Buried in a Good Book (By the Book Mysteries #1) by Tamara Berry #bookreview #mystery #buriedinagoodbook @poisonedpenpress @tamaratamaralucy

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Title: Buried in a Good Book

Author: Tamara Berry

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press

Publication Date: May 24, 2022

Page Count: 291

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

Don’t miss the first book in a brand-new gripping and hilarious bookish cozy mystery series by author Tamara Berry!

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.

Put your sleuthing hat on—Buried in a Good Book features:

  • 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

Buried in a Good Book by Tamara Berry is the first book in the new cozy By the Book Mysteries series. As with most cozy mystery series this first book does contain a fully solved mystery so it could be read as a standalone if choosing to do so with only the character development carrying over to the next book.

After Tess Harrow’s divorce from her husband she gained custody of their teenage daughter but Tess didn’t want her ex completely out of her Gertie’s life. Every day Tess watched her Gertie’s disappointment when her father was a no show so Tess decided maybe some time away would do them good. After her grandfather’s passing Tess inherited his remote cabin and being an author Tess can work from anywhere so they head to the small town of Winthrop.

Once arriving at the cabin though Tess and Gertie were in for quite the shock when some loud booms sounded off nearby. Tess discovers a young man blast fishing on her property and unfortunately instead of just fish he’d blasted out a dead body from the pond. Being a best selling thriller author Tess knows way more than the average person about murder so she can’t help herself by poking into the sheriff’s investigation.

Tamara Berry is a cozy author that I have read before so going into Buried in a Good Book I was expecting to find one of those quirky and humorous cozies that I adore and I certainly did find one. This was such a fun start to a new series with plenty of twists and turns with the mystery to keep a reader on their toes. The characters were great and I enjoyed the tiny town and will definitely look forward to returning with the next book of the By the Book Mysteries series!

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online:

Goodreads  /  Amazon

About the author:

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.

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