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Trouble On the Books

(2019)
(The first book in the Castle Bookshop Mystery series)
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Essie Lang’s series debut is perfect for fans of Lorna Barrett, Vicki Delany, and book lovers everywhere.

Rookie bookstore owner Shelby Cox must hit the books to learn the ropes before she loses a killer in the stacks.

Shelby Cox never intended to become a bookseller, so when the former editor returns to her hometown of Alexandria Bay, nestled in upstate New York’s breathtaking Thousand Islands region, to take over her aunt’s bookstore, she has no idea what to expect. To her amazement, she discovers that she now owns a fifty-percent share in Bayside Books, and will also run the store’s second location in the majestic castle on nearby Blye Island.

But just as Shelby is gearing up for the start of the tourist season, the Castle volunteer coordinator is found murdered in the nearby Grotto. Castle caretaker Matthew Kessler is suspect number one, but Shelby thinks the killing may be connected to an earlier era, when violence among Prohibition-era smugglers was rampant in the region. As Shelby launches her own investigation, handsome and unnerving Special Agent Zack Griffin of the Coast Guard Investigative Services tries to quell her smuggling theory and keep her safe. But Shelby is determined to summon all her savvy as a book editor to plot the murder—and find the killer before he strikes again—in Trouble on the Books, Essie Lang’s clever and captivating series debut.

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Praise for this book

"A castle full of books, a ghost legend, a spunky heroine who lives on a houseboat, a curmudgeonly cat, a setting on a beautiful island, and of course a murder - all these elements combine to make a fun mystery!" - Julia Buckley

"A likeable heroine, an intriguing mystery, and a full fun cast of characters I can’t wait to get to know better make this the perfect cozy read." - Vicki Delany

"If you like a good mystery with engaging characters, and revel in books or castles (or both!), then you will enjoy this novel." - Laura DiSilverio

"A smart whodunit featuring a spunky bookseller, a beautiful castle, a remote island, and plenty of twists and turns to keep you reading until you get to the last page. I'm hooked!" - Daryl Wood Gerber

"When events turn dangerous in an old smuggling haunt, new bookseller and retired book editor Shelby Cox uses her editorial smarts to save the innocent and capture the guilty." - Carolyn Hart

"Essie Lang transports us to an island castle and grotto perfect for a great mystery, then, with her wonderful writing and characters, she delivers!" - Mary Ellen Hughes

"A charming setting, an intelligent heroine, books, history, and murder! There's a lot to love in Essie Lang’s first Castle Bookshop mystery. Readers are sure to want to come back for more." - Kylie Logan

"A captivating setting and a murder steeped in historical significance…I thoroughly enjoyed this debut mystery in what is sure to become a favorite series among book lovers." - Jenn McKinlay

"Don’t miss Shelby Cox’s first adventure; I’m sure you’ll want to come back for many more." - Paige Shelton


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Used availability for Essie Lang's Trouble On the Books

Hardback Editions

March 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Trouble on the Books: A Castle Bookshop Mystery
Author(s): Essie Lang
ISBN: 1-68331-981-8 / 978-1-68331-981-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

February 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Trouble on the Books: A Castle Bookshop Mystery
Author(s): Essie Lang
ISBN: 1-64385-349-X / 978-1-64385-349-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

August 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Trouble on the Books
Author(s): Essie Lang
ISBN: 1-974975-72-X / 978-1-974975-72-3
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


August 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Trouble on the Books
Author(s): Essie Lang
ISBN: 1-974975-76-2 / 978-1-974975-76-1
Publisher: Dreamscape Media Llc
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


August 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Trouble on the Books: A Castle Bookshop Mystery
Author(s): Essie Lang
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Availability: Amazon   


August 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Trouble on the Books: A Castle Bookshop Mystery
Author(s): Essie Lang
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Availability: Amazon AU   


August 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Trouble on the Books: A Castle Bookshop Mystery
Author(s): Essie Lang
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Trouble on the Books: A Castle Bookshop Mystery
Author(s): Essie Lang
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Trouble on the Books: A Castle Bookshop Mystery
Author(s): Essie Lang
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU