Perilous Poetry (A Book Barn Mystery, #3)
Charli Rae Warren doesn’t plan on striking it rich as the owner of an independent bookstore in Hazel Rock, Texas—especially one with a pink armadillo as its mascot. But when an ingenious advertising campaign puts her business on the map, it ropes in some deadly publicity . . .Charli can’t believe writer Lucy Barton has agreed to promote her latest Midnight Poet Society novel at The Book Barn Princess—or that there’s only a week-and-a-half to prepare for the signing. It’s all because of The Book Seekers, a smartphone app created by her cousin Jamal exclusively for Charli’s bookstore, which sends fans on a virtual scavenger hunt around town for a chance to meet the bestselling author. But as soon as it goes live, people turn up dead . . .Someone’s using The Book Seekers to track victims and copycat the fictional Midnight Poet Society homicides, and horrified locals suspect Jamal could be the mastermind behind the crimes. While Charli readies the Barn for a stampede of new customers, it’ll take true grit to shelve the culprit before her brainy cousin gets locked behind bars, Ms. Barton backs out of the visit, and she finds herself up a creek—with a serial killer holding the paddle!

Perilous Poetry (A Book Barn Mystery, #3) Details

TitlePerilous Poetry (A Book Barn Mystery, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 10th, 2017
PublisherLyrical Underground
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery

Perilous Poetry (A Book Barn Mystery, #3) Review

  • Jeri
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes good things go bad. Charli is making the book barn a success and when her cousin comes up with an app to put it on the map to the rest of the country she is reluctant at first but goes for it. Only the clues in the app bring real life murders and it seems a lot of people in town's lives are in danger including Charli'sThis one really kept me guessing as to who the culprit was. I am loving this series and it's a lot of fun in a small Texas town.I was given an eARC by the publisher throu Sometimes good things go bad. Charli is making the book barn a success and when her cousin comes up with an app to put it on the map to the rest of the country she is reluctant at first but goes for it. Only the clues in the app bring real life murders and it seems a lot of people in town's lives are in danger including Charli'sThis one really kept me guessing as to who the culprit was. I am loving this series and it's a lot of fun in a small Texas town.I was given an eARC by the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third book in the Book Barn Mystery series and it is my favorite to date. I think this series is starting to come into its own. There is a lot going on in this book and it held my attention until the very end. There is plenty of intrigue, suspense, twists and turns. I really enjoyed the mystery and was stymied when it came to the identity of our killer. The reveal is climatic and ends really well. The characters are developing nicely. We finally get to meet Charli Rae's aunt Violet a This is the third book in the Book Barn Mystery series and it is my favorite to date. I think this series is starting to come into its own. There is a lot going on in this book and it held my attention until the very end. There is plenty of intrigue, suspense, twists and turns. I really enjoyed the mystery and was stymied when it came to the identity of our killer. The reveal is climatic and ends really well. The characters are developing nicely. We finally get to meet Charli Rae's aunt Violet and her cousin Jamal. There is what I would call a regular cast of secondary characters that make their appearance. I love Scarlet, Charli Rae's best friend. For me, they really complement each other and it makes the friendship work. Best of all (for me) I think we might be close to resolving Charli's romantic choice.I very much enjoy this series and will be back to see what trouble Charli Rae can get herself into in the next book. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.
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  • Lisa Ks Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not sure how I missed the first two books in this series, but I’m happy to have found it now. With PERILOUS POETRY being the third book in the Book Barn Mysteries, I thought I’d have to play some catching up. However, I fell into step with the series and characters rather quickly. I really enjoyed protagonist Charli, her family, and of course pet armadillo, Princess. Such an original choice for a cozy pet! The entire cast of characters was so eclectic. Really great fun to read.Mystery, mayhe I’m not sure how I missed the first two books in this series, but I’m happy to have found it now. With PERILOUS POETRY being the third book in the Book Barn Mysteries, I thought I’d have to play some catching up. However, I fell into step with the series and characters rather quickly. I really enjoyed protagonist Charli, her family, and of course pet armadillo, Princess. Such an original choice for a cozy pet! The entire cast of characters was so eclectic. Really great fun to read.Mystery, mayhem, and murder were abundant in this tale. Author Kym Roberts was generous with the action and excitement as well. Page after page I was drawn further into this story. Each time I thought I knew who had “dunit”, I changed my mind and picked someone new. The reveal was a complete surprise to me. After reading PERIOULS POERTY, I’d like to go back and read the first two installments of this series.
