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Reserved for Murder

(Booklovers B&B Mysteries #2)

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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  120 reviews
More bloodshed at a bibliophiles' bed-and-breakfast as Victoria Gilbert's delightful series continues.

Meeting your favorite author in the flesh can be the chance of a lifetime. But for one unlucky fan, her plum place in line at a book signing will lead to her untimely demise.
Beaufort, North Carolina, is home to Chapters Bed and Breakfast, owned and operated by former schoo
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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published June 8th 2021 by Crooked Lane Books
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Phrynne
Jun 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2021
This is the second book in a series set in Chapters B&B in North Carolina. I would love to stay there myself especially in the Mystery Room. I might just sit in the room for my whole visit, ordering room service and reading the books.

Charlotte is hosting an author event when an important member of the fan club is murdered. There is a lot of information about authors, ghost writers and fan fiction which is all very interesting, but could it really incite anyone to commit murder? Apparently the an
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Brenda
Charlotte Reed, in her B&B called Chapters, in Beaufort, North Carolina, was hosting an author visit for the week with three fans who had won free accommodation and the chance to meet their favourite author. There were activities and special events planned for the week with locals invited as well as the guests. Alicia and Damien, Charlotte’s assistants, helped out as needed, while Charlotte’s neighbour, Ellen was her usual friendly self. But when one of the guests was found murdered, the local p ...more
Cozy Reads
Charlotte Reed runs Chapters Bed and Breakfast, a book lover’s themed B&B. In Reserved For Murder Chapters is hosting a Romance author who wants a little peace in quiet in between her book tour. When it doesn’t exactly stay hidden that the author is staying at the B&B she agrees to do a meet and greet and book signing for her fans. When the president of the author’s fan club is found dead Charlotte decides to find the killer!
Chapters B&B sounds like a dream, books everywhere, even in your room
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Tina
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I highly anticipated reading Reserved for Murder because of how much I enjoyed the first book in the series. But I was disappointed. Charlotte owner of Chapters Bed and Breakfast was welcoming a new author to spend the weekend there with three of her biggest fans.to have one of her fans murdered was an exciting plot.
But the subplot was dull and not as exciting with Charlotte's ex-spy neighbor being involed
In espionage and bringing another innocent friend into it was not exciting.Bringing in a n
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Gloria
This second in the B&B Mysteries series is a nice addition to the series set in the rich in history coastal town of Beaufort, North Carolina. Charlotte Reed inherited Chapters, a Bed and Breakfast, from her aunt Isabella, who was a member of the US intelligence community. The theme of the B&B is based on books and guests sometimes stay there for book themed events. This week author Amanda Nobel is on tour, staying at Chapters along with a representative of the publisher and three fan club member ...more
Micky Cox
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Checked in for another author visit at Chapters B&B, but things go awry when an attendee gets snuffed out leaving Charlotte wondering if she was once again sleeping with a murderer under her roof! The characters are rich in personality and well developed to add flavor to a well thought our plot wrought with potential suspects. This cozy mystery will keep you entertained for hours as you gleefully devour the pages to see who did it and what is in store for the characters! I absolutely must put th ...more
eda
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Drinking game: take a shot every time someone says "he/she softened their tone."
From the synopsis of Reserved For Murder, I was really excited to start reading it! A BnB, and bookstore sounds like the perfect setting for a mystery!! One problem I had with this book is that the story was dominantly the characters speaking. There needed to be more 'showing'. Everything was being explained and I found it frustrating because the I can-along with every other reader, can read between the lines and un
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Jeanie
This mystery is second in what is fast becoming another of my favorite “bookish” series. Included is a charming, Southern B & B with a fabulous library that offers literary events. The protagonist and her friends are three-dimensional folks that I enjoyed getting to know better, and the mysteries have just enough twists and turns to keep me entertained. It is written with excellence, and the characters are best defined through their realistic conversations and actions.

Charlotte was an English te
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Joan
Jun 18, 2021 rated it liked it
This is another enjoyable cozy mystery from Gilbert. I like the setting of a B & B as we get to see the murder suspects in a variety of situations. Much of the investigation Charlotte, our amateur sleuth, does is by listening to conversations. Charlotte is a good investigative heroine too. She's nosy so pays attention to conversations others miss. I like her sidekick, Ellen. Next door neighbor and previous government agent during the cold war, she adds some spice and expertise to the work.

This m
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Vintagebooklvr
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
2 1/2 stars. A solid mystery based on the cut-throat writing and publishing industry. It was interesting to see fanfiction being mentioned as a factor in writing and publishing. I enjoyed the characters.

