Friday, September 9, 2016

Cozy Mystery Review ~ THE READAHOLICS AND THE GOTHIC GALA by Laura DiSilverio


The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala (A Book Club Mystery, #3)
by: Laura DiSilverio
Series: Book Club Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Source: Publisher ~ Penguin: NAL


One sleuthing book club finds themselves in the midst of a gothic-esque mystery as they read Du Maurier’s Rebecca in the latest from the author of The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle.

Reading the gothic classic Rebecca already has the Readaholics spooked, and the chills only get worse when someone in town actually gives up the ghost....
Amy-Faye Johnson has her hands full coordinating the Celebration of Gothic Novels in Heaven, Colorado. The festivities start off smoothly, but the weekend is soon cursed with large egos, old resentments, and uninvited guests. Matters become truly grave when a dead body is found at the gothic-themed costume party.
The out-of-town authors claim not to know the victim, but Amy-Faye has doubts. With skeletons turning up in all of the suspects’ closets, Amy-Faye and the Readaholics must tap into their knowledge of gothic literature to find a killer who lurks in the shadows...


REVIEW
The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala is the third book in Laura DiSilverio’s A Book Club Mystery series.  By far, this standalone read is my favorite of the series.

Amy-Faye Johnson has been busy with her event planning business, Eventful!.  This time, she has teamed up with Gemma Frant, owner of Book Bliss to organize an author event called “Celebration of Gothic Novels” to celebrate the birthdays of some great gothic authors.  The event includes an author panel discussion, author signing event, and a gothic themed costume party.  Things are going pretty well until an unknown man is found dead at the costume party.  When it’s determined the murder weapon was brought to the party by Amy-Faye’s friend Lola, Amy-Faye’s reading group, The Readaholics vow to find the real killer.

One of the reasons I loved this book so much is because Laura DiSilverio has written a wonderful group of characters, who are more than just friends and reading buddies.  They share each other’s joys and sorrows.  They actually watch out for each other.  In this installment, Amy-Faye and her best friend Brooke find their lives moving along in a positive direction.

On the murder mystery front, the list of suspects might be small, but they have enough skeletons in their closets to fill a graveyard.  From kleptomania, to lies, to theft, and fraud; they are an interesting bunch to say the least.  I loved the way the story played out from Amy-Faye and the group casually learning things about the suspects to a game of chicken with an airplane.  I can honestly say I was surprised in the end and loved the way Laura put all the pieces together.  I simply can’t wait for the next book in this series.  It should be noted that the cover artist(s) for this book did an amazing job.  The cover is actually taken from a scene in the book.

**Received a copy from Penguin NAL for an honest and unbiased opinion.**

Rating: 5

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