Murder In The Library (Julia Bird Series Book 2) – ARC Book Review

Title:- Murder In The Library (Julia Bird series Book 2)

Author:- Katie Gayle

Date published:- September 7th 2022

Publisher:- Bookouture

No. of pages:- 255 pages

Genre:- Mystery/Cozy


Plot:- 4/5

Writing:- 3/5

Overall rating:- 3.5/5

Julia Bird’s picturesque Cotswolds life is everything she’d dreamed of. Until, that is, she discovers a dead body in the library…

Julia Bird had imagined the quiet of rural life would be soothing after years in the city, but she finds she can’t just sit still.Determined to throw herself into village activities, she joins the library just in time to attend a talk by celebrated local author Vincent Andrews.

Charming, devilishly handsome and talented, Vincent teases the crowd with a reading from his forthcoming novel. Set in a village bearing strange similarities to Berrywick, with characters the audience start to recognise, Vincent hints of dark secrets to be revealed, to gasps of outrage from the room. The meeting ends in uproar, and, just hours later, Vincent’s dead body is discovered behind the bookshelves…

As one of the last people to see him alive, Julia feels morally bound to help the police investigate. With her trusty Labrador, Jake, at her side, she decides to do her own sleuthing and quickly discovers that Vincent’s personal life is messy, his finances are in disarray and his book sales are declining. But most of all, remembering her neighbours’ faces at the book reading, Julia wonders if one of them could have lost the plot enough to kill…

As Julia interrogates the suspects, she walks straight into another scene of murder and mayhem, and realises Vincent’s manuscript is now missing. There’s someone out there who’s deadly serious about keeping their secrets unpublished. Will Julia be able to stop them, before anyone else gets hurt?

Brilliantly twisty, this completely thrilling cozy mystery is perfect for fans of M.C. Beaton, Helena Marchmont and Clare Chase.

Murder in the library is sound thrilling and interesting and this book is just that. This is the second book of Julia Bird series. Here Julia Bird attends a book tak attended by a legendary handsome author, Vincent Andrews. But the next day, Julia finds Vincent stabbed inside the library. As the police investigate this case, Julia also gets herself involved as who would want to murder Vincent with so many suspects in the list. I greatly enjoyed reading the first book of the series. I did like this second book but this wasn’t as great as the first book. The pace was a bit slow but it got interesting towards the middle and the end. There weren’t much twists and turns in the book but the writing was good. However there was so much drama, jealousy and suspense that kept me interested in this book towards the end. Overall, it was a good cozy thriller–worth 3.5 stars! Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

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