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For Whom the Book Tolls: 09/30/20

For Whom the Book Tolls

For Whom the Book Tolls by Laura Gail Black is the start of the Antique Bookshop mystery series. Jenna Quinn has been forced to leave Charlotte, NC after being accused of theft and murder. Her uncle has offered her a place to stay in Hokes Folly. He has an apartment over his book shop, with a back entrance. On her first morning there, she finds her uncle dead at the bottom of the stairs leading from the apartment to the store.

When Jenna ends up being the sole heir to her uncle's estate she also finds herself under investigation for murder again. She also has a man claiming to be the uncle's long lost son. Will she lose the store and her new home to a man she's never met?

This first volume reads like a blend of the early Booktown mysteries by Lorna Barrett and the Cat in the Stacks mystery series by Miranda James.

The book relies on tried and true cozy tropes, though some of them were more popular a decade or two ago. In this regard, For Whom the Book Tolls reads like a throwback. That said, I'm curious to see where the series will go.

Four stars

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