A Deadly Chapter review

This is the third book in the Castle Bookshop series by Essie Lang, who might be better known as Linda Wiken (Dinner Club series) or Erika Chase (Ashton Corner 5-book series) depending on which of her cozy series you’ve read. I’ve read one book in each of her other series and liked them very much, but anything having to do with books always appeals just a little bit more to me! 😉 I definitely love this castle bookshop setting and think the area would be an interesting vacation spot.

My Goodreads review:

A Deadly Chapter: A Castle Bookshop MysteryA Deadly Chapter: A Castle Bookshop Mystery by Essie Lang
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was another fun visit to the Alex Bay area which I think would be interesting to go visit someday. I just love Aunt Edie and Matthew, they’re so darn cute together, and Matthew is just the most amazing and loyal friend anyone could have. Shelby and Zack were at a point in their relationship where she found she cared so much for him, it was a real dilemma for her when he announced he got a promotion that would put him in Boston.

There’s a lot more than just a mystery going on in one of these books like dinner with good friends and Aunt Edie, as well as a lot of going over the case between Shelby and various friends. In some places, it did tend to drag a bit, and I started wondering if anyone would figure out who killed the guy Shelby found in the water by her houseboat. The side mystery which involved his search for a mystery woman also had Shelby intrigued and asking the usual too many questions.

The showdown was a little tense, but Shelby got things under control to save herself. It was a good little twist toward the end too. Then the actual ending was very sweet and made me happy to read it.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

View all my reviews

Death on the Page review

This is the second book in Essie Lang’s newer series, Castle Bookshop mysteries. Essie Lang is the pen name for author Linda Wiken who also wrote the Dinner Club mysteries. I really enjoyed this book and getting to know the characters a little better. We got another book club meeting with some of the older readers in the community where Shelby was privy to some great gossip. It’ll be interesting to see how much time elapses when the next book comes out. I’m hoping to read about Christmas in Alexandria Bay! The castle would be amazing all decorated. And I’m curious to see what Taylor’s baby ends up being as well as reading about Shelby’s first Christmas at the Bay and with Zack!

My Goodreads review:

Death on the Page (Castle Bookshop Mystery #2)Death on the Page by Essie Lang

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a fun visit to a new place that I had first read last year, and it was great catching up with Shelby and her aunt Edie. I love the character of Edie to begin with and the sweet but tough caretaker Matthew who really liked Edie. I’m sure the feeling was mutual.

After the police found a visiting author dead in one of the castle’s secret passageway staircases, Shelby couldn’t help but get involved. She’d met and liked this author, but the more she snooped and ended up hearing that suspects were cleared, the more confusing it got. The showdown with the killer was exciting, especially when Shelby noticed that someone hiding had her back during it. I had been suspecting the person but wasn’t really sure why. I’m definitely happy with where Shelby and Zack are in their dating life and the sweet ending the book had. Here’s to the next book!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

View all my reviews

Trouble on the Books–review

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:

Trouble on the Books (Castle Bookshop Mystery #1)Trouble on the Books by Essie Lang

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.

View all my reviews