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Murder in the Locked Library

(Book Retreat Mysteries #4)

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Welcome to Storyton Hall, Virginia, where book lovers travel from near and far to enjoy the singular comforts of the Agatha Christie Tea Room, where they can discuss the merits of their favorite authors no matter how deadly the topic . . .
 
With her twins, Fitzgerald and Hemingway, back in school, Jane Steward can finally focus on her work againmanaging Storyton Hall,
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Kensington Books (first published April 24th 2018)
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Patricia Specifically, they are Mr. Butterworth the butler, Mr. Sinclair the librarian, Mr. Sterling the head chauffer and Landon Lachlan, the head of…moreSpecifically, they are Mr. Butterworth the butler, Mr. Sinclair the librarian, Mr. Sterling the head chauffer and Landon Lachlan, the head of recreation. Great Uncle Aloysius Steward and Mr. Gavin may be considered to be "retired" Fins. Landon Lachlan took over Mr. Gavin's job.
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Patricia There is too much to tell in this limited space. You can read a great deal of information about them in Book #1. In addition to the responses to…moreThere is too much to tell in this limited space. You can read a great deal of information about them in Book #1. In addition to the responses to question #1 above, I will add that they all have very special training and specific qualifications to enable them to protect Storyton Hall and its staff and guests. They were well screened before becoming Fins, and they are worthy of the utmost trust. Their lives appear to be devoted to their jobs although Landon Lachlan has somewhat of a romantic interest while Mr. Butterworth, Mr. Sinclair and Mr. Sterling are all apparently unmarried.(less)
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Valerie
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable story about Storyton Hall. This had me hooked from the very first page. Jane and her sons are a delight and it's wonderful to read about people who enjoy books as much as I do. Having two mysteries to clear up, one from a long time ago & one much more recent leaves Jane and the Fins very busy investigating & getting to know their guest. The ending was unexpected and leaves you breathlessly waiting for the next book to save Edwin. #MurderInTheLockedLibrary #NetGalley
Kevin
If a picture is worth 1000 words a map included in a book must be worth 10,000, because its not only a picture but it has words as well. It gives a sense of place and of history to any book that includes them. Tolkiens hand drawn map in the Hobbit introduced them to me many years ago and I still am inclined to give a book with a map an extra chance to draw me into its world.

Ive enjoyed this series in the past having read the first 3 books a few years ago but it has an essential difference from
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Melanie
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Murder in the Locked Library was an enjoyable read with an intriguing mystery and a delightful setting.

Jane Steward, manager of Storyton Hall, is looking forward to breaking ground on the resort's newest addition, a luxurious spa. Her spirits are dampened however when upon breaking ground for the spa, a skeleton is discovered along with the remains of an old book. When attendees of the Rare Book Conference being hosted at Storyton Hall learn about the book, they're more than willing to lend
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
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Storyton Hall is expanding and building a wonderful spa named in honor of Walt Whitman. Construction begins by digging the hole for the foundation. Jane Stewards twins Fitzgerald and Hemingway are very excited to watch the big excavation. Imagine their surprise when a skull, bones and a very old book are uncovered. Storyton Hall just happens to be hosting the Rare Book Conference and those attending love a mystery as much as Jane so they offer up their assistance to find out as
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Juli
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Steward is the owner of Storyton Hall, and guardian of its secrets. The Hall is a retreat for the bookish crowd...professors, book collectors, experts and those who love to read. To make the experience even more sublime for guests, construction is starting on a spa. Guests will be pampered and spoiled. Plans come to a halt suddenly, however, when old bones are found by the construction crew excavating the new building site. And with the old bones is a small box containing a very damaged old ...more
Karen
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder in the Locked Library by Ellery Adams is a late April release but one I could not wait to get my hands on and review. I love this series. The Book Retreat series centers around a young mother, widow and guardian of a super secret book library. Her ancestral home has been turned into the most amazing retreat for booklovers. They hold teas, balls, conferences and give book lovers the opportunity of a lifetime. Right down to the ability to stay in literary themed rooms and libraries. This is ...more
Christina/ The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!
I really enjoy Adams vivid discriptions! They help you visualize. I felt like a had to take off a star because the circumstances seem very unbelievable. I love the enchanting small village, and the premise of this series being a former librarian myself. Despite suspending reality a bit, this was a good read, and I still recommend it.
Peggy R
I love reading a book written by Ellery Adams. I find her to be a terrific storyteller. No matter what book or series I am reading, Ms. Adams has a way of writing a plot, crafting characters and creating a setting that just draws me into the story. This book was no exception. I was happy to see this series return with Kensington as the publisher. I love visiting Storyton Hall and wish it were a real place where I could book a vacation. Once again, Jane and the Fin's are called upon to solve ...more
JoAn
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Murder in the Locked Library by Ellery Adams is the fourth book in the Book Retreat series and was worth waiting for (even if it did seem like forever).

