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Can't Judge a Book By Its Murder

(Main Street Book Club Mysteries #1)

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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  68 reviews

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.

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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Expected publication: October 29th 2019 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published October 2019)
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Gail C.
This is an entertaining book that is just as much about introducing the inhabitants of Sugar Springs, Mississippi. It’s time for the annual high school reunion which encompasses all class years since the school and town are so small. This year is particularly exciting since one of the graduates who has achieved fame and fortune as a writer is coming back to town for a book signing at Arlo and Chloe’s shop, Books and More. Arlo owns the books portion and Chloe provides specialty teas and coffees ...more
Natalia  Ramlal
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bookstore owner Arlo Stanley is preparing for a book signing event with local bestselling author, Wally Harrison when she receives a shocking phone call from the police. Wally has been found dead outside her store. To make matters worse, the police suspect her best friend Chloe is the one responsible for his death. Arlo knows her friend is innocent and with the help of her elderly book club members, she is determined to catch the real killer. Can't Judge a Book By Its Murder is a wonderful intro ...more
Jeri
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, e-books
This was a good starter book for a new series. I always enjoy books based in the south and centered around books and friends. Some of my favorite things.

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
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Shelly
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Can't Judge a Book By Its Murder is the first in the Main Street Book Club Mysteries. Sugar Springs, Mississippi bookstore owner Arlo Stanley is busily preparing for a book signing event with a famous local author when she is contacted by the police. A body, dead as a doornail, is lying on the sidewalk directly in front of her bookstore. To make matters worse, the dead body just so happens to be her special guest of honor, author Wally Harrison. Instead of a popular shopper’s destination, her ne ...more
JoAn
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Can't Judge A Book By It's Murder by Amy Lillard was a interesting cozy mystery set in Sugar Springs, MS.

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
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Kirsti
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

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
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Lori
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A man falls from atop the bookstore to the sidewalk below. The investigating officer initially believes the man committed suicide, but the autopsy reveals poison in his system, confirming the suspicions of those who knew he was unlikely to commit suicide. When Chloe ends up in jail, Arlo begins her own investigation to get her friend freed. Some of the action stretches the imagination. The solution was fairly obvious. Still I enjoyed this mystery set in extreme northern Mississippi. Farmington i ...more
AngryGreyCat
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free digital copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

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
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Lisa Morin
As a first in a new series, I found Can't Judge a Book By Its Murder to be an interesting story.
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
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Christine
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
This is the first book in the Main Street Book Club series.
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
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Ann
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 1 in a new cozy series, Main Street Book Club. Set in Sugar Springs, Mississippi, Arlo is getting her book store ready for a book signing by big time author, Wally Harrison. Wally is back in town for their high school reunion. When he is found dead in front of her bookstore, Arlo and her book club members investigate to exonerate their good friend Chloe. Chloe just happens to be the mother of Wally's son and is fighting his attempt for custody. Good characters, especially the elderl ...more
Gail Hollingsworth
I love the cover and anything to do with bookstores. And Arlo owns the only bookstore in the small town of Sugar Springs Mississippi. Former classmate Wally Harrison is a best selling author and is scheduled to do a book signing at the store, until he is found lying in a heap in front of it, dead. When Arlo’s co-owner and best friend Chloe is jailed for the crime Arlo is determined to prove her innocence. After all, Wally did have lots of enemies.
I adored the three older ladies that formed
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Peggy R
***Upgraded from 2.5 stars

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
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Elaine Shorb
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful book!
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
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Jessica Wilhoite
This was a really great start to this series. Reading it on my Kindle, I got through 94% (ish) of the story still not fully convinced who the actual killer was. I wasn't really surprised when it was revealed, but they why got me a little bit (it usually does). This was a fast-faced, good cozy that I would recommend adding to your TBR list. 

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A big book signing is about to take place in in small-town Sugar Springs; the author is one of the towns own. However
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Betty
The first book of the Main Street Book Club is an amusing story that brought smiles and chuckles as I read it. I had difficulty reading the story as it was disjointed at times. I did not connect with any of the characters.
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
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Jan
Did he jump or was he pushed? Small town class reunion brings popular author and big time egoist back to the place where he was involved in a fatal auto accident and deserted the mother of his illegitimate child. But he didn't come alone, his wife and mistress came with him. Local bookstore owner, Arlo, has worries of her own including the fact that the guy dropped down from the roof of her bookstore and landed on the sidewalk right in front! Interesting Southern cozy mystery with interesting ch ...more
Lindsay
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Main Street Book Club Mysteries series gets its kickoff thanks to Amy Lollards wonderfully written Can’t Judge a Book by Its Murder. I fell in love with the characters and the books setting. Can’t wait to read more!

