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Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway for The Broken Spine by Dorothy St. James

The Broken Spine 

(A Beloved Bookroom Mystery) 

by Dorothy St. James

About The Broken Spine


Cozy Mystery 1st in Series
  Publisher: Berkley (January 19, 2021) 
 Hardcover: 320 pages 
 ISBN-10: 0593098579
  ISBN-13: 978-0593098578  
Kindle ASIN: B086SCQ639 

The first in an exciting new series featuring Trudell Becket, a spunky librarian who will stop at nothing to save her beloved books and catch a killer!

Trudell Becket, book-loving librarian, finds herself in a bind when the library where she works is turned into a state-of-the-art bookless library. In a rare move of rebellion, Trudell rescues hundreds of her library's beloved books slated for the recycle center. She sets up a secret book room in the library's basement and opens it to anyone who shares her love of the printed book.

When the town councilman, who was the vocal proponent of the library's transformation into a "futuristic technological center," is crushed under an overturned shelf of DVDs, Trudell becomes the police's prime suspect for his murder. She was the only person in the library at the time of his death, or so the police believe. But that's not true. For the past month, Trudell had been letting a few dozen residents into the building through the basement entrance so they could read and check out the printed books.

But if she tells the police about the backdoor patrons who were in the library at the time of the murder, she'd have to explain about the secret book room and risk losing the books. In order to protect herself from being arrested for a murder she didn't commit, Trudell--with the help of a group of dedicated readers--decides to investigate. She quickly discovers you can't always judge a book by its cover.

What a fabulous start to a new series! We meet Trudell an assistant librarian who is not happy that her small library is going book less. The plan is bring the library into the new technology era by having everything online accessible through computers, tablets, and phones. The man in charge of this is trying to entice tech companies to the area using this as enticement. Not everyone is happy about though. Tru has the grand plan of saving some of the books from the landfill by hiding them in a hidden room in the basement to have a secret library for those that love the printed book. With that in mind she breaks in with some friends to get it done but the following morning before they leave a loud crash brings her to the media room where she finds the man in charge crushed under a  bookcase that should have been bolted to the floor. Due to her secret endeavors she quickly becomes a suspect by all the police agencies involved. She starts a bumbling investigation that is quite fun to follow while trying to clear her name. Add in an adorable cat and you get a cozy that with delight the reader. Full of small town flair and characters of all varieties to keep you turning the page unable to put it down. Makes for a fantastic start to what is going to be a wonderful cozy mystery series. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.

About Dorothy St. James

Mystery author Dorothy St. James was born in New York but raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on an artsy island community in South Carolina with her husband, a crazy dog, and fluffy cat. Though writing has always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning. She put her educational experience to use, having worked in all branches and all levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal. She even spent time during college working for a non-profit environmental watchdog organization.

Switching from government service and community planning to fiction writing wasn't as big of a change as some might think. Her government work was all about the stories of the people and the places where they live. As an urban planner, Dorothy loved telling the stories of the people she met. And from that, her desire to tell the tales that were so alive in her heart grew until she could not ignore it any longer. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing fiction full-time.

* Dorothy St. James is the alter-ego of award-winning multi-published author, Dorothy McFalls. She enjoys writing in several different genres. Her works have been nominated for many awards including: Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Reviewers International Organization Award, National Reader's Choice Award, CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, and The Romance Reviews Today Perfect 10! Award. Reviewers have called her work: "amazing", "perfect", "filled with emotion", and "lined with danger."

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