Vinyl Resting Place
The Record Shop Mysteries
by Olivia Blacke
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Pub Date 27 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 10 Jan 2023
St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Paperbacks
First in a new series by Olivia Blacke, Vinyl Resting Place follows three sisters who discover that opening a family business can be murder.
"A charming cozy for a new generation of mystery readers . . . Vinyl Resting Place is a delight!" –Elle Cosimano, USA Today bestselling author of Finlay Donovan Is Killing It
"Vinyl Resting Place is bolstered by the sisters' genuine bond, colorful personalities, and not-so-gentle conflicts. It's a winning combination." -New York Times Book Review
When Juni Jessup and her sisters Tansy and Maggie put all their beans in one basket to open Sip & Spin Records, a record-slash-coffee shop in Cedar River, Texas, they knew there could be some scratches on the track, but no one was expecting to find a body deader than disco in the supply closet.
Family is everything to the Jessups, so when their uncle is arrested by Juni’s heartbreaking ex on suspicion of murder, the sisters don’t skip a beat putting Sip & Spin up for bail collateral. But their tune changes abruptly when Uncle Calvin disappears, leaving them in a grind. With their uncle’s freedom and the future of their small business on the line, it’s up to Juni and her sisters to get in the groove and figure out whodunit before the killer’s trail—and the coffee—goes cold.
Music and mocha seem like a blend that should be “Knockin' On Heaven's Door,” but caught up in a murder investigation with her family and their life savings on the line, Juni wonders if she might be on the "Highway to Hell" instead.
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I wasn't sure what to expect from Vinyl Resting Place, and before long, I found myself loving this new cozy mystery.
The Sip & Spin is a new record store owned by three sisters.
Maggie and Tansy are joined by sister Juni Jessup, and before long they become involved in a murder investigation.
I really love this new spin ( pun intended) into the cozy mystery genre, and I'm looking forward to reading more.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for selecting me to read an advanced copy of the book.
With this book. the author embarks on a new series, set in small-town Texas. Juniper (Juni) has returned home from an IT job in Oregon to join her two older sisters in ownership of a record/coffee shop on the site of their grandparents old store. Juni enjoys being with her family again and is excited about their new venture, but the grand opening of Sip & Spin Records is soured by her discovery of a dead body in the supply closet.
There's enough of a connection between the deceased and the sisters' Uncle Calvin for the police to arrest Calvin. But after they bail him out using the store as collateral, he disappears, jeopardizing the financial future of Sip & Spin. Juni gets involved in the investigation a little too deeply, with the detective who broke her heart in high school waiting until late in the game to warn her she might be in danger. Her childhood best friend, now the local mailman, becomes a presence in her life again as well.
If you enjoy a breezy cozy mystery with a little romance, this may be the perfect escapist read for you. I personally enjoyed reading about a store that sells only vinyl records and punny coffee drinks, as well as the detailed physical descriptions of each of the characters and the settings. And that cover! I prefer the author's previous Brooklyn Murder Mystery series but look forward to seeing how this series matures.
My thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.
This is the first book by this author that I've read and I liked it.
It's a good cozy mystery and the thing I really liked is that it was a little different in that while it still had a coffee bar like most cozies, it also had a vinyl record store instead of the usual bookstore. The story line and subsequent investigation held my interest to the end and I didn't guess whodidit until it was revealed. I'd recommend this to any cozy mystery reader.
I was given an advanced copy of the book from the publisher through Netgalley.com
VINYL RESTING PLACE captures all the heart and spunk of the Texas Hill Country without the traffic, and will have you searching for real estate in Blacke's Cedar River. It should appeal broadly to cozy enthusiasts, regardless of age.
The first track of The Record Shop Mysteries is a "number one with a bullet." There is so much to love about Vinyl Resting Place by Olivia Blacke. The story takes place in an Austin, Texas adjacent town. The contemporary setting has all the traditional cozy elements— a tight-knit trio of sisters as the shop owners, a prankster uncle getting into trouble, a small-town-everybody-know-you vibe, punny humor (the coffee names, lolz), and of course, amateur sleuthing. There is a lot to love about this series debut including the musical artists referenced from Bille Holiday to Britney Spears and everything in between.
A feel good, family-centered cozy mystery, the first in a new series. This will be fun to recommend to readers of cozy mysteries who are looking for something new to read, as it checks all the boxes and adds up to a fun read. Readers who have enjoyed books by Abby Collette, Joanna Fluke, and Valerie Burns, to name a few, will most likely enjoy this title.
A fun mystery that had me guessing along! Vinyl Resting Place by Olivia Blacke was a fantastic cozy read! I enjoyed the storyline and the mystery.
This ARC was provided to me via Kindle, from St. Martin’s Press and #NetGalley. Thank you for the opportunity to preview and review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
A wonderful new cozy mystery series centered around family and tradition. Quite enjoyable and entertaining.
A cute cozy that's super fun to read. A great start to a new series. Loved the record shop/coffee bar setting! The mystery had some red herrings and moved at a good pace. Characters were well developed and engaging. I definitely want this series to continue! Thanks #netgalley and #stmartinspress for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.
Juni, Tansy and Maggie have finally opened their own business. They’re bringing the cool old school vinyl records together with a hip new coffee shop. After a body is found in the closet at the shop, their Uncle Calvin is arrested for murder.
The sisters have no doubt Uncle Calvin is innocent and use their shop as collateral for his bail. But when Uncle Calvin goes missing, the sister need to find out whodunit because they have “Nothin’ to Lose” but their shop and all they’ve worked for.
This is a great start to a new series from Oliva Blacke. I love the setting and the sisterly dynamics. This series has made it to my must read list after just one book!
A rocking start to a new cozy series! I loved the vinyl hook and strong familial relationships, especially between Juni and her sisters. The witty coffee names and solid mystery cranked up the volume and made this book a winner. Eager to read the next installment!
When Juni Jessup and her sisters Tansy and Maggie put all their beans in one basket to open Sip & Spin Records, a record-slash-coffee shop in Cedar River, Texas, they knew there could be some scratches on the track, but no one was expecting to find a body deader than disco in the supply closet.
This is a first in this series and a lot of fun. I love the sisters relationships. Overall a great start to a fun new series.
Step back in time to remember the days of vinyl records for your music pleasure. Also work along side the 3 sisters and their family and friends to solve a murder. Several romances to root for are occurring as well.
I adored this book. Blacke has such a clever, witty voice, and her characters are instantly engaging. I'll read anything she writes!
When Juniper moves back to Texas to re-open her family’s old record shop with her sisters things don’t go exactly to plan. Juniper discoverers a body in the shop’s supply closet at their opening party. To make things worse her ex is the lead detective on the case and is on the hunt for her uncle who is a prime suspect. Can Juniper and her sisters help solve the case and get their uncle out of suspicion? This was such a fun cozy mystery! The Austin setting and the record shop were characters themselves, and the banter between the sisters was great. The book highlights the importance of familial relationships and second chances. I highly recommend this new cozy mystery!
Pub date: 12/27/22
Genre: cozy mystery, book 1 in the Record Shop Mysteries
One sentence summary: Sisters Juni, Tansy, and Maggie are risking it all to open Sip & Spin Records, a record/coffee shop, but a dead body and a disappearing uncle make for a rocky start.
I love a new cozy mystery series, and this one felt really special! The sisters have a great relationship, and I enjoyed getting to know all of them, especially MC Juni. The record store setting felt like a place I'd love to hang out, and I kept laughing at their drink-song puns (highlights include Shiny Frappe People, Excuse Me While I Kiss This Chai, and All the Single Lattes). The mystery was compelling and well-paced with a satisfying conclusion.
This new series has everything I look for in a cozy mystery, and I'm excited for book 2 and beyond!
Thank you to St. Martin's Press for my NetGalley ARC in exchange for an honest review.
