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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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3 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Ada Public Library M BLA (Text) 33500013293071 New Checked out 11/04/2020
Gonvick LINK Site M BLA (Text) 33500013293063 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781643854380
  • ISBN: 1643854380
  • Physical Description: 329 pages ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Crooked Lane Books, [2020]

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Summary, etc.:
"Summer Merriweather's career as a Shakespeare professor hangs by a bookbinder's thread. Academic life at her Virginia university is a viper's pit, so Summer spends her summer in England, researching a scholarly paper that, with any luck, will finally get her published, impress the Dean, and save her job. But her English idyll ends when her mother, Hildy, shuffles off her mortal coil from an apparent heart attack. Returning to Brigid's Island, NC, for the funeral, Summer is impatient to settle the estate, sell her mom's embarrassingly romance-themed bookstore, Beach Reads, and go home. But as she drops by Beach Reads, Summer finds threatening notes addressed to Hildy: 'Sell the bookstore or die'. Clearly, something is rotten on Brigid's Island. What method is behind the madness? Was Hildy murdered? The police insist there's not enough evidence to launch a murder investigation. Instead, Summer and her Aunt Agatha screw their courage to the sticking place and start sleuthing, with the help of Hildy's beloved book club. But there are more suspects on Brigid's Island than are dreamt of in the Bard's darkest philosophizing. And if Summer can't find the villain, the town will be littered with a Shakespearean tragedy's worth of corpses--including her own."--Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 May #2
    Shakespearean professor Summer Merriweather, who ran off to do research in England after an embarrassing episode at work, returns home to Brigid's Island, North Carolina, after her mother's death. Summer can't understand how her healthy mother, Hildy, with no previous symptoms, died of a heart attack. After learning that Hildy, owner of the bookstore Beach Reads, had received threatening messages demanding that she sell the store, Summer begins to believe her mother may have been murdered. The chief of police, with whom Summer has had past issues, declines to investigate, so, with the assistance of her Aunt Agatha and cousin Piper, Summer begins to look at those closest to her mother, including Hildy's book-group members. An arson attempt and an attack on Summer support her suspicions. Summer identifies the killer and must rush to save Aunt Agatha. The engaging cast and the appealing bookstore frame compensate for an easily identifiable villain. Watching Summer learn the joys of reading romances only adds to the pleasure! Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Maggie Blackburn is the author of the Cora Crafts mysteries and the Cumberland Creek mysteries under another pen name. Her books have been selected as finalists for an Agatha Award and a Daphne du Maurier Award and as a Top 10 Beach Reads by Woman's World. She has also been short-listed for the Virginia Library People's Choice Award. She is the mother of two young women who are off following their dreams in the music business. She currently lives in Waynesboro, VA, and works at the University of Virginia as a development associate.

Subject: Murder > Investigation > North Carolina > Fiction.
Women college teachers > Fiction.
Mothers > Death > Fiction.
Bookstores > Fiction.
Threats > Fiction.
Islands > North Carolina > Fiction.
North Carolina > Fiction.
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths.
Genre: Detective and mystery fiction.
Cozy mysteries.

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