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A Body in the Bookshop

(Kitt Hartley Yorkshire Mysteries)

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A PAGE-TURNING COSY MYSTERY SET IN THE PICTURESQUE CITY OF YORK. PERFECT FOR FANS OF BETTY ROWLANDS, LJ ROSS AND FAITH MARTIN.

It's nearly Christmas in York, but it seems the season of goodwill hasn't touched everyone...

When DS Charlotte Banks is suspended from the police on suspicion of assaulting a suspect in the burglary of a local bookshop, librarian Kitt Harley and

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Published October 31st 2019 by Quercus Publishing
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Jo
Kitt and Evie become entangled in a case of rare book theft when someone sets up their police friend Banks. This is shaping up to be a marvellous little series of cosy mysteries. I love that they're set in York, one of my favourite cities, and the characters are becoming like treasured friends that you want to check in with and see what they're doing.
Toni
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.75 Stars

This is the second book in a series set in York, England featuring all the same characters but from different points of view. Book one: MURDER BY THE MINSTER featured Kitt and DI Mal Halloran’s romance and mystery. This book centers on Kitt’s friend, Evie Bowes and Mal’s partner DS Charlotte Banks.

Banks has been suspended for assault after a burglary in a bookshop of some rare first editions. We know it’s all a bunch of BS from the very beginning and Evie jumps in and tries to figure
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Cozy Cat Reviews
This is the second book in a series set in York, England . I love a English mystery so I was drawn to this series set in beautiful York at Christmas time . Book one was Murder By The Minister: I have not read the first in series. The series features Kitt and DI Mal Halloran’s . This book centers on Kitt’s friend, Evie Bowes and Mal’s partner DS Charlotte Banks. Evie is a librarian and Charlotte is her close friend and a detective.

In this next in series DS Banks has been suspended from the force
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Michelle Kidwell
A Body in the Bookshop
Kitt Hartley Yorkshire Mysteries 2
by Helen Cox
Quercus Books
Quercus
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 31 Oct 2019

I am reviewing a copy of A Body In the Bookshop through Quercus Books and Netgalley:

It’s almost Christmas in York but it is as if the Christmas goodwill has not touched anyone yet.

After DS Charolette Banks is suspended from the Police Force after being accused of assaulting a suspect of the burglary of a local bookshop. Librarian Kitt Harley and her friend Evie Bowes
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Aileen  (Ailz) Grist
A good twisty and turny murder mystery. There's burglary, adultery, murder, blackmail and a ponzi scheme to boot. It's well written and reasonably believable for a fictional murder mystery. You get a good sense of the people involved - so much so that I could picture one or two of them.

Loved it - read it in one sitting.
Esther
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great Kitt Hartley mystery!

A truly entertaining and almost festive case, this time seen through the eyes of Kitt's best friend Evie. Made me want to bookshop crawl through York!
Michelle Debnam
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely riveting and just as good if not better than the first in this series, all the original characters are in and we get to discover a bit more of their background and relationships

Cannot wait for number 3
Grace
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

3.5 stars

I have to admit I was a bit confused by this book when I first started it. I didn't realize it was the second book in a series, and that was 100% on me. However, once I got some back story on the debut novel I went back and restarted this one. The story made more sense, but I felt it was a bit unbelievable in the sense that the police and the heroines in the story share information back and
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Linda
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book title is misleading, just like the clues to the crime!
3.5-4stars
The last half of this story picked up momentum and actually kept my interest; the first half not so much. I found the initial crime involving an injured thief, a vilified woman police officer and some missing treasured first editions leading to investigation by the York police and amateur detectives Evie, Kitt and Grace slow going. Plus, where's the body in the book title?!

Evie is an interesting character, having been
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Noemi Proietti
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few weeks ago I was invited to join the media blast for the first novel in the Kitt Hartley Yorkshire Mystery series and I enjoyed reading about this librarian turned investigator. So, when I found out that the second book in the series, A Body in the Bookshop, was coming out on 31st October I knew I had to read it right away. Not only because I really love the title (it’s great, isn’t it?!?), but because I fell in love with the characters, the setting of the books, and I enjoy the author’s ...more
Lianne
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The description of Helen Cox’s A Body in the Bookshop as “A PAGE-TURNING COSY MYSTERY SET IN THE PICTURESQUE CITY OF YORK,” enticed me to read about librarian Kitt Harley and her friend Evie Bowe’s quest to solve the mystery that revolves around DS Charlotte Banks. Perhaps if I had read Murder by the Minister (the first book in the series), I would have connected with the ensemble of characters, since I had not, I found them somewhat flat and lacking development. Although the plot was okay, I ...more
Susan Johnston
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Princess Fuzzypants here: Often a reader can dip into a series out of order and never skip a beat. I am afraid that by starting with the second book, this one, it may have delayed my enjoyment. It seemed a bit sluggish as I tried to sort through the backstory and characters. Then the story seemed to take a turn that almost had me give up. I am glad that I stuck with it as I was engrossed in the tale by the end.
What seems to be a simple theft of rare books from a bookstore turns out be anything
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Sue
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not long after the shocking events of Murder by the Minster, Kitt, Evie and co. are about to get involved in another investigation - this time involving the theft of some rare books from a bookshop owned by some of Kitt's friends.

