Friday, September 3, 2021

Friday Memes: Murder by the Bookend by Laura Gail Black

 Happy Friday everybody!

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"How do you think it's going?" I peeked out through the curtained doorway from the back room.
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Watching him walk away, I worried, not for his own safety, but for his sanity. Because of Sutter's demented determination, he's been shoved aside to work on cases that could be resolved, in many instances, with phone calls. 
This week I am spotlighting Murder by the Bookend by Laura Gail Black from my Review stack. Here is the description from Amazon:
Antiquarian bookseller Jenna Quinn sleuths again when a pair of glass bookends puts an end to a librarian's life, in this second installment of Laura Gail Black's cozy series.

The quaint warehouse district of Hokes Folly, NC, is hopping despite the drizzly November chill. The occasion? The mountain town's beloved antiquarian bookstore, Twice Upon a Time, is throwing a bash for its grand reopening. But bookseller Jenna Quinn's peace of mind is shattered when the local library's Director of Antique Books turns up dead in the parking lot--his head bashed in by a glittering pair of vintage glass bookends.

As they examine the murder scene, Jenna and her police detective boyfriend happen upon the only witness--the victim's dog, who flees the scene leaving a trail of bloody footprints behind. If only dogs could speak, Jenna might be able to make quick work of the murder case and get back to stocking her bookcases.

Alas, finding the killer won't be so easy, even though this is not Jenna's first murder investigation--indeed, she inherited Twice Upon a Time from her slain uncle. The suspect list is voluminous--the late librarian had not-so-friendly run-ins with numerous guests--but suspicion eventually centers on three unsavory individuals who left the party shortly before the victim did.

Now, Jenna must edit her inventory of suspects from three names to one, before the bloodthirsty bookend-wielder becomes the author of Jenna's demise.


  1. I've been into cozy mysteries lately, and Murder by the Bookend sounds like a good one. Enjoy your current read!

  2. This sounds good and I love that it is set in NC. Have a great weekend!

  3. Love the cover and snippets! Sounds like a good one! Happy weekend!

  4. Nice setting. Thank you for the review and snippets.


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