A Book Signing To Die For by Judy Moore. This isn’t my first read by this author but I will say it’s probably my favorite so far. This book definitely pulled me right in and I couldn’t put it down not even for sleep. The characters are unique and fun, each one brings this story to life. It’s got everything I could have asked for mystery, suspense and Murder. I’m a sucker for a great who done it with characters I love and this definitely gave me it all. I found myself on more than one occasion trying to read faster and slower at the same time. Trying to get to the next part to see what happens and not wanting it to be over too quickly. It’s a well written story and I enjoyed my time with all the characters. Five stars all the way and highly recommended!
Beck O’Rourke and her grandmother own Beach Reads bookstore and coffee shop, a gathering place for locals and tourists, a block off the ocean in Manatee Beach, Florida.They live above the bookstore with Beck’s feisty younger sister, Lizzie, a lifeguard. Beck is excited to host the country’s best selling cozy mystery writer for a book signing event until a member of the audience turns up dead later that night. Afterward, Beck decides to pursue her lifelong dream of being a detective to try to catch the killer. The amateur sleuth finds a slew of suspects, but the murderer isn’t happy about her interference. Neither is the town’s handsome new police detective who has a history with Beck.
This is my second book by Judy Moore. She is an amazing writer. She did a great job of bringing the small town of Manatee Beach, Florida and all of the characters to life. The first book was Somebody In The Neighborhood. Both books are set in the same small Florida town of Manatee Beach. They are not in the same series and have different main characters, there are some secondary characters who show up in both. Highly recommended!
A very neat cozy mystery book which I enjoyed reading thoroughly. It has all the elements of a good book in it, a solid plot, good characters, a murder and a hint of romance. Sometimes you pick up a book not knowing much about the author or the book itself and read it with an open mind, with minimal expectations, it is a very pleasurable feeling when the book starts growing on the reader as you flip it page by page. This is precisely the effect this book had on me.
Beck O’Rourke co-owns Beach Reads bookstore and coffee shop with her grandmother. They live in an apartment along with Beck’s sister above the bookstore. They have book signing events which happen very frequently where they get small time and relatively well-to-do authors to speak and then sign the books bought in their store. On one such book signing event, they invite a Cozy mystery author, Marcia Graybill to their bookstore. As people love her mysteries, they get an audience of over 50 that day and the event turn out to be very successful.
Shortly after, in the night, there is a dead body found behind the jewelry store, which is adjacent to the book shop. The police department, headed by a handsome police detective Devon, arrive on the scene of the crime and make their own conclusions, which Becky does not concur with. She heads off to investigate the murder on her own. The murderer does not like this intrusion and neither does the police department. Now Becky’s life is in danger and she has to go all out to crack this case by herself.
It is a brilliant plot and a very edgy read; I could not guess the murderer till the very end. There are times however when I did feel Becky was taking too much liberty and it was amusing that people did not mind her intrusions or her queries. She is not a hired detective after all. It was like reading one of Ms. Marple’s mysteries of Agatha Christie, but Ms. Marple would take an effort to acquaint herself with her suspects personally before extracting information from them. Becky goes a fast forward route and with one visit or one phone call, her suspects seem to disclose quite a lot to her, which I found slightly amusing. I was also expecting a slightly longer romantic liaison between the main leads, but considering it a cozy mystery, it is understandable that the inferences have to be subtle.
Otherwise I loved every bit of it, the characters were adorable. And as I said earlier, I read this book with a very open mind and as a reader, reaped the rewards. A very fine book and looking forward to read more from this author!
This book is a very lovely read. Beck is determined to track down the culprit. This cosy Mystery really had some twist and turns on the book which were unexpected. It is very fast paced. With wonderful characters to help set the scene. Murders happen there’s always a who dunnit but this really suprised me.
