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An Unwanted Guest
An Unwanted Guest | Shari Lapena
The new page-turner from the author of the phenomenal bestseller, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR, and A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE. ********** We cant choose the strangers we meet. As the guests arrive at beautiful, remote Mitchells Inn, theyre all looking forward to a relaxing weekend deep in the forest, miles from anywhere. They watch their fellow guests with interest, from a polite distance. Usually we can avoid the people who make us nervous, make us afraid. With a violent storm raging outside the hotel, the group finds itself completely cut off from the outside world. Nobody can get in or out. And then the first body is found . . . and the horrifying truth comes to light. Theres a killer among them and nowhere to run. Until we find ourselves in a situation we cant escape. Trapped. ********** Readers love Shari Lapena: Best book Ive read in ages 5* fast paced, twisting thriller The pace never let up On the edge of my seat to the end I havent picked up a book in 9 years and Im so glad that I picked this up! I loved it. Incredibly readable and unputdownable Very clever, well written, intriguing and suspenseful Had me hooked from start to finish
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ShyBookOwl
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The road curves and twists unexpectedly as it leads higher and deeper into the Catskill mountains. 🌨🌨

#FirstLineFridays

On a Shari Lapena kick. Starting my third in a row of hers this morning!

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LKK526
An Unwanted Guest | Shari Lapena
Panpan

One of the worst books I ever read. A resort in the Catskills in the middle of winter. Guests arrive. Maybe it‘s because I have lived in Florida most of my life that I can‘t fathom spending a weekend freezing my butt off. Naturally someone dies - an accident? a murder? Do you care? My guess is no. A perfect example of telling and not showing. The dialog was stilted and a couple of things were just ridiculous. Read the phone book instead.

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Eggs
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf!! 5mo
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Cyndij82
An Unwanted Guest | Shari Lapena
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Pickpick

Fantastic book!! Just love Shari Lapena! Couldn't put this book down. The ending was shocking. Didn't see that coming!!

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TamTracy
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Pickpick

I listened to this audiobook as I deep cleaned my house. I liked it but it wasn‘t phenomenal or mind blowing but it was entertaining. I figured out who the killer was pretty early just how the perspectives were written but it wasn‘t super obvious. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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DarkMina
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Pickpick

33 of 2022. #Setinaninnlodgeorhotel #Booked2022
A group of strangers find themselves snowed in at a remote inn. One by one they start falling victim to a killer. The police are unable to make it to inn until the weather clears. They fight to survive and try to determine who the culprit is. Fast paced, quick read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5feet.of.fury Nice. I liked this one too! 9mo
Cinfhen Yay!! Five stars!!! 9mo
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BriannaT
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Pickpick

I finished this book awhile ago, but I hesitated to post the review. Maybe it‘s because I‘m torn between pick or so-so? I have to admit, it was a good read and kept me guessing, but I hate when mysteries end with information that the reader could never know. I think the journey was greater than the destination, in this case.

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BriannaT
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You guys, I just read two pans in a row, and I don‘t think that‘s ever happened.. I‘m crossing my fingers for this one to be enjoyable!!

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fictionaddictbooks
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my tbr shelf!! 10mo
Eggs Ooo great choice! 10mo
fictionaddictbooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I'll add it to mine as well. 10mo
fictionaddictbooks @Eggs Thank you😊 10mo
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Paigepiers
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Pickpick

I love Shark because she gives enough detail without overdoing it and she always surprises me in the end!

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bookandbedandtea
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Pickpick

A small group of people are snowed in (without power and cell service) at a boutique hotel in upstate New York. Several guests are murdered and everyone descends into terror as they wonder who they can trust.

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cewilf
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Mehso-so

The plot had potential, but I didn‘t care for the writing style. Present tense, frequent shifts in POV with each character, and a lot of straightforward “telling” sentences that didn‘t hold my interest. I don‘t usually mind multiple POVs, but I didn‘t feel like I ever had a grasp of who was who the entire book. Might try another from this author, but this one was not for me.

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cewilf
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First read of the month! Trying to build some momentum from a good end of February. March tends to be the month I get busy or distracted and endlessly scroll on my phone until it‘s suddenly summer.

