One sleuthing book club finds themselves in the midst of a gothic-esque mystery as they read Du Maurier’s Rebecca in the latest from the author of The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle.
Reading the gothic classic Rebecca already has the Readaholics spooked, and the chills only get worse when someone in town actually gives up the ghost....
Amy-Faye Johnson has her hands full coordinating the Celebration of Gothic Novels in Heaven, Colorado. The festivities start off smoothly, but the weekend is soon cursed with large egos, old resentments, and uninvited guests. Matters become truly grave when a dead body is found at the gothic-themed costume party.
The out-of-town authors claim not to know the victim, but Amy-Faye has doubts. With skeletons turning up in all of the suspects’ closets, Amy-Faye and the Readaholics must tap into their knowledge of gothic literature to find a killer who lurks in the shadows...
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Third book in series!
The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala by Laura DiSilverio is the third book in A Book Club Mystery series. Amy-Faye Johnson is an event planner/organizer in Heaven, Colorado (what a lovely name for a town) and has arranged a Celebration of Gothic Novels for Gemma Frant who owns Book Bliss. There is a question and answer session with three gothic writers, an auction, a writing contest, and a costume party and dance. The Readaholics book club has read Rebecca in honor of the event. Constance Aldringham, Francesca Bugle, and Mary Stewart are the three gothic writers who agreed to come to Heaven for the events. At the question and answer session there is a man with a baseball cap. He is a stranger to the town. He stands out because most of the audience is women. He asks one question of the authors and then departs. Amy-Faye notices him again at the auction, but then her attention is diverted when there is a mix-up with an auction item. Someone added an item to the auction. The matter was quickly resolved, and the group moved on to the writing contest. When there is a little snafu at this event as well, Amy-Faye knows something is up. Someone is trying to make a point to one of the writers. They just have to get through the costume party and dance without another incident. Unfortunately, it is not to be. The man in the baseball cap turns up at the costume party. He is found in the manager’s office with a metal stake through his body. Who is this man and what did he do to get himself murdered? The weapon used belonged to Lola Paget. Everyone knows she did not commit the crime, but they have to prove it. Can Amy-Faye and the Readaholics find the culprit before it’s too late (most of the people are visitors to town for the gothic gala event and will soon take off for home)?
The Readaholics and The Gothic Gala was a good cozy mystery. I enjoyed reading this novel. The book is easy to read, has interesting characters, and a nice, small town setting (Heaven, Colorado). The mystery was complex and not easy to solve (which was just wonderful). The more difficult the mystery is to solve; the better I like them. I appreciated the Kinsey Millhone and Sleepy Hollow references in the book. I give The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala 4.5 out of 5 stars (I more than liked it, but I was able to solve the mystery). While this is the third book in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel. The author brings the reader up-to-date on past happenings. Will I read the next book in A Book Club Mystery series? Definitely. There are references to gothic novels in The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala as well as a discussion on Rebecca by the book club.
I received a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for an honest evaluation. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.