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 Small-town life in Hazel Rock becomes a Texas-size crime scene when murder takes a page from Charli Rae Warren’s book club’s latest mystery . . .     Charli takes great pride in running one of the few independent, family-owned bookstores in small-town Texas. She vets everything carefully, with an eye to the eclectic tastes of the locals. That includes the Book Barn’s week  Small-town life in Hazel Rock becomes a Texas-size crime scene when murder takes a page from Charli Rae Warren’s book club’s latest mystery . . .     Charli takes great pride in running one of the few independent, family-owned bookstores in small-town Texas. She vets everything carefully, with an eye to the eclectic tastes of the locals. That includes the Book Barn’s weekly book club selection. This time out it’s a mystery whose characters bear a striking resemblance to local citizens, including Charli’s friend Sugar . . . who’s the prime suspect when her real-life nemesis is found dead in a hotel’s water tank.   With help from her pet armadillo Princess, Charli campaigns to clear Sugar’s sweet name—literally—when the up-for-election mayor becomes a killer’s next target. Murder and politics make scandalous bedfellows as Charli discovers that fiction may be fatal, but reality could be just as deadly . . .   “A well written, fast-paced cozy mystery that has well developed and likable characters with good humor and a bit of romance.” —Fresh Fiction on Perilous Poetry   “An electrifying tale.”—Fresh Fiction on A Reference to Murder


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 Small-town life in Hazel Rock becomes a Texas-size crime scene when murder takes a page from Charli Rae Warren’s book club’s latest mystery . . .     Charli takes great pride in running one of the few independent, family-owned bookstores in small-town Texas. She vets everything carefully, with an eye to the eclectic tastes of the locals. That includes the Book Barn’s week  Small-town life in Hazel Rock becomes a Texas-size crime scene when murder takes a page from Charli Rae Warren’s book club’s latest mystery . . .     Charli takes great pride in running one of the few independent, family-owned bookstores in small-town Texas. She vets everything carefully, with an eye to the eclectic tastes of the locals. That includes the Book Barn’s weekly book club selection. This time out it’s a mystery whose characters bear a striking resemblance to local citizens, including Charli’s friend Sugar . . . who’s the prime suspect when her real-life nemesis is found dead in a hotel’s water tank.   With help from her pet armadillo Princess, Charli campaigns to clear Sugar’s sweet name—literally—when the up-for-election mayor becomes a killer’s next target. Murder and politics make scandalous bedfellows as Charli discovers that fiction may be fatal, but reality could be just as deadly . . .   “A well written, fast-paced cozy mystery that has well developed and likable characters with good humor and a bit of romance.” —Fresh Fiction on Perilous Poetry   “An electrifying tale.”—Fresh Fiction on A Reference to Murder