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  • RO G'ma
    January 1, 1970
    Perilous Poetry is the third book in Kym Roberts’ Book Barn Mystery series and is a well-written, fast-paced whodunit, with well-developed and likeable characters, humor, a touch of romance, a sense of community and friendship, plus an adorable pink Armadillo, named Princess. There are plenty of possible culprits and enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged and guessing who the murderer is until the reveal. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading fun and engaging cozy myster Perilous Poetry is the third book in Kym Roberts’ Book Barn Mystery series and is a well-written, fast-paced whodunit, with well-developed and likeable characters, humor, a touch of romance, a sense of community and friendship, plus an adorable pink Armadillo, named Princess. There are plenty of possible culprits and enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged and guessing who the murderer is until the reveal. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading fun and engaging cozy mysteries.When Charli Rae “Princess” Warren returned to Hazel Rock, her hometown, to help her dad, Bobby Ray, sell the Book Barn Princess, she’d only planned a quick trip, but decided to stay, help him run the bookstore, and renew their estranged relationship. Her best friend, Scarlett Jenkins, owns the beauty shop across the street from the bookstore and Sheriff Mateo Espinosa and her ex-boyfriend, Mayor Cade Calloway, are vying for her attention. Charli Rae’s aunt, Violet, and her cousin, Jamal, come for a surprise visit and Jamal announces that he’s created an app, The Book Seekers, that will help promote the Book Barn Princess and hopefully make lots of money for all of them. One of his partner’s is the daughter of Lucy Barton, a bestselling mystery author, and Ms. Barton has agreed to do a book signing for her latest book, in the small Texas town. The app is a huge success, but unfortunately, as soon as it goes live, deaths start to occur. The deaths copycat Ms. Barton’s fictional Midnight Poet Society homicides, and many people believe Jamal’s app is responsible and want him to shut it down. Charli has a knack for getting involved in (and helping to solve) crimes, but Bobby Ray, Mateo, and Cade worry about her safety and rightfully so because she always ends up in over her head and in harm’s way.I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
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  • Mary Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Perilous PoetryA Book Barn Mystery, Book #3Kym Roberts5 StarsSynopsis:Charli Rae Warren doesn’t plan on striking it rich as the owner of an independent bookstore in Hazel Rock, Texas—especially one with a pink armadillo as its mascot. But when an ingenious advertising campaign puts her business on the map, it ropes in some deadly publicity . . .Charli can’t believe writer Lucy Barton has agreed to promote her latest Midnight Poet Society novel at The Book Barn Princess—or that there’s only a wee Perilous PoetryA Book Barn Mystery, Book #3Kym Roberts5 StarsSynopsis:Charli Rae Warren doesn’t plan on striking it rich as the owner of an independent bookstore in Hazel Rock, Texas—especially one with a pink armadillo as its mascot. But when an ingenious advertising campaign puts her business on the map, it ropes in some deadly publicity . . .Charli can’t believe writer Lucy Barton has agreed to promote her latest Midnight Poet Society novel at The Book Barn Princess—or that there’s only a week-and-a-half to prepare for the signing. It’s all because of The Book Seekers, a smartphone app created by her cousin Jamal exclusively for Charli’s bookstore, which sends fans on a virtual scavenger hunt around town for a chance to meet the bestselling author. But as soon as it goes live, people turn up dead . . .Someone’s using The Book Seekers to track victims and copycat the fictional Midnight Poet Society homicides, and horrified locals suspect Jamal could be the mastermind behind the crimes. While Charli readies the Barn for a stampede of new customers, it’ll take true grit to shelve the culprit before her brainy cousin gets locked behind bars, Ms. Barton backs out of the visit, and she finds herself up a creek—with a serial killer holding the paddle! (Goodreads)Review:The characters are well developed and well rounded. Charli way is such a great character, loving smart and a great friend. I really like the friendship between her and Scarlet, the are best friends that would do anything for the other one: comfort, rejoice, even call each other out if that is what is needed. We should all have a friend like that. The secondary characters are also well developed and added a lot to the story. I must say that I want Charli to make up her mind about what man she wants to be with, it is getting old.The author is very talented is her descriptive writing and through most of the book I felt like I was right there watching all of the action taking place and listening in on conversations. The small town descriptions seemed very realistic and Hazel Rock is a place I would like to visit. I really like the setting of The Book Barn Princess and if it were a real place, I would visit it.The mystery was carried on well throughout the book and was not easily solved. There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that even the most seasoned armchair detective would have trouble solving it. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I really enjoyed this book and this series. It has everything you could want in a cozy mystery, including a pink armadillo.I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    We find ourselves back in Texas at the book barn. The tale opens with gunshots that shatter the book barn. Charlie Rae Warren has visited from Aunt Violet and her cousin Jamal. He talks Charlie into using his new app to increase traffic at the bookstore. He has arranged an author's signing. Someone has similar all that at the end there is a murder instead of a book. Will find answers before Jamal is arrested for the murders? I am not happy with the low triangle that is forming. I highly recommen We find ourselves back in Texas at the book barn. The tale opens with gunshots that shatter the book barn. Charlie Rae Warren has visited from Aunt Violet and her cousin Jamal. He talks Charlie into using his new app to increase traffic at the bookstore. He has arranged an author's signing. Someone has similar all that at the end there is a murder instead of a book. Will find answers before Jamal is arrested for the murders? I am not happy with the low triangle that is forming. I highly recommend this book and series.Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book from Kensington through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. There are a lot of twists and turns that kept me reading. There is a wonderful mixture of mystery, suspense, friendship, and romance for a well-balanced story. If you love cozy mysteries, I strongly recommend this book, and can't wait for the next book in the series.I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Fred