A Book Signing To Die For is a wonderful murder mystery novel by Judy Moore. Beck O’Rourke is a lover of mysteries, just like her mother. She owns a bookstore and coffee shop, Beach Reads, with her grandmother in Manatee Beach, Florida. Beck, her grandmother, and Beck’s little sister Lizzie live above the bookstore. Beck tries hard to make the bookstore a local hang out place, but her grandmother is stuck in her ways and is strictly business. With a bestselling mystery writer coming to do a book signing, Beck is super excited, until someone from the audience dies! Now Beck can use all her detective skills she gained from her mystery novels to try to catch the killer. She’s able to make a little head way but some people aren’t happy with her progress. This novel was entertaining, enthralling, and kept me on my toes. Just when I thought I knew who the killer was, I would be thrown a curveball. I highly recommend this mystery and look forward to reading other stories by this author.
I give A Book Signing To Die For by Judy Moore, 5 stars.
I really enjoy cozy mysteries and this book intrigued me, so I thought I would try it. Besides, what’s not to like about books, coffee, pets, and a beach setting? It led up to my expectations and then some. The characters were great — Beck is a great main character and the secondary characters compliment the book so well. My favorite is Beck’s grandmother. Just wait until you meet her!
Of course, it wouldn’t be a cozy mystery without a murder and the main character trying to solve it, now would it? In great Agatha Christie fashion, we have a whole slew of choices for the killer. The author does not make it obvious either. And the motive? I never saw it coming!
If you enjoy cozy mysteries with fun, great characters, in a usually peaceful setting, I highly recommend this book. I really hope there will be more books revolving around Beach Reads.
This was an amazing crime story which I loved. I was totally captivated by it from the start and thought I knew who the murderer was but boy was I wrong. The twists and turns are so good it keeps you guessing.
Beck and her gran run a book shop/cafe. After holding a book signing for a popular author, a lady who attended turns up dead. Was it a robbery or was it just plain murder.
When the police seem like they are on the wrong track Beck decides to take it upon herself to do some search of her own.
What she discovers about the lady who died and her connections keeps the suspect list growing and you never know who it is.
Will the police send the wrong man to jail or will Becks hard detective work solve who the true killer was before they strike again.
A Book Signing To Die For is the first book I have read by author Judy Moore. What a fun setting for a book – Beck O’Rourke and her Grandma Alice co-own Beach Reads bookstore. Wouldn’t that be fun? Grandma Alice is a no nonsense, say it as it is character, Lizzie the younger sister is a lifeguard who wants nothing to do with the bookstore, and Beck is the main character who can be shy but as she gets older she is growing out of her shyness and is finding her true calling.
The story gets your attention from the beginning. The Beach Reads bookstore sounds like a wonderful shop to visit. The premise of this book is that the bookstore has a book signign and a meet & greet with authors from time to time. On this fateful night, one of the book signing attendees is found dead near the shop. The mystery gets Beck to realize her passion of crime solving.
A Book Signing To Die For by Judy Moore is not her normal mystery story it is a fast paced cozy murder mystery. Judy has written the story that throws you of course, just when you think you are getting to the “whodunnit”. There are twists and turns, thrills and spills, danger and lies, and definitely keeps you guessing. The characters are likable and realistic and the world in which Judy paints is so vivid you can clearly see it. I loved Lizzy’s grandma, she is such a hoot, sassy and independent woman who knows her own mind. It is a great read to get lost in and I can’t wait to see what Judy brings us next.
Reviewed by @jennadb
A Book Signing to Die For is a cosy mystery book by Judy Moore. If you’re not sure what a cosy mystery is, you’re in luck because protagonist Becca tells us in chapter five as “kind of a Hallmark version of a mystery – no swearing, no extreme violence, and definitely G-rated”. A Book Signing to Die For definitely fits the bill, centring around a bookshop/café in a quaint seaside location with a book loving protagonist and a handsome detective. If you’re after something comfortably engaging, this is the book for you!
I particularly liked the cast of characters (human and animal!). At the outset, some seem a little two-dimensional and stereotypical (the sister who hates books and is obsessed with boys, for example) but over the course of the story they are fleshed out and developed. Miss Alice is one of my favourites, with her stern and driven attitude towards business and the soft side that we glimpse every now and then.
The setting, and the book signing event that gets the story going, will appeal to fans of mystery books, so it’s definitely a likeable book! And a holiday to Florida, even if only on the pages of a book, is a welcome escape for anyone stuck somewhere cold, rainy and far from the sea.
For me, this is a four-star book. A great comfort read, and an intriguing mystery!
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