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Chapter and Curse

(The first book in the Chapter and Curse series)
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In Elizabeth Penney's Chapter and Curse, Molly Kimball is used to cracking open books . . . but when a poetry reading ends in murder she must use her skills to crack the case.

"With its bucolic British setting, engaging heroine, and unsolved murder dating back decades, Elizabeth Penney has penned the perfect cozy."–Ellen Byron, USA Today Bestselling Author

Librarian Molly Kimball and her mother, Nina, need a change. So when a letter arrives from Nina’s Aunt Violet in Cambridge, England requesting their help running the family bookshop, they jump at the chance.

Thomas Marlowe—Manuscripts and Folios, is one of the oldest bookshops in Cambridge, and—unfortunately—customers can tell. When Molly and Nina arrive, spring has come to Cambridge and the famed Cambridge Literary Festival is underway. Determined to bring much-needed revenue to the bookstore, Molly invites Aunt Violet’s college classmate and famed poet Persephone Brightwell to hold a poetry reading in the shop. But the event ends in disaster when a guest is found dead—with Molly’s great-aunt’s knitting needle used as the murder weapon. While trying to clear Violet and keep the struggling shop afloat, Molly sifts through secrets past and present, untangling a web of blackmail, deceit, and murder.

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Praise for this book

"Chapter and Curse is a delight from start to finish. Molly's pure joy in her new life and appreciation of her historic surroundings makes her a character you can't help but love. And want to meet again." - Vicki Delany

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Paperback Editions

September 2021 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Chapter and Curse (The Cambridge Bookshop Series, 1)
Author(s): Elizabeth Penney
ISBN: 1-250-78770-X / 978-1-250-78770-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

September 2021 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Chapter and Curse (The Cambridge Bookshop Series Book 1)
Author(s): Elizabeth Penney
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU