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Little Bookshop of Murder: A Beach Reads Mystery
by Maggie Blackburn

About Little Bookshop of Murder

Little Bookshop of Murder: A Beach Reads Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (September 8, 2020)
ISBN-10: 1643854380
ISBN-13: 978-1643854380
Digital ASIN: B0818ZX2NY

A Shakespearean scholar inherits a beachside bookshop–and a murder mystery–in this delightful new cozy series for fans of Kate Carlisle and Ellery Adams.

Summer Merriweather’s career as a Shakespeare professor hangs by a bookbinder’s thread. Academic life at her Virginia university is a viper’s pit, so Summer spends her summer in England, researching a scholarly paper that, with any luck, will finally get her published, impress the Dean, and save her job. But her English idyll ends when her mother, Hildy, shuffles off her mortal coil from an apparent heart attack.

Returning to Brigid’s Island, NC, for the funeral, Summer is impatient to settle the estate, sell her mom’s embarrassingly romance-themed bookstore, Beach Reads, and go home. But as she drops by Beach Reads, Summer finds threatening notes addressed to Hildy: “Sell the bookstore or die.”

Clearly, something is rotten on Brigid’s Island. What method is behind the madness? Was Hildy murdered? The police insist there’s not enough evidence to launch a murder investigation. Instead, Summer and her Aunt Agatha screw their courage to the sticking place and start sleuthing, with the help of Hildy’s beloved book club. But there are more suspects on Brigid’s Island than are dreamt of in the Bard’s darkest philosophizing. And if Summer can’t find the villain, the town will be littered with a Shakespearean tragedy’s worth of corpses–including her own.

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I am really loving cozy mysteries right now, and being in the midst of a pandemic which is not allowing anyone to travel this was a great little story to get away from it all. Summer Merriweather has returned to Brigid’s island to settle her moms estate – Summer is a bit pretentious being a Shakespearean Scholar she is very snobbish when it comes to her mother romance bookstore Beach Reads – that rubbed me the wrong way, and I have to admit I didn’t really warm to her at all because of this attitude! 

Summer believes that her mother Hildy didn’t die of natural causes as she lead a very healthy and active lifestyle being vegan and doing yoga regularly and she discovers from her Aunt that Hildy had been recieveing threats to sell her bookstore prior to her death.

I found the story a little slow going and as it went on it became obvious who the suspect was long before Summer caught up to the fact.

Overall I enjoyed this book but feel the characters need to be improved on and fleshed out a little bit more as there are some really great quirky characters within the Mermaid Pie Book Club.

4 stars


About Maggie Blackburn

Maggie Blackburn is the author of the Cora Crafts mysteries and the Cumberland Creek mysteries under another pen name. Her books have been selected as finalists for an Agatha Award and a Daphne du Maurier Award and as a Top 10 Beach Reads by Woman’s World. She has also been short-listed for the Virginia Library People’s Choice Award. She is the mother of two young women who are off following their dreams in the music business. She currently lives in Waynesboro, VA, and works at the University of Virginia as a development associate.

Author Links

Website – http://www.molliecoxbryan.com
Twitter – @molliecoxbryan


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