(Book Barn Mystery #2)
by Kym Roberts
Charli Rae Warren is back home in Hazel Rock, Texas, spending her time reading, collecting, and selling books—at least, the ones that don’t get eaten first by her father’s pet armadillo. Running the family bookstore is a demanding job, but solving murders on the side can be flat out dangerous . . .
The Book Barn is more than just a shop, it’s a part of the community—and Charli is keeping busy with a fundraising auction and the big rodeo event that’s come to town. That includes dealing with the Texas-sized egos of some celebrity cowboys, including Dalton Hibbs, a blond, blue-eyed bull rider who gets overly rowdy one night with the local hairdresser . . . and soon afterward, disappears into thin air.
Dalton’s brother also vanished seven years ago—and Charli is thrown about whether Dalton is a villain or a victim. After a close call with an assailant wielding a branding iron (that plays havoc with her hair), and some strange vandalism on her property, she’s going to have to team up with the sheriff to untangle this mystery, before she gets gored . . .
The second book in Kym Robert’s Book Barn Mystery series, A REFERENCE TO MURDER, is about danger and intrigue in a quirky and delightful small town. The heroine, Charli Rae Warren… or Princess, as most of the town calls her no matter how many times she asks them not to, is back in town to run her family’s business, The Book Barn Princess. Charli shares her nickname and her apartment above the shop with her father’s very pampered pet armadillo.
Charli’s best friend is Scarlett, who owns the local hair salon which is conveniently right next door to the Book Barn. Scarlett has a thing for bull riders, specifically Dalton Hibbs. Dalton just happens to be the younger brother of Wyatt Hibbs, also a bull rider, but he’s been missing for the past seven years. The town is also home to a retirement ranch of sorts for rodeo cowboys no longer able to ride the circuit, due to injury or age. The ranch hosts a large annual rodeo as a fundraiser for expenses and the whole town does their part. The Cowboys that will be competing are in town to prepare and to help with promotion for the event. When Dalton goes missing, just like his brother had, everyone is looking at Scarlett. Charli can’t have that so rather than wait for the Sheriff to clear her friend’s name she starts investigating on her own.
A Reference to Murder is a well written mystery with plenty of danger and suspense as Charli and her friends get their selves into all kinds of trouble while trying to solve the crime. There’s also plenty of humor, loveable characters, and a little romance. Charli’s habit of finding (or causing) trouble wherever she goes has more than one man completely frustrated with how to handle her… but also more than one who’d be more than happy to give it a shot if only Charli would notice. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for more Book Barn Princess mysteries.
~Downloaded a copy from NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own..
About the Author
KYM ROBERT’s love for action an adventure goes all the way back to her childhood when a special spy ring guided her and her young pack of sleuths to the henchmen hiding in their neighborhood. Armed with a badge and the best equipment a few pennies could buy, she’s carried that code of honor through adulthood. Although she retired her special shield that’s tattooed upon her heart, you might catch her wearing that spy ring when another secret mission calls her name!
Her humor is often raunchy, her jokes are often bad, but her hunger for a story keep the adventures coming fast. So Catch the Wave of passion, mystery and suspense—with some stupid author tricks along the way.
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