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  • FIRST IN A NEW COZY SERIES!

    After her father passes away, Molly Kimball and mother move from Vermont to her mother’s homeland of England. Her Aunt Violet has asked for their help in running the family business, one of the oldest bookshops in Cambridge, and they answered the call. During their book club m meeting, an ornery neighbor is murdered in their backyard and Aunt Violet is at the top of the suspect list, so Molly can’t help but trying to clear her Aunt’s name. Molly works together with her neighbors and other business owners to figure out whodunit without become the next victim. WOW! This is a great debut in this series and I cannot tell you how exciting it is to have a new series to add to my must read list. The setting and characters are perfect and the whodunit its well written with enough clues and red herrings to keep you working right along with Molly and the gang to solve it. I’m looking forward for the next entry in this series!

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  • Great start to a new cozy mystery series

    I don’t read many English Cozy Mysteries, and I am not sure why since I always end up enjoying them. And Chapter and Curse, the first book in The Cambridge Bookshop Mysteries by Elizabeth Penney is very enjoyable! Penney really shines in all three areas that are essential to cozies; the well developed community, the wonderful descriptions of the town/job, and an engaging mystery with lots of suspects and some red herrings. Penney has lots of fantastic characters so I’m sure readers will find at least one to be a favorite, if not all of them. Sir Jon, a former spy, is definitely high up on my list. But I really like the patience of George, and Daisy too, who is becoming the fun BFF to Molly. There’s also the wonderful family aspect with her mother, Nina, and her Aunt Violet. Along with the bookstore’s cat, who is a perfectly written cat, there’s Puck, the new shop cat, who is a curious little bugger. And, of course, we can’t forget the love interest, Kieran. I really enjoy the twist that Penney has given the romantic partner being from high society while Molly is not. I’m looking forward to seeing how his connections play out in future books. As for the descriptions of Cambridge, the bookstore, local pub, and other shops, they make me want to go for a month-long trip to England. Penney adds in details not only of the architecture, but includes bits of history and nods to various books that will have any book lover very happy. It seems like such a charming place (besides the murder) with people riding bicycles everywhere, stopping in to accuse people of murder and still being offered a spot of tea, and pubs where everyone really does know your name. Penney offered up lots of suspects for the mystery, even having me wonder for a brief moment if it could have been the aunt! The blackmail aspect of the crime provided lots of motives for the various suspects and showed what a truly horrible person the murder victim was. I highly recommend the new Cambridge Bookshop Mysteries and can’t wait for the next book in the series!

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  • I loved it

    This was an absolutely delightful first book in a new series. I found the premise a fresh take on a common mainstay of cozies, a bookshop owner. The setting was beautifully described and the characters were engaging and interesting. The whodunit was top notch and kept me entertained. This was a golden start to hopefully a series that will have many more books. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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  • Loved it!

    England, family, family-dynamics, friendship, relatives, relationships, small-business, murder, murder-investigation, amateur-sleuth, law-enforcement, secrets, extortion***** A beautiful historic bookshop in Cambridge, greedy relatives, nice neighbors, new friends, and murder. The publisher's blurb is a fine hook and I don't need to recap (and spoilers are just wrong). It's a grand cozy with a wide variety of characters, sneaky plot twists, and lots of herrings. I'm really pleased to find a new series by an author I like. A really nice cozy! LOVED it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley. Thank you!

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  • A charming British cozy mystery!

    Molly Kimball and her mother, Nina relocate to Cambridge, England after receiving a letter from Nina’s Aunt Violet Marlowe. Violet needs help getting the bookshop back in the black. During a poetry reading at the shop during the Cambridge Literary Festival, a local woman is murdered using Aunt Violet’s knitting needle. Molly with help from some new friends works to prove Aunt Violet’s innocence. Chapter and Curse by Elizabeth Penney is the debut of The Cambridge Bookshop Series. Elizabeth Penney captured Cambridge with the vivid descriptions. I could envision the beautiful old buildings of the area. The author created some great characters that live within a cozy community. Molly is a smart woman who loves books. She has great ideas for revitalizing the bookstore. I like Nina, Molly’s mother. I think she needed a change to help her recover from the death of her husband. Aunt Violet, George, Daisy, Sir John, Kiernan, and the other people living on Magpie Lane are charming. They are a friendly bunch who are welcoming. The mystery was well-plotted. We get to follow Molly as she conducts her investigation (you feel like you are in her shoes). There are breadcrumbs for readers to follow to help them solve the crime. I like how the mystery was laid out. The reveal was unique and entertaining. All the details regarding the whodunit were wrapped up so I was not left with lingering questions. I thought Chapter and Curse was well-written with slower pacing. I loved the book descriptions (like Molly, I love books) and meeting Puck. There is some romance in the book as well. I enjoyed my visit to Cambridge, and I look forward to returning in the next book. Chapter and Curse is a charming English cozy mystery with a precious Puck, an abating bookshop, a deadly poetry reading, a purloined knitting needle, a crafty cousin, good pub grub, and stealthy sleuthing.

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