Trouble on the Books: 07/10/19
Trouble on the Books by Essie Lang is the start of a new cozy mystery series, Castle Bookshop. It's set on an island in the Thousand Islands of Upstate New York. Shelby Cox has taken over the bookshop for her aunt as she is recovering from an injury. On her first full day she finds the castle's volunteer coordinator murdered in the island's grotto.
Shelby decides to do her own investigating when Special Agent Zack Griffin of the Coast Guard begins asking questions. She figures he would only be there if there was something beyond the murder going on.
This first book balances all the necessary pieces perfectly. Shelby and the other characters are interesting and memorable. Zack Griffin is mysterious and charming — a possible love interest down the line. The setting is well described.
The second book is Death on the Page and comes out March 10th, 2020.