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Jeopardy in January

(Calendar Mysteries #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,453 ratings  ·  149 reviews

From USA Today bestselling author Camilla Chafer comes a brand new mystery.

Welcome to Calendar where life is sweet, but death is murder.

Sara Cutler loves her job as head librarian of the public library, an integral part of the historic heart of the picturesque mountain town, Calendar. The combination of old books, quirky clientele, and endless reading is nothing less t
Kindle Edition, 279 pages
Published December 31st 2017 by Audacious
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beachbum bookworm
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery

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Where: Calendar

Who: Sara

I love the mountains!! I was thrilled when I found out I was heading to Calendar! A lovely picturesque mountain town to meet Sara the town’s librarian. Between the library needing a lot of repair, and some big city developer wanted to build houses where the library stood...Sara was in danger of losing her beloved home away from home. Even though the developer is promising a new and improved site for the library...Sara isn’t intereste
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery

I started reading this because I needed a book with a title that starts with J for a A-Z Title Challenge I joined the challenge to discover new cozy series that I’d enjoy. So far I found this book and The Wonkiest Witch and I still have 7 more books to find before I’m done.

This was good but I was looking for a new series, and while this is a series per se, it’s a series of stand alone novels with different main characters all set in the same town “Calendar”. This book was built around Sara the t
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good start to a new series. I've been long a fan of the author's Lexi Graves books and was happy to see this. At the moment I still heavily favor Lexi Graves but plan to follow this one to see where the author leads me. ...more
I chose this book for one book challenge I'm doing, but realized it will probably work for a few others as well. On top of all that, I enjoyed it so much! I can't believe I waited this long to read it. I really loved all the main characters, but from reading the upcoming blurbs for other books in the series, I'm not sure if these characters will appear or not. It seems like they are all free-standing, but at least this book had a very nice ending!

Sara Cutler, head librarian of the Calendar libr
Jeopardy in January by Camilla Chafer
I chose to read this book because the title has the name of a month in it, making it eligible for a BINGO square in my GoodReads book club.
This is a great cozy mystery to read at the beach on a hot summer day or curled up in front of the fireplace with a hot drink.
It had an intriguing plot and the characters were interesting. I liked Detective Logan, and the librarian, Sara, although some things she did made me nervous. Early in the book I guessed part of
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy stories in small quaint towns and mysteries, this book is for you. It centers on a 100 year old doomed library and the young woman managing it. She’s in the midst of trying to save the library while a murder occurs in the library. Trying to help solve the case, she runs into danger herself. An intriguing read!
Jeanie Jackson
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved Jeopardy in January! It was a great with loveable characters and intriguing and unique plot.
I not only loved the main character, but quickly became attached to the people of the community that I met through the book. I can't wait to discover each person's story as the series rolls out.

My only disappointment was that any librarian would consider giving up the job if she lost the building no matter how attached but I will forgive as emotions of the situation and because I really liked her.
Jan 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
Wow! So many exclamation marks! So! Many!!! I would hate to have a conversation with a person like Sara, she (and everyone in Calendar) are hyper excited about everything. And anything! It’s ridiculous. Simple statements that aren’t exciting or meant to be yelled end in exclamation points for no reason whatsoever.

For example: Sara is talking to Officer Nixon who is staking out Bree’s apartment to make sure no one attempts to break in again. He mentions freezing his ass off, she says she read in
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads, cozy
Full review to come, but until then, here are a couple of thoughts to hold me over:
-I figured out where the "treasure" was hidden pretty early on.
-Well-written story for a cozy but I just couldn't believe it was only 178 pages?! It seemed to go on for way longer!
-I understand the MC is a librarian but the closing of the library concept and her closed-mindedness about it was a bit over the top.
-Great secondary characters -- Sara's mom, Detective Logan, Jason...tertiary characters Sara meets casua
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the small town setting and the characters. Being from a small town myself, I can relate to it. I love that the main character, Sara, works with and loves books.

I had the killer pegged pretty early on in the book, but I still enjoyed reading it to find out if I was right and how it played out.

I wish proofreading was still a thing that editors focused on, because I found several grammatical errors or extra or missing words. This seems to be a common problem with most books I read lately,
Feb 06, 2020 added it
Got this free from Amazon Kindle as I needed a quick and easy read. The thing that got me curious with the series is that all 12 novels will be featuring a different protagonist per book, involving the whole town.. not your usual one lady main character. Something different in the cozy mystery world. All the covers are as colorful too, pleasing to the eyes.