    January 1, 1970
    Perilous Poetry in the third book in the A Book Barn Mystery series.I like visiting Hazel Rock to see what exciting adventures Princess and her friends are up to and this visit was no exception.Charli Rae, a.k.a. Princess is busy checking in a shipment of books and begins to wonder why there are so many copies of the latest Midnight Poet Society Mystery series by Lucy Barton. The thought gets answered when her cousin, Jamal, surprises her with a visit. Jamal is quite the gamer and has come up wi Perilous Poetry in the third book in the A Book Barn Mystery series.I like visiting Hazel Rock to see what exciting adventures Princess and her friends are up to and this visit was no exception.Charli Rae, a.k.a. Princess is busy checking in a shipment of books and begins to wonder why there are so many copies of the latest Midnight Poet Society Mystery series by Lucy Barton. The thought gets answered when her cousin, Jamal, surprises her with a visit. Jamal is quite the gamer and has come up with an app called The Book Seekers and is sure to bring more customers to the Book Barn. Jamal had developed the app with the help of Barton’s daughter, Juicy Killer, her gaming name. One of the early supporters of the app is Penelope Calloway, mother of the Mayor and wife of the former Mayor, and can’t wait to start collecting books with her app. But soon she is calling and screaming that she has found a body of a man with an ax in his chest. Penelope’s husband is leading a group that is calling for the app to be shut down not until there is what appears to be an attempt on Jamal does the pressure to shut down the app begins to lighten up.Charli, after an attempt on her life, knows she needs to set back and review what has been going on an come up with the killer and save her cousin’s app.I enjoy all the characters who are all well-developed and believable. I do have a problem with Charli. In baseball after three strikes you are out and, I feel, it is time for her to give up on her former high school sweetheart, Cade Calloway. I think she might see the writing on the wall, but she needs to take a stand, one way of the other.I will be watching for the next book in the series.
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  • Jeanie
    January 1, 1970
    Perilous Poetry is delightful, suspenseful, and at times very frightening. I have been looking forward to seeing the latest mystery with Charli and the bookstore in a barn that her family opened when she was a child. A surprise gift to Charli is being used for evil by someone bringing murder and mayhem to Hazel Rock, Texas. The results can also be deadly for her family.Charli, nicknamed Princess as a child, gets a surprise visit from her Aunt Violet and cousin Jamal. When Charli left home at 17, Perilous Poetry is delightful, suspenseful, and at times very frightening. I have been looking forward to seeing the latest mystery with Charli and the bookstore in a barn that her family opened when she was a child. A surprise gift to Charli is being used for evil by someone bringing murder and mayhem to Hazel Rock, Texas. The results can also be deadly for her family.Charli, nicknamed Princess as a child, gets a surprise visit from her Aunt Violet and cousin Jamal. When Charli left home at 17, she ran away to Aunt Violet’s in Colorado, and hadn’t been home until several months ago. Aunt Violet is her mother’s twin, and she is reminded what her mom would look like if still alive – a stunning beauty. Jamal is like a younger brother to her, have spent years as both grew up.Jamal has a huge surprise for Charli and her dad. He has designed a special app that includes a game with a great prize for the users. Not only has Jamal arranged for Lucy Barton, Charli’s favorite mystery and best-selling author, to do a book signing at Book Barn Princess, but the grand prize winner would have a private meet and greet with Ms. Barton. The app clues lead people around town, and the further a user goes, the closer to winning he will be. Not only is it perfectly fun, around-the-world advertising for their Indie bookstore, it encourages more authors to sign books in Hazel Rock and could lead to a nationwide chain of Book Barn Princess stores, many other Indie stores might buy the app. The income potential for Charlie and her dad, and to Jamal as the designer of the app, is unlimited.Until the strange events begin. Including a murder, which appears to be a copycat as depicted in Lucy Barton’s mystery series, Midnight Poet Society. It seems that the booksellers are targeted, as well. An electrician dies from a short in the wiring when starting to put up a new sign for Book Grove as part of the owner’s renovation. A stranger has a shooting spree at Book Barn Princess that results in property damage. Worse, it results in an injury to Princess, their pet pink armadillo who lives at the store.Charli and her best friend Scarlet are well-rounded and very likable. I enjoy seeing both of the guys who are interested in Charlie. Waiting to see who captures Charli’s heart is a very sweet element of the series. Many of the townspeople are delightful, but when the Mystery Moms descend on Hazel Rock to solve the crimes, it gets a little creepy.There are many exciting facets to this novel. There are twists and turns throughout, with layers of mysteries involved. Is there one bad guy, or several? Jamal’s app, Book Seekers, seems to be overshadowed by the Book Kreeper, who holds the town in the grip of panic. It is another unique, detailed mystery from Kym Roberts, and I had no idea who the bad guy(s) might be. The term ‘lighthearted mystery’ sounds like an oxymoron, but if I were looking for a cozy mystery that is entertaining as well as suspenseful and challenging, I would return to one of the books in this series. The end was a surprise and overall it is a satisfying read. I highly recommend Perilous Poetry to those who like their cozy mysteries challenging, their setting in Texas, and a bit of romance and humor.From a grateful heart: I received this eBook from the publisher and NetGalley, and this is my honest review.
