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Hayley Burke's fresh start as the curator of The First Edition Society's library in Bath, England, is about to take a rotten turn in this charming new mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Marty Wingate. Hayley Burke has landed a dream job. She is the new curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition library. The library is kept at Middleban Hayley Burke's fresh start as the curator of The First Edition Society's library in Bath, England, is about to take a rotten turn in this charming new mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Marty Wingate. Hayley Burke has landed a dream job. She is the new curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition library. The library is kept at Middlebank House, a lovely Georgian home in Bath, England. Hayley lives on the premises and works with the finicky Glynis Woolgar, Lady Fowling's former secretary. Mrs. Woolgar does not like Hayley's ideas to modernize The First Edition Society and bring in fresh blood. And she is not even aware of the fact that Hayley does not know the first thing about the Golden Age of Mysteries. Hayley is faking it till she makes it, and one of her plans to breathe new life into the Society is actually taking flight--an Agatha Christie fan fiction writers group is paying dues to meet up at Middlebank House. But when one of the group is found dead in the venerable stacks of the library, Hayley has to catch the killer to save the Society and her new job.


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Hayley Burke's fresh start as the curator of The First Edition Society's library in Bath, England, is about to take a rotten turn in this charming new mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Marty Wingate. Hayley Burke has landed a dream job. She is the new curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition library. The library is kept at Middleban Hayley Burke's fresh start as the curator of The First Edition Society's library in Bath, England, is about to take a rotten turn in this charming new mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Marty Wingate. Hayley Burke has landed a dream job. She is the new curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition library. The library is kept at Middlebank House, a lovely Georgian home in Bath, England. Hayley lives on the premises and works with the finicky Glynis Woolgar, Lady Fowling's former secretary. Mrs. Woolgar does not like Hayley's ideas to modernize The First Edition Society and bring in fresh blood. And she is not even aware of the fact that Hayley does not know the first thing about the Golden Age of Mysteries. Hayley is faking it till she makes it, and one of her plans to breathe new life into the Society is actually taking flight--an Agatha Christie fan fiction writers group is paying dues to meet up at Middlebank House. But when one of the group is found dead in the venerable stacks of the library, Hayley has to catch the killer to save the Society and her new job.

30 review for The Bodies in the Library

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    The Bodies in the Library is first in the new First Edition Library Mystery series from Marty Wingate. It’s set in Bath, England, one of my favorite places on earth, and it’s a cozy involving books. What could be better? Hayley has landed her dream job as the curator of the First Edition library located in a swoon-worthy Georgian home. Hayley aims to modernize the library, but she is met with resistance. Someone ends up murdered in the library (of course!), and Hayley must find the killer to kee The Bodies in the Library is first in the new First Edition Library Mystery series from Marty Wingate. It’s set in Bath, England, one of my favorite places on earth, and it’s a cozy involving books. What could be better? Hayley has landed her dream job as the curator of the First Edition library located in a swoon-worthy Georgian home. Hayley aims to modernize the library, but she is met with resistance. Someone ends up murdered in the library (of course!), and Hayley must find the killer to keep her job and everyone safe. The Bodies in the Library kept me guessing and was so much fun. Hayley is a charmer and I can’t wait to see what she’s up to in the next book. I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Diana • Book of Secrets

    3.5 Stars → Hayley Burke is the new curator of The First Edition Society, a library dedicated to first editions from the Golden Age of Mysteries. How she got the job, I’m not sure, because she’s never read a mystery, which made me laugh. It’s a sweet position she doesn’t want to lose, but when a member of an Agatha Christie fanfic group is murdered at the library, Hayley’s future there is threatened — she allowed them in, after all. I loved the setting of Bath, England, and the gorgeous Georgian 3.5 Stars → Hayley Burke is the new curator of The First Edition Society, a library dedicated to first editions from the Golden Age of Mysteries. How she got the job, I’m not sure, because she’s never read a mystery, which made me laugh. It’s a sweet position she doesn’t want to lose, but when a member of an Agatha Christie fanfic group is murdered at the library, Hayley’s future there is threatened — she allowed them in, after all. I loved the setting of Bath, England, and the gorgeous Georgian home that housed the precious books. The murder mystery is definitely Christie-inspired, with many quirky suspects. With her job at stake, as well as the survival of the society itself, I can understand why Hayley would want to launch her own investigation, or at least give the police a gently nudge here and there. I can’t resist a cozy mystery revolving around books, and this one was a quick, fun read. Now I need to catch up on my Christie. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

