Murder at the Book Group by Maggie King
Release Date - December 30, 2014
Book Review by Jessica Maguire
Hazel is a member of a book club whose focus is on reading murder mysteries. What she and the other members could never have imagined is that life imitates art right in front of them. Carlene Arness, Hazel's ex-husband's wife and member of the club, is murdered during a book club meeting!
Even more uncanny is that the members were discussing death by cyanide, the very substance that killed Carlene. Though her death is ruled a suicide, Hazel and the others believe otherwise. So, what do the members of a murder mystery book club (and some of them murder mystery authors themselves) do? They investigate the situation themselves, of course!
As Hazel and her roommate begin their inquiry into Carlene's death, they find that they really didn't know the woman. Carlene's past turns out to give more questions than it answers. And just about each member of the club could be a suspect, even Hazel.
Along the way, more and more information about twisted relationships, romantic and otherwise, is uncovered, leading to a shocking end. Although this novel has everything, a fast pace, intrigue, a bit of romance, and some twisted situations, I never got absorbed. Perhaps it is because I did not relate to the characters.
The characters, most in their fifties and up, seemed more like oversexed teenagers at times with regards to their boyfriends, husbands, and exes, and especially their affairs and love trysts. I couldn't help but feel like I was peering in to a coffee klatch book club complete with guns and cyanide. That alone makes the book an interesting read.