Book Review: Murder is a Must – I love this author!!

By Marty Wingate

Hayley Burke is beyond excited when she lands a job as the curator of the First Edition Society in Bath. Little did she know that dealing with the longtime secretary, Mrs. Woolgar would be the easiest hurtle to jump because murder will soon to follow.

As curator, Hayley has big ideas as to how she is going to spread the word and create interest in women authors of the Golden Age of Mystery. In particular, Lady Georgiana Fowling whose home and collection she is there to promote and protect. It is the location of the First Edition library, the envy of all Golden Age Mystery lovers. But the piece de resistance is a first edition book signed by members of the of the Detection Club in 1933, including Lady Fowling, Agatha Christie and G. K. Chesterton that was hidden years ago and never found. Making a modern-day mystery that intrigues Hayley and the members of the Society.

Hayley has the clues Lady Fowling left to find the book, but they are cryptic at best. And she has other things on her mind. She must garner more interest for the First Edition Society which includes salons as well as an exhibition. Everyone is excited about the exhibition, but has doubts about it actually coming to fruition. Haley thinks she can pull it off, but that is before the person in charge of the exhibition is found dead. Apparently, someone will stop at nothing to get his or her hands on that hidden book.

Wingate is one of my favorite writers. She brings the reader into the setting and story in the first few pages and keeps you there until the final pages. The characters are fully developed and you’ll love or hate them accordingly. As a mystery lover, it is satisfying to be kept guessing until the last pages of the book to find out who the killer is. I highly recommend Murder is a Must. It is a gem.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2020 Laura Hartman

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