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Newspaper reporter Deanna Devlin finally gets a promotion from writing puff pieces to covering more serious stories. Unfortunately, her next assignment hits a little too close to home when one of her friends is accused of murdering a local book store owner. Deanna knows her friend couldn't have committed the crime, but the only way to prove it to the police is to find the Newspaper reporter Deanna Devlin finally gets a promotion from writing puff pieces to covering more serious stories. Unfortunately, her next assignment hits a little too close to home when one of her friends is accused of murdering a local book store owner. Deanna knows her friend couldn't have committed the crime, but the only way to prove it to the police is to find the real killer herself. There are no shortage of suspects in the case, including a tarot-card loving mistress, a jaded wife, a sleazy land developer, and a sassy mother-in-law. With the clock ticking, Deanna scrambles to uncover the truth before it's too late. Books In The Deanna Devlin Series Book 1 -- Prescription To Die For Book 2 --A Novel To Die For


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Newspaper reporter Deanna Devlin finally gets a promotion from writing puff pieces to covering more serious stories. Unfortunately, her next assignment hits a little too close to home when one of her friends is accused of murdering a local book store owner. Deanna knows her friend couldn't have committed the crime, but the only way to prove it to the police is to find the Newspaper reporter Deanna Devlin finally gets a promotion from writing puff pieces to covering more serious stories. Unfortunately, her next assignment hits a little too close to home when one of her friends is accused of murdering a local book store owner. Deanna knows her friend couldn't have committed the crime, but the only way to prove it to the police is to find the real killer herself. There are no shortage of suspects in the case, including a tarot-card loving mistress, a jaded wife, a sleazy land developer, and a sassy mother-in-law. With the clock ticking, Deanna scrambles to uncover the truth before it's too late. Books In The Deanna Devlin Series Book 1 -- Prescription To Die For Book 2 --A Novel To Die For

30 review for A Novel to Die For

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    A Novel to Die For is a Deanna Devlin novel by Bridget Bowman. It is a cozy mystery and is short and easy to read. It is also fairly predictable in that the suspects for the murder are lined up for the reader at the first of the book. Then Deanna goes about investigating and uncovers the true murderer. However, Bowman puts enough twists and surprises in to keep you guessing throughout the book. It is just a fun book. Deanna heads to her favorite bookstore “Chapters Galore” to pick up a new book. A Novel to Die For is a Deanna Devlin novel by Bridget Bowman. It is a cozy mystery and is short and easy to read. It is also fairly predictable in that the suspects for the murder are lined up for the reader at the first of the book. Then Deanna goes about investigating and uncovers the true murderer. However, Bowman puts enough twists and surprises in to keep you guessing throughout the book. It is just a fun book. Deanna heads to her favorite bookstore “Chapters Galore” to pick up a new book. However, she is sidetracked when she realizes there is an author reading going on. The reading is so bad everyone left except the assistant manager of the bookstore who was also the author’s boyfriend. Hailey Henderson had self-published her book and Wyatt Gibson was trying to sell it for her. However, her book was “dark, twisted and wildly creepy”. Deanna definitely did not like the passage Hailey chose to read. Ameila Brady, the clerk and Deanna’s best friend agreed with her about the book. Kenneth Gibson, the owner, comes in and starts berating his son over the unauthorized author reading and their argument becomes more heated and personal. Kenneth attacks Hailey and her book and Wyatt comes to her defense as does Hailey. Kenneth has disliked Hailey from the first and the feeling is mutual. The argument gets really personal when Wyatt tells Kenneth that Hailey is his fiancé. Kenneth tells him it will be over his dead body and Wyatt and Hailey storm out. Just when it seems things will settle down, Trudy Carter, an 82 year old patron and Kenneth’s mother-in-law lights into him about the book Ten Shades of Black and Blue. She wants him to remove it from the shelves but he refuses as it is a best seller and he is selling the books fast and profitably. Extremely irritated, she leaves. As she leaves, Victor Wright, a smarmy land developed comes in. Kenneth immediately tells him he is not selling. Victor starts in on trying to convince him it is the best idea. Kenneth is the last of the five store owners left to sell so Victor can build a hotel on this spot. In the middle of their argument, Charolette Gibson comes in from the back office. She tries to help Victor convince Kenneth to sell but makes the mistake of calling him Vic. Kenneth immediately accuses her of having an affair with Victor. Kenneth and Charolette are accusing each other of having an affair when Victor leaves and Fiona O’Dell enters. Fiona is an employee who is always late and Charolette accuses Kenneth of having an affair with Fiona. Eventually he admits to the affair and is quite brutal in telling Charolette why he enjoys being with Fiona. Finally, Kenneth talks to Ameila and fires her. She leaves angrily accusing him of favoritism as she is a better clerk than Fiona could ever be. She refuses to indulge in chocolate ice cream when Deanna wants her to go to a local restaurant down the street; however, she does get chocolate ice cream to go. She promises to call Deanna if she needs anything. The next morning, Deanna realizes Amelia hasn’t called so runs over to her house only to find Amelia is being questioned by Detective Tyler Goodman. Deanna and Tyler are in a relationship. However, this does not keep Deanna from heatedly defending her best friend. Things don’t look good for Ameila since she went back to the bookstore at 11 to reason with Kenneth. She supposedly left after arguing with him but left him alive. Now Deanna has to prove this by finding the murderer. Can she do this without getting in Detective Tyler’s way? Can she do this without getting Amelia in deeper?