30 review for Killer Classics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    I have enjoyed this series through 4 previous books and I was not disappointed with the 5th book. It is as funny as the other books, Charli armadillo Princess has a boyfriend, skunk. Princess brings to the book barn and the scenes are hilarious. Charlie is helping Clyde with reelection campaign and it is bothering Mateo. The book barn weekly book selection is a story that closely matches residents of Hazel Rock, Texas. The gossip runs fast through the town, especially when a body is found the new I have enjoyed this series through 4 previous books and I was not disappointed with the 5th book. It is as funny as the other books, Charli armadillo Princess has a boyfriend, skunk. Princess brings to the book barn and the scenes are hilarious. Charlie is helping Clyde with reelection campaign and it is bothering Mateo. The book barn weekly book selection is a story that closely matches residents of Hazel Rock, Texas. The gossip runs fast through the town, especially when a body is found the new greens hotel. Charlie will have to work fast to clear her friend, Sugar before she is convicted of the crime. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES. Disclosure: Many Thanks to NetGalley and Lyrical Underground for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own. PS: I am sorry to read this is the last book in the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    A trip to Hazel Rock Texas and the Book Barn is always such a fun, enjoyable read and author Kym Roberts just continues to write a series that is very entertaining. The book has a terrific pace that just kept me moving along and turning the pages to see how this story would end. Plus, who can resist a pink armadillo? A full review will be posted to my blog closer to the release date of December 4, 2018. I voluntarily read a digital ARC provided to me by the publisher, Lyrical Underground, through A trip to Hazel Rock Texas and the Book Barn is always such a fun, enjoyable read and author Kym Roberts just continues to write a series that is very entertaining. The book has a terrific pace that just kept me moving along and turning the pages to see how this story would end. Plus, who can resist a pink armadillo? A full review will be posted to my blog closer to the release date of December 4, 2018. I voluntarily read a digital ARC provided to me by the publisher, Lyrical Underground, through Netgalley.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Killer Classics A Book Barn Mystery, Book #5 Kym Roberts 5 Stars Synopsis: Small-town life in Hazel Rock becomes a Texas-size crime scene when murder takes a page from Charli Rae Warren’s book club’s latest mystery . . . Charli takes great pride in running one of the few independent, family-owned bookstores in small-town Texas. She vets everything carefully, with an eye to the eclectic tastes of the locals. That includes the Book Barn’s weekly book club selection. This time out it’s a mystery whose Killer Classics A Book Barn Mystery, Book #5 Kym Roberts 5 Stars Synopsis: Small-town life in Hazel Rock becomes a Texas-size crime scene when murder takes a page from Charli Rae Warren’s book club’s latest mystery . . . Charli takes great pride in running one of the few independent, family-owned bookstores in small-town Texas. She vets everything carefully, with an eye to the eclectic tastes of the locals. That includes the Book Barn’s weekly book club selection. This time out it’s a mystery whose characters bear a striking resemblance to local citizens, including Charli’s friend Sugar . . . who’s the prime suspect when her real-life nemesis is found dead in a hotel’s water tank. With help from her pet armadillo Princess, Charli campaigns to clear Sugar’s sweet name—literally—when the up-for-election mayor becomes a killer’s next target. Murder and politics make scandalous bedfellows as Charli discovers that fiction may be fatal, but reality could be just as deadly . . . “A well written, fast-paced cozy mystery that has well developed and likable characters with good humor and a bit of romance.” —Fresh Fiction on Perilous Poetry “An electrifying tale.”—Fresh Fiction on A Reference to Murder (Amazon) Review: The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and it pulled me right into the book. I felt like I was there in Hazel Rock, visiting with the people and animals. I would love to go into the Book Barn to do some browsing. The characters are well developed and well rounded. Charli is smart and adventurous and she is not afraid of hard work. She wants the bookstore to continue to be successful. She loves her dad and Princess, their pink armadillo, and she is grateful that she is back home. I like the friendship between her and Scarlett, her best friend. They can get themselves into some awful predicaments and it is fun to see how they get out of them. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The mystery was well plotted and it was not easily solved. I really liked that the story revolved around a book mystery. I would highly recommend this book (and series) to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. Grab a copy and enjoy. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

  4. 4 out of 5

    RO G'ma

    Killer Classics is the fifth book in Kym Roberts’ Book Barn Mystery series and is a well written, with well-developed and likable characters, humor, a sense of community and friendship, plus an adorable pink Armadillo, named Princess who brings a skunk, who’s her first boyfriend, home. There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing who the murderer is until the reveal. Charli Rae “Princess” Warren moved back to her hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas, where she helps her dad, Bobby Ray, Killer Classics is the fifth book in Kym Roberts’ Book Barn Mystery series and is a well written, with well-developed and likable characters, humor, a sense of community and friendship, plus an adorable pink Armadillo, named Princess who brings a skunk, who’s her first boyfriend, home. There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing who the murderer is until the reveal. Charli Rae “Princess” Warren moved back to her hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas, where she helps her dad, Bobby Ray, run the Book Barn Princess. Charlie’s secretly dating Sheriff Mateo Espinosa and is helping her ex-boyfriend and attorney, Mayor Cade Calloway, with his yet to be announced senatorial campaign. Her best friend, Scarlett Jenkins, owns the beauty shop across the street from the bookstore. The Book Barn Princess hosts the Mystery Moms Book Club once a week, and their current selection is “Woman Scorned” by Nathan Daniels, which appears to be at least loosely based on Hazel Rock and its residents. Charlie’s pink Armadillo, Princess, brings her new boyfriend, a skunk, into the bookstore while the book club is meeting and havoc breaks out when they spot him, causing him to spray the upstairs room and ruining all the used books and the contents of a couple of Cade’s belongings. The books and other items smelled so bad, even the recycling center refused them; forcing Charlie to do the unthinkable … burn them! The author had spent some time in Hazel Rock, and his storyline seemed to predict events that would happen. When the health inspector shut down the Enchanted Inn because a lot of their customers became ill, a body was discovered in its water cistern. The body is identified as Maddie MacAlister, and her ex-husband, Dean MacAlister, and his live-in girlfriend, Sugar McWilliams, both appear to have motive, means, and opportunity. Charli isn’t one to sit back and do nothing and is determined to help find the killer. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    5 stars “Small-town life in Hazel Rock becomes a Texas-size crime scene when murder takes a page from Charli Rae Warren’s book club’s latest mystery . Charli takes great pride in running one of the few independent, family-owned bookstores in small-town Texas. She vets everything carefully, with an eye to the eclectic tastes of the locals. That includes the Book Barn’s weekly book club selection. This time out it’s a mystery whose characters bear a striking resemblance to local citizens, including 5 stars “Small-town life in Hazel Rock becomes a Texas-size crime scene when murder takes a page from Charli Rae Warren’s book club’s latest mystery . Charli takes great pride in running one of the few independent, family-owned bookstores in small-town Texas. She vets everything carefully, with an eye to the eclectic tastes of the locals. That includes the Book Barn’s weekly book club selection. This time out it’s a mystery whose characters bear a striking resemblance to local citizens, including Charli’s friend Sugar who’s the prime suspect when her real-life nemesis is found dead in a hotel’s water tank.” I read this book in one day and practically in one sitting. I just enjoyed it so much, in particular, Charli’s pet armadillo named princess and her new boyfriend, a skunk. Killer Classics by Kym Roberts is so much fun! This book is set in small-town Texas with all of the requisite characters, even the annoying reporter and handsome ex-boyfriend and new boyfriend Mateo, the town's sheriff. I loved them all so much and I cannot wait for the next book in this series. This is the first book in this series I have read. Roberts wrote her book in such a way that if you had not read from the series in the past, it was easy to figure out the back story of the characters. I cannot recommend this book enough! This is a fun, easy cozy mystery without swearing or sex. I was kept guessing until the very end of the book too. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. The views given are my own. #KillerClassics #NetGalley #KensingtonBooks

