The Book Club Murders: The Oakwood Mystery Series

The Book Club Murders: The Oakwood Mystery Series

by Leslie Nagel
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very detailed and it was a real page turner. I can not wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your time unless you enjoy reading about a totally unprofessional murder investigation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well written murder mystery! I could not put this book down. The author's descriptive style made me feel like I was witnessing events firsthand. I really enjoyed this first book and look forward to the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok read....writer has talent... A little too detail on what the ladies wore though it didn't bother me much. For me I couldn't get in to the fascination with the detectives look.. I've seen too many times women go gah gah over looks and then. Find out the guys a jerk or an abuser. Marc. Had the symptoms of both.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: The Book Club Murders - Oakwood Mysteries Book 1 Author: Leslie Nagel Published: 9-27-2016 Publisher: Alibi/Random House Publishing Group Pages: 271 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Cozy Mystery; British Detectives ISBN: 13: 9780425285206 ASIN: B01A4ATX9E Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4 Stars I received a copy of "The Book Club Murders" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Description From the Publisher: In a charming cozy mystery series debut, Leslie Nagel's irrepressible small-town heroine finds that her fellow mystery book club members may be taking their Agatha Christie a bit too literally—and murder a bit too lightly. Charley Carpenter has poured heart and soul into her clothing store, Old Hat Vintage Fashions. She'll do anything to make it a success—even join the stuffy Agathas Book Club in order to cultivate customers among the wealthy elite of Oakwood, Ohio. Although mixing with the most influential women in town has its advantages, Charley finds the endless gossip a high price to pay. But after two women with close ties to the Agathas are brutally murdered, everyone falls under threat—and suspicion. When key evidence indicates that both murders are the work of the same hand, Charley realizes that the killer has arranged each corpse in perfect imitation of crime scenes from the Club's murder mystery reading list. She uses her membership in the Club to convince Detective Marcus Trenault to use her as an inside informant. Not that he could stop her anyway. Intelligent, fearless, and every bit as stubborn as Marc is, Charley soon learns the Agathas aren't the only ones with secrets to protect. Passions explode as she and Marc must race against time to prevent another murder. And if Charley's not careful, she may find herself becoming the killer's next plot twist. My Review: A well done first book of a new series. The characters are well developed and the plot is thought out and flows smoothly. My main objection is to the profanities used in the story is more suited to a hard broiled detective novel than a cozy mystery. If you do not mind the language you will greatly enjoy this novel. My rating of "The Book Club Murders" is 4 out of 5 stars.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Book Club Murders by Leslie Nagel is the debut novel in The Oakwood Mystery series. Charlotte “Charley” Carpenter owns Old Hat Vintage Fashions in Oakwood, Ohio (wonderful state). Charley is joining the Agathas Book Club to garner more customers (a higher end clientele) for her shop. But Charley does not enjoy the ladies in the group or their endless gossip. It seems someone else shares Charley’s opinion. Serena Wyndham is found on a mattress under a bridge. The killer staged the scene, but why? Charley is curious about the murder and does some snooping around. Then a second victim, Lisa Summerfield is found. She is also from the Agathas and her murder is reminiscent of a book the club read recently. Whoever is murdering these women knows the Agathas Book Club members and the books on their reading list. What does the killer have against the Agathas? Charley is determined to get answers and make sure the culprit pays for his crimes. The Book Club Murders is easy to read and has a nice small town setting. I had high hopes for this book (a mystery about mysteries), but I was not entertained. The Book Club Murders, unlike regular cozy mysteries, contains foul language and sex (neither of which are needed). Ms. Nagel overplayed the sexual attraction between Detective Marcus Trenault and Charley (steamy, sizzling). It was over-the-top and annoying. I wrote down “We get it. She dislikes Marc but is attracted to him.” This book was turning into a “bodice ripper”. An example is “attraction burned as bright as ever” (cliché and not the only one in book). The first murder occurs in chapter one which makes for a long book. I wish authors would lead into the murder. If it happens too early in the book, the readers quickly loses interest (and skips to the end to see if they correctly identified the killer). The author is a descriptive writer and provides minute detail on what seems like every little thing. Charley was not a likeable character. She is extremely nosy, determined, and has attitude issues. It is Charley’s way and get out of the way if you do not approve. I give The Book Club Murders 2.5 out of 5 stars (I did not like it). The mystery may seem complicated, but it can easily be solved. There is a good twist, but, if you are a regular mystery reader, you will see it forthcoming. The idea was good, but I was not partial to the finished product. There is an excerpt for The Antique House Murders at the end of the book.
Sue_H More than 1 year ago
Book Themed Murders. The Book Club Murder is the first book by Leslie Nagel that I have read, so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was a wonderful story that was cozy mystery mixed with romantic suspense. This is the first book in a new series The Oakwood Mystery series. This is a standalone with no cliffhanger, though it is open-ended for future books in the series. There is described violence, this is a murder mystery after all. The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that all of that info here. The author did a great job of explaining and describing the characters and the town. I loved the idea of the theme staged murder scenes and the aptly named book club. There are a lot of clues in the storyline that keep you guessing what twists and turns will be revealed next. And they continue to keep coming until the end of the book. It definitely kept me riveted. I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. I look forward to reading more of Leslie Nagel's books. I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Mimi_We More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Netgalley and I want to say thank you very much. It was a very good book and well worth the time to read and review. I would recommend it to everyone who reads mysteries and likes to try to figure out who dun it. This book was very well written. It kept me spellbound right from the first page until the last page. The story was about a book club of older ladies in Oakwood The Book Club is called The Agathas after Agatha Christie the best female mystery author of all time. There are actually ladies from Oakwood of all ages, (mostly all have been in the club for a long time) Charley is relatively a newer member in only the past year or so. And only because her BFF from High School, Frankie is a long time member. There are a total of ten members including Charley and Frankie. Each month the club reads a new book and a different member has the club luncheon at their home. Some bring dessert, some wine, and some bring extra books. Everyone is at a meeting for September ready to enjoy themselves when the police arrive. They are there to tell one of the younger members Lindy Taylor, (a girl who went to High School with both Frankie and Charlie), her sister Serena has been found dead in a parking lot in town. Well everyone is very upset they all decide to leave and have the club at another time. From that day on Charlie get involved in the investigation because the police officer is someone she likes. So she helps to try to find out which one of the club has killed this person, when they find out that others have been killed. The book keeps you on the edge of your seat and keeps you trying to guess who dun it until the last page. It is a good new author to be watching out for and looking for new books from her.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
This book is a whirlwind of secrets, affairs, friendship and romance. In her first book, Ms. Nagel has captured the true meaning of a cozy mystery. The story revolves around a book club, who call themselves The Eight Agathas, in honor of the queen of mystery, Agatha Christie. Each Agatha carries secrets and for one in particular, these secrets lead to unthinkable events. The author has created such wonderful characters it made it easy to like all of them, even the not so nice ones. Charley Carpenter is a fantastic character, I enjoyed her personality and her loyalty to friends and family. Frankie and Dmitry are my favorites, they added a lot of color to the story. Marc is strong character and I think he is a great match for Charley. I had a hard time putting this book down, I forced myself to read it slowly because I didn't want it to end. I hope there will be another in this series, I would absolutely love to see this series continue. The book definitely deserves more than 5 stars. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
This debut novel is the first in the Oakwood Mystery Series. It's billed as a cozy mystery, but it is much more. A bit cozy in that even though there are bodies falling here and there, nothing too graphic. It's a little romantic suspense in that it is suspenseful and there is definitely romance involved ... again, nothing too graphic. Charley Carpenter owns the Old Hat Vintage Fashions store. In order to be a success, she even joins the Agathas Book Club in order to perhaps get a few more customers among the rich and snobbish. When members of the book club start coming up dead ..... police wonder if one of the other members is taking their mystery reading a little too far. Detective Marcus Trenault is lead investigator. Marcus and Charley have a history ... she had a crush on him way back in school. But it seems like every time they met, they wound up arguing. Today looks no different to either one of them. Charley has the inside scoop about the other members and Marc is going to have to bite his tongue and use her as an informant. Not that Charley gave him any chance to say No! But when Charley gets too close, her life may be in danger. This was an enjoyable read. Charley is stubborn and opinionated, and not afraid to say so. Marc is arrogant in his own right. They say opposites attract ... and in this case, they really do! All of the suspects ... women who are rich, snobbish, witchy ... are described to a T. Since they all are hiding secrets, it was impossible to guess who dun it. There is a second book coming out early next year. I will be standing in line to get a copy. Many thanks to the author / Random House Publishing Group - Alibi / NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Be careful what you wish for! Det. Marcus Trenault had wanted more action from this quiet town and he got it. Murder! And not just one, a slew of them! Somehow they connected to the Agathas local book club. Now, he's not only looking into the murders, he's also got to stop Charley (a book club member) from harm as she tries to solve the murders. He's finding it hard to stop the stubborn woman and his interest in her! An interesting entry into the series. Action-filled, though slow at times. Romantic and funny. 