The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala

The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala

by Laura DiSilverio

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ISBN-13: 9780451470850
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Series: A Book Club Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 180,270
Product dimensions: 4.40(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Laura DiSilverio is the national bestselling author of more than a dozen mystery novels, including the Book Club Mystery series featuring The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco and The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle, the Mall Cop Mysteries, and The Reckoning Stones, a Library Journal Pick-of-the-Month. She is a former Air Force intelligence officer and past president of Sisters in Crime.

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The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
KimHeniadis More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I’ve read in the Book Club Mystery series, and I really enjoyed it. There was so much about the characters that I really liked, the fact that Amy-Faye and her boyfriend, Hart, had an adult relationship was a big one. They enjoyed each other, and were not acting like so many couples who have recently gotten together in other books that I’ve read. They were not constantly questioning if their relationship should be happening, or pushing away from each other in one chapter to only be passionately in love in the next. The group of women in the book club were also a wonderfully diverse bunch of strong women. There was not a wishy-washy female among them, which is so refreshing. And their strengths helped out in various ways while solving the mystery. Also Amy-Faye actually worked at her job, unlike a lot of cozies where the main character owns a business, but never actually seems to be there. Her job as a party planner, puts her in contact with a lot of people and areas of buildings she might not normally have access to, so this helped a lot in finding clues. The mystery itself had many twists and red herrings, which made it a fun puzzle to try and solve. And the extra twist right at the end was something I did not see coming. DiSilverio also added other crimes into the book, which helped to make the murder harder to solve. I don’t think you need to read this series in order since DiSilverio added enough context to previous storylines and characters that you were easily able to figure out what was going on. But with any series it is always enjoyable to start from the beginning because you get to watch the characters grow, and finding a series part way through is always good because that means you have more books to read right away!
L_Cejka More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic and funny book! There are so many things that I want to say, but because of spoilers, I really can't. It is safe to say that this book keeps you on your toes. I may have a preconceived affection because some of my first "grown-up" books were the Gothic novels I found on my grandmother's bookshelves over long summer visits. Laura DiSilverio does a wonderful job setting and describing a scene. She fills them with just the right amount of detail. She doesn't overwhelm you but makes every scene feel real. She also highlights friendships and relationships. The relationships between the Amy-Faye and her close female friends, the relationship with Amy-Faye and Hart, and the relationships with and among the writers gathered for the "Celebration of Gothic Novels" make the entire story. If I have to have a complaints or a mild irritation, then first is taunting me with Nana's Lemon cake and then (because this isn't a culinary mystery) not giving me the recipe. :-) That cake sounded heavenly! The second, after spending a lot of time looking for a specific car, not asking the auctioneer questions about the car that he had an interaction with. Those are two pretty petty irritation, this book is full of witty dialog, fun action scenes, and some hilarious "I Love Lucy" worthy bits. If you are considering this book, take the plunge and read it. It is a whole lot of fun. I have but have not read the first two books in this series. They are sitting on my tbr bookcase, but other books have been jumping in front of them. I entered a contest and won an autographed book in exchange for an honest review. After reading and thoroughly enjoying this book, I can't wait to dive into the first two of the Readaholics series.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this is the third book in the Book Club Mystery series written by Laura DiSilverio. The readaholics is a book club whose members are amateur sleuths. Amy-Faye Johnson has her hands full coordinating the Celebration of Gothic Novels in Heaven, Colorado. The festivities start off smoothly, but the weekend is soon cursed with large egos, old resentments, uninvited guests and a dead body. Now the members of the book club put their sleuthing skills to work trying to find out what really happened. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. 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 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.
Lynette381 More than 1 year ago
The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala was a great book. I was excited to get chosen for an advanced copy in return for a fair review. I had never read anything by Laura DiSilverio, and had never heard of the Book Club Mystery series. I was a bit skeptical about the content of the book because of the title, but was pleasantly surprised to find myself turning page after page, waiting to see what came next. I have to admit though that it started off very slow. After a few chapters, however, I got to know the characters a bit more and was interested to see how the story would turn out. Amy-Faye is a party planner who was responsible for setting up a Gothic Gala to celebrate the genre of gothic writers. The celebrity writers who were invited all have their little quirks, and friction between them is clear. During their costume party a dead body shows up, but no one seems to know who he is. However, after a few twists and turns, and some good sleuthing on part of the Readaholics book club, some dirty little secrets are exposed and the identity of the dead man turns out to be a real doozy! If you are in the mood for some good writing, good humor, a little romance, and a lot of mystery, read this! You won’t be disappointed. I know I will be going back and reading the rest of the series. Thank you for choosing me!!
