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Review of Dead and Gondola

Sometimes, you just need to escape to a cozy mystery.  If the setting is a book shop and there is a cat and the shop owners like to think they are descendants of Agathe Christie, well, what more do you need? 

When a mystery man shows up at the bookshop during the book club meeting, and then later drops dead, the Christie family starts sleuthing. There is a local police force too, and they are no slouches, but no one gets into solving mysteries like avid mystery readers.  Agathe Christie fans will be tickled by all the references to her books.  Mystery fans will enjoy watching Ellie and Meg track down all the clues.  And for those that prefer not to know the ending at the beginning – there will be lots of surprises in store. 

Dead and Gondola delighted me.  Cozy mystery fans – read this one!

Through Netgalley, the publisher provided a copy of this book. My review is my honest opinion.


About Dead and Gondola by Ann Claire

Ellie Christie is thrilled to begin a new chapter. She’s recently returned to her tiny Colorado hometown to run her family’s historic bookshop with her elder sister, Meg, and their beloved cat, Agatha. Perched in a Swiss-style hamlet accessible by ski gondola and a twisty mountain road, the Book Chalet is a famed bibliophile destination known for its maze of shelves and relaxing reading lounge. At least, until trouble blows in with a wintry whiteout. A man is found dead on the gondola, and a rockslide throws the town into lockdown—no one in, no one out.

The victim was a mysterious stranger who’d visited the bookshop. At the time, his only blunders had been disrupting a book club and leaving behind a first-edition Agatha Christie novel, written under a pseudonym. However, once revealed, the man’s identity shocks the town. Motives and secrets swirl like the snow, but when the police narrow in on the sisters’ close friends, the Christies have to act.

Although the only Agatha in their family tree is their cat, Ellie and Meg know a lot about mysteries and realize they must summon their inner Miss Marple to trek through a blizzard of clues before the killer turns the page to their final chapter.



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