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Trouble on the Books

(Castle Bookshop Mystery #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  222 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Essie Lang’s series debut is perfect for fans of Lorna Barrett, Vicki Delany, and book lovers everywhere.

Rookie bookstore owner Shelby Cox must hit the books to learn the ropes before she loses a killer in the stacks.

Shelby Cox never intended to become a bookseller, so when the former editor returns to her hometown of Alexandria Bay, nestled in upstate New York’s breathtak
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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published March 13th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books (first published March 12th 2019)
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Juli
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
As soon as I read the blurb for Trouble on the Books, I knew I had to read this cozy mystery! Who could resist a cozy that involves a bookshop....in a castle....on an island? Not this reader!

Shelby Cox is taking a break from her editing job to help her Aunt Edie recover from knee replacement surgery. Shelby now owns half of Aunt Edie's business, Bayside Books. They are opening a new location on Blye Island, one of the Thousand Islands. Excited about tourist season and the shop in Blye Castle, Sh
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Chris
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After Shelby Cox returns to her hometown in upstate New York, she discovers she owns fifty-percent of her aunt’s bookshop, Bayside Books. She jumps at the opportunity, and soon she’s living in a houseboat and ferrying across the river each day to manage their Blye Island location … that also happens to be inside of a castle. However, just as she’s getting into the swing of things, the Castle Volunteer Coordinator is murdered and fingers start pointing toward the caretaker. But Shelby disagrees, ...more
LORI CASWELL
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
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Her aunt has just had knee surgery so Shelby Cox arrives in Alexandria Bay to help manage her aunt’s bookstore and open a satellite store in the castle on Blye Island. She is surprised when her aunt informs her that she, in fact, owns fifty-percent of Bayside Books. She has a lot to learn but she is surrounded by a great staff. The island is a popular tourist attraction so her main focus is getting the castle bookshop open as before the tourists start arriving by the busload.

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Tari
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
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Elle's Book Blog
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Release Date: March 13, 2019
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Actual Rating: 3 stars

Trouble on the Books is the first book in a brand new cozy mystery series! This book features a heroine who has just opened up a new bookstore in her hometown of Alexandria Bay. While this is interesting in itself (us bookworms LOVE bookstores), it's even cooler to see that this bookstore is in a castle! I love stories with original settings and this is exactly what I got with this novel. Aside from the setting I found th
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
RATING: 1 STAR
DNF @40%
2019; Crooked Lane Books
(Review Not on Blog)

When I saw that this was for fans of Vicki Delany I instantly requested it excited for another fun cozy mystery. Unfortunately, I could not get into the book. While the murder happened quickly, and it couldn't happen to a more fun character, the other character development was not there. The story spent too much time explaining rather than letting it play out. I decided to abandon it at 40% when I didn't feel any investment in the
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Betty
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery, e-books
Shelby Cox looking at the view toward the river. It was a fantastic sight in the first book in a new series and a new author for me. The characters caught will catch your attention and descriptions will place you on the island. Shelby turned an headed for the library located in the Castle. She had come back to Alexandria Bay to run the Blye Island branch of the main store until her Aunt recovered from knee surgery. Shelby was stacking books on the shelf when she informed the volunteer coordinato ...more
Peggy R
I really wanted to like this book. The premise sounded promising and I was looking forward to reading something under the new pen name for this author. However, I was disappointed with this book. I found the pacing to be too slow. The murder occurs pretty quickly in the beginning of the book but by 1/3 of the way into the story not much investigating has been done by Shelby. Being the first book in a new series I always expect there to be some set-up and backstory but that didn't even feel like ...more
Dawn Michelle
This book started off rocky for me [I knew who was going to be murdered by the start of the third chapter and I knew who was going to be a suspect. And then the hard-nose, single-sighted, blinders on cop entered the picture and just sealed the deal] and I was set to dislike the book as it was following what seems to be the "new normal" within the cozy genre.
And then, to my surprise, I found myself liking the book; the writing is good and engaging, the characters are fun [though they could be a
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Shannon
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received a copy in exchange for my honest review