VondaKay More than 1 year ago
The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala is one of the best cozy mystery books I’ve read in a while. I don’t usually like starting anywhere but the first book in a series, but this one made me feel quite comfortable reading it without having read the first two in the series. The main character Amy-Faye grabs my interest from the start. I was able to imagine myself in all the activities that she had set up for the Celebration of Gothic Novels in Heaven, Colorado. The interaction between the authors that are part of the event sets things up for an edge of your seat page turning read. You know something is going to happen but what and when are the questions. There are so many interesting twists and turns throughout the story. The Readaholics group is pulled in to solving the murder with Amy-Faye’s cop boyfriend’s permission. Together they investigate all of the authors and guests that have come for the Celebration only to find more mystery than answers. In the end, it’s because of their persistence in investigating that they solve the case. I’ll definitely be going back to books one and two to read them and eagerly awaiting anymore books that author, Laura DiSilverio writes in this series. I have received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Ed_Farren More than 1 year ago
#3 in the Book Club Mystery series. Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the Cozy Mystery Review Crew. Further disclosure: This is the ninth cozy I have read by author Laura DiSilverio and would have read it without, the nonetheless appreciated, free copy. I thought this was the best, so far, of the author's mysteries. The plot was tied into the Book Club's reading of DuMaurier's Rebecca and the local book store sponsored Gothic Gala. The book club members (and amateur detectives): Event Organizer Amy-Faye; her BFF, ex-Miss Colorado, Brooke; Nursery owner, Lola; Mayor/Realtor Kerry; and, Hunting/Fishing guide Maud all have a part to play in solving the murder uncovered at the Gala's costume party. Three noted Gothic mystery writers with their entourages, a mysterious stranger who gets murdered, clues scattered throughout, a plentiful supply of red herrings, and enjoyable gothic lore add to the fun of this enjoyable cozy mystery. Book Club Mystery - Amy-Faye Johnson, Heaven, CO event planner, and four of her friends are the Readaholics. This month they are reading the gothic novel Rebecca, which coincides with the Gothic Gala event A-Faye is staging for the local book store featuring appearances by three noted gothic writers. All of the writers seem to have secrets and when a body is found at the costume ball, the Readaholics are determined to find the killer.
Abby-F More than 1 year ago
I have read and the 2nd book in this series, and this one ( this is the 3rd). My expectations going into this book were very high since I loved the second one. Well this one soared past them! It was fantastic. I love how the Readaholics ( book club ) theme is integrated into the mystery . the Readaholics were reading Rebecca . If you haven't read it yet, and you plan to, then do so before you read this book. Because they reference to it many times nd will give away the whole book. The mystery was great! There were many suspects ( which I love) so they had a very tough time trying to widdle it down to one. At first I had a hard time figuring out who was who, because there were quite a few people. But after a while they all stood out as their distinct character and the confusion ended. There were many postice character developments. And I love Amy-Faye's and Hart's relationship! Overall it was a spectacular read!!!! I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
momelaine More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. I really enjoyed this book. I have not read the first two in the series, I am very sorry to say. I did not feel one bit lost in reading this one without having read the others. The author did a great job of catching me up so I could get to know the characters and their past relationships. The way she sneaked little tidbits in did not bog down the story one bit! It was pretty easy to get to know everyone. I like Amy-Faye's relationship with her special friend on the police force and the fact that he isn't uptight about her trying to share what she knows of the mystery with him. He accepts that she probably has seen or heard things he would never be able to. I did get hung up a little on all the authors that were at the Gothic Gala. It was a little harder for me to keep track of all of them. But overall, it was a good mix and I was kept guessing throughout the book as to who had done the deed, and why. I look forward to more stories about the Readaholics Book Club. Thank you for the entertainment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good mystery, lots of fun & entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maybe it wasn't the most exciting of the 3 in the series, and there were too many characters to sort out, but i liked it, and i hope that the series will continue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this series, but it just doesn't have that magical little "something" that really snags a reader's interest. This is a boring book; the 3rd boring book in a boring series. The mysteries and the pacing are okay-- nothing special. Unfortunately, none of the characters are particularly memorable or interesting. I don't really care what happens to them. This was very disappointing; especially, considering how much I enjoyed 3 other series by this author. I suppose that is why I kept reading this series. I kept expecting it to live up to the other 3 series that gave me so much reading pleasure. Foolish me. The three I've read are: the "Mall Cop" series (my favorite), the "Swift Investigations" series, and the "Southern Beauty Shop" series (under the pen name Lila Dare). I thoroughly enjoyed all 3 of these series, and give each one 5 Stars. They each have that little "something" that makes you want more. In particular, they each have memorable and interesting characters that draw you in as well as each having solid, well-paced mysteries. In fact, I was very disappointed when she only wrote 3 books in 2 of the series. Although, it is better to have fewer books of high quality than lots of mediocre or poorly-written books. Unfortunately, the "Readaholics" series isn't anything special. Save your time and $ for her good books.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
The Celebration of Gothic Novels gala is being attended modern day gothic authors. It's all in honor of the queens of the gothic novel, like Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney and Mary Stewart, whose books often littered chairs and tables in my home when I was growing up. The 100th birthday of Mary Stewart ties together Amy-Faye's event as well. Naturally, skeletons, red herrings and egos abound as Amy-Faye and her well written friends decide to investigate what happened to the newcomer to Heaven. There are a couple other books in the series, but I found that this was easy to read as a stand alone, background information wasn't too important, or shared as necessary.
