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Don't miss the first book in a brand-new gripping and hilarious bookish cozy mystery series by author Tamara Berry! Put your sleuthing hat on―Buried in a Good Book features: A thriller writer who knows way more than anyone should about death and dismemberment Her young daughter who's more intrigued by dead bodies than she probably should be An isolated cabin in the woods t Don't miss the first book in a brand-new gripping and hilarious bookish cozy mystery series by author Tamara Berry! Put your sleuthing hat on―Buried in a Good Book features: A thriller writer who knows way more than anyone should about death and dismemberment Her young daughter who's more intrigued by dead bodies than she probably should be An isolated cabin in the woods that's probably―definitely―hiding something The tiny mountain town that seems less than troubled by a sudden abundance of murders Bestselling thriller writer Tess Harrow is almost at the end of her rope when she arrives with her teenage daughter at her grandfather's rustic cabin in the woods. She hopes this will be a time for them to heal and bond after Tess's recent divorce, but they've barely made it through the door when an explosion shakes the cabin. Suddenly it's raining fish guts and...is that a human arm? Tess was hardly convincing Gertie that a summer without Wi-Fi and running water would be an adventure. Now she's thrust into a murder investigation, neighbors are saying they've spotted Bigfoot in the woods near her cabin, and the local sheriff is the spitting image of her character Detective Gabriel Gonzales―something he's less than thrilled about. With so much more than her daughter's summer plans at stake, it's up to Tess to solve this case before anyone else gets hurt.


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Don't miss the first book in a brand-new gripping and hilarious bookish cozy mystery series by author Tamara Berry! Put your sleuthing hat on―Buried in a Good Book features: A thriller writer who knows way more than anyone should about death and dismemberment Her young daughter who's more intrigued by dead bodies than she probably should be An isolated cabin in the woods t Don't miss the first book in a brand-new gripping and hilarious bookish cozy mystery series by author Tamara Berry! Put your sleuthing hat on―Buried in a Good Book features: A thriller writer who knows way more than anyone should about death and dismemberment Her young daughter who's more intrigued by dead bodies than she probably should be An isolated cabin in the woods that's probably―definitely―hiding something The tiny mountain town that seems less than troubled by a sudden abundance of murders Bestselling thriller writer Tess Harrow is almost at the end of her rope when she arrives with her teenage daughter at her grandfather's rustic cabin in the woods. She hopes this will be a time for them to heal and bond after Tess's recent divorce, but they've barely made it through the door when an explosion shakes the cabin. Suddenly it's raining fish guts and...is that a human arm? Tess was hardly convincing Gertie that a summer without Wi-Fi and running water would be an adventure. Now she's thrust into a murder investigation, neighbors are saying they've spotted Bigfoot in the woods near her cabin, and the local sheriff is the spitting image of her character Detective Gabriel Gonzales―something he's less than thrilled about. With so much more than her daughter's summer plans at stake, it's up to Tess to solve this case before anyone else gets hurt.