As soon as I read the title, I knew I had to read Vinyl Resting Place by Olivia Blacke. Junie Jessup moves back home to Texas after she loses her job due to the company going bust and opens up Sip&Spin Records with her sisters, in the same building her grandparents once ran a record store. Serving up coffee as well as records, the sisters are shocked to find a dead body in their supply closet at their grand opening party. If that wasn't bad enough, the lead detective is Junie's ex and he still knows how to push her buttons. When the sisters' Uncle Calvin is arrested and then takes off after they put the shop up to bail him out, Junie can't help but investigate the murder and her uncle's disappearance.
It took a bit of reading before I got into the story but once I did, it was hard to put down. I am already looking forward to the next installment.
Thank you to St Martin's Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC.
A fun record shop outside Austin and a punny title. How could I resist? I mean, I still own vinyl records, so this one spoke to my heart. I'm glad I dropped in as it was a fun, quirky read, full of characters who were, well, characters, and lots of down-home, Texas country charm.
Even Uncle Calvin, who seems to tread only the edge of the law was likable, even if he created a major headache for the Jessup sisters, Tansy, Maggie (don't you dare call her Marigold), and main character Juni (Juniper). They've invested everything they have in Sip and Spin Records and when they find a body in their supply closet after the grand opening, Calvin is a suspect. He's arrested but disappears after they put up the shop as bail. The sisters, lead by Juni, set out to prove his innocence but, well, first they've got to find him. Hence, they have two mysteries to solve, who killed Monica Mayhew and where is Uncle Calvin. It's actually the second that dominates much of the book as, quite frankly, Juni doesn't even know the name of the victim for some time. In her defense, it's because everyone thought she'd recognized Monica since she's babysat her as a child.
While I found Juni likable, she didn't strike me as the person I'd want trying to prove my innocence of even a traffic ticket, however. Her investigative tactics are basic, in her defense not abnormal for someone new at it, and she's quick to not just jump to conclusions but confront suspects with accusations of being the murderer. Heck, she even accuses her own brother-in-law of being the murderer. What is Juni basing her accusations on? Will withholding information from ol' flame Beau, now detective, slow down the investigation? Will she get glitter bombed again? Who attacked her in Calvin's house? Why does she arrive at the shop on day to find it surrounded by firetrucks and rescue personnel? What is the "game" some are asking about? Is Beau using or or genuinely still attracted to her? How about ol' friend Teddy? Could he become more than a friend or is she still too tied emotionally to Beau? What could possibly go wrong when she borrows Calvin's unused truck? Uh, lots.
And, wait, enough teasers. This brand new series has promise and I look forward to seeing how it develops. As with most new series, the characters aren't fully fleshed out, so it'll be fun to get to know them as it progresses. Heck, even prankster Uncle Calvin was showing promise at the end. Thanks #NetGalley and #StMartinsPress for introducing me to Sip and Spin. I'm looking forward to many a return visit.
A fun new mystery series, that’s sure to be a hit.. Three sisters open a new record shop in Texas and are excited until they find a body in the closet. Great characters, lots of fun.
Vinyl Resting Place was the cozy mystery novel that everyone needs to read. I thought at some points i knew who the culprit was and other times i had no clue. Juniper was a fantastic MFC and i enjoyed her the entire time. There wasn’t one point during this novel in which she bothered me.
You get murder mystery, family, small town romance, love triangle, and more. I think what drew me to this book was because they owned a Coffee shop and record store all in one. I’ve grown to love vinyl over the years and it was nice to read another book about it. I wish we got more of Teddy in this book but; i can’t wait to read the next one. Thanks #NetGalley and #StMartinsPress for introducing me to Sip and Spin & for the early arc.
This was a fast-paced and well-written drama that I could not put down, quickly becoming a page turner as I had to know why this young woman was murdered and placed in the record shop. The author did a great job setting this up with a bevy of suspects and clues there and there, with just enough tease to keep me in the game. There were a few red herrings that would point to a few with some surprises that I did not see coming. I liked how the sister came together to sift through the clues, making it believable in what they wanted to accomplish. The secondary characters had pivotal roles and it was their action that would lead to the revelation of the killer’s identity and the motive. Good job in keeping me in suspense throughout most of the book, especially when I had that “aha” moment and knew who the killer was and enjoyed watching it all play out to the end.
I received this ARC via Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press, in return for an honest review. This is a clever premise for the first book in a new cozy series. Set in a newly opened record shop and coffee bar outside Austin, Texas, USA, three interesting sisters co-own the Sip and Spin. When their grand opening ends with them finding a body in their supply closet, how can things possibly get worse? Until they do with the detention and subsequent disappearance of their Uncle Calvin who is a suspect in the murder. Juni (Juniper) is determined to find out what happened and save both Uncle Calvin and their shop, since they posted it as collateral for his bond. The premise has great potential for a series so it will be fun to see what happens next.
I loved Olivia Blacke's Brooklyn Murder Mysteries so no surprise that I love this new Record Shop series featuring Juni! What a fun, enjoyable read, following Juni and her sisters as they open a vinyl record shop only to have a dead body turn up at their opening party. It's up to Juni and her sisters to clear their uncle of the murder. Fun, engrossing, this is a new cozy mystery series that will entertain and make you laugh with the punny song/coffee drink names.
Record Scratch… Blacke has done it again with this debut in the Record Shop Mystery series. Not only are the characters incredibly likable but Blacke effortlessly balances the clues and red-herrings to create a mystery that kept me guessing to the end. The fact that the book’s located in Texas and set in a record-slash- coffee shop, with plenty of fun drink names and great music shout outs, is a refreshing new entry in the cozy mystery market. This is a new favorite and I very much look forward to reading more of this series in the future.
I received this eARC thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Paperbacks in exchange for an honest review. Publishing dates are subject to change.
Imagine my delight when I received an invite to read the arc of Vinyl Resting Place, the new Recond Shop Mystery #1 by Olivia Blacke, for an honest review! Nothing better to settle in with on an overcast, lazy day.
Juni moves home to start a new business with her sisters and silent partners, bringing vinyl records back into focus. The mystery and race to solve the murder, successfully open their business and find their uncle keeps the pages turning right to the end. I loved the twists and the reveal of who dun it was a surprise!
I look forward to the next in the series and what may come of the Beau vs Teddy situation.
Kindle Copy for Review from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press.
I received a free, advance copy of this book and this is my unbiased and voluntary review.
In this new cozy series sisters open up a vinyl coffee shop. They get more than bargained when they discover a dead body while renovating. One of them becomes prime suspect and is arrested for murder.
The sisters will rally together to prove her innocence. It is an exciting new series with potential.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
As a millennial with a record collection and a love for quirky record shops, I was drawn to this book based simply on the title and cover.
The book doesn't disappoint. It starts with three sisters reviving a family business, a murder, and the hectic investigation that follows. Toss in a little love triangle, and it's a solid recipe for success.
If you're looking for something less heavy but with enough intrigue to keep you entertained, this might be the book for you.
I loved the sisters and their relationships, their love for food, and the cat they adopted. I didn't much enjoy the ex-beau/current police investigator, but I'm not sure I was supposed to. This was a fun one, packed full of enjoyable music references.
Sip & Spin should be a real place - the vibe, the cafe, all of it was perfect. The backstory of the record shop - three sisters Tansy, Maggie and Juni, worked together to open their business, in the same spot their grandparents had once owned a record shop, was a charming piece of the story.
The mystery begins at the grand opening of the sister's record shop in a small Texas town and the prime suspect, Juni's Uncle Calvin. Juni does a fine job putting together the pieces while being mixed up in a love triangle.
The pace was somewhat slow but the mystery was intriguing enough to keep me hooked, each chapter had me guessing about the next clue. This was a great beginning to a new series and I look forward to the next Record Shop mystery!
Thanks to NetGalley and St.Martin's press for providing a digital reviewer copy for my honest opinion.
Rounded to 3.5 stars.
CONTENT WARNING: murder, blood
I’m always a sucker for a good cozy mystery, and I couldn’t resist this one with it’s punny title and music-themed story. It definitely had it’s ups and downs, but this is one that was I was really looking forward to reading.
