Murder In The Bookshop
1915, London: Working in the dusty bookshop that her Aunt Violet mysteriously inherited, Hannah Merrill is accustomed to finding twists in every tale. But discovering her beloved best friend Lily-Anne – with a paperknife through her heart – in the middle of the bookshop, is not a plotline she saw coming.
The case is anything but textbook. With the discovery of a coded German message, and Hannah’s instinct that Lily-Anne’s husband is keeping secrets, she determines to get to the bottom of it.
She can’t do it alone though. To crack this case, Hannah will need to enlist the help of her outrageous, opinionated, only-occasionally-objectionable Aunt Violet.
They think they’re making progress until one of their chief suspects is found dead. And Hannah realises that she is herself now in the murderer’s sights. Will the final chapter be the ending of a killer… or just a killer ending?
A totally addictive, WW1-set cozy mystery, perfect for fans of Verity Bright, T.E. Kinsey, and Agatha Christie.
My Thoughts on Murder In The Bookshop
It’s been a while since I’ve read a cosy mystery novel and I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed them. It’s always refreshing, after reading a psychological thriller, to settle down with a book that really gets the cogs turning without all the blood and gore.
Murder in the Bookshop is set in London, 1915 and features two very feisty, independent women, Hannah Merrill and her aunt Violet. The bookshop setting is portrayed so vividly you can almost smell the polished wooden shelves and woody leather book covers.
I found the characters likeable and fascinating. It’s good to see strong women featured in war time Britain. When a friend is found dead inside the bookshop, the women are determined to find out what happened. The plot moves along steadily with plenty of drama and red herrings along the way. Secondary characters are also portrayed vividly and there is humour provided through an obnoxious and outspoken housemaid.
A light, enjoyable read , well written and nicely paced.
Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.
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