This book started off really well! I enjoyed the setting (read: bookish vibes), the characters, and the pacing. However, I felt like the pacing slowed down after a while. For me, there wasn't enough development of the plot. If there would have been character development it would have been just fine, but that also was lacking in my opinion. Furthermore, there were so many characters, I really had a hard time keeping track of who was who. In the en
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Kristina
Trouble on the Books by Essie Lang is the first A Castle Bookshop Mystery. Shelby Cox returned home to Alexandria Bay, New York to help her aunt, Edie Cox, who is recovering from knee replacement surgery, with Bayside Books. Shelby has learned that she is part owner in the bookshop and will be running their new location on Blye Island inside Blye Castle. Loreena Swan, Curator of Exhibits, comes into the shop the day before the opening and complains that her guidebook is not in stock. They end up ...more
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Trouble on the Books is a good start to a new cozy mystery series. The premise of the story has promise, and I loved the setting of Alexandria Bay, nestled in upstate New York’s breathtaking Thousand Islands region. With that said I am hoping as the series goes on the author decides to expand on the castle/bookstore element and the quaint seaside town.

I had a difficult time getting into the book at first but by chapter 10, I finally started to want to know a little bit more and was connecting m
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OpenBookSociety.com
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jeanie
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Trouble on the Books
Castle Bookshop Mystery #1
By Essie Lang
ISBN 9781683319818
lindawiken.com
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie

Synopsis:

Essie Lang’s series debut is perfect for fans of Lorna Barrett, Vicki Delany, and book lovers everywhere.

Rookie bookstore owner Shelby Cox must hit the books to learn the ropes before she loses a killer in the stacks.

Shelby Cox never intended to become a bookseller, so when the former editor returns to her hometown of Al
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Book
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Shelby Cox takes a leave of absence to help her Aunt Edie open a second location for Bayside Books when she undergoes knee replacement surgery. And it turns out that Shelby is part owner in the bookstores.

Bayside Books is in Alexandria Bay and the second location is a small shop in Blye Castle on Blye Island. Loreena Swan, curator of exhibits and attractions at the castle, manages to irritate Shelby, as she readies the shop for opening, with criticism about the titles she offers.

Unfortunately,
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Jan
CGIS stands for Coast Guard Investigative Services, I didn't know that.
The publisher's blurb is pretty good, so there's no need for recap or spoilers here. The characters are all interesting, the locale fascinating (she's renting a houseboat to live in!), and the mystery is well done and with the expected plot twists and red herrings. There's lots more I'd like to say, but it would either be redundant or get into spoiler territory, so I'll just let you know that it's a great book that grabs by
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Jeanie
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: obs
What a fabulous start to this new series! This is the first in what promises to be another new favorite series. I very much enjoyed meeting Shelby Cox, her Aunt Edie, the Bayside and their friends in Alexandria Bay and Blye Island, New York. The mystery is a challenge to solve - I certainly couldn't, at least - and the history of the island is fascinating.

The area of Thousand Islands sounds beautiful, and I love the setting of Blye Castle. Edie's main bookstore, Bayside Books, is on the mainland
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Bridget
As a lover of cozy mysteries, I knew I would be onto a winner with this début in a new series! “Trouble on the Books” ticked all the right boxes before I had even started reading. The setting - a cosy book-store in a castle, no less - and an eye-catching, colourful front cover - all the makings of a great read for me. And I was even afforded a rare opportunity to begin a series from the offset as I always seem to pick them up half-way through. Here was my chance to, hopefully, discover another n ...more
Lesa
I love the setting of Essie Lang's new mystery and series. Trouble on the Books is a Castle Bookshop Mystery. Bayside Books is located in Alexandria Bay in upstate New York. The second location for the store is in Blye Castle on Blye Island. The setting is more appealing than the amateur sleuth or the mystery itself, though.

Shelby Cox returns to her childhood home when her Aunt Edie needs help following surgery. Shelby is now part owner of Bayside Books, and she'll be running the one on Blye Isl
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Diane Hernandez
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Trouble on the Books is the first in a new cozy mystery series, A Castle Bookshop Mystery.