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  • Narelle Richards
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and the Publishers for the opportunity to read and review this book. Always happy to have the opportunity to read a book in this series.Book three of the Book Barn Mysteries and I'm still impressed with the way the story is told and the characters that fill the pages. Charli is quite settled into running her family's independent bookstore run out of a renovated barn in Hazel Rock, Texas - her relationship with her father is strong again and she has her place in the community. Thanks to NetGalley and the Publishers for the opportunity to read and review this book. Always happy to have the opportunity to read a book in this series.Book three of the Book Barn Mysteries and I'm still impressed with the way the story is told and the characters that fill the pages. Charli is quite settled into running her family's independent bookstore run out of a renovated barn in Hazel Rock, Texas - her relationship with her father is strong again and she has her place in the community. She isn't really looking to change too much or really promote the store in any particular way - but little does she know what is waiting round the corner. Enter stage left the two people that supported her when she ran from Hazel Rock as a broken-hearted teenager, her aunt Violet and cousin, Jamal. Jamal has developed an app that he believes will change his life as well as Charli's - The Book Seekers. This app allows people to solve clues while learning about books encouraging them to go to the local bookstore, in this case, The Book Barn and hopefully spend money. In no time at all, it appears that the app is a huge success and is going to profit Jamal and Charli. But this couldn't be a 'Book Barn Mystery' without a few dead bodies and they start turning up and appear to be connected to the app as well as a series of mystery books written by Lucy Barton, a famous mystery writer, who just happens to be launching a new book at The Book Barn. Someone is using the 'Midnight Poet Society' books as a blueprint for murders and it is not going to end well. Charli finds herself in the thick of things and not sure who she needs to defend first - her cousin, herself even Princess (her pet armadillo) comes under fire getting in the way of a stray bullet. I just really enjoy these books and this one is no exception. The characters are so interesting and connect to each other in a myriad of ways. It was super to meet Charli's aunt and cousin as it filled in some of the spaces from books one and two. All the townsfolk are 'real' people and you can't help but want to grab a coffee and set in the Book Barn and sit awhile to see what unfolds. I have to admit I'm getting to the stage where I may have to bump off Cade so that Mateo finally get his woman - it was so close in this book so I'm pretty sure I will get my happy ending very soon. If you haven't had the chance to go to Hazel Rock yet and spend some time with Charli then start with book one because it's worth the effort. If you have been hanging out in Hazel Rock before then don't miss the opportunity for a repeat visit - you won't be disappointed.
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    Perilous Poetry by Kym Roberts is the third book in this series. Each book gets better and Perilous Poetry is the best so far.Returning to her childhood home has been a bittersweet journey for Charli. She's finally settled in to working at the Book Barn Princess, and she's even grown to love the other princess in her life, a very spoiled pink armadillo. When a sudden visit from her aunt and cousin takes Charli by surprise, her cousins news may be just the thing to make her spirit soar.His new ap Perilous Poetry by Kym Roberts is the third book in this series. Each book gets better and Perilous Poetry is the best so far.Returning to her childhood home has been a bittersweet journey for Charli. She's finally settled in to working at the Book Barn Princess, and she's even grown to love the other princess in her life, a very spoiled pink armadillo. When a sudden visit from her aunt and cousin takes Charli by surprise, her cousins news may be just the thing to make her spirit soar.His new app, The Book Keeper sounds to good to be true. After listening to her cousin and trying the app out herself, Charli can't contain her excitement.As if things couldn't get better, her favorite author is doing a book signing at The Book Barn Princess and everyone in town is chattering about it.Unfortunately, not everyone is excited for Charli and when threats, break ins and murder begin to happen, Charli can't help but feel it's her fault.Will she be able to keep everyone calm and get the app shut down before the Book kreeper finds his next victim?I absolutely loved this book, it's the best one in the series by far. I enjoy all the colorful characters in this book and Charli and Scarlet are my favorite.I would love to actually have the Book Keeper app, how fun would it be to find books and add to a shelf in the game? I would play just for the sake of finding the clues and looking for the books.All mystery lovers should be prepared to be wowed by Perilous Poetry, I know I was.I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
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  • Jessica Robbins
    January 1, 1970
    For complete review check out my blog at https://booksaplentybookreviews.blogs...