I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback.

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The Cozy Review
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series: Main Street Book Club Mysteries – Book 1
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
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Mary
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't Judge a Book by It's Murder is the first in the Main Street Book Club Mystery series. Arlo Stanley and her best friend Chloe run a book store and coffee bar in Sugar Springs Mississippi. They are preparing for the town high school reunion (all classes combined) and a major book signing at their store of local boy Wally Harrison whose current book The Missing Girl has been on the New York Times bestseller's list for over 10 weeks. The story starts with Arlo getting a call from Frances from ...more
Brenda
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Can't Judge a Book By Its Murder is the debut of the Main Street Book Club Mysteries series set in the small town of Sugar Springs, Mississippi and featuring book store owner Arlo Stanley and her business partner Chloe Carter. As the town is preparing for the Sugar Springs All School Tenth Class Reunion, Arlo is looking forward to hosting a book signing at Books and More featuring fellow classmate Wally Harrison, now a New York Times Best Selling author. Unfortunately just a few hours before the ...more
JoAnne
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't Judge a Book by its Murder is a nice cozy mystery with lots of likable characters and wonderful interactions. I loved seeing that this is the start of a series since Ms. Lillard is a favorite author of mine whether I am reading her Amish stories or contemporary ones.

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
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Bobbie Kirkland
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of CAN’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS MURDER (Book 1 of the Main Street Book Club Mysteries) by Amy Lillard in exchange for an honest review. Arlo Stanley is a bookstore owner in Sugar Springs, Mississippi. With this year’s high school class reunion being attended by Sugar Springs’ most famous graduate, New York Times bestselling author Wally Harrison, Arlo is delighted to host a book signing for his newest release. Arlo is not so delighted when he shows up on he ...more
Sandra
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Can't Judge a Book By Its Murder is the first book in Main Street Book Club Mysteries.

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.
He
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Gloria
This story starts off with a shock when a body is found outside Arlo Stanley's bookstore in Sugar Springs, Mississippi, the scene of an apparent suicide or was it murder? Arlo has a scheduled book signing with local guy, Wally Harrison, who has returned home with a bestseller but that won't happen now. Wally either jumped, fell or was shoved out of the third floor window over Arlo's bookstore. Arlo's best friend and business co-owner is arrested for Wally's death when the clues are stacked again ...more
Vickie
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a good start to a new cozy mystery series. Set in Mississippi, it is a southern mystery, with the setting of Sugar Springs. The town is getting ready to have a big high school reunion, with the guest of honor the famous writer and alumni, Wally Harrison. Arlo Stanley and her friend Chloe own the local bookstore and are happy to sponsor Wally’s homecoming. Unfortunately, Wally ends up dead on the sidewalk in front of the bookstore. Since Chloe was the last to see him alive, and has a ...more
FMSWarrior
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sugar Spring, Mississippi’s famous son, Wally Harrison, is heading home for a class reunion and book signing of his best selling book. A very good thing for Arlo and her business partner Chloe who own the local book store. It’s big doings for Sugar Creek and the girls are hoping the event will draw business to their new store. But Wally is back in town to do more than attend the reunion and sell some books, he wants to meet the son he walked away from ten years ago.

An hour before the
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Christine Lowe
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the start of a new series for Amy Lillard. The first book in the Main Street Book Club Mystery series is a delightful read. Sugar Springs, Mississippi is a small town with an interesting cast of characters. Arlo Stanley and her best friend Chloe Carter own Books and More. Arlo is the Books and Chloe is the More that includes excellent coffee, handmade pastries and treats baked fresh each day. The story opens with a dead body sprawled on the sidewalk directly in front of Books and More. A ...more
Patricia Bond
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't Judge a Book By Its Murder is a new cozy mystery written by Amy Lillard. This is the first book in her new series Main Street Book Club Mysteries.
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
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Jenn
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, arc
I received a digital ARC of this title from Edelweiss for an honest review.

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
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