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2.5/5 While this was a cute cozy read with a main character who has a pet armadillo and says "fuzz buckets" a lot, I was overall disappointed. This story takes place in a small Texan town of Hazel Rock. A woman, named Maddie, is found murdered. Shenanigans occur and the mystery behind Maddie's murder is brought to a conclusion. Since I am reading this series for the first time and starting on book 5, I am happy to say that the characters were well introduced, and this worked as a standalone stor 2.5/5 While this was a cute cozy read with a main character who has a pet armadillo and says "fuzz buckets" a lot, I was overall disappointed. This story takes place in a small Texan town of Hazel Rock. A woman, named Maddie, is found murdered. Shenanigans occur and the mystery behind Maddie's murder is brought to a conclusion. Since I am reading this series for the first time and starting on book 5, I am happy to say that the characters were well introduced, and this worked as a standalone story. However, I found the story a bit tedious. I wasn't sure I really cared about the characters and really wanted to have a story that focused more on the murder mystery. Instead, the book takes the reader through all these side stories, like the armadillo's boyfriend, who is a skunk that is terrorizing the town, and a character who is running for a Texas Senate seat. Only about 5-10% of the book really had anything to do with the murder. Every time you started to forget about Maddie's murder, the author would bring in a scene with Maddie's brother, Tiny, to remind you. It was like the author was trying to distract you from the whole purpose of the story or from figuring out who the killer was. However, no amount of distractions could make you not realize who the murderer was, as it was a random character who wasn't part of the main group of characters, who kept showing up in different scenes. Also, the killer's reason for killing the victim seemed to have no backstory to support it. It was a crime of passion, but the reader would have had no knowledge of such a passion existing (unless that was mentioned in one of the previous books in the series). While this story was cute, it lacked the compelling thrill that mysteries are suppose to have.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Randee Green

