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Fleeing some unsavory doings in her hometown of Charlotte, Jenna accepts her uncle's gracious invitation to stay with him in small-town Hokes Folly, North Carolina. In exchange, she'll help him out in his antiquarian bookstore. But soon after she arrives, Jenna finds her uncle's body crumpled at the base of the staircase between his apartment and the bookstore.

Before the tragedy even sinks in, Jenna learns that she's inherited almost everything her uncle owned: the store and the apartment as well as his not-so-meager savings and the payout from a life-insurance policy...which adds up to more than a million dollars. This is all news to Jenna - bad news, once the police get wind of her windfall. And it’s an ill wind indeed, as a second murder cements Jenna's status as the prime suspect in both deaths.

Jenna can hit the road again, taking her chances that she can elude trouble along the way, or she can stick it out in Hokes Folly, take over the bookstore, and try to sleuth out her uncle's killer. On the one hand, she's made some wonderful new friends, and she feels she can thrive in the genial small-town environment. On the other hand, trouble knows her address - and so does the killer, who is determined to write the final page of her story.

©2020 Laura Gail Black (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Great Read

This book from start to finish was a Super who done it, with humor and Twista and turns. I Loved it.

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WHAT A SUPERB NEW SERIES

THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST NEW SERIES I HAVE READ THIS YEAR. THE CHARACTERS ARE LIKEABLE, MOST OF THEM, THE PLOT INTERESTING, AND THE NARRATOR THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE. I HOPE BOOK 2 IS AVAILABLE SOON!

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New--I can't wait for more 5/5*

Book 1 Antique Bookshop Mystery is an excellent new series----Characters and the setting is welcoming and strong to base a new series. Laura Gail Black ---congratulations well built and stable beginning to a new series. Susan Boyce-narratior-----excellent voice for a new series--Applause

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I Wish There Were More

As soon as the book ended, I went to buy the next one in the series. Alas, this is the only one :( The book was great. Even more so now that I have discovered it is apparently the author’s first published work!! As always, I enjoyed Susan Boyce’s performance as well. This was a great, clean cozy!!! So many of the cozies I read or listen to have social, political or ecological issues in them. I do not need that in my mystery reading. I read cozy mysteries to escape. If I want the other, I will read non-fiction, watch the news or just live my life. The characters drew me in and made me care about them. There were many plot twists. I did not see the guilty party “from a mile a way”. I thoroughly enjoyed the listen. I am looking forward to the next book!

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For Whom the Bell Tolls is ok but has a slow pace. I don't if I'll get the next one.

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Great start!

I really enjoyed reading this new cozy mystery! Jenna Quinn is escaping her hometown where she was put on trial for murder and then proven innocent. She runs to her uncle who owns a bookstore in Hokes Folley. When she finds her uncle dead in his shop, can she solve the crime before the detective in charge of the case is able to arrest her for a crime she didn't commit? I really liked reading about Jenna. She was a super fun character to get to know. I liked getting to know everyone in the small town and getting to see all of their quirks. I really felt for Jenna and felt a sort of kinship. Not that I've ever been suspected of murder but I totally saw myself in her. She is a really likable character! I honestly did not see the end coming at all. It took me completely by surprise! I totally thought that I knew who committed the murders, but I could not have been more wrong! I can't wait to read more from this series!