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Murder in the Reading Room

(Book Retreat Mysteries #5)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,590 ratings  ·  317 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 lux
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published 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 afte…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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Murder in the Reading Room by Ellery Adams is the fifth novel in A Book Retreat Mystery series. Jane Steward, manager of Storyton Hall, along with Landon Lachlan are traveling to Asheville, North Carolina to the famous Biltmore Estate. Jane’s boyfriend, Edwin Alcott has been missing for two months and she believes he is being held at Biltmore. Jane’s cover is a participant in the Luxury Lodging Seminar which will give her access to the grounds and buildings to search for Edwin. Landon is befrien ...more
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
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
4 stars
This latest book in the series addresses to problems I had with the series and also includes a decent mystery and a bookish treasure hunt. The problems (view spoiler)
Dawn Michelle
This was, by far, the best book of the series. I enjoyed this one so very much. SOME of that was because I read the book instead of listening to the sub-standard narrator that I have had to use in the past [since this was a NetGalley book, there is no audiobook] and some of it was because the writing was just SO good in this one.

There is just so much going on this one - the previous book leaves you with a bit of a cliffhanger and this book opens with Jane and Landon going to The Biltmore to fin
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
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Storyton Hall’s manager Jane Steward along with Landon Lachlan travel to the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina for a Luxury Lodging Seminar, but they have an ulterior motive, Jane’s boyfriend, Edwin Alcott is missing and they believe he is being held prisoner on the estate. Landon befriends one of the estate’s gardeners and he believes the man will help in their quest to find Edwin. They were interrupted on their visit, so they arrive at his cottage the next day to continue th
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I went into this book not knowing that it was book 5 of the series and I was horribly confused with what was happening.

It is a must to read the first 4 books to understand this one. I tried making sense of what I was reading. It was about main character Jane travelling with her friend to Biltmore Estate as a participant of Luxury Lodging Seminar. But it was a cover to search the grounds for her missing boyfriend. The friendly gardner who helped them was soon found dead leaving them with a clue.

Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
In the start of this next book of the series Jane is rushing off to Biltmore Estates in hopes of finding her missing boyfriend. Luckily she has reason to be there, Jane will be attending a weekend seminar on luxury hotel management, she only hopes that she will have a proper chance to search for Edwin. Once she arrives she is given a private tour of the Estates the only problem, there are to many places that a man could be hidden and she isn't sure where to truly start looking. Along the way she ...more
Lisa Morin
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, oh my, what a wonderful story this is. It's no secret that I absolutely love any book Ellery Adams pens.
Who can resist murder, mystery and mayhem?
Jane Steward is a wonderful character and Storyton Hall sounds like a piece of paradise.

Thus is a must read story for anyone who likes an exciting tale.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review.

I fear that other reviewers might be right- this seems like it might be the last book in the series, at least for now. I'll be eternally optimistic to read more in this series, though, as Storyton Hall is my absolute favorite cozy series setting. The stakes for Jane Steward in this book are incredibly high- she travels to Biltmore Estates in search of her missing boyfriend (who is also tangled up in the secretive u
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 5th book in the Book Retreat Mysteries and in order to really appreciate the characters and their growth, the books should be read in order. Jane Steward and Landon Lachlan (one of the Fins) are heading to the Biltmore Estate to attend a Luxury Lodging Symposium. At least that's their cover story: they are actually hoping to find the missing Edward Alcott, gone for the past two months and possibly kidnapped by the Templar's and hidden at the Biltmore Estate. But their visit proves to ...more
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!
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
If you follow my reviews, you are probably aware that I prefer to start reading a series with Book 1. So you may be wondering why I picked up "Murder in the Reading Room", which is Book 5 in the Book Retreat Mystery series. The answer is simple: Ellery Adams! Ms. Adams is one of my absolute favorite cozy mystery authors, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read her latest release, even though it isn't the first in the series.