I loved the sisters in this story. They have a fun bond, and while they don’t always see eye to eye, I enjoyed the interactions between them. It felt realistic, and I was able to identify with Juni’s feelings as a younger siblings, especially with the age gap between her and her older sisters. The Texas charm was turned up way high on this one, and I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, especially since I’ve never been there. I did like one of the love interests, even if he was a bit wishy washy. As for the other one, I absolutely despised him. He was pushy, manipulative, and just felt like he needed a good slap across the face.
The puns in the story were outstanding. As a record store/coffee shop, they made sure to have a punny music-related coffee name that changed daily, and I absolutely adored all of them. I’d have to say that my favorite was “excuse my while I kiss the chai,” but each of them were amazing. Each time, they made me smile, and I found myself looking forward to seeing what it was going to be.
However, there were some downsides to the book. The writing felt a little clunky and repetitive, and definitely needed some more editing, which I hope will be done before the final product goes out, since this is an ARC and is an unfinished product. It wasn’t too suspenseful, and I definitely figured out who did it well in advance of the big reveal.
Overall, I did enjoy the read and would definitely be open to reading more in this series. I’m hopeful that future books would have the kinks worked out, and I’m curious to see where it goes next. There’s some good stuff in this one that makes me want to stick with it even with the things that I didn’t like as much, and they’re not nearly enough to make me give up just yet.
this was a great beginning to the Record Shop Mysteries series, it was what I was hoping for from the description. I enjoyed how Olivia Blacke wrote this and wanted more from this universe. I had a great time reading this and going through this mystery. The characters were smartly done and I was glad to get to meet them in this story. I look forward to reading more in this series.
"We headed toward the Prankenstein warehouse. It was low-slung with corrugated metal on the storefront in lieu of siding. It had been bright yellow once upon a time, but the Texas sun had faded it to beige. There was no sign over the door, just the suite number. I tried the door. It was locked. There was a small window next to the door, but it was plastered over with newspaper from the inside. “I don’t think they get a lot of visitors,” I said."
This review is in exchange for getting a free digital copy. Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this story.
I LOVED this book. So cozy, such lovable characters, charming little record shop...I was hooked from the beginning! The pace is slower but I actually loved it for this book, it definitely kept you wondering where the story would go or the next clue.
This is a story you can curl up with and accidentally stay up reading all night. I can't wait for more from this author!
I loved Olivia Blacke's Brooklyn Murder Mystery series, so I'm not surprised at all to love Vinyl Resting Place too! Juni and the whole cast was great (even the ones I'm clearly going to hate were so well done in how they annoyed me), and the record shop needs to be a real place. Do I listen to vinyl? No, but I want to hang out there and sip coffee drinks with punny names while appreciating album art. I actually guessed the murderer this time (rare for me), but even though I suspected the culprit I couldn't figure out how Blacke was going to tie it all together, which had me turning the pages and thinking I had to be wrong. A great cozy sets a mood, and this did not disappoint!
Any book that takes place in a record store automatically moves to the top of my reading list. I love going to concerts, vintage band t-shirts and creative coffee selections. In “Vinyl Resting Place” Juni is the youngest of the three Jessup sisters and had recently moved back home to open Sip and Spin Records with them. She was happy to be back because she missed her sisters and her quaint small town.
I loved Juni’s eclectic collection of t-shirts, her curious mind and the devotion she has for her sisters. Juni has two handsome men vying for her attention but she had no time for romance when she had a murder to solve. Who would have thought that a murder would occur the night of their grand opening; talk about bad luck! Juni could definitely have a side job as a detective with all the time she spent following the clues in hopes of clearing her uncle’s name.
I love everything about this book and I am thrilled that it is part of a series because I need to find out what happens next in the small town of Cedar River, Texas. Will Juni keep herself solely focused on work or will she let her heart lead her to the man of her dreams? Will Sip and Spin Records become a success under the watchful eye of the Jessup sisters? What new concert t-shirts will Juni add to her collection and is there a possibility of bringing live music to the store? The allure of the small town and the importance of family makes this an entertaining and enjoyable story!!
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Great new author and new series!
Small towns and gossip are the same anywhere, and some families really get it. Against this backdrop which includes three sisters resurrecting a family business promoting vinyl records and adding a coffee shop, a murder intrudes. Add in an absconding uncle, lawyers in the family, and the youngest sister's old boyfriends, and you have some great sleuthing! Absolutely loved it and will be restlessly waiting for the next one.
I requested and received an EARC from St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Paperbacks via NetGalley. Thank you!
As if Olivia Blacke hadn't already stolen my heart with her Brooklyn Murder Mysteries series from Berkley, I could not wait to read this one -- coffee, records, and another cozy mystery from her, yes PLEASE! I was lucky enough to be sent a widget for this one thanks to St. Martin's Press and I didn't even get past the subject line before getting super excited to drop everything to read it and gushing to Olivia about it in her DMs.
Title with a funky + fun play on words that captures the vibe of the book CHECK A modern take on the cozy mystery that manages to also make me want to visit the destination it's based in CHECK Sisters who are the best of friends and there for each other no matter what CHECK
Blacke writes characters that I adore, in places I fall for with her incredible descriptions that perfectly capture the ambiance of each story and make me feel a part of the action. I'm always happily surprised with the direction she takes a murder -- like somehow I really ENJOY the story, as if the family, friends, and what's happening around the MC's sleuthing that is the most important, there just happens to be a mystery in the background lol
I can already tell the Jessup sisters are going to remain in the front of my mind for a long time, I love the dynamic of the family and how different each sister is. Blacke sets up plenty of characters for future books in the series without overwhelming and I look forward to plenty more like this one! Highly recommend VINYL RESTING PLACE for anyone who can appreciate a good record store, who loves a family who fights for one another, and a small-town feel with a contemporary twist. I gave this one 4.5 stars and will definitely be watching for where the series goes from here!
This was a cute start to a new cozy mystery series. Juni Jessop and her sisters Tansy and Maggie revive a family business by opening up a combo record/coffee shop. During the grand opening party a body is found in the store's supply closet and their uncle Calvin is the suspect. They put the store up as collateral for his bail and he takes off. Most of the book is focused on finding him, not so much on solving the murder. The cast of characters and the setting are quirky and cute and the punniness of the book's blurb is evident in the novel as well with cutesy names for coffee drinks etc. A light-hearted read and I will give #2 a whirl.
I wish to thank NetGalley and St Martin’s Press for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book. I have voluntarily read and reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Just in time for the resurgence of interest in old vinyl records along comes this book. If you are looking for a fun read set in a family owned record shop that also serves as a coffee shop then this is just the one for you. Three sisters decide to reopen an old family business in a small town in Texas. They name the shop The Sip & Spin Records and they pool all their resources to reestablish the shop once owned by their grandfather. On the night of their long awaited grand opening a body is discovered in a coat closet and they are afraid the shop will never survive. Life in a small town is at its best in this novel and you will love all the beautifully developed characters. Can the mystery be solved and their business be saved? I highly recommend this as a delightful read and look forward to more in this series. This one has it all and of course there is a cat!
Olivia Wilde must really know coffee drinks, music, and Austin, TX, as she brings Cedar River to life in this first in series mystery. The 3 Jessup sisters have opened up the Sip and Spin vinyl record/coffee shop. At their grand opening, a young woman is found murdered, and their uncle is the prime suspect.
Cat Daffy, ex-boyfriend Beau, and best friend turned possible love interest Teddy are just a few of the memorable characters in this small town cozy.
I can't wait to read #2, A Fatal Groove!
A Vinyl Resting Place by Olivia Blacke is another good addition to the cozy genre. I enjoyed the sisterly connections and the music background while having a fun murder to solve. I am glad to see there is another in the works.
I received an advance copy via NetGalley.