  2. 5 out of 5

    John Presler

    When Deanna stops by "Chapters Galore," the local bookstore to pick up the latest Wendy Whimsy cozy mystery, she encounters an author reading by Hailey Henderson. Unfortunately, there is not much of a crowd attending the reading. Actually, the only person paying any attention is the owner's son, Wyatt. While Deanna is in the store, the owner, Kenneth Gibson, has a series of confrontations with a variety of people, including his wife, his son, and his mother-in-law. A little while later, Kenneth a When Deanna stops by "Chapters Galore," the local bookstore to pick up the latest Wendy Whimsy cozy mystery, she encounters an author reading by Hailey Henderson. Unfortunately, there is not much of a crowd attending the reading. Actually, the only person paying any attention is the owner's son, Wyatt. While Deanna is in the store, the owner, Kenneth Gibson, has a series of confrontations with a variety of people, including his wife, his son, and his mother-in-law. A little while later, Kenneth also has a confrontation with Victor Wright who wants to buy the bookstore to make way for a new hotel. Following the public confrontations in the store, Kenneth fires Deanna's friend Amelia Brady for what appears to be no reason. Amelia returns later that night in an attempt to reason with Kenneth, but to no avail. The next morning, Kenneth is found dead and Amelia is the prime suspect. Detective Tyler Goodman knows that Deanna won't leave the matter alone, so he decides to keep her with him during his investigation. Who killed Kenneth Gibson? Why was he killed? Can Deanna and Tyler solve the mystery? Nice short chapters make for a quick read. Enjoyable characters that you can easily relate to. I received an evaluation copy of the book from the author and these are my thoughts on the book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amanda McGill