    KILLER CLASSICS by Kym Roberts is the fifth novel in the Book Barn Mystery Series. It is due out on December 4th 2018 by Lyrical Underground. The other books in the Book Barn Mystery Series are FATAL FICTION (December 6th 2016 by Lyrical Underground), A REFERENCE TO MURDER (May 16th 2017 by Lyrical Underground), PERILOUS POETRY (October 10th 2017 by Lyrical Underground), and LETHAL LITERATURE (May 1st 2018 by Lyrical Underground). In KILLER CLASSICS, art imitates life. And then life imitates art. KILLER CLASSICS by Kym Roberts is the fifth novel in the Book Barn Mystery Series. It is due out on December 4th 2018 by Lyrical Underground. The other books in the Book Barn Mystery Series are FATAL FICTION (December 6th 2016 by Lyrical Underground), A REFERENCE TO MURDER (May 16th 2017 by Lyrical Underground), PERILOUS POETRY (October 10th 2017 by Lyrical Underground), and LETHAL LITERATURE (May 1st 2018 by Lyrical Underground). In KILLER CLASSICS, art imitates life. And then life imitates art. After a brief stay in Hazel Rock, Texas, author Nathan Daniels publishes a mystery novels that is loosely based on the residents of the small town. When the real-life woman whom the fictional victim was based on is murdered in almost the same way that she was in the novel, Charli Rae Warren gets caught up in solving the murder and exonerating her friends. Charli is the proprietress of the Book Barn Princess bookstore, and she might also be the killer's next victim. KILLER CLASSICS is the first of the Book Barn Mystery series that I've read, and I felt a bit hindered having not read the other novels. I feel like the characters, relationships, locations, and circumstances needed to be explained a bit more for others who have not read any of the previous novels. That being said, I don't really feel compelled to read the other novels in this series. I couldn't get invested in any of the characters or their lives. Charli mostly annoyed me, and her overused exclamation of "fuzz buckets!" made me want to scream. I found KILLER CLASSICS to be a bit goofy and jumbled. For me, at least, there was no mystery when it came to identifying the killer. I had the killer pegged from his first appearance in the novel, and his motive was also a bit of a stretch to believe. Overall, a mindless, sometimes funny cozy mystery. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.

  8. 5 out of 5

    RoloPoloBookBlog

    Killer Classics by Kym Roberts Book #3: A Book Barn Mystery Source: NetGalley My Rating: 4½/5 stars “They all knew I was responsible; who else could cause that much uproar in town?” Truer words have never been spoken by Charli Rae Warren and in this installment of the Book Bark Mystery series, Charli Rae is up to her butt in trouble only she can cause. 1. There’s a new book and it bears a striking resemblance to Hazel Rock 2. Said new book describes a grisly murder of one of the locals 3. Said grisly Killer Classics by Kym Roberts Book #3: A Book Barn Mystery Source: NetGalley My Rating: 4½/5 stars “They all knew I was responsible; who else could cause that much uproar in town?” Truer words have never been spoken by Charli Rae Warren and in this installment of the Book Bark Mystery series, Charli Rae is up to her butt in trouble only she can cause. 1. There’s a new book and it bears a striking resemblance to Hazel Rock 2. Said new book describes a grisly murder of one of the locals 3. Said grisly murder occurs 4. There’s a skunk incident 5. There’s a book burning 6. There are multiple arrests 7. Charli Rae Warren is involved in all parts of the above list One would think, based on her track record that Charli Rae is a professional trouble seeker. While that is not the case, trouble always seems to find Charli Rae and once again, the trouble involves murder. What’s more, the suspected killers are two of the kindest people in all of Hazel Rock, and with few exceptions, no one can believe they really committed the crime. With only the right thing left to do, Charli Rae dives into the fray determined to clear her friends’ names. Meanwhile . . . . When not solving crimes and generally causing trouble, Charli Rae is determined to see her relationship with the super sexy sheriff move forward. Mateo is the only man Charli Rae has eyes for, but the stubborn man doesn’t quite understand her feelings. Adding to the confusion is the near-constant presence of Charli Rae’s ex, Mayor Cade Calloway. While Cade may be interested in Charli Rae, he has bigger fish to fry, larger life concerns, and he isn’t the type to make a move on another man’s woman. Trouble is, Cade needs Charli Rae’s help and he isn’t quite ready to reveal the why of it to the general public. As you might expect, this sort of subterfuge causes issue for Charlie Rae and Mateo. Because, she needs one more problem in her life 😊 Meanwhile . . . . Simply because a grisly murder and man problems aren’t enough to deal with, Charli Rae also has a frisky armadillo on her hands. Princess has always been a good girl, behaving herself, keeping herself clean, and providing loads of love and laughs for Charli Rae and her customers. It seems, Princess has found herself a new boyfriend and most certainly isn’t an armadillo. Though Charli Rae tries to convince Princess of the error of her ways, her feisty girl isn’t having any of it! As far as Princess is concerned, everyone can either get good with her new man or get gone. Ironically, because of her boyfriend’s identity most really do want to get gone 😊 The Bottom Line: Killer Classics is chock a block full of all the things I have to come love in this series! Charli Rae is once again up to her butt in trouble, Mateo is frequently found dismayed by Charli Rae and her antics, Princess is up to her brand of mischief making, there’s a murder to be solved, and the citizens of Hazel Rock whom I have come to know, and love make plenty of appearances. I sincerely feel as if this series is getting stronger with each new book, as each character evolves, and the community becomes stronger after every trial and tribulation. This series is such a great mix of mystery, light romance, humor, and friendship and it has kept me entertained from the very beginning.

