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When kindergarten teacher Charli Rae Warren hightailed it out of Hazel Rock, Texas, as a teen, she vowed to leave her hometown in the dust. A decade later, she’s braving the frontier of big hair and bigger gossip once again . . . but this time, she’s saddled with murder! Charli agrees to sell off the family bookstore, housed in a barn, and settle her estranged dad’s debt—if When kindergarten teacher Charli Rae Warren hightailed it out of Hazel Rock, Texas, as a teen, she vowed to leave her hometown in the dust. A decade later, she’s braving the frontier of big hair and bigger gossip once again . . . but this time, she’s saddled with murder! Charli agrees to sell off the family bookstore, housed in a barn, and settle her estranged dad’s debt—if only so she can ride into the sunset and cut ties with Hazel Rock forever. But the trip is extended when Charli finds her realtor dead in the store, strangled by a bedazzled belt. And with daddy suspiciously MIA, father and daughter are topping the most wanted list . . . Forging an unlikely alliance with the town beauty queen, the old beau who tore her family apart, and one ugly armadillo, Charli’s intent on protecting what’s left of her past . . . and wrangling the lone killer who’s fixin’ to destroy her future . . . Visit us at www.kensingtonbooks.com


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When kindergarten teacher Charli Rae Warren hightailed it out of Hazel Rock, Texas, as a teen, she vowed to leave her hometown in the dust. A decade later, she’s braving the frontier of big hair and bigger gossip once again . . . but this time, she’s saddled with murder! Charli agrees to sell off the family bookstore, housed in a barn, and settle her estranged dad’s debt—if When kindergarten teacher Charli Rae Warren hightailed it out of Hazel Rock, Texas, as a teen, she vowed to leave her hometown in the dust. A decade later, she’s braving the frontier of big hair and bigger gossip once again . . . but this time, she’s saddled with murder! Charli agrees to sell off the family bookstore, housed in a barn, and settle her estranged dad’s debt—if only so she can ride into the sunset and cut ties with Hazel Rock forever. But the trip is extended when Charli finds her realtor dead in the store, strangled by a bedazzled belt. And with daddy suspiciously MIA, father and daughter are topping the most wanted list . . . Forging an unlikely alliance with the town beauty queen, the old beau who tore her family apart, and one ugly armadillo, Charli’s intent on protecting what’s left of her past . . . and wrangling the lone killer who’s fixin’ to destroy her future . . . Visit us at www.kensingtonbooks.com

30 review for Fatal Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Just a quick trip from Colorado to Texas, sign some papers, get out of town and get back to teaching those kindergartners. Big problem, Charli Rae Warren is only in town a few minutes and she finds a dead body. The woman she was meeting to put Hazel Rock in her rear view mirror permanently is deader than a door nail and the cops think she did it. When they find Charli’s dad is missing too, they both share the top a very short list of suspects. To get out of this mess she needs Dollycas’s Thoughts Just a quick trip from Colorado to Texas, sign some papers, get out of town and get back to teaching those kindergartners. Big problem, Charli Rae Warren is only in town a few minutes and she finds a dead body. The woman she was meeting to put Hazel Rock in her rear view mirror permanently is deader than a door nail and the cops think she did it. When they find Charli’s dad is missing too, they both share the top a very short list of suspects. To get out of this mess she needs the help of the people she left behind. She also needs to make some money so she can afford her trip back to the new life she has made for herself. Oh, I almost forgot to mention, her father has a pet armadillo named Princess, and that is what he used to call Charli. He has renamed The Book Barn by adding the name Princess at the end. The inside may look like what she envisioned before she left town but the sign outside has that darn armadillo picture right on it. The story was so funny and unique and has a great mystery too. Kym Roberts takes on this small Texas town and gives us such rich characters. In this first installment she needs to reunite our main character with the people in her past. Some she barely recognizes and others she remembers way too well. She gives us enough back story to understand how much has changed and how much has stayed the same since Charli left town. She also creates a clever mystery that brings all the characters together. She fills the story with southern charm too. I mean seriously, a pet armadillo, maybe only in Texas. I enjoyed the way that even with the years the characters have been apart they rally together to help not only find a killer but reinvent the Book Barn so Charli can make money to go home but also help her dad out so that when he returns he may not have to sell the place. They bought out a real sense of community that small towns are famous for. My favorite character was Scarlett, a high school classmate of Charli’s, who stepped right up to help Charli from the moment she arrived in town. The pace was perfect, the twists are sharp, the hint of romance was just right and the humor was blended throughout the entire story with skilled precision. This is an absolutely delightful start for this new mystery series. I am excited to see what the author has up her sleeve for us and these characters next.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Charli Rae Warren left her small hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas under a cloud of scandal. Now, a kindergarten teacher, she heads back home to help her estranged father sell their family book barn. When she arrives, she finds the realtor dead, her father missing and a strange armadillo taking up residence at the book barn. First, she must prove her own innocence, then she must find her father. He has suddenly become the prime suspect. Charli and her father have had their differences, but there’s no Charli Rae Warren left her small hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas under a cloud of scandal. Now, a kindergarten teacher, she heads back home to help her estranged father sell their family book barn. When she arrives, she finds the realtor dead, her father missing and a strange armadillo taking up residence at the book barn. First, she must prove her own innocence, then she must find her father. He has suddenly become the prime suspect. Charli and her father have had their differences, but there’s no way he’s a murderer and she intends to prove it. There will be plenty of time to decide what to do with the book barn after she finds the killer and brings her father back home. Along the way she meets up with some old friends and some old enemies. I have had this on my e-reader TBR for awhile and I’ve been wanting to read it but never had a chance. I do enjoy cozy mysteries set in bookstores and libraries. It’s one of my favorite settings. Not to mention that I liked the cover of this one very much. The cast of characters are a lively group. Each one is vividly portrayed and comes to life with each page. I even fell in love with the armadillo. It had a personality of it’s own. How cute! This is the first book in the series and it’s fill with humor, mystery, intrigue and a touch of romance, too. The murder mystery is the center of the story and I was totally taken by surprise at “whodunit”. There were so many twists and turns along the way which kept my head spinning. I so enjoy a mystery that keeps me on my toes. There are three more books in the series that I need to catch up with and I’m looking forward to the next one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    This is a rather light read. Although it is off to a quick start, the story is slow to develop. A great deal of the story is time spent setting the characters and their relationship and the small town atmosphere. Lots of red herrings are thrown in along the way as well as a bit of romance. The writing is simple and informal in its style. The initial attraction was the setting of a bookstore, but the descriptor of “cozy mystery” says it all.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Deana Dick

