Murder by the bookend An antique bookshop mystery

Laura Gail Black

Book - 2021

When the local library's Director of Antique Books is found dead with his head bashed in by vintage glass bookends, antiquarian bookseller Jenna Quinn launches her own investigation before the culprit writes another killer ending.

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Series
Black, Laura Gail. Antique bookshop mystery ; 2.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Cozy mysteries
Novels
Published
New York : Crooked Lane 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Sequel to: For whom the book tolls.
Physical Description
293 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781643858265
1643858262
Main Author
Laura Gail Black (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Hoping to make a success of the used and antiquarian bookshop she inherited from her uncle, Jenna Quinn does not need another murder anywhere near Twice upon a Time, her shop in Hokes Folly, North Carolina. Unfortunately, the local library's Director of Antique Books, Linus Talbot, is murdered by the very book ends he wins as a door prize at the shop's grand reopening party. The party had been going well until Talbot showed up with his dog, Eddy, as his "+1." He then had less-than-friendly conversations with several of the other guests, including a glad-handing politician, a suspicious spinster, and a grating social climber. The sour-tempered detective on the case suspects Jenna, not believing her theory that unusual activities in the antiquarian book world may be behind the murder. The characters, especially the suspects, are memorable for their flamboyance, and the subplots that thread throughout provide appropriately shifting motives. The second in the series, this will appeal to fans of cozies set in bookstores and libraries, such as those by Dorothy St. James and Eva Gates. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

Hoping to make a success of the used and antiquarian bookshop she inherited from her uncle, Jenna Quinn does not need another murder anywhere near Twice upon a Time, her shop in Hokes Folly, North Carolina. Unfortunately, the local library's Director of Antique Books, Linus Talbot, is murdered by the very book ends he wins as a door prize at the shop's grand reopening party. The party had been going well until Talbot showed up with his dog, Eddy, as his "+1." He then had less-than-friendly conversations with several of the other guests, including a glad-handing politician, a suspicious spinster, and a grating social climber. The sour-tempered detective on the case suspects Jenna, not believing her theory that unusual activities in the antiquarian book world may be behind the murder. The characters, especially the suspects, are memorable for their flamboyance, and the subplots that thread throughout provide appropriately shifting motives. The second in the series, this will appeal to fans of cozies set in bookstores and libraries, such as those by Dorothy St. James and Eva Gates. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When the local library's Director of Antique Books is found dead with his head bashed in by vintage glass bookends, antiquarian bookseller Jenna Quinn launches her own investigation before the culprit writes another killer ending.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When the local library’s Director of Antique Books is found dead with his head bashed in by vintage glass bookends, antiquarian bookseller Jenna Quinn launches her own investigation before the culprit writes another killer ending.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The antiquarian bookstore, Twice Upon a Time, in Hokes Folly, NC, is throwing a bash for its grand reopening. Bookseller Jenna Quinn's peace of mind is shattered when the local library's Director of Antique Books turns up dead in the parking lot-- his head bashed in by a glittering pair of vintage glass bookends. The only witness is the victim's dog, who flees the scene leaving a trail of bloody footprints behind. The suspect list is voluminous: the late librarian had not-so-friendly run-ins with numerous guests. As suspicion centers on three unsavory individuals who left the party shortly before the victim did, will the bloodthirsty bookend-wielder becomes the author of Jenna's demise? -- adapted from jacket

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Antiquarian bookseller Jenna Quinn sleuths again when a pair of glass bookends puts an end to a librarian's life, in this second installment of Laura Gail Black's cozy series.The quaint warehouse district of Hokes Folly, NC, is hopping despite the drizzly November chill. The occasion? The mountain town's beloved antiquarian bookstore, Twice Upon a Time, is throwing a bash for its grand reopening. But bookseller Jenna Quinn's peace of mind is shattered when the local library's Director of Antique Books turns up dead in the parking lot--his head bashed in by a glittering pair of vintage glass bookends.As they examine the murder scene, Jenna and her police detective boyfriend happen upon the only witness--the victim's dog, who flees the scene leaving a trail of bloody footprints behind. If only dogs could speak, Jenna might be able to make quick work of the murder case and get back to stocking her bookcases.Alas, finding the killer won't be so easy, even though this is not Jenna's first murder investigation--indeed, she inherited Twice Upon a Time from her slain uncle. The suspect list is voluminous--the late librarian had not-so-friendly run-ins with numerous guests--but suspicion eventually centers on three unsavory individuals who left the party shortly before the victim did.Now, Jenna must edit her inventory of suspects from three names to one, before the bloodthirsty bookend-wielder becomes the author of Jenna's demise.