  9. 5 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    Charli takes great pride in running one of the few independent, family-owned bookstores in small-town Texas. She vets everything carefully, with an eye to the eclectic tastes of the locals. That includes the Book Barn’s weekly book club selection. This time out it’s a mystery whose characters bear a striking resemblance to local citizens, including Charli’s friend Sugar. Who happens to be the prime suspect when her real-life nemesis is found dead in a hotel’s water tank. With help from her pet ar Charli takes great pride in running one of the few independent, family-owned bookstores in small-town Texas. She vets everything carefully, with an eye to the eclectic tastes of the locals. That includes the Book Barn’s weekly book club selection. This time out it’s a mystery whose characters bear a striking resemblance to local citizens, including Charli’s friend Sugar. Who happens to be the prime suspect when her real-life nemesis is found dead in a hotel’s water tank. With help from her pet armadillo Princess, Charli campaigns to clear Sugar’s sweet name, literally, when the up-for-election mayor becomes a killer’s next target. Murder and politics make scandalous bedfellows as Charli discovers that fiction may be fatal, but reality could be just as deadly. -- Series: A Book Barn Mystery - Book 5 Author: Kym Roberts Genre: Cozy Mystery Publisher: Lyrical Underground Charli and Princess are at it again. Another murder, another adventure. This time Charli must save the reputation of her friend, Sugar, and keep her from going to prison for murder. Killer Classics, as with the other four books in this series is absorbing and notable. Kym Roberts has created a highly entertaining story filled with twists and turns that keep the reader guessing. Her writing is smooth, fast-paced, character-driven, and humorous. The love interest in this book is well defined, and readers will finally be able to see where Charli’s heart leads her. Sugar is a great suspect and a delightful character. Everything that happens endears her to the reader. Ms. Roberts could do a series with just Sugar and readers would love it. Other characters are engaging as well, and everyone loves Cade as they cheer him on with his new political career. There simply is no way anyone can forget Princess. Booklovers will believe that she is a person instead of an armadillo, and it's easy to see why. Princess has a distinctive personality and is the comic relief that fills you with hope when everything seems hopeless. Her escapades put a smile on the readers face and fills them with wonder. In the end, the murderer is revealed, and the motive made clear, a bit on the odd side but not totally irrational. Readers may have the feeling that there should have been more to the murder than what it turns out to be. Regrettably, it isn’t hard to imagine or accept the motive in a world where killing someone over trivial matters is a real possibility. Unfortunately, this book cannot stand on its own. It is suggested that readers take the time to read the other books in this series before tackling Killer Classics. There is little to no background info provided for the reader. So if you are new to the series you may become confused and exasperated without the character background knowledge that comes from reading a series from the beginning. Over-all I recommend this book and series to lovers of odd stories, definitive characters, and settings that are intriguing, as well as to those who want a quick read with a happy ending and an unforgettable plot.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Princess aka Charli Rae once again finds herself and the Book Barn in the middle of a mystery in this fifth outing in the Book Barn mystery series. This time around, Charli has organized a book club. The book they're reading has disturbing similarities to people and places in the town of Hazel Rock, TX. But, the similarities don't end there, a murder occurs that could be right out of the book. And Charli Rae's good friend Sugar becomes the prime suspect when her nemesis is found dead. There are Princess aka Charli Rae once again finds herself and the Book Barn in the middle of a mystery in this fifth outing in the Book Barn mystery series. This time around, Charli has organized a book club. The book they're reading has disturbing similarities to people and places in the town of Hazel Rock, TX. But, the similarities don't end there, a murder occurs that could be right out of the book. And Charli Rae's good friend Sugar becomes the prime suspect when her nemesis is found dead. There are sufficient subplots to fill out the story including some romance. The mayor's candidacy for political office becomes an important part of the story as well. The characters are interesting and many are well developed especially, of course, Charli Rae and her friends and family. Life in smalltown Hazel Rock proves interesting because of the characters and their actions. The book moves along at a good pace. Charli's meddling ways move it forward as she investigates to help clear her friend. As it nears the end, the pace picks up and ends on a high note. I give this cozy 4 out of 5 stars. It's well written and interesting. The pace moves along at a good speed. And the mystery is resolved satisfactorily. I enjoyed the subplots as well. While this is the fifth book in the Book Barn series, enough background is given for you to enjoy it as a standalone. If you like a good smalltown cozy, then this book would be a good choice for you. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions herein are my own and freely given.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Brooks

