Jane’s boyfriend is missing, and she thinks she may find him at North Carolina’s historic Biltmore Estate. Officially, she’s there to learn about luxury hotel management, but she’s also prowling around the breathtaking buildings and grounds looking for secret passageways and clues. One of the staff gardeners promises to be helpful . . . that is, until his body turns up in the reading room of his cottage, a book on his lap.
When she finally locates the kidnapped Edwin, his captor insists that she lead him back to Storyton Hall, convinced that it houses Ernest Hemingway’s lost suitcase, stolen from a Paris train station in 1922. But before they can turn up the treasure, the bell may toll for another victim... (Summary via Goodreads)
If you are a fan of the Book Retreat Mystery series by Ellery Adams, you are highly invested in Storyton Hall and Jane's life. If you aren't a fan yet, you have plenty of time to get to know Jane and her crazy life !!
In Murder in the Reading Room, the fifth book in this series, Jane travels to Biltmore Estates to attend a hotel management seminar as well as look for her boyfriend Edwin. Edwin ends up missing in Murder in the Locked Library, the fourth book, so when we rejoin Jane in the fifth book in this series, she is determined to find him and bring him home.
One cannot help but love Jane and her lifestyle....she is a single mom of twin boys running a book lover's hotel retreat.....unfortunately she is the keeper of a secret library that has people killing over it's contents. Even though Jane is trained to fight and everyone employeed at Storyton Hall is there to protect her and her family, it is very hard to trust outsiders.
Adams hooks the reader into the story instantly.....and when the reader gets to page 58 it will become increasingly difficult for the reader to stop !! Adams drops a bombshell on Jane and the reader that you will want to continue reading to find out how things turn out.
I highly recommend booking a room at Storyton Hall and hanging out with Jane, her great-aunt and uncle, the employees who are family and her girlfriends, The Cover Girls. As Jane walks through the rooms, you will feel like you are walking along side her and when she goes home to check on the twins, Hemingway and Fitzgerald, you will again feel like you are there. And when Jane is in trouble you will hold your breathe while she disentangles herself. And while you read this book, you will become a pro at holding your breathe........
Review by Missi S.