    Many thanks to Berkley for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 3.5 stars Even though this book was pretty cozy and mysterious, it ended up being a little lackluster. I think that was mainly because I kept hoping it would be Nancy Drew-esque(for some reason) So, what's this book about? Hayley Burke has landed a dream job. She is the new curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition library. The library is kept at Middlebank House, a lovely Georgian home in Bath, England. Hayley Many thanks to Berkley for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 3.5 stars Even though this book was pretty cozy and mysterious, it ended up being a little lackluster. I think that was mainly because I kept hoping it would be Nancy Drew-esque(for some reason) So, what's this book about? Hayley Burke has landed a dream job. She is the new curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition library. The library is kept at Middlebank House, a lovely Georgian home in Bath, England. Hayley lives on the premises and works with the finicky Glynis Woolgar, Lady Fowling's former secretary. Mrs. Woolgar does not like Hayley's ideas to modernize The First Edition Society and bring in fresh blood. And she is not even aware of the fact that Hayley does not know the first thing about the Golden Age of Mysteries. Hayley is faking it till she makes it, and one of her plans to breathe new life into the Society is actually taking flight- -an Agatha Christie fan fiction writers group is paying dues to meet up at Middlebank House. But when one of the group is found dead in the venerable stacks of the library, Hayley has to catch the killer to save the Society and her new job. As I said earlier, I went into this really hoping for a very cozy mystery but it wasn't cozy. This wasn't a bad thing, it just wasn't what I expected. I really, really enjoyed the fact that this book juggled the main plot along with a few subplots. That's something that's hard to do well but this book did it! This novel hit all the right beats at the perfect speed in the perfect way. I could clearly identify each beat from the introduction to the climax which made me happy because I'm a writing nerd. My only complaint would be that the book was, overall, slightly underwhelming. Overall, I enjoyed this mystery novel. Even though it wasn't super cozy, it made up for that by hitting all the beats and juggling multiple plots! I recommend this one! ---------- Review to come!! ---------- First the first time, I am actually looking forward to a rainy day because I can just curl up and read this. | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  4. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    The first book in a new cozy mystery series by Marty Wingate. The First Edition Library Mystery series features Hayley Burke, the new curator at Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition library in Bath, England. The library is a mystery lovers dream, containing many Golden Age mysteries. Hayley is attempting to modernize the library, but she's hiding the fact that she doesn't know diddly about the mystery genre. The cast of characters is quirky and relatable. Hayley is a likable protagonist - smart The first book in a new cozy mystery series by Marty Wingate. The First Edition Library Mystery series features Hayley Burke, the new curator at Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition library in Bath, England. The library is a mystery lovers dream, containing many Golden Age mysteries. Hayley is attempting to modernize the library, but she's hiding the fact that she doesn't know diddly about the mystery genre. The cast of characters is quirky and relatable. Hayley is a likable protagonist - smart, witty, and hard-working. After starting as curator, one of her actions was to open the library up to a group of Agatha Christie fan fiction writers. When one of the members of the group is found dead in the library, Hayley turns amateur sleuth to find the murderer. Hayley is concerned about the image of the library, and she wants to make sure the library's name is not smeared due to the murder. A charming new cozy mystery with entertaining characters and a lovely location. In addition to the mystery, there are some things going on in Hayley's personal life - she's got a daughter in college, an ex-husband, and a boyfriend. Hayley looks to be a fun amateur sleuth to follow along with in this series. A good read for fans of cozies, especially ones that feature books and libraries. I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Minx

    I just was not a fan of any of the characters really. The story took too long to pick up and it was more about the MCs personal life than anything. To be fair there was a mystery but it just didn't speak to me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    I have read most of Marty Wingate's books and thoroughly enjoyed them. This is one is no different. It is the first book in a new series, the First Edition Library series and full of funny scenes and quirky characters which brought smiles and amusement as I read. I personally like that it is set in Bath where many of Victorian romances take place. Of course there, is a cat, Bunter, tortoiseshell cat and a nephew, who feels the estate is rightfully his. Hayley has a long-time romance. Hayley Burke I have read most of Marty Wingate's books and thoroughly enjoyed them. This is one is no different. It is the first book in a new series, the First Edition Library series and full of funny scenes and quirky characters which brought smiles and amusement as I read. I personally like that it is set in Bath where many of Victorian romances take place. Of course there, is a cat, Bunter, tortoiseshell cat and a nephew, who feels the estate is rightfully his. Hayley has a long-time romance. Hayley Burke has her dream job she the curator at the First Edition Library and this library has the first edits of mysteries and has never read a mystery. She lives on the premise along with Mrs. Woolgar, the Secretary to Lady Gerorgiana Fowling. Her plans to bring the library to this century have disapproval of Mrs Woolgar. Hayley invited a group of fan-fiction writer who write stories from Agatha Christie books. One of these writers is found MURDERED in the library which brings the police into the story. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. Disclosure: Thanks to Berkley for a copy through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Hayley Burke, curator of a library devoted to the golden age of mysteries, has never read a mystery in her life. The compensation and benefit of living on the premises attract her to this dream job. Mrs. Woolgar, secretary to the library's founder Lady Georgiana Fowling, lives in the building also. Hayley tries to find ways to improve the library's visibility and invites a group of mystery writers to meet there. When a group member's body appears in the library after hours and after the group le Hayley Burke, curator of a library devoted to the golden age of mysteries, has never read a mystery in her life. The compensation and benefit of living on the premises attract her to this dream job. Mrs. Woolgar, secretary to the library's founder Lady Georgiana Fowling, lives in the building also. Hayley tries to find ways to improve the library's visibility and invites a group of mystery writers to meet there. When a group member's body appears in the library after hours and after the group left, Hayley inserts herself into the police investigation to mitigate damage to the library and the writers' group. I never warmed to Hayley--perhaps because of her lack of affection for the mystery genre. I found the book easy to put down. The plot seemed convoluted. More insights into the police investigation and less of the amateur sleuth's attempts would improve the book.The library's cat Bunter was my favorite character. I received an advance review copy through GoodReads. While a review is encouraged, it was not required. (2.5 stars)

  8. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    The bodies in the Library by Marty Wingate was an enjoyable cozy read. Ms. Wingate's descriptive writing of Bath made me feel like I was there. The plot was smoothly paced with several quirky suspects as Hayley stumbled along trying to save her job, her home and the First Edition Library.

