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The Bodies in the Library

(First Edition Library Mystery #1)

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Hayley Burke's fresh start as the curator of The First Edition Society's library in Bath, England, is about to take a rotten turn in this charming new mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Marty Wingate.

Hayley Burke has landed a dream job. She is the new curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition library. The library is kept at Middleban
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Kindle Edition, 333 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Berkley/Penguin Random House
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Bodies in the Library is first in the new First Edition Library Mystery series from Marty Wingate. It’s set in Bath, England, one of my favorite places on earth, and it’s a cozy involving books. What could be better?

Hayley has landed her dream job as the curator of the First Edition library located in a swoon-worthy Georgian home. Hayley aims to modernize the library, but she is met with resistance. Someone ends up murdered in the library (of course!), and Hayley must find the killer to kee
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Diana | Book of Secrets
3.5 Stars → Hayley Burke is the new curator of The First Edition Society, a library dedicated to first editions from the Golden Age of Mysteries. How she got the job, I’m not sure, because she’s never read a mystery, which made me laugh. It’s a sweet position she doesn’t want to lose, but when a member of an Agatha Christie fanfic group is murdered at the library, Hayley’s future there is threatened — she allowed them in, after all.

I loved the setting of Bath, England, and the gorgeous Georgian
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Berkley for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

3.5 stars

Even though this book was pretty cozy and mysterious, it ended up being a little lackluster. I think that was mainly because I kept hoping it would be Nancy Drew-esque(for some reason)

So, what's this book about?
Hayley Burke has landed a dream job. She is the new curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition library. The library is kept at Middlebank House, a lovely Georgian home in Bath, England. Hayley
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Darinda
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first book in a new cozy mystery series by Marty Wingate. The First Edition Library Mystery series features Hayley Burke, the new curator at Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition library in Bath, England. The library is a mystery lovers dream, containing many Golden Age mysteries. Hayley is attempting to modernize the library, but she's hiding the fact that she doesn't know diddly about the mystery genre.

The cast of characters is quirky and relatable. Hayley is a likable protagonist - smart
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Minx
I just was not a fan of any of the characters really. The story took too long to pick up and it was more about the MCs personal life than anything. To be fair there was a mystery but it just didn't speak to me. ...more
Lori
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Hayley Burke, curator of a library devoted to the golden age of mysteries, has never read a mystery in her life. The compensation and benefit of living on the premises attract her to this dream job. Mrs. Woolgar, secretary to the library's founder Lady Georgiana Fowling, lives in the building also. Hayley tries to find ways to improve the library's visibility and invites a group of mystery writers to meet there. When a group member's body appears in the library after hours and after the group le ...more
Betty
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read most of Marty Wingate's books and thoroughly enjoyed them. This is one is no different. It is the first book in a new series, the First Edition Library series and full of funny scenes and quirky characters which brought smiles and amusement as I read. I personally like that it is set in Bath where many of Victorian romances take place. Of course there, is a cat, Bunter, tortoiseshell cat and a nephew, who feels the estate is rightfully his. Hayley has a long-time romance.

Hayley Burke
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JoAn
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
The bodies in the Library by Marty Wingate was an enjoyable cozy read. Ms. Wingate's descriptive writing of Bath made me feel like I was there. The plot was smoothly paced with several quirky suspects as Hayley stumbled along trying to save her job, her home and the First Edition Library. ...more
QNPoohBear
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Hayley Burke has finally landed her dream job- curator for a rare books society. The only problem is, The First Edition Society is dedicated to the Golden Age of mystery writers and Hayley's degree is in 19th-century literature. She hasn't read one single book kept in the library, not even Middlebank House's former owner and library benefactor Lady Georgiana Fowling's own mysteries. Between that and a secretary who resists all attempts to do anything but keep Middlebank House a shrine to the ...more
Lesa
Marty Wingate kicks off a new cozy series, The First Edition Library Mysteries, with The Bodies in the Library. To be honest, I preferred the police over the amateur sleuth, though. For a change in a debut cozy, the investigating police officers are kind and intelligent while the sleuth herself bumbles her way through the book.