    What a hoot this book turned out to be. The characters are over the top funny and kept me laughing throughout the book. The story is set in a little town called Hazel Rock, Texas. The description of the town was like going back to the old days of a town like Mayberry. I remember that show so well. The town gathered at the barbershop to gossip and there was always cooky characters to keep the show interesting. In Hazel Rock ,we have the local beauty parlor where all the latest news can be found. What a hoot this book turned out to be. The characters are over the top funny and kept me laughing throughout the book. The story is set in a little town called Hazel Rock, Texas. The description of the town was like going back to the old days of a town like Mayberry. I remember that show so well. The town gathered at the barbershop to gossip and there was always cooky characters to keep the show interesting. In Hazel Rock ,we have the local beauty parlor where all the latest news can be found. I especially liked the Texas twang that was used such as "fuzz buckets." Charli has been gone from her hometown for a long time. She is hoping to sign papers on the bookstore her dad wants to sell and head back to her nice life as quickly as possible. The store is called The Book Barn Princess and I could visualize how different it looked compared to the other stores in the town. As Charli arrives at the store she finds a dead body. Who is the person found dead in the store? It sure isn't a great welcome home for Charli. The story has many diverse characters and plenty of suspects. The town at first seems to blame Charli for the murder. Will anyone come to Charli's defense? After leaving town for so long Charli senses that she is not quite welcomed back like she thought she would be. The high school rumors about her seem to stick in people's minds. As she walks into the diner you could hear a pin drop. The big question is where is her dad? Why is he suddenly missing? There are some great characters you meet throughout the story and I had a hard time figuring out who the killer was. I don't want to give anything away, but there are many surprises in this funny cozy mystery. I loved the banter between Charli or as people know her "The princess" and her old high school boyfriend. Grab yourself a glass of sweet tea and enjoy this funny and sometimes quirky mystery. Some of the characters were a bit over the top and I especially loved the pet in the story. I think the pet was one of the most creative additions to the story. Will the killer be caught before the bookstore gets destroyed? I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Great Escapes Book Tour. The review is my own opinion and I was not compensated for it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    Hazel Rock, Texas is the last place Charli Rae Warren ever wanted to come back to. If it hadn't been for the real estate agent who was in charge of selling her father's business, the Book Barn, insisting that Charli had to sign the papers in person, she would have happily stayed in her Denver digs with her classroom full of kindergarteners. What was to have been a quick trip to sign the papers and then high-tail it out of town, turns into an open-ended stay when Charli stumbles upon the body of Hazel Rock, Texas is the last place Charli Rae Warren ever wanted to come back to. If it hadn't been for the real estate agent who was in charge of selling her father's business, the Book Barn, insisting that Charli had to sign the papers in person, she would have happily stayed in her Denver digs with her classroom full of kindergarteners. What was to have been a quick trip to sign the papers and then high-tail it out of town, turns into an open-ended stay when Charli stumbles upon the body of the realtor in the back room of the Book Barn. Now she's torn between a suspicious sheriff and the town's mayor, who just happens to be her ex-boyfriend. What is a girl to do? Charli Rae's history in Hazel Rock unfolds as you turn the pages of Fatal Fiction, the first book in a new cozy series by Kym Roberts. While Charli Rae is in town, she sparks up a friendship with the feisty and fiery Scarlet and together they start to spruce up the Book Barn. Scarlet involves the entire town in the effort, forcing Charli to face her past and figure out her future, all while she's trying to figure out where her father is - and who killed the realtor, Marlene, who was also her father's fiance. Fatal Fiction provides readers with an opportunity to visit small town Texas, where girls love their daddies no matter what and the motto is always the higher the hair, the closer to God. It's a fast-paced read that I very much enjoyed. Where else will you find a story featuring a family pet armadillo?! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley. This did not influence my opinion and the thoughts expressed are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Fatal Fiction A Book Barn Mystery, Book #1 Kym Roberts 5 Stars Synopsis: When kindergarten teacher Charli Rae Warren hightailed it out of Hazel Rock, Texas, as a teen, she vowed to leave her hometown in the dust. A decade later, she’s braving the frontier of big hair and bigger gossip once again . . . but this time, she’s saddled with murder! Charli agrees to sell off the family bookstore, housed in a barn, and settle her estranged dad’s debt—if only so she can ride into the sunset and cut ties with H Fatal Fiction A Book Barn Mystery, Book #1 Kym Roberts 5 Stars Synopsis: When kindergarten teacher Charli Rae Warren hightailed it out of Hazel Rock, Texas, as a teen, she vowed to leave her hometown in the dust. A decade later, she’s braving the frontier of big hair and bigger gossip once again . . . but this time, she’s saddled with murder! Charli agrees to sell off the family bookstore, housed in a barn, and settle her estranged dad’s debt—if only so she can ride into the sunset and cut ties with Hazel Rock forever. But the trip is extended when Charli finds her realtor dead in the store, strangled by a bedazzled belt. And with daddy suspiciously MIA, father and daughter are topping the most wanted list . . . Forging an unlikely alliance with the town beauty queen, the old beau who tore her family apart, and one ugly armadillo, Charli’s intent on protecting what’s left of her past . . . and wrangling the lone killer who’s fixin’ to destroy her future . . . (Goodreads) Review: The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. Charli is someone who will do whatever needs to be done, even though she may not want to. She is gutsy and smart and I really liked her alot. I also enjoyed the feisty and quirky Scarlett, a high school friend of Charli’s. She made me laugh out loud a few times. And there are also a couple of possible love interests for Charli, and I cannot wait to see where that leads. And who could not fall in love with Princess, Charli’s father’s pink armadillo. I enjoyed her antics and cannot wait to read more about her. The mystery was well thought out and it kept me guess until it was revealed at the end. There were enough suspects to consider and enough twists and turns that I thought I had it figured out a couple of times, only to be proven wrong. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I found myself wishing I could visit Hazel Rock in real life (I guess I will have to settle for visiting whenever I read any more of this series). I loved the small town feel of Hazel Rock and how neighbor’s helped each other out, and also how everyone knew everyone’s business. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. With quirky likable characters and a well plotted mystery, this is a book you do not want to miss. I received a free copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I want to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is the first book in Kym Roberts' new Book Barn Mystery series and I very much enjoyed my visit to Hazel Rock. This is a delightful cozy mystery with a flow that keeps the reader turning pages. I found that the author had a nice descriptive writing style that allowed me to picture the town and the characters who live there. Our main character, Charli Rae ("Princess") Warren is spunky, sarcastic and had a good sense of humor to her. The cast of secondary characters are quirky, fun, and inter This is the first book in Kym Roberts' new Book Barn Mystery series and I very much enjoyed my visit to Hazel Rock. This is a delightful cozy mystery with a flow that keeps the reader turning pages. I found that the author had a nice descriptive writing style that allowed me to picture the town and the characters who live there. Our main character, Charli Rae ("Princess") Warren is spunky, sarcastic and had a good sense of humor to her. The cast of secondary characters are quirky, fun, and interesting. I especially liked Scarlett, the woman who owns the beauty salon in town. She is a great compliment to Charli, reminding her how Texans don't back down. There may be a hint of romance in Charli's future as well, we will just have to wait and see what happens. In my opinion, the mystery in the story was well done. There were plenty of suspects and each one had a plausible motive to commit murder. I was surprised by the actual killer as this person was not even on my radar. I will be definitely be back to see what the author has in store for the next book due out mid-2017. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley. This did not influence my opinion and the thoughts expressed are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    A pink armadillo called Princess and a barn filled with books, I need to say that because it is EPIC! The minute I read that I knew that this was a series that I was going to fall in love with and I have! When Charli goes back to her hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas, she thought it was a quick in and out job for her, she might see her dad but that wasn't her main objective, she was going to see the real estate lady who was going to end her connection to the town and everything in it. Things didn't h A pink armadillo called Princess and a barn filled with books, I need to say that because it is EPIC! The minute I read that I knew that this was a series that I was going to fall in love with and I have! When Charli goes back to her hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas, she thought it was a quick in and out job for her, she might see her dad but that wasn't her main objective, she was going to see the real estate lady who was going to end her connection to the town and everything in it. Things didn't happen the way she expected them to when she finds a dead body. Cue an unexpected meet up with the man who broke her heart and the town she thought had kicked her out. A good start to a series that involves the aforementioned pink armadillo and the huge red barn filled with books plus a MC who is strong and opinionated and who takes no shit from anyone when it comes to what she wants. This is a series I can definitely get behind and will promote the hell out of. *Huge thanks to Kym Roberts, Kensington Books and Netgalley for this copy which I chose to read and all opinions are my own*

