Trouble on the Books by Essie Lang
Series: Castle Bookshop Mystery #1
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Essie Lang’s series debut is perfect for fans of Lorna Barrett, Vicki Delany, and book lovers everywhere.
Rookie bookstore owner Shelby Cox must hit the books to learn the ropes before she loses a killer in the stacks.
Shelby Cox never intended to become a bookseller, so when the former editor returns to her hometown of Alexandria Bay, nestled in upstate New York’s breathtaking Thousand Islands region, to take over her aunt’s bookstore, she has no idea what to expect. To her amazement, she discovers that she now owns a fifty-percent share in Bayside Books, and will also run the store’s second location in the majestic castle on nearby Blye Island.
But just as Shelby is gearing up for the start of the tourist season, the Castle volunteer coordinator is found murdered in the nearby Grotto. Castle caretaker Matthew Kessler is suspect number one, but Shelby thinks the killing may be connected to an earlier era, when violence among Prohibition-era smugglers was rampant in the region. As Shelby launches her own investigation, handsome and unnerving Special Agent Zack Griffin of the Coast Guard Investigative Services tries to quell her smuggling theory and keep her safe. But Shelby is determined to summon all her savvy as a book editor to plot the murder—and find the killer before he strikes again—in Trouble on the Books, Essie Lang’s clever and captivating series debut.
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I loved this book so much. Shelby’s aunt has surgery and Shelby discovers that owns half of the bookshop. Shelby is managing the Blye Island location and going back and forth across the river from the castle to her houseboat. Everything is pretty normal until the Castle Volunteer Coordinator is murdered. Everything points to the caretaker but Shelby isn’t so sure. This leads her to her own investigation.
Let me say that the locations this book are stellar. They were so well though out and not just your standard book store. Who wouldn’t want a book store inside a castle. It is one of those things that is on every book lover’s bucket list. If not it should be. This was a wonderful book and as I said I enjoyed. I can’t wait to see what else is in store
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Jana Leah says
This cover is so cute.
I don’t read many cozy mystery type books, but this one sounds good. I do like a thriller!
Stephanie Ann says
I would like to read Trouble on the Books!!
LeAnn Harbert says
This sounds like a interesting book to read.
Grace Mitchell says
This looks like a book I would like. I’ll look it up!
It was a fun read and refreshing for someone who reads a ton of romance.I love throwing a cozy mystery or two for a change of pace.
This sounds like a perfect weekend read.
Beth Hern says
I love a good mystery. I’m going to check this book out.
Looks really cozy, nice summer read
Looks like a fun & interesting read.
Christina Gould says
I love a book with a cat on the cover, lol. Thanks for posting!
Really cute, and cozy
Mary Gardner says
I always enjoy a good mystery so this sounds like one I would enjoy.
I’m glad that you mix it up by throwing in some cozy mysteries! Thank you for that. 🙂
This looks like a really good one. And a brief note on the cozy genre: I love that cats are such a prominent part of it! ❤️
Mya Murphy says
This cozy mystery looks SO good and fun!!
Victoria Alexander says
Sounds like a book I’ll enjoy, thanks for sharing!
megan allen says
This book seems so cute!! I think i would love it too!
Antoinette M says
Great review. I’d love to read this cozy mystery!
Bea LaRocca says
Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of this book, it sounds like a great read
Eva Millien says
Trouble on the Books sounds like a great mystery for me to try to solve, thanks for sharing your review and have a splendid day!
Thanks for the review! I love cozy mysteries, and this book sounds intriguing. Great cover!
Nice review – I will check it out!
Maria Malaveci says
Love this review and will definitely be checking this book out!