Taking place in Calendar, USA Jeopardy in January happens in January, after winter and features Sara Cutler, the Librarian. Solved this one e
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very nice start to a new cozy mystery series. The characters are well developed the relationships feel real and the story is well-written. I really liked the main characters but I found the plot a bit predictable and guessed the murderer early in the story. However, I still enjoyed the book and intend to read the next book which seems to center on a different character in the same town.
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh... didn't love it, didn't hate it. The town was pretty typical cozy mystery small-town, nothing really distinguishing. The characters weren't engaging, and the MC made me want to shake her sometimes. I had the mystery pretty much figured out and other "resolutions" were super predictable. ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
It felt like this took forever to read because not only did the main character seem like she was somehow old and naive despite only being in her twenties, but the entire ending was predictable from the very beginning.
Bryna Bischoff
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
it took me far too long to read this book especially given there is far more free time than not given COVID19 upon us - I found the story to be somewhat entertaining but often at times too wordy with details not pertaining to the actual plot so I felt no desire to keep reading- its not a page turner
It is a comfortable book to read however, and I would read another in the series as time permits and when my mind isn't consumed with all the details surrounding this pandemic - homeschooling, work f
Sandy Bartles
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sara Cutler is head librarian of the public library in Calendar and is fighting to save the historic library from being demolished by big city developer, Jason Rees. Things turn worse for her when a body is discovered in the rare books section. I love the interaction between Sara and Jason. This is a wonderful author and I have enjoyed reading this book and all her others. She grabs me at the beginning and doesn't let go! ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I found the mystery a bit too easy to guess, and the heroine in the middle of 3 interesting/ interested men seemed a bit much. But the mix with the library as the center of a crime and people who do not tell the truth, seemed interesting and I enjoyed this as a cozy set in a small town. We all tell white lies at times, so I thought more about truth telling and how that effects out inteactions with others.
Courtney Hohimer
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Jeopardy in January by Camilla Chafer is the first in a series featuring Sara Cutler, Head Librarian for the charming town of Calendar. Just as Sara is facing down a big city developer who wants to tear down the town library and the land it sits on into tract housing, her new Library Assistant Bree is found dead in the non-fiction section after hours.
While Sara goes to bat to save the nearly 100 year old library, she also begins to discover that Bree wasn’t at all who she had claimed to be. Can
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a pleasant read this was!

Our heroine, Sara, is a librarian in the most interesting library. Sure, it's a little ragged around the edges, but who wouldn't kill to work in a lovely old Victorian building. Wait, that was probably a bad choice of words. Sara's initial problem concerns greedy developers who want to tear her workplace down in order to erect cookie cutter homes for the masses. But then it gets worse as her co-worker is murdered on the second floor of the library. Not only is a go
Roy Murry
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Calendar Mystery


Review by Author Roy Murry

Sara is a librarian, and she loves her work, primarily where she works, the Calendar City Library. The building is one of the oldest buildings in Calendar, which she is actively protesting its destruction.

The story is upbeat, except for the murder of her recent employed assistant on the second floor of the library. The local detective is, as Sara, befuddled.

In a battle to keep the building open to the public, Sara is co
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy, small-town
What a nice surprise to get a new book by Camilla Chafer. I always enjoy her Lexi Graves-books and now I have a new favorite.

Sara is librarian in the small town of Calendar and is determined to save the old library building she works in. The council wants to sell it and Jason Rees is the representative of the development company that wants to demolish it for new houses. So Sara is not very happy with Jason to say the least. When she walks in on the murder of one of her colleagues, Sara is deter
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow that was a fantastic read, once I started I just couldn't stop.
Sara Cutler small town librarian with a heart of gold, a strong sense of community and a drive to keep her town a really community.

Jason works for a big city development company his bosses who have probably never stepped foot into the small town of Calendar before want to buy up the historic library knock it down and build modern housing and Jason was fine with his companies plans until he actually visits the charming quaint t
Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2021-reads, ebook
Well, I always have to have a book on my Kindle, so as I was browsing through my books on my list, I decided to pick up a cozy mystery. I got bonus points for me that the cozy mystery is about a library.
Sarah is our main character that finds her coworker murdered in the library.
In a battle to keep the building open to the public, Sara is continually confronting the man who wants to raze it. His company wants to replace it with condos. On another level, she investigates the crime that put the l
This was a cute cozy small-town mystery. It wasn't super deep, but overall it was fun to read without thinking a ton. I really enjoyed the strong thread of a library being the center of the town and a storyline that revolved about a library.

Overall the murder wasn't super interesting, and there were some unrealistic aspects to the story, but for a cozy mystery, it was quite cute. I wasn't really a huge fan of the slight victim blaming when the motive behind the murder was discovered: the deceas
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jeopardy in January

Sara Cutler seemed to have it all...her dream job as head librarian of her hometown library, friends, and good looks. There was one big impediment to her happiness in the form of Jason Rees who represents the company that has a contract to buy the old library and tear it down to make room for a new housing development. One other problem arises when she finds her assistant dead in the library. Fortunately, Jason arrives in time to keep Sara from sharing her assistant’s fate.

Lynn Neilson
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
While I prefer Camilla Chafer's Lexi Graves series, this first book in what is promised as a new series, is a fairly good read. There is a little too much repetition of the main character revisiting her list of suspects, (and revisiting yet again) and a little too much "really? that's a dumb thing to do" reader response to actions on her part, but the story line is interesting and who doesn't like a book about a dedicated librarian, keen researcher and therefore perfect crime solver, of which th ...more
Apr 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Cute cozy mystery. Sara Cutler is the librarian in small-town Calendar. She is determined to save the 100-year-old library from demolition; the town council has agreed to sell the property to a corporation who wants to build houses on the land on which the library sits. The corporation has promised to build a new modern library outside of town, but Sara loves the character and history of the original library.

One snowy night, Sara locks up the library but realizes on her walk home that she forgot
Brenda Vanpatten
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable read!

Camilla Chafer's works are consistently good. Plot lines run smoothly. Unsavory language isn't used and the characters come across as real people. Sara is the main character and the reader enjoys seeing the town and people of Calendar through her eyes. Details describe the pretty little town as a place where people can live comfortably but not be too far from a city with more to offer. As a tourist attraction, Calendar is open for the arrival of more Characters - some there t
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozies
This was a perfectly decent cozy mystery. There was nothing earth-shaking, and yes it was a little predictable, but I enjoyed it.

Sara is a librarian, so I was predisposed to like her right off the bat. She does some of the typical cozy heroine foolish moves in the attempt to figure out the murder, but she is likable and engaging.

The town of Calendar and its cast of small-town busy-bodies is also for the most part likable and charming. They are a fun bunch of folks.

The mystery was pretty predicta
Nancy Parker
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
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