  9. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    The first book in this creative series. The plot different from most Cozies but has many of the elements of a cozy. The characters are developed and Charli Rae Warren will attract your attention The descriptions of the area will place you in Hazel Rock, Texas. There are two romantic themes. A lot of information on book art is provided. Reading about it gave me a wish to learn about the art form. A pink armadillo named Princess adds interest and humor to the story. Charlie has agreed to return hom The first book in this creative series. The plot different from most Cozies but has many of the elements of a cozy. The characters are developed and Charli Rae Warren will attract your attention The descriptions of the area will place you in Hazel Rock, Texas. There are two romantic themes. A lot of information on book art is provided. Reading about it gave me a wish to learn about the art form. A pink armadillo named Princess adds interest and humor to the story. Charlie has agreed to return home to sign papers that will her allow her Father to sell the family business. She left the area as a teenager amid a lot of rumors and gossip. Upon arrival, she finds the realtor dead in the barn. A lot has changed since she left including a new sheriff. Her Father is missing and is suspected as the killer. She is pleasantly surprised at the support the small town gives her Father and the victim. Charlie must find her Father before she can leave town. The twists that happen will leave wanting to learn more about Hazel Rock and Charli's life. I highly recommend this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bette Hansen

    Very enjoyable read!! Small town cozy mystery with the perfect amount of twists and turns to keep you guessing and wanting more. Charli was a great character and you could feel her frustration with being back in Hazel Rock and the current situation. Returning was never in her plan. Happy and content as a teacher in Colorado is where she wants to be but with her father missing and a murder to solve Hazel Rock is where she is stuck. The townspeople are hilarious and all the secondary characters ar Very enjoyable read!! Small town cozy mystery with the perfect amount of twists and turns to keep you guessing and wanting more. Charli was a great character and you could feel her frustration with being back in Hazel Rock and the current situation. Returning was never in her plan. Happy and content as a teacher in Colorado is where she wants to be but with her father missing and a murder to solve Hazel Rock is where she is stuck. The townspeople are hilarious and all the secondary characters are well developed which should give us many more great stories in the series. Definitely a recommended read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    This was a good mystery that had several likable characters and was an easy read. I mentally rated it a 3.5 due to some editing errors and/or repetition, but rounded it up to 4* for all its positive aspects. I have the next one downloaded and look forward to seeing what direction the story will take.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Robbins

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  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie Jackson