I would love to spend a few days at Storyton Hall, Virginia with Jane, her family and the Fins. I could probably spend a month there and never get bored. Jane is one strong and dedicated woman who doesn't hesitate to act when her loved ones are in peril. The recent murder has Jane and the Fins looking at many of the attendees of the Rare Book
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Lisa Morin
When the team of workers breaking ground for the new spa dig up a shovel full of bones, Hem & Fitz are the first to notice.
The discovery of the bones leads to an investigation, which involves an old book and family rivalry.
Murder in the Locked Library by Ellery Adams will take you on an exciting adventure that will keep you looking over your shoulder!
's. Adams writes a clear, concise story, while creating a vivid picture in the reader's mind, providing the opportunity to escape into the
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
Murder in the Locked Library by Ellery Adams is the 4th book in the Book Retreat Mystery series. I have not read any and when I began to read this one, I realized that it is important to read the others in the series first. I was able to figure out what was going on but I have so many questions.

The protagonist, Jane is the guardian of a Secret Book Library. She is assisted in protecting this library by a group of people called Fins. (at this point I am not sure who they are). She is a single
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Dawn Michelle
I think that there should be a disclaimer at the beginning of books that are going to have a particularly difficult murder/unpleasantness/nastiness etc so you are somewhat prepared when it happens. This book has that [I will not give a spoiler, but people, especially those of us who are empaths and sensitive truly need a warning, even in books] and I feel that it is appropriate to note that here. I spent the first night of reading this upset and disturbed and in tears. I realize that these are ...more
Sue Ross
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you start this book don't plan on getting anything done until the end. Ellery Adams writes in a way that will have your heart racing your hands sweating and you holding your breath.. If you like murder, intrigue, deception. Kidnappings. And a little romance thrown in. Then this is the series for you.
Book
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Ellery Adams expands the cozy genre by weaving strong thriller threads into the fabric of her latest Book Retreat Mystery, Murder in the Locked Library.

Jane Steward has been named the Guardian of the secret library* of rare books hidden within Storyton Hall, the resort that Jane manages. Her twin sons, Fitz and Hem, spot the bones of a body while watching a construction crew prepare the site for a new addition to the resort. In addition to the bones, a time-ravaged book is found in a
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Kristina
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder in the Locked Library by Ellery Adams is the fourth tale in A Book Retreat Mystery series. Jane Steward is excited that the construction is beginning on the Walt Whitman Spa. The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for the next evening. After the digging begins, it looks like the festivities will have to be postponed. Bones were uncovered by the excavator along with a padlocked box and a farthing. Inside the box is the remains of a badly deteriorated book. It so happens that the Robert ...more
Fred
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder In The Locked Library is the fourth book in the A Book Retreat Mystery series.

I love this series and have been a fan of Ellery Adams writing for a number of years. I am very happy that this series has found a new publisher and hope that there will be many more to come. I would say that this is best one in this series so far. Truly, a series for book lovers, what with all the different libraries at Storyton Hall and the very knowledgeable staff who are eager to serve their guests.

The one
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
As a fan of this remarkable series, I chose to read this book as a 'new' series since a change in publishing houses occurred. I think that was a wise choice. The Author gifted me a copy but did not ask for a review. It was a true gift. This review is of my choosing.

All my favorite characters were back. However, they were re-introduced to a new readership. Well done. Twins, Hemingway and Fitzgerald were there immediately to greet me to this very interesting tale of murder, old and new. The
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Annarella
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good and solid mystery full of twists and very entertaining. As I didn't read the previous instalments I had some problems in placing the different roles and groups but no problems in understanding the relationship amongst the different characters.
It's well written, there's an interesting cast of characters and it keeps you hooked since the beginning.
Strongly recommended.
Many thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books
Amy
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth book in the Book Retreat series. I have fallen in love with Storyton Hall, how can you not? It is a wonderful Retreat Hall that is all about books. A place I would so love to go spend time at.
Jane and her twin sons live there, she is the resort manager and guardian of a super secret book library.
An old book, old secrets come alive, wonderfully charming characters and excitement that will keep you turning those pages and on the edge of your seat until the very end.

