Review of A Dead and Stormy Night by Steffanie Holmes

What do you get when you cross a cursed bookshop, three hot fictional men, and a murder mystery to solve?

After being fired from my dream fashion job, I return home under a cloud of failure to work at the quaint village bookshop. Maybe being surrounded by great literature will help me find a new path.

But my quiet life becomes stranger than fiction – a mysterious curse on Nevermore Bookshop brings fictional characters to life in lust-worthy bodies. Now I’m having poetry duels with Poe’s cheeky, dark-haired raven, rescuing customers from a grumpy, tattooed Heathcliff, and getting life advice from suave villain James Moriarty, all while trying not to fall for the three gorgeous literary villains who should only exist in my imagination.

Sounds great, right?

Well, it is.

Apart from the murders.

That’s right: murders. It turns out that my quaint English village is murder-central.

My ex-best friend shows up dead with a knife in her back, and I’m the chief suspect. I’m going to have to Agatha Christie this shiz if I want to clear my name. Can my fictional boyfriends keep me out of prison?

The Nevermore Bookshop Mysteries are what you get when all your book boyfriends come to life. Join a brooding antihero, a master criminal, a cheeky raven, and a heroine with a big heart (and an even bigger book collection) in this steamy paranormal mystery series by USA Today bestselling author Steffanie Holmes.

This book really brings the town to life. I quite enjoyed the stories of our narrator’s time in NY, and her childhood. The steam is strong and well written. The plot, however, I had guessed from very early on. The relationship between the narrator/protagonist and her fictional friends seems too instant, with nothing that spurs a connection other than “girl is talking to me” in most cases. Of the three, the raven friend is the only one who really has time of enlightenment and a deep connection with her beyond instant attraction. The author does do well delving into the protagonist having a very serious issue, and what that may look like as someone comes to terms with the future they’d worked for their entire life becoming unattainable. That being said, I still quite enjoyed this book and it was a quick, simple read.

Star rating: ✯✯✯✯


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