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Monday, March 18, 2019

BOOK REVIEW + TWO GIVEAWAYS: Murder Between the Pages by Linda Hope Lee (Cozy Mystery)


MURDER BETWEEN THE PAGES
A Nina Foster Mystery, Book 1

by
 Linda Hope Lee

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press (Crimson Rose)
Date of Publication: December 19, 2018
Number of Pages: 264


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It’s a sad day for librarian Nina Foster when she discovers her good friend, bookstore owner Wildeen Bergman, dead on her office floor. Worse yet, another friend, romance writer Zelma Duke, becomes the police’s prime suspect. Nina knows Wildeen had something on Zelma. Was it enough to warrant murder?

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.  




Linda Hope Lee had written contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and mysteries. Other pursuits include watercolor painting, photography, collecting children’s books and anything to do with wire-haired fox terriers. She makes her home in the Pacific Northwest.
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Many thanks to Great Escape Book Tours and Linda Hope Lee! It was an absolute pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!


TOUR PARTICIPANTS
March 11 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
March 11 – Books Direct – GUEST POST
March 12 – FUONLYKNEW – REVIEW
March 13 – The Ninja Librarian – REVIEW
March 14 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW
March 14 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT
March 15 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW
March 15 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
March 16 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW
March 17 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
March 17 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
March 18 – That’s What She’s Reading – REVIEW
March 18 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW


4 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. My favorite aspect of a cozy mystery is the fast pace of it with the twists and turns

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  3. My favorite aspect of a cozy mystery is the amateur sleuth, its setting and that it is light reading ~

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  4. I like cozy mysteries because they are a good read with relatable characters and interesting storylines.

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