BOOKED FOR DEATH (Book Lover’s B&B 1)

Book One in the Book Lovers’ B & B cozy mystery series.

To be published by Crooked Lane Books on August 11, 2020.

Available in eBook, audio book, and hardcover editions.


A book lover’s B&B in an idyllic waterfront village becomes the scene of a grisly murder–and a ruthless battle between treachery and the truth.

Nestled in the historic waterfront town of Beaufort, North Carolina, Chapters Bed-and-Breakfast is a reader’s paradise. Built in 1770, the newly renovated inn hosts a roster of special events celebrating books, genres, and authors. It’s the perfect literary retreat–until a rare book dealer turns up dead in the carriage house during a celebration of Golden Age mystery author Josephine Tey.

The victim’s daughter points the finger at forty-two-year-old widow and former schoolteacher Charlotte Reed, who inherited the B&B from her great-aunt Isabella. Charlotte is shocked to discover that the book dealer suspected Isabella of being a thief who founded Chapters on her ill-gotten gains. Charlotte has successfully learned the B&B business in a year, but nothing has prepared her to handle a death on the premises.

Armed with intelligence and courage and assisted by her vibrant older neighbor, a visiting author, and members of a local book club, Charlotte is determined to prove her innocence and to clear her great-aunt’s name. But the murderer is still at large, and equally determined to silence anyone who might discover the truth behind the book dealer’s death. Now, Charlotte must outwit an unknown killer–or end up writing her own final chapter.



“[A] charming series launch…Cozy fans and book lovers will be satisfied.”

Publishers Weekly

“Historic Beaufort, North Carolina, is the beautiful backdrop for an ugly murder… A clever, sympathetic heroine and oodles of local color.”


“Gilbert…kicks off the Book Lovers B&B Mystery series with of the hallmarks of a cozy: a small town with lots of history; a gently paced plot; sympathetic, book-loving characters; and even a little dog.” — Booklist

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