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MaleficentBookDragon
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#FirstLineFridays
“The road curves and twists unexpectedly as it leads higher and deeper into the
Catskill Mountains, as if the farther you get from civilization, the more uncertain the path.”
@ShyBookOwl

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MaleficentBookDragon
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Even though it‘s starting to warm up here I think I can get one more winter locked room mystery/thriller read. In fact, I‘m stealth reading at work 🤫
And yes, my desk IS a mess. 😬

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alecia3dixie
Unwanted Guest | Shari Lapena
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Mehso-so

This was a very cozy mystery. It wasn't at all a bad read, there wasn't anything that was really new and exciting, I felt like I've read this same book quite a bit. But if you're looking for just a nice cozy atmospheric mystery book, this would he a good pick. 3/5

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NatalieR
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Pickpick

People looking for a weekend getaway have reservations at a remote inn. A winter storm arrives with the guests, it quickly traps them inside, and takes out the power. 🥶 A perfect setting for a murder mystery. 🔎 🧐 This book kept reminding me of an Agatha Christie novel. And the game Clue…it was Ms. Scarlet, in the library, with a knife. 🕵🏻

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OriginalCyn620
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Pickpick

A group of strangers check into a quaint inn in upstate NY for a weekend. A winter storm rages outside, isolating the guests and staff from the outside world. One guest ends up dead, thought at first to be an accident. Or is there a killer amongst them? As time rolls on, tensions run high as everyone speculates and accuses. A real page-turner!

#bookspinbingo - this is my #bookspin for this month!
#booked2022 - set in an inn, lodge, or hotel

OriginalCyn620 #pop22 - a different book by an author you read in 2021 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 13mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! So glad you enjoyed!! And it‘s a #TriplePlay ❣️❣️❣️ 13mo
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kplovesbooks
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#12BooksOf2021 #2ndbookof2021 #February
This was my first Shari Lapena novel and I read it in one sitting. Immediately upon finishing it, I added all her other books to my TBR. An intriguing, snowed-in thriller. ⭐⭐⭐
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Read a few of hers, always enjoyable, but not this one. 13mo
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kplovesbooks
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1. Tagging - An Unwanted Guest...a snowed in thriller.
2. Nope!! I like to look at snow from a distance (as in, pictures of it) but I don't want to be in it!
3. Just added Ashes In The Snow by Ruta Sepetys a couple days ago.
#sundayfunday
@ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz I‘m not a fan of being out in the snow either. Getting cold and wet at the same time? No thanks! 😂 Thank you for sharing! 14mo
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ozma.of.oz
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We haven‘t gotten snow yet, but I‘m in the mood. ❄️❄️❄️

1. Snowed in murder mystery. Appropriately chilling.
2. I am a huge fan of snow when it is not on roads. 😅 I love how everything looks with a fresh dusting of snow.
3. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

#SundayFunday Stay warm, stay safe, and don‘t forget to tag me!

SolaRaynor 1. #Anna Karenina
2. Yes!
3. “Snow Crash“ by Neal Stephenson
@ozma.of.oz
(Hope I did this right, I'm new to it!)
14mo
ozma.of.oz The comment is totally good! If you want, you can also screenshot my post and repost it onto your own feed if you‘d like! Thanks for playing along! ❤️ 14mo
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5feet.of.fury
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Pickpick

#Scarathlon2021
#TeamSlaughter
A group of strangers staying at a quaint hotel in the Catskills become more secluded when a blizzard cuts the power. A classic premise. a guest is discovered dead - at 1st appearing accidental but quickly disproven -as they remain isolated tensions run high, alcohol flows, secrets come out, and another guest is murdered, they start to suspect they are being picked off one by one.

Def a good one for a winter TBR 🥶❄️

5feet.of.fury I liked the ending, I see from the reviews there are mixed emotions on that. There are red herrings galore. But it made sense without being TOO obvious. 1y
Clwojick I enjoyed this one! 1y
kplovesbooks @5feet.of.fury I enjoyed the main ending as well! And that bonus ending tho...😏🤦🤣 Did NOT see that coming. And she just drives away all calm. Ma'am. 😂😂😂 1y
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5feet.of.fury @kplovesbooks I was glad about that, he was ready to do her in with the fire poker so, no sympathy there haha 1y
kplovesbooks @5feet.of.fury Oh exactly! No sympathy at all! 1y
5feet.of.fury @kplovesbooks I did think it was multiple killers, but not correctly. I thought Riley got Bradley. Poor Riley. 1y
kplovesbooks @5feet.of.fury 😢 I did too. It was definitely a guesser! This was my first Shari Lapena and as soon as I finished it I instantly went add all her other books to my TBR. 1y
5feet.of.fury @kplovesbooks this was the 4th I‘ve read of hers.. some I like more than others 😂 but none I disliked. 1y
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5feet.of.fury
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Protags are getting snowed in at a hotel with books in the rooms instead of chocolates on the pillows. Sounds lovely except I‘m sure someone‘s about to die.

