G.P. Gardner: Murder at Royale Court Cleo Mack #2



Eview I thank NetGalley the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this bookI did think this started out slow and as a result I had a hard time getting into it at first After a while I fell into the story and started having a bit of fun with Cleo I thought the car information was a little heavy probably because of all things in the world cars interest me the least the perils of being with a car mad guy is I ust don t WANT to know any than I already do it already feels overwhelming but I liked the strong of characters and the mystery itself This is an older sleuth mystery too which I don t read too many of so that made for a change as wellA fun cozy would recommend Four stars The second book in the Cleo Mack series continues on with the lives of the seniors populating Harbor Village in Alabama A delightful experience is to spend time with the residents I Cleo promised Ann that Nita and she would take her place at the knitting shop There they find a man dead in a bathroom that Defender for Hire (Heroes for Hire, joined 3 shops It was later determined that he was strangled Cleo has her work running the resort looking for the killer and all the events for the area s auto show Harbor Village will host a series of talks about the history of automobiles This is a highly popular series Cleo has touggle romantic interest between several men A love triangle is not occurring The ending is unusual but satisfactory I highly recommend this book and seriesKnitting pattern includedDisclosure Thanks to Lyrical Underground for a copy through NetGalley The opinions expressed are my own Murder at Royale Court by G P Gardner is the 2nd book in the Cleo Mack mystery series and a very enjoyable book When Cleo arrived in Fairhope Alabama and uickly makes friends got a ob and a place to live at Harbor Village working as the director In this adventure a car show is coming to town and a car lecture at the Village over several nights On top of that a man was found dead at the Royale Court shopping center by Cleo and her friend Cleo tries to determine if there is a link from the murdered man to the car show with the help of her Ha Murder at Royal Court is the second in the Cleo Mack Mystery series Although it can be read as a standalone I recommend reading the fist in the series to get a feel of the characters and circumstances surrounding Cleo s new life This cozy takes place in Fairhope Alabama a small town on the coast and centers around Harbor Village a retirement community with many interesting residents Cleo is a college professor who took an early retirement and suddenly found herself as the Director of Harbor Village In this book Cleo and her friend Nita have volunteered to work at Ann s knitting shop for the day while she was busy setting up plans for a knitting retreat What they were not counting on was finding a dead body in the shared washroom Once it is determined that he was strangled Cleo s friend Ann asks for her help as her brother Usher seems to be the main suspectThere are many things I enjoy about this book First it is the many and varied residents of Harbor Village They are not all main characters but their individuality uirks and eccentricities add so much to the story This book was also about an antiue automobile show that has come to Harbor Village complete with a lecture series given by a car afficenado scams about a long lost Bugatti to invest in some romance for Cleo family relationships and life in Harbor Village in general There is also murder and mayhem with several red herrings and some twists and turns The plot unfolds slowly and builds nicely until the reveal I will say that I was pretty sure I knew who the murderer was ust past halfway but wasn t positive until the reveal This did not diminish my enjoyment of the story in any way If you enjoy a good well paced and plotted cozy mystery you should enjoy this book If you like cars especially classic ones you will probably enjoy this book If you like a cozy with mature characters you will love this book I recommend this one as well as the first in this series The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon reuest The rating ideas and opinions shared are my ow. He Royale Court shopping center   When an innocent man lands in the hot seat for murder Harbor Village residents look to Cleo to crack the case Aided by an eclectic group of energetic seniors Cleo races to identify the true culprit from a growing list of harmless Sunday drivers before a killer revs up for another hit and ru.

D that there are scam artists who take advantage of that fact When Devon Wheatley a local financial planner is murdered Cleo finds herself searching for answers The mystery is complex as Cleo plunges into the world of finance looking for suspects One clue though gave away the identity of the culprit to me I wish solving the crime had been of a challenge The resolution of the crime was supposition instead of facts I would have preferred definitive answers There are a numerous characters in Murder at Royale court and I found it difficult to keep track of them employees residents guests shopkeepers at Royale Court While I found some of the information on automobiles interesting I could have done with less of it though car lovers will relish it I thought it bogged down the story I like the developing romance between Cleo and Riley They make a cute couple and seem compatible There is humor sprinkled throughout the story and lovely descriptions of Fairhope I liked the reference to Fannie Flagg and the movie Fried Green Tomatoes based on her book Murder at Royale Court has charming characters frisky felines a complex crime amazing automobiles and vindictive villain I really enjoyed this book Murder at Royal Court is the second in the Cleo Mack Mystery series Although it can stand on its own I recommend reading the fist in the series because it is eually good This cozy takes place n Fairhope Alabama and centers around Harbor Village a retirement home full of interesting and eclectic residents Cleo is a college professor who took an early retirement and suddenly finds herself as the Harbor Village new director and local amateur sleuth There is murder mayhem and scams as well as red herrings twists and turns The plot unfolds masterfully and the characters come to life I highly recommend this cozy mystery series This is the 2nd book in this delightful series and a series I uite highly recommend The charcters are enjoyable and the sleuth was very well crafted to conclusion I have not read the first in series but do recommend it as you will start out with a foundation of knowing the charcters It was easy enough for me to catch up with this book as the author does a excellent A Kiss To Change Her Life job of describing everyone and introducing her readers to the series Murder at Royal Court is the second in the Cleo Mack Mystery series This cozy takes place in Fairhope Alabama in Harbor Village a retirement home of eclectic fun active residents Cleo is a college professor who took an early retirement and is the new director of the retirement village She also is a sleuth as a pastime which she is uite adept at She is a smart active senior and a great charcter When a body is found Cleo takes on the sleuthing as she tries to help a Harbor Village s r When I chose to review this book I didn t realize it was set in a senior community So when I started reading it took me aback for a few chapters You don t see a lot of older sleuths in the cozy mystery genre these days even though Miss Marple was surely one of the forerunners Once I got past that fact I discovered it was a pretty good read But you will need to get your score cards out because there are A LOT of people running around in this book I had a hard time keeping track of them allBasic premise Cleo and her friends go into one of the businesses at Royale Court The door is open even though the business looks closed Their friend the shop owner should have been there and they decide to wait inside They find a dead body inside the bathroom in the business in an awkward position He was wearing biking gear as if he had recently been on a bicycle ride And off the story goes from thereI was having a hard time connecting to this book Not sure if it was the over abundance of characters or the setting still throwing me off I don t have much experience with senior communities so it was unclear how to visualize such a place I am sure the seniors among us will find this book uite compelling but for me it fell flat It wasust okay Middle of the road I didn t connect with any of the characters or even care if the mystery was solved Sorry to sayBut this could be your cup of tea so check it out if you are so compelledI received this as an ARC Advanced Reader Copy in return for an honest Or Harbor Village director Cleo Mack As an automobile themed lecture series gets off to a rough start she finds herself balancing one too many responsibilities and dodging advances from a shady event sponsor It’s enough to make Cleo feel twice her age But the festivities reach a real dead end when she discovers a body at