    I am ready for the next book in the series and Fatal Fiction hasn't even come out!!! I love light mysteries with a slightly different feel and Fatal Fiction has both the comfort of a small Texas town with which I can relate and elements that are unlike any other book I have read, in addition to the pink armadillo! I want to get to know these wonderful characters even better and to watch their lives develop. I have no doubt that this is a series that I will follow as long as Kym Roberts keeps cre I am ready for the next book in the series and Fatal Fiction hasn't even come out!!! I love light mysteries with a slightly different feel and Fatal Fiction has both the comfort of a small Texas town with which I can relate and elements that are unlike any other book I have read, in addition to the pink armadillo! I want to get to know these wonderful characters even better and to watch their lives develop. I have no doubt that this is a series that I will follow as long as Kym Roberts keeps creating new books for it. Charli plans to come to her home town and leave on the same day. Her memories have kept her away and she has no interest in facing the people who were cruel to her years ago, but that does not compare to her newest memory, a body she discovers in her father's bookstore. While that beginning might sound like many others books, the similarity ends there. Ms Roberts so well blends Charli's realization that other people have grown up too and seeing those who hurt her are willing to admit their mistakes with the current story that it goes beyond believable to understandable. The trail of the murder is complex and strewn with emotions and twists. When first Charli and then her dad face big problems, most of the people in the town step up to show their real small town character. Although I locked in on several suspects, I could not find the villain among the cast of characters with any level of assurance and that is rare. Is there maybe just a touch of fairy tale for this small town princess? Probably, but who doesn't want to see the good along with the bad. AND it is about a book store. People who love books deserve to have books written about them. AND a pink armadillo! I requested an advance reader copy of this book and reviewed it voluntarily. I always review books I love! I [reordered my own copy as soon as I could because I loved it so much.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    **I voluntarily read an Advance Readers Copy of this book from Kensington Books via NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. ** Fatal Fiction is the first book in the new Book Barn Mystery series. I loved the idea of a book store in an old historic barn! The basics: Charli Rae Warren left her small Texas hometown years ago, with no plans to ever return. But, you know what they say about best laid plans. After receiving a call from a local realtor alerting Charli to her **I voluntarily read an Advance Readers Copy of this book from Kensington Books via NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. ** Fatal Fiction is the first book in the new Book Barn Mystery series. I loved the idea of a book store in an old historic barn! The basics: Charli Rae Warren left her small Texas hometown years ago, with no plans to ever return. But, you know what they say about best laid plans. After receiving a call from a local realtor alerting Charli to her father's present financial crisis, she has returned to Hazel Rock, angry and annoyed. She expects her father to make lame excuses about the horrendous, tacky renovations he recently made to the barn. But what she doesn't expect is to find Realtor Marlene Duncan hanging in the back storeroom, dead as a doornail. Her father isn't making any excuses - he has disappeared. I grew up in a small town in the Midwest, so I was instantly charmed by this book. The supporting characters are funny and quirky. I kept comparing the characters to actual people I knew in my own hometown. The mystery was well-written and paced, with plenty of suspects and twists. I don't often enjoy cozies written in first person because the point of view can quickly get old, but not this time. Roberts did a great job telling the story from the main character's point of view. Her annoyance at being called back to her hometown that morphed into a fierce determination to protect her childhood home really added to the likability of Charli as the main character. I couldn't help but like her. I will definitely be reading more books in this series as they come out. Fatal Fiction will release December 6th. The second book, A Reference to Murder, will be published in May 2017. Kym Roberts has written several other mystery novels. To discover more about the author and her books, check out her website at http://kymroberts.com/

  15. 4 out of 5

    RO G'ma

    Fatal Fiction is the first book in Kym Roberts’ Book Barn Mystery series and is a well-written, steady paced whodunit, with well-developed and likeable characters, humor, and a touch of romance, a sense of community and forgiveness, and a pink Armadillo, named Princess. There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing who the murderer was until the reveal. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series. Charli Rae (Princess) Warren fled her hometown after high school whe Fatal Fiction is the first book in Kym Roberts’ Book Barn Mystery series and is a well-written, steady paced whodunit, with well-developed and likeable characters, humor, and a touch of romance, a sense of community and forgiveness, and a pink Armadillo, named Princess. There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing who the murderer was until the reveal. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series. Charli Rae (Princess) Warren fled her hometown after high school when everyone started spreading rumors about her and moved to Denver, Colorado where she became a kindergarten teacher. Even though she hasn’t spoken to her dad, Bobby Ray, in over a decade, when Marlene Duncan, a realtor, calls her, Charli agrees to return to Hazel Rock, Texas to sign papers to sell the family bookstore to help pay off her dad’s debts. When Charli enters the bookstore, she discovers Marlene’s body, learns that the realtor was her dad’s fiancée, and Sheriff Mateo Espinosa arrests her on suspicion of murder. She also learns her dad has disappeared, her ex-boyfriend, Cade Calloway, is the mayor, and after she’s no longer a suspect, her missing dad becomes the prime suspect in Marlene’s death. Scarlett Jenkins, who owns the beauty shop across the street from the bookstore, is intelligent and creative and provides Charli with the support and friendship she desperately needs and doesn’t expect. Charli is determined to find her dad, clear his name, and save the bookstore. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    What a great start to a new series! I always love books set in small towns in Texas especially if the author gets the feel of the characters/town right, and Kym does that in this book. I thought it was interesting that the main character was biracial. It took awhile before I actually figured it out, but even then it really wasn't a big deal to the rest of the townspeople. Charli Rae was definitely something of a trouble maker when she was younger but perhaps because she had something to prove? I What a great start to a new series! I always love books set in small towns in Texas especially if the author gets the feel of the characters/town right, and Kym does that in this book. I thought it was interesting that the main character was biracial. It took awhile before I actually figured it out, but even then it really wasn't a big deal to the rest of the townspeople. Charli Rae was definitely something of a trouble maker when she was younger but perhaps because she had something to prove? I thought it was humorous that everyone called her Princess, since that is what her dad called her, and it became even more confusing when she comes back to town and there is a pink armadillo also called princess. The mystery itself was well written. I only suspected the killer based on a feeling. There are only so many characters and while there were a few I would rather have seen been the killer (mostly because they were jerks), the actual killer was something of a surprise and the reason behind it all. Now you can't have a mystery without a little romance. Charli was involved with Cade when they were teens and went their separate ways and meet back up when she comes to town and I think there are still sparks there. Only future books will tell us if I'm right. Can't wait to read the second book due out next year.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Fatal Fiction is the first in a new series by Kym Roberts. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book and all thoughts and opinions are my own. Charli Rae Warren has returned to Hazel rock to sell The Book Barn, a family owned bookstore. She hasn't been back in years and the cool reception she receives wants to send her running away. When she discovers a dead body in the book store, she freaks out and of course is the first suspect. As a first in a new series, the story line was good. I didn't connect wi Fatal Fiction is the first in a new series by Kym Roberts. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book and all thoughts and opinions are my own. Charli Rae Warren has returned to Hazel rock to sell The Book Barn, a family owned bookstore. She hasn't been back in years and the cool reception she receives wants to send her running away. When she discovers a dead body in the book store, she freaks out and of course is the first suspect. As a first in a new series, the story line was good. I didn't connect with Charli as much as I would have liked to, but that can change as the series goes on. I loved Princess the armadillo, she made the story unique and brought it to life. I will look forward to reading the next book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Many in this genre are 'starting a new life back home' in a coffee shop/bakery/florist/inn. This is different. She doesn't want to go 'home' and it's an old book barn. The peripheral characters are well drawn and interesting. The plot is unpredictable yet linear. Many in this genre are 'starting a new life back home' in a coffee shop/bakery/florist/inn. This is different. She doesn't want to go 'home' and it's an old book barn. The peripheral characters are well drawn and interesting. The plot is unpredictable yet linear.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    An absolutely delightful addition to the world of cozy mysteries. The Texas setting, complete with an adorable armadillo, gave the story a real down-home feel. The ending was a shocker, and now I can't wait for book two! An absolutely delightful addition to the world of cozy mysteries. The Texas setting, complete with an adorable armadillo, gave the story a real down-home feel. The ending was a shocker, and now I can't wait for book two!

