Monday, August 22, 2022

Buried in a Good Book - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads:  Buried in a Good Book (By The Book Mysteries #1) by Tamara Berry

Rating: Really Liked It! (4 Stars)
Source:   Library (Audio)

Description: A thriller writer who knows way more than anyone should about death and dismemberment
Her young daughter who's more intrigued by dead bodies than she probably should be

An isolated cabin in the woods that's probably―definitely―hiding something

The tiny mountain town that seems less than troubled by a sudden abundance of murders

Bestselling thriller writer Tess Harrow is almost at the end of her rope when she arrives with her teenage daughter at her grandfather's rustic cabin in the woods. She hopes this will be a time for them to heal and bond after Tess's recent divorce, but they've barely made it through the door when an explosion shakes the cabin. Suddenly it's raining fish guts that a human arm?

Tess was hardly convincing Gertie that a summer without Wi-Fi and running water would be an adventure. Now she's thrust into a murder investigation, neighbors are saying they've spotted Bigfoot in the woods near her cabin, and the local sheriff is the spitting image of her character Detective Gabriel Gonzales―something he's less than thrilled about. With so much more than her daughter's summer plans at stake, it's up to Tess to solve this case before anyone else gets hurt.

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I've seen some great reviews for this one and it sounded like such fun I couldn't resist.

My Impression: This was such fun!  The author does a fantastic job of making this funny and even a touch zany without crossing into silly.  As well Tess jumps to conclusions and comes up with crazy plots in her head but she's so enthusiastic about it that I couldn't help but like her and enjoy going along for the ride.  As well, Gertie is a great teenager.  She sulks and can be difficult but that's not all there is to her.  She's smart and loyal and feels like a very authentic character.

The mystery was a good one.  There are so many pieces and figuring out how they all come together kept me completely hooked on the story.  Tess comes up with a number of plausible (and some implausible) theories.  I really liked how she worked with the sheriff and her daughter as well as the librarian she becomes friends with.  

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this one and can't wait to get the next book in the series.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  I'm already impatiently waiting for the second book in the series to come out.

Would I Recommend this Book? If you enjoy mysteries or quirky books this is a must read!


  1. I can see why you really liked this one! It's on my list and I can't wait to check it out. :D

  2. This sounds like a really good cozy.

  3. I really enjoyed this one too! I have the arc for the next book in the series, On Spine of Death.

  4. This does sound good! I love a book that is funny without being silly.