    I won this novel from the author as a part of a free book giveaway contest. I probably would of liked this novel more if I hadn't just read Killer Finale (Cozy Mystery). It was almost the same book, just the names of characters and occupations were changed. Deanne is trying to clear her friend's name after her ex-boss is found dead. My same comments as the Killer Finale: It was short and simple and it was a good whodunnit, since I had no idea who the killer was until it was revealed. The novel, I won this novel from the author as a part of a free book giveaway contest. I probably would of liked this novel more if I hadn't just read Killer Finale (Cozy Mystery). It was almost the same book, just the names of characters and occupations were changed. Deanne is trying to clear her friend's name after her ex-boss is found dead. My same comments as the Killer Finale: It was short and simple and it was a good whodunnit, since I had no idea who the killer was until it was revealed. The novel, didn't read too much like a story. It was a lot of conversations and by the end I still didn't know who the characters were. I felt no relationship to any of the characters. I have one more to go in this free giveaway set and I'm really hoping it's not the same storyline.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    Deanna Devlin Book 2 I was given a copy of this book to read and ended up purchasing the book for my cozy mysteries collection. Deanna Devlin is a journalist/sleuth who loves chocolate (who doesn't?). She gets involved in solving murders because her friends, two so far, have been suspects and she knows deep inside that they couldn't do the crime. Bridget Bowman, aka K.M. Morgan/Kayla Michelle, is a relatively new cozy mystery writer who has caught mine and others attention. I believe any cozy mys Deanna Devlin Book 2 I was given a copy of this book to read and ended up purchasing the book for my cozy mysteries collection. Deanna Devlin is a journalist/sleuth who loves chocolate (who doesn't?). She gets involved in solving murders because her friends, two so far, have been suspects and she knows deep inside that they couldn't do the crime. Bridget Bowman, aka K.M. Morgan/Kayla Michelle, is a relatively new cozy mystery writer who has caught mine and others attention. I believe any cozy mystery fan will enjoy her books. There's no cursing or gory details which is a plus.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    PDF Copy for Review Once again newspaper reporter Deanna Devlin finds herself reporting a murder in her small desert town. She is living in a quiet community that is still recovering from a murder a few months later. This one hits her close since it is a friend who is accused of a bookstore owner. So once again, she finds herself looking for the real killer. Suspects include a jaded wife, a mistress who is into tarot reading, a son with a strange girlfriend, a sleazy land developer and even his mot PDF Copy for Review Once again newspaper reporter Deanna Devlin finds herself reporting a murder in her small desert town. She is living in a quiet community that is still recovering from a murder a few months later. This one hits her close since it is a friend who is accused of a bookstore owner. So once again, she finds herself looking for the real killer. Suspects include a jaded wife, a mistress who is into tarot reading, a son with a strange girlfriend, a sleazy land developer and even his mother-in-law. Who wanted him dead the most before it is too late? Another quick paced cozy read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    Light, fun read. As with the first Deanna Devlin book, the beginning sets up the conflict, the possible motive(s), and the characters who may be guilty. And, again, it's a good friend of Deanna's that she is trying to keep out of jail. The story development is fun to follow and kept me guessing right to the end. Short book but recommended if you like cozy mysteries. Light, fun read. As with the first Deanna Devlin book, the beginning sets up the conflict, the possible motive(s), and the characters who may be guilty. And, again, it's a good friend of Deanna's that she is trying to keep out of jail. The story development is fun to follow and kept me guessing right to the end. Short book but recommended if you like cozy mysteries.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Binegar-Foster

    isclosure: I received this book free of charge from the publisher. This review is my honest opinion, and is in no way influenced by the author or publisher. I enjoyed every minute of this book. It really kept me guessing. I thought for sure I knew who the killer was. I was pleasantly surprised by the reveal of the killer. I can't wait for the next book in the series. isclosure: I received this book free of charge from the publisher. This review is my honest opinion, and is in no way influenced by the author or publisher. I enjoyed every minute of this book. It really kept me guessing. I thought for sure I knew who the killer was. I was pleasantly surprised by the reveal of the killer. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    **SPOILER FREE** Loved how this author will have you guessing each and every page you read! The mystery will have your turning the pages as you try and figure everything out! Well written! *Received for an honest review*

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kandy

    Tired of serious books? Want to read something that doesn't take forever, but is entertaining and fun? Well, then pick up this book. It's a mystery that is solved by a cop and a reporter with a little help from Grandma. Fun read! Tired of serious books? Want to read something that doesn't take forever, but is entertaining and fun? Well, then pick up this book. It's a mystery that is solved by a cop and a reporter with a little help from Grandma. Fun read!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    Very short uninteresting novel with numerous review errors. Some how this was listed as a Christmas Book which it wasn't. The writing was immature.Although somewhat better than the first novel in this series. I liked her characters but they need to be developed more.I don't reccomend this book Very short uninteresting novel with numerous review errors. Some how this was listed as a Christmas Book which it wasn't. The writing was immature.Although somewhat better than the first novel in this series. I liked her characters but they need to be developed more.I don't reccomend this book