#scarathlon2021 #TeamSlaughter
#OutstandingOctober #Screamathon #Spookoween

kplovesbooks Hehe. Enjoy!! And I can't wait to hear what you think of it! 1y
Clwojick Oh someone‘s definitely about to die 😂 1y
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BookishMadHatter
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Good morning.
I have my next read out to look forward to starting later today when I have (steal) the time to sit

#booksandyarn #booksandcrochet #crochet #nextonthetbr

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icarly21
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A great whodunnit mystery with an ending I didn‘t see coming!

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Meredeez88
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Pickpick

Definitely worth the read if you enjoy these sort of mysteries. Good ending that wasn‘t super predictable and the story kept me interested.

Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 2y
Meredeez88 Thank you for such a warm welcome!!! I‘m looking forward to getting to know you as well!! 😁 2y
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KristenDuck
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Mehso-so

Guests are trapped at a remote inn during a blizzard and of course have lost all connection to the outside world when the electricity goes out which is a problem when they quickly realize there is a murderer amongst their group.

Nice build up of intensity and I loved the plot idea. Overall a fun who-dunnit kind of book and a quick read.

I just felt like something was lacking.

SnowFlower I have to agree with you that something was lacking in this story. It was good but I wanted more thriller. 2y
KristenDuck @SnowFlower maybe that‘s it! 2y
SnowFlower @KristenDuck you should check out The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constaine.this book is definitely a thriller! Wait until you get to the second half of the book. BOOM! You will be doing a 180 on everything you just read. 2y
SnowFlower @KristenDuck I highly recommend it! 2y
KristenDuck @SnowFlower That is on my TBR list for sure!! 2y
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Jolynne
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Pickpick

The book kept me entertained. I didn‘t figure out the murderer but then again I‘m not the best sleuth in town.

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MaleficentBookDragon
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Edit: I pulled Unwanted Guest and added in Female of the Species for consideration.

Hello #LMPBC #Round11 #GroupW
I am very excited for this next round of thrillers/horror picks.
Here are five books I already own that I think would work for our theme.
Do any of them appeal to you all?
@magyklyXdelish @Bookish_AF @EadieB
@suvata

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EadieB I would go with When No One Is Watching as I just read An Unwanted Guest last month. 2y
MaleficentBookDragon @EadieB Okay. (did you like it?) I pulled that and put in another option of 2y
EadieB @MaleficentBookDragon I like both When No One is Watching and The Female of the Species so let's see what the others like. 2y
Bookish_AF I haven‘t read any of these and am good with anything! Although I agree No One is Watching sounds intriguing! 2y
magyklyXdelish When no one is watching sounds good and the return is on my TBR. I haven‘t read any of these so I‘m good with anything :) 2y
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Come-read-with-me
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Mehso-so

Hmmmm... is it just me or has anyone else noticed that there are a lot of books about people being isolated in an environment with a sneaky murderer??? Is this how COVID19 is impacting some authors or I am just being drawn to this theme because of COVID19? With that being said, this was a quick, easy, and highly predictable read. ⭐️⭐️

LiteraryinLawrence Well, this book came out in 2018, so it wasn‘t written in COVID times. But I bet other authors are being influenced by it!! 2y
Come-read-with-me @LiteraryinLititz Good point! Next time I should check the publication date! 🤔 2y
rather_be_reading ya i did not like this one 2y
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EadieB
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Pickpick

People gather at Mitchell's Inn in the Catskills. There is a blizzard brewing outside & bodies are starting to pile up. This book reminded me of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. There are twists and turns that make it hard to pick the killer. The pages turned quickly as I tried to get to the end. I have read The Couple Next Door and look forward to reading A Stranger in the House soon. Recommended to those who love mystery suspense.

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EadieB
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#BFC21 #Jan2021
My Goals
1. Finished 5 of 25 books for January. Started An Unwanted Guest.

2. Riding exercise bike for 1/2 hour/day.

3. Moving my library because room being painted.

Samary Radium Girls is one of my all time favorites 😁 2y
EadieB @Samary I enjoyed it too! 2y
wanderinglynn Great goals & great progress! 🎉 2y
EadieB Thanks! 2y
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EadieB
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs Thanks for tag!

