Can't Judge a Book By Its Murder
Not every murder is by the book...
As Sugar Springs gears up for its all-class high school reunion, Mississippi bookstore owner Arlo Stanley prepares to launch her largest event: a book-signing with the town's legendary alum and bestselling author, Wally Harrison. That's when Wally is discovered dead outside of Arlo's front door and her best friend is questioned for the crime.
Anyway, the story was very interesting with our dead guy being a local boy come home for a class reunion and to sign books is found dead in front of the local bookstore. Not only that but his high school flame works in part of the bookstore and had his child which he wanted nothing to do with, until recently. Lots of red herrings and possible m ...more
The suspicious death was front and center in the first chapter but the plot moved slowly as Ms. Lillard was introducing the central characters. Arlo and Chloe are friends and business partners in Sugar Springs. Chloe has a history with the murder victim and subsequently is arrested for the murder. Arlo's book club members, Camille, Fern and Helen, decide they need to investigate t ...more
This is the first in a new cozy series, and it was definitely a good start. I liked the friendships in this book especially; the sleuth is not only friends with a diverse group of people, but it really has that small town feel throughout. Being centred around a book store is always a plus, but it has a mini cafe going on too. Add in the reunion going on in the background and you have many situations to investig ...more
Can’t Judge a Book by its Murder is the first in A Main Street Book Club Mystery Series by Amy Lillard set in small town Mississippi. Arlo Stanley owns a book store with a coffee shop attached along with her friend Chloe. The entire town is getting revved up for a big reunion, which is seeing the return of a local boy who has “done good” as a nationally known crime writer. Arlo and Chloe both kn ...more
Arlo and Chloe are owners of a book store cafe, and while preparing for an author book signing, a mysterious death turns their world upside down.
I did find the beginning of the story to be a bit rough, but once I got deeper into the story, I found myself immersed in the mystery.
This story has fun, colorful characters who are likable and interesting.
I'm looking forward to readin ...more
Arlo Stanley owns a bookstore café in Sugar Springs, Mississippi. The book starts with Arlo getting called to her store because the author who she was having for a book signing was found dead in front of her store. Initially, it looks like Wally Harrison jumped out of the third story window above Arlo's shop. But how did he gain access to the building and did he really jump or was he pushed. As it begins to look like Wally was pushed, A ...more
I adored the three older ladies that formed ...more
This was a new author to me and I really liked the premise so I was looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I struggled to become engaged in the story and with the characters. For me, I felt the story dragged until about the midway point. There are some fun, quirky townspeople that made me chuckle, but I just couldn't connect with the main characters. I felt the pace was too slow and at some points the story a bit d ...more
From the first sentence to the last paragraph, you will not be able to put this book down!
Arlo Stanley is headed to her newly opened bookstore. She needed to make sure everything was ready for Wally Harrison's book signing. Wally was in town for a high school reunion. He had just written a best seller book. So, what better time to do a book signing at her store.
Just as she turns the corner to the bookstore, she sees a dead body lying in front of her doo ...more
Short synopsis -
A big book signing is about to take place in in small-town Sugar Springs; the author is one of the towns own. However ...more
The small town of Sugar Springs Mississippi is preparing to celebrate home coming with it's high school graduates Arlo Stanley receives a phone call that there is a body laying dead in front of her store. It turns to be Wally Harrison, a well known author with a best sale ...more
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Author: Amy Lillard
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Bookstore/BookClub
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Page Count: 320
Publishing Date: October 29, 2019
New from Poisoned Pen Press comes Amy Lillard’s new series “Main Street Book Club Mysteries,” and the first book in the new series Can't Judge a Book by Its Murder.
Arlo is an unusual character in a new series. She’s a bit confused, whiney, and at times unbelievably br ...more
It was easy to be drawn into the story and try to figure out whodunit since there's an immediate death that we're greeted with. But is it murder and if so why, and whodunit? The story ebbs and flows with twists and turns that ...more
I had high hopes for this book. I really love the title and the short description showed so much promise.
Also the cover is absolutely gorgeous.
Arlo has made her dream true and opened book store/coffee shop with her best friend Chloe. The biggest event is going to be a local boy turned famous writer book signing. Unfortunately he is found dead right in front of Arlo's store.
An hour before the ...more
You don't want to miss reading this new book of Amy's. The story takes place in Sugar Springs Mississippi a good old southern town. Bookshop owner, Arlo Stanley is busy preparing for her biggest event yet---a book signing by best selling author and hometown boy, Wally Harrison.
On the morning of the big event, Wally Harrison shows up d ...more
Arlo runs a bookstore in a small Southern town with her best friend Chloe. They're all set up for a book signing with an old classmate's first book that's storming the charts (and also happens to be the absent father of Chloe's baby) when the author is found dead on the sidewalk outside their store. Was it suicide or was he pushed?
This first in a new cozy series does an excellent job of setting up ...more
I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I've retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I'm from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married ...more