June 7, 2022

Buried in a Good Book by Tamara Berry

Buried in a Good Book by Tamara BerryBuried in a Good Book by Tamara Berry
Series: By the Book Mysteries #1
Published by Poisoned Pen Press on May 24, 2022
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 312
Format: Paperback
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three-half-stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Buried in a Good Book

This is the first in a new cozy mystery series featuring successful mystery writer Tess and her daughter Gertie. Tess is a recently divorced mom on a tight deadline so she’s off to a cabin in the woods without the distractions of WiFi and electricity. Gertie is unhappily accompanying her.

Within moments of arriving, an explosion in the nearby pond rains not only dead fish but body parts from a corpse. Since she researches and writes mysteries, Tess is sure she can help out the local sheriff. He’s definitely sure she can’t.

My thoughts about Buried in a Good Book

This has your cozy tropes of:

📕Small town with quirky characters

📕Gruff but sexy sheriff as a potential love interest

📕Doofus ex

📕Helpful librarian

📕Lots of secrets, hidden agendas

📕Nosy MC who’s smart but makes some missteps

📕Humor

📕Bigfoot?!

I enjoyed Tess – while smart, she doesn’t have all of the answers, clearly loves her teen daughter, and is incredibly determined. 

Gertie was a treat – angsty and sometimes angry, a reader! A graphic novel lover, and a smart cookie.

The mystery kept my interest with plenty of twists and aha! moments. Although the ending felt like it came out of left field, I can’t say I was unhappy with the results.

In closing

I’m intrigued to see Tess and Gertie’s adventures in the next book.

Thank you Poisoned Pen Press for the ARC!

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About Tamara Berry

Tamara Berry is a part-time author and part-time freelance copywriter/editor. She has a B.A. degree in English Literature from Eastern Washington University. In addition to books, she has mad love for all things TV, movies, and pop culture.

She also writes romances under the pennames Lucy Gilmore and Tamara Morgan.

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