However, the subplot involving spies and a short-lived love affair decades ago seemed far-fetched. Also, I didn’t like how some characters voiced that a stalker ex-husband really loved his wife when he attempted to find out who killed her. So what. That doesn’t diminish the terror and danger of p
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BonnieM☂️
May 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I really enjoyed this book and found it very entertaining. All the characters were great and added to the story line. There were two parts to the story with the murder and the other espionage. The main character, Charlotte Reed and her neighbor, Ellen Montgomery intertwined between the two story lines perfectly. There was suspense, with the espionage shifting between the past and the present. Ellen Montgomery and Charlotte's great aunt Isabella
were both spies during the war. Aunt Isabella died
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Marta
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think the premise and the plot of the book were quite intriguing, but overall it fell flat for me. Much of the story was moved along via dialog, and I think it would have benefited from some more world building. I received a free ARC from NetGalley.
Kathleen
This is the second book in the Booklovers B & B Mysteries series by Victoria Gilbert.
Charlotte Reed Beaufort, owns and operates Chapters Bed and Breakfast in Beaufort, North Carolina Charlotte is a former schoolteacher.

Scheduled at the B & B is a tea with a celebrity author. Unfortunately, the president of the reclusive writer's fan club is found dead by the Beaufort docks. Means of death is blunt force trauma.
Charlotte and her crew delve into the mystery. There are plenty of twists and turns.
I
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Lisa Morin
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly couldn’t put this book down. What a whirlwind story, beginning with a wonderful stay at the lovely Chapters, and of course, ending in murder.
There’s nothing I love more than reading a well written book filled with colorful characters who always make me smile.
I’m anxious to see what will happen next.
Mary
Jun 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd installment in the Booklover’s B&B mystery series. Charlotte Reed runs the Chapters B&B in Beaufort North Carolina which she inherited from her Great-Aunt Isabella. Charlotte has a famed romance novelist Amanda Nobel whose series is also a hit TV show and three of her superfans who won a contest hosted by her publisher. Amanda’s presence is not known as she has been on a book tour and does not want to be hounded by her fans. All three of the contest winners cannot disclose but on ...more
Kristina
Reserved for Murder by Victoria Gilbert is the 2nd book in A Book Lover’s B & Mystery series. It can be read as a standalone if you have not had the time to delve into Booked for Death. However, you would understand more about Isabella, Charlotte’s aunt who left her the house, if you read Booked for Death. I thought Reserved for Murder was well-written with good characters. I like that we get to know a little more Charlotte Reed and her aunt. Charlotte is a retired schoolteacher who now runs a l ...more
Bridget
Reserved for Murder by Victoria Gilbert is the second in this cosy mystery series set in Beaufort, North Carolina. I love a cosy mystery and I wanted to read this particular novel as I have a fancy for cosies about book-lovers, libraries and other book-related things.

Centred around Chapters, a book-themed Bed & Breakfast, I thought this was a fabulous story. Chapters, a perfect book-lovers retreat is run by forty-something widow and former schoolteacher Charlotte Reed, who inherited the B&B from
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Toni
May 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This is the second book in the Booklovers B&B mystery series by Victoria Gilbert.

This is a great book. This is one of those tales that is about authors for readers to enjoy. There is an old rivalry between two fan fiction authors in this plot which finds its way into be a big clue into what is really going on with the murder. A mega-popular romantic adventure author comes to Charlotte’s bookstore for an author chat with local fans. Then the president of her fan club is found dead. But a
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Mareli Thalwitzer
It feels like it took us forever to get into the story! We did finally get into the story and ended up enjoying it quite a lot. That's after it took us days to figure out where all the characters fit in (there are a lot of characters to keep track with), how Charlotte ended up in Beaufort New Carolina, and the two story lines that have nothing to do with each other, really baffled my Mommy's little human brain.

We've read a few other reviews from people who enjoyed this book tremendously and we
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Jerri Cachero
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely B&B, a woman looking for a new start after tragedy, a senior retired CIA operative and her adorable Yorkie , a decades old case of spy intrigue , a handsome mystery man and a present day murder are not quite what Charlotte Reed had in mind for a new quiet life. Now, she and her friend Ellen and Yorkie Shandy are in the middle of a romance author's murder!

What a great book! So many things to like - Charlotte who is. a relatable main character, quirky and likable supporting characters, a
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Tari
Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I quickly fell in love with this series last year when the first one came out. What could be more fun than a good cozy mystery mixed with a little bit of spy intrigue? Ellen is the coolest neighbor having been a spy at one time in her life, but once a spy...well you know how it goes. I love her character, and we got to meet a new person that I hope will keep their word and come back soon.