  11. 4 out of 5

    Julie Howard

    I enjoyed this book, it filled in a few hours with a nice little mystery. It had a few possible suspects to keep you guessing until the end. I would have liked to see Deanne's gran playing a bigger roller in the helping to solve the murder, as she is such a fun character. A smartphone carrying Grandma, with attitude lots of fun. When Deanne's friend is fired from her job and the boss then ends up dead Deanne steps up to investigate before her friend is arrested. Deanne joins together with her pol I enjoyed this book, it filled in a few hours with a nice little mystery. It had a few possible suspects to keep you guessing until the end. I would have liked to see Deanne's gran playing a bigger roller in the helping to solve the murder, as she is such a fun character. A smartphone carrying Grandma, with attitude lots of fun. When Deanne's friend is fired from her job and the boss then ends up dead Deanne steps up to investigate before her friend is arrested. Deanne joins together with her policeman boyfriend to question a number of suspects including the man's wife, his girlfriend and his mother in law. This all goes to prove you should never judge a book by its cover. I really liked this reader and found her pleasant to listen to.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Quanita

    Think "Murder She Wrote" with a newspaper reporter instead of an author and you have Deanna Devlin. Can she really travel around with a detective and do suspect interviews - no. But is it entertaining fiction - you betchya. When a bookstore owner is stabbed to death the suspects are familiar. His wife, his son, his mistress, and a land developer are top of the list. Let the pressures of the day evaporate and folllow Deanna as she solves the crime. I was gifted this from the author. Think "Murder She Wrote" with a newspaper reporter instead of an author and you have Deanna Devlin. Can she really travel around with a detective and do suspect interviews - no. But is it entertaining fiction - you betchya. When a bookstore owner is stabbed to death the suspects are familiar. His wife, his son, his mistress, and a land developer are top of the list. Let the pressures of the day evaporate and folllow Deanna as she solves the crime. I was gifted this from the author.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Format: audiobook Narrator: better than the first one. This book was very much like the first one. Another one of Deanna Devlin’s friends becomes the prime suspect in a murder and again she is instrumental in solving the case, this time tho it’s along side her detective boyfriend. I found this one a little more interesting than the first book probably because I found the narrator to be a better fit for the story. A cosy coffee break read/listen.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Hedden

    A Novel to Die For (Deanna Devlin, Desert Detective Cozy Mystery #2) was a great read by Bridget Bowman. Deanna is a newspaper reporter who was just promoted to covering serious stories. Unfortunately her next assignment covers one of her friends that is accused of murdering a book store owner. She needs to find the killer so her friend could be set free. I loved reading this story and can’t wait to read more books about Deanna Devlin.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    The search for the killer of the bookstore owner to free Deannas friend of the murder accusations. It is basically a whodunit mystery novel with the lies, and characters deceiving each other. It is a short story but the narration is good AZ nd keeps your interest.Their is light romance but it is clean. I enjoyed it

  16. 4 out of 5

    Roger

    A Novel To Die For (Deanna Devlin, Desert Detective Cozy Mystery #2), my second read/listen from author Bridget Bowman. A cute, well-written clean cozy mystery. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. Narrator Rachel Carr’s narration adds to the well-written book’s enjoyment. I'll be reading more from this author. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018). A Novel To Die For (Deanna Devlin, Desert Detective Cozy Mystery #2), my second read/listen from author Bridget Bowman. A cute, well-written clean cozy mystery. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. Narrator Rachel Carr’s narration adds to the well-written book’s enjoyment. I'll be reading more from this author. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

  17. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Humorous Mystery! A funny, lively mystery that will keep you up reading until the book is done! Another great book by Bridget Bowman!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    If you have read the previous book in this series, the format of this storyline will feel very familiar. A friend of Deanna's is once again a suspect in a murder case. This time she teams up with new boyfriend, Detective Tyler Goodman, to interview suspects and clear her friend's name. The victim owns a bookstore. A land developer wants to buy him out and his wife wants the money. His son wants the business and his father feels he is incompetent, mainly because because of his new girlfriend. Dad ha If you have read the previous book in this series, the format of this storyline will feel very familiar. A friend of Deanna's is once again a suspect in a murder case. This time she teams up with new boyfriend, Detective Tyler Goodman, to interview suspects and clear her friend's name. The victim owns a bookstore. A land developer wants to buy him out and his wife wants the money. His son wants the business and his father feels he is incompetent, mainly because because of his new girlfriend. Dad has a girlfriend on the side, too. A psychic loving, new age middleager. Most of the book takes place on one very tumultuous angry day at the bookstore. Each of these angry, greedy people have motive. We also watch the relationship between Deanna and Tyler grow while Andrea thinks about moving to L.A. A comfortable cozy that can be read quickly. I was given a copy in exchange for my review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Georgiann Hennelly

