Sunday, October 17, 2021

Murder by the Bookend by Laura Gail Black

This is the second cozy mystery in this series and is as enjoyable as was the first. (You can read my review of For Whom the Book Tolls, here.) I like Jenna as an amateur sleuth. She is feisty and has a quick temper. Keith, her detective boyfriend, has a tempering influence on her. He helps her think through issues before she flies off into danger.

But Jenna gets into some danger anyway as she works to solves a murder. Besides being an entertaining cozy mystery, we learn quite a bit about antique books. Jenna is in the process of making her newly acquired bookstore a viable business, buying and pricing antique books. The man who was murdered was the expert in antique books at the local library. It was interesting to read how libraries handled valuable books in their collections as well as how crooks can fraudulently sell antique books.

Black has provided another good cozy mystery with a good plot, some over the top quirky characters, a good setting in the antique book world, and a wonderful rescue dog.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Laura Gail Black writes cozy mysteries on the beautiful shores of Lake Marion in South Carolina, where she lives with her husband and four rescue dogs. She began collecting antique books when she worked in a used antique bookstore in college. Today, her bookshelves contain many antique books, some close to 200 years old. When not writing or playing with her dogs, she creates her own jewelry, crochets, cross-stitches, spends time on the water with her husband, and enjoys all things tea. You can find out more at her blog,

Crooked Lane Books, 304 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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