A Body in the Bookshop
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...more
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 ...more
In this next in series DS Banks has been suspended from the force ...more
Kitt Hartley Yorkshire Mysteries 2
by Helen Cox
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 ...more
Loved it - read it in one sitting.
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 ...more
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 ...more
What seems to be a simple theft of rare books from a bookstore turns out be anything ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more