30 review for Buried in a Good Book

  1. 5 out of 5

    PamG

    Buried in a Good Book by Tamara Berry is the first book in the By the Book Mysteries series. I’ve seen this categorized as a cozy mystery and that fits although it is slightly more gritty and gripping than many. It is also laugh-out-loud funny in places. Tess Harrow is a bestselling thriller writer who has inherited her grandfather’s rustic cabin in the woods near Winthrop, Washington. Six months have passed since her divorce from Quentin and Tess has finally convinced her fourteen-year-old d Buried in a Good Book by Tamara Berry is the first book in the By the Book Mysteries series. I’ve seen this categorized as a cozy mystery and that fits although it is slightly more gritty and gripping than many. It is also laugh-out-loud funny in places. Tess Harrow is a bestselling thriller writer who has inherited her grandfather’s rustic cabin in the woods near Winthrop, Washington. Six months have passed since her divorce from Quentin and Tess has finally convinced her fourteen-year-old daughter Gertrude (Gertie) to spend the summer at the cabin. Hoping to bond, they’ve barely arrived at the cabin without electricity or running water when an explosion rocks the cabin. When they go outside, they find that it’s raining fish parts and what looks like a human arm. Tess has a hard time separating her fictional detective’s methods, which aren’t always “by the book”, and local Sheriff’s Victor Boyd’s method of following procedure, which leads to some fascinating and funny interchanges between the two. Dealing with real law enforcement officers is harder than she expected. The normally calm and levelheaded sheriff doesn’t stay that way as he interacts with Tess. Additionally, Gertie seems to enjoy being part of a murder investigation a little too much for Tess’s comfort. For book lovers, readers not only get a main character who is a thriller writer, but there is a bookmobile that makes the rounds of the local communities and a deputy that has been writing a science fiction novel in her spare time. Themes include a change of pace, recovery from a divorce, parent-child relationships, friendship, murder, and much more. The writing is terrific. The characters, as well as the story, quickly engage readers. Visual and auditory imagery comes through vividly. The plot is absorbing and intriguing with a storyline that has a few red herrings, a couple of surprises, and lots of humor. Overall, this engaging and funny novel immediately pulled me into the storyline and the lives of the characters. If you enjoy excellent cozy mysteries with a little extra grit, then I recommend that you check out this one. I am looking forward to finding out what happens in the next book of the series. Poisoned Ped Press and Tamara Berry provided a complimentary DRC of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way. Publication date is currently set for May 24, 2022. ---------- Review coming soon.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Five stars for what I found to be an excellent opener to a new cosy series. As soon as it began I knew I was going to like the main character, Tess Harris. She is a famous writer of thrillers starring a detective called Gabriel Gonzales and tends to live all of life's experiences as though she is in a book herself. I thought she was great fun. The book begins with Tess and her (also amazingly likeable) teenage daughter, Gertie, escaping to a wilderness cabin after a marriage break up. Their arriv Five stars for what I found to be an excellent opener to a new cosy series. As soon as it began I knew I was going to like the main character, Tess Harris. She is a famous writer of thrillers starring a detective called Gabriel Gonzales and tends to live all of life's experiences as though she is in a book herself. I thought she was great fun. The book begins with Tess and her (also amazingly likeable) teenage daughter, Gertie, escaping to a wilderness cabin after a marriage break up. Their arrival does not bode well as an explosion in a nearby lake causes them to be showered by dead fish and a human arm. A murder investigation ensues and Tess meets Sheriff Victor Boyd, a man who always comes off second best to her imaginary hero Gabriel Gonzales. The dialogue is frequently amusing, the story occasionally outrageous but always entertaining and there are even some teary moments. The author provides many red herrings and it is difficult to trust any of the characters. I thought I had cleverly guessed the baddy but it turned out I could not have been more wrong. Altogether an excellent read and I am really looking forward to the next book. The author has given herself so much to work with in the setting and the characters that it should definitely be a good one! My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Tess Harrow was a best-selling thriller writer and she and her teenage daughter, Gertrude moved to Tess’ grandfather’s rustic old cottage in Winthrop for six months, to put the divorce of her ex husband into the past, and help Gertrude get through the fact that her father wasn’t in contact with her at all. Tess didn’t expect to get involved with a murder right on their doorstep not long after they’d arrived. With no electricity, running water or Wi-Fi, Gertie wasn’t impressed, but when they met Tess Harrow was a best-selling thriller writer and she and her teenage daughter, Gertrude moved to Tess’ grandfather’s rustic old cottage in Winthrop for six months, to put the divorce of her ex husband into the past, and help Gertrude get through the fact that her father wasn’t in contact with her at all. Tess didn’t expect to get involved with a murder right on their doorstep not long after they’d arrived. With no electricity, running water or Wi-Fi, Gertie wasn’t impressed, but when they met a lady who ran a mobile lending library, Gertie was happy to spend time reading. Soon Nicki and Tess were good friends, but Tess was using the knowledge she’d gleaned writing her novels, to find the murderer. The sheriff wasn’t impressed. As Tess investigated, digging into the people in the area, telling the sheriff what she learned, she couldn’t make him happy. She was annoying him – so she decided to do it on her own. But what would that bring? Another body and more distractions than she could manage. Would she and Gertie stay safe until the killer was found? Buried in a Good Book is the 1st in the By the Book Mysteries by Tamara Berry, and I quite enjoyed it. It was fun and entertaining, even though Tess did LOTS of silly things. The twists were good and the one at the end was a surprise! I didn’t expect it at all! I’m looking forward to #2 in the series. Recommended. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Buried in a Good Book by Tamara Berry is the first book in the new cozy By the Book Mysteries series. As with most cozy mystery series this first book does contain a fully solved mystery so it could be read as a standalone if choosing to do so with only the character development carrying over to the next book. After Tess Harrow’s divorce from her husband she gained custody of their teenage daughter but Tess didn’t want her ex completely out of her Gertie’s life. Every day Tess watched her Gertie’ Buried in a Good Book by Tamara Berry is the first book in the new cozy By the Book Mysteries series. As with most cozy mystery series this first book does contain a fully solved mystery so it could be read as a standalone if choosing to do so with only the character development carrying over to the next book. After Tess Harrow’s divorce from her husband she gained custody of their teenage daughter but Tess didn’t want her ex completely out of her Gertie’s life. Every day Tess watched her Gertie’s disappointment when her father was a no show so Tess decided maybe some time away would do them good. After her grandfather’s passing Tess inherited his remote cabin and being an author Tess can work from anywhere so they head to the small town of Winthrop. Once arriving at the cabin though Tess and Gertie were in for quite the shock when some loud booms sounded off nearby. Tess discovers a young man blast fishing on her property and unfortunately instead of just fish he’d blasted out a dead body from the pond. Being a best selling thriller author Tess knows way more than the average person about murder so she can’t help herself by poking into the sheriff’s investigation. Tamara Berry is a cozy author that I have read before so going into Buried in a Good Book I was expecting to find one of those quirky and humorous cozies that I adore and I certainly did find one. This was such a fun start to a new series with plenty of twists and turns with the mystery to keep a reader on their toes. The characters were great and I enjoyed the tiny town and will definitely look forward to returning with the next book of the By the Book Mysteries series! I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    I was not sure that I was going to like this book at the beginning but as I kept reading, I was drawn in, the story unfolded, and it turned out to be a funny, entertaining read. Author Tess Harrow and her daughter head to the isolated rustic cabin that Tess inherited from her grandfather for a summertime of time away from electronics and distractions of life but the quiet is interrupted with an explosion in the pond behind the cabin, leaving body parts all over the place. Tess puts on her author I was not sure that I was going to like this book at the beginning but as I kept reading, I was drawn in, the story unfolded, and it turned out to be a funny, entertaining read. Author Tess Harrow and her daughter head to the isolated rustic cabin that Tess inherited from her grandfather for a summertime of time away from electronics and distractions of life but the quiet is interrupted with an explosion in the pond behind the cabin, leaving body parts all over the place. Tess puts on her author hat to find answers along with the local sheriff, Victor Boyd, and his department personnel. She also friends the local bookmobile driver, Nicki. All have read Tess's books and are familiar with her characters. Tess's daughter Gertrude is a cute and smart fourteen-year-old missing her absentee father, who left them. This is a story with quirky, funny characters and a mystery plot that is unusual with a whodunnit that I did not see coming. Everyone is not as they seem in this one with twists, turns, and surprises. This is a new to me author that I plan to see what other books that she has written as well as the next in this series. I recommend for those who enjoy cozy mysteries set in the outdoors with a sense of humor. I received a complimentary ARC from Poisoned Pen Press and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    Picked this book up for several reasons: 1) The main character is an author; 2) it's the first in the series and sounds like it will be interessting; 3) I like cozy mysteries; and 4) Tamara Berry is a new author for me and I like to read new authors. After reading about 10% of the book I was laughing out loud and speeding through the pages. I'm already looking forward to the next book! Thriller writer, Tess Harrow, and her daughter, Gertie (Gertrude), arrive at Tess's grandfather's cabin in north Picked this book up for several reasons: 1) The main character is an author; 2) it's the first in the series and sounds like it will be interessting; 3) I like cozy mysteries; and 4) Tamara Berry is a new author for me and I like to read new authors. After reading about 10% of the book I was laughing out loud and speeding through the pages. I'm already looking forward to the next book! Thriller writer, Tess Harrow, and her daughter, Gertie (Gertrude), arrive at Tess's grandfather's cabin in northern Washington state - very neard the Canadian border. Before they even get in the door they hear a loud explosion and the earth shakes and then fish guts and to their horror a human arm come raining down on them. Tess becomes involved in a murder investigation, Bigfoott has been spotten in the woods near the cabin, and the Sheriff is very much like the lead character in Tess's thriller series, Detective Gonzales. The book was fun from the beginning. Tess is a likable character who knows much about murder. She is impulsive and inquisitive and takes things too far sometimes. She also daydreams about plots, sometimes at inappropriate times, and imagines scenarios that may or may not pan out. Gertie is a likable, precocious fourteen-year-old - very smart and helpful. The writing drew me in and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Thanks to Poisoned Pen Press through Netgalley for an advance copy. This book will be published on May 24, 2022.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Diana | Book of Secrets

