• How to Book a Murder

  • A Starlit Bookshop Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Cynthia Kuhn
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

To help save her family’s floundering Colorado bookstore, Starlit Bookshop, newly minted PhD Emma Starrs agrees to plan a mystery-themed dinner party for her wealthy, well-connected high school classmate Tabitha Baxter. It’s a delightful evening of cocktails and conjecture until Tabitha’s husband, Tip - hosting the affair in the guise of Edgar Allan Poe’s detective C. Auguste Dupin - winds up murdered. 

In a heartbeat, Emma and her aunt, Nora, a famous mystery writer, become suspects. Emma is sure the party’s over for Starlit events, until celebrated author Calliope Nightfall, whose gothic sensibilities are intrigued by the circumstances, implores the bookseller to create a Poe-themed launch event for her latest tome. Throwing a bash to die for while searching for additional clues is already enough to drive Emma stark raven mad, but another shocking crime soon reveals that Silvercrest has not yet reached the final chapter of the puzzling case. 

Someone in this charming artistic community has murder on the mind, and if Emma cannot outwit the killer, she and her beloved aunt will land behind bars, to walk free nevermore.

©2021 Cynthia Kuhn (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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A really great read

Anxiously awaiting next book. This was a really well written and narrated story. Strong characters that I would like to meet in real life.

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Well Done! Very Good start to a new series

"How to Book a Murder", made me smile. You will love the realistic characters and the small hometown setting. I will be purchasing the next book in the series.

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Great new series!

Loved the book and the narrator. Please write more fast and keep the same narrator.

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New cozy series with starlit

Great start to a new series. Narrator added to the story. Definitely will be checking out the 2nd book when it comes out.

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Great novel!

I loved the book! Kuhn is terrific at creating vivid, funny, sometimes likable and sometimes horrific (but entertainingly so) characters. Her dialogue is strong, the mystery pulls you in, and her setting is a place I can picture and would love to visit. I can’t say anything but positive things about Kuhn’s novel. I do wish, however, the narrator for the Audible version I listened to was a bit more subtle in her performance. She doesn’t get the wit across always. I’d give the book an A+ and the performance a B. Next time, I’ll buy the paper version. There are so many hilarious moments of social or character satire I’d love to read the book myself, without a voice getting in the way of my vision of Cynthia Kuhn’s characters.

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Highly entertaining

How to Book a murder is a highly entertaining and enjoyable cozy mystery. The characters are engaging and the story realistic and well written. I really enjoyed this debut and look forward to the next book.