Series: League of Literary Ladies #2
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Published by Berkley on 2014-02-04
Reading Challenges: 2014 Antique Reading Roadshow
Bea Cartwright is trying to enjoy managing her busy B&B but once again murder strikes. The literary ladies are reading A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens to celebrate Bastille Day. The town has no great connection with France but basically just wants to party. Local handyman Ritchie Monroe claims to have been pushed into the water at one of the celebrations but no one believes him until his body shows up in the local pub. The initial loathing Bea and the other ladies felt for each other has been replaced by genuine friendship. Attention is still firmly on Bea and I found that I missed the other characters. If Logan was interested in having a solitary heroine for this series then her efforts to integrate the other characters in the last book was a bit of a waste.
All sorts of shenanigans occur with the not-so-famous rock group Guillotine and Dickens impersonators. Unfortunately while this makes for enjoyable reading, it is not enough to mask the identity of the killer. The baddie is incredibly obvious and a few more red herrings were needed to maintain some level of suspense.
The Dickens’ references were a nice touch and helped make it a fun, albeit quick, read.