    After a messy divorce, successful thriller writer Tess brings her teen daughter Gertie to a cabin in the woods that she inherited from her grandfather. Tess is hoping some rustic living — no internet, electricity, or running water — will get Gertie's mind off the fact that her dad doesn't seem to want her in his life anymore. Instead of peace and quiet, they find themselves wrapped up in a murder investigation when body parts are found in the pond behind the cabin. I enjoyed the dynamics between After a messy divorce, successful thriller writer Tess brings her teen daughter Gertie to a cabin in the woods that she inherited from her grandfather. Tess is hoping some rustic living — no internet, electricity, or running water — will get Gertie's mind off the fact that her dad doesn't seem to want her in his life anymore. Instead of peace and quiet, they find themselves wrapped up in a murder investigation when body parts are found in the pond behind the cabin. I enjoyed the dynamics between characters, especially with Tess and Sheriff Boyd, who reminds her very much of her own fictional character Detective Gonzales from her hit thriller series. There were parts of the book I found silly (Bigfoot?) and the culprit was a big surprise, didn't make a lot of sense to me. Overall though, BURIED IN A BOOK is a fun start this new cozy series. 3.5 stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Britta

    I enjoy reading cozy mysteries and the description of the book and all those 5-star ratings caught my attention. I thought a cozy mystery with a thriller author as the main character must be a winner for me, so I decided to give it a try. This is the first book in a new cozy series, but it's not always a typical cozy mystery. It's a little more gruesome and there are some more serious tones here and there. Overall, this was an enjoyable read with twists and turns and red herrings, but there are a I enjoy reading cozy mysteries and the description of the book and all those 5-star ratings caught my attention. I thought a cozy mystery with a thriller author as the main character must be a winner for me, so I decided to give it a try. This is the first book in a new cozy series, but it's not always a typical cozy mystery. It's a little more gruesome and there are some more serious tones here and there. Overall, this was an enjoyable read with twists and turns and red herrings, but there are a few aspects which made me give it only 3 of the 5 stars. I couldn't connect with Tess, the main character, I thought that her daughter Gertie was more likable and interesting. I also found the storyline a little convoluted and all over the place. Nevertheless, I would like to see how the characters develop in the next installment of the series and want to read the second book. Thank you to the author, the publisher and to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts A rustic cabin in the woods of Northern Washington, “they could probably reach out and touch the Canadian border”, with no electricity, phone service, or Wi-Fi, seemed like the perfect place for bestselling author Tess Harrow to bond with her daughter and finish her book following her divorce. Expecting a lot of peace and quiet they are jolted literally when an explosion occurs and then another and another. When Tess and Gertie turn to investigate they see a man running towar Dollycas’s Thoughts A rustic cabin in the woods of Northern Washington, “they could probably reach out and touch the Canadian border”, with no electricity, phone service, or Wi-Fi, seemed like the perfect place for bestselling author Tess Harrow to bond with her daughter and finish her book following her divorce. Expecting a lot of peace and quiet they are jolted literally when an explosion occurs and then another and another. When Tess and Gertie turn to investigate they see a man running toward them shouting followed by another BOOM! Then came a shower of water, fish guts, and a HUMAN ARM! They hadn’t even gotten unpacked and they already had to call the cops. Tess writes about murder all the time but solving one in real life could be really exciting especially when she meets the local sheriff who bears a striking resemblance to her lead character Detective Gabriel Gonzales. Of course, the sheriff doesn’t want her help but that is not going to stop her from solving the case before he does. Plus all this drama is going to be perfect for her new book! Oh, my, this was a hilarious cozy mystery! Tess was a strong protagonist but could be a bit aggravating at times. She is always thinking about scenes for her next book, basically, she has her mind on murder almost 100% of the time and sometimes drifts off into her own little world, but she pulls it off. Her daughter Gertie, is a typical teenager, dependent on technology, livid that they are out in the boonies with no cell towers. But then she comes around and sometimes is several steps ahead of her mother in figuring things out. She also finds herself lost in a book during this story and I LOVED THAT! Readers are introduced to several characters including Sheriff Boyd and that man was so patient with Tess. He really surprised me which made him my favorite character. He had to deal with some really crazy things and he didn’t get shook. The supporting cast is rounded out by a bookmobile librarian who becomes fast friends with Tess and Gertie, a couple of deputies including a budding author, the Peabody brothers who own Peabody Timber, and other residents of Winthrop. Tess’s ex also makes an appearance. I felt all the characters were pretty well fleshed out for the first book in the series. Ms. Berry has written a really unique mystery full of corkscrew twists and gritty turns. Tess’s years of writing thrillers help her envision several different scenarios of what could be happening in the woods by her grandfather’s cabin and she is happy to share all of them with Sheriff Boyd. Some are pretty out there but she soon was on the right track. It was a lot of fun to follow in her footsteps as all the clues started to fall into place but I was totally surprised by the super exciting ending. As I said, this book is so funny, I had several laugh-out-loud moments. But there were a few scenes that if I were watching it as a movie I may have covered my eyes. That being said those scenes were true to the plot the author was building so it made total sense in this off-the-wall mystery. Buried in a Good Book will keep readers on their toes while tickling their funny bones. Tess and Gertie’s relationship really evolved into something wonderful by the end of the story and I am anxious to see what the author has in store for them next.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elle G. Reads

