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Summer Merriweather's career as a Shakespeare professor hangs by a bookbinder's thread. Academic life at her Virginia university is a viper's pit, so Summer spends her summer in England, researching a scholarly paper that, with any luck, will finally get her published, impress the dean, and save her job. But her English idyll ends when her mother, Hildy, shuffles off her mortal coil from an apparent heart attack. 

Returning to Brigid's Island, North Carolina, for the funeral, Summer is impatient to settle the estate, sell her mom's embarrassingly romance-themed bookstore, Beach Reads, and go home. But as she drops by Beach Reads, Summer finds threatening notes addressed to Hildy: Sell the bookstore or die. 

Clearly, something is rotten on Brigid's Island. What method is behind the madness? Was Hildy murdered? The police insist there's not enough evidence to launch a murder investigation. Instead, Summer and her Aunt Agatha screw their courage to the sticking place and start sleuthing, with the help of Hildy's beloved book club. 

But there are more suspects on Brigid's Island than are dreamt of in the Bard's darkest philosophizing. And if Summer can't find the villain, the town will be littered with a Shakespearean tragedy's worth of corpses - including her own.

©2020 Maggie Blackburn (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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this is the first time I have listened to a book from this author, I really enjoyed it. the narrator did an excellent job. i will look for the next book by this author

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Meh.

For a book that wants to lift up cozy mysteries and shout their merits along side the "good books" the protagonist believes should be read, it seems to not know what makes up a good cozy. There's never been a more morose, self-pitying heroine. She spends the entire book whining about how her life has turned out while focusing over and over, and we get to hear it, on how things aren't working out for her.

Cozies should have fun, or at least interesting, supporting casts. Maybe this one does, but we never get to find out because of Summer's obsession on her self-doubts and insecurities. No wonder she's single. A good cozy should make you care about the protagonist and their friends: this one fails at that.

I made it through about 60% of the book and couldn't stop from falling asleep while listening to it. Partly because of the plodding story, but mostly because Christa Lewis' reading style for the book is so slow and serene, it is like she's reading off a list of casualties from the Titanic in a library. She's not a bad narrator, but the choice of pacing and tone in her voice just doesn't work for the material.

On the plus side, if it were a novel of rediscovery of one's roots, it wouldn't be too bad and, as I said, the narrator is not terrible. It's just the story and narrative direction are misguided for the genre.

I'll be returning this one and I'm not at all concerned with whodunnit, though I am pretty sure I know, and I am not good at picking out the murderer.

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I enjoyed Little Bookshop of Murder. The murderer seemed obvious from the beginning but the story was enjoyable and kept me interested until the end.

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GREAT NEW SERIES

I REALLY ENJOYED THIS FIRST IN A NEW SERIES. THE CHARACTERS ARE A RANGE OF AGES. THEY ARE INTERESTING AND PROMISE MANY INTERESTING STORIES TO COME. CHRISTA IS A PLEASANT NARRATOR AND PERFECT FOR THIS SERIES. BUY IT. READ IT. WHEN CAN WE EXPECT BOOK 2?

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Entertaining and delightful! The perfect beach read. I can’t wait to read the next book from this author.