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
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.