  20. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Less than 4 stars, more than 3, closer to 4 rounded up Charli Rae Warren is on her way back to her hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas to sign some papers to sell her family bookstore, The Book Barn. Charli is eager to leave Hazel Rock behind and return to her boring, respectable job as a Kindergarten teacher in Colorado. She left Hazel Rock at 18, vowing never to return after her reputation was ruined and her heart broken. When Charli arrives at The Book Barn, she discovers it has been painted pink an Less than 4 stars, more than 3, closer to 4 rounded up Charli Rae Warren is on her way back to her hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas to sign some papers to sell her family bookstore, The Book Barn. Charli is eager to leave Hazel Rock behind and return to her boring, respectable job as a Kindergarten teacher in Colorado. She left Hazel Rock at 18, vowing never to return after her reputation was ruined and her heart broken. When Charli arrives at The Book Barn, she discovers it has been painted pink and renamed after her childhood nickname, Princess- "The Book Barn Princess." If that's not enough of a shock, once Charli enters the store, stepping into her teenage fantasies, she discovers the relator strangled to death with one of Charli's old belts. Immediately the new sheriff assumes she's guilty, just as the old sheriff always had. Fortunately Charli has an alibi but her father is MIA. Where could he be? Charli knows her father could never kill another person but his disappearance is suspicious. Charli learns a lot about her father and the warmth of her hometown as she tracks down clues to save her father. I took a chance on this mystery on a whim because I needed something modern and it was checked in on OverDrive. I'm really glad I did. It's a typical cozy set in a small town, with quirky characters and a charming pet, in this case an armadillo named Princess. In the beginning I thought perhaps this was too southern, too country for me but I grew to like the small town, aside from the obsession with football. Thankfully, no ugly politics intrudes in this idyllic setting. The mystery was really tight. I never really guessed whodunit. I only knew because I was at 90% of the book and alibis had been established but I wasn't 100% certain and certainly didn't guess the motive. Even after the final clue was discovered, I didn't know for sure who the murderer was. Charli is OK. She has a big chip on her shoulder and a lot of anger and hurt in her heart. She lets the past define her. I think she was a teenage drama queen and made too much out of what happened. It does sound like something out of Regency England, not modern USA. She is partly to blame for what happened. Charli and Cade were both young and stupid. She's better off for having the experiences she did. It's made her tougher. I was surprised, but shouldn't have been, to read Charli is a woman of color. She describes herself as having dark curly hair inherited from her mother because of their ethnicity but never states what that is and then later she describes herself as biracial and back to ethnicity. She needs to take special care with her hair so it doesn't turn into a frizzy bad Afro wannabe. That added an extra interesting dimension to the story. Marlene Duncan, the relator, sounds like she was not a very nice woman. She was nasty and deceitful according to some stories but others paint her as a saint doing her best to preserve the town. I don't see how Charli's dad, Bobby Ray, fell in love with her. Charli doesn't learn the story of their romance just yet. The characters in this story are quirky. Some are fun and others not so much. The men never seem to have heard of women's rights and the #MeToo movement. Mike is the worst offender. A liar, blackmailer, whiner and sleaze bag, he is truly awful. Can he be the murderer? I think he did it. He says Charli's dad owes him money for some books he sold to the store but what if Mike was stealing from the store and Marlene knew about it and he killed her? Aubrey, the ship assistant, seems like a nice girl. She's so freaked out being in the store. I feel so bad for her. She's a little too into football but unlike Charli, she takes an interest and inserts herself into the conversation. Darrin, her boyfriend, seems to be a nice kid but maybe not so bright. Scott Duncan, Marlene's ex-husband is prowling around the store in the middle of the night. There's no way he's not up to something. Why is he grieving his ex-wife so badly he has to be in the place she died? in the middle of the night? Joe Buck is a fun guy to be around. He may have been a dumb jock in high school and still might be but he has a great sense of humor and is quick to defuse tense situations. He sounds like he could be a devoted friend, yet he's friendly with MIKE? Mr. Draper, a cattle rancher, is an old man with a twinkle in his eye. He supports Charli even though he knows her past mistakes. Mrs. Phelps, Charli's high school English teacher is still teaching and she's amazing. She wants the kids to learn to look up things in real books like dictionaries and encyclopedias! (She must be the most hated teacher in the school!) Dean McAlister is another man who doesn't respect women but they seem to be pursuing him as well. He goes on the suspect list for sure. Also, his girlfriend, the waitress named Sugar with the tattoo in an indecent place, goes on the list. She's the jealous type and I can see her killing Marlene if she thought Marlene was a rival. Scarlet Jenkins becomes Charli's best friend. She went from chatty nerdy girl to chatty beautician. I don't understand how that happened. Couldn't she get a scholarship to college? She seems to have accepted her fate and is actually happy to be to stuck in Hazel Rock forever. I like her open, sunny personality and her warmth. She's a true friend to Charli even before Charli earns that support. I also like Scarlet's vintage style. It's funny how she says "OMW" (Oh my word!) instead of OMG but can't OMG stand for "oh my gosh"? She reminds me of Ginny (Anna Camp) in NBC's now cancelled comedy Perfect Harmony. It's that sweet, southern charm with the backbone needed to stand up for what is right. Scarlet is an amazingly talented artist and I want to see pictures of her book art. I've seen simple ones like pumpkins. (oh wow! Here's the Cinderella scene https://www.pinterest.com/pin/1639592...) Cade Calloway, Charli's ex-boyfriend turned mayor, is a sweet guy. He's very kind and helpful. Everyone in town loves him because he loves them. His teen years are behind him. Yes he made mistakes but he was a dumb kid. However, he does seem to want to rekindle the romance and that I don't approve of. He hasn't seen Charli in years. They're adults now and need to get to know each other as adults. I think Charli's reaction to seeing Cade with another woman is immature. It doesn't really make him a player. However, like Charli, I don't fully trust him because he is the scion of a wealthy family, the son of the former mayor and owns 80% of the town. Princess, the armadillo, is actually pretty cute. I've never seen an armadillo, let alone a pink one. I don't think they're rodents, Charli. Aside from her nasty smell and her claws, Princess acts like a cat/puppy hybrid. Like a puppy, she has a fondness for chewing books (NOOOOOO!!!) and begs for good. Like a cat, Princess likes to rub against people like a cat. Princess is deeply attached to Charli's dad. I need to know how he found her and adopted her. I don't approve of adopting wild animals so hopefully some unscrupulous exotic animal breeder/seller stole her/bred her and tried to sell her and Bobby Ray stepped in to save her. I read Coach Purcell's voice in my head to sound like Coach Mellor from The Goldbergs because this coach has the same kind of intensity for football Coach Mellor has for everything. Coach Mellor has mellowed since Charli was in high school. He was kind of single-minded and obsessed with winning at all costs back then. Now he's matured, married and a nice guy. I'd like to see pictures of the tables he makes for Charli. "The Team" as he calls the high school football players, are your typical teen boys. They're jocks but they do what coach tells them when he tells them do it. This obsession with football is unhealthy. Reba Sue seems to be the town's mean girl. She hated Marlene and I believe she hates Charli as well. Reba Sue seems to be the type of woman who wants all the attention on her, preferably all the male attention. Sheriff Mateo Espinosa must be the dumbest, sexiest sheriff in the area. He doesn't seem dumb but he arrests Charli when he could have easily verified her whereabouts all day. She bought a plane ticket that very day and arrived at the airport, took a cab and got out at the store. All that could be discovered by a quick phone call. Plus there was her reaction when she ran into Scarlet's shop. Did Mateo ask any of those questions? Nope. He's gruff and tough but I think he probably has a kind heart. Then he suspects her father which makes more sense but he suspects Charli is covering up for Bobby Ray, Now why would she even know if he killed Marlene when she hasn't been in town for 10 + years and hasn't spoken to her father since she was 18. He could get a warrant to check her phone records and figure out if she spoke to him on the phone, otherwise, she hasn't seen him now has she, having been in town all of 13 minutes before calling 911? Arresting Charli is just illogical. He doesn't seem to object to the rest of the town supporting Bobby Ray though. I don't understand the purpose of Charli's cousin Jamal. She only talks to him on the phone where he's back in Denver. He doesn't advance the plot or serve any purpose. I would have left him out. The Book Barn sounds... atrocious! Who paints an old barn bright pink and adds Princess to the name? Even the inside sounds pretty bad, even after Scarlet and Chari remodel. I don't like the idea of pink sections for girls and sporty sections for boys and a gender neutral section. Why can't they all be gender neutral? I like girly books but I don't do pink. Barf. There's also a fair amount of smart, geek shaming. Not cool. I plan to read the next book in the series soon!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Fatal Fiction’, first in the Book Barn Mystery series. The protagonist, Charli, is very likable in that she is like many of us. She made her share of teenage errors, then left home after a blowup with her dad, Bobby Ray, and never looked back. She returned to handle one thing only, planning to be back to work as a kindergarten teacher the following week. Life threw a curveball and she was stuck with Princess the pink armadillo (it is Hazel Rock, Texas, after all), she has a I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Fatal Fiction’, first in the Book Barn Mystery series. The protagonist, Charli, is very likable in that she is like many of us. She made her share of teenage errors, then left home after a blowup with her dad, Bobby Ray, and never looked back. She returned to handle one thing only, planning to be back to work as a kindergarten teacher the following week. Life threw a curveball and she was stuck with Princess the pink armadillo (it is Hazel Rock, Texas, after all), she has a new best friend, Scarlet, and no money to get back to Denver with. Charli returned to Hazel Rock as her father’s realtor, Marlene Duncan, had called her to get her to sign off documents to sell the family business, The Book Barn Princess. It is, literally, a barn. Her parents had run it, using stalls for various book displays and the loft for used books. It was wonderful until Charli’s mother died. Charli and Bobby Ray then were a smaller family, until her dad humiliated and betrayed her. After entering the Book Barn Princess, she found the realtor, Marlene, dead in the shop, strangled by a belt that Charli had worn in high school. Life only goes downhill from there…Charli is arrested on suspicion of murder, in part because her father and Marlene were getting married and selling the beloved book store. It was only through the intervention of her ex-boyfriend Cade, now the mayor, and Scarlet, that she was released from jail. Unfortunately, her dad was now the only suspect, and he had disappeared. She wasn’t happy with Bobby Ray, but she knew he was not capable of murder. Charli began trying to determine who would kill Marlene…and the list grew with almost every person she met. With Scarlet’s help, she got back in the town’s good graces, and many people volunteered time and materials to finish the remodel on the Book Barn. She kept the store open in Bobby Ray’s absence in hopes of earning enough cash to return to Colorado. The characters are delightful and eccentric, as only a close-knit small town can be. We learn the most about Charli, who is very well defined. Others are described as necessary for their roles. As Charli and Scarlet’s friendship grows, we learn more about Scarlet. I like Scarlet as much as Charli; she proves herself as a loyal friend even though they barely knew each other in high school. She is the kind of friend that everyone wants and just who Charli needs. Cade and Bobby Ray are not my favorites, but I would have to see them in the next in series before a real decision. I have come to enjoy most of the townspeople, even the sheriff who was too willing to plop her in jail until he came to know Charli. The plot was intriguing, and the twists and steady action held my interest. Even when chasing after red herrings, I enjoyed the journey as it better acquainted me with the characters and Hazel Rock. Suspense builds throughout, especially with some of the unexpected traffic through the bookstore. There were so many suspects, so little time! I was somewhat surprised by who the real bad guy/ gal was. While I began to have a bit of inkling in that direction, it was still a surprise, especially when finding out the real motives. The end was satisfactory, and I am looking forward to the next in series. I highly recommend ‘Fatal Fiction’! With a grateful heart, I received an eARC from NetGalley; as a courtesy, I am posting my honest review for which no compensation was received.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