Shelby takes leave from her job to help her Aunt Edie with opening her new bookstore after Edie’s knee replacement surgery. The bookstore is in a real-life castle on Blye Island in upstate New York. Only one day before opening day, Shelby finds the obnoxious castle curator, Loreena, dead in a grotto on the estate. When the castle’s caretaker, Matthew, is suspected, Edie asks Shelby to investigate. Shelby th
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Brenda
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Trouble on the Books is the debut of the A Castle Bookshop Mystery series set in Alexandria Bay, a small town nestled in the Thousand Islands region of upstate New York. Shelby Cox is on a temporary leave from her book editor position so that she can help her Aunt Edie, who is recovering from knee replacement surgery, with the day to day operations of Bayside Books. Edie operates her bookstore in two locations: one on the Main Street of town and the other in a castle on nearby Blye Island.

Shelby
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Noemie | allmybookthoughts
Thank you to Net Galley & Crooked Lane Books for a free copy in exchange for my honest review. #partner
Shelby is back in her small hometown, working at the bookstore she owns with her aunt. As she is getting ready for the start of the tourist season, the volunteer coordinator (Loretta) of the historical castle (where the bookstore is located) is murdered. There are multiple suspects, but nobody really knows why it happened. Loretta wasn't necessarily well liked in the town, but is there some
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Susan
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelby Cox takes a leave from her job as an editor to help Aunt Edie, who's recuperating from surgery, and because she's just learned that half of Edie's bookstore really belongs to her. She also hopes to learn more about her mother, who died when Shelby was three, and whom her now-deceased father refused to discuss. She finds a body and decides to investigate, despite various police telling her to butt out. At least she's getting to know the locals in the small town nestled on the St. Lawrence ...more
Patty
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trouble on the Books by Essie Lang is the 1st book in the Castle Bookshop Mystery and my first book by this author. Shelby Cox agrees to come to Alexandria Bay, New York and help her aunt Edie run their bookstore and open Castle bookstore on Blye Island, while Edie recovers from knee replacement surgery. Shelby takes a leave of absence from her job as book editor in Boston. Shelby is busy getting ready to open Castle bookstore, when she gets into a verbal argument with the volunteer coordinator  ...more
Rebecca
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review.

It's genuinely amazing how cozy mystery authors manage to keep coming up with interesting premises when there are so many series already on the market. This new series is sure to appeal to lots of fans of the genre- the primary setting is a bookstore- in a castle- on an island! Being a series starter, we're introduced to a lot of characters and get a lot of backstory on Shelby, the main character, and some good set
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Carol
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love books that I pick up for challenges because I find that I am constantly surprising myself...usually in a good way. This one, from the cover, reeked of "cozy"...and I am not a big fan of that genre....but it had an animal on the cover so off I go with it. From the very first chapter I really liked it. The only glitch keeping it from an extra half star was that this author is very "detail oriented" which tended to slow down the pace. I didn't need a detailed description of how the water fil ...more
Emris Lindsay
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelby has gotten herself involved in a murder mystery four months after her arrival in Alex Bay, and as luck would have it, there are a lot of interesting scenarios being thrown about by the good folks of the Bay and Shelby herself as to what could have happened and who done it. Now, she has caught the murderer’s attention, Stopping her investigation would be the ideal thing but the murderer has made it personal for her by targeting her, so of course, she cannot quit now. An intense, intriguing ...more
Barbara Tobey
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting location helps propel this book into delightful cozy category. The main characters were people I would like to get to know even better. I look forward to reading the next one. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
Leah
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was enjoyable start to the series. I like that this took place in upstate New York, near Buffalo. Part of the story takes place on an island. I liked the MC, Shelby. She was capable and likeable. She didn't needlessly meddle. The mystery was intriguing. It involved smuggling and business, as well as murder.
Nora-adrienne
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies
I was pulled into the story from page one and did not put the book down for the first 100 pages. I'm looking forward to seeing how book two continues our heroine's life and working with her aunt.
Kathy Martin
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelby Cox is settling in running the second location of Bayside Books. She has learned that she is the half-owner along with her Aunt Edie. The second location is in a tourist attraction on Blye Island. As she is setting up the store for the opening of the tourist season, she has a run-in with volunteer coordinator Loreena Swan. She is surprised to discover Loreena's body when she goes for a quick walk after work before taking the shuttle back to Alexandria Bay.

The murder draws the attention of
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