This Way to Murder by Shelley Shearer

June 21st, 2024 Kimberly Review 8 Comments

21st Jun

This Way to Murder by Shelley Shearer is the first audiobook in the Board Game Cafe Mysteries series. Narrated by Nicole Fikes, we meet Remi McKenna & her best friend Trace Cooper as things go terribly wrong during a letterboxing event. Come see why I enjoyed this cozy mystery!

This Way to Murder by Shelley Shearer
This Way to Murder
by Shelley Shearer
Series: Board Game Cafe Mysteries #1
Narrator: Nicole Fikes
Length: 5 hours and 29 minutes
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Source: Author
Purchase*: Amazon | Audible *affiliate
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Remi McKenna is co-hosting a letterboxing event, but her weekend plans are not all fun and games when best friend Trace Cooper is the target of a stalker. An inheritance of a stone manor house means she hopes this will be the start of her new life in Northern Virginia. Can Remi juggle the event, start planning her game-themed BnB, and solve the mystery of Trace's strange messages? Things escalate into a real-life game of Clue when Remi finds a dead body in the garden.


I love board games and was intrigued by the idea of Remi turning an old manor she inherited into an inn that hosted board game events. Remi and her best friend, Trace, have made their way to the woods of Northern Virginia to see what’s inside and in need of repair. Remi is also co-hosting a letterbox event with her neighbors when things turn deadly. Trace is getting strange messages and things soon turn to murder. Can Remi solve the murders? Is she a suspect with the local police?

This was fun and I learned a little about letterboxing, something I think I’d enjoy. I liked Remi and her plans for the B&B, which set the series up for future mysteries. The murders and Remi’s murder board kept me guessing. The danger slowly built until the murderer exposes themselves.

The neighbors, locals, letterbox enthusiasts and alien hunters gave us plenty of suspects, including Remi’s ex-boyfriend, who shows up unexpectedly. Who can Remi trust?

Fans of cozy mysteries will delight in this game of clue. Nicole Fikes narrates the audiobook and is new to me. She did a delightful job of capturing the characters and tone of the story. I highly recommend listening.

Amazon* | Audible

About Shelley Shearer

Shelley Shearer

Shelley Shearer always wanted to be a ninja or an astronaut or zoologist. So now she spends her time dabbling in as many adventures as she can manage. Snuggling lemurs, experiencing zero gravity, attending police seminars and mounted archery are some of the ways she tries to keep her life as interesting as the ones she writes about. Shelley writes both urban fantasy and mystery.

About Nicole Fikes

Nicole Fikes

Nicole lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and daughter, as well as a Mini Goldendoodle named Rufus. She loves tea, tacos, and vintage jewelry.

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8 Responses to “This Way to Murder by Shelley Shearer”

  1. Katherine

    How did I miss this book? It sounds so fun and like one I’d really love! I do love a good cozy and this is a unique premise.

  2. Ethan

    It’s great to hear that the mystery kept you guessing and that the characters, from neighbors to alien hunters, added depth and intrigue. I also appreciate your mention of the audiobook narration by Nicole Fikes—I’ll definitely check it out!

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