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Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing Murder in the Library by Katie Gayle, published by Bookouture.


Julia Bird’s picturesque Cotswolds life is everything she’d dreamed of. Until, that is, she discovers a dead body in the library…

Julia Bird had imagined the quiet of rural life would be soothing after years in the city, but she finds she can’t just sit still. Determined to throw herself into village activities, she joins the library just in time to attend a talk by celebrated local author Vincent Andrews.

Charming, devilishly handsome and talented, Vincent teases the crowd with a reading from his forthcoming novel. Set in a village bearing strange similarities to Berrywick, with characters the audience start to recognise, Vincent hints of dark secrets to be revealed, to gasps of outrage from the room. The meeting ends in uproar, and, just hours later, Vincent’s dead body is discovered behind the bookshelves…

As one of the last people to see him alive, Julia feels morally bound to help the police investigate. With her trusty Labrador, Jake, at her side, she decides to do her own sleuthing and quickly discovers that Vincent’s personal life is messy, his finances are in disarray and his book sales are declining. But most of all, remembering her neighbours’ faces at the book reading, Julia wonders if one of them could have lost the plot enough to kill…

As Julia interrogates the suspects, she walks straight into another scene of murder and mayhem, and realises Vincent’s manuscript is now missing. There’s someone out there who’s deadly serious about keeping their secrets unpublished. Will Julia be able to stop them, before anyone else gets hurt?

Brilliantly twisty, this completely thrilling cozy mystery is perfect for fans of M.C. Beaton, Helena Marchmont and Clare Chase.

Debonair author Vincent Andrews books are not the only thing to be found in the Berrywick village library as Julia discovers when she stumbles upon the body of the author himself in one of the aisles stabbed to death.

“It was undeniably Vincent Andrews, and he was undeniably dead”

I was so happy to be transported back to the Cotswolds and reunited with Julia again who is such a wonderful character and now feels like a friend, and of course it goes without saying, cheeky Labrador Jake.

The mystery is interesting and I enjoyed putting the pieces of puzzle together and learning who Vincent really was. The list of suspects kept me guessing as to the culprit, surprising revelations shock and overall the whole tale and it’s outcome has been executed perfectly.

After only two books, the Julia Bird mystery series has quickly made an impact on me and has become another favourite of mine from the cozy mystery genre. Just a delight to read, I look forward to hopefully many more books to come.

Thank you to Katie Gayle, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Murder in the Library, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.


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Follow the tour along the way and see what these bloggers also thought about Murder in the Library. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this tour and for the promotional materials.


Katie Gayle is the writing partnership of best-selling South African writers, Kate Sidley and Gail Schimmel. Kate and Gail have, between them, written over ten books of various genres, but with Katie Gayle, they both make their debut in the cozy mystery genre. Both Gail and Kate live in Johannesburg, with husbands, children, dogs and cats. Unlike their sleuth Epiphany Bloom, neither of them have ever stolen a cat from the vet.



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