    Buried in a Good Book is the first book in the By the Book mystery series. It’s a hilarious who-dun-it that had me laughing hysterically! Our MC, Tess is a thriller writer. She and her daughter decided that in order for her to get away from her cheating ex husband they needed to take a little vacation, so they head to her grandfather’s old cabin. But the two get away more than they bargained for because just as they get there, body parts start falling from the sky! Literally. Now that doesn’t me Buried in a Good Book is the first book in the By the Book mystery series. It’s a hilarious who-dun-it that had me laughing hysterically! Our MC, Tess is a thriller writer. She and her daughter decided that in order for her to get away from her cheating ex husband they needed to take a little vacation, so they head to her grandfather’s old cabin. But the two get away more than they bargained for because just as they get there, body parts start falling from the sky! Literally. Now that doesn’t mean this is some sort of mythical novel where weird things like this just happen. Rather, someone in town was fishing with dynamite which happened to unearth a hidden body in the pond. What happens next is an epic and quite hilarious race to find the killer (or killers) before someone else ends up in pieces! Overall, I thought this was the perfect cozy mystery! Tess is hilarious and I love the banter between her and her daughter Gertrude. While their relationship isn’t perfect and Gertrude is quite upset with having to go off the grid, the way they interact with one another is relatable and fun. I also love how Tess manages to always insert herself in the investigation despite the ornery sheriff telling her to stay out of it. I’ll tell you, those two will make you GIGGLE! If you enjoy cozy mysteries then this is a must read, new series! I loved it and I can’t wait to read the next one! 𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗙𝗘𝗖𝗧 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗙𝗔𝗡𝗦 𝗢𝗙: • Cozy Mystery series • Humor 𝗠𝗬 𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    I honestly thought I'd love this book, however, I was wrong. The main character was just awful, there was nothing to like about her, she was full of herself and her personality is not one I enjoy in a cozy mystery. Her daughter wasn't much better, and the whole theme of the book seemed to focus on someone running around in a Bigfoot costume. I saw no logic or any of those clues that suddenly fall into place. There was so much comparison between the story and the character's own books that I felt I n I honestly thought I'd love this book, however, I was wrong. The main character was just awful, there was nothing to like about her, she was full of herself and her personality is not one I enjoy in a cozy mystery. Her daughter wasn't much better, and the whole theme of the book seemed to focus on someone running around in a Bigfoot costume. I saw no logic or any of those clues that suddenly fall into place. There was so much comparison between the story and the character's own books that I felt I needed a blueprint just to follow along. I will not be recommending this book to other readers.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Donna Davis