  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    Perilous Poetry is the third book in the Book Barn mystery series. It's also the first book which I've read in the series and all necessary back-story was written into the story. I didn't have any trouble following the characters or finding out how they related to one another.The characters are well written and fleshed out. The story itself is appealing. There are some quirky characteristics which some readers might find annoying. Scarlet (the main character's best friend) constantly says O.M.W. Perilous Poetry is the third book in the Book Barn mystery series. It's also the first book which I've read in the series and all necessary back-story was written into the story. I didn't have any trouble following the characters or finding out how they related to one another.The characters are well written and fleshed out. The story itself is appealing. There are some quirky characteristics which some readers might find annoying. Scarlet (the main character's best friend) constantly says O.M.W. which is apparently shorthand for Oh, My Word, even though OMW has more syllables and takes longer to say than oh, my word (or just my word, or heck, change it up and say my stars and garters occasionally). For a cozy, the murders are fairly graphic. Not extremely so, or offputting, but somewhat out there. One of the plot elements has to do with a phone app, and the language and characterizations of the coders/computer geeks bordered on 'too much'. The main character is also distractingly damsel-in-distress-ish.It's a cozy mystery romance, so obviously there aren't long passages of difficult dialogue and depressing themes. It's cozy. It's lightly romantic. It's wholesome. I really loved the pet armadillo (and bonus points to the author for tossing an obligatory message in there about people not owning exotic animals, well done).If I get to a lull in my TBR pile, I'll check out the previous books in the series.Three starsDisclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher.
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  • Brenda Freeman
    January 1, 1970
    Love this series, especially the pet armadillo. Charli always seems to find trouble since her return to town and the Princess Book Barn. Helping out family puts her in harms way. She really does need to stop focusing on her past love and look towards the future.
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  • Lisa Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series! Princess is such a great character with a big personality. I loved how complex and twisty the main mystery was with so many different motivations and possible culprits. It's well written and fun to read.
  • RoloPoloBookBlog
    January 1, 1970
    Perilous Poetry by Kym RobertsBook #3: Book Barn Mystery SeriesSource: NetgalleyMy Rating: 4/5 starsCharli Rae Warren just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. More accurately stated, she can’t seem to keep from attracting trouble to her, much to the despair of her family and friends. In fairness, Charli Rae doesn’t go looking for trouble, it just has a nasty habit of showing up on her front porch. This time, the trouble comes in the form of her beloved cousin, Jamal. Jamal is a serious computer g Perilous Poetry by Kym RobertsBook #3: Book Barn Mystery SeriesSource: NetgalleyMy Rating: 4½/5 starsCharli Rae Warren just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. More accurately stated, she can’t seem to keep from attracting trouble to her, much to the despair of her family and friends. In fairness, Charli Rae doesn’t go looking for trouble, it just has a nasty habit of showing up on her front porch. This time, the trouble comes in the form of her beloved cousin, Jamal. Jamal is a serious computer geek and in his geekdom, he has created an app designed to encourage readers and reading and lead them straight to the Book Barn Princess. What’s more, in conjunction with the launching of the app, Jamal has managed to secure an exclusive in-store appearance by one of America’s hottest mystery writers, Lucy Barton. With nothing but excitement in the air, Charlie Rae agrees to sign on with Jamal and immediately launches into the preparations for a visit from one her favorite authors. With any luck, business will be booming in no time. Everyone, literally everyone knows Charli Rae’s luck just doesn’t run that way, and within 24 hours of the app launch, a dead body turns up. As if the dead body weren’t enough, the method of murder matches one concocted by Lucy Baton. With a direct connection to her livelihood and family, Charli Rae can’t help but get involved which means asking a lot of questions and poking around where she certainly shouldn’t be poking. For her troubles, Charli Rae gets her bookstore vandalized, her pink armadillo grazed by a bullet, her cousin run off the road, and she, her dad, and her pink armadillo dumped in the river. Oh, and a date with Mateo!! Her efforts earn her a date with Mateo!!Even with her date with Mateo high, Charlie Rae can’t help herself from staying involved in the investigation which leads to even more trouble and at least two more bodies. Seriously, Charlie Rae is just one big trouble magnet 😊 As the bodies pile up, so do the questions, and the cry for Jamal’s app to be taken down. It’s clear the culprit has it in for Jamal and/or his app and if Charlie Rae, ahem, the police can’t figure out who’s behind the mess, Jamal stands to lose everything, including his freedom. The Bottom Line: Each installment of the Book Barn Mystery series sucks me in a little deeper. Charlie Rae seems to get more likeable with each book and I found her especially likeable this time around since she seems to have settled on a guy . . . . finally!! With appearances from the entire Hazel Rock cast of characters (you know I LOVE this!), Perilous Poetry delivered on nearly every level and I’m certainly hoping there’s more to come in this series.
