Georgia Antiquarian Book Society has brought its annual fair
to the Catalpa Springs Railway Depot where there hasn’t
been a train in decades. Librarian Cleo Watkins is so excited
that her feet barely touch the ground. Cleo is passionate
about books and is thrilled for her gentleman friend, Henry
Lafayette, because his business, Gilded Page Antiquarian and
Rare Books, is why the fair is in town. Each year the society
selects a town with an esteemed book business; therefore,
Henry is the host of the event and scrambles to keep everyone
An unscrupulous book scout named Hunter Fox has been charming
the local ladies and conning people out of their valuable
books. Cleo’s cousin, Dot, is one of his victims. Was
Hunter Fox’s con the cause of his murder or was there
something else going on? Dot is the prime suspect, but Henry
is also a person of interest! Cleo wonders if she really knows
Henry as well as she thinks she does.
Cleo is confused and over her head, but she is determined
to dig up the clues, put them together, and find the murderer.
With the help of her friends, neighbors, and her fabulous
feline, Cleo is certain she can figure this out.
This series is getting better with each book. The Southern
setting is perfect, and the pacing is just right. I so enjoy
reading about Cleo and her bookmobile, her friends, her cat,
Rhett Butler, and the town of Catalpa Springs. Despite being
a murder mystery, I found this book heartwarming and comforting.
The feeling of comfort may be one of the best features of
a true cozy mystery.
of other titles in this series
Off Read #1
on Arrival #2