    This was fun. I wasn't sure I was going to like it. Charli (aka Princess) has come home after a 10 year rift with her father. She finds their bookstore is now painted a bright pink and is called "The Book Barn Princess". She walks in and finds a woman murdered. She is thrown into the middle of this murder. First she is a suspect, then her father. It's tough, she is remembering the town through her teenage eyes. There are several colorful characters, including a pink armadillo. I've never see a r This was fun. I wasn't sure I was going to like it. Charli (aka Princess) has come home after a 10 year rift with her father. She finds their bookstore is now painted a bright pink and is called "The Book Barn Princess". She walks in and finds a woman murdered. She is thrown into the middle of this murder. First she is a suspect, then her father. It's tough, she is remembering the town through her teenage eyes. There are several colorful characters, including a pink armadillo. I've never see a real armadillo, but I just can't imagine one as a pet. The story has a little love interest, folks helping each other, and intrigue. I didn't even suspect the villain until just before the reveal. What fun. I would definitely read another book by the author. I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Fatal Fiction is the first in the Book Barn mystery series featuring Charli Rae "Princess" Warren. Charli is currently working as a school teacher in Denver, CO but has come back to her hometown of Hazel Rock, TX to sign the papers necessary to sell her family business, The Book Barn. Charli fled her hometown right after high school when classmates, friends and townspeople starting spreading vicious rumors about her. Charli was most upset that even her own father, Bobby Ray seemed to believe the Fatal Fiction is the first in the Book Barn mystery series featuring Charli Rae "Princess" Warren. Charli is currently working as a school teacher in Denver, CO but has come back to her hometown of Hazel Rock, TX to sign the papers necessary to sell her family business, The Book Barn. Charli fled her hometown right after high school when classmates, friends and townspeople starting spreading vicious rumors about her. Charli was most upset that even her own father, Bobby Ray seemed to believe the gossip and hadn't stuck up for his daughter, resulting in Charli having not spoken to him in over a decade. Charli returns to town as the request of realtor Marlene Duncan who has contacted her claiming her father is bankrupt and needs to sell the Book Barn. Upon her arrival, Charli discovers Marlene's dead body in one of the Book Barn rows and soon learns that the realtor was her Dad's girlfriend and he has disappeared, making him the number one suspect in her death. Despite her misgivings to spend more than the weekend in Hazel Rock, Charli vows to locate her Dad and clear his name. Investigating along with fellow classmate Scarlet Jenkins, now the owner of the local beauty salon, ex boyfriend and town Mayor, Cade Calloway and Sheriff Mateo Espinosa she soon discovers not everything in the tiny Texas town is as it seems. A fast paced storyline, with likeable characters, just the right touch of romance, a true sense of community and forgiveness and a quirky pet Armadillo, Princess. You'll soon find yourself wishing you could visit the Book Barn. I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley via Lyrical Underground, a division of Kensington Publishing. While not required to write a review I am more than happy to offer my honest opinion.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    First in this 'everything's big in Texas' Book Barn series, readers are introduced to Charli Rae "Princess" Warren and her hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas. Charli, a kindergarten teacher in Colorado, returns home when the local realtor, Marlene Duncan, informs her that her daddy, Bobby Ray, needs to sell their family store, the Book Barn. Charli ' signature is required as she's half owner. Charli had left Hazel Rock ten years prior and has been estranged from her father ever since. When Charli arr First in this 'everything's big in Texas' Book Barn series, readers are introduced to Charli Rae "Princess" Warren and her hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas. Charli, a kindergarten teacher in Colorado, returns home when the local realtor, Marlene Duncan, informs her that her daddy, Bobby Ray, needs to sell their family store, the Book Barn. Charli ' signature is required as she's half owner. Charli had left Hazel Rock ten years prior and has been estranged from her father ever since. When Charli arrives at the Book Barn Princess, as it is now called, she discovers a dead body. Naturally, she is the first suspect, and her father is nowhere to be found. Unfortunately, her first love from high school (and the reason she left town) is front and center, the town mayor. Charli feels she must clear her daddy's name, even if he isn't around. She makes friends, makes changes to the garish pink Book Barn, and has both the mayor and sheriff interested in her. Lots for the poor girl without two dimes to rub together to do. Add in past hurts, misunderstandings, some antique books and a charming cast of characters, you get a solid cozy mystery with some serious twang! The author's authentic dialog and charming characters made this first in series a good read. Warm and often funny, Charli Rae is a character most of us can identify with or would want as a friend. I recommend Fatal Fiction and look forward to the second book in the series, A Reference to Murder, a teaser chapter of which is included in this book. Many thanks to Lyrical Underground & Kensington publishers and to netgalley for providing an advance copy of Fatal Fiction to this reader in exchange for my review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Brooks

