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Little Bookshop of Murder: 05/01/21
Little Bookshop of Murder by Maggie Blackburn and Christa Lewis (Narrator) is the start of the Beach Reads mystery series. Summer Merriweather has returned to her island home for her mother's funeral. She had been a healthy, active woman, so it's inconceivable that she would have suddenly had a heart attack. Summer decides to spend extra time determining the truth.
Besides the funeral, Summer has her mother's estate to deal with. There's her home and her book store, Beach Reads. As a Shakespeare scholar, she scoffs at her mother's love of romances, cozy mysteries, and other light reads. Yet, to honor her, she joins the book club to read the current romance.
To the observant reader, the book club selection is full of clues to bigger mysteries in Summer's life. In this regard, the book is similar to Arsenic and Old Books by Miranda James.
Set on fictional Brigid's Island, North Carolina, Little Bookshop of Murder has a strong sense of place. It has a similar feel to the Lighthouse Library mystery series by Eva Gates.
The second book is Once Upon a Seaside Murder. It releases October 12, 2021.