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Murder in the Reading Room

(Book Retreat Mysteries #5)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Storyton Hall, Virginia, is a paradise for book lovers who come from all over for literary getaways. But manager Jane Steward is temporarily leaving for another renowned resort—in hopes of solving a twist-filled mystery . . .

Jane’s boyfriend is missing, and she thinks she may find him at North Carolina’s historic Biltmore Estate. Officially, she’s there to learn about luxu
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Expected publication: April 30th 2019
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Ellery Adams Definitely not. The next book is called Murder in the Storybook Cottage (I'm finishing it up now) and I've signed a contract for three more books…moreDefinitely not. The next book is called Murder in the Storybook Cottage (I'm finishing it up now) and I've signed a contract for three more books after that one. I have lots of ideas for Jane and Company, but I like to change directions without warning to keep things interesting. Thanks for asking! xoxo EA(less)

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Peggy R
This has been one of my favorite series since it was first introduced by the author. This book might be my favorite so far. Ms. Adams has a terrific writing style that draws the reader into each one of her books and invites them to stay until the story has been told. She writes interesting, complex characters that are a joy to read. Jane Seward is a terrific character. She is smart, complex, dimensional and multi-layered. The Cover Girls and the Fins and the rest of the cast of secondary charact ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Murder in the Reading Room by Ellery Adams was an excellent addition to this series. If it hadn't been for the real world, I've had read this in an afternoon.

It is filled with a complex mystery that kept me turning the pages and filled me with some anxiety as to how Jane was going to win this "chess game" against this master and villainous Templar who seemed to be holding all of the answers. Jane and each of the Fins have won my heart and my admiration over the course of this series. I've said
Amanda Wilcox
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was phenomenal! It jumped off the page as soon as I started reading. I kept picking this book up every time I had 2 minutes to read even just one more page. The story kept me turning the pages the whole way through. It was amazing. And the ending!!! Oh my word! I'm not giving have to read it. This series is amazing and this book is the best one yet!
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could simply use one word for this book review, it would be "Wow"!

I have always enjoyed this series, and without posting spoilers it is hard to fully write my thoughts. Suffice to say, this latest offering grabbed me from the first page and did not let go.
It is a sign that it is a good book, because when I could not read it, I was thinking about it!
I strongly suggest you read this series in order, to fully appreciate it.
I highly recommend this book.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader c
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I know when I open up a book written by Ellery Adams that it will be difficult to put down. Murder in the Reading Room is a complex mystery that grabbed me from the start. Kept me turning the pages until the very end. I love the characters in this series.
I love the story starting out at Biltmore Estates. The descriptions had me picturing everything in my mind as I read.
Jane is there to attend a conference, but she is really there looking for Edwin. She finds Edwin and much more. Twists and turn
RO G'ma
Murder in the Reading Room is the fifth book in Ellery Adams’ Book Retreat Mysteries. The plot moves quickly, and the well-developed characters and complex mystery kept me turning the pages.

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 hotel’s book-themed rooms. In this installment, Jane is tasked with rescuing her boyfriend, Edwin, who has been missing for almost two months. She’s convinced Edwi
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Murder in the Reading Room picks up where the fourth book in the Book Retreat series ended.
Jane is on her way to the Biltmore Estate under the cover of learning about the management of the large luxurious hotel, but her true mission is to find Edwin, her missing boyfriend. While she is exploring the buildings and admiring the gardens, she engages one the gardeners to help her. But this is a murder mystery after all and instead of helping Jane, the gardener is found dead in his cottage. So once a
Laura Salas
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have always enjoyed this ridiculously fanciful series. It's full of family, close friendships, books, and murder. Perfect. It's never believable, though I found this one even LESS believable than the other entries, mostly because of the unconvincing change of heart of one of the criminals from Storyton Village at the end of the story. Still, it was a very enjoyable read and a lovely escape. If I could visit Storyton Hall, I would--in a heartbeat.