    4.5 rounded upward. I’ve been enjoying Berry’s Eleanor Wilde series, which I read and reviewed from the first book forward; when I found this one, Buried in a Good Book, the start of a brand new series, I was all in. My thanks go to Net Galley and Poisoned Pen Press for the review copy. I’m a bit skeptical of novels that feature the words book, library, reading, bookstore and such because obviously, potential buyers are likely to get all warm and fuzzy-feeling just seeing the title. It’s a soft 4.5 rounded upward. I’ve been enjoying Berry’s Eleanor Wilde series, which I read and reviewed from the first book forward; when I found this one, Buried in a Good Book, the start of a brand new series, I was all in. My thanks go to Net Galley and Poisoned Pen Press for the review copy. I’m a bit skeptical of novels that feature the words book, library, reading, bookstore and such because obviously, potential buyers are likely to get all warm and fuzzy-feeling just seeing the title. It’s a soft landing, that’s for sure, marketing books and book-related topics to booklovers; and then I wonder if the author is just too lazy to take on something more challenging. But every time Berry embraces the obvious, it turns out to be with her tongue planted firmly in her cheek, and by the end of the book I am laughing out loud. That holds true for this one as well. Tess Harrow is newly divorced, and her adolescent daughter, Gertrude is heartbroken, because her father has more or less ghosted on her. When an elderly relative dies and leaves his cabin and his hardware store to Tess, it seems like an omen. She’ll get her girl out of Seattle and the heartbreak she’s experienced there; get off the grid, more or less, and enjoy Nature. Yikes. Be careful what you wish for! The day is nearly over when they pull up to the cabin, a fixer if ever there was one; Tess knew it might be rugged, but she didn’t know that the lovely little pond out back would be fully stocked with body parts, too. And whereas some might be daunted by such an occurrence, she looks at all of it as excellent material for her next bestselling thriller. This novel is different from the Ellie Wilde mysteries in that we are more than half into it before the author moves in for the laughs. Just as I conclude that this time Berry is playing it straight, something happens—no, I will NOT tell you what—and I am guffawing and snorting, neither of which is becoming while one is eating lunch, but it simply cannot be helped. Berry is a sly one, all right. My notes say, “I never knew metacognition could be so damn funny.” I enjoy everything she does here, and the fact that it’s set in my own stomping grounds of Washington State makes me love it all the better. Recommended to any reader that is ready for a good story and a good laugh. It’s for sale now.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is the debut book in the By the Book Mysteries series by Tamara Berry. My favorite feature of this book is that Tess, the lead character, is a thriller writer. It was also interesting to see how Gertie (Tess's daughter) was intrigued by the mystery. I find the parts in the book hard to believe: corpses falling from the sky and mention of Bigfoot among them. This is a cute book with great characters. In the end, I was surprised to find out who the killer was. I look forward to reading the n This is the debut book in the By the Book Mysteries series by Tamara Berry. My favorite feature of this book is that Tess, the lead character, is a thriller writer. It was also interesting to see how Gertie (Tess's daughter) was intrigued by the mystery. I find the parts in the book hard to believe: corpses falling from the sky and mention of Bigfoot among them. This is a cute book with great characters. In the end, I was surprised to find out who the killer was. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. Thank you Netgalley and Poisoned Pen Press for the Advanced Reader Copy of this book. This was an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    BonnieM☂️

    I had a hard time getting into this book. I found Tess Harrow hard to take as the main character. There was some comedy with the interaction of the sheriff and her. Towards the end I did enjoy the build up and the ending. I will let the reader decide about the book. Thank you NetGalley and Poison Pen Press for this ARC.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wendy W.

    Four and a Half Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ Buried in a Good Book by Tamara Berry is the first book in her new By the Book series, a bookish cozy mystery series. This book is fun and mysterious, and has a Sasquatch and flying Tucans! Tess Harrow, a best-selling thriller writer, decided to spend some time in her Grandfather's rustic cabin in the woods with her teenage daughter Gertie. She recently inherited the cabin, set by a lake in a remote area in Washington state. With no electricity, wifi, or other distract Four and a Half Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ Buried in a Good Book by Tamara Berry is the first book in her new By the Book series, a bookish cozy mystery series. This book is fun and mysterious, and has a Sasquatch and flying Tucans! Tess Harrow, a best-selling thriller writer, decided to spend some time in her Grandfather's rustic cabin in the woods with her teenage daughter Gertie. She recently inherited the cabin, set by a lake in a remote area in Washington state. With no electricity, wifi, or other distractions, Tess hopes this will be a bonding experience with her daughter after her divorce from Gertie’s father. But, as soon as they arrive, they hear a large explosion from the lake, and body parts rain on top of them. Now Tess is involved in a murder investigation and decides to help the local sheriff, Victor Boyd, who happens to share an uncanny resemblance to her main character, Detective Gabriel Gonzales. Sheriff Boyd isn’t happy to have help with his investigation, but eventually, he grudgingly accepts her help. This book was a quick read for me. There is an excellent balance of humor, mystery, and vivid characters that kept me turning pages until I could find out who the murderer was. Tess, as a thriller writer, knows just enough about murder investigations to be a pain in the behind to the sheriff, but without her sleuthing, he never would have figured out who was murdering his citizens. These characters are very well written, I felt like I could be a best friend to Tess, and enjoyed her smartmouthed daughter, Gertie very much. The mystery had enough red herrings in it to keep me guessing until the very end. The addition of Sasquatch and some wild animals make for some humor as well as some interesting theories for the murderer. I loved the little town and all the quirky characters. I’m looking forward to the next books in this series. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    While Tamara Berry’s first By the Book mystery, Buried in a Good Book, has a few more body parts than many cozies, it still fits that category. And, thriller writer Tess Harrow, with the multiple guesses as to a killer, is not quite as adept as her fourteen-year-old daughter as an amateur sleuth. Let’s set a mystery in a log cabin in the woods where a thriller writer can devote a month to writing her latest book because there’s no WiFi, no phone service, no electricity and no running water. That While Tamara Berry’s first By the Book mystery, Buried in a Good Book, has a few more body parts than many cozies, it still fits that category. And, thriller writer Tess Harrow, with the multiple guesses as to a killer, is not quite as adept as her fourteen-year-old daughter as an amateur sleuth. Let’s set a mystery in a log cabin in the woods where a thriller writer can devote a month to writing her latest book because there’s no WiFi, no phone service, no electricity and no running water. That doesn’t make for a happy teenager, Gertrude. Tess thought it might help Gertrude get over her feelings after Tess’ divorce from Quentin, who left them both. The isolated cabin might not do the trick, but Tess and Gertrude have something else to worry about when there’s an explosion and dead fish and body parts fall from the sky. When Sheriff Victor Boyd shows up to try to identify the body, Tess immediately notices that he’s a doppelganger for the detective in her books. Because everyone in Okanogan County reads the thrillers, Boyd knows who Tess is, and he’s heard about the similarity before. Now, he’s stuck with a thriller writer who thinks she’s an amateur sleuth who has years of experience with murder. Despite a victim who is missing identifying features, it’s hard to take the case seriously due to run-ins with Bigfoot, those body parts falling from the sky, and Mynah birds in the trees. In one scene, Gertrude and Tess are stuck on the roof for over three hours until they’re rescued by the local bookmobile librarian. Let’s just say the conditions in Okanogan County are not quite up to a teenager’s standards. At times, Buried in a Good Book is almost a slapstick comedy. But, buried in this humorous book is murder, and a killer. Berry’s villain is unexpected, but a perfect fit for this unusual mystery.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sue Em