  9. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Ms. Hayley Burke has finally landed her dream job- curator for a rare books society. The only problem is, The First Edition Society is dedicated to the Golden Age of mystery writers and Hayley's degree is in 19th-century literature. She hasn't read one single book kept in the library, not even Middlebank House's former owner and library benefactor Lady Georgiana Fowling's own mysteries. Between that and a secretary who resists all attempts to do anything but keep Middlebank House a shrine to the Ms. Hayley Burke has finally landed her dream job- curator for a rare books society. The only problem is, The First Edition Society is dedicated to the Golden Age of mystery writers and Hayley's degree is in 19th-century literature. She hasn't read one single book kept in the library, not even Middlebank House's former owner and library benefactor Lady Georgiana Fowling's own mysteries. Between that and a secretary who resists all attempts to do anything but keep Middlebank House a shrine to the late Lady Fowling and a quarrelsome fan-fiction writer's group, Hayley has her work cut out for her. When their cleaning lady finds the leader of the writer's group dead on the library floor Hayley is terrified and angry but content to let the police do their job. Content until she reads Miss Marple for the first time and discovers a new passion. She decides to just "help" the police solve the crime. It's a classic locked room mystery. How could someone deposit a dead body inside a locked, alarmed library? Miss Marple would know and Hayley is determined to find out. This is a fun, light cozy mystery. I was instantly attracted to the idea of a woman heading up a library where she's never read any of the books. It's a funny and fun premise and one I can relate to. Like Hayley, my degree is in 19th-century literature and I've never read an Agatha Christie novel or most of the other Golden Age writers. I have seen a few movies, as has Hayley. The coziness factor of the story gets a full 5 stars from me in spite an older heroine (mid-40s with a 22-year-old daughter) of a cat and a slight paranormal element. It would have been better if Hayley was American though or if they publisher had used British spelling. I couldn't read Hayley's voice in my head as British. I loved the Bath setting. I've been there and LOVED it. I have a Victorian map of Bath on my bedroom wall. I couldn't really follow in Hayley's footsteps as the author acknowledges she took some creative license with the geography to make her story better. It was still fun to get a quick peek at some of the places I went to and walked by. Mystery-wise, the mystery is pretty good. I was able to put it down about halfway. I didn't care who killed Trist or why. I did pick up on the subtle clues to figure out who the murderer was. It ends up being pretty obvious. If Hayley wasn't so new to the business, and if she hadn't wanted it to be someone else, she would have figured it out too. She does eventually come across the truth but not before it's almost too late. Unfortunately she doesn't save herself in the end but neither does she rely on help from a man. Obviously I loved Hayley and can relate to her a lot. She's a bit ditzy and stupid at times and she tried to overcompensate for her divorce by spoiling her young adult daughter. Hayley, it turns out, is actually good at her job and has some great ideas for actually utilizing the collection and bringing the First Edition Society to public notice. What I did not like about her storyline was the romance. Hayley was burned once so now she seems to be twice shy. Her ex was an immature loser and her current boyfriend is also immature and insensitive. Wyn is way too obsessed with his work. He doesn't listen to Hayley or understand her. He doesn't seem to care about her in any way and just dismisses her life outside of his. He is blind to his insensitivity and uses Hayley as a booty call and a sounding board for his latest ideas but never has a conversation with her. I would have kicked him to the curb long ago. There was a love triangle that ended up resolved too quickly. I'm not crazy about Val Moffett either. He seems nice at first and they have good chemistry but then he says things that make him sound like an arrogant jerk. He's more sensitive to Hayley's needs and more caring than Wyn but he's a little oversensitive at times. I really like the quirky secondary characters associated with the Society. Mrs. Woogar is one of those annoying little old ladies wedded to tradition and upholding the old ways, etc. etc. Yet, as Hayley got to know her and understand her, Mrs. Woolgar grew on me. I think I understand her. I absolutely love Hayley's best friend Adele. I was aghast at her approach to working at the Jane Austen Centre but she's fun and loyal. My one quibble was how randomly she seemed to be attracted to certain women and the conversation leaped to not wanting to be fixed up. That's a huge leap from "is she gay too?" to "No I don't want to be fixed up." Adele doesn't want to be fixed up but she has no problems fixing Hayley and Val up. Some of the other board members are delightful as well, especially Mrs. Moon and Mrs. Moon. They sound charming. Mrs. Arbunot and Mrs. Frost seem snooty but one of them surprised me in the end and made the story funnier. Honorable mention goes to Bunter, Lady Fowling's cat. He is appropriately snooty and adorable when he wants to be. Bunter seems to have a sixth sense about leading Hayley to clues, which I thought was rather silly. Lady Fowling sounds like she was quite a character! I would have liked to have met this eccentric woman who collected mysteries from her youth. She lived a long, full life with gusto and I agree with Hayley that she would be pleased with Hayley's ideas. Hayley thinks Lady Fowling's presence is still in the home and that gives the story a slight paranormal aspect I didn't quite care for but I'm willing to keep an open mind as long as Lady Fowling doesn't actually show up as a ghost. I did not like Dinah, Hayley's daughter. It's unclear why she took two gap years before going to University but it is clear Dinah is spoiled. She manipulates her mother into giving her money. She doesn't ask outright, she just speaks enthusiastically about her plans and her plans always end up costing money. I do like Hayley's relationship with her own mother. I don't know what happened to Hayley's father but her mother has faced a lot of adversity and managed to come out cheerful. Hayley's mom is always there for her daughter and knows what Hayley is thinking and feeling even when Hayley doesn't know herself. The murder victim is a young man named Trist who heads up a fan-fiction writers group that meets in the library. He was not a pleasant person, always arguing with people and hinting at problems within the group. Trist was a bit frightening. I don't think he deserved to die but out of all the writers, he was the most unpleasant. Hayley compiles a list of suspects, most of whom are unfortunately connected with the library in some way. First on the list is Lady Fowling's greedy nephew, Charles Henry Dill. Dill will stop at nothing to undermine Hayley's job and ruin the Society so he can get his hands on Middlebank House. I don't see the point of that since most of the high-value items are in the bank and belong to the Society. He's interested in the Georgian terraced house and the antiques that will surely bring him money or status but it's not clear WHY he is so interested. Does he need money? His aunt recognized how greedy and selfish her nephew was and cut him off. Dill sounds lazy and stupid. It would be nice if he were the killer! Second on Hayley's list is unfortunately her cleaning lady Pauline. Who else had a key and access code? She works part-time for her brother Leonard at his pub, The Minerva. Leonard seems to be a shifty character. Another suspect is Leonard's girlfriend, Lulu. She was seen arguing with Pauline and acts suspicious. If Lulu is the killer, did Pauline know about it? Did Pauline assist? Not safe from suspicion are certain members of the writer's group who don't have alibis for the time of the murder. Mariella has a young child and a husband at home. She has everything to lose if she killed Trist. Harry is a do-gooder type, always telling tales about her fellow writers. She seems more nervous and silly; brooding over Trist's death and trying to help the police. Could she be feeling bad because she killed him? What about Peter who was seen arguing with Trist? Peter seems to have an edge about him. I don't like his temper. Amanda, a student in Val Moffett's writing class, seems very upset by Trist's death but has taken over leading the group with gusto. I don't particularly like her. I find her personality abrasive and she acts like Trist when she takes over the group. If she doesn't take care and one of the other writers killed Trist, she'll be next. The murder seemed mentally unbalanced. Of course one would have to be to commit murder but the motive was rather weak and strange. The police in this novel have a sense of humor. They're well aware of the cozy mystery fans out there who like to play armchair detective. We can't all be Miss Marple. Detective Sergeant Hopgood is non-nonsense but fair. He's always kind to Hayley and listens to most of what she has to say. He gets exasperated by the mystery writers trying to get information from him but he doesn't lose his temper and arrest any of them. They're not doing anything wrong. DC Kenny Pyle is a fun character. He has a sense of humor more than Hopgood and isn't as tough. Hopgood has to be tough to do his job and I appreciate that he checks into the things Hayley asks him to and takes her concerns seriously. This isn't your usual small town sheriff mucking up an investigation. This is Bath, an old and popular city, a tourist destination where crime happens. I can't wait to read more in this series. It's a lot of fun.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