I'm assuming this is the last in the
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jane Steward is on her way to North Carolina to the Biltmore Estates where she believes her boyfriend Eric may be hidden. She is officially on a trip to learn more about luxury hotel management but she is really there to look for secret passages and clues to where Eric is hidden. While visiting one of the gardening staff Jane believes she may have found someone who can help her until he was found dead in his reading room. Jane not only finds Eric but she a lot more than she is expecting. When th ...more
Sue Ross
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This next chapter of Jane and her family and friends leaves nothing but surprises through the whole book. Good guys become bad guys and bad guys become questionable good guys. If you love books and wish for a place like Storytown Then then this is a book/series for you. If I could have I would have read the whole thing at once, but life seems to interfere at times.
Carrie Templeton
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a page turner, no doubt! The latest dive into Storyton Hall is full of excitement, deceit, and a whole lot of shock. I loved every minute of it.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will admit, by now, I am an Ellery Adams fan and will read whatever has her name attached, no questions asked.
This novel was no different and as usual, I was not disappointed.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Picking up immediately where the previous book ended, Jane and Lachlan arena a mission to find
Jane's missing boyfriend Edwin Alcott. In the hunt for Edwin, Jane and her loyal Fin stumble across a bigger mystery which includes a dead body, along with a heartbreaking twist I never saw coming. The mystery follows Jane back to Storyton Hall, and she has much to do and many hard decisions to make. I can't say much without giving away the plot, except that from page one the story was fast paced and f
Pamela Priest
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, the surprises in this book kept me reading! Any bibliophile needs to read this series. There are so many book references, some of which made me go look for the books (is there a book that continues the Jane Eyre story -- if so, I want to read it!) Any lover of history will love the offsite setting at Biltmore Estate. It makes me want to go visit it! This is a great addition to this series, which is a must read.
Coralee Hicks
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-reads
Ellery Adams writes superb settings. Such is her ability, a reader would love to travel to her locations and partake of the tempting offerings. If a magic travel agency appeared, I would book a trip to Storyton immediately. I would be drawn to both the public libraries, and the secret library. Who wouldn't wish to read treasures once deemed to precious to be shared with the world? Especially if Mrs. Hubbard where there to prepare your heart's delight.

The theme of war and reconciliation is state
Pam Walker
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love books about books, libraries, etc. so have been devouring this series since it started. I am a fan of Ellery Adams and have read her previous series, so knew I would like this one. I had the chance to get an ARC from NetGalley so jumped at the chance to read another installment in the series. Storyton Hall, Virginia, is a paradise for book lovers who come from all over for literary getaways, and in this installment a history group gathers for a conference and battle reenactment.. But mana ...more
Paige Bennett
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been reading Ellery Adams novel for quiet a while and she never disappoints me. Murder in the Reading Room is the fifth in the Book Retreat series. How could I not love this book since it has so many things that I look for in a good mystery. Set in the mountains of Virginia - my home state-is Storyton Hall . This retreat is all about books and authors - two favorite subjects of mine. Jane is our main character and the driving force behind the retreat. But there is some secrets about Story ...more
Micky Cox
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's rare that I give a 5 star review for a cozy mystery as they are good stories, but not typically going to make my all time greatest books ever this book there are several amazing twists that are revealed in a unique and intriguing manner that warrant a 5 star rating! While I have loved this entire series, this is so far my favorite book. I certainly hope the author will grant us with another book in the series, but if not this one was an amazing one to end on. Please, ple ...more
Bobbie Kirkland
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of MURDER IN THE READING ROOM (Book 5 of the Book Retreat Mysteries) by Ellery Adams in exchange for an honest review. Jane Steward has figured out where she can find her kidnapped boyfriend Edwin. When the rescue doesn’t go as planned, the secrets hidden at Storyton Hall become endangered. A nasty and evil man from a rival organization brings chaos, misery, and death with him to the History Book Retreat. In comparison to human life, how important are the secrets of Storyt ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. The characters are so realistic and I feel like I am visiting friends to catch up when I read them. This book was no exception. A group of historians are visiting Storyton Hall and are planning a reenactment on the grounds. Also, Jane travels to the Biltmore to attend a Luxury Hotel Management conference, and to look for Edwin. I love the way Jane and the other characters have grown over the course of the series so far and that the stories always keep me guessing. If Storyton ...more
Janilyn Kocher
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adams delivers another great mystery. I love the first setting at Biltmore Estates. Jane is attending a conference there, but is really there to track down her missing lover, Edwin. She finds more than Edwin, however. Jane receives an enourmous shock. I like the nuances of the literary history entertwined throughout the plot and what a find it would be to discover that forgotten suitcase. Adams provides a.drastic decision Jane makes as far as the future of Storyton Hall's secret library, which I ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jane is the Guardian of a very special and secret library in Storyton Hall, where books are as essential as air to life. Jane, mother of young twin boys, finds her position as Guardian puts her family and friends in danger. When her lover, Edwin, is taken prisoner, she takes action to free him. And from there, the story becomes even more complicated. I love this series...the characters, the friendships, the setting, the love of books, combines with mysteries and secret societies to make a perfec ...more
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another wonderful cozy mystery from Adams. This one picks up right where Book 4 left off, so I would not recommend picking this up without having at least read the previous in the series.