    Brand new cosy series I dare you not to love! Charli is a real puzzle to figure out. She ran from her home town after her then boyfriend didn't defend her from gossip ad her father basically told her to deal with it. She is now a self assured kindergarten teacher. But when her father plans to sell their family business, she has to return to deal with the paperwork. She did not expect to find it painted bright pink and to have an armadillo in residence - defo not a pink one! There are now two Pri Brand new cosy series I dare you not to love! Charli is a real puzzle to figure out. She ran from her home town after her then boyfriend didn't defend her from gossip ad her father basically told her to deal with it. She is now a self assured kindergarten teacher. But when her father plans to sell their family business, she has to return to deal with the paperwork. She did not expect to find it painted bright pink and to have an armadillo in residence - defo not a pink one! There are now two Princess' in her fathers life and she is not sure which is more important to him! Enter Hazel Rocks Mayor, and Charli's former beau, Cade, a hunky, if handcuff happy Sheriff and a new/old friend in Scarlett, the reinvented nerd now beauty visionary! There are murky business dealings, arson, a reformed misogynistic football coach and the slightly inconvenient murder of a Realtor to deal with! I'm totally torn in what direction Charli should go love wise cos I really think Scarlett and the sheriff have sparks but I'll have to wait and see! Princess almost steals the show in places and I may have to steal one cos she is so darn cute (I have been warned they are smelly but I have no sense of smell so WINNER)!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    Fatal Fiction by Kym Roberts is the first in a new cozy series by Ms. Roberts. It was a smoothly paced plot with enough twists and turns that I never did know who the murderer was until the reveal. I was hooked from the first chapter and didn't put it down until the end. There's also a brief glimpse at the end of the book into the next book in the series. Charli was an interesting female lead. She had run away from Hazel Rock and her father's bookstore as a teenager. She's all grown up now and r Fatal Fiction by Kym Roberts is the first in a new cozy series by Ms. Roberts. It was a smoothly paced plot with enough twists and turns that I never did know who the murderer was until the reveal. I was hooked from the first chapter and didn't put it down until the end. There's also a brief glimpse at the end of the book into the next book in the series. Charli was an interesting female lead. She had run away from Hazel Rock and her father's bookstore as a teenager. She's all grown up now and returns home to help her dad to sell the store. Unfortunately, that can't happen until the murder is solved. I have to confess that even though I liked Charli, I loved Scarlett. She is down-to-earth, intelligent and creative. She gives Charli her friendship from that first chapter and never wavers. Readers also get to meet the ex-boyfriend and a tall, dark and handsome sheriff who is investigating the case. The characters were all well developed and I felt like I would enjoy visiting Hazel Rock and the Book Barn Princess. I am already anxious to read the next one in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bookgyrl

