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Murder in the Locked Library

Murder in the Locked Library

Written by Ellery Adams

Narrated by Johanna Parker


Murder in the Locked Library

Written by Ellery Adams

Narrated by Johanna Parker

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4.5/5 (12 ratings)
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9 hours
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Apr 24, 2018
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9781541475212
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Description

With her twins, Fitzgerald and Hemingway, back in school, Jane Steward can finally focus on her work again-managing Storyton Hall, and breaking ground on the resort's latest attraction: a luxurious, relaxing spa named in honor of Walt Whitman.

But when the earth is dug up to start laying the spa's foundation, something else comes to the surface-a collection of unusual bones and the ragged remnants of a very old book. The attendees of the Rare Book Conference are eager to assist Jane with this unexpected historical mystery-until a visitor meets an untimely end in the Henry James Library. As the questions-and suspects-start stacking up, Jane will have to uncover a killer before more unhappy endings ensue . . .

Publisher:
Released:
Apr 24, 2018
ISBN:
9781541475212
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Ellery Adams has written over thirty mystery novels and can’t imagine spending a day away from the keyboard. Ms. Adams, a native New Yorker, has had a lifelong love affair with stories, food, rescue animals, and large bodies of water. When not working on her next novel, she reads, bakes, gardens, spoils her three cats, and rearranges her bookshelves. She lives with her husband and two children (aka the Trolls) in Chapel Hill, NC. For more information, please visit www.elleryadamsmysteries.com.


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  • (3/5)
    Murder in the Locked Library by Ellery Adams is the 4th book in the Book Retreat Mystery series. I have not read any and when I began to read this one, I realized that it is important to read the others in the series first. I was able to figure out what was going on but I have so many questions.

    The protagonist, Jane is the guardian of a Secret Book Library. She is assisted in protecting this library by a group of people called Fins. (at this point I am not sure who they are). She is a single mother with twins. She runs a resort called Storyton Hall that is a retreat for book lovers. They hold teas, balls, conferences and give book lovers the opportunity of a lifetime. All the rooms, including the group rooms are literary themes. The mystery in this book involves a skeleton found during the digging for a new spa, a mystery book buried with the skeleton, the death of a rich book collector as well as repairing books for others, a hit and run and more.

    The characters seem to be well known and developed, but as I have not read the other books, again, I feel I have missed a lot. The plot of this story had me turning pages to see how it would end and it was well-paced. Although there were many guests attending the conference, there were only a few suspects that were investigated. There were a lot of clues, although many I missed until the end of the story. There were also many twists and turns. I had no idea who the real culprit was. The reveal was climatic and leaves the reader with a lingering question that I hope will be solved in the next book. This was a well written cozy with a very different theme from others I have read. I will go back and read the first three books in the series and I recommend that you start and read these books in order. I am sure I would have given it a higher rating if I has done so. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
  • (4/5)
    Jane Steward, owner of Storyton Hall and Guardian of its secrets, is busy with a remodeling project AND a rare book conference in the hotel. Then two murders, one historical and another contemporary, add to the work of her and her staff. The construction crew building the new spa addition comes upon a body (and an old book that may hold some clues) in what used to be the rose garden on the property – and it appears to be centuries old … possibly one of Jane’s ancestors. The more recent murder victim is one of the guests in attendance at the conference. He’s a lovely man who everyone respects and admires. Who could have killed someone in a locked library? How did they do it? And why would they want to? Jane and her able assistants, all specially trained to protect the secrets of Storyton Hall, are on the case. And that puts them at risk – especially when they learn that the murder was very well planned and may very well have to do with a larger conspiracy to steal Storyton’s secrets. Meanwhile, Jane’s two young sons, Fitzgerald and Hemingway, are having great fun working with the professor and grad students who are excavating the old rose garden from which the body was disinterred. I love this series and it’s just different enough to stand out among cozy mysteries. I’d suggest reading this series in order to understand some of the goings on in this book.
  • (5/5)
    Jane Steward of Storyton Hall is finally seeing one of the items that has been on her "wish list" get underway. The Walt Whitman Spa has finally broken ground, however, there is a complication - bones have been found in the ground and so construction is halted while an investigation is put in place. Archaeologists come to the "dig" and must determine if this is an old death or something that the police should look into. In the meantime the retreat is hosting the Robert Harley Rare Book Society led by a man with severe superstitions but Jane has managed to keep him on an even keel, however, the construction issues throw a damper all around, things only get worse. Somehow the society leader is murdered in the locked library while Jane is sitting right next to him.Fascinating writing, great mystery and wonderful how it all comes together in the end! Can't wait for the next one!
  • (5/5)
    It is pure delight to return to the setting of Storyton Hall in Virginia and especially with characters like Resort Manager and "Guardian" Jane Steward, Head Chef Mrs. Hubbard, and Muffet Cat to name only a few. The names of Jane's twins, the names of the stores in Storyton Village and the names of the rooms within Storyton Hall all add a special charm to this series. I also can't help but wish that I could step between the pages to view and taste Mrs. Hubbard's delicacies not only at daily tea time but especially at dessert time for the Pre-Raphaelite dinner dance and the transformation of the Madame Bovary Dining Room into a Victorian banquet hall.

