I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in the Castle Bookshop series by Essie Lang, which is a pen name for author Linda Wiken. When I get intrigued by a tourist spot mentioned in a book, I always think it’s fun to Google it, and I was able to find pictures of Boldt Castle in the real Alexandria Bay, Thousand Islands area of New York. Hmm, maybe yet another bucket list destination. I loved the idea of a bookstore in a castle and was definitely not disappointed in this book. I’m really looking forward to the next one!
My Goodreads review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This first in a new series was every bit as good as I’d hoped for when I first heard about it. A bookstore in a castle sounds like just about the coolest thing ever. I could really picture it and the surrounding areas from the descriptions in the book. I quickly grew to like the main characters of Shelby, Aunt Edie, Trudy and Matthew–and of course, agent Zack. Just as I thought I knew who the killer was, there was a twist at the end.
The showdown was really good, and even though Shelby had done something that I thought was a little foolish, she redeemed herself by doing something smart. I liked that the murder was solved, but there were still a couple of other things to continue into the next book, which I’m really anxious to read now.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.