1. Tagged book is my current book.

2. I have nothing on hold at library as I am reading all my own books this month and downsizing my own library.

3. I will be Home Before Dark (Riley Sager Book) and in Lockdown (Peter May book) and my TBR is Set in Stone (Robert Goddard book).

Can you play?
@Chelsea.Poole @fredamans @Twainy @La_Cori @MelKelsey @Caryl @Elizabeth2 @DarkMina @Crazeedi

Eggs Hah I love your # 3!! 2y
EadieB @Eggs Thanks! 2y
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candority
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Panpan

Despite the clunky writing at times, An Unwanted Guest held my attention and was an enjoyable enough read, but the ending was super disappointing. Everything is revealed way too quickly in the last 40 or so pages, and the murderer comes from way out of left field. There were pretty much no clues throughout the story to point to the murderer and their motive is delivered through a big info-dump. The ending bumped my rating from So-So to Pan... 2⭐️

Mitch Oh no - not a great way to end your reading year 😞 2y
candority @Mitch I should be able to finish two more books before the new year arrives, so all is not lost yet! 😊 2y
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Valebecerrat
Unwanted Guest | Shari Lapena
Pickpick

Loved it!!!!

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cleoh
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Picked up a new book from a Free Little Library to celebrate being done this term, and my degree!! Officially (or as soon as my expensive piece of paper arrives) a librarian!!!

MicheleinPhilly Congrats! 2y
kyraleseberg Congratulations!!! 👩‍🎓📚🎉 2y
Jas16 🙌🏽 2y
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TrishB Congrats 🎉 2y
Clare-Dragonfly Congratulations!!! 2y
Soubhiville Wow, that‘s great! Congratulations! 2y
Mollyanna Congratulations! That‘s awesome! 🎉🍾🎉 2y
kathedron Congratulations! 🎉 2y
jmtrivera Congrats! 2y
tracey38 Congratulations 👏 🎉🎉💐📚 2y
BookNAround Woo hoo! Congratulations. 2y
cleoh @BookNAround thank you!! 2y
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Yuki_Onna
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Last week wasn't that productive, I'm afraid.

#Scarathlon2020: 50 pts
#Bookspin: 130 pts
#Screamathon: 130 pts
#Slaughterton: 130 pts
#TeamSlaughter weekly game: 370 pts
TV+posts: 42 pts

🎃🎃🎃Total: 852 pts for #TeamSlaughter 🎃🎃🎃

I can't quite believe Scarathlon2020 is over - It's been so much fun!!!🧡
👻👻👻 Hope everyone had a great Halloween!!! 👻👻👻

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Clwojick 👏 Way to go!!! Thanks for playing along this past month! It was a pleasure to have you on the team! 👏 2y
Yuki_Onna @Clwojick Thank you! 😊 You are the greatest and most amazing teamleader!!
It was a joy to be in your team!! I'm already looking forward to Scarathlon2021, should you decide to host one next year!
2y
Clwojick @Yuki_Onna Oh we will definitely be doing it again for a third year! 🤗 2y
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ShyBookOwl
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Today's midday audiowalk. An Unwanted Guest.
This is the path my backyard backs onto 🍁🍂😍

Oryx Beautiful leaves 2y
Beatlefan129 So pretty! 🍁 2y
KVanRead Lovely🍂🍁 2y
Freespirit Love those autumn leaves🍁 2y
Leftcoastzen Beautiful! 2y
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Mshookquilts
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Pickpick

I could NOT put this down. Shari Lapena started building the tension right from the start. There was some time where I began wondering if this story was “a la” Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie....but no...no it wasn‘t. A hotel with guests snowed in and people begin to die.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Pickpick

My first book by the author and I enjoyed it. A well crafted locked-room mystery, it‘s atmospheric and suspenseful. The characters are well drawn. As the body count piles up, the killer could be anybody but I later had an inkling which turned out to be correct, although I had no clue of the motives. And I liked the final twist!

batsy I thought it was fun, too! Had all of my fave mystery tropes 😆 3y
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MelKelsey
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Mehso-so

Book 85 I listened to this Clue-esque murder mystery in which snowed-in lodgers are picked off one-by-one. It was an easy, semi-interesting, unnoteworthy listen.

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mrs.stevens
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🤓 kids are in bed early and I‘m having some me time

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Booknerd2
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Pickpick

My first by this author. Very good. I ordered some more from my library!!