    For those who enjoy a mystery funny and bordering on madcap, this new series from Tamara Berry is right up your alley. Tess Harris, a successful and renown thriller author, uproots herself and her 14-year-old daughter to a rural cabin, without electricity, for the summer. Strange things start immediately like a loud bang that causes fish and a human arm on rain down on them. Tests constantly compares the town's sheriff to her fictional detective. Needless to say, the sheriff pales in her compari For those who enjoy a mystery funny and bordering on madcap, this new series from Tamara Berry is right up your alley. Tess Harris, a successful and renown thriller author, uproots herself and her 14-year-old daughter to a rural cabin, without electricity, for the summer. Strange things start immediately like a loud bang that causes fish and a human arm on rain down on them. Tests constantly compares the town's sheriff to her fictional detective. Needless to say, the sheriff pales in her comparison.... at least at first. Bob cats and Bigfoot also make appearances to keep plot moving. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christie Guillory

    A cozy mystery involving a famous crime/mystery author? Absolutely. The lead character knows everything there is to know about criminal activity and catching the bad guy because she writes a popular series involving a fictional detective. When someone turns up dead at her cabin in the woods she'll have to put what she knows to work in real life. Cute, predictable with a surprise or two, and a lead in to book two coming out this fall. A cozy mystery involving a famous crime/mystery author? Absolutely. The lead character knows everything there is to know about criminal activity and catching the bad guy because she writes a popular series involving a fictional detective. When someone turns up dead at her cabin in the woods she'll have to put what she knows to work in real life. Cute, predictable with a surprise or two, and a lead in to book two coming out this fall.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Cozy mysteries are a dime a dozen and I've read several dozen! Most of them are average reads, with mediocre writing, blah characters, improbable plots, and lots of melodrama (even to the point of silliness). I usually give even my most favorite ones only about a 3 1/2 star rating here on Goodreads. Why do I bother reading them, then? Well, because they're generally clean, fun, easy reads that don't give me nightmares! I don't expect a lot out of them, though, to be honest. I was VERY pleasantly Cozy mysteries are a dime a dozen and I've read several dozen! Most of them are average reads, with mediocre writing, blah characters, improbable plots, and lots of melodrama (even to the point of silliness). I usually give even my most favorite ones only about a 3 1/2 star rating here on Goodreads. Why do I bother reading them, then? Well, because they're generally clean, fun, easy reads that don't give me nightmares! I don't expect a lot out of them, though, to be honest. I was VERY pleasantly surprised, then, by the quality of BURIED IN A GOOD BOOK. It might, in fact, be the best written cozy I've ever read. Cozies generally have a strong sense of place and this one is no different. The little town of Winthrop comes alive in Berry's hands, providing a lively backdrop for her story. Tess and the other characters are lively, with personalities that are not only discernable but also complex. For a cozy, these story folks are quite well-developed, while still being left with plenty of room for further growth. Their dialogue feels natural, not forced. Berry's prose is the same. It flows well and sparkles with humor and wit. The plot is, of course, a *little* far-fetched. Still, there's some originality to it and it's twistier than you might expect. Also, just to warn you: the murders are a little more gruesome than your average cozy deaths, although they're not described in an overly graphic way. While I did identify the murderer before Tess did, Berry kept me guessing until about 3/4 of the way through and I still didn't see EVERYTHING coming. Needless to say, I really enjoyed BURIED IN A GOOD BOOK. It's engrossing, it's funny, it's entertaining, it's smile-inducing. If you're into cozies (and even if you're not), give this one a shot. It's just SO fun!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I loved it! I loved the setting, the characters, the witty banter. I loved the tongue-in-cheek jabs at mystery writers. There were so many great elements to this story that had me reading WAY into the night to finish it. This was a well-paced mystery that had all the right elements of a cozy mystery, right down to the infuriating TSTL moments and an ending I did not see coming. I received a copy from #NetGalley for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Via

    Thank you to the author and my partners at Poisoned Pen Press and Sourcebooks for a gifted ARC of this title in exchange for my honest thoughts. This is the first novel in the By The Book Mysteries series. Bestselling author Tess travels to a small town near the Canadian border, hoping to reconnect with her daughter and heal after a messy divorce. But soon after arriving, explosions rock the area of their cabin, followed by a rain of small body parts. Equipped with amateur sleuthing skills from Thank you to the author and my partners at Poisoned Pen Press and Sourcebooks for a gifted ARC of this title in exchange for my honest thoughts. This is the first novel in the By The Book Mysteries series. Bestselling author Tess travels to a small town near the Canadian border, hoping to reconnect with her daughter and heal after a messy divorce. But soon after arriving, explosions rock the area of their cabin, followed by a rain of small body parts. Equipped with amateur sleuthing skills from book research and the handsome sheriff who looks eerily like a character in her books, Tess is pulled into the mystery of a murder investigation. This is a solid introduction to a fun cozy mystery series. The story is grittier and has more gory/darker elements than what I’ve read in other cozy mystery novels, but there was still plenty of humor to be found as well as a mix of quirky characters who fall into some far-fetched situations. I enjoyed Tess’ character–as an author who is always looking for inspiration for her books, she can’t help but be pulled into the mystery of the body parts incident and look for clues to help her find answers. Her relationship with her daughter Gertie was a nice element to her character, giving her more depth than just an individual trying to solve a murder. I got some Gilmore Girls vibes from their banter, and I loved the sass with which Tess would tackle each ridiculous situation she was put in and the way her mind would fall into amateur detective mode when clues were presented to her. I wasn’t necessarily invested in the central plot, but the storytelling style was easy to follow and the characters had a good amount of amusing dialogue. I wish there was more tension in the scenes between Tess and Sheriff Boyd, as I wasn’t quite convinced of the romance that was brewing between them. I’m curious to see how this series will continue in the next book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)

