A Treacherous Tale review

This is the second book in the Cambridge Bookshop Mysteries by Elizabeth Penney. I really enjoyed her Apron Shop series, and this one has some great characters that I’ve come to know her for, and a really fun location. I love that Molly and Kieran’s relationship’s already established by this second book and they seem to be in a good place. I noticed the author had a good way with doing that in the other series too. Can’t wait for book 3!

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My Goodreads review:

A Treacherous Tale (Cambridge Bookshop #2)A Treacherous Tale by Elizabeth Penney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was fun to go back and visit with Molly, her aunt Violet and her mom in their amazing Cambridge, England bookstore. I love that Molly and Kieran are officially dating and can now double with Daisy and her boyfriend Tim.

This was a mystery full of twists and red herrings. I suspected someone kinda early but wasn’t sure why, but it turned out to be right. When a local antiquities dealer was killed and the daughter of a new good friend went missing, Molly was eager to investigate again especially since they had Sir Jon on their side. How cool was that to know an ex-M16 agent who’s also a lawyer?

When Molly used a book a local author had written to help her with clues, the search for the missing woman Poppy took a really fun type of creepy vibe since they searched all through an old castle-like house and grounds. After Molly discovered whodunit and the gang was left to their own devices, they plotted a cool getaway and a great trap for the killer. I love the way they were thinking!

The author event finally got to happen and handyman George was back from his vacation. Hey George, you missed all the fun this time! I’m eager to read more in this perfectly cozy cozy mystery series!

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

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Chapter and Curse review

This is the first book in the Cambridge Bookshop Mysteries by Elizabeth Penney, and it hits virtual and real bookshelves today. I knew when I saw that Elizabeth Penney was the author that I’d really enjoy it like I did her previous series. I loved the addition of the sweet little black cat that Molly found right after finding the murdered woman on her aunt’s property. Little Puck sort of became her comfort kitty, so I just had to find a cute black kitty to feature as the picture! I’m really looking forward to the next book.

My Goodreads review:

Chapter and Curse (Cambridge Bookshop #1)Chapter and Curse by Elizabeth Penney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just knew I’d love this book when I saw it in NetGalley and noticed who the author was. I enjoyed her writing and characterization in the Apron Shop series so much. This book definitely didn’t disappoint and had characters I took to immediately. The key characters were all really awesome, but I think my favorites were Aunt Violet and Sir Jon. Sir Jon might’ve been a retired MI6, but he could still do the job when he needed to as we see toward the end. Everyone needs an aunt like Violet. I hope she and Sir Jon can get together sometime, ’cause from talk about all their college days, I think he’s always had a little thing for her. Molly didn’t waste any time in finding a handsome and genuinely nice guy as well in Kieran. And Molly’s mother Nina, well there might be some love interest going on for her eventually too.

Another favorite character was George, a local landlord and good friend of Violet’s as well as her handyman for the bookshop sometimes. He’s another friend that everyone should have one of. I honestly couldn’t quite figure out whodunit until Molly did, and it was obvious at the showdown which by the way, was a really good one! But I thoroughly enjoyed how Violet, Molly, Nina and Sir Jon sort of teamed up to solve the murder. They knew if they relied on the evidence only, poor Violet would end up in jail. Their investigations always turned up something useful for the police, and I think Sir Jon’s respected status helped as well.

I’m so hoping these books might come out more than once a year. I just enjoyed the characters so much I hated to see the book end!

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

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