I
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Sarah
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder in the Locked Library is the fourth book in the Storyton Hall/Book Retreat series. Jane Steward, manager of Storyton Hall, is overseeing the groundbreaking of a new spa for the manor. When bones are found along with a rare book, the Guardian of the hall and her Fins are on the case. Who is he? What is the book? Luckily, some of the world's best rare book experts happen to be in residence, and are more than willing to help out. Unfortunately, as the mystery starts to unravel, murders ...more
Laura
I'm always up for a visit to Storyton Hall, where the books are plentiful and the electronics are few.

In this edition, Jane Steward is watching with eager anticipation as work begins on the Walt Whitman spa. But when the big machinery is at work displacing the dirt, Jane's twin sons, Fitzgerald and Hemingway spot something--bones, and the remains of a very old book. Jane calls in the police, who call in a noted anthropologist, since the bones are obviously old.

But it's up to Jane and her crew to
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Daniele
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
MURDER IN THE LOCKED LIBRARY has everything going for it. A wonderful whimsical setting, well developed characters, a believable amateur sleuth, and a solidly crafted mystery make it one of my favorite reads of the year.

I am so glad that Kensington Publishers picked up this delightful series. It is one of the most interesting series in the cozy mystery genre. In this installment, we find young widow and mother Jane busy with plans to build a spa adjacent to her resort, Storyton Hall. However,
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Meg
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another very good entry in the series. 4.5*
RO G'ma
Murder in the Locked Library is the fourth book in Ellery Adams Book Retreat Mysteries. This is the first book Ive read in this series and I felt a little lost, but enjoyed the intriguing mystery. There were enough twists and turns to keep the pages turning, and kept me guessing until the reveal.

Jane Steward is the guardian of Storyton Hall, a resort in Virginia, which draws book lovers from all over the world to read and enjoy time in the hotels book themed rooms. Fitzgerald and Hemingway, Jane
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Erunyauve
Aug 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: everything-else
If I hadn't paid for this, I probably would have quit early on. The author apparently never heard of 'show, don't tell', and the first twenty pages are nothing more than a character list with all the so-cleverly named stores they own. None of these people seem to have any personality.

The ancient murder and mysterious book sounded like a good foundation for a cozy mystery, but in fact, they take backseat to secret book guardian societies and a rather pointless war between them. The book at the
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Trish
Another good installment in the series.
Gaele
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Storyton Hall is a retreat space / great house in Virginia for those who love books, and Jane Steward is both the owner and guardian of the space and its secrets. Her twin sons, Fitzgerald and Hemingway are back in school, and its time to make a few changes to up the pamper quotient of the resort, adding a spa building to compliment the Agatha Christie Tea Room, where much of the discussions about authors, tropes and twists take place.

But,
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Witchy
Ramblings:
Several yrs. ago, I read Ellery Adamss Charmed Pie Shoppe mysteries while on vacation. I was inside a remote cabin at the time and it was idyllic.

Summary:
Jane Steward manages the Storyton Hall Resort in a quiet Virginian village. She dreams of building a world-class spa for her guests. The Walt Whitman Spa is slated to have treatment rooms, a relaxation area, and a boutique full of natural products. Unfortunately, her plans come to a screeching halt when skeletal remains are unearthed
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Sadie Forsythe
A book-themed murder mystery, heck yeah, I expected to love this. But honestly I just didn't. It wasn't bad, but I also wasn't impressed. Jane is supposed to be the guardian of a trove of dangerous books and the leader of a secret society, complete with martial guards and lifelong legacies, etc. But I never felt the gravitas of it AT ALL. This is very much a cozy mystery and that just doesn't fit what the author was trying to create.

What's more there is A LOT of descriptions. In fact, I think
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Taryn
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
With the boys back in school Jane is looking forward to the new addition being built at Storyton Hall, a spa. While the space where the spa will be built is being cleared Jane's boys notice a skeleton and all work has to stop. How long has it been there and who could it be? A specialist is called in to figure out just that. When removing the bones a box is found and inside a book in not so great condition. Both Jane and Sinclair try but fail to figure out the identity of the book, luckily ...more
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USA Today and New York Times bestseller author, Ellery Adams, has written over thirty novels and cant 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 ...more

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