From the perspective of a reader new to this world, I was abl
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
Jennifer Muller
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
I  received a free physical copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
Wow! This book has everything. Suspense, humor, surprise, heart and of course books! My favorite part in this book is that Jane finds Edwin! (Not a spoiler, it literally says this on the back cover.)
I have no problem admitting that the first death in this book hurt my heart. I really liked that character, but even more important so did Jane.
I love the developments in this book. I cant wait to see the new idea
Edwin is missing, and Jane is certain she knows where he is, she just doesn't know who has taken him. Attending a conference on luxury hotel management is an excuse to get her on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate, where she hopes to get a chance to poke around, looking for where he might be hidden. When she finds him, though, his captor throws a monkey wrench not only into Jane's plans for the future, but into her past as well, and she faces one of the toughest decisions of her life.

This is th
Murder In The Reading Room is the fifth book in Ellery Adams A Book Retreat Mystery series. I always prefer to read a series in order, but I feel it is particularly essential when it comes to this book because this book is a direct continuation of book four.
The action kicks off in the beginning and never stops.. from the very first page I was pulled into Ms. Adams masterful storytelling and she kept me there until I closed the cover.
There was the perfect amount of misdirection and suspects, to
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.
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
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
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
Jerri Cachero
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The latest Storyton Hall book, Murder in the Reading Room, was full of mystery, adventure and is a bittersweet story that makes for a complex and compelling book.

Jane finds herself once again defending her family from those who desire the books she must protect. However, she has a more pressing problem - to find her love, Edwin, who may be being held at the huge Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Jane is faced with a heartbreaking decision that has ramifications for everyone and the b
May 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Book 5 in the series.

I love the premise behind the series, turning an old country pile in to a book retreat. But the whole Guardian of a secret library full of unknown treasures complete with a group of bodyguards and spy gadgets galore had had me rolling my eyes all along. Throw in a group of rogue Templars willing to kidnap and kill to get their hands on their treasures and it just got to be too out there for me in the previous book. Now in this book the author adds in Jane's supposed dead hus
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
This felt like the end of the series. If I cared at all, I'd go look it up. But I seriously hated this one. I might have a headache from how hard I rolled my eyes through this entire story. This isn't a cozy mystery. It's a really bad soap opera. The plot is ridiculous for this entire series, but especially for this particular entry. I don't even want to get started on specifics, I'm so annoyed. If this isn't the last of the series, I'm so done.
Karen Hollins-Stallman
This is the fifth book in the "Book Retreat Mysteries" by Ellery Adams. I think I may have read one of the earlier books as the characters were familiar to me, but this series is definitely best read from the beginning.

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 fi
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
The most important thing I can say about this series is that it is best that you read them in ordller. It had been awhile since I read the last book, and I felt lost a bit in the beginning until, I remembered the storyline and characters. Jane Steward is the manager of Storyton Hall. She and Landon Lachlan have travelled to the famous Biltmore Estate. They believe that Jane’s boyfriend, Edwin Alcott, who has been missing for two months, is being held at Biltmore. Jane and Lachlan befriend the ga ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Do I dare disturb the universe.”

Do it. Disturb your universe by dropping everything and reading Murder in the Reading Room. Wow, Ellery Adams delivers one fast-paced cozy with this 5th installment.

I leap at the chance to spend time at Storyton Hall, and this visit was no different. Jane attends a conference at the Biltmore Estate, but she’s truly there for another reason. This is where the adventure takes off, the adrenaline starts to race and doesn’t slow down until the book’s conclusion.

May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jane’s boyfriend is missing and she thinks he is at the Biltmore Estate. While she is officially she is there for a luxury hotel management conference she plans to look for him. The estate has many secret passageways just like Storyton hall where she lives and keeps it’s secret. She finds her boyfriend but also her husband who she thought died 9 years ago. She is very tired of all the danger and stress of keeping the secrets. When a WWI reenactment goes wrong she finds more clues to who is doing ...more
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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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