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book in the series so far. As usual Amy-Faye Johnson has a lot going on in her life, a busy business, a budding romance and lots of friends. Amy-Faye is organizing several events around a group of Gothic writers, including a gothic gala where a musder takes place using an unusual weapon, one brought into the party by on of the Readaholics. Amy-Faye and the Readaholics must find the killer to clear their friends name.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala is the third book in Laura DiSilverio’s A Book Club Mystery series. By far, this standalone read is my favorite of the series. Amy-Faye Johnson has been busy with her event planning business, Eventful!. This time, she has teamed up with Gemma Frant, owner of Book Bliss to organize an author event called “Celebration of Gothic Novels” to celebrate the birthdays of some great gothic authors. The event includes an author panel discussion, author signing event, and a gothic themed costume party. Things are going pretty well until an unknown man is found dead at the costume party. When it’s determined the murder weapon was brought to the party by Amy-Faye’s friend Lola, Amy-Faye’s reading group, The Readaholics vow to find the real killer. One of the reasons I loved this book so much is because Laura DiSilverio has written a wonderful group of characters, who are more than just friends and reading buddies. They share each other’s joys and sorrows. They actually watch out for each other. In this installment, Amy-Faye and her best friend Brooke find their lives moving along in a positive direction. On the murder mystery front, the list of suspects might be small, but they have enough skeletons in their closets to fill a graveyard. From kleptomania, to lies, to theft, and fraud; they are an interesting bunch to say the least. I loved the way the story played out from Amy-Faye and the group casually learning things about the suspects to a game of chicken with an airplane. I can honestly say I was surprised in the end and loved the way Laura put all the pieces together. I simply can’t wait for the next book in this series. It should be noted that the cover artist(s) for this book did an amazing job. The cover is actually taken from a scene in the book. **Received a copy from Penguin NAL for an honest and unbiased opinion.**
Chewie_the_Mouse More than 1 year ago
The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala by Laura DiSilverio is Book 3 in the author’s Book Club Mystery series. Normally, I try to avoid starting a series any way other than with Book 1, but this one intrigued me enough to pick up the newly released (8/2/16) third book. What was it about this title that had me abandoning protocol and diving right into Book 3, you ask? The simple answer is: “Rebecca”! The title Readaholics are reading and discussing the du Maurier classic, which is one of my favorites. I was pleased to see that, during the course of the story, the club actually meets and discusses “Rebecca”. In addition, the main character thinks about the classic story throughout her adventures. Other highlights from The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala include: The main character, Amy-Faye Johnson, is an event planner, and her main event for the duration of this book is a series of events that make up the Gothic Gala celebration. I had a general sense of the definition of gothic fiction before reading this book, but I actually learned a good bit more by following the events of the Gala. The information flowed naturally, however, and never felt like factual overload. Laura diSilverio includes lots of current pop-culture references, which gave the book a modern feel. I particularly enjoyed the fact that I share several common popular interests with Amy-Faye (and/or Laura DiSilverio). The suspects and red herrings were plentiful. My initial guess for “whodunit” was not correct, but not entirely wrong, either. When the “big reveal” occurred and all was made clear, everything made sense and fit with the previously provided clues. Starting a series with Book 3, as expected, left me playing a bit of catch-up with the characters. However, I was able to quickly figure out the major players, and was never left feeling that I really *should have* read books 1-2 first. I definitely plan to go back and catch up, and have already ordered book 1 (The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco). Although the author does not rehash (or spoil) the events of the previous books, Amy-Faye does reference things that have happened and mysteries she has been involved with before. I liked this and found it added realism to the character. After all, if someone has been involved in any way with a murder investigation, that person would certainly think about it going forward, especially when faced with another crime. The character of Maud is a delight! My favorite Maud moment comes when Amy-Faye reads aloud a note that was attached to a projectile directed at the group. Maud’s first comment is, “I hate sloppily used pronouns with unclear antecedent references.” I look forward to seeing more of her in future books! Overall, I have to say that I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. Five out of five yummy slices of aged British Cheddar!