    It's also very exciting when the writing captures your interest to the degree that you feel like you're reading a page-turning thriller within the cozy mystery genre. With the preparations and then arrival of Rare Book Conference attendees, this mystery is filled with twists and turns. There were multiple developments that I tried to guess the outcome and all my guesses were incorrect. Disappointing to a mystery reader in one aspect but in some ways the intricate developments are then even more intriguing to the crescendo as Jane Steward and her fins solve the mysteries.
  • (5/5)
    Murder in the Locked Library by Ellery Adams is the fourth tale in A Book Retreat Mystery series. Jane Steward is excited that the construction is beginning on the Walt Whitman Spa. The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for the next evening. After the digging begins, it looks like the festivities will have to be postponed. Bones were uncovered by the excavator along with a padlocked box and a farthing. Inside the box is the remains of a badly deteriorated book. It so happens that the Robert Harley Rare Book Society is attending a conference at the Storyton Hall and they are happy to help discern the books title. Bart Baylor identifies the book and then expires in the Henry James library. Jane, with the aid of her trusted, employees delves into the lives of the members of the Rare Book Society to pinpoint the culprit before the conference ends. How does the skeleton relate to Bart’s death? Jane is also worried about Edwin Alcott. There has been limited communication and the recent postcards people have been receiving seem unusually chatty (for Edwin). As the investigation into Bart’s murder heats up, her concerns about Edwin will have to take a backseat. Time is of the essence. They need to work quickly or something very precious could be lost. I love the concept for A Book Retreat Mystery series. As a booklover, I would love to visit (let’s face it—live at) Storyton Hall. If you are new to the series, I suggest starting with Murder in the Mystery Suite. There is more to Storyton Hall than a beautiful book themed inn. Jane is the latest Guardian who safeguards a hidden library filled with priceless (and rare) books and manuscripts. Jane’s role and that of her staff (the Fins) is explained in the first book. Murder in the Locked Library is well-written, but it does have a slower pace. I did not mind the pace because the story drew me in from the very beginning. Storyton Hall with its beautiful book themed rooms were brought to life for me courtesy of the author’s descriptions. The characters are established and engaging. There is a cast of regular characters that include Mr. Sinclair, Mr. Butterworth, Hem and Fitz (Jane’s twin boys), and the Cover Girls (Jane’s friends which make up the female book club). I like the boys are portrayed as mischievous and curious. Jane loves them dearly, but she does get frustrated with them at times (which is realistic). I like how the three storylines come together in the end. The mystery was compelling and complex. I do wish, though, that it had been harder to identify the guilty party. Two little pieces of information gave it away to me (this is the only weak part of the book). The why did not become apparent until much later in the book. I am glad that the sheriff works with Jane and her group on the investigation. They have resources that are not available to the local police. At the end of Murder in the Locked Library, we get a glimpse of what will be happening in the next A Book Retreat Mystery (which I am eager to read). My rating for Murder in the Locked Library is 4.5 out of 5 stars.