Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press (Crimson Rose)
Date of Publication: December 19, 2018
Handsome Stephen Kraslow, owner of the local newspaper, joins forces with Nina to find out the truth. The quest takes them on a dangerous journey of twists and turns before they reach the final outcome.
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.
As someone who absolutely loves cozies that feature books, bookstores, librarians, and libraries, I couldn’t wait to dive into this one!
This debut series introduces readers to Nina Foster, a public librarian in the suburbs of Seattle. One of her best friends, Wildeen, is found murdered in her bookstore, and it becomes increasingly likely that her other best friend, Zelma, is responsible. Zelma requests Nina’s help in finding the true culprit and thus the amateur sleuthing begins. Receiving the added attention and assistance from Stephen, the local reporter, and Nina is ready to solve crime even if she’s not completely ready to surrender to matters of the heart.
This book is quite short, but I appreciated its ability to pack quite a punch in such a small package. The story never tried to be more than it was; an entertaining cozy mystery to escape into for a sitting or two. Despite the dialogue feeling slightly awkward at times, the story is fast paced and well written. There is quite a cast of highly suspicious characters all with excellent motives, so the red herrings create a well ploted mystery that has to be read to the end in order to find out the quite unexpected yet satisfying conclusion.
Overall, this was a delightful debut that I look forward to continuing, especially with the anticipation that Nina’s grandmother, Jessica, will play a larger and more interesting role.