What a fun kick-off to a rockin' new mystery series! This perfectly-paced cozy mystery is set in a small town outside Texas and focuses on Juni, recently returned to her hometown to start a coffee and record albums shop in the same location their grandparents had a music store for decades. During their big grand opening, she finds a woman dead in a supply closet, holding the business card of her scalawag of an uncle. When said uncle vanishes once he'd out on bail, Juni contends with the pushy advances of her ex-boyfriend-now-detective and starts a possible romance with her childhood best friend as she seeks to clear her family from involvement in the crime.
This read is just plain fun. Blacke seems to know her Austin-area setting very well, nailing the proper food references and cultural details. The family's shop has drinks that are based on punny song titles, and they are an absolute hoot. The mystery feels nicely modern, too. Food delivery couriers play a big role, as does social media use, but everything is explained in a way that makes the references accessible to all readers. I didn't correctly guess the guilty party, and I love being surprised like that!
I would definitely read more in this new series.
Tansy, Maggie and Juni are a sister gang of three who have just opened the Sip and Spin. The Sip and Spin is a record store that sells vinyl records and coffee. On opening night of Sip and Spin a woman is found murdered in the supply closet of the store and their Uncle Calvin is a suspect...especially since he left town.
Things I loved about this book:
* I connected with Juni immediately. She is the youngest sister and the protagonist
* An eclectic range of musicians and music types are mentioned.
* Clever, funky names are given to the beverages i.e. Java B Goode.
*Loved the slick way the coffee/tea names combined beverage and music.
* The mystery was very well done and literally had me guessing until the very end with a couple of heart pound ing moments
This book, Vinyl Resting Place is first in a new series and one I know I will be continuing with. One con that I have is The book is listed as " for a new generation of mystery readers" As an " older" mystery lover I think it will be loved by all readers, both new and old to reading mysteries.
Thanks to NetGalley, St Martins Press and the author for the opportunity to read and review this book. It publishes on 12/27/22
Vinyl Resting Place is a cozy setting in the current day. Juniper Jessup – Juni to her friends – is the main character. She had grown up in a small Texas town near Austin, leaving after college for a job in Oregon. When that job ends after the company goes out of business, Juni is recruited to move back home to open a record store with her two sisters, Maggie and Tansy. Her parents and grandparents had previously owned a music store in the same location, so it seemed like a logical idea. The sisters are equal partners – Juni sold her car and cashed out her savings for her share. Everything is going well (if busy) until the preview night when a young woman is found dead in the supply closet at their store. Because family is everything, the sisters use their new business as collateral to bail out their uncle (and prime suspect) out. When he promptly skips bail, the sisters decide they’ll need to figure out where he is and whodunit.
While this is a fairly typical cozy, there were some nice differences. I liked the fact Juni was returning home in part because she missed her family. At one part she even mentions that she could have found a new job in Oregon, but this was better. The obligatory dual love interests are there; again, it’s a nice twist in that one is a detective and her ex who altruistically broke up with her by text while the other is her male best friend who’s had a crush on Juni since third grade. I really loved all the musical references and the punny drink of the day names. And my pet peeve – the hero doing something stupid to catch the killer – was avoid as well. Overall all a fun read.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.com and voluntarily chose to review.
Easy to like cosy mystery featuring sisters reopening their family’s old record shop. I am constantly surprised that people are listening to vinyl again. That’s what caught my eye about this book, but the mystery and likable characters kept me reading. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book.
A love triangle, Murder mystery and three sisters? Sign me up. I really couldn’t resist this quirky read and have become a fan of the author. I loved the music references and drink specials. It’s really pulling at Texas living. While I did figure out the mystery fairly quickly; I enjoyed the book.
After the IT company Juni Jessup works for abruptly closes, she returns home to open a record/coffee shop with her two sisters. All is going well with the grand opening of Sip & Spin until a dead body is discovered in the supply closet. Unfortunately, the dead body is clutching their Uncle Calvin's business card. After putting up the shop as collateral for Uncle Calvin's bail, he takes off. Now the three sisters must find Uncle Calvin and identify the murderer before the shop is lost.
Delightful start to a new series.
Vinyl Resting Place is the first of its Record Shop Mystery series. Set on the outskirts of Austin Texas, this cozy mystery takes place at the vintage record store run by three sisters. Not only does the murder take place in the newly reopened record shop but now the girl’s uncle is missing and presumed guilty of possibly murder.
I loved this cozy mystery! The characters were likable and storyline was interesting and easy to follow. I’d definitely read more in this series!
I received this book in exchange for my honest review, all opinions are my own. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this advanced copy.
3 sisters start a record store in Texas. Unfortunately there is a murder during the grand opening, and their uncle is the chief suspect. So of course they are investigating! As they are near Austin, the reader gets a lot of great local music information, plus record info. Really enjoyed that, plus the sisters interactions. Great cozy, and buying for work.
Vinyl Resting Place is a great introduction to a new series by Olivia Blacke. I am so glad I did. I can see this series becoming one of my go-to cozy mysteries. Three sisters work together to revitalize a business their parents and grandparents ran for years only to lose it when vinyl went out of style, but it is back and so are they. The building has been closed for a long time, so preparing it as well as providing a large assortment of records and the equipment to keep customers happy in the coffee department have left the girls invested deeply. They need money to start rolling in immediately! When the first night ends with a body found at the grand opening the three are in shock. When their grandfather becomes a top suspect, they step up to find the real villain. Much of what the grandfather does doesn’t make sense to the girls or to the reader until, well that you will have to discover for yourself. Lots of action, lots of tension and a little romance bring a just-right balance to this winning novel.
Olivia Blacke is a new author to me, but the book sounded interesting, so I requested an ARC from NetGalley. And was excited to have it approved. It more than met my expectations so I am delighted to share the fun with friends and followers.
Vinyl Resting Place is a great start to the new series, The Record Shop Mysteries by Olivia Blacke.
It starts off with the Jessup sisters, Tansey, Maggie, and Juni opening up a coffee/record shop called Sit & Spin, in the same location that their grandparents and parents owned a record shop. Thinking that the grand opening was a huge success, they start to clean up the store and find someone murdered in their storage closet.
I felt like this book was more of a get to know the characters with the murder as a way to help that along. The story was very engaging and you learned so much about them and how family is everything.
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I didn't think I could have as much affection for Olivia Blacke's newest heroine as I did for the quirky Odessa in Blacke's Brooklyn Murder Mysteries series. Thankfully, I've been proven wrong. Our amateur sleuth, Juni Jessup, is my kind of MC. She's smart, funny, kind and resourceful. Coming back to her small Texas hometown, Juni and her two sisters have invested all their funds in reopening the family record store but with a coffee bar.
Coffee bar/record store. Do you want to live there? I do. Even though they find dead body in the storage closet on opening night. Don't care. Still want to live there.
What I love most about this series is that there is so many plot bunnies hopping around from the first page, but the book does not overwhelm with characters or conflict. There is a potential love triangle, there are sisterly and maternal conflicts ahead, and there are records and coffee. Blacke has hit her stride and is one to watch in the new era of millennial cozies. For anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries with a side of smart and sass, this book is for you.
This was a top notch first in a new series.
Interesting characters and a great premise for a cozy.
I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
This is the first time I have read this and I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. Juni, Maggie and Tansy were sisters who were the amateur sleuths. They are reopening Sip and Spin (a family business) consisting of coffee drinks and vinyl record albums. On the night of their grand opening someone was found murdered in their cleaning closet. That is all I am going to tell you. I had no idea who did it until the author was ready for us to know. A VERY GOOD cozy mystery read. I will read Oliva Blacke again .
Vinyl Resting Place by Olivia Blacke is the first book in the Record Shop Mystery series. I was so fascinated by the fact the storyline is set around a record shop I just had to read this book. I like the idea of the three sisters, Juni, Tansy and Maggie, opening a record/coffee shop. All three get involved when someone is found murdered in the supply closet of the shop . It seems that Juni takes the lead in the investigation though. The characters are all very likable and I love the small town atmosphere. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
I received an ARC and this is my honest review.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun, cute Murder mystery. I will be looking for the rest of this series! I would definitely recommend this book!