    I may need a lie down after writing this review. This is the last in the series of Book Barn Mysteries and I'm a wee bit heartbroken! This town has brought many laughs, snorts and chuckles at the expense of Charlie, Mateo, Cade and the other slightly unhinged natives of Hazel Rock. Charlie loves the Mystery Moms Book Club but she never expected that the latest book would come to life in Hazel Rock! Before she knows it she is embroiled in another mysterious murder, the plot and characters mirrorin I may need a lie down after writing this review. This is the last in the series of Book Barn Mysteries and I'm a wee bit heartbroken! This town has brought many laughs, snorts and chuckles at the expense of Charlie, Mateo, Cade and the other slightly unhinged natives of Hazel Rock. Charlie loves the Mystery Moms Book Club but she never expected that the latest book would come to life in Hazel Rock! Before she knows it she is embroiled in another mysterious murder, the plot and characters mirroring the book club read. But with one of her friends in the frame for murder, can Charlie get to the root of the mystery or will she finally have met a mystery she can't solve? Princess is back in fine form and she has a new beau in tow. She's acting like a love struck teenager but her bf is not so sweet! Charlie and Mateo's relationship gets outed to pretty much the entire town and Cade has set his sights on a bigger political platform than Hazel Rock. Jesse and Daisy are also in fine fettle and Jesse even manages to get more than a word in edgewise! Not going to give any spoilers but it was chock full of mystery, red herrings, laughs and tears. I'm heartbroken and wanted a solid HEA for everyone but I'm not too disappointed in that, I'll just imagine the ending I want for everyone, LOL.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I thank Kym Roberts for introducing me to the world of cozy mysteries. They're fun, often sweet, and a wonderful change of pace to read after a particularly angsty love story. Not that there's anything wrong with angsty love stories, (my blogging life is built on them :)) but a change of pace never hurt anyone. Charli Rae, our small town bookstore owner, is back on the case in the latest installment of the Book Barn Mysteries with Killer Classics. When an author writes a murder mystery that bears I thank Kym Roberts for introducing me to the world of cozy mysteries. They're fun, often sweet, and a wonderful change of pace to read after a particularly angsty love story. Not that there's anything wrong with angsty love stories, (my blogging life is built on them :)) but a change of pace never hurt anyone. Charli Rae, our small town bookstore owner, is back on the case in the latest installment of the Book Barn Mysteries with Killer Classics. When an author writes a murder mystery that bears too close resemblance to the real town and citizens of Hazel Rock, art imitates life in the form of murder. Charli soon finds herself tangled in another mystery where she must prove the innocence of a friend while keeping herself out of the killer's sights. Kym Roberts' years in law enforcement make her an excellent observer of human nature and behavior and that really shines in the story. The book is loads of fun to read and the characters are very real. We all know people like the citizens of Hazel Rock, Texas or we are one ourselves. That kind of writing keeps turning the pages to find out more. I didn't know the killer's identity until very late in the book, a plus since I'm a good guesser and often figure it out early. So if you want to be stumped, this is the one to read. Plus there's armadillo love! Loads of fun to read. Worth every penny! Rating: 5 stars

