Shelby Cox has gone home to Alexandria Bay in Upstate New
York to take over her aunt’s bookstore. In addition
to being 50 percent owner of Bayside Books, she will also
be in charge of the store’s second shop inside a castle
on Blye Island.
aunt, Edie Cox is on the mend after knee replacement surgery,
but although she isn’t in the seasonal castle bookshop
with Shelby, she’s just a phone call away for advice
or answers. But after Shelby loses her patience with the unpleasant
director of outreach, aka volunteer browbeater, Loreena Swan,
and when hours later discovers the very dead Loreena, things
turn sour. Shelby comes to the conclusion that the murder
had something to do with smuggling and violence dating back
to Prohibition. The question isn’t who wanted to kill
Loreena, but rather, who didn’t?
always a joy to discover a new series by an author I’ve
previously followed. This series debut is well-crafted and
touches all the key points of a good cozy mystery. The unique
touch of a book shop in a castle piqued my interest right
away. I look forward to the next installment.
devotees will want to dive right in to meet the characters
and learn about Alexandria Bay, while following the clues
and trying to solve the murder as Shelby does the same.
Notes: The author also writes as Erika Chase and Linda Wiken