A Deadly Chapter by Essie Lang has Shelby Cox waking up to a thudding against her houseboat. She investigates and finds a man floating facedown in the water. This is not the first time Shelby has found a body since returning to Alexandria Bay, New York. When Shelby is shown a picture of the victim, she recognizes the man from the castle bookshop. He had been in two different times looking for a woman. When the victim’s daughter arrives in town seeking answers, Shelby begins searching for answers. Shelby uncovers some good suspects and some interesting leads. She needs to be careful, though, or Shelby could end up the next victim.
A Deadly Chapter by Essie Lang is the 3rd novel in A Castle Bookshop Mystery series. You can read A Deadly Chapter on its own if you are new to the series. I thought A Deadly Chapter was easy to read with developed characters. I enjoy the description of the castle bookshop and of Alexandria Bay. I love Shelby’s houseboat (if I did not own so many books, I would love to live on one). Shelby is happy in Alexandria Bay with house home, job, Aunt Edie, and her boyfriend, Zack Griffin. The whodunit is mixed bag for me. The mystery was thought out with subtle clues and several suspects. The problem for me was that I could identify the guilty party at the beginning of the book. I wish the mystery had been more of a challenge to solve. Shelby was originally going to stay out of the case (you knew that would not last long), but unanswered questions bothered her. Then the victim’s daughter comes town needing answers. Shelby is soon knee deep in the case. She does not even let an injury slow her down. A Deadly Chapter is a busy book. Shelby’s boyfriend, Zack Griffin gets a promotion, and it will mean big changes for him. What does it mean for Shelby? Shelby’s mother disappeared from her life when she was a child and now she is back in town. Can Shelby handle seeing Merrily? Plus, Shelby is busy helping to organize a mystery event with the library. What does the future hold for Shelby? You will need to read A Deadly Chapter to find out. I would have liked more focus on the whodunit and less on Shelby’s personal life. A Deadly Chapter is a lively cozy mystery with a chummy cat, a perturbed police chief, a crafty killer, a disturbed daughter, and a busy bookstore.
A Deadly Chapter can be obtained from Amazon*. The first two books in A Castle Bookshop Mystery series are Trouble on the Books and Death on the Page (ebook is currently $2.99 on Amazon). Thank you for reading my review today. Tomorrow I am discussing Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder by Joanne Fluke. It is the 27th A Hannah Swensen Mystery. I hope that each of you have a cheery day. Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader
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