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To Kill a Mocking Girl
Bookbinding Mystery #1
BY Harper Kincaid

Crooked Lane
May 12, 2020/ ISBN 978-1-64385-304-8
Mystery/ Cozy

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


After three years of teaching English in countries all over the world, Quinn Victoria Caine is back in her hometown of Vienna, Virginia. She’s working as a bookbinder at Prose & Scones, a business owned by her family.

Quinn’s high school adversary is Tricia Pemberley, who immediately sets out to get under Quinn’s skin. Tricia seeks out Quinn intentionally to announce her engagement to a guy Quinn once dated. Scott Hauser and Quinn dated briefly before Quinn moved away, but he wasn’t her type, anyway. Tricia and Scott both seem to think that Quinn should be jealous, and Tricia confronts her. After assuring Tricia that she hasn’t been interested in Quinn for a hot minute, Tricia backs off and apologizes.

When Quinn’s dog, RBG, makes a fuss to go outside at 1:00 AM, she relents and takes him for a short walk. They come across Tricia’s body and are just in time to hear a car driving away as fast as possible. Townspeople, as well as the police, feel certain that Quinn killed Tricia, and she’s got to clear her name and find the real killer.

Teaming up with her cousin, Sister Daria, who is a nun, and Detective Aiden Harrington, Quinn is determined to get to the truth even if it puts her own life at stake. Once her dog is poisoned, and Quinn herself in danger from handling the poisoned dog biscuits, the search for the truth becomes even more urgent.

Author Harper Kincaid has done a wonderful job penning the first in a new cozy mystery series. The characters and their interactions caught my interest right away, the small-town setting is perfect for a cozy series, and the four-legged pup won my heart. The murder mystery itself is well-plotted and kept me guessing. I loved the book and I think other cozy readers will as well. Available on May 12th, you’ll want to be sure to get your preorders in either online or at your local independent bookshop so you won’t have to wait a moment more than necessary to read this fun debut in the Bookbinding Mystery series.

Reviewed 2020