BeckyMcF More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the combination of Gothic classics and and author antics with a murder and event planning! Laura DiSilverio had a month-long series on her Facebook page in July about Gothic mysteries that I followed and found quite interesting. Reading those posts added to my pleasure in The Gothic Gala and I thought the series was an excellent tie-in for this Book 3!
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Gothic Authors and Murder I fell in love with the Readaholics the first time I met them. This group of women are just so much fun! They are back in The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala, and it’s another winner. If you haven’t met the group, the Readaholics are a book club that focuses on mysteries. While they read a wide variety, we seem to join them for classic mysteries which have a bearing on the mysteries that they find themselves involved in. Amy-Faye Johnson is our main characters, and she’s an even planner in their town of Heaven, Colorado. As this book opens, Amy-Faye is getting ready for a Celebration of Gothic Novels that the local book store is hosting in honor of the 100th birthday of author Mary Stewart, one of the giants in the field. Three authors have come in to participate, and the day includes a talk and book signing, auction, and a costume ball that evening. The Readaholics are getting into the spirit by reading Daphne Du Maurier’s classic Rebecca. The day is mostly successful with only a couple of hitches along the way, but nothing that Amy-Faye can’t handle. All that changes as the dance is drawing to a close. That’s when a dead body is discovered. The victim is a stranger, but someone that Amy-Faye had noticed hanging around the events all day. Since the murder weapon was part of one of the Readaholic’s costumes, the group springs into action to found out what happened. But who was the victim? And who would have motive to kill this stranger? What I love about this series is how each of the Readaholics get involved in the mystery. Amy-Faye might be our main character, but all five of the women are given their moment to shine. That’s the case here again as they investigate the latest case. All of the characters are strong, and it’s easy to keep them all straight. Meanwhile, we see some growth in the women. I did miss Amy Faye’s family, who weren’t around as much as in the past, but that’s a minor complaint. Any more of them would have just slowed the book down anyway. And there really wasn’t much to slow down the story. We get a few mysterious events before the body shows up, and then it’s clues and surprises until we reach the logical yet surprising end. The suspects are all strong characters with valid motives which makes the mystery more fun. Unlike the first two in the series, I had not read Rebecca before picking up this book. I tried; it just didn’t happen. Over the course of this book, there are some discussions of that classic novel. It’s enough that anything I needed to know because it provided a clue to this story was explained to me. Unfortunately, that does mean some events of the classic are spoiled. I’m not surprised, and at this point, that’s certainly on me. Just be aware of that if you care before picking up this book. But you’ll definitely want to pick up this book. The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala is another fantastic read with characters you can’t help but love. Heck, if this book club were real, I’d jump at a chance to join. NOTE: I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read in this series featuring Amy-Faye Johnson. Amy-Faye is an event planner and she is busy planning the Celebration of Gothic Novels in Heaven, Colorado. With guest authors arriving and parties to set up for, Amy-Faye doesn't have time to solve a murder as well. When an out of state mystery guest turns up dead, it's up to Amy-Faye and her book club The Readaholics to solve the mystery. I really enjoyed this book. The plot was interesting and I loved the characters in the story as well. I look forward to catching up on the rest of this great series. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
I’ve wanted to be a part of a book club for some time now. Thanks to author Laura DiSilverio I get to be in one each time I read a new book in her Book Club Mystery series. Ms. DiSilverio has come a long way since the first book in this series, THE READAHOLICS AND THE FALCON FIASCO (which I really enjoyed). She has done a fantastic job fleshing out all of her characters. It’s been fun to watch them grow. Book three in the Book Club Mysteries, THE READAHOLICS AND THE GOTHIC GALA, was an excellent story with a mystery that gave me chills. I loved the gothic angle in the plot. It made for some wonderful reading. The best in the series to date, this fast moving, exciting book kept me reading much later then I had intended. But once into the story, I couldn’t possible worry about sleep. I had to know whodunit. I have to tell you, it was totally worth being tired the whole next day! If you’re in a book club, check out this series for making fun comparisons. With your group. If you’re not in a book group, the Book Group Mysteries will have you wanting to start one!