Murder at Royale Court by GP Gardner is the second book in the Cleo Mack series and did not disappoint I thoroughly enjoyed the first in this series and was eually intrigued by this oneCleo is finally beginning to feel at home in Harbor Village as she learns the ropes of becoming the Harbor Village director She has made friends with several of the residents and enjoys spending time with them at the activities that are scheduled at this retirement community The plot is well crafted and uickly paced as Cleo doesn t set out to solve the mystery but becomes involved when a neighbor and friend asks for her help The secondary characters of active seniors each add insights to this perplexing murder mystery I look forward to mystery adventures with Cleo and her friendsI voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Lyrical Underground via NetGalley All of the above opinions are my own Murder at Royale Court is the second story in the Cleo Mack Mystery series I am happy to report it is eually as entertaining as its predecessor The tale is shared in the first person POV of Cleo Mack early retiree from her position as a social work professor in Atlanta moving to coastal Alabama to be closer to her daughter and family Four months into her position as director of Harbor Village Cleo is comfortable in her new Their Convenient Amish Marriage (Pinecraft Homecomings job and is in a good place emotionally and mentally We are brought up to speed on some of the big changes she s instituted at Harbor Village and we continue to follow her along as she works out how to improve things for residents The author does a wonderfulob sharing Cleo s experiences and allowing the reader to learn while enjoying the informationThis time around Cleo and close friend Nita find a dead body while watching over the local knit shop as a favor to Anne The timing is coincidental to the first ever Fairhope Automobile Show which is the center of the entire community s focus There are new faces brought in because of the show and returning residents and friends who support Cleo including a small romantic side story Once again I appreciate how Cleo doesn t see it as her ob to figure out who the murderer is but rather she helps the police because she can The mystery is complex but not confusing or overdone It unfolds slowly as peripheral actions and events all start to fit together I really enjoyed how the author allows us to see the world as Cleo sees it providing so much description and attention to the world around Cleo I appreciate that Cleo thinks about what is going on and processes the information without making assumptions or umping to conclusions She s smart but she shares her thoughts rather than holds on to information or theories and she relies on others to help her It s refreshing and enjoyableNarration Karen White continues to bring life to Cleo Her voice for the narratorCleo is strong and confident ust like Cleo is written Ms White alters her voice for dialogue adjusting for age gender and regional dialect Her female charters are slightly stronger than her male characters with each being distinguishable from the other I can clearly tell who is talking based solely on their voice Overall she performs the story wonderfully keeping me engaged and interestedMurder at Royale Court is another great mystery and story I feel like an honorary member of Harbor Village I love the little details of Cleo s life It s her life outside the mystery that I m most enjoying how she s turning around Harbor Village and making friendsMy RatingsNarration A Story A Review copy provided by Tantor Audio Murder at Royale Court is the second story in A Cleo Mack Mystery series I recommend reading Murder at Harbor Village before picking up Murder at Royale Court It will allow you to learn how Cleo came to be living in Fairhope and managing Harbor Village Cleo Mack is enjoying her new life in Fairhope Alabama She has a close group of friends an active social life and is busy learning her new ob at Executive Director of Harbor Village As part of their new lecture series Reg Handleman will be giving automobile themed talks for three days which ties in with the upcoming automobile show to benefit the hospital Cleo is surprised to learn that money can be made by investing in cars an. Harbor Village is a vivacious retirement paradise known for its beachy locale and active senior scene But ever since murder moved in the idyllic coastal community is becoming a little less lively   With the first annual antiue car show cruising into the tranuil bayside oasis of Fairhope Alabama there are bumpy roads ahead

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