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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway for Little Bookshop of Murder by Maggie Blackburn

Little Bookshop of Murder: 

A Beach Reads Mystery  

by Maggie Blackburn

About Little Bookshop of Murder

Cozy Mystery 1st in Series  
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (September 8, 2020) 
 Hardcover 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.
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

What a great start to a new cozy series. We meet Summer who has to return to her home town after being away for years because her mother passed away. Dealing with grief she starts questioning why a perfectly healthy woman had a sudden heart attack. She thinks it was murder but the police chief who holds an old grudge does not. Her Aunt and cousin do though so they start adj my questions. Then Summer starts being attacked. Thinking it is all linked she rushes to figure out who is before it's too late. There is great cast of characters all places in an adorable island small town. Add in the sweet African Grey and the story just gets better. I especially enjoyed how Summer goes from a Shakespeare snob to actually liking some fiction after she inherits the cutest book store. A wonderful read for any true cozy fan. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 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  
Twitter - @molliecoxbryan  

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