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  • It’s all about the books

    Jenna Quinn is finally having the grand reopening of her bookstore. Lots of locals attending and the sparkling wine and coffee are flowing. She’s set for a great evening to relaunch her uncle’s store and make it her own, but there are a few people who seem to have a problem with one of the attendees and Jenna does her best to shut it down and keep things on a positive note. Once the unhappy attendees leave, the evening ends on a positive note with some give aways and Jenna and the gang close things down, ready to call it a success. Until Keith finds an attendee laying dead in his car. Yet another murder connected to the bookstore. While Keith doesn’t want Jenna investigating, she can’t help but feel involved since the man died after attending her party. With so many suspects and so little time, Jenna and her friends are all over it and hopeJenna doesn’t attract the murderer’s attention like before. The second book in this series is just as good as the first one. We all deserve fresh starts and Jenna certainly has earned hers. Can’t wait to see what the author has for this well written series and protagonist.

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  • Murder By The Bookend!

    This was a great cozy mystery read. I loved the main character and how strong she was forging a new path for herself. All the characters were well-devised and diabolically created. I was stumped about the culprit until the very end. I can't wait until the next one in this series.

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  • Good whodunit

    bookseller, law-enforcement, small-business, small-town, friendship, amateur-sleuth, politics The mountain town of Hokes Folly, NC beloved antiquarian bookstore, Twice Upon a Time, in the historic district is throwing a bash for it is grand reopening. But bookseller Jenna Quinn’s peace of mind is shattered when the local library’s Director of Antique Books is murdered in the historic district's parking lot—his head bashed in by a glittering vintage glass bookend that he had just won in a drawing at the shop. Among other things, this ends up with Jenna adopting the man's devoted dog (who even got poisoned by the killer, but survived by fast thinking and a very good veterinarian). Toss in a misguided police detective nearing retirement, apparent book thefts for profit from the library, some characters who seem to have no redeemable qualities, and you have a really good murder mystery with memorable characters. I loved it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

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  • Great Whodunit Will Keep You Engaged

    While this is not the first in the series, the author fills in the details so a new reader is not lost. This is a marvelous whodunit with several viable suspects. This reader had no idea until the final denouement. The author's style is so fluid that this reader just flew through the book. The characters are just perfectly portrayed so the reader gets invested easily. I will keep my eyes on this author and read more of her work. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.

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  • A Super Read!

    It was a pleasure to continue this new cosy mystery series and this second instalment, Murder by the Bookend written by Laura Gail Black certainly lived up to my expectations! Jenna Quinn, the star of the show, has waved goodbye to her hometown of Charlotte and has inherited her Uncle Paul's bookshop, now called Twice Upon A Time, located in the small town of Hokes Folly, North Carolina. She is preparing for the store's reopening in drizzly November and after the event, a body is found in the parking area, their head caved in by a pair of vintage glass bookends. It's the local library's Director of Antique Books, Linus Talbot... I thought this was a highly entertaining continuation of the series. I really like Laura Gail Black's wonderful characterisation of Jenna and the author has also built a good cast of others including Jenna's boyfriend, Detective Keith Logan who she met during her sleuthing in book one and Rita Wallace, her next-door neighbour and a supportive close friend. This book was such a fun read and I was on a merry-go-round of doubt as I puzzled over the variety of suspects. The writing was comfortably and smoothly paced, and the mystery itself was very well executed, with snippets of humour and abundant red herrings to sustain my interest. All in all, Murder by the Bookend is a top-notch instalment and a great read with a cute dog added to the mix. I will certainly be returning to see what Jenna is getting herself into next in the third 'An Antique Bookshop Mystery'. Very highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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