Book Review: Dead & Gondola

DEAD & GONDOLA | Ann Claire
(Christie Bookshop #1)
11.01.2022 | Bantam
Rating: 4/5 stars

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Ellie Christie is thrilled to begin a new chapter. She’s recently returned to her tiny Colorado hometown to run her family’s historic bookshop with her elder sister, Meg, and their friendly bookshop cat, Agatha. Perched in a Swiss-style hamlet accessible by ski gondola and a twisty mountain road, the Book Chalet is a famed bibliophile destination known for its maze of shelves and relaxing reading lounge with cozy fireside seats and panoramic views. At least, until trouble blows in with a wintery whiteout. A man is found dead on the gondola, and a rockslide throws the town into lockdown—no one in, no one out.

I love cozy mysteries and I’m always on the lookout for new ones to check out, so when I saw Dead & Gondola’s synopsis was filled with nods to Agatha Christie, one of my all-time favorite authors, I knew I needed to give this series starter a try. I absolutely had a blast reading this one!

Claire has crafted a fantastic setting in Colorado where a small town becomes home to a mysterious murder. The “detectives” on the case are the Christie sisters who happen to own the local bookstore and were at the scene when the body was discovered. I really enjoyed meeting the entire Christie family and of course, their bookshop cat, Agatha. This story has all of the best cozy mystery aspects with intrigue and red herrings galore, plus plenty of backstory to launch a new series. If you love secluded settings, a small cast of suspicious characters, and fun literary references, then this is definitely the book for you!

A huge thank you to Random House for my gifted copy!

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