Murder in the Reading Room By Ellery Adams: Review/Giveaway

Jun 15, 2019 | 2019 Articles, Cynthia Chow, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Murder in the Reading Room, and a link to purchase it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

Although it seems like a lifetime ago, not much time has passed since Jane Steward learned of her family’s legacy as the guardians of a secret library full of rare and possibly dangerous books. She and her two sons, Hemingway and Fitzgerald, have found a new home and family within Storyton Hall, but this path has also led to threats, murder, and kidnappings. It was after the daring rescue of her sons by the Fins sworn to protect them that Jane also discovered clues that could lead her to her missing lover, Edwin Alcott. Now believing that Edwin is being held in the Biltmore Estate, Jane signed up for their Luxury Lodging Symposium as a way of going undercover and hopefully bring the Templar Knight home.

mysteryAs the resort manager of Storyton Hall, Jane’s connections grant her access to the convention, while her most loyal Fin, Landon Lachlan, knows a fellow retired Army Ranger on their staff as a gardener. His apparently natural death almost becomes overlooked when Jane is completely stunned by the presence of a man whom she thought was long dead. Not only will this revelation cause upheaval to Jane’s entire family, sinister Biltmore Estate manager Ramsey Parrish is using this to manipulate his way into Storyton Hall. Forced to allow an enemy into her home, Jane still has to host guests such as the BackStory Club, an organization whose love of history have them performing reenactments of World War I battles on the estate. When one of the casualties turns out to be doing more method acting than he may have intended, Jane once again must assess whether protecting the library is worth the costs to the living.

Author Ellery Adams has created a fascinating world and mythology that very thoughtfully confronts the issues of how knowledge and information is controlled. The Guardians of Storyton Hall have always believed that some books are too valuable, and the information within them too explosive for the “normal” population. Jane is slowly growing to believe that libraries should share the books and not hoard them, a philosophy counter to her family’s but one that Jane is willing to embrace. Book lovers will find themselves drawn into her debate as well, although an equally fascinating adventure comes with Parrish’s search for Ernest Hemingway’s missing suitcase and original manuscripts within.

This series delights as more is revealed about the secret societies waging a war over books and libraries, while Jane’s supportive friends and family ground the novel with their humor and practical perspectives. One truly feels the conflict waging within Jane, and the choices she never thought she would ever have to make are moving. A discussion over who controls and disseminates information is more important now than ever before, and when such a timely topic is combined with these relatable and empathetic characters, the results are thrilling.

To enter to win a copy of Murder in the Reading Room, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “reading,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen June 22, 2019. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address (so if you win we can get the book sent right out to you), and if via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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20 Comments

  1. I’d love to read this! Thanks for the chance. JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  2. Sounds like an interesting premise.

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  3. Great series. Would really like to read. Thanks for the chance.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Thank you for the chance to win! It sounds like there have been many new exciting things are in store at Stonington, I would love to read and catch up with them!

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  5. I’ve read the book and loved it. Now I’d like to be your winner and place it in my library with all the other Ellery books I own.

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  6. Ellery Adams is wonderful. Thanks for the contest. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  7. I love Ellery’s books. Thank you so much for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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  8. Thanks for this intriguing novel.

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  9. I would love to read this the plot sounds fantastic…and I cannot wait to see what happens with all that conflict…
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  10. Love this series. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  11. I love this book and series! thank you for the chance.

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  12. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  13. I’d love to read this! Legallyblonde1961 at yahoo dot com

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  14. Thank you for the chance. It sounds amazing.

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  15. I love this series!

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  16. I just love A Book Retreat Mystery series. The mysteries are always complex and there is a wonderful cast of characters. Plus, all the wonderful books! Thank you for your review of Murder in the Reading Room. I cannot wait to read it. Doodlesink(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. I love reading your books! This one looks so good. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  18. Love Ellery Adams books.

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  19. We have a winner!

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