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For Whom The Book Tolls
Antique Bookshop Mystery #1
BY Laura Gail Black

Crooked Lane Books
September 8, 2020/ ISBN 978-1-64385-451-9

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Jenna Quinn moves from Charlotte, NC, to Hokes Folly, NC, for a new start at life. Her Uncle Paul owns a bookstore and she can work there with him in exchange for a place to live. Unfortunately, soon after Jenna arrives, she finds her uncle at the bottom of a staircase, where he has fallen and died.

Given Jenna’s questionable past and some unanswered questions about Paul’s death, the police suspect that if there was foul play, then Jenna was responsible. So not only does she have to face a new town, her own grief, and the suspicions of strangers, she feels she has to clear her own name and find the real killer.

I’m a reader who is drawn not only to mysteries but also to books about bookstores, libraries, and the like. This is a niche several cozy authors fit into, and sometimes it’s hard to break in a new series without comparing it to others. That said, I am delighted to report that For Whom the Book Tolls fits nicely into the cozy genre and the bookstore/bookshop niche with its very own unique slot.

I was cheering Jenna on from the beginning, and there was no way I was going to put this book down for very long until I reached the end. I did not see what was coming or realize who the killer was.

The mystery is solid, the characters interesting, the new friendships and relationships are intriguing, and I look forward to the next book in the series.

Don’t miss out on getting in on the beginning of a promising new cozy series!

Reviewed 2020