In this delightful new cozy series for fans of Kate Carlisle and Ellery Adams, a Shakespearean scholar inherits a beachside bookshop–and a murder mystery.
Summer Merriweather's job as a Shakespeare professor is hanging by a thread from a bookbinder. Summer spends her summer in England, researching a scholarly paper that will hopefully get her published, impress the Dean, and save her job. Academic life at her Virginia university is a viper's pit, so she spends her summer in England researching a scholarly paper that will hopefully get her published, impress the Dean, and save her job. Her English idyll, however, comes to an end when her mother, Hildy, passes away from an apparent heart attack.
Summer is eager to settle the estate, sell her mother's embarrassingly romance-themed bookstore, Beach Reads, and return to Brigid's Island, NC, for the funeral. Summer, however, discovers threatening notes addressed to Hildy at Beach Reads: “Sell the bookstore or die.”
Something is clearly wrong on Brigid's Island. What method is at the root of the insanity? Was Hildy assassinated? According to the police, there isn't enough evidence to open a murder investigation. Summer and her Aunt Agatha, with the help of Hildy's beloved book club, screw their courage to the sticking place and begin sleuthing. On Brigid's Island, however, there are more suspects than the Bard could have imagined in his darkest philosophizing. Summer's town will be littered with a Shakespearean tragedy's worth of corpses if she can't find the villain–including her own.... Read More