Hayley Burke is not really qualified to be curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition Library in Bath, England. She knows nothing about the Golden Age of Mystery, a
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PugMom
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun first in series!
Sophia
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Audiobook Review

The title caught my attention first echoing one of Agatha Christie's best, but then I spotted the series title and the blurb. I was already disposed to fall in love with this new mystery before I ever cracked the first page. First the title, then its set in a library focused on the golden age of British mystery which is in Bath, has a library cat, a murder, and the librarian/curator has never read a mystery? Couldn't pass it up.

The Bodies in the Library started out slow, nearly
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Kelley
ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing

This is the first of the cozy mysteries in the "First Edition Library Mystery" series. I do enjoy this genre every so often. I always know the mystery will be solved and everything will turn out well in the end. This new series is off to a good start.

Hayley Burke is the new curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition Library; a job for which she's not totally qualified. The library is the home of first edition mysteries by writers of the 30's and
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Tari
This was really good! It was a different type of main character than we usually see in cozies which was a fun change. Hayley was working with a Golden Age library collection, but she'd never read a mystery in her life. Usually our sleuths have overflowing piles of mysteries in their homes, lol. She did have an epiphany though--I don't want to spoil too much.

For some reason, I picked the killer out fairly early, but finding out all the details and reasoning etc. was a fun ride, especially the sh
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Lorraine
May 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cozy mystery fans!
Shelves: own, series, mystery-cozy
Setting: Bath, England. Marty Wingate’s The Bodies in the Library (First Edition Library Mystery,#1) begins a new series in which Halley Burke becomes the curator of Lady Georgians Fowling’s First Edition Library which is in what was her home, Middlebank House, a beautiful Georgian house. Lady Fowling passed away recently, but she was in her 90s. Lady Fowling enjoyed reading ‘Golden Age’ mysteries by authors such as Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Margaret Allingham. Hayley has a flat on ...more
Kelcy
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways, arcs
Huge thanks to Goodreads and Berkley/Penguin Random House for sending me this ARC!

Overall, I really enjoyed this mystery! As someone who is just now starting to really read Agatha Christie, I could really appreciate the references in this book.

Hayley is a relatable MC - smart, funny, and is aware of her faults.

I feel like typical cozies have a good amount of light romance and mystery. This one had the romantic element, but definitely focused on the mystery itself more which definitely gave more
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
DNF @24%

The cute cover drew me this novel, but the story was sooo slow in picking up that I abandoned right when a character was killed. The main character seemed more like a secondary character. I just couldn't connect with the character or book.
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Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
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The Bodies in the Library was interesting cozy murder mystery that revolved around Hayley’s job as curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling’s First Edition Society at Lady Fowling’s Middlebank House, turned into library containing vast collection of first edition books by women authors from Golden Age of Mystery. It was about fanfiction, maintaining and respecting the legacy, secrets, conflicts, and friendship.

Book was first person narrative
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Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Marty Wingate’s latest novel The Bodies in the Library is the first installment in her new cozy mystery series entitled First Edition Library Mystery and boy, is it a gem of a book! Set in the wonderful city of Bath, England, The Bodies in the Library follows Hayley Blake, who is the new curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling’s First Edition library.

I, quite frankly, was sold on this cozy mystery as soon as I realized it was set in a library, but my enjoyment of the book only grew as I got to know Ha
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Yvonne
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hayley Burke is excited when she lands the position of curator of The First Edition Society’s library. The society is focused on the Golden Age of Mysteries. A subject Hayley knows less than nothing about, but she’s not going to let anyone know this - least of all the library’s secretary, Mrs. Woolgar, or the society’s board members.