This story continues with the cliffhanger from book 4 and introduces World War 1 re-enactment, Lost Generation mysteries, and of course, lots of lovely quotes from authors of all types. Books and books are always fun, and a mystery that includes secret libraries is perfect for fans of literature.

I received an A
Deborah Almada
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an action packed volume and those familiar with Ms Adams know she's not afraid to shake up her characters and her series!! This book takes on a trip to the Biltmore estate for a daring rescue, the shocking reappearance of someone from her past and then home where an accident/murder? makes Jane question everything in her life. How will she handle it, who should she believe and trust and what will the future hold for Jane and all she loves? This is a must read for fans of the series!!!
Kathy R
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Great cozy mystery! I love the well developed story line. It is finely woven with twists and turns I did not see coming. Ellery’s characters are well developed and believable. The plot twists will have you Googling all night long (sorry you will have to read the book to find out why). Weaving Biltmore Estate into the story was brilliant it it such a stunning property. It’s definitely a book that is hard to put down. I highly recommend this for Cozy Mystery lovers and as a bonus it is part of a s ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
***** Secret libraries, fantastic estates, legendary authors, an assistant with war PTSD, a murder mystery, and TEMPLARS! Just short of being an urban fantasy with an amateur sleuth who is the mother of twins, this one is ingenious! Can you tell that I loved it? The publisher's blurb is pretty basic but spoilers are just wrong, much as I'd like to highlight incidents.
I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
Kelli Roberts
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed all of the Book Retreat mysteries, and this one was no exception. I love the Storyton Hall setting (would be a dream to go there!), the characters, and the fun mysteries. This installment in the series takes many of the plot points that have been introduced in the past and weaves them all together. It's a wonderful ride with many ups and downs, and readers will love going on this journey!
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful addition to this series. The plot is full of delightful twists and turns. Adams is always clever in her use of literary themes that are just enough to make the reader smile. I love the intrigue and bits of romance as well as the double lives of the main characters of Storyton Hall.
Teri Griffis
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I can always depend on Ellery Adams to give a fabulous story when it comes to a Book Retreat mystery. There is adventure, humour, love, and mystery in these stories. The characters are people you would know passing on the street. If you're looking for a fun, captivating read you need to pick this book up. Enjoy! 📚
Alison Marable
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has many interesting twists & turns, a great game of strategy and plenty of mysteries. The secondary characters are complex. Lots of book references and great descriptions so you feel like you are there. There were a couple of big surprises in this book, but I won't include any spoilers. You won't be disappointed in this book. Ellery Adams has such a way with fantastical stories!
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USA Today and New York Times bestseller author, Ellery Adams, has written over thirty novels and can’t 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 li ...more

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