    Marty Wingate kicks off a new cozy series, The First Edition Library Mysteries, with The Bodies in the Library. To be honest, I preferred the police over the amateur sleuth, though. For a change in a debut cozy, the investigating police officers are kind and intelligent while the sleuth herself bumbles her way through the book. Hayley Burke is not really qualified to be curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition Library in Bath, England. She knows nothing about the Golden Age of Mystery, a Marty Wingate kicks off a new cozy series, The First Edition Library Mysteries, with The Bodies in the Library. To be honest, I preferred the police over the amateur sleuth, though. For a change in a debut cozy, the investigating police officers are kind and intelligent while the sleuth herself bumbles her way through the book. Hayley Burke is not really qualified to be curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition Library in Bath, England. She knows nothing about the Golden Age of Mystery, and hasn't read Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers or Ngaio Marsh. The small group that writes fan fiction and meets in the library is much more familiar with Lady Fowling's favorite authors than Hayley is. But, when one of those writers ends up dead, and the police don't seem to have any leads, Hayley decides to step in. She's going to read an Agatha Christie mystery and solve the case as if she was Miss Jane Marple. What would Miss Marple do? That's the question Hayley asks herself as she questions the police, follows suspects, and feels threatened by a few of the men involved in the case. Along the way, she meets a college lecturer who distracts her from the inattention paid her by her so-called boyfriend. He's one bright spot in Hayley's life. She's a pushover for her daughter and her boyfriend, and allows them to walk all over her. Hayley, who is in her mid-forties, just wasn't my cup of tea. Her lack of confidence and lack of knowledge wore me down, as did the length of the book. I think it could have been shortened. My recommendation is to actually read the authors of the Golden Age mysteries if that's what you're looking for. However, there may be readers who enjoy Hayley's attempt to play detective in The Bodies in the Library.

  11. 4 out of 5

    NicoleG

    Fun first in series!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    Audiobook Review The title caught my attention first echoing one of Agatha Christie's best, but then I spotted the series title and the blurb. I was already disposed to fall in love with this new mystery before I ever cracked the first page. First the title, then its set in a library focused on the golden age of British mystery which is in Bath, has a library cat, a murder, and the librarian/curator has never read a mystery? Couldn't pass it up. The Bodies in the Library started out slow, nearly Audiobook Review The title caught my attention first echoing one of Agatha Christie's best, but then I spotted the series title and the blurb. I was already disposed to fall in love with this new mystery before I ever cracked the first page. First the title, then its set in a library focused on the golden age of British mystery which is in Bath, has a library cat, a murder, and the librarian/curator has never read a mystery? Couldn't pass it up. The Bodies in the Library started out slow, nearly pedantic, as it introduced Hayley, her situation, the library, the other characters in relation to Hayley including a casual love interest, a grown daughter, her divorce situation, the curmudgeonly trust secretary, the Agatha Christie Fan Fiction writing group, and then we eventually got to the murder. The opening chapters nearly doused my early enthusiasm as I waited for something to happen knowing I was reading a murder mystery. The victim being found as the body in the library finally got things rolling. Hayley was on thin ice letting the writing group use the library, but now her job is precariously in the balance if she doesn't get this murder solved and not blackening the library, the benefactress' good name and the board. Like many cozies, Hayley acknowledges the police's role in the investigation while taking on her own first-time amateur sleuthing after perusing a mystery for the first time. I was somewhat more into it with the investigation underway, but also had some nitpicking moments that drew me away. Hayley got in a snit with boyfriend Val over something I didn't see as that big of a deal. Not a fan of drama for drama's sake even if it was brief. I also found it tough to believe she majored in 17th century lit from the get go let alone by the end when it didn't come up much with her. Oddly, I found it easy to believe she was curating a book collection from the Golden Age of British Mystery and hadn't read a blessed one of them- my sense of humor kicked in. I was well-pleased that the lead character was middle-aged and something of an average person in looks and abilities. The issues with having to start over in a new job, a grown daughter off at university for the first time, and an annoying ex along with her antagonistic relationship with the quirky library board secretary added verisimilitude. Bunter the cat made me smile often and I loved how he inadvertently assisted Hayley on the case. The mystery had me stumped though there was no shortage of suspects or reasons. The victim was not a surprise. But, when the reveal came, I had to squint in confusion. It was one of those 'couldn't get there from here' moments because I don't think anyone could have seen that coming the way it was laid out. Fiona Hardingham was a stellar match for the book as its narrator. I thought she was great at all her voices, genders, and accents even though I pictured Hayley much younger at first based on the voice. It wasn't a kid voice, but just hadn't sounded middle-aged to me. So, I ended up being moderately engaged with this one and would like to keep going with the series now that the introductory book is out of the way and things are established. I'm curious if that wisp of ghostly Lady Fowling will be real or just the imagination and I do like the library and city setting for a promising new series with a strong narrator. My thanks to Penguin Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kelley

    ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing This is the first of the cozy mysteries in the "First Edition Library Mystery" series. I do enjoy this genre every so often. I always know the mystery will be solved and everything will turn out well in the end. This new series is off to a good start. Hayley Burke is the new curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition Library; a job for which she's not totally qualified. The library is the home of first edition mysteries by writers of the 30's and ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing This is the first of the cozy mysteries in the "First Edition Library Mystery" series. I do enjoy this genre every so often. I always know the mystery will be solved and everything will turn out well in the end. This new series is off to a good start. Hayley Burke is the new curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition Library; a job for which she's not totally qualified. The library is the home of first edition mysteries by writers of the 30's and 40's and Hayley hasn't ever read one. As the new curator she allows a group of fan fiction writers to meet in the library once a week. The trouble begins when one of the writer's is murdered and his body is brought inside the library in the night. I thought the book was well written and a little odd which is perfect for this genre. I enjoyed the characters and I didn't have the mystery solved right away. It's a good first book in a new series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    This was really good! It was a different type of main character than we usually see in cozies which was a fun change. Hayley was working with a Golden Age library collection, but she'd never read a mystery in her life. Usually our sleuths have overflowing piles of mysteries in their homes, lol. She did have an epiphany though--I don't want to spoil too much. For some reason, I picked the killer out fairly early, but finding out all the details and reasoning etc. was a fun ride, especially the sh This was really good! It was a different type of main character than we usually see in cozies which was a fun change. Hayley was working with a Golden Age library collection, but she'd never read a mystery in her life. Usually our sleuths have overflowing piles of mysteries in their homes, lol. She did have an epiphany though--I don't want to spoil too much. For some reason, I picked the killer out fairly early, but finding out all the details and reasoning etc. was a fun ride, especially the showdown with the killer. I'm glad an online book club I'm in picked this book. I had my eye on borrowing it when it came out, but I never got around to doing that. I'm really anxious to find out when the next in the series will be out.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Setting: Bath, England. Marty Wingate’s The Bodies in the Library (First Edition Library Mystery,#1) begins a new series in which Halley Burke becomes the curator of Lady Georgians Fowling’s First Edition Library which is in what was her home, Middlebank House, a beautiful Georgian house. Lady Fowling passed away recently, but she was in her 90s. Lady Fowling enjoyed reading ‘Golden Age’ mysteries by authors such as Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Margaret Allingham. Hayley has a flat on Setting: Bath, England. Marty Wingate’s The Bodies in the Library (First Edition Library Mystery,#1) begins a new series in which Halley Burke becomes the curator of Lady Georgians Fowling’s First Edition Library which is in what was her home, Middlebank House, a beautiful Georgian house. Lady Fowling passed away recently, but she was in her 90s. Lady Fowling enjoyed reading ‘Golden Age’ mysteries by authors such as Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Margaret Allingham. Hayley has a flat on the Library’s 2nd floor, and Mrs. Woolgar, Lady Fowling’s personal assistant, is the Library’s secretary and ‘militant’ keep every thing where it belongs person. Hayley wants to ‘update’ some of the Library’s programs, but Mrs. Woolgar just wants to keep Middlebank as Lady Fowling Hadith set up! Then a body is found in the Library, and The First Edition Library is the place to be. I think this series has super possibilities, and Hayley, who knows not a thing about these mysteries, will become a ‘Miss Marple’ much to the horror of the local constables, but as this is #1, the author must ‘set the stage’, and I believe #1 is too repetitive and too long. I am looking forward to #2 though. 3.5 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelcy

    Huge thanks to Goodreads and Berkley/Penguin Random House for sending me this ARC! Overall, I really enjoyed this mystery! As someone who is just now starting to really read Agatha Christie, I could really appreciate the references in this book. Hayley is a relatable MC - smart, funny, and is aware of her faults. I feel like typical cozies have a good amount of light romance and mystery. This one had the romantic element, but definitely focused on the mystery itself more which definitely gave more Huge thanks to Goodreads and Berkley/Penguin Random House for sending me this ARC! Overall, I really enjoyed this mystery! As someone who is just now starting to really read Agatha Christie, I could really appreciate the references in this book. Hayley is a relatable MC - smart, funny, and is aware of her faults. I feel like typical cozies have a good amount of light romance and mystery. This one had the romantic element, but definitely focused on the mystery itself more which definitely gave more time for secondary character development. Will be buying a finished copy and checking out the next one whenever it comes out!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    DNF @24% The cute cover drew me this novel, but the story was sooo slow in picking up that I abandoned right when a character was killed. The main character seemed more like a secondary character. I just couldn't connect with the character or book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews

    You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews The Bodies in the Library was interesting cozy murder mystery that revolved around Hayley’s job as curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling’s First Edition Society at Lady Fowling’s Middlebank House, turned into library containing vast collection of first edition books by women authors from Golden Age of Mystery. It was about fanfiction, maintaining and respecting the legacy, secrets, conflicts, and friendship. Book was first person narrative You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews The Bodies in the Library was interesting cozy murder mystery that revolved around Hayley’s job as curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling’s First Edition Society at Lady Fowling’s Middlebank House, turned into library containing vast collection of first edition books by women authors from Golden Age of Mystery. It was about fanfiction, maintaining and respecting the legacy, secrets, conflicts, and friendship. Book was first person narrative. Hayley’s voice was relatable, fun and so very British. Like her, I also haven’t read Christie, Slayers or Daphne books, and similarly I feel so bad for not reading them now. I could see how she felt when her position as curator was questioned. Hayley’s expertise was 19th century literature. She never read mystery novels, knew nothing about Miss Marple and Poirot. She was lucky to have this job. With job, she was given accommodation in same premises, a grand and beautiful Georgian house. Mrs. Woolger, former secretary and caretaker of society, also lived and worked at Middlebank and didn’t know about Hayley’s lack of knowledge about the Golden Age of Mysteries. She didn’t like Hayleys’ ideas ways of running things. They didn’t see eye to eye. So, Hayley’s constant fear of being taken as fraud and losing her dream job was palpable. She worked hard to fulfil her job and to spread word about the society, she invited fanfiction writers to society’s library for weekly meet up, but when one of the writer’s dead body was found in the library, that ended up in jeopardizing her job and Society’s reputation. No clues and many suspects, I was curious to know how Hayley was going to find the murderer. What made the idea even more exciting was, she knew nothing about investigation until she read Christie’s Miss Marple book, The Body in the Library. It was fun to see her growing interest in mysteries and she did wonderful job in gathering clues. We could see how armature she was, not asking questions so subtly, taking risks and not keeping an open mind. Hayley was great throughout the book. I liked her passion and ideas. Her efforts to keep her job safe. Her relationship with her mother was lovely. I also enjoyed Hayley and Mrs. Woolger contrasting nature in the book and how both could work together when it came to saving Society. All characters, especially writers, were quirky and inetreting. Author did wonderful job with them. Their fanfiction ideas and stories were fun. It was entertaining to see them inquiring about murder. Each had lot of questions and advise for Sargent who was so frustrated within few days of murder. And did I tell you anything about that cat in the cover. All credit for discovering clues and mysterious things goes to him. The romance in between murder mystery was sweet. Hayley’s conflicting emotions for Van Moffatt and Wyn Rundle added spice to story. Wyn was really exhausting and I wonder why she liked him in first place. Val was brilliant throughout the book. I didn’t appreciate Val’s behavior in first meeting. He looked a bit jealous but as I knew him more, I liked him better. What I loved most in the book was modern day setting along with Golden age of Mystery. It created wonderful atmosphere. Description of Middlebank house, the First Edition Society, Bath was mesmerizing. It was interesting to know Lady Georgiana Fowling’s life and her passion. And book cannot be complete without Christie and other mystery writers’ characters. Suspense was good. I couldn’t guess who the murderer was until last few chapters. And the motive was only cleared in last chapter. End was satisfying and lovely. I can’t wait to see what new mysteries awaits for Hayley in next books. Why 4 stars- Everything was perfect but that motive for murder ruined the fun. Overall, it was promising first book in new series. Interesting writing, atmospheric setting, and cozy mystery makes this book perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and this genre. *** Note: I received e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to PRHGlobal for free copy. ***

  19. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)

    Marty Wingate’s latest novel The Bodies in the Library is the first installment in her new cozy mystery series entitled First Edition Library Mystery and boy, is it a gem of a book! Set in the wonderful city of Bath, England, The Bodies in the Library follows Hayley Blake, who is the new curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling’s First Edition library. I, quite frankly, was sold on this cozy mystery as soon as I realized it was set in a library, but my enjoyment of the book only grew as I got to know Ha Marty Wingate’s latest novel The Bodies in the Library is the first installment in her new cozy mystery series entitled First Edition Library Mystery and boy, is it a gem of a book! Set in the wonderful city of Bath, England, The Bodies in the Library follows Hayley Blake, who is the new curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling’s First Edition library. I, quite frankly, was sold on this cozy mystery as soon as I realized it was set in a library, but my enjoyment of the book only grew as I got to know Hayley and her coworker, Glynis Woolgar. Hayley is a delightful character and it’s fun to watch her determination as she strives to make a go of her new job, with a major goal being to modernize the library and make it more relevant and vital to Bath’s society. Glynis is not a big fan of change and so pretty much fights her every step of the way. Glynis is especially not a fan of the writer’s group Hayley invites to use the library’s space for their weekly meetings. Hayley thinks it’s a perfect fit because the library is known for its collection of first editions written by famous mystery writers like Agatha Christie, and this particular writer’s group specializes in writing fanfiction based on Christie’s novels. When one of the writers turns up dead in the library, however, Hayley starts to think that maybe Glynis was right and when the police don’t move fast enough to suit her, she takes matters into her own hands to see if she can catch a killer. After all, her library’s reputation is at stake here! Okay, I really don’t want to say much else since it’s a mystery and I don’t want to spoil it, but seriously, how can you resist a cozy mystery set in a library with a bunch of fanfiction writers as possible murder suspects? The Bodies in the Library is a fun read with plenty of plot twists to keep you thoroughly entertained and guessing who the murderer is until the very end. If you like libraries, feisty protagonists, and cozy mysteries, The Bodies in the Library needs to be on your reading list! I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Hayley Burke is excited when she lands the position of curator of The First Edition Society’s library. The society is focused on the Golden Age of Mysteries. A subject Hayley knows less than nothing about, but she’s not going to let anyone know this - least of all the library’s secretary, Mrs. Woolgar, or the society’s board members. Mrs. Woolgar is not happy with the changes Hayley is making. One thing is inviting an aspiring mystery writing group to meet each week. Mrs. Woolgar does not like th Hayley Burke is excited when she lands the position of curator of The First Edition Society’s library. The society is focused on the Golden Age of Mysteries. A subject Hayley knows less than nothing about, but she’s not going to let anyone know this - least of all the library’s secretary, Mrs. Woolgar, or the society’s board members. Mrs. Woolgar is not happy with the changes Hayley is making. One thing is inviting an aspiring mystery writing group to meet each week. Mrs. Woolgar does not like the mess they leave. She has a point since after one meeting they left behind a dead body. This is the perfect ammunition to use against Hayley and prove her incompetence. Hayley has no choice but to play amateur sleuth and solve this case. First, she must learn how to investigate crimes. Who better to teach her than Agatha Christie’s Jane Marple? Haylely sets out to read all about the most famous of amateur sleuths and discovers a whole new world. This is the first book in the First Edition Library Mystery series and it’s off to a wonderful start. It felt like an old-fashioned Christie mystery. A dead body with a long list of suspects. There is also a little romance mixed in, but the mystery storyline is front and center throughout the book. It took a little time for me to get acquainted with the cast of characters, but once I did, I felt like I knew them well. The storyline moved at a steady pace. I began to guess who the culprit was when Haylely did. It’s a light mystery with quite a few quirky characters. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    The Bodies in the Library is book one in the First Edition Library Mystery by Marty Wingate. After achieving the job of her dreams, the curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition Library Hayley Burke decided to allow the Agatha Christie fan fiction, writers group to meet in the library. However, for Hayley, after a body was found in the library to start to investigate before she loses her dream job. The readers of The Bodies in the Library will continue to follow Hayley to find out what h The Bodies in the Library is book one in the First Edition Library Mystery by Marty Wingate. After achieving the job of her dreams, the curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition Library Hayley Burke decided to allow the Agatha Christie fan fiction, writers group to meet in the library. However, for Hayley, after a body was found in the library to start to investigate before she loses her dream job. The readers of The Bodies in the Library will continue to follow Hayley to find out what happens. The Bodies in the Library is the first book I have read of Marty Wingate, and I did find The Bodies in the Library awful slow in parts. However, I did enjoy reading The Bodies in the Library. I love Marty Wingate portrayal of her characters and the way they intertwine with each other. The Bodies in the Library is well written and researched by Marty Wingate. I like the way Marty Wingate described the setting of The Bodies in the Library. The readers of The Bodies in the Library will learn about being a curator of small private Library. Also, the readers of The Bodies in the Library will learn about setting up a fiction writers group. I recommend this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Author Marty Wingate's newest series, The First Edition Library Mysteries, is off to a great start with The Bodies in the Library. Meet Hayley Burke, who's landed her dream job as the new curator of the The First Edition Society which specializes in the novels of the women authors of the Golden Age of Mystery. Two small problems - first, Hayley is completely unfamiliar with the novels, and second, it doesn't take long until she actually finds a body in the library (cue suspenseful music!)!!! Hay Author Marty Wingate's newest series, The First Edition Library Mysteries, is off to a great start with The Bodies in the Library. Meet Hayley Burke, who's landed her dream job as the new curator of the The First Edition Society which specializes in the novels of the women authors of the Golden Age of Mystery. Two small problems - first, Hayley is completely unfamiliar with the novels, and second, it doesn't take long until she actually finds a body in the library (cue suspenseful music!)!!! Hayley must work to solve the murder and save the library from the greedy nephew of its benefactress, all whilst dealing with a multitude of relationship problems. I adored the book and think that any lover of British cozies will as well! Do yourself a favor and pour a cup of tea, grab a scone (or perhaps a ready meal from Waitrose), and commence reading!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ferne