The sisters’ relationship in this book makes all the difference! I like the record store and the town of Cedar River. I like the way that Juni uncovers the secrets people are holding.
The mystery is good. I figured out who did it a little over halfway through, but I had no clue why. So there were secrets to be found out at the end.
There is a love triangle that does not seem to be resolving any time soon. I don’t like love triangles, so the romance is not my favorite part. The coffee names seemed a little over the top, but that is a minor complaint. Even the love triangle didn’t detract too much from my enjoyment.
This is a great first novel in the series. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press.
Juni Jessup returns home to Texas to run a record shop/cafe with her sisters. At the grand opening, a young woman is found dead in a closet and Juni's uncle is the prime suspect. Along with the help of her 2 older sisters, Juni takes it upon herself to prove his innocence. A fun, new cozy mystery series!
A new Series! The Record Shop Mysteries
Always fun when a new Cozy Series debuts! This one has the location, a fun family-owned record shop with a small cafe on the side. Working with family can be fun and it can also be tricky. Everyone in your business, thinks they know what is best for you.
Juni Jessup and her sisters, Tansy and Maggie have sunk everything to open this record shop in the same location as the prior family. Selling vinyl is a pretty good business these days except for the body. In the storage closet.
A murder will get your business closed down really quickly. These ladies need to find a killer quickly.
Only Juni’s ex has arrested her uncle! What?! The girls know he is not guilty and even bail him out with the shop as collateral.
Imagine their surprise when he disappears! Now they need to find him and a killer before someone pulls the needle off of the store.
I liked the Texas location and the record shop. All of the music puns and references were cute and effective.
I can’t wait for the next one!
NetGalley/ December 27th, 2022 by St. Martin’s Press
Wow! I absolutely LOVED this new cozy mystery--probably one of my favorite mysteries of the year. While I had read and enjoyed Blacke's Brooklyn-based cozy series, this one is leaps and bounds above those.
Sisters Juni, Tansy, and Maggie are opening a record shop in their hometown, in the same spot their grandparents once had a record shop. The return of vinyl! But on opening night, Juni discovers a dead body in their storage closet! The girls' uncle and silent investor, Calvin, is quickly arrested. Sure of his innocence, the sisters put the store up on bond. But Calvin immediately skips town without a word. Juni leads the charge in finding out what really happened to the victim and why Calvin decided to run.
This mystery has everything you could want. Just enough characters to keep things interesting and have lots of suspects, but not so many you don't remember who they are. A plucky heroine and entrepreneur who actually has a reason to get involved. A conclusion that is unexpected but not implausible. In general--I loved it! I will certainly be continuing this series.
I think it's interesting the publisher chose to do her Brooklyn series in trade paperback, but this series is in mass market. I actually went online to buy this book (I loved it that much), but I find mass markets too difficult to hold, so I skipped it once I saw that and ebook were the only formats. I think this book and series is so much stronger, so it's a shame!
Thanks to Berkley for my eARC! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
5 stars - 10/10
There is so much to love about Vinyl Resting Place by Olivia Blacke. The story takes place in an Austin, Texas adjacent town. The contemporary setting has all the traditional cozy elements— a tight-knit trio of sisters as the shop owners, a prankster uncle getting into trouble, a small-town-everybody-know-you vibe, punny humor and of course, amateur sleuthing. There is a lot to love about this series debut including the musical artists referenced from Bille Holiday to Britney Spears and everything in between.
A little bit of coming-of-age story is embedded in the new cozy series by Olivia Blacke. Juniper 'call me Juni' and her sisters open a record shop in a suburb of Austin. The location holds family memories for all 3 sisters as it is the same location where their grandparents owned a similar shop. Of course, it's 2022, so now they sell designer coffees (with punny names) alongside the vinyl. Unfortunately, during their grand-opening festivities, a dellvery driver goes missing and is found in a storage closet, dead. When their Uncle Calvin is arrested (by Juni's high school boyfriend!) the girls team together to solve the mystery.
This is a well-written cozy and I am looking forward to further installments.
Vinyl Resting Place by Olivia Blacke is book #1 in the new Record Shop Mysteries.
Going to go ahead and say it..... This is one Cozy Mystery Series I'm going to be following!
Juni, Tansy and Maggie own Sip & Spin Records, a record-slash-coffee shop in the small town of Cedar River, Texas.
They never thought they would end up findig a dead body in their little shop.
When their uncle is arrested for suspicion of murder, the sister's don't hesitate to put Sip & Spin up for bail collateral.
But when Uncle Calvin suddenly disappears, putting them in a bad spot the trio start their own investigation to uncover the truth before it's too late!
Vinyl Resting Place is most certainly a page turner. I haven't enjoyed a Cozy Mystery this much in some time!
The story has enough twists to keep it interesting and intriguing.
Olivia Blacke describes the characters with great details. I could vividly picture everything so perfectly.
I loved the author’s writing style she really set the tone which made for an easy and fun read.
An engaging dialogue and a great atmosphere, this was a delightfully entertaining whodunit and I look forward to more exciting adventures ahead!
I will most definitely pick up book two A Fatal Groove. Looking forward to this one!
"I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.
For a cozy mystery, the title is perfect! As a music lover, I couldn't resist checking this one out. There's a wide variety of music included, which I loved, as I have eclectic taste. The author's puns put a smile on my face.
The quirky characters are fun and engaging. Some plot points weren't as strong as I'd anticipated, but it was still a fun read overall.
Sometimes you just need a cozy mystery and Olivia Blacke always delivers. Coffee, records, and murder? Yes please. I knew I would adore this book from the punny title alone, but I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did. Juni as a heroine is absolutely adorable and I am team Teddy Garza ALL THE WAY. (Like seriously if you like Beau, wtf). I did predict the killer about halfway through, but the twists and turns were still really enjoyable. It had so many red herrings! But seeing a tightly knit family, a small business just starting out, and a teeny tiny Texas town is my cozy kryptonite. And there are SO many gems in this book, from Prankenstein to pecan waffles, I'm in love with Cedar River.
*Thank you to St Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review*
I really enjoyed this first book in a new series! Juni and her sisters were engaging characters. I really enjoyed getting to know them and their stories as well as the mystery. My only complaint is that I, too, live in small town Texas (and have lived in small towns in different parts of Texas for many years) and find the “Texan-ness” to be a bit over exaggerated. All in all, a fun read. I look forward to the next book.
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s for the opportunity to read and review this book.
A nice start to a new cozy series, particularly for those who like puns. The Jessup sisters have taken a collective leap of faith by opening Sip and Spin, a coffee shop/record store in their small Texas hometown. Memories- an old relationships- lurk around every corner, as does, it turns out, a villain! Juni doesn't believe uncle Calvin killed Monica and put her body in the supply closet but he's disappeared and well, Juni, along with her sisters Tansy and Maggie must find him and the bad guy. Juni's old beau Beau is now a detective and he's not so thrilled with her poking around. And then there's her childhood BFF. This is very much classic cozy, with a boisterous family and a new business. I liked the way Blacke incorporated music even as I tired of the puns. The humor is broad in spots but it works. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Looking forward to the next installment.
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC: An enjoyable and well-crafted book. Blacke employs subtle humor and a great sense of place in this first of a series of cozy mysteries set near Austin. The protagonist--youngest of three sisters-- has returned to her home town from a failed tech company and opened a vinyl record shop with her sisters and investigates a murder. The story moved quickly, was engaging and interesting. A solid start to what will be a series. Very enjoyable read.
I enjoyed this well-plotted debut cozy mystery. The story has a younger vibe going which is great for a record/vinyl shop and coffee bar combo business. The setting takes place in a town just outside of Austin, TX. Three sisters—Juni, Tansy, and Maggie—own and operate Sip & Spin Records with their mother and Uncle Calvin as silent partners. When a body is found in the supply closet on grand opening night, Uncle Calvin is accused of the murder and puts the future of the record shop on rocky ground. The author throws in lots of red herrings and surprising twists and turns to keep readers’ on their toes until the murderer is revealed in this great mystery.