Kitt's boyfriend, DI Malcolm Halloran breaks the news that his colleague DS Charlotte Banks has been suspended after being accused of attacking the suspect in the robbery with a hammer.

Mal is unable to get involved, and convinced that there is no way Charley could be
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Alan
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cozy with a ‘z’. I have to admit that I didn’t read the first book in this series, but after reading a quick précis that seemed to cover the ground, and so we plunge into the second adventures of librarian Kitt Hartley, her best friend Evie, assistant Grace, and the ubiquitous policeman-cum-boyfriend Mal Halloran. All the ingredients are there, and this one has the added attraction of being a crime mystery involving rare books. Cue the many visits to the fine bookshops of York, and Kitt’s ...more
Femke
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gelezen-2019
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the free review copy. My opinion is still my own.

While I enjoyed the overall story of the book, I felt it dragging every now and again. The story didn't feel as pageturning as I would've expected and could've done with a few pages less.

Even though I felt the story was dragging, it was entertaining enough to keep reading. There were plottwists I did enjoy and overall it was an entertaining read. The only downside was that it was book two in a series and
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Homerun2
3.25 stars

This is the second in a series featuring British librarian Kitt and her BFF Evie. This adventure begins immediately after the first book ends, and while there is some explanation, I think reading the debut would be helpful.

The characters are pleasant. Kitt has mellowed since the first book, almost beyond recognition since she was quite snarky before. Evie, having been injured in the previous adventure, is dealing with both inner and outer scars. As with many mysteries of this type,
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Annarella
I'm loving this series and I liked this instalment.
It's engrossing and entertaining and, even if it's a bit slow at the beginning, once I was hooked i couldn't put it down.
I'd have preferred some more Kit and less Elvie as I find her a bit too fluffy but I loved the cast of character, well thought and fleshed, and was happy to meet them again.
The mystery is solid, full of twists and turns, and it kept me guessing till the last twist that was unexpected.
I can't wait to read the next instalment.
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Cathy Cole
The first book in this series, Murder by the Minister, I thought a good mystery was slightly hampered by too much romance. I wondered what was going to happen in the second book. In a move that surprised me a bit, A Body in the Bookshop focuses on Kitt Hartley's friend, Evie Bowes, a shy woman who has been deeply affected by the events in the first book.

Is there romance in this book? Yes, there is, but it centers on the damaged Evie. Her dealings with both physical and emotional scars as well as
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Tracy Wood
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
When a burglary at a popular York bookshop results in the disappearance of some valuable first editions Kitt Harley, local librarian and wannabe amateur sleuth, is horrified. Having recently helped prove her best friend Evie Bowes innocent of murder she decides they need to team up to find the missing books.

Kitt is now dating the lead detective DI Mal Halloran and so has a sure fire way of getting accurate updates on the investigation so far and when one of the lead suspects is found murdered
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Laura Salas
I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery set in the UK. Kitt and Evie are likeable and real, and the cast of secondary characters felt authentic, too. Of course, cozies aren't known for their realism, and the level of cooperation between citizens and police stretches the bounds of believability here, but I liked the book enough to just overlook that:>) There are some deep issues of self-worth being explored, but never in a way that brings the plot to a stop. The resolution was satisfying for ...more
Stephanie
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitt and Evie are what would happen if Jessica Fletcher and Miss Marple teamed up. The whole story had a very Agatha Christie vibe that I thoroughly enjoyed. I didn't realize this was a sequel when I started it so there were some things referenced that I was a bit confused about so I would suggest reading these in order. Otherwise it was a delightful read. I liked the interaction between the characters especially Kitt and Evie and between Evie and Charley. I'm interested to see how they all ...more
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Helen Cox is a Yorkshire-born romance novelist and poet. She hosts a monthly podcast called The Poetrygram and coordinates the poetry and non-fiction courses at the charitable courses City Lit, London.

After completing her MA in creative writing at the University of York St. John Helen found work writing for a range of magazines, websites and blogs as well as writing news and features for TV and
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