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Killer Classics is a mystery book written by author Kym Roberts. It is book five of the A Book Barn Mystery series. The characters belong to Mystery Mom’s Book Club and are reading a murder mystery. When a real murder takes place and they must discover who the murderer is. They take lots of guesses but don’t find out til the end. The book will have the reader guessing who-done-it. I had a hard time following the storyline and think it would have been better if I had followed the characters from bo Killer Classics is a mystery book written by author Kym Roberts. It is book five of the A Book Barn Mystery series. The characters belong to Mystery Mom’s Book Club and are reading a murder mystery. When a real murder takes place and they must discover who the murderer is. They take lots of guesses but don’t find out til the end. The book will have the reader guessing who-done-it. I had a hard time following the storyline and think it would have been better if I had followed the characters from book one. I do not recommend this book as a stand-alone. I thought more would be said about classics. Instead it was just a brief message of burning of the books. I would recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries and readers who have followed the series. Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    I am a fan of this series so I was by sorry to find out this is the last in the series. It has been a joy to read each new release and a fun series to enjoy. Well done to the author and I look forward to further work by her in the future. This creation of the town, quirky fun charcters and mysteries has been the perfect cozy mystery series. I highly recommend the entire series. Charlie loves her bookstore in a barn and is enjoying her new life as a bookseller and making friends among the quirky I am a fan of this series so I was by sorry to find out this is the last in the series. It has been a joy to read each new release and a fun series to enjoy. Well done to the author and I look forward to further work by her in the future. This creation of the town, quirky fun charcters and mysteries has been the perfect cozy mystery series. I highly recommend the entire series. Charlie loves her bookstore in a barn and is enjoying her new life as a bookseller and making friends among the quirky Southern residents. She has found her footing and is loving her new bookstore . Soon she is involved in another murder that has to do with her book club. The clues to the murder are following the mystery the book club is reading ! When one of her friends is framed for the murder she is on the case and soon to find many clues abound throughout the town . The mystery is well crafted and kept me guessing . A perfect cozy mystery with all the perfect elements including a pink armadillo that joins the fun in each and every book. l will miss this series and had hoped it would continued. it is always sad when a cozy mystery series ends that is so enjoyable to the readers.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Although I have not read the others in the series, this is fine as a standalone. There's enough detail that you can wade through the characters and find out who's who and how they're all connected. The premise is fun. A used bookstore owner - with a pet armadillo, a handsome sheriff boyfriend, and a few solid friends - finds herself investigating the murder of one of the members of the book club she hosts at her bookstore. Oddly, the murder mirrors the plot of the book they have just finished re Although I have not read the others in the series, this is fine as a standalone. There's enough detail that you can wade through the characters and find out who's who and how they're all connected. The premise is fun. A used bookstore owner - with a pet armadillo, a handsome sheriff boyfriend, and a few solid friends - finds herself investigating the murder of one of the members of the book club she hosts at her bookstore. Oddly, the murder mirrors the plot of the book they have just finished reading and discussing, and the person who was profiled as the murderer in the book is arrested in real life. Even Princess the armadillo gets involved in investigating, albeit just tangentially. There aren't a lot of clues leading you to the killer, but I managed to figure it out anyway. The plot is less mystery-focused than relationship-focused, so that was a bit frustrating. The brother of the victim shows up on occasion in order to bring the focus back to the murder. Overall, though, it was an easy read and enjoyable enough. Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for the ARC to read and review. All opinions are strictly my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan Johnston

    Princess Fuzzypants here: Any book that has a main character whose nickname is Princess is starting off right. Add to that a pet armadillo, also named Princess, whose new boyfriend is a skunk- literally. It’s all set in small town Texas bookstore so it is full of quirky characters, great dialogue (including Princess’ favourite expression when things go awry as the often do: fuzz buckets! You can tell this is a fun read although it still has lots of strong suspense and commentary of some social is Princess Fuzzypants here: Any book that has a main character whose nickname is Princess is starting off right. Add to that a pet armadillo, also named Princess, whose new boyfriend is a skunk- literally. It’s all set in small town Texas bookstore so it is full of quirky characters, great dialogue (including Princess’ favourite expression when things go awry as the often do: fuzz buckets! You can tell this is a fun read although it still has lots of strong suspense and commentary of some social issues. It is also quite refreshing to have a politician who still has scruples (it is fiction) and examples of why everything and everybody may not what and whom they seem at first. I had suspicions about the killer but the reason for the murder came out of left field. It struck just the right balance between suspense and humour. Five purrs and two paws up.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Edel

    This is book 5 in the Book Barn Mystery series set in Hazel Rock ,Texas , and is based around the family run bookshop and book club run and owned by Charli Rae Warren and her dad Bobby . The town has quite a few quirky residents making it really enjoyable getting to know them , but it is also hiding a killer . I loved the description of the bookshop and bookclub , also the camaraderie amongst the bookclub members was touching especially when one of their own encounters danger. This was a really This is book 5 in the Book Barn Mystery series set in Hazel Rock ,Texas , and is based around the family run bookshop and book club run and owned by Charli Rae Warren and her dad Bobby . The town has quite a few quirky residents making it really enjoyable getting to know them , but it is also hiding a killer . I loved the description of the bookshop and bookclub , also the camaraderie amongst the bookclub members was touching especially when one of their own encounters danger. This was a really enjoyable read and I can’t wait to go back and start this series from the beginning even though it’s not necessary to have read previous books to enjoy this book 5 . I received this book to review from the lovely people over at Netgalley .

