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Murder by the Bookend

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At its heart this is a well-plotted cosy crime in which a rare books librarian is murdered after an event organised by a relatively-new-to-town antique book shop owner. Jenna, who we are told repeatedly had been wrongly accused of her uncle’s murder, is instantly invested in finding out what had happened this time, and we then go with her in her investigations.

I really like the story that forms the core of this tale. I just feel that it could be about a third shorter than it is. A feature of cosy crime is the backstory of the protagonist, but in this instance I find it a bit repetitious. In some ways it reminded me of one of those American TV shows with lots of adverts in which they remind the audience what is happening before and after every ad break. Except in this case there are no ad breaks. Just a reminder every few pages of where we’ve reached.

That said, 3 stars means I think this is a good book. I liked the characters and I liked the central plot. And if library murders are your thing (and they certainly are mine), this is a good addition to the genre.
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This installment has the series starting to get its stride. A solid plot, amazing setting, and full bodied characters will not disappoint!
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Thank you #NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for giving me the opportunity to read this. 

A cozy mystery with the love for books! How much better can it get!
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I love this series already. 

As much as this is a cozy, I feel like there is a more serious undertone which gives you the best of both Mystery worlds. 

The setting and cast draw you in for sure.

I look forward to continuing with this series and hope for many more books to come.
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absolutely  loved this book! it was such a fun read, i would  highly recommend this books to my friends and family if they wanted a delightful time,
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I want to thank Netgalley and the author for gifting me the ebook. If you are into murder mysteries this is a easy fast read and it was entertaining. It is a little bit unrealistic but a lot of these who done it type books are like that.
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Jenna has inherited a bookstore from her uncle.  She has a new job, lives in a great small town, has a new boyfriend, and inherits a dog.  Life is good.  Until one of the guests at her grand-opening party is killed.  Now she reverts back to her mystery solving self.

This book, the second in the series, is well written.  The characters are well developed.  The book has humor.  The solution to the mystery wasn't all that complex.  In fact, she pretty much "telegraphed" the identity of the murderer through repeated analyses of the possible suspects.  But, the story was entertaining.

My only beef was, why do so many cozy mysteries have the same formula.  Main character owns a bookstore/tea shop or works in a library.  Check.  Main character owns a dog/cat.  Check.  Main character or best friend dates the local police inspector.  Check.  I would love to see one of the cozy mysteries step out and take the formula a bit further.  But maybe that's just me.  Overall, this was a good book.
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Another series that is the sequel. This was read last year. It is a quick enjoyable read. Great read -- characters and plot was interesting. Interesting enough of a read.. from what I can remember.
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Jenna Quinn  has tried to make good with the bookshop that she inherited from her uncle.  The Grand re-opening of Twice upon a Time, previously known as Baxter's Books, is marred by the murder of the local library's Director of Antique Books with the bookends that he won at the celebration.  To honor the victim, Jenna takes in the victim's little dog, Eddy,  who was traumatized by the murder.

As only the 2nd book in the series it seems that relationships of the new girl in town with others are moving a bit too fast and the background details are not filling in as they should.  Hopefully, more character details will be in future books.
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Jenna owns a bookstore for old books. 
The local librarian is killed by two old bookends and it is up to Jenna to solve the crime
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Murder by the Bookend by Laura Gail Black
Book #2: Antique Bookshop Mystery
Source: NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books
Rating: 4/5 stars

The Bottom Line:  Oh, yes please!  I do adore it when an author simply refuses to fall into the sophomore slump and puts out a solid second book in a new series.  Jenna has finally settled into life in Hokes Folly and now that she has her bookshop all cleaned and organized, she’s ready to host a long-awaited reopening celebration.  With everything perking along nicely, Jenna doesn’t expect a nasty little spat between guests, and she certainly doesn’t expect one of the participants to wind up dead shortly after the party breaks up.  