3 1/2 stars Book free for honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fiery Charley isn't afraid to do the right thing or face a less than perfect world for her. She's loyal to family & friends & has worked hard to build her business. Everything changes when a murder of a young woman happens in Oakwood & Charley must face her history with the young, successful detective working the case. There are twists & turns, action & a cast of characters to love or hate! I can't wait to continue the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The mystery itself, identifying the killer nicknamed "Lucy", is pretty solid. It has several plausible red herrings. I woud give it 3.5-4 Stars. What drags my rating down to 1 Star is the soap-opera like dreck surrounding and propelling the mystery. The detective/love interest, Marc, is, initially, extremely unlikable. His behavior is explained as the story progresses, but he still comes across as juvenile and unprofessional. Behaviorisms at odds with someone who was supposed to be an ace Chicago homicide detective. In fact, the whole police department comes across as inept. The police Chief strong-arming his team into a hurried solution before all the data could be checked was stupid, and it soon became clear it was just an awkward way to force the author's plot goal. The main female lead, Charley, is this strange dichotomy of strong and of insipid. Her initial beef with Marc is explained. And, as the story progresses, her anger with some of his attitude is justified. However, her responses to his behavior often feel more like those of a flouncy, huffy teen as opposed to the responses of a mature adult. Also, the way she's allowed into the investigation feels forced. While some of her knowledge was useful to the police, having her character involved to the point of police incompetence detracted from the quality of the mystery, itself. I don't know if the author wrote it this way by choice, or if she just couldn't think of another (better) way to achieve her desired ending. Too bad, it could have been a good book.
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GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Oakwood Mystery Series. It is a cozy with a bit of a twist. There is some swearing and a little sex, but it is not graphic. There are several murders, there is a serial killer, which is a little uncommon in a cozy, but again, not graphic so if still fits. Charley Carpenter owns the Old Hat Vintage Fashions store. She dropped out of school and returned home to the small town of Oakwood Ohio after her father suffered a stroke. Trying to make a go of her business during the recession, she joins the Agathas Book Club whose members are the rich and snobbish. She hopes to cultivate these ladies and their friends to become her customers. Detective Marcus Trenault and Charley have some history. She crushed on him from afar in highschool. He is also the son of her and her father's friend Evie who died recently. Marc and his mother were somewhat estranged and Charley had trouble forgiving him for that. As well he is arrogant and pig-headed, so whenever they meet up, they end up in an argument. When the sister of one of the Agathas is murdered, Charlie begins to investigate. When another young woman also ends up dead, Charley realizes that there is a connection to the Agathas. Charley has the inside scoop about the other members and Marc is going to have to bite his tongue and use her as an informant. As they continue to investigate with Charley part of the team, her life may in danger. This was an enjoyable read. Charley is stubborn and opinionated, and not afraid to say so. Marc is arrogant in his own right. This is where the romance comes in. All of the suspects, the Agathas, are rich, snobbish, and some are quite bitchy. Charley describes them perfectly throughout the story. As their secrets unfold we see their lives, and realize that having money does not solve all problems, in fact, it causes many. I did not figure out who dun it which always makes a mystery more enjoyable to me. The mention of several mystery books in the story also added more books to my TBR list. A great read. I am looking forward to the next one in the series. 4.5 stars for me.
TessT More than 1 year ago
Leslie Nagel has given us an enjoyable first novel. In my opinion, there is nothing better than a book, except perhaps a book about a book club. When I run across one named after the Grand Dame, I almost get giddy with happiness. When club members start dropping like flies Charlie Carpenter dons her deerstalker and takes us on a great ride, as she "helps" solves the murders. FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I did not want to put this book down. Between the whodunit and the romance between Charley and Marcus, I had to turn the page. Charley wanted to help the police after the first murder because she knew the people involved. Her past with Marcus, the lead cop, almost kept her from passing on information. I cheered for both Charley and Marcus as they realized the past was just that and that they were attracted to each other. The mystery was compelling with several suspects to choose from, and I found the "theme" behind the murders intriguing. I highly recommend this book. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley.
