Killer Classics

Killer Classics

by Kym Roberts

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Overview

Small-town life in Hazel Rock becomes a Texas-size crime scene when murder takes a page from Charli Rae Warren's book club's latest mystery . . .


Charli takes great pride in running one of the few independent, family-owned bookstores in small-town Texas. She vets everything carefully, with an eye to the eclectic tastes of the locals. That includes the Book Barn's weekly book club selection. This time out it's a mystery whose characters bear a striking resemblance to local citizens, including Charli's friend Sugar . . . who's the prime suspect when her real-life nemesis is found dead in a hotel's water tank.

With help from her pet armadillo Princess, Charli campaigns to clear Sugar's sweet name-literally-when the up-for-election mayor becomes a killer's next target. Murder and politics make scandalous bedfellows as Charli discovers that fiction may be fatal, but reality could be just as deadly . . .

"A well written, fast-paced cozy mystery that has well developed and likable characters with good humor and a bit of romance." -Fresh Fiction on Perilous Poetry

"An electrifying tale."-Fresh Fiction on A Reference to Murder

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516106615
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

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Killer Classics 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
This novel was great fun to read. Recommend it!
ahlewis32 More than 1 year ago
I thank Kym Roberts for introducing me to the world of cozy mysteries. They're fun, often sweet, and a wonderful change of pace to read after a particularly angsty love story. Not that there's anything wrong with angsty love stories, (my blogging life is built on them :)) but a change of pace never hurt anyone. Charli Rae, our small town bookstore owner, is back on the case in the latest installment of the Book Barn Mysteries with Killer Classics. When an author writes a murder mystery that bears too close resemblance to the real town and citizens of Hazel Rock, art imitates life in the form of murder. Charli soon finds herself tangled in another mystery where she must prove the innocence of a friend while keeping herself out of the killer's sights. Kym Roberts' years in law enforcement make her an excellent observer of human nature and behavior and that really shines in the story. The book is loads of fun to read and the characters are very real. We all know people like the citizens of Hazel Rock, Texas or we are one ourselves. That kind of writing keeps turning the pages to find out more. I didn't know the killer's identity until very late in the book, a plus since I'm a good guesser and often figure it out early. So if you want to be stumped, this is the one to read. Plus there's armadillo love! Loads of fun to read. Worth every penny! Rating: 5 stars
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
I loved Killer Classics as much as I have loved any of the Book Barn Mysteries. As the series evolves there is are small changes in the feel of the novels but everyone is still fun and excellent. Although the victim was not loved by most of the people of the town, they still felt the loss and one person was extremely touched by the murder. Charli Rae's relationship with Mateo makes a progress and Cade makes a major decision, and then rethinks it. As always, Charli manages to get into more trouble than a couple of two year olds but we still love her. A book about a book store is always a must read, a fun one is even better. The Princess has a boyfriend, one who is not loved by all! Join the fun and get ready for some Texas sized humor and Texas sized heart. I can't wait for the next book!
TheCozyReview More than 1 year ago
Charli takes great pride in running one of the few independent, family-owned bookstores in small-town Texas. She vets everything carefully, with an eye to the eclectic tastes of the locals. That includes the Book Barn’s weekly book club selection. This time out it’s a mystery whose characters bear a striking resemblance to local citizens, including Charli’s friend Sugar. Who happens to be the prime suspect when her real-life nemesis is found dead in a hotel’s water tank. With help from her pet armadillo Princess, Charli campaigns to clear Sugar’s sweet name, literally, when the up-for-election mayor becomes a killer’s next target. Murder and politics make scandalous bedfellows as Charli discovers that fiction may be fatal, but reality could be just as deadly. -- Series: A Book Barn Mystery - Book 5 Author: Kym Roberts Genre: Cozy Mystery Publisher: Lyrical Underground Charli and Princess are at it again. Another murder, another adventure. This time Charli must save the reputation of her friend, Sugar, and keep her from going to prison for murder. Killer Classics, as with the other four books in this series is absorbing and notable. Kym Roberts has created a highly entertaining story filled with twists and turns that keep the reader guessing. Her writing is smooth, fast-paced, character-driven, and humorous. The love interest in this book is well defined, and readers will finally be able to see where Charli’s heart leads her. Sugar is a great suspect and a delightful character. Everything that happens endears her to the reader. Ms. Roberts could do a series with just Sugar and readers would love it. Other characters are engaging as well, and everyone loves Cade as they cheer him on with his new political career. There simply is no way anyone can forget Princess. Booklovers will believe that she is a person instead of an armadillo, and it's easy to see why. Princess has a distinctive personality and is the comic relief that fills you with hope when everything seems hopeless. Her escapades put a smile on the readers face and fills them with wonder. In the end, the murderer is revealed, and the motive made clear, a bit on the odd side but not totally irrational. Readers may have the feeling that there should have been more to the murder than what it turns out to be. Regrettably, it isn’t hard to imagine or accept the motive in a world where killing someone over trivial matters is a real possibility. Unfortunately, this book cannot stand on its own. It is suggested that readers take the time to read the other books in this series before tackling Killer Classics. There is little to no background info provided for the reader. So if you are new to the series you may become confused and exasperated without the character background knowledge that comes from reading a series from the beginning. Over-all I recommend this book and series to lovers of odd stories, definitive characters, and settings that are intriguing, as well as to those who want a quick read with a happy ending and an unforgettable plot.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Killer Classics, the latest Book Barn mystery by Kym Roberts, starts off with a bang and keeps going. As always, Roberts builds on the established characters and makes sure the town itself is a character in its own right. Charli, of course, gets herself into situations she shouldn’t, but somehow that makes her all the more relatable. The mystery is engaging and will keep you guessing until the very end. This is one of my favorite cozy series. I voluntarily reviewed and ARC of this novel.
LawladyCase More than 1 year ago
Sometimes life imitates fiction. Is that what happened when one of the members of the Moms Book Club is found dead? The person is eerily similar to a character in the novel, Woman Scorned. Could Charli simply follow the plot in the book to solve the murder? Even before the murder, a skunk tangles with a patron at her bookstore and things go awry after the discovery of the body. I found Killer Classics to be a fun, enjoyable read. I like the characters and want to join their book club. All of the club members are quirky and the men in their life’s hunky. Charli falls into situations seemly beyond her control that can be fun or cringe-worthy. The plot was typical for a light mystery but enjoyable nonetheless. The only thing that was a bit difficult at first was distinguishing between Sugar and Scarlet. With the names starting the same and both having blonde hair and blue eyes, I found myself re-reading some portions to see which one was Sugar and which was Scarlet. I received an eBook ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That in no way affects my opinion or rating of this book.