Once Upon a Novel (Blue Hills Mysteries Book 1)

Once Upon a Novel (Blue Hills Mysteries Book 1)

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ONCE UPON A NOVEL

Blue Hills is a picturesque town and a great place to live all year long. Ally is happy spending her days with friends and family as she works on her successful blog. Always in search of new adventures, she does not hesitate to set off on the trail of a killer, after one of the authors invited to the town’s book fair becomes the principal suspect in the murder of his assistant.

Even though everyone warns her to be careful, Ally is convinced that if she follows the clues she can track down the culprit. But she quickly realizes that the killer is one step ahead of her and this case could be dangerous—even deadly.
Will she get the chance to unmask the murderer and write the end of the story?

EXCERPT 1

“Okay. I’m willing to consider it. I’ll call you tomorrow morning,” I tell him finally.
“Thank you,” he says, sounding relieved, and hands me his card before he leaves.
“Ready for a little adventure …?” I ask Emma, who is not quite as enthusiastic as I am.
“You’re completely crazy,” she accuses me.
“Aren’t you curious to find out where this story might lead us?”
“Not if it could get us killed.”
“Oh, Emma, stop. We’re in our hometown, surrounded by friends and family. There’s someone we know around every corner; nothing’s going to happen to us.”
“Don’t say that! You’ll jinx yourself!” she scolds me. “I hope you come to your senses by tomorrow,” she adds on her way out.

EXCERPT 2

Danny's voice makes me jump. "Please tell me you're not here looking for clues about the murder--and especially that I didn't just hear you talking about committing a crime."
"A crime ...? I'm not going to kill anyone; I just want to get a door open," I protest. "And what are you doing here, anyway?" I ask, while shooting an annoyed look at Emma.
"Sorry, I didn't get a chance to warn you."
"I was waiting for Riley at the bar. We're meeting some friends for dinner and I spotted Emma."
I see Riley who has just walked in. She comes over to us, and as always, she's strutting like she's on a fashion runway.
The blurb sounded like a good little idea and maybe it was. However, the execution wasn't quite what I was looking for.

The characters are just sort of 'there' to push the plot along and I never really got a feel for their personalities. The plot itself could have been really interesting but felt rushed to me and the relationships between people are pretty undefined with the exception of Ally and her mom. That weekly dinner was the one point where I really got a good look at someone's character and personality. Unfortunately, it was someone I am happy never to see again. If only the author could have given us a few more scenes like that with some of the other characters, I think I would have enjoyed it more.

- Anonymous

Okay, yes, quirky would describe this story about a blog writer named Ally, but she really needed to get a little sense to go along with her detection skills (or lack thereof). But, since the book, overall, was clean and had its humorous spots, besides the fact that I was able to "buy" it for free, it provided an evening's entertainment. So-while you shouldn't look for too much depth, if you like your "fluff" really fluffy, read it.

- Anonymous

You kept me guessing to the very end. I loved the fact that it was a short read. I've ordered the next in series. I love the characters.

- Anonymous

This book was a quick read full of twists and turns. I enjoyed reading it. Love the characters in this book also, what a great groups of friends!

- Anonymous

With lots of quirky characters and laughs, Ally writes a blog about whatever she wants and loves writing it. When she writes about an historical fiction writer that fudges facts, she finds herself in trouble. When the writer's assistant is murdered, there are many suspects on the list including Ally herself. Can she solve this mystery and find the culprit? Or will she be a victim as well? With lots of twists and turns and red-herrings, you just can't put the book down until you have come to an end you won't guess! I received an ARC from the author but the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

- Anonymous

Our heroine is a blog writer that gets in a bit of hot water. Now she has a murder to solve before she becomes the next victim.

I often struggle with first books in a series as too much time is spent on establishing the setting and characters and not so much on the plot. I am happy to report that is not the case here! We are still treated to a detailed setting and well developed characters, but we also get a thoroughly enjoyable plot to go with it. The story is well written and easy to read, while the plot has plenty of twists and turns to both keep you engaged and guessing at the same time. I particularly liked out heroine with her quirky sense of humor and easy going nature. Overall, it was a wonderful read and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Highly recommended.

I received an ARC from the author for review purposes.

- Anonymous

Ally writes a very popular blog and one of her blogs is about a writer who writes historical novels. But she uncovers that his writing is not historically accurate and she publishes this in her blog, leaving the writer unhappy and she gets a few emails from the writer’s assistant. The writer comes to town to do a signing and his assistant dies right in front of Ally! Ally ends up on the list of suspects and decides right then to investigate!
This is a fun, fast read, with great characters, that you won’t want to put down until you can finally find out who really committed the murder!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

- Anonymous

This is a story that you can curl up with and just escape for a little bit. The read isn’t too complex, but the story is so fresh. The characters develop nicely: really didn’t want to finish the last page as I wanted to read more. I liked the mystery aspect and trying to figure out what happened. You will be pleasantly engrossed with their book

- Anonymous

I liked it well enough, but the characters need fleshing out a bit. Ally writes a blog and enjoys knowing what is happening in her town, this gets her into trouble when there is a murder. I want to read more about her and see her mature a little.

- Anonymous

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