted also and goes looking among her writer’s group and friends to find out who did it.
Rima Aiello
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so much fun I couldn't put it down! This was such a witty well written story that I found myself wanting to live within the pages. The main character seemed to be so scatter brained and clumsy, but actually was spot on in almost every way. I love the tie in with her past at the end, definitely a surprise and a addition that just added more depth to the story. If you are looking for a good solid mystery, look no further. I cannot wait to delve into more from this author.
This was a wonderfully entertaining mystery novel which provided some great company while battling a nasty cold, where I was not able to digest anything other than light fare in more than one sense.

It was so much fun to follow Charlee while she was trying to solve the murder case, more than once putting her foot in her mouth on the way. Though she sometimes acted silly, often hasty and most of the time so naive it almost hurt, it never failed to kept me glued to the pages.

However, the solution
Becky Clark, the author of "funny mysteries with a dash of murder", launches a new series with Fiction Can Be Murder. But, humor isn't universal, and I found the ending absurd and the motivation improbable. However, I know others will enjoy Charlee Russo's search for a killer.

When literary agent Melinda Walter dies in a one-car accident, even Charlemagne "Charlee" Russo's boyfriend questions her. Charlee had been questioning her agent about her royalty checks. Now, Melinda is dead, killed with t
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fiction Can Be Murder is the first book in Mystery Writer's series and it is a fabulous read.
Charlee is a mystery writer, who wrote a book in which victim gets killed by mercury poisoning.
The book is set for success but the only problem is that her notorious literary agent is murdered it exactly the same way as it was s described in the unpublished manuscript. Members of her writing group and few of her friends are the only ones who had access to it.
Needles to say Charlee is in a very bad situ
Gretchen Archer
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny-mystery
There were so many things I loved about Fiction Can Be Murder. Charlee’s voice, her afterthoughts, her comparisons, her nerve, her passion for grilled cheese sandwiches, her leap-before-she looks, her rationalizations, all so funny! And the crime? Genius! (Who knew?) I truly enjoyed the procedural solving of the mystery. So old school, with clever, almost hidden nuance, and nods to great literary detectives/devices of yore. I absolutely enjoyed the insider glimpse at the (not always) glamorous p ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
When you agent is killed in the same manner as your manuscript, things get dicey

What I enjoyed:
* Her upstairs neighbors and their dog were adorable and I really liked the guys who owned the coffeeshop
* Suzanne was interesting, and probably would had made a better lead character
* When Charlee tried to write other genres besides mystery and they all ended in death

What could have been better:
* Charlee. She is a fairly successful mystery writer who has no tact and is horrible about planning. She bas
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-colorado
Charlee Russo is a mid-list mystery author, off to her writing group where she learns that her unpleasant but effective agent has been murdered. The very unusual method used was featured in Charlee's soon-to-be-published book--but up till now, only a very few people have had access to the book, making Charlee a person of interest, especially since she may have a motive. She reasons that the only way out of her situation is to investigate her friends, especially those in the writing group. As she ...more
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What a refreshing mystery! The main character, Charlee, is a writer who becomes accused of her agents murder. The twist is that it follows the plot from her own book. Now Charlee is trying to prove her innocence. I love the main character, but the supporting cast in this novel is wonderful too! It is a fun, smart read that you won't put down. I defiantly be back for a sequel.
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Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Fiction Can Be Murder” by Becky Clark, is a cozy mystery that lets outsiders in on the techniques, practices, and secret ways of writers. Readers become familiar with literary agents, book promotions, and royalty checks. Reviewers have nothing to fear because according to the book writers “should never read their reviews.”

The ins and outs of writers’ critique groups come to the forefront when a somewhat “difficult” literary agent dies in circumstances that suspiciously mirror the plot of a yet
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