    I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. A cozy mystery. Deanne Devlin is a Newspaper Reporter she finally gets promoted from writing puff pieces to more series stories. Her next assignment unfortunately hits to close to home when her friend is accused of murdering a local book store owner. Deanna knows her friend is innocent. Unfortunately the only way to prove it is to catch the killer herself. There are no shortage of suspects including a Tarot-card loving mistress. a jaded wi I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. A cozy mystery. Deanne Devlin is a Newspaper Reporter she finally gets promoted from writing puff pieces to more series stories. Her next assignment unfortunately hits to close to home when her friend is accused of murdering a local book store owner. Deanna knows her friend is innocent. Unfortunately the only way to prove it is to catch the killer herself. There are no shortage of suspects including a Tarot-card loving mistress. a jaded wife , a sassy Mother in law and a land developer who is sleezy with time passing quickly Deanna has to scramble to unclover the real killer before it's to late!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This is the 2nd Deanna Devlin book I have read and once again I couldn't put it down. The bookstore owner who fired her friend is found murdered. Despite the owner's family all having motives the police zero in on Deanna's friend. Deanna is determined to find the truth and clear her friend's name. This is a wonderful cozy mystery set in a small town. I can't wait to see what trouble Deanna finds next! This is the 2nd Deanna Devlin book I have read and once again I couldn't put it down. The bookstore owner who fired her friend is found murdered. Despite the owner's family all having motives the police zero in on Deanna's friend. Deanna is determined to find the truth and clear her friend's name. This is a wonderful cozy mystery set in a small town. I can't wait to see what trouble Deanna finds next!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Taw

    I have to be honest, I never expected this to be a gripping page turner, I went in fully aware it was a quick read, something to distract for a moment.... Disappointing recycling of the previous book in the series. Characters without depth. Perhaps authors of this genre need to actually speak to a cop or two, because the police procedures described in these books is ridiculous

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amber Frechette

    Fun read Deanna and Grandma Gwen are on the case again! Only this time new flame and handsome Detective Tyler is tagging along. As they search for the killer of a book store owner and try to free Deanna's friend of a murder accusation, they meet with lies, defiance, and overall sleazebaggery. Drama, romance, and a good mystery all wrapped up in one quirky story. Fun read Deanna and Grandma Gwen are on the case again! Only this time new flame and handsome Detective Tyler is tagging along. As they search for the killer of a book store owner and try to free Deanna's friend of a murder accusation, they meet with lies, defiance, and overall sleazebaggery. Drama, romance, and a good mystery all wrapped up in one quirky story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dixie Petersen

    Where is Deanna going to show up next time? Quick, fun, and a pretty good little mystery. Good storyline, nice line up of suspects -- including the dreaded mother-in-law! If Deanna and Grandma Gwen take up sleuthing again I'll be back too! Where is Deanna going to show up next time? Quick, fun, and a pretty good little mystery. Good storyline, nice line up of suspects -- including the dreaded mother-in-law! If Deanna and Grandma Gwen take up sleuthing again I'll be back too!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    The second book in the Deanna Devlin series. Light and enjoyable cozy mystery.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nola Arganbright

    A very fun short cozy mystery. This book had everything I love in a cozy. A pet named Hot Dog, a bookstore, a fiesty Grandma and a sleuth with a hot detective boyfriend. I loved it!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    good

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Lester

    Fun book I liked this cozy mystery. It was a fun and light just as a cozy mystery should be. It has mystery and romance. The characters work well together.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dcunnewman

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

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