Today I’m participating in the A Perfect Bind Great Escapes Blog Tour.
In this post you’ll find information about the book and author along
with my review. And be sure to enter the giveaway contest via the link further below for a
chance to win a prize package.
About the book . . .
A Perfect Bind (Beloved Bookroom Mystery #2)
2nd in Series
Publisher : Berkley (September 28, 2021)
Hardcover : 304 pages
ISBN-10 : 0593098609
ISBN-13 : 978-0593098608
Digital ASIN : B08SJLRBJN
Synopsis . . . Librarian Tru Beckett, ardent defender of the printed word, is about to find out that keeping murder checked out of her beloved library is much harder than she thought…
Tru Beckett succeeded in building a secret book room in her now bookless library, where book lovers from lovely Cypress, South Carolina, can rejoice in the printed word. Now she’s working hard to maintain the little library downstairs while keeping her “real job” upstairs in the bookless technology center. The last thing she needs is a mysterious vandal who seems intent on breaking into her secret book-filled sanctuary and creating chaos. The nasty interloper doesn’t steal anything, but brutalizes the books, damaging them and knocking them off shelves.
A patron of the secret book room tells Tru that there have been creepy goings-on at the library for years, especially in the basement where the secret book room is located. He’s heard rumors of a poltergeist that haunts the library, determined to scare off readers. Tru is certain it’s hogwash, but she’s at a loss to think of who might be vandalizing the beautiful books she fought so hard to protect. And when a dead body shows up right behind the library, Tru is certain that it’s not a ghost but a cold-blooded killer that she and her trusty tabby Dewey Decimal will need to uncover.
My review . . . The public library in Cypress, South Carolina is a hotbed of activity, between its new bookless technology center on the first floor and the secret basement book room, where patrons in the know gravitate to affirm their love of books in physical format. On any given day, librarian Trudell (Tru) Beckett has her hands full ensuring that the secret sanctuary stays off the radar screen of her boss, the formidable head librarian Lida Farnsworth. To complicate matters even further, the book room has recently been the scene of several break-ins and acts of vandalism, and its very existence is threatened to be exposed when a dead body is found in a pick up truck in the library's back alley. Are the break-ins, vandalism, and murder related? Tru and the book room insiders are compelled to find out in order to preserve their secret oasis.
Meanwhile, the town gossips are aflutter over the murder, fueling an out-of-control rumor mill of outlandish accusations and motives, including the possibility that the killer may be one of the participants in the annual apple pie baking contest who is in search of the winning recipe at any cost. Given the history of the town and its residents, there are numerous suspects and theories for Tru and her friends to weed through. Are they up to the task? Can they do so without endangering their own safety and continue to keep the beloved book room a secret?
A Perfect Bind is a satisfying blend of mystery, humor, and budding romance. The novel has a generous amount of red herrings, small-town folklore, and suspects to keep the plot moving forward, while also advancing personal relationships. St. James's cast of characters are high-spirited and create the perfect stage for madcap moments, outrageous behavior, and laugh-out loud situations--the very elements that draw cozy mystery fans into a series and leave them anticipating the next installment.
About the author . . . Dorothy St. James is the author of the White House Gardener Mysteries and the Southern Chocolate Shop Mysteries. She lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina with her sculptor husband.
Dorothy is a member of Mystery Writers of America (MWA), the International Thriller Writers (ITW), and Sisters in Crime (SInC). This is her second Beloved Bookroom Mystery.
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Tour participants . . .
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