    Hayley Burke has a university degree in 19th century literature with a fascinating work history as the former assistant to the assistant curator at the Jane Austen Centre. Now Hayley is the sole curator of the former Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition library and Hayley’s assistant is Glynis Woolgar, Lady Fowling's friend and former secretary. The library is within Middlebank House, a lovely Georgian home in Bath, England with the home being not only stately in architecture but in spacious a Hayley Burke has a university degree in 19th century literature with a fascinating work history as the former assistant to the assistant curator at the Jane Austen Centre. Now Hayley is the sole curator of the former Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition library and Hayley’s assistant is Glynis Woolgar, Lady Fowling's friend and former secretary. The library is within Middlebank House, a lovely Georgian home in Bath, England with the home being not only stately in architecture but in spacious accommodation for separate office space and separate apartments for Hayley and Mrs. Woolgar. It’s hard to imagine that Hayley has not read any novels by women authors from the "Golden Age of Mysteries" but I can imagine what an extraordinary delight it would be just to sit in the library in the midst of the collection of 1st editions that Lady Georgiana Fowling acquired as her lifetime passion. But of course, I’d browse and then want to read many of the titles again and any I missed so I’d be a daily visitor but I don’t think I’d make a good employee so I guess that’s why they hired Hayley instead of me. I think Hayley is a grand ambassador even though her first endeavor opening the library for a fan fiction / writer weekly event eventually led to a murder and police investigation in the library of Middlebank House. It did lead to Hayley to reading her 1st Agatha Christie mystery and becoming an amateur sleuth using Miss Jane Marple as her example. Hayley is also poised for new possibilities for the First Edition Society and her personal life too. I can’t wait to read more of this series! For all who have enjoyed the "A Book Retreat Mystery Series" by Ellery Adams you will understand the fantasy wish of planning next year’s travel calendar between Resort Manager Jane Steward’s events at storybook resort Storyton Hall located in rural western Virginia, and Curator Hayley Burke’s events at Middlebank House in Bath, England. Until then, I’ll be at home reading.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    4.5 stars Let me preface this by saying that Agatha Christie is my favorite author of all time.  I will read any book that even has a hint of an Agatha Christie theme or reference.  So I was understandable ecstatic to read this book, and it absolutely lived up to my expectations and more.  It actually was made even better since the main character Hayley had never read AC or any of the other golden age authors.  Reading about her first AC experience and the way she easily falls in love with Miss M 4.5 stars Let me preface this by saying that Agatha Christie is my favorite author of all time.  I will read any book that even has a hint of an Agatha Christie theme or reference.  So I was understandable ecstatic to read this book, and it absolutely lived up to my expectations and more.  It actually was made even better since the main character Hayley had never read AC or any of the other golden age authors.  Reading about her first AC experience and the way she easily falls in love with Miss Marple made my mystery-loving heart so much.  They way she (and thus the author) described what is so magical about a detective story made me feel so understood. _ I loved the writing and the setting of this book so much.  How much do I wish I could visit this fictitious society and marvel at a library full solely of golden-age mysteries?  Hayley and Mrs Woolgar are so lucky to live in such a house.  I love how fiercely they defend the society and their own jobs against any threat.  The mystery had me totally stumped and Hayley definitely arrived at the conclusion much faster than I had. _ The characters were also interesting and well developed.  Finally police detectives that are endearing and I actually really enjoyed (instead of being stubborn and rude).  Hayley was strong and I love that she is more mature sleuth who tended to (usually) think before she acted too rashly.  The idea of the Agatha Christie fan fiction writing group was lovely and I hope we continue to see fun groups such as these at the society.  A dash of romance always has me happy and I am so excited for the lack of a love triangle! A wonderful first book in a series and I cannot wait to read more! _ Thank you to the publisher for a free copy of this book.  I was happy to give my honest thoughts.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Maia