There wasn't a book club book that the murder coincided with, but it did get into the drama of the fan fictio
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Jodi | Bibliostatic
r/suggestmeabook: I want a cozy mystery steeped in publishing and fandom focused on solving a murder.

First, let’s get the disclosure out of the way: I didn’t read the first book, so some of my issues might be solved by reading it. But it won’t cure all the ills I perceive in this cozy mystery.

tldr: Flat characterization; tell, don’t show; hard-to-swallow situations

Victoria Gilbert has posed a good puzzle. Most of the clues are there at the beginning, although the key clue isn’t given until towar
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Kathy Martin
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte Reed is a widowed former high school English teacher who inherited Chapters B&B after the death of her Great-Aunt Isabella. This week she is hosting Amanda Novel who is a best-selling author of historical fantasies and contest winners from her various fan clubs. Charlotte has only read one of her books and isn't a fan.

The first thing Charlotte notices when her guests arrive is the amount of tension between them all. Amanda and her publicity guy Tony are at odds. The three contest winne
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Andrea
Not for me. The characters were one-dimensional. The dialogue was totally unnatural, everyone sounded the same, and the sentences went on foreeeeever, like "Jack, Mary's boyfriend, who was a fireman, a job which required him to put out fires, sauntered over to us and smirking, picked up a canape and popped it into his mouth." And everyone is introduced by their full names and says "But please, call me First name." Drove me nuts. DNF at 15%. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. ...more
Betsy
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amanda Nobel is a bestselling author of romantic fantasy series turned into a hit TV series. She has scheduled a stop of her book tour at Chapters, a B&B in Beaufort, North Carolina that is run by Charlotte Reed. Amanda is also staying at the B&B along with Tony, a manager from her publisher and three winners of a contest for her fans. One of them, Lisette is the head of the Amanda Nobel fan club. Molly, another guest, is known to Damien from high school as a woman with a bad temper. The third g ...more
Goblin Reaper
Victoria Gilbert is a new author to me, and this is the second book in her Booklovers B&B Mysteries collection.
Chapters Bed and Breakfast in Beaufort, North Carolina, is owned by Charlotte Reed. When the author is on a book tour, she decides to host a popular author who is also trying to relax, as well as three of her "mega" fans. However, things go awry when the author's fan club president is discovered dead from blunt force trauma. Now Charlotte and her next-door neighbor Ellen must locate a m
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Scilla
Apr 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte Reed is hosting best-selling author Amanda Nobel at her B&B, Chapters. Also there is Tony Lott, her publicity and marketing manager, Lisette Bradford, the head of Amanda's fan club, Harper Gregg and Molly Zelesky, who are fans who won the trip. They have a Book interview with Amanda and a book signing sponsored by Julie, Charlotte's friend who owns a bookstore. Julie brings her good friend Scott, who has invited a former Professor of History, Roger. During the question period, Roger as ...more
Victoria Hamel
Apr 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coyer-2021
Reserved for Murder is the second book in the Booklovers B&B Mystery series.

Gosh, I really enjoyed this book! The murder mystery not only involves an author, but it also involved fan fiction, Goodreads reviewing, and the pressure of publishing. It was the most bookish of book mysteries I've read to date! I also really enjoy how Victoria Gilbert weaves the real-life history of Beaufort into her series, from Blackbeard's sunken ship to the Olde Burying grounds--the actual town of Beaufort is seaml
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Lizz Axnick
Jun 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book because of all the bookish references but I am only giving four stars because the subplot I felt overshadowed the plot of the book itself and sometimes the subplot got a bit tedious to keep track of.

Charlotte Reed is hosting an author who has come to the small town of Beaufort, NC to get away from the pressures of her tour. In Beaufort, her publisher has arranged one event that she will appear at and then get some needed R&R, although in the company of three lucky fans who are
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Annette Jordan
Reserved for Murder is the second in Victoria Gilbert's charming Booklovers B&B series, set at the Chapters B&B in Beaufort, North Carolina. Owner Charlotte Reed is a hosting popular author who is queen of the historical romance scene , but when another of the guests, who happens to be not just head of her fan club, but also secretly the ghost writer for the latest instalment of her best selling series, winds up dead, the hunt for a killer begins. It seems like there are plenty of people with a ...more
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Victoria Gilbert, raised in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountain, turned her early obsession with reading into a dual career as an author and librarian.

When not writing or reading, she likes to spend her time watching films, gardening, or traveling. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, son, and some very spoiled cats.

Victoria is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of Ameri
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