Book Review: Murder at the Book Group by Maggie King

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Murder at the Book group


Hazel Rose never dreamed that the murder mystery book group she and her friend Carlene started would stage a real murder.  Nevertheless, the normally composed Carlene is unusually angry and rattled one night during a book group discussion and dies after drinking cyanide-spiked tea. Despite a suicide note, Hazel is skeptical; Carlene never seemed suicidal—she was busy making plans for her future. Incidentally, Carlene was married to Hazel’s ex-husband, and Hazel has always suspected there might be something more to her past than she let on.

How much does anyone really know about Carlene Arness? And did she die by her own hand or someone else’s? Hazel begins a search for the truth that produces no shortage of motives, as she unearths the past that Carlene took great pains to hide. And most of those motives belong to the members of her very own book group…

Featuring memorable characters and a wicked sense of humor, MURDER AT THE BOOK GROUP shows the darker side of a book club where reading isn’t about pleasure—it’s about payback.


This was a fun book that not only brings up Agahtha Christie, is flavored in her style of mystery- everyone in the book group had an opportunity to kill Carlene. Who did it and why? What is each member of the group hiding from each other? It is a very tangled web of a mystery-there's 3 degrees of separation by all the characters to keep track of , and a timeline that keeps changing, but in the end you have a satisfying modern old school styled mystery! I'll look forward to reading more Hazel Rose ,mysteries!

About the Author:

Maggie King grew up in North Plainfield, New Jersey, graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology, and worked as a software developer in Los Angeles for many years. She is a founding member of the Sisters in Crime Central Virginia Chapter. Her short story “A Not So Genteel Murder” was published in the Virginia Is for Mysteries anthology. Maggie lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, Glen, and two cats. Visit her at


  1. Thank you, Nicole.

  2. Murder at the Book Group looks like a fun read, Maggie! I'm eager to read it! I see you are from NJ. I grew up in Summit, so we are "state sisters!" Yeaaaay!


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