Round two of the Antique Bookshop Mystery series had me hooked from the beginning.  There is definitely no sophomore slump here with a sound plot, evolving characters, and pace and setting that was simply perfect for the story and characters.  I read several cozy series set in bookstores, so each must be somewhat unique to keep me interested.  So far, the Antique Bookshop Mystery series has managed to set itself apart from the others with its own quaint setting, clearly defined and evolving characters, and stories that I haven’t quite come across in other books.  As long as this series continues to stay fresh and fun, I’m coming along for the ride.
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Somehow I overlooked not posting a review on this book. It's definitely a favorited that I would read again. Twist and turns. Just when I thought I had figured out who did it, the author threw in another twist to throw me.
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This book simply did not hold my attention.  I found myself reading a few pages and then putting it aside.  Perhaps this is not a series where the books can be read individually.  I could not connect with the characters and felt the book had no seamless flow to the story.
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This is the second book I have read in this series and I enjoyed it as much as the first.  Jenna is having a grand opening of the bookstore and enjoying life in Hokes Folly, North Carolina.  The party and the bookstore are a success until a guest is found dead in the parking lot killed with his raffle prize.  Jenna is sure rare books maybe the motive but the local sheriff thinks otherwise so she sets out to solve the crime with the help of her friends. I really enjoy the characters and the bookstore setting.  The mystery was good with plenty of suspects. The solution was a surprise and made sense.  I look for word to book 3.  Enjoy
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It was a delight to read the second Antique Book Shop Mysteries. Dog lovers will enjoy this story. I loved the dog, Eddy. He brought alot to the story.
Jenna was an excellent protagonist. I was a fan of her day job as a real estate agent and her side job of being a caterer. Jenna demonstrated some mouthwatering cooking skills that were fun to read. The mystery had me on the edge of my seat. As I recall, there were several side characters to follow to much to follow for me.It was a quick and enjoyable read. The story contains many twists and turns that kept me guessing as to who the murderer was.

Thank you Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley for the ARC of this book. This was a honest review.
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Jenna Quinn never expected to inherit her uncle's bookshop but now - three months later - she's transformed it into her very own. Baxter Books has transformed into Twice Upon a Time while keeping it a significant part of the community just as her uncle's shop was. Only she's found a way to put part of herself into it which shows how she's grown as part of the community since her arrival. The shop represents the memory of her uncle and serves as a reminder of him throughout the series. It also gives Jenna a way to be part of the community and to share who she is with her neighbors. The town of Hokes Folly is quaint and provides the ideal backdrop for a mystery involving books.  

The mystery revolves around a dog that Jenna takes in and forms a bond with. Each of the suspects is first seen through the "issues" they had with the dog and from there Laura Gail Black builds their motives and suspicious behavior. The book strikes an equal balance for book lovers and animal lovers as it involves the mistreatment of this poor dog and the theft of books. The humor presented in the writing is a sample of the tone and helps in getting to know Jenna's personality. She's the perfect cozy mystery sleuth seen in how she describes the way her boyfriend Keith made her heart pitter-patter in a way compared to a tap-dancing poodle and for added effect the humor ended with how "she hoped it wasn't wearing a tutu." Jenna has a nemesis in Detective Frank Sutter who constantly harasses her and is described as being tactless and with people skills, she compares to that of a rock. The brazen and snarky attitude of Jenna makes her instantly likable and it makes you immediately drawn into the story. Black also incorporates the phrase "unladylike brouhaha" which is a prime example of that very humor and attitude.  

The mystery is lighthearted, clever, and charming which are elements woven into Jenna Quinn herself.
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My rating: 2 of 5 stars, it was okay, but....

Book 2 in the series.

I still had a hard time liking Jenna in this book. It didn't help that she absolutely had a too stupid to live moment, and it made me want to scream. My favorite character in the book was the victim's dog! So while the story was okay, I just don't think the series is for me.
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I really enjoyed this book. The mystery was so interesting and pageturning. I did not guess who the murder was and was without words during the two final chapters
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This is a very good series and I think this installment was a great addition. I enjoyed following along again on Jenna’s sleuthing and the author gave us many suspects to choose from. It was a great escape for an afternoon. 
Many thanks to Crooked Lane Books and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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I enjoyed this book quite a bit but I did find myself skimming through pages. Not sure why, I enjoyed the characters and the plot. I felt it was well-paced as well. Perhaps cozy-mysteries are not my thing. But if you like or love cozy-mysteries, then you need to pick this one up!
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