    Hayley is a super likable and relatable protagonist, and I enjoyed her misadventures in curatorship and relationships alike. Wyn and Val added an element of humor and romance that was satisfyingly well developed, and the friendships Hayley develops over the course of the story are a great source of both touching and laugh-out-loud moments. The first 30 pages dragged a bit for me, but once the body was found (in the library, as you might have guessed), I was totally in it. I was right there along Hayley is a super likable and relatable protagonist, and I enjoyed her misadventures in curatorship and relationships alike. Wyn and Val added an element of humor and romance that was satisfyingly well developed, and the friendships Hayley develops over the course of the story are a great source of both touching and laugh-out-loud moments. The first 30 pages dragged a bit for me, but once the body was found (in the library, as you might have guessed), I was totally in it. I was right there alongside Hayley, piecing together the clues. Her motivations and involvement in the detective work were pretty believable, unlike a lot of cozy mysteries, and I so appreciate that. Even the cat and the eerily life-like portrait were believable elements. (As an aside, I think there are just too many semi-supernatural cats featured in cozies. This cat, Bunter, is refreshingly normal. Like all cats, he sometimes does weird things no one can explain, and on occasion, his normal cat things happen to help Hayley figure things out!) There were a couple of moments that seemed a little off, like the author knew she needed that plot device in that spot, and just dropped it in without making it match the rest of the story. I won't go into specifics because spoilers. It wasn't enough to put me off the book entirely, though, and overall I thought the plotting and characterization were great. My one major complaint is the title--why is it the BODIES in the library when there's only one victim? Did Wingate not want to call it The Body in the Library and be exactly the same as Christie's title? (or maybe there's a legal reason she can't use the exact same title?) Whatever the reason, be advised, there is in fact only one body in the library. End of rant.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Hayley Burke, divorced and with a college-student daughter, is named curator of Bath's First Edition Society Library, devoted by its founder to mystery fiction. Hayley's big secret is that she's never read a mystery novel. The old guard, including some of her board of trustees, thinks she's making too many changes. They especially don't like the group that's writing Agatha Christie fan fiction and meeting in the library after hours. When the leader of the group is found dead in the library, one Hayley Burke, divorced and with a college-student daughter, is named curator of Bath's First Edition Society Library, devoted by its founder to mystery fiction. Hayley's big secret is that she's never read a mystery novel. The old guard, including some of her board of trustees, thinks she's making too many changes. They especially don't like the group that's writing Agatha Christie fan fiction and meeting in the library after hours. When the leader of the group is found dead in the library, one thing is clear: Someone is getting into the library without authorization. Since Hayley lives in one of the flats in the building, and the stubborn Board secretary lives in the other, that's a matter of concern. The culprit may not be the least likely, but is unlikely enough to keep readers' eyes open, and a second in the series is promised. Goody, goody!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maureen DeLuca

    Ok - I tried- DNF at 30% - 'nuf said

  28. 4 out of 5

    Robin Tobin (On the back porch reading)

    This is a fun Read. A very classic-styled mystery. I would love to have a library like this one, full of 1st addition novels.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Hayley Burke's fresh start as the curator of The First Edition Society's library in Bath, England, is about to take a rotten turn in this charming new mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Marty Wingate. Hayley Burke has landed a dream job. She is I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Hayley Burke's fresh start as the curator of The First Edition Society's library in Bath, England, is about to take a rotten turn in this charming new mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Marty Wingate. Hayley Burke has landed a dream job. She is the new curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition library. The library is kept at Middlebank House, a lovely Georgian home in Bath, England. Hayley lives on the premises and works with the finicky Glynis Woolgar, Lady Fowling's former secretary. Mrs. Woolgar does not like Hayley's ideas to modernize The First Edition Society and bring in fresh blood. And she is not even aware of the fact that Hayley does not know the first thing about the Golden Age of Mysteries. Hayley is faking it till she makes it, and one of her plans to breathe new life into the Society is actually taking flight--an Agatha Christie fan fiction writers group is paying dues to meet up at Middlebank House. But when one of the group is found dead in the venerable stacks of the library, Hayley has to catch the killer to save the Society and her new job. This is a wonderfully crafted book that contains many things I love: libraries, amazing English country houses, book lovers and a great plot line. Marty Wingate always writes a great mystery and this one is an excellent addition to her oeuvre. It is the perfect play on the book "Body in the Library" which Agatha Christie wrote which of course the fan fiction writers in the book would appreciate. Before it killed them. 😂 As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by Millenials on Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it 📚📚📚📚📚.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    Marvelous. Simply marvelous. This first in a series promises great things. You can read the blurb -- woman, new job, odd characters, murder ensues, mystery commences. What is special here is that few things grab my book-loving heart like a book about books. And even better, this is a book focused on mystery novels. Hayley is the newly minted curator of an archive dedicated to Golden Age mysteries and yet, she hasn't read them. Not one. It seems shockingly improbable to those of us who gobble up t Marvelous. Simply marvelous. This first in a series promises great things. You can read the blurb -- woman, new job, odd characters, murder ensues, mystery commences. What is special here is that few things grab my book-loving heart like a book about books. And even better, this is a book focused on mystery novels. Hayley is the newly minted curator of an archive dedicated to Golden Age mysteries and yet, she hasn't read them. Not one. It seems shockingly improbable to those of us who gobble up the genre, but stranger things have happened. For me it was especially fun to see the moment when Hayley "gets" the mystery thing. For those of us who remember that moment or who have watched it happen to others, it's fun to watch it happen in this novel. I'll be forever grateful to Marty Wingate for that. As is the case with all of Ms. Wingate's mysteries, the characters are understandable and real. They have quirks and charms all their own. They aren't just acting out a mystery; they are living their lives. She gives a sense of place as adroitly as she gives her characters character. Go forth and read this when it officially releases!

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