    📚 Hello Book Friends! I truly enjoyed BURIED IN A GOOD BOOK by Tamara Berry. This is the first book in a brand-new series entitled By The Book. The first book presented us with fantastic characters who are faced with an incredible mystery to resolve. I loved the budding relationship between Mystery Written Tess Harrow and Sheriff Victor Boyd. You cannot go wrong with a mystery that includes a cabin with no electricity and running water, a dead body or two, Bigfoot, animals on the prowl, and an o 📚 Hello Book Friends! I truly enjoyed BURIED IN A GOOD BOOK by Tamara Berry. This is the first book in a brand-new series entitled By The Book. The first book presented us with fantastic characters who are faced with an incredible mystery to resolve. I loved the budding relationship between Mystery Written Tess Harrow and Sheriff Victor Boyd. You cannot go wrong with a mystery that includes a cabin with no electricity and running water, a dead body or two, Bigfoot, animals on the prowl, and an ostentatious business owner who is running to be the next Sheriff. If you are a fan of witty cozy mystery novels, or even if you are not one but would like to read a good one, this is it. #bookstadog #poodles #poodlestagram #poodlesofinstagram #furbabies #dogsofinstagram #bookstagram #dogsandbooks #bookishlife #bookishlove #bookstagrammer #books #booklover #bookish #bookaholic #reading #readersofinstagram #instaread #ilovebooks #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #bookreviewer #bookcommunity #bibliophile #buriedbythebook #tamaraberry #poisonedpenpress #bookreview

  23. 4 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    What a wonderful introduction to a new series of fantastic characters! I love that the main character is an author and when she visits the cabin she has inherited from her grandfather discovers that the local sheriff looks just like her main character in her books! This book was well plotted with great twists to keep you guessing who the real villain could be while having you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what twist is coming next! Typically a cozy mystery takes a few books to really d What a wonderful introduction to a new series of fantastic characters! I love that the main character is an author and when she visits the cabin she has inherited from her grandfather discovers that the local sheriff looks just like her main character in her books! This book was well plotted with great twists to keep you guessing who the real villain could be while having you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what twist is coming next! Typically a cozy mystery takes a few books to really develop the characters and their personalities, but you walked away from this book feeling like you really knew the characters and are ready for the next adventure to begin soon. This series will definitely go on my must read list!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    What a fantastic start to a new cozy series! Wonderful characters and writing—sarcastic and funny as all get out. Was the murder plot a little far fetched? Ok maybe but I didn’t care bc it was so. much. fun. I LOVE Tess, Gertie, Nicki, Ivy, and Sheriff Gonzales—I mean Boyd! ;) So so fun. Can’t wait to read the next one!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Excellent series kickoff. Not to be missed.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This ARC was provided to me via Kindle, Poisoned Pen Press and by #NetGalley. Opinions expressed are completely my own. Fun cozy mystery with well developed characters that’s well-written.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Tess Harrow, thriller writer, and her daughter, Gertrude aka Gertie arrive at the cabin she inherited from her grandfather. Tess decided they needed a break after her divorce plus Gertie needs a place where she cannot continually check her phone (no electricity, no running water, no wifi). Gertie has not heard from her father in six months, and it has taken a toll on the teenager. They are on the front porch when “BOOM”. They head towards the sound (of course). At the lake, there is another “BOO Tess Harrow, thriller writer, and her daughter, Gertrude aka Gertie arrive at the cabin she inherited from her grandfather. Tess decided they needed a break after her divorce plus Gertie needs a place where she cannot continually check her phone (no electricity, no running water, no wifi). Gertie has not heard from her father in six months, and it has taken a toll on the teenager. They are on the front porch when “BOOM”. They head towards the sound (of course). At the lake, there is another “BOOM”. Fish and body parts begin raining down on them (an arm lands on Tess). Instead of peace and tranquility, Tess and her daughter find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation. Tess is excited and her fingers are itching to get to her typewriter as ideas start to flow. The local sheriff, Victor Boyd is a doppelganger for the detective featured in Tess’s books. On the way to the sheriff’s office to identify the dynamite fisher, Sheriff Boyd and Tess encounter Big Foot running through the woods. There is no keeping Tess out of this investigation now. She sets out to discover what is happening in the town of Winthrop. Buried in a Good Book by Tamara Berry is the debut of By the Book Mysteries. Buried in a Good Book is a lighthearted cozy mystery. I am torn on my thoughts about this book. In the beginning, I was amused by Tess and Gertie as well as the mystery. I love Gertie (my favorite character). She is a precocious teen. Gertie is helpful and comes up with good ideas. She is often several steps ahead of her mother. Gertie is, though, going through that teen angst phase thanks to her absentee father (and arguments with her mother). There is a large cast of characters (Sheriff Boyd, Peabody brothers, Ivy, Nikki, Quinn, and Carl to name a few) which can make it hard to keep them all straight. Tess is a strong character. She can be hard to like at times, but I do find her amusing (for the most part). Her thought processes are what I love (she always has murder on the brain). Her mind can wander at times when a writing idea takes hold (usually at inappropriate times). Sheriff Victor Boyd is a good counterbalance for Tess. He is normally a calm, levelheaded man who conducts his investigations by the book. Tess likes to take liberties with the rules which ruffles Sheriff Boyd’s feathers. If the poor man did not have high blood pressure before meeting Tess, he will have it now. Gertie also loves being part of a murder investigation (which upsets and impresses Tess). The mystery is convoluted. I felt the author tried to put too much into one book. However, it is a fun crime to solve. There are a variety of suspects, a red herring or two, plus plenty of humor. I like how it all wrapped up at the end with an entertaining reveal. I did find it challenging to keep track of the differences between the real crime and Tess’s books. There are numerous references to Tess’s crime thriller series. In addition, we have the bookmobile librarian who has read all of Tess’s books (knows them very well) and a deputy who has written a science fiction novel that she would like Tess to read. I did find it amusing how she got Tess to read her lengthy manuscript. Let us not forget the errant ex-husband who shows up and causes drama. If you like light, comical cozy mysteries, then you will enjoy Buried in a Good Book. I wonder what Tess and Gertie will get up to next time in On Spine of Death. Buried in a Good Book is an entertaining whodunit with flying fish, a derelict dwelling, bothersome brothers, a blue bookmobile, a vexing ex-husband, a staid sheriff, and a witty writer who loves whodunits.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kirby

