Lethal Literature

Lethal Literature

by Kym Roberts

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ISBN-13: 9781516106585
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Series: A Book Barn Mystery , #4
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 95,844
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Three career paths resonated for Kym Roberts during her early childhood: detective, investigative reporter, and . . . nun. Being a nun, however, dropped by the wayside when she became aware of boys—they were the spice of life she couldn't deny. In high school her path was forged when she took her first job at a dry cleaners and met every cop in town, especially the lone female police officer in patrol. From that point on there was no stopping Kym's pursuit of a career in law enforcement. Kym followed her dream and became a detective who fulfilled her desire to be an investigative reporter, with one extra perk—a badge. Promoted to sergeant, Kym spent the majority of her career in SVU. She retired from the job reluctantly when her husband dragged her kicking and screaming to another state, but writing continued to call her name, at least in her head. Visit her on the web at kymroberts.com.

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Lethal Literature 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Lethal Literature is the fourth book in Kym Roberts ongoing Charli Rae Warren Book Barn mystery series and each book keeps getting better and better. While this one doesn’t pick up right where the previous installment left off – why? I still need to know who got a pie to the face – there are enough continuing elements that it feels like you just kept reading. Charli, of course, is up to her eyebrows in murder, but this time it also provides an opportunity to learn more of her own history. Charli and Sheriff Mateo are still on a slow burn, but progress is made. Fans of the early books will love this latest installment. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
n7kk7br00ks More than 1 year ago
The cutest town with the highest murder rate in Texas returns! Charli Rae (aka Princess) is back with the rest of the Hazel Rock Crew and sure enough mayhem, murder and mystery aren't that far behind! Charli is involved in fundraising for books for Foster families. But she has a couple of big shocks to her system coming. Like realising her father has a life which may not centre around her, the Mayor has been keeping secrets and Mateo...well they might just get to spend some time together...at last! But when Charli's dad gets caught up with an investigation into the murder of Ava, assistant to the puritanical, tyrannical former sheriff of Hazel Rock and Charli's teenage Nemesis, Charli and Scarlet end up knee deep in the investigation. Ava was the victim of domestic abuse and Charli follows the trail of devastation to Dallas. She learns some family secrets along the way that may just clear up a few of her childhood memories. I love this series so much. The characters all leap off the page and into my brain. With the usual Hazel Rock quirky inhabitants popping up to be some comic relief, Charli deals with some powerfully emotive topics such as domestic abuse, child neglect, the Foster Care System and does so with care, empathy and conviction. There are family twists that I DID NOT see coming but explains so much! Mateo...well he is just such a sweetheart even when he has to be cop Mateo and not boyfriend Mateo. The scene in Dallas, well that just took my breath away! Come on Hazel Rock, what are you going to come up with next!
Peggy Hyndman More than 1 year ago
Lethal Literature is the fourth book in Kym Roberts’ Book Barn Mystery series and is well plotted and steady paced, with well-developed and likeable characters, humor, a sense of community and friendship, plus a sweet pink Armadillo, named Princess. The books in this series can be read as standalones. The sensitive issues of domestic abuse, race and prejudice, and the sadness of Alzheimer’s are addressed in this book. There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing who the murderer is until the reveal. Charli Rae “Princess” Warren moved back to her hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas, where she helps her dad, Bobby Ray, run the Book Barn Princess. Charli and Bobby Ray continue to work on repairing their estranged relationship, but hit a rough patch when secrets concerning their pasts become revealed. The Book Barn Princess is working with Ava James on the literacy drive for foster kids Ava organizes every year, but when Charli sees Ava leaving her dad’s house early one morning, she’s convinced there’s more going on than just a book drive. Ava is a caring woman who ex-sheriff and current judge, Jacob Sperry, and his wife, Isla, took under their wings years ago when she aged out of the foster care system. Charli Rae has never gotten along with the Judge but has always been close to Isla, who is currently in a nursing home recovering from a broken hip and suffering the begin stage of Alzheimer’s. Ava is found murdered in the Judge’s yard after a run in with Isla. Since Bobby Ray is found at the scene, Charli is concerned he’ll become a person of interest if anyone learns he was with Ava that morning and decides she has to investigate to clear both Isla and her dad’s names. Charli has a knack for getting into dicey situations and helping to solve crimes, but Bobby Ray, her best friend, Scarlett Jenkins, her boyfriend, Sheriff Mateo Espinosa, and her ex-boyfriend, Mayor Cade Calloway, 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.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
Reading Lethal Literature was a fun way to spend a few days. As the 4th book in the series, we find Charli Rae Warren organizing and sponsoring a literacy drive to benefit the foster care system, For me, Charli Rae is still a bit immature and impulsive. In small doses it can be quirky, I just hope it doesn't become obnoxious. Be sure to grab a copy on May 1st from Lyrical Underground Mystery & Thrillers #LethalLiterature #NetGalley I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley