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The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala: 04/12/17

The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala by Laura DiSilverio

The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala by Laura DiSilverio is the third (and for now, final) book in the Book Club Mystery series. The Readaholics are busy reading Rebecca by Dauphne du Maurier and Amy-Faye has her hands full with a Gothic books celebration.

Amy-Faye's charge is a Gothic romance author who has a stalker claiming that she is a plagiarist. Things get worse when when someone ends up murdered at the big Gothic themed costume party.

With Rebecca as the framing story, the big question is one of names. Du Maurier never named her protagonist, leaving her as the new wife to be forever in the shadow of the dead wife, Rebecca. Here with all these authors, there is bound to be an author or two writing under a pen name.

There is also the question of how did the weapon, which had been brought as a prop for a costume, gotten into the hands of the murderer. As it happens, the set up is similar (at least tangentially) to Witches' Bane by Susan Wittig Albert (1993). With these two clues, I was a few steps ahead of Readaholics.

I don't know if more books are planned in this series. If there, are, though, I will gladly continue reading.

Five stars

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