    Buried in a Good Book is the first installment in an all new cozy mysteries series by Tamara Berry. Going into this one, she was a new to me author, and I loved the idea of a cozy mystery series being about an author who writes crime fiction who is suddenly thrown into the pathway of a real life murder. I do have to say that this one did take me a little while to get into, just because I wasn't a fan of some of the grislier moments, and I didn't personally connect with the story for the first hal Buried in a Good Book is the first installment in an all new cozy mysteries series by Tamara Berry. Going into this one, she was a new to me author, and I loved the idea of a cozy mystery series being about an author who writes crime fiction who is suddenly thrown into the pathway of a real life murder. I do have to say that this one did take me a little while to get into, just because I wasn't a fan of some of the grislier moments, and I didn't personally connect with the story for the first half of it. However, I thought Tess' character was hilarious, and I loved how she always had a quick witted response to anything that comes her way. I also appreciated the fact that she was able to put all her literary research to good use in order to help figure out who is behind the horrendous crime committed on her deceased grandfather's property, and I really enjoyed the relationship that exists between Tess and her teenage daughter Gertie. Gertie was probably one of my favorite characters, as I thought she had a pretty level head on her shoulders despite what she'd recently been through, and she added another fun element to the developing plot points. I wasn't sure how I was going to end up feeling about this one, but wow everything really changes in the last third or so of the book, and I definitely did not see it coming. I was personally blown away by just how well developed the mystery ended up being, and it kept me guessing right through to the last reveal. All in all, the mystery and the characterization were spot on, but I didn't love how much more gruesome this one is than the cozies I'm used to reading, and I did find a couple of objectionable content pieces within the plot that I could have done without. I enjoyed it overall, and would probably continue on with the next book in the series, and hopefully I'll end up enjoying that one a little bit more. Final Rating: 3/5. Thanks so much to Poisoned Pen Press for allowing me to advance read and review this one! I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary advance reader copy of this novel from the publisher (Poisoned Pen Press) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Want to laugh your ass off and read a chilling murder mystery? Then this is the book for you. Tess and her daughter arrive at the cabin just in time to hear a crazy explosion with guts and human arms raining down on them. Yes, you read that right. A bit unbelievable in parts but oh so engrossing, this one will keep you up at night. I'd definitely recommend this story to those looking for a wacky mystery. Want to laugh your ass off and read a chilling murder mystery? Then this is the book for you. Tess and her daughter arrive at the cabin just in time to hear a crazy explosion with guts and human arms raining down on them. Yes, you read that right. A bit unbelievable in parts but oh so engrossing, this one will keep you up at night. I'd definitely recommend this story to those looking for a wacky mystery.

  30. 5 out of 5

    MyBookNest7

    A story about a best selling thriller writer?! That’s one way to be buried in a good book. "Dead bodies, explosions, and a taste of something to come. That was Thriller Writing 101." Tess Harrow’s mind is always busy creating imaginary scenarios for her widely successful character, Detective Gonzales, to solve. But when real life throws her in the middle of a murder investigation with a bunch of bizarre clues, she quickly realises that writing fiction is tons more easier than solving true crime. A story about a best selling thriller writer?! That’s one way to be buried in a good book. "Dead bodies, explosions, and a taste of something to come. That was Thriller Writing 101." Tess Harrow’s mind is always busy creating imaginary scenarios for her widely successful character, Detective Gonzales, to solve. But when real life throws her in the middle of a murder investigation with a bunch of bizarre clues, she quickly realises that writing fiction is tons more easier than solving true crime. The mystery begins with such a collection of leads that it felt like there was no way all of this could fit together and become any kind of big picture. With every passing chapter though, things start to make sense while still continuing to be a tiny bit weird. While the suspense of the real culprit is maintained well throughout, it leads to a satisfying end with a few surprises as well. "We all do bad things sometimes. It doesn’t automatically make us bad people." All the characters have been written with such care that everyone has a strong personality and depth; this made them all feel fresh and interesting, be it Gertrude, Nicki, Sheriff Boyd, or Ivy. The old-timey vibe of a small town also got expressed really well. This has been a great start to the By The Book Mystery Series; definitely looking forward to meeting Tess again. I received a complimentary advance copy of this book from @netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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