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For Whom the Book Tolls

(2020)
(The first book in the Antique Bookshop Mystery series)
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In this cozy series debut from Laura Gail Black, Jenna Quinn finds her uncle murdered in his antique bookstore, and Jenna--his primary beneficiary--becomes the prime suspect.

Trouble follows Jenna Quinn wherever she goes. Fleeing some unsavory doings in her hometown of Charlotte, Jenna accepts her uncle's gracious invitation to stay with him in small-town Hokes Folly, NC. In exchange, she'll help him out in his antiquarian bookstore. But soon after she arrives, Jenna finds her uncle's body crumpled at the base of the staircase between his apartment and the bookstore.

Before the tragedy even sinks in, Jenna learns that she's inherited almost everything her uncle owned: the store and apartment, as well as his not-so-meager savings and the payout from a life insurance policy...which adds up to more than a million dollars. This is all news to Jenna--bad news, once the police get wind of her windfall. An ill wind, indeed, as a second murder cements Jenna's status as the prime suspect in both deaths.

Jenna can hit the road again, taking her chances that she can elude trouble along the way. Or she can stick it out in Hokes Folly, take over the bookstore, and try to sleuth out her uncle's killer. On the one hand, she's made some wonderful new friends, and she feels she can thrive in the genial small-town environment. On the other hand, trouble knows her address--and so does the killer, who is determined to write the final page of Jenna's story.


Genre: Cozy Mystery

Praise for this book

"A small town, a bookstore, a body, a spunky heiress with a controversial past, and a secret treasure hunt: all these elements make for a very fun cozy read!" - Julia Buckley

"A small Southern town, a spirited sleuth, and a cozy bookshop add up to a fast-paced mystery book-loving readers will cheer for." - Elizabeth Craig

"Laura Gail Black's Jenna Quinn stands out in the ranks of cozy sleuths--she comes to a new town freshly acquitted of a murder she didn't commit and walks straight into another crime scene. Add a book store to save from closing and a bevy of interesting secondary characters and you have a first-rate addition to the genre." - Kaitlyn Dunnett

"You can't help but root for Laura Gail Black's smart amateur sleuth Jenna Quinn as her crazy life takes an unexpected and tragic turn, leading her right into a fabulous bookshop. This cozy mystery has unexpected layers of intrigue and interest. You'll love all the characters, and the mystery will keep you guessing. You won't want to miss this one." - Paige Shelton


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