Death on the Page – Essie Lang

“‘Did you just say that Savannah Page is staying overnight here, in the castle?’

Trouble on the Books wasn’t my favourite cosy mystery of last year, but I thought I’d give the series another chance. I think book 2 is a bit stronger, although still not my favourite in the genre.

Shelby Cox is settling into her life helping her aunt run a bookshop in a castle tourism site. She’s got friends, a steady boyfriend, and is finding out a little more about her absent mother. However, when a true crime writer negotiates a stay in the castle for research, things take a dark turn. Can Shelby keep her nose out of yet another murder?

Well, of course not, otherwise there wouldn’t be much of a mystery! While it provides the main plot, it feels fairly secondary to elements of Shelby’s life, which is the wrong balance to firmly capture my attention.

Still, a sweet and decent read; a perfect palate cleanser šŸ™‚

NetGalley eARC: 226 pages / 38 chapters
First published: 10th March 2020
Series: A Castle Bookshop Mystery book 2
Read from 20th February – 1st March 2020

My rating: 6/10

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