“Beck O’Rourke and her grandmother own Beach Reads bookstore and coffee shop, a gathering place for locals and tourists, a block off the ocean in Manatee Beach, Florida.
They live above the bookstore with Beck’s feisty younger sister, Lizzie, a lifeguard. Beck is excited to host the country’s bestselling cozy mystery writer for a book signing event until a member of the audience turns up dead later that night.
Afterward, Beck decides to pursue her lifelong dream of being a detective to try to catch the killer. The amateur sleuth finds a slew of suspects, but the murderer isn’t happy about her interference.
Neither is the town’s handsome new police detective who has a history with Beck.” – Amazon
A Book Signing to Die For by Judy Moore is a great start to a new cozy mystery series! For me it’s all about the characters when it comes to a cozy (and location/hobbies is a close second). They have to be characters I enjoy and could see be friends with in order for me to want to return again and again to their small towns. And with Grandmama and Lizzie, Moore has accomplished this in spades. I liked Grandmama instantly with her crankiness that you just knew was hiding a heart of gold. Lizzie took me a bit to warm up to, but she seems so wise and confident for a 19 year old that she won me over.
And even the characters that aren’t so nice, like the jewelry shop owners and the guest author (at least at first) are written really well. Moore seems to have the character descriptions down perfectly.
As for the town and surrounding areas, Moore describes them so you feel as if you are really there and want to take a look around. I love that Beck, Lizzie, and their Grandmama live upstairs from the bookstore, and both are described in such great detail that I want to visit the shop and live above it myself!
There is a bit of a love interest sparking with the detective, so I’m interested to see where that goes. In this book he kept telling Beck not to investigate, and it does get really dangerous at one point, but we’ll see if he changes his tune and starts to help her a bit in future books.
And the whodunnit was done very well. I didn’t figure out the killer early. I thought it was two other people working together, and I was not even close. A fantastic start and I look forward to visiting the O’Rourke ladies and their Florida town again soon!
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