The main characters are a lively group of multi-cultural people. The three sisters all have different personalities, and I enjoyed meeting them in this debut, and look forward to future books. Some of the secondary characters played unusual roles, and all the connections to the victim were intriguing parts of the plot. There is a possible romantic interest set up for Juni, the youngest sister, with two men who treat her very differently. I enjoyed the humor! I also liked the music coffee names such as, Java Be Good, Friends in Mocha Places, and many more. 4-1/2 Stars. This was a fun, interesting story to read. I highly recommend.
I honestly reviewed an unedited digital arc provided by St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
I liked the fact that Juni and her sisters worked in a record shop/coffee shop because it’s not something I’ve seen represented in a mystery. Also, the tie-in with their grandparents’ record shop was a nice, sentimental touch. Including that element made for a seamless connection between the shop itself and the town.
When it comes to cozy mysteries, character development and/or familial dynamics play an important role. Blacke does a good job of finding the balance between the number of characters and the way with which they interact with one another. This is especially true when it comes to Juni and her two sisters. It was clear that each sister had personalities that carried over from childhood into adulthood, but it didn’t come off as too overbearing or annoying. It reminded me of the relationship I have with my siblings—there’s always going to be a sibling you connect with depending on the situation, and Blacke captured that beautifully. When it comes to the other (non-family) characters, this dynamic is (for the most part) captured.
Overall, a great start to a new mystery!
This is a great cozy mystery. The Jessup sisters open a vinyl store together and get ready to rock and roll. There are wonderful characters who entertain the reader. This is an interesting and exciting plot as they try to solve the mystery of who murdered the girl in their store. The range of characters provides fun and witty conversations. The revelation of the murderer will come as a surprise which is a testament to how well the story is written.
Likeable debut cozy featuring three Texas sisters and their family record - yes, as in vinyl - store. Juni Jessup returns to her home town near Austin after her corporate career in Oregon goes under. Juni, Maggie & Tansy have pooled their resources to open a vintage music and coffee business.
Things are going well at their Grand Opening, big crowds and lots of supporters. But when the party's over, they discover a dead body in the storeroom.
Evidence points to the girls' Uncle Calvin, and when he skips town after making bail, the police assume he is guilty. Tansy and crew need to insert themselves into the investigation to prove his innocence particularly since they used their new business as collateral for bailing him out of jail.
There are complications, of course. The investigating detective is Juni's old boyfriend. And another old high school buddy seems to want to move on from "just friends." Meanwhile Uncle Calvin can't be found and admittedly he is a bit of a rogue.
Fun setting and characters. Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
When Juni is laid off from her tech job in Oregon, she moves home to Texas, and she and her two sisters open a vinyl record/coffee shop in their small town outside of Austin. When someone is found dead at the grand opening and Uncle Calvin is arrested, the sisters leverage the shop to bail him out; when he disappears they are shocked, and vow to investigate. Juni has two men she knew in school interested in her--her ex BF Beau, a cop who wants her to stay out of the investigation, and former BFF, Teddy, the town mail carrier. It will be interesting to follow this new series to learn more about the characters and their interest in music, since this book was more plot-driven. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.
Great new cozy series with a fun family dynamic. The mystery kept me guessing until the end, but the pieces still came together and made sense. I could do without all of the references to albums from my formative years being released before the main character was born 🤣 but I still loved the book!
Juni and her two sisters are all set to open their new shop, Sip and Spin Records, when a local is found murdered in their storage room. Their uncle is the prime suspect. But in a small town like Cedar River, where everybody knows everybody, how long can the real killer stay hidden? What a fun start to a new series! I really enjoyed this one, from the cast of characters to the mystery itself. Hits all the "cozy checkpoints" without being overly obvious. I'm looking forward to the next installment.
Juni Jessup has given up her high tech career in Oregon to move back to Texas and go into business with her older sisters. They are reopening a vinyl record shop that had been in the family for years. All is going well on the opening night..until the body shows up. A local girl has been murdered. And the suspect is her uncle. But it gets worse. They put up the record shop as collateral for his bail. But then he jumps bail and disappears. If he doesn't show up, Juni and her sisters will lose the record shop. She and her sisters set out to find their uncle but also find the murderer.
This is one of the best murder mysteries I have read in some time (and I read a lot of them). I love the author's witty dialogue and dry sense of humor. It reminds me of some of Janet Evanovich's best work. The dialogue is crisp and the characters are well developed. I figured out who the murderer was about three quarters of the way through the book, but that was more of a hunch than any weakness in the plot development.
All in all, this was a great book. I look forward to reading more from the author.
Set in Cedar River, Texas, just outside of Austin, Vinyl Resting Place is the first book in a new cozy mystery series. Juni (Juniper) Jessup has moved home to open a record store and coffee shop with her two older sisters. Soon after Juni finds a dead body in the storage closet at the end of their grand opening celebration, her Uncle Calvin becomes the prime suspect. The Jessup sisters put their store on the line in order to bail him out of jail, but Calvin promptly disappears. With the future of their shop on the line, Juni and her sisters start looking for the uncle, and evidence to clear him. The author's pun-y sense of humor, quirky characters, a fast-moving plot, and enough suspects to keep you guessing to the end combine to make this a thoroughly enjoyable read.
I thought this was a good beginning to a new cozy mystery series! Overall, I would recommend it!
I received an e-ARC from the publisher.
The three Jessup sisters are filled with optimism for their new record store. Even finding a dead body in the supply closet in the middle of their grand opening party isn't enough to make them give up their dream -- but then their uncle is arrested on suspicion of murder and skips bail. If they can't find him and prove his innocence, he'll lose his freedom and they'll lose the store.
The first Record Shop Mystery is full of likeable characters and the mystery was complex enough to keep me guessing until the end. I look forward to spending more time with these characters in future books.
I had never heard of this author (so thanks, NetGalley for introducing us), but really liked her and am interested in reading more from her. Her writing was clean and clever as we learned about the three sisters who opened a vinyl record shop and soon found a dead body in their storage closet. Since their uncle was a chief suspect, they believed it was up to them to prove his innocence by finding the real killer.
I could relate to this story in several ways. For one, I lived in Austin for several years and was very familiar with areas and places named in the book. Also, I owned a cat that I named Daffodil and called Daffy for short.
When the Jessup sisters Juni, Maggie, and Tansy decide to follow in their parents footsteps and open their own record and coffee shop, Sip & Spin, they had no idea that the grand opening would be memorable for all the wrong reasons. Oh, the grand opening party is a great success but when it comes time to clean up someone is found murdered and the number one suspect is a family member, Uncle Calvin. Juni doesn’t have faith that the police will solve this crime and find Calvin. Besides selling albums, making gourmet coffee, and riding around town on a lime green tricycle,she decides to start her own investigation.
Suddenly she is seeing her old boyfriend Detective Beau Russell a lot ( she still has feelings for him even though he broke her heart), and her childhood best friend Teddy (who she might see in a different light now that they’re both all grown up). Between trying to save their new business, finding a killer, and figuring out her mixed feelings about Beau and Teddy, Juni is always in the middle of things, and a killer might think she sees too much.
This is the first book in the new cozy mystery series. It has all the things that I love in a cozy. An interesting family, mixed feelings about old friends and loves, a cat, murder, and a town full of new characters to discover. It seems like there are a lot of ways this series could go and I’m looking forward to learning more about this family, their hometown,and what looks to be quite a few quirky characters
As a cozy mystery fan, I am always excited for a new cozy series. Vinyl Resting Place is the first in the Record Shop Mystery series. Juni is our narrator and, along with her two sisters, is reinventing their family's record shop. Unfortunately, their opening celebration has turned deadly, as the sisters find a dead body in their storage closet.
I like the characters of the three sisters. The author has given them all unique personalities which seem to line up with their birth order. Juni is the youngest and her family seems to be trying to take care of her to some extent. We also get a start to two possible romances, one with an ex-boyfriend who is now the detective working the murder case, and the other with her former best friend. The police are focusing on Juni's Uncle as the main suspect in the murder, so the sisters need to figure out what really happened to the victim. The story is twisty and I didn't figure it out before the reveal of the murderer.
