Author: Tamara Berry
Series: By the Book Mysteries #1
Published by: Poisoned Pen Press on May 24, 2022
Format: ARC, Paperback
Source: Poisoned Pen Press
Book Rating: 8.5/10
A thriller writer who knows way more than anyone should about death and dismemberment
Her young daughter who’s more intrigued by dead bodies than she probably should be
An isolated cabin in the woods that’s probably―definitely―hiding something
The tiny mountain town that seems less than troubled by a sudden abundance of murders
Bestselling thriller writer Tess Harrow is almost at the end of her rope when she arrives with her teenage daughter at her grandfather’s rustic cabin in the woods. She hopes this will be a time for them to heal and bond after Tess’s recent divorce, but they’ve barely made it through the door when an explosion shakes the cabin. Suddenly it’s raining fish guts and…is that a human arm?
Tess was hardly convincing Gertie that a summer without Wi-Fi and running water would be an adventure. Now she’s thrust into a murder investigation, neighbors are saying they’ve spotted Bigfoot in the woods near her cabin, and the local sheriff is the spitting image of her character Detective Gabriel Gonzales―something he’s less than thrilled about. With so much more than her daughter’s summer plans at stake, it’s up to Tess to solve this case before anyone else gets hurt.
Intricate, fresh, and funny!
Buried in a Good Book is a wacky, mischievous tale that transports you to Okanogan County and into the life of Tess Harrow, a famous mystery writer who, after arriving at her late grandfather’s cabin for some rest and relaxation with her teenage daughter, Gertrude, quickly discovers that facts are sometimes even stranger than fiction when she finds herself smack dab in the middle of a bizarre murder investigation involving flying body parts and fish guts, exotic animals freely roaming in the woods, and a broody sheriff with an uncanny resemblance to Detective Gonzales, the beloved leading man of her successful series.
The prose is sharp and witty. The characters are endearing, unique, and persistent. And the plot, including all the subplots, intertwine and unravel quickly into an exceptionally humorous, thrilling tale filled with family, friendship, secrets, deception, danger, violence, spirited hijinks, hilarious mishaps, and small-town antics.
Overall, Buried in a Good Book is a quirky, clever, edgy mystery that kept me amused and entertained from the very first page. It’s the first novel I’ve read by Berry, but based on this fantastic, creative start to the new By the Book Mysteries series, I can guarantee you it won’t be my last.
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Thank you to Poisoned Pen Press for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.