BookloverUT More than 1 year ago
Charley Carpenter has opened her dream store, Old Hat Vintage Fashions. To make it a success, she joins the Agathas Book Club. Although their goal is to read one mystery a month and have a discussion, Charley finds that gossip seems more important. But after two women with close ties to the Agathas are murdered, everyone in the group becomes a suspect. When evidence indicates that both murders are the work of one person, Charley realizes that the killer has arranged each corpse in an imitation of crime scenes from the Club’s mystery reading list. She uses her membership in the Club to convince Detective Marcus Trenault to use her as an inside informant. Passions explode as she and Marc must race against time to prevent another murder. And if the culprit is not found, Charley could be next on the murderer’s list. This is Leslie Nagel’s debut novel, and I think it’s fabulous. The characters are loveable, some of them you love and some you love to hate. The plot is classically designed. It seems that it could’ve been done before, but with Nagel’s unique perspective, there’s a freshness to it. I will definitely read this author’s work again. An Advanced Reading Copy was received in exchange for an honest review.
ScotsLass More than 1 year ago
The Book Club Murders an Oakwood Mystery Series by Leslie Nagel is the first book in a new cozy mystery series. Charley Carpenter owns a vintage clothes store, Old Hat Fashions, in the small town of Oakwood. In an effort to make sure her shop is successful, she joins the Agatha Book Club whose membership includes some of the very wealthy, snobbish, and unlikeable members of the community. They all share a love for Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries and meet once a month to discuss the books. But someone appears to be committing murders that are staged to look like the murders in the books. It seems like a member of the Agatha’s is a murderer, but whom. Charley along with Detective Marcus Trenault try to get past their past and discover the murderer. Charley’s character is feisty and headstrong. Marc is handsome, strong and sometimes arrogant. The other members of the club are pretty much snobs except Frankie who is a loyal best friend. The story has multiple twists and turns finally unraveling with the true killer and a rather surprising ending. I wish there had been a little more character development. For the most part the members of the Agatha’s didn’t seem to have much separation; they all seemed rather the same. The other sideline characters, like Charley’s dad and the hairdresser may become more developed in future books. On the whole the book was entertaining to read and I look forward to see how the series progresses. I received this book from NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group –Alibi in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This was a nice little cozy with, of course, a little romance. I liked the idea that the murderer used. Of course, it was a book club. There were also a lot of suspects and a lot of affairs going on in this small town. There were also a lot of strange people belonging to this book club, which of course, only added to the list of suspects. I think cozy mystery readers will enjoy this book as I know that I did. Oh and the murders were staged to look like the murders that occurred in the books that the book club had read. That was the real creepy part. Some would say cool since it was a brand new twist (at least it was for me)' The story was great (I had no idea who did it) and the main characters were well developed. I really liked Charley and Frankie and I would hang out with them. They seemed pretty cool and mentally sound. Thanks to Random House/Alibi and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this is the first book in the Headlines in Oakwood Mystery series written by Leslie Nagel. Charley owns Old Hat Vintage Fashions a clothing store in Oakwood, Ohio. She will do anything to help her business even joining the stuffy Agathas Book Club in order to cultivate customers among the wealthy elite in town. Charley finds the endless gossip a high price to pay. But after two women with close ties to the Agathas are brutally murdered, everyone falls under threat and suspicion. When key evidence indicates that both murders are the work of the same hand, Charley realizes that the killer has arranged each corpse in perfect imitation of crime scenes from the Club’s murder mystery reading list. She uses her membership in the Club to convince Detective Marcus Trenault to use her as an inside informant. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Murasake More than 1 year ago
Charley Carpenter owns a successful consignment shop in her hometown of Oakwood, and one of the small ways she's made it successful is by letting her friend Frankie Bright lure her into a book club with Oakland society's elite ladies. She really likes only a few members of the Agathas, but she does enjoy books, and it has been great for business. Then Serena Wyndham, sister of fellow Agatha member Lindy Taylor, is found dead, and it's a scene right out of one of their murder mysteries. The investigating detective is her old crush and nemesis Marcus Trenault, now a police detective on their local police force. The two of them are both attracted to and exasperated by each other, but as one socially prominent society lady after another dies, all but Serena actually members of the Agathas, they can't avoid each other. It gets even harder when it's clear that all the murder methods are taken straight from murder mysteries the club has read in recent months. It's a nicely intricate story, it keeps moving, and the character development is decent. There are points at which both Charley and Marc seem to miss the obvious, but on the other hand, the relationship between them proceeds as if they are two intelligent adults and not fools who believe the worst about the supposed beloved at the least excuse. Supporting characters are good, too, bringing variety and personality to Charley and Marc's environment. Marc's partner Paul, Charley's business neighbor Dmitri the hairdresser, and the other members of the Agathas are interesting in their own right. Recommended. I received a free electronic galley from the publisher via NetGalley.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
