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The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle: 12/18/16
The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle by Laura DiSilverio is the second book in the Book Club Mystery series. Amy-Faye's book club has picked up Murder on the Orient Express to read and it ends up having an eerie similarity to a murder at her brother's brew pub.
When a new series gets started, it's easy for it to fall into the trap of killing off each of the main character's close acquaintances. Sure, they're plot convenient but it does start to make the protagonist look either like a very lucky serial killer or a typhoid Mary.
Here the murder is wrapped up in familial circumstance. Amy-Fae is helping out her brother. She is filling in because she wants her brother's new place to succeed. That is her sole connection to the murder but it is enough for her to want to get involved, especially after her brother is accused.
Every cozy series has a shtick. This one's is the tie-in with the book club's choice. Being familiar with the plot of that book helps to play along with Amy-Faye's investigating.
The next in the series is The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala.