Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Book Review: Game Over at Guild Hall by Amy Patricia Meade


Title: Game Over at Guild Hall
Series: A Vermont Country Living Mystery #3
Author: Amy Patricia Meade
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: November 14, 2023
Publisher: Beyond The Page

In rural Vermont, where hunting and trapping are a way of life, nothing is bigger than the annual wild game supper at Guild Hall. Stella can’t wait to sample the exotic dishes prepared by her neighbors, but when the longtime organizer of the supper falls dead, a victim of poisoning, Stella’s appetite—along with a roomful of suspects—vanishes. Then that same night someone ransacks the hall’s kitchen, presumably to destroy any evidence, and spots Stella snooping. Now she fears she may be the next target.

Certain the only way to save herself is to find the culprit, Stella digs into the victim’s life hoping to discover who might have wanted him dead. It turns out he’d made countless enemies over the years, as volunteers at the event were run ragged and hunters who wanted their food included were shunned. What’s more, Stella discovers the victim had unearthed a shameful and long-buried secret at the hall itself. With the list of possible suspects growing and her life in danger, Stella zeroes in on a clue that could break the case wide open—as long as she can stay out of the killer’s crosshairs . . .


*I received an advanced digital copy for free and I am leaving this honest review voluntarily*

Hello Fellow Readers,

First, let me start by saying that I have not read the other books in this series, so keep that in mind as you read this review. Now, with that being said Meade did a great job at (re)introducing the characters to the story. Stella and her husband are great and I really enjoyed their dynamic and amateur sleuthing. The Plot and mystery were delightful and almost made me wish I could park up and move to Vermont. I really appreciated Meade's injection of humor into the mystery as I've found that really lacking with cozies lately. The red herrings were great and almost got me once. The one thing that really lost it for me was the long info dump of dialogue at the end. I understand that you need the read to put together what happened but there had to be a better way than reading long blocks of text. 

Overall, this did make me curious about the first two books of the series. 

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