I will pick up the next book in the series to see what happens next with these characters.
Thank you, NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the advanced copy!
I loved the first installment in this new cozy series. We’ve got two possible love interests, a sweet tight knit family, small town charm, and punny musical coffee names. It wrapped up really well and there were enough hints to the killer along with plenty of mystery along the way. The record store was so much fun and the sisters make me miss my own sisters. Altogether delightful!
In this clever and perfectly titled cozy, Juniper "Juni" Jessup moves home to Texas from Oregon and, with her two older sisters, opens a record/coffee shop in their small hometown outside of Austin. Unfortunately, they find a dead body in their supply closet during their grand-opening celebration. Then, making matters worse, their uncle is arrested for the murder. The sisters believe in his innocence and put up their record store as collateral for his bail. When he skips town, Juni sets out to find him, hoping to clear his name and save the store. To top things off, Juni's ex-boyfriend keeps popping up, mostly because he's the detective in the official investigation of the case!
As a Texan, once Whataburger was mentioned in the story, I decided right then and there that I liked this book a lot! However, there is much more to love than regional fast food in this one. Juni is a likable amateur sleuth with an enviable collection of vintage concert tees, surrounded by a group of quirky secondary characters. The world-building is fun, especially the punny coffee drink names based on well-known songs and the small-town atmosphere, complete with nosy neighbors. I really loved the record store setting, the vibe of it, and all the musical references. The mystery takes some twists and turns, and I enjoyed being along for the ride.
Blacke was a new author to me, and I liked her writing style. I'll not only be keeping up with this series but also looking up her other cozy series. Cozy lovers will want to add this one to their tbrs!
Thank you to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for the opportunity to review this ARC, this was a fun read!
3.5 stars, rounded up
Juni Jessup and her sisters pool their resources to open a record/coffee shop in their Texas hometown. When a body is found after their grand opening celebration and their uncle is the prime suspect – and then Calvin disappears – the sisters are determined to find him, and to clear his name by finding the actual killer.
This is the first book in a series by a new-to-me author, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Fortunately, I enjoyed the story, the characters and the mystery. The three sisters who are the primary characters have their differences, but their relationship overall is enviable. I have a brother instead of a sister, and we get along fairly well, but I can’t imagine going into business with him :) The setting – a small town in Texas – is stereotypical for a cozy mystery, as is the relationship between Juni and the town’s detective. There is the potential for a love triangle here, but I’m ok with that as long as it doesn’t drag on for book after book.
The mystery here was pretty straightforward, but the reason for Uncle Calvin’s disappearance was puzzling. There weren’t many possible suspects to consider for the murder, but plenty of reasons were presented for Calvin’s vanishing act. As the story progressed, I began to suspect one particular character as the killer, and it turned out I was right. Once that was revealed, Calvin’s story made sense too.
I have already added the next book in this series to my to-read list and am eager to see what happens next in Cedar River.
An easy, fun cozy mystery with a pretty solid plot, satisfying conclusion, and a small town setting I’ll be looking forward to hopefully returning to in future books.
Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the advance review copy.
I enjoyed this one very much. The Jessup family is back together and reviving the family record store. Unfortunately a woman is murdered at their grand opening party. Then Uncke Calvin disappears after the sisters use the shop to guarantee his bail on moving violations making him look guilty. Will they be able to find the real killer and Calvin before his court date?
Well written with great characters. Clean, no obnoxious language or sexual content. A fun read that kept ne engaged from beginning to end.
I loved everything about this cozy – the setting, the characters, the writing, the pace of the story; my only concern is an eventual love triangle but I’m not borrowing trouble. I enjoyed getting to know Juni Jessup and her quirky family and friends and really liked the reviving the old record shop idea. Most of the music they mentioned is the stuff I grew up listening to so now I feel a little old, too, but this was a great start to a new series. Highly recommended for those who love cozies, particularly ones without too many silly antics and characters.
Juni and her sisters couldn't imagine what would unfold after finding a woman murdered in their record shop on opening night.
I was definitely thrown off from who might be responsible since so much time was dedicated to trying to find Uncle Calvin. Juni became an amateur sleuth in the process. I liked some of the conflict added by Juni's ex being the detective on the case. They definitely knew how to aggravate each other.
The middle of the book was a bit slow, but the setting and explanation at the end were well done. I'm looking to more mysteries surrounding the Sip n Spin record shop!
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with this ARC for my honest review.
This is the first in a series by Olivia Blacke. It features Juni and her sisters Tansy and Maggie who own and run a record store/coffee shop just outside Austin, TX. During their grand opening, Juni finds a body in the closet and soon their Uncle Calvin, and silent partner, becomes the prime suspect. When the Juni and sisters put the record shop up as collateral for his bail and then he disappears. They decide to find the real killer and save their uncle and their business.
I loved this story. It has a great mystery that has twist and turns and plenty of red herrings. I honestly did not know who the real killer was until the end. The characters are so well developed, they feel like friends.
I am looking forward to the second book of the series!
Juni returns to Texas to open the Sip and Spin, a record store/coffee shop, with her sisters, Maggie and Tandi. At the grand opening, almost everyone they knew visited to see the redesigned store. Everyone is enjoying their selves and having a blast drinking, listening to music and eating from the taco truck. When Juni goes to the storage closet for garbage bags she finds more than the bags. There is a dead woman in the closet! Her uncle Calvin is the prime suspect since the woman had his business card. The detective on the case is her old boyfriend Beauregard Russell.
I enjoyed the premise of the book and the setting was different and great. The characters were fleshed out well. I liked Bea, and the both men competing for Juni, Beau and Teddy. The mystery was solved at the end of the book. I can't wait to read the next book.
Tansy, Maggie, and Juni have reopened their family's record shop, but when a dead body is found at the end of their grand opening party they might just lose everything this time.
I read a lot of cozy mysteries but I think this is the only one that features three sisters and a record store. While the youngest sister Juni is the main sleuth, the other two sisters helped with the investigation. It would be cool if each sister kind of took the lead in future books, but I'm not sure if that is how it will be set up. Vinyl Resting Place is book 1 in the Record Shop Mystery series.
I liked the mystery. There are clues throughout as to who the killer is but the motive is not clear until the end which makes it difficult to put the clues together.
The jury is kind of out on whether I liked the characters. We get to know Juni pretty well, but Maggie and Tansy are pretty flat and could really use some fleshing out (which would be easy to do in future books if each took the lead on the mystery). But the sisters kind of grew on me and I think in another book or two I could really like them.
The male characters on the other hand - all of them rubbed me the wrong way. Also, I'm not a fan of the love triangle trope in cozy mysteries. I'm about fed up with it in the Joanne Fluke series and I'm not looking forward to another character that can't make up her mind about which guy she likes and/or leading them on because she likes the attention.
Overall, the writing is good. There was some repetition that became tiresome. And some of it didn't make sense. Like how everyone knows everyone's business yet no one knew about Calvin's bowling habit. Some of the info was waved away with "we didn't realize you didn't know, Juni".
I'm not a big music fan but I did like the music references and if you are a music fan you will probably enjoy the nods to bands new and old even more.
I liked the book enough to be looking forward to the next book in the series.
My review will be published at Girl Who Reads on Wednesday - https://www.girl-who-reads.com/2023/01/vinyl-resting-place-by-olivia-blacke.html
I love me a cozy mystery. I am all about someone returning home after being away and being surrounded by puns while investigating a mystery. Vinyl Resting Place delivers all that and more.
The Jessup sisters- Juni, Tansy, and Maggie- are ready to open a record store/coffee shop called Sip and Spin. There's a big party celebrating the grand opening. And then someone turns up dead. Is their uncle involved? Or someone even closer? And how many coffee drinks can they assign pun song title to?
The author has created a charming little world and a series of fun, energetic characters. And there's a nice amount of humor. I laughed out loud multiple times. The last pun drink made me laugh so hard I snorted.