    When Charli arrives back in her home town after 12 years she intends for a short stay; only to put her signature on the selling papers of her father's book barn. Realtor Marlene has urged her to sign because of her father's debt. Unfortunately her stay is extended after finding Marlene dead in the store! After first being arrested for suspicion of murder, Charli is released and starts to investigate as her father is the next suspect on the list. I enjoyed the story, but it was hard for me to warm When Charli arrives back in her home town after 12 years she intends for a short stay; only to put her signature on the selling papers of her father's book barn. Realtor Marlene has urged her to sign because of her father's debt. Unfortunately her stay is extended after finding Marlene dead in the store! After first being arrested for suspicion of murder, Charli is released and starts to investigate as her father is the next suspect on the list. I enjoyed the story, but it was hard for me to warm up to Charli. She left town at 17 after her reputation was in tatters (or as she thought) and her father did not stand up for her. She has a history with town mayor Cade (her high school boyfriend). I did like her friend Scarlett, who immediately stood up for her after Charli was arrested. Yup, liked that girl! I did think it was a bit ridiculous for Charli to be arrested without proper investigation. She just arrived in town and it could easily be concluded she had no time to commit the murder. Bit sloppy. But as a whole a good cozy mystery and start of a new series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeri

    If you are looking for a new series to start with that will keep you guessing until the very end this is it! Charli Rae Warren has always been princess to her father. But she left town many years ago never to look back. When she gets an urgent phone call from a realtor that she has to come and sign papers to sell the Book Barn that was her childhood home and family business she makes the trip back to Hazel Rock, Texas. Not only is the town's signature Book Barn now bright PINK! But there is also If you are looking for a new series to start with that will keep you guessing until the very end this is it! Charli Rae Warren has always been princess to her father. But she left town many years ago never to look back. When she gets an urgent phone call from a realtor that she has to come and sign papers to sell the Book Barn that was her childhood home and family business she makes the trip back to Hazel Rock, Texas. Not only is the town's signature Book Barn now bright PINK! But there is also a new princess there and a dead body!! I was given a free e-ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    When Charli returns to her hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas, it’s only meant to be a quick trip. When first she and then her father are accused of murder, however, she decides to hang around until she can clear her dad’s name. The barn-as-a-bookstore setting and an armadillo named Princess with the run of the place would have been enough to pique my interest in this cozy, but in Charli I also got a believable, fallible, and perfectly human heroine. She has her issues with the town and the people tha When Charli returns to her hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas, it’s only meant to be a quick trip. When first she and then her father are accused of murder, however, she decides to hang around until she can clear her dad’s name. The barn-as-a-bookstore setting and an armadillo named Princess with the run of the place would have been enough to pique my interest in this cozy, but in Charli I also got a believable, fallible, and perfectly human heroine. She has her issues with the town and the people that she thought she’d left in the past, but doesn’t let it stop her from doing what’s right. I’m looking forward to more adventures with Charli and Princess!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Thank you netgalley for the ARC copy of this book. There are times when I really enjoy a good cozy. The setting of this one was different from so many - a barn converted into a bookstore. Who doesn't love a bookstore? Although a little heavy on the "texas twang" it didn't deter from the story. I really enjoyed Charli - she was spunky and sassy. The author left the path open to two different love story angles as well. Looking forward to the next installment. Thank you netgalley for the ARC copy of this book. There are times when I really enjoy a good cozy. The setting of this one was different from so many - a barn converted into a bookstore. Who doesn't love a bookstore? Although a little heavy on the "texas twang" it didn't deter from the story. I really enjoyed Charli - she was spunky and sassy. The author left the path open to two different love story angles as well. Looking forward to the next installment.

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