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    I wish this series would never end. Charli and company- especially Princess the pink armadillo- once again solve a classic cozy mystery to exonerate one of Charli's friends who is caught up as a suspect when an author write a murder mystery set in Hazel Rock. You gotta love a heroine with a book store, much less an armadillo. There's a lot of gossip in a small town, which only makes matters worse for Charli, especially vis a vis her love interest Mateo. Thanks to net galley for the ARC. This is I wish this series would never end. Charli and company- especially Princess the pink armadillo- once again solve a classic cozy mystery to exonerate one of Charli's friends who is caught up as a suspect when an author write a murder mystery set in Hazel Rock. You gotta love a heroine with a book store, much less an armadillo. There's a lot of gossip in a small town, which only makes matters worse for Charli, especially vis a vis her love interest Mateo. Thanks to net galley for the ARC. This is light entertainment that occasionally veers into the silly but it's a relaxing romp.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    Killer Classics, the latest Book Barn mystery by Kym Roberts, starts off with a bang and keeps going. As always, Roberts builds on the established characters and makes sure the town itself is a character in its own right. Charli, of course, gets herself into situations she shouldn’t, but somehow that makes her all the more relatable. The mystery is engaging and will keep you guessing until the very end. This is one of my favorite cozy series. I voluntarily reviewed and ARC of this novel.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Janilyn Kocher

    I'm on the fence with this book. Some parts were amusing, others were on the rim of ridiculousness . I liked the cover art and the store theme of books in a barn, but the nickname for the main character was overused as was the constant appearance of the skunk. The mystery part was also pretty shallow. Liza was a good antagonist and Mateo a good character for sheriff, I personally think Cade is overrated. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. I'm on the fence with this book. Some parts were amusing, others were on the rim of ridiculousness . I liked the cover art and the store theme of books in a barn, but the nickname for the main character was overused as was the constant appearance of the skunk. The mystery part was also pretty shallow. Liza was a good antagonist and Mateo a good character for sheriff, I personally think Cade is overrated. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Terry Hammoutene

    Going to Hazel Rock is always a trip in itself. Even with a murder that follows a new book going on, the town is still entertaining. Between Princess the Armadillo and her skunk boyfriend causing trouble, and Liza the reporter trying to manipulate the story you will not be able to put this book down. For me this was a great book it was humorous and very entertaining. ** I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review**

  22. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    Just slips in for a 3 star rating. There’s something about Charli that annoys me - and it’s not simply that her name’s incomplete... I can’t tolerate names that end in “i”. Not terribly written it’s still a bit lazy. I can forgive that though cos the armadillo makes up for the rest of what’s lacking. I’ll read no. 6. I’m sure.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Freeman

    Love this series. Charli is once again involved in solving a murder. Princess the armadillo has a new boyfriend that causes havoc at the Book Barn and Charli’s own romance may finally be moving forward.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Elizabeth

    I really enjoyed this book. From Princess’ new stinky boyfriend to the stranger-than-fiction hot new release, Kym Roberts delivers another great cozy. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Tobey

    Love this series. It is a fun trip to a small town in Texas. Sure wish I could visit the Book Barn. The armadillo is a pleasant switch from the typical cat or dog in a cozy mystery. I eagerly await the next one. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary Corso

    Hmmmm Well, I like the characters even if Charlie does one stupid thing after the other. I felt like I missed a story between the previous book and this one, like time was moving forward. Politics, murder, and romance.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    I’m not going to rate the book since I did not ( could not) finish this story. I read 27% and just couldn’t take anymore. I didn’t like the heroine and if I was the boyfriend I would drop her like a hot potato. There was very little mystery and even less about the murder.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Killer Classics by Kym Roberts is the 5th book in A Book Barn Mystery series, and another fun addition. I loved this book! I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. There are a lot of twists and turns that kept me reading. There is a wonderful mixture of mystery, suspense, friendship, and romance for a well-balanced story. If you love cozy mysteries and pink armadillos, I strongly recommend this book/series, and I can't wait for the next book in the series. Killer Classics by Kym Roberts is the 5th book in A Book Barn Mystery series, and another fun addition. I loved this book! I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. There are a lot of twists and turns that kept me reading. There is a wonderful mixture of mystery, suspense, friendship, and romance for a well-balanced story. If you love cozy mysteries and pink armadillos, I strongly recommend this book/series, and I can't wait for the next book in the series. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anna Budziak

    Love this series. May not always be believable but I am Book Barn Princess fan! Waiting on the next one!!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marcia Corsiglia

    Thoroughly Enjoyable Was very readable - had good descriptions of characters and several LOL moments! Not trite or predictable and will continue to read more by this author

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