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Cat About Town by Cate Conte and Amy Melissa Bentley (Narrator)
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Common Bonds edited by Claudie Arseneault
A Deadly Edition by Victoria Gilbert
Death Al Dente by Leslie Budewitz
The Ghost and the Dead Deb by Alice Kimberly
Gideon Falls, Volume 5: Wicked Worlds by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (Illustrator)
How to Lie with Maps by Mark Monmonier
I Am Not Starfire by Mariko Tamaki and Yoshi Yoshitani (Illustrator)
Lips Unsealed by Belinda Carlisle
Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Murder 101 by Lynn Cahoon
A Pairing to Die for by Kate Lansing
Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi
Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Signspotting III: Lost and Loster in Translation by Doug Lansky
Sleight of Paw by Sofie Kelly
Smash It! by Francina Simone
State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy
Swordheart by T. Kingfisher
Tea & Treachery by Vicki Delany
The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O'Neill
This Coven Won't Break by Isabel Sterling
Toured to Death by Hy Conrad
Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel by Jennifer L. Holm and Savanna Ganucheau
Two Wicked Desserts by Lynn Cahoon
The Walled Flower by Lorraine Bartlett
Well Met by Jen DeLuca
Well Played by Jen DeLuca
The Wild Ones by Nafiza Azad

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A Deadly Edition: 08/17/21

A Deadly Edition by Victoria Gilbert

A Deadly Edition by Victoria Gilbert is the fifth book in the Blue Ridge Library mystery series. Amy Webber and Richard Muir are planning their wedding. There's a hitch though when a dubious art dealer is murdered after he crashes a party celebrating the upcoming nuptials.

The murder hinges on a rare book of illuminated manuscripts done in the late 1800s. The plot reminded me of another mystery with a rare book of dubious provenance: Books of a Feather (2016).

I've read a bunch of cozies this year where the main character gets married. In most of them, I've found the marriage piece of it a distraction from the mystery. In this particular volume, though, the wedding planning was the most interesting piece. Early on when a certain character is introduced I knew — just knew — that they were the murderer. Figuring out the killer's identity isn't always a bad thing, but in this case it made the slow plotting of the investigation all the more obvious.

The sixth book is Renewed for Murder. It releases on December 7th.

Three stars

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