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  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third book of the Book Barn Mystery series but the first book by Kym Roberts that I have read. What a fun book it is though! It was not a problem to follow what was going on. Ms. Roberts does a good job giving background information about the characters. I really enjoyed the cozy mystery feel to the book with the quirky characters, including the pet pink armadillo, of the small town setting of Hazel Rock, Texas. Charli Rae Warren and her daddy, Bobby Ray, own the Book Barn Princess, This is the third book of the Book Barn Mystery series but the first book by Kym Roberts that I have read. What a fun book it is though! It was not a problem to follow what was going on. Ms. Roberts does a good job giving background information about the characters. I really enjoyed the cozy mystery feel to the book with the quirky characters, including the pet pink armadillo, of the small town setting of Hazel Rock, Texas. Charli Rae Warren and her daddy, Bobby Ray, own the Book Barn Princess, a book store that is housed in an old barn that has been redone. Things go from routine to crazy after Charli's cousin Jamal and his mom, Violet, talk Charli and Bobby Ray into hosting a book signing party for Lucy Barton, a popular mystery writer. Jamal has developed a book seekers app that would send customers around town looking for clues to Ms. Barton's books that could lead to prizes at the book signing party. All for fun but would help Jamal get his app on the map and the bookstore as well. Win-win. But things go awry when a body shows up at the site of one of the clues and is discovered by someone looking for clues on the app. When the bodies pile up, local town leaders want to shut the app down but Jamal and gang fight to keep it up. Perilous Poetry is a fun cozy mystery with non stop action, lots of possible suspects, well developed and colorful characters, danger, invasion of the Mystery Moms book club and sweet tea. I recommend this book for a great escape read that will keep the pages turning.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Bea Charmed
    January 1, 1970
    So, I read this book then realized I also had book two, the previous book, on my Kindle so I dove right into it. I requested this one for review because the blurb was appealing. I enjoy the down home charm and quirky characters. Quirky can be iffy for me in books as often the characters are so quirky as to be A) unbelievable and B) annoying. Fortunately Roberts didn't fall into that trap and the characters are endearingly quirky.Charli, AKA Princess, has been working with her father at the famil So, I read this book then realized I also had book two, the previous book, on my Kindle so I dove right into it. I requested this one for review because the blurb was appealing. I enjoy the down home charm and quirky characters. Quirky can be iffy for me in books as often the characters are so quirky as to be A) unbelievable and B) annoying. Fortunately Roberts didn't fall into that trap and the characters are endearingly quirky.Charli, AKA Princess, has been working with her father at the family bookstore and slowly building business up. Then her cousin develops an app that can help her business, and oh boy, it's a fun app. Why doesn't this app exist in real life and if it does, someone please point me in the right direction. Anyway, murders begin happening around town and they're based on murders from the popular Midnight Poet Society mystery series but using the app. Soon Princess is up to her neck trying to help her cousin, solve the murders, stay in the sheriff's good graces, and figure out her love life. The sooner she does the latter, the happier I'll be. I have little patience for love triangles in romances; I have even less when they're in mysteries unless they're part of the mystery. Apart from that, and how annoying Cade the mayor is, I enjoyed the story. I especially enjoyed Princess's aunt Violet, her cousin Jamal, and the sheriff, Mateo. I loved seeing their interactions, especially the familial ones. They also added depth to the story.Once again, Roberts made good use of the bookstore as well as events such as author readings and signings. And I want a Mystery Moms group by me though since I'm not a mom, it would need to be a non-mom version.Twists and turns, action, romance, books and book lovers, mysteries, "Perilous Poetry" just about had it all. The Book Mysteries are quirky, fun, engaging cozy mysteries.
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  • Nikki Brooks
    January 1, 1970
    OMW the princesses x 2 are back! I love Hazel Rock and all its cookie inhabitants! We get to meet more of Charli's relatives, one of whom has developed an app for book lovers (think Pokemon for books!) There are more murderous mysteries to solve and of course there is still the romantic entanglements with Cade and Mateo to sort through! We also get to see out favourite supporting characters again. Scarlet and Dalton are still gong strong and of course Jessie and his wife! JC is still interfering OMW the princesses x 2 are back! I love Hazel Rock and all its cookie inhabitants! We get to meet more of Charli's relatives, one of whom has developed an app for book lovers (think Pokemon for books!) There are more murderous mysteries to solve and of course there is still the romantic entanglements with Cade and Mateo to sort through! We also get to see out favourite supporting characters again. Scarlet and Dalton are still gong strong and of course Jessie and his wife! JC is still interfering and getting up in everyone's business too. A certain pink armadillo finds herself in a spot of bother too and I will admit to being a bit teary at one point. She may be a smelly rodent to some eyes but she is MY smelly rodent thank you very much!Needless to say there are twists, turns and red herrings to sieve through and yet again I couldn't figure out whodunnit (not a good advertisement for my dayjob LOL!) I'm not going to spill the entire plot so no spoilers here but I will say that Charli has a date or three and I'm glad she has finally made a decision! This girl moves glacially slow, which is great for the series but is hell on my nerves! I want to buy a hat for a wedding and tickets to Hazel Rock for the nuptials but I have a funny feeling I'm going to be waiting a lot longer than I want to! Long may this series continue!!!!
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  • Barb
    January 1, 1970
    Charli reluctantly agrees to launch her cousin's new app, The Book Seeker, which will promote The Book Barn and, everyone hopes, increase business for the store and the new app. A best-selling mystery author has agreed to lend her name to the launch and come to the Barn for a book-signing. But when the app is launched, deaths start to occur – deaths which mimic the homicides from the author's popular series. When Charli's cousin moves to the top of the suspect list, she knows she has to clear hi Charli reluctantly agrees to launch her cousin's new app, The Book Seeker, which will promote The Book Barn and, everyone hopes, increase business for the store and the new app. A best-selling mystery author has agreed to lend her name to the launch and come to the Barn for a book-signing. But when the app is launched, deaths start to occur – deaths which mimic the homicides from the author's popular series. When Charli's cousin moves to the top of the suspect list, she knows she has to clear his name before he's convicted of crimes he did not commit.This series gets better with every book, and it has become one of my must-read series. I love the characters and the way they interact with one another. The town, and especially the Book Barn, sound like places I would love to visit, and I'd love to meet Princess. The mysteries are well-written, with plenty of suspects and possible motives, and the reveals have been surprising. I have already added the next in the series to my to-read list, and have made a note to look for it next spring.Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • MsAprilVincent
    January 1, 1970
    1.5Usually I like mysteries set in bookstores, but I was fed up with this one from the beginning.〰What I like about this book:1. Biracial representation 2. STEM encouragement〰Everybody calls a grown woman Princess like she's still a kid. I got sick of that.Princess is in the middle of a love triangle. I got sick of that.This is the 3rd in a series that I didn't start from the beginning. It's not necessary, because there are reminders of Princess's past every five seconds or so. I got sick of tha 1.5Usually I like mysteries set in bookstores, but I was fed up with this one from the beginning.〰What I like about this book:1. Biracial representation 2. STEM encouragement〰Everybody calls a grown woman Princess like she's still a kid. I got sick of that.Princess is in the middle of a love triangle. I got sick of that.This is the 3rd in a series that I didn't start from the beginning. It's not necessary, because there are reminders of Princess's past every five seconds or so. I got sick of that.〰Before I was halfway through the book, I'd grown tired of every character and every situation. There's a lot of irk instead of quirk. Nothing seemed fresh about this. There wasn't anything that engaged me enough to want to read further in this series.〰That's a huge disappointment, because cozy mysteries are comfort reads for me. Usually I can settle in and finish the book in one sitting and (mostly) enjoy it. That didn't happen here.〰(I received this as a digital arc from netgalley)
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  • Connie
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third book in the Book Barn mystery series, and I am happy to say that I have read all of them so far! It’s no surprise to those who know me that I was drawn in by the promise of a cozy mystery series set in a book store. To keep me hooked, the stories also have to be worth reading. I have to say that they are. If you have not read the first two, this works well as a standalone book. From the main character, Charli Rae, who has settled back down in her hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas This is the third book in the Book Barn mystery series, and I am happy to say that I have read all of them so far! It’s no surprise to those who know me that I was drawn in by the promise of a cozy mystery series set in a book store. To keep me hooked, the stories also have to be worth reading. I have to say that they are. If you have not read the first two, this works well as a standalone book. From the main character, Charli Rae, who has settled back down in her hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas after running off when she was a teenager, to the two men who are very interested in her, the characters in this book are well-developed and very interesting. The author’s descriptions are so carefully crafted that I can picture them in mind, and for the most part, I’d love to meet them. I was kept guessing about who could be behind the murders; however, everything was neatly wrapped up by the end of the book.