There was only one character I didn't like. I was actually rooting for him to be the killer, but no such luck. No, I'm not going to tell you. Read the book and get back to me.
All-in-all, this was a fun mystery with good characters and a lot of potential as a series!
Fun first book in a new series that has just enough family, romance issues, and mystery. The mystery and the story were pretty zippy; even if the murderer was hinted at pretty early, the read to the end was a lot of fun.
This is a wonderful intro to a new cozy mystery series. I found the sisters at the center of the story interesting and the mystery very engaging. I look forward to the second installment.
As someone who has started collecting vinyl I was super excited when I came across this book! This is such a fun take on cozy mysteries and I love the three sisters and their dynamic. Especially when the murder occurs!
When Juniper Jessup, Juni, decided to move back home to Cedar River, Texas, to open a record and coffee shop with her two older sisters, she knew that there would be challenges. What she didn’t expect was that the grand opening party they had planned for weeks would end with murder. But when Juni opened the door to the supply closet at the end of the night, ready to clean the place up for the official opening the next morning, she found the body of a young woman.
Juni had grown up in Texas but had left to go to Oregon after college, to be a part of the tech industry. As a coder, she loved the fast-paced environment and the challenges of creating something from nothing, but when the startup she had been working for shut down with no notice, she decided it was time to move back home. One of her sisters had discovered that the storefront where their grandparents had opened a record store decades before had come available, and the Jessup sisters decided to pool their money and rent it.
Juni, Maggie, and Tansy had grown up in the store, as their parents had taken it over, and they watched as the original records their grandparents had sold turned to cassettes, then CDs. Once streaming hit big, their parents had been forced to close the store. But now vinyl is back, and being close to the music scene in Austin means that there are lots of music fans who are looking for a hip store to learn more about records. And the addition of the coffee shop with the punny daily specials adds character and fun to the shop.
But the dead body in the closet does not.
Juni’s high school boyfriend is now a detective with the local police, and his attention goes to Juni’s uncle Calvin very quickly. Beau Russell notices that Calvin has a bunch of moving violations that he hasn’t answered for, and now there’s a bench warrant for him. Beau arrests Calvin, so he could also question him about the murder. But when Juni and her sisters get him out on bail, by putting up the record store as collateral, Calvin repays them by disappearing.
Juni can’t help but notice that it only makes him look guiltier.
She didn’t have much when she left Oregon to move back to Texas to open her own business. She’s currently living with one of her sisters and riding a tricycle instead of driving a car of her own. She’s not about to let her one investment slip away, and she doesn’t for one second believe that her uncle could kill anyone. She decides that she will have to find the killer in order to clear Calvin’s name, and her sisters agree to help.
As Juni revisits the city where she grew up and reconnects with old friends, she finds herself with an increasingly confounding set of clues that lead her in different directions. But she is as determined to save Sip & Spin Records as she is to show off her collection of vintage rock-n-roll t-shirts, and she will not let herself get distracted by old boyfriends, angry strangers, dangerous thunderstorms, Baby Shark, frustrated grad students, pecan pancakes, or postal workers.
Vinyl Resting Place is the first cozy in the new Record Shop Series by Olivia Blacke. The characters are interesting and multi-layered, and the record shop adds a lot of texture to the story. The combination of the small town and the nearby Austin creates a lovely juxtaposition of the intimate family space and the larger music scene. And the puns of the coffee drinks shoe a playfulness that runs throughout the story.
I enjoyed Vinyl Resting Place. I loved the store and the relationships between the sisters. The small town of Cedar River has a lot of charm and what sounds like very good food. Juni and her sisters have a lot of confidence and all seem to be bringing their best to the shop. But I thought the plotting could have used more surprises, as I figured out who the killer was without a lot of work. However, I did enjoy this story, and I look forward to visiting the Sip & Spin again soon.
Egalleys for Vinyl Resting Place were provided by St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley, with many thanks.
Vinyl Resting Place takes the resurgence in popularity of vinyl records and creates a fun mystery set in a small town just outside Austin, Texas. Tansy, Maggie and Juni open a record and coffee shop in the same space that their grandparents had a record shop.
Juni is our narrator and main investigator in the mystery of a girl murdered in the storage closet on the night of Sip & Spin’s grand opening.
The mystery is well done. I didn’t suspect who done it until it was being revealed. The clue were parsed out in such a way that it took time to see where the author was leading the characters and readers.
It looks like the author is setting up a love triangle for Juni between old love Beau, now a detective, Teddy, best friend growing up. I think I’m going to have to root for Teddy.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this book. I recommend checking out Vinyl Resting Place. You’ll enjoy an interesting mystery and learn about music.
Vinyl Resting Place by Olivia Blacke is the first in a new and different series. Juniper (Juni) Jessup has returned to Texas to open a record store with her sisters, Magnolia (Maggie) and Tansy. Their grandparents, and then, their parents had had a record store in the same spot before it aged out with the advent of cds and streaming downloads. Now vinyl as back and just as the business Juni worked for closed and took with it her 401K. Not even a hint of trouble until the day she drove up and found the place locked up. She had invested all her savings in this store and now it was the grand opening party. It looked like the entire town had turned up. It all ran smoothly until Juni went to the supply closet for trash bags and found a mess, and a dead body. The police were called, and who should appear but Detective Beauregard (Beau) Russell, the man (boy) who had broken up with her by text and broken her heart in the process. He was still gorgeous, and bossy. He was at her door the next morning, asking about her uncle Calvin, who apparently wasn’t answering his door. Odd, that. He was a sound sleeper. She was sure that was all.
What a fun premise for a book. These sisters, and the lawyer husband of one of them, are destined to get up to all kinds of mischief, not to mention the girls’ mother, Bea, and uncle Calvin. Juni has two men “chasing” her: Teddy Garza, her childhood best friend, and of course, Beau Russell. So that bodes well for storylines. This mystery was solved at the very end when it all came together, really, when the actors all came together and contributed the various pieces of the mystery, which came together to make a complete picture. . Fortunately the murderer was present, so that got cleaned up quickly. There were funny spots and some very sad spots in this story. The personalities are divergent and mostly likable, on different levels. The setting is exciting and different. The plot was excellent. We had believed the killer was one of the good guys, until he wasn’t. Good book. I look forward to more.
I was invited to read a free e-ARC of Vinyl Resting Place by St. Martin’s Press, through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine. #Netgalley #StMartinsPress #OliviaBlacke #VinylRestingPlace
Fun first book in a new cozy mystery series featuring three sisters who open a vinyl records store and coffee bar. The mystery and storyline are interesting, and I enjoyed the interaction between the sisters. Plus there's a cat. I took away a few points for a possible love triangle (which is not my favorite), but then added them back for the really cute cover.
Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Many thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book. My thoughts and opinions are my own and without bias or favor or expectation.
I read cozy mysteries to relax in the evenings after work. I love the humor, the quirky background plots, cute pets, etc. For me, reading purely for entertainment is incredibly relaxing and enjoyable.
When I read the blurb for this first book in the Record Shop Mystery series, I knew I had to read a review copy of this book! A coffeeshop/record store!! OMG! I wish Sip & Spin Records was a real shop!! I would be in there all the time! And I'm glad I jumped at the chance to read this book -- I enjoyed it immensely!
The basics: Juni and her sisters Tansy and Maggie decide to collaborate on a business venture. They open a coffee shop and record store. Things get off to a rocky start when a family member is accused of murder and they put their new shop up as guarantee on the bail bond. Can the sisters do some sleuthing and save not only their uncle, but also their new store?
I love the characters, the premise, the idea of the shop.....I just had fun reading this book! But the book wasn't just fun to read -- the plot was well-written and interesting! The story definitely kept my full attention from start to finish! Sometimes cozies can be a bit heavy on the cute/humor and light on plot. This book was a nice mix of it all -- great plot, humorous and quirky! Loved it!
I can't wait to find out what happens next in this new series!
**I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from St Martin's Press. All opinions expressed are entirely my own**