Imagine that you are a member of a book club, the Agathas, who read and discus a mystery each month that the group selects. Most of the ladies are upper class snobs, but also upper class women who are willing to spend a lot in your upscale vintage shop for some of their social events. Next, imagine that two grisly murders occur with days of each other. After you (accidentally on purpose) hear the cops discuss certain aspects of the crime scenes, you come to a startling realization: the bodies of the two young women murdered in your small home town are posed as fits the murder scenes in two of the mysteries that the Agathas have read for the book club in recent months. Then you realize that both of the young women are close to ladies in the Agathas, one being a sister of a member. This fast-paced debut mystery by Leslie Nagel includes families who have at least one secret they might kill to protect. Charley lives with her father (Bobby, AKA Coach) and his full-time health aid, Lawrence, and owns and operates Old Hat Vintage Fashions. She returned to Oakwood, Ohio after her father suffered his first stroke and is a vital part of his life. They had been close friends of Evie, who passed away about 2 years earlier, and her son Marcus moved back from Chicago. He is a detective in Oakwood as he had been in Chicago. The characters are very well defined as per their respective roles. More surprises are revealed about each relevant character as the story progresses. My favorite is, of course, Charley, who wants to see justice done and keep the Agathas safe and continues to get in Marcus’ way. Marc, who she had a hopeless teenage crush on but she now views as arrogant (among other things). Charley’s strengths include owning and managing her upscale vintage boutique and her love for her dad, interacting with him about people they know, news around town, and her shop. Her BFF since 7th grade and partner in crime-solving, is Frankie. It is a blast to ‘watch’ them together, as each brings their unique dynamic to the situations they are in. When adding Dmitri, top hair stylist in town and Charley’s second best friend, there is no stopping the fun! Their bond is so close that each would risk their life for the other. Marc becomes a central figure as sparks fly between him and Charley. The Agathas vary in personality, each with secret sorrows from which the scabs are very painfully ripped during the investigation. The plot is complex, enhanced by twists and turns as each clue is discovered. Charley understands some of the clues than the detectives! I’m don’t know if many police departments would share as much information with a citizen as the detectives did while she helped them, but she was frequently a step ahead of them. When an Agatha is found murdered, the stakes skyrocket. This armchair sleuth struggle to discern who the real ‘bad guy/ gal’ might be! There are breathtaking scenes as the mystery races toward its somewhat surprising and completely satisfying completion. I highly recommend this first novel in the Oakwood Mystery Series and hope there will be many forthcoming. For those preferring “clean read” cozy mysteries, be aware that there is some language, also ‘before’ and ‘after’ the sex scenes that may be TMI for some, including young teens. With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this eARC from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was rec'd.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Charlie Carpenter has moved back to Oakwood to help take care of her dad after his stroke. Now the owner of Old Hat Vintage Fashions, she has joined the Agathas, a mystery book club, as a PR attempt to get in better with some of the town's more elite members. But when murder strikes the sister of one of the Agathas, Charlie finds herself caught up in the investigation. Could it be just curiosity or does it have anything to do with detective Marcus Trenault, also recently returned to the town and a former crush of Charlie's. And when another death occurs, the stakes are raised higher. This was an interesting murder mystery, with the heroine actively contributing to the investigation, sometimes more than the police themselves. I enjoyed the banter between Marcus and Charlie as they fought their growing attraction to each other. The clues kept the reader guessing until the end as to murderer and motive. All in all, an enjoyable read. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
beckyb0416 More than 1 year ago
What started out as a normal, charming cozy mystery, quickly morphed into a very well written murder mystery with so many twists and turns to keep you guessing up until the very end. The author has created well crafted and believable characters with such unique personalities...not too quirky, or with over the top silliness. I was quite impressed with just how unique each character was, and their individual roles in the cadence of the story. Charley is not your typical snooping cozy mystery, meddling heroine...she actually demonstrates high intelligence and common sense at the same time. She not irritatingly rushing head long into situations that leave other characters TSTL, she, Frankie, Dmitri and Marc are well thought out characters who play intricate parts in the success of the stories believability. I look forward to the continuance of the series as I can only see good things coming from Charley, et al. This book was provided by the Publisher and Netgalley for my honest review.