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    I've never been much of a mystery girl as I'm just not good at deductive reasoning. All this means I shouldn't like cozy mysteries or Perilous Poetry, but I love it and want more. Go figure. We get to revisit the small Texas town and the adventures of Charli Rae Warren, a woman who trouble follows wherever she goes. When an ad campaign goes wrong and people end up dying, it's up to her to figure out the whos, whats, and whys. Kym Roberts' style is easy and fun with a touch of humor thrown in. Pe I've never been much of a mystery girl as I'm just not good at deductive reasoning. All this means I shouldn't like cozy mysteries or Perilous Poetry, but I love it and want more. Go figure. We get to revisit the small Texas town and the adventures of Charli Rae Warren, a woman who trouble follows wherever she goes. When an ad campaign goes wrong and people end up dying, it's up to her to figure out the whos, whats, and whys. Kym Roberts' style is easy and fun with a touch of humor thrown in. Perilous Poetry has a little of everything, mystery, suspense, humor, and a bit of romance. The supporting characters are great, driving the story forward without giving anything away. I almost find myself rooting for the murderer just so the story won't end. Almost.There's no deep dark emotions in the tale and that's what I like. It's entertaining and great fun. Do read it and don't forget to pick up the whole series!Rating: 5 stars
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  • Jeanie Jackson
    January 1, 1970
    I adore this series! Princess make sense to me and Princess is precious!!! All of the central characters are great and the mystery is complex enough to keep me guessing. Kamal's app looks like a great way to get more kids, looking at books while enchanting adults and introducing them to new books and local businesses. The perfect idea, but could it lead to murder? That is what the ex-mayor and many people of the community claim when one of the gamers trips over a body that is staged like the cov I adore this series! Princess make sense to me and Princess is precious!!! All of the central characters are great and the mystery is complex enough to keep me guessing. Kamal's app looks like a great way to get more kids, looking at books while enchanting adults and introducing them to new books and local businesses. The perfect idea, but could it lead to murder? That is what the ex-mayor and many people of the community claim when one of the gamers trips over a body that is staged like the cover of the newest release of a favorite mystery author, one who will be signing at the Book Barn Princess in conjunction with the launch of the Book Seeker app. A romance might finally be taking a step forward; that would be great news!
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  • Barbara Tobey
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it. So happy to be back in the book barn. The romantic portion of the tale is a hoot. I enjoy the banter among all the characters. Learning some new swear word replacements. OMW and fuzz buckets are my favorites. The mystery kept me guessing. I am happy to see there is another one to come in the series. I am sad to see that this was book three of a four book series. I want more! I do hope Kym Roberts is working on either another series or a stand alone. The publisher provided a copy via Ne Loved it. So happy to be back in the book barn. The romantic portion of the tale is a hoot. I enjoy the banter among all the characters. Learning some new swear word replacements. OMW and fuzz buckets are my favorites. The mystery kept me guessing. I am happy to see there is another one to come in the series. I am sad to see that this was book three of a four book series. I want more! I do hope Kym Roberts is working on either another series or a stand alone. The publisher provided a copy via NetGalley for my voluntary review.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely adore this series. The stories are so entertaining & the folks in Hazel Rock TX are just plain fun.Charli Rae is back & trying to solve another mystery..... this one centered around her cousin's bookstore app.Its also fun watching Charli Rae try to sort out her feelings between 2 sexy Texas men.Can't wait for the next book in the series.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Points for the pink armadillo! The murders in this Texas based cozy may be a bit more than in some cozys but they balance what can sometimes be a bit twee. Charli, our heroine, is thrilled when Lucy brings her new mystery to debut at the Book Barn but it turns out, of course, that there's more challenges to come. This is well written and nicely twisty. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. You'll like this if you enjoy the genre.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. The story flowed very well and was very enjoyable. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
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  • Sherry
    January 1, 1970
    Perilous Poetry is the Perfect Package!What a roller coaster ride! Multiple murders, intrigue, & a liberal dash of romance all come together to create a great story line. Many of the characters are delightfully quirky. I especially love Princess the pink armadillo. Perilous Poetry definitely kept me entertained from beginning to end!
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    This didn't inspire me. And I found a lot of editing errors (except instead of accept, someone buying a ticket for a book instead of a ticket for a raffle,...)
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