Mrs. Woolgar is not happy with the changes Hayley is making. One thing is inviting an aspiring mystery writing group to meet each week. Mrs. Woolgar does not like th
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Jenny
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, usa
The Bodies in the Library is book one in the First Edition Library Mystery by Marty Wingate. After achieving the job of her dreams, the curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition Library Hayley Burke decided to allow the Agatha Christie fan fiction, writers group to meet in the library. However, for Hayley, after a body was found in the library to start to investigate before she loses her dream job. The readers of The Bodies in the Library will continue to follow Hayley to find out what h ...more
Nicole
Author Marty Wingate's newest series, The First Edition Library Mysteries, is off to a great start with The Bodies in the Library. Meet Hayley Burke, who's landed her dream job as the new curator of the The First Edition Society which specializes in the novels of the women authors of the Golden Age of Mystery. Two small problems - first, Hayley is completely unfamiliar with the novels, and second, it doesn't take long until she actually finds a body in the library (cue suspenseful music!)!!! Hay ...more
Kathy
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I tried, and then I tried again, but the whole premise of the protagonist having never read any of the books in the library she is directing was just too ridiculous (she could have knocked out an Agatha Christie in an evening for goodness sake), plus the oh so obvious love interest plot line, just lost my interest a few chapters in. And then the « quirky » dan fiction group was trying SO hard to be stupidly quirky. I wanted to like this, But I could not.
John
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good book to pick up and enjoy immediately.

A murder occurs in theSociety Library. An investigation proceeds involving the library director, police and suspects. Written in typical British vernacular, the book is delightful. Along the investigation there is a bit of romance thrown in. An easy fun book.
Ferne
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that loves A Book Retreat Mystery Series by Ellery Adams.
Hayley Burke has a university degree in 19th century literature with a fascinating work history as the former assistant to the assistant curator at the Jane Austen Centre. Now Hayley is the sole curator of the former Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition library and Hayley’s assistant is Glynis Woolgar, Lady Fowling's friend and former secretary. The library is within Middlebank House, a lovely Georgian home in Bath, England with the home being not only stately in architecture but in spacious a ...more
Rebecca
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
4.5 stars

Let me preface this by saying that Agatha Christie is my favorite author of all time.  I will read any book that even has a hint of an Agatha Christie theme or reference.  So I was understandable ecstatic to read this book, and it absolutely lived up to my expectations and more.  It actually was made even better since the main character Hayley had never read AC or any of the other golden age authors.  Reading about her first AC experience and the way she easily falls in love with Miss M
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Maia
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Hayley is a super likable and relatable protagonist, and I enjoyed her misadventures in curatorship and relationships alike. Wyn and Val added an element of humor and romance that was satisfyingly well developed, and the friendships Hayley develops over the course of the story are a great source of both touching and laugh-out-loud moments. The first 30 pages dragged a bit for me, but once the body was found (in the library, as you might have guessed), I was totally in it. I was right there along ...more
Susan
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-england
Hayley Burke, divorced and with a college-student daughter, is named curator of Bath's First Edition Society Library, devoted by its founder to mystery fiction. Hayley's big secret is that she's never read a mystery novel. The old guard, including some of her board of trustees, thinks she's making too many changes. They especially don't like the group that's writing Agatha Christie fan fiction and meeting in the library after hours. When the leader of the group is found dead in the library, one ...more
Maureen DeLuca
Sep 22, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok - I tried- DNF at 30% - 'nuf said ...more
Robin Tobin (On the back porch reading)
This is a fun Read. A very classic-styled mystery. I would love to have a library like this one, full of 1st addition novels.
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USA Today best-selling author Marty Wingate writes The First Edition Library series (Berkley) set in Bath, England, about the curator of a collection of books from the Golden Age of Mystery. Book one, The Bodies in the Library, concerns murder among an Agatha Christie fan-fiction writing group, and in book two, Murder Is a Must (October 2020), an exhibition manager is found dead at the bottom of a ...more

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