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For Whom the Book Tolls

(An Antique Bookshop Mystery #1)

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In this cozy series debut from Laura Gail Black, Jenna Quinn finds her uncle murdered in his antique bookstore, and Jenna--his primary beneficiary--becomes the prime suspect.

Trouble follows Jenna Quinn wherever she goes. Fleeing some unsavory doings in her hometown of Charlotte, Jenna accepts her uncle's gracious invitation to stay with him in small-town Hokes Folly, N
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Hardcover, 264 pages
Published August 11th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
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Phrynne
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
For the author's debut novel and the first book in a series I thought this was pretty good. The story was excellent and the setting was interesting - who doesn't love a book set in a bookshop!

I enjoyed all of the characters, even the good cop/ bad cop. I expect the good one with the melting chocolate eyes(!!!) will play a big role in future books. The book was nicely written, easy to read and good fun.

I will definitely be looking out for the next in the series. Recommended for lovers of an easy
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Brenda
Jenna Quinn arrived at her uncle’s apartment at around 2am and after finding the key, let herself in quietly and went to bed. It was the next morning that Jenna, on searching for her uncle, found him lying at the bottom of the stairs. In shock and after dialing 911, Jenna was horrified when Detective Sutter accused her of his murder. Jenna had been invited to stay with her Uncle Paul for a few weeks, helping him out in his antique bookstore and recovering from the terrible time she’d left behind ...more
Annu
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Great start to a new series. In this book, we follow Jenna who comes in to the small town of Hokes Folly on the request of her Uncle Paul. And lo and behold, Uncle Paul is found dead and Jenna becomes the prime suspect. And it doesn't help that Jenna had a troubled past, due to which the police are keen on pinning it on her. We see Jenna trying to shed her past away and stand up for herself amid all the accusations against her. Rita was a fun character and I liked knowing how the town came to be ...more
Juli
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jenna Quinn had a spot of trouble in Charlotte and her kindly uncle offered a new start in Hokes Folly, NC. She jumped on the chance, of course. But...her bad luck followed her. Jenna's uncle is killed and the police think she might be a killer.

I love the concept of small businesses with apartments above them! And I envied Jenna's inheritance of an entire shop filled with antique and interesting books! The murdered uncle part was not so good....but she rose to the occasion and made a pretty goo
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Jeri
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
This was a very good start to a new series that I look forward to reading more of in the future. We are introduced to Jenna who was falsely accused of murder. She receives an invitation from her uncle to come stay with him for a while to get a new start. Only when she arrives she can't find him until she looks in the bookstore he owns below the apartment. He is dead at the bottom of the stairs. Now Jenna is being accused of murder again since she will inherit everything until a possible heir com ...more
Gloria
For Whom the Book Tolls is a great debut book and I look forward to future books by Laura Gail Black. In this story, Jenna Quinn left her home of Charlotte, North Carolina, to live and work for her Uncle Paul in his apartment and bookstore in Hoke's Folly, NC until she can get her feet under her. She lost her job, home, friends, fiance, and bank account paying her attorney after being falsely accused of embezzlement and murder at the marketing firm where she worked. Unfortunately, bad things fol ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A promising start to a new cozy mystery series.

FOR WHOM THE BOOK TOLLS is the first book in the Antique Bookshop Mysteries. It can sometimes be hard to start and get into a new series. Especially one by a new author. The first couple of chapters grabbed me and I was really enjoying the story. But there were a few spots where it felt a bit drawn out, and I wished those scenes had been a little shorter.

As for the characters, I enjoyed getting to know them. Like in real life, I clicked with a coupl
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Peggy R
This is the first book in the Antique Bookshop Mystery series by author Laura Gail Black and I found it to be a good start. What drew me to this particular book was the vibrant color and the fact it was centered around a bookstore. As an avid reader, any cozy mystery involving libraries, book stores or book retreats are an automatic try for me.

Jenna Quinn is an interesting character. She comes to Hokes Folly hoping to leave a painful period in her life behind her only be the person to find the b
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QNPoohBear
Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for a free e-ARC. All opinions in this review are my own and not affected by the giveaway.

Jenna Quinn flees trouble in Charlotte to stay with her estranged uncle in Hoakes Folly, North Carolina, a small mountain town. Jenna is looking forward to a new start, to catching up with her uncle whom she hasn't seen in years and working at his bookstore. She's worried people will judge her based on her past and grateful her uncle has given her a chance. Unfortu
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Amy
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
In this debut book in the Antique Bookshop series set in Hokes Ferry, North Carolina, Jenna arrives at her Uncle Paul's bookstore/upstairs apartment late at night. She saw him the next morning, dead at the bottom of the stairs to the bookstore. While she is surprised and understandably excited to discover she is his sole beneficiary, she also finds herself the prime suspect in his death. Can she extricate herself from suspicion and pre-judgment from her past troubles in Charlotte before more tro ...more
Bridget
It's always a pleasure to start a brand new cosy mystery series and this first instalment, For Whom the Book Tolls written by Laura Gail Black certainly lived up to my expectations!

The reader soon meets the star of the show, Jenna Quinn, who has waved goodbye to her hometown of Charlotte and has accepted an invitation to stay with her Uncle Paul in the small town of Hokes Folly, North Carolina. She will be helping him in his bookshop and hasn't been there long when she finds him dead at the foot
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Michaela
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved the settings of this new cozy mystery in a little town and the antique bookshop therein!

Jenna flees from her hometown to settle with her Uncle Paul in his home. When she discovers him murdered in his store the first morning, she quickly becomes the primary suspect.

Finding new friends and learning to know neighbours she´s not sure what to think about them, she stumbles from one event to the next, the police not only being her friend. When she finds out more about certain circumstances, not
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Christine
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozies
This is the first book in the antique bookshop series. Jenna Quinn comes to Holkes Folly with the intention of staying with her uncle until she gets back on her feet. What she doesn't expect is to find him dead at the bottom of his stairs. The police think she killed him. She is determined to find out what happened.

I liked this book. I thought Jenna was a very likable, relatable character. One of the detectives was just horrible and every time he was in a scene, I just wanted him to go away, whi
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Lorraine
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cozy mystery lovers.
A new cozy series! Laura Gail Black’s For Whom the Book Tolls (Antique Bookshop Mystery #1)begins a new series with the protagonist, Jenna Quinn, moving from Charlotte to Holkes Folly to live with her uncle who runs an antique/rare bookshop. Jenna, having been through “unsavory doings in her hometown “ decides to accept her uncle’s invitation, and get out of Dodge! Jenna arrives late and decides to not notify her uncle of her arrival. She goes into the guest room and goes to bed. The following m ...more
Kim
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I always love finding the first book in a new cozy mystery series and I was even more excited when I read this one took place at a bookshop. Could there be a better backdrop for a cozy! And Laura Gail Black set up the premise perfectly for Jenna to be able to be an amateur detective when her uncle left her the shop, living quarters above, and a lot of money.

While the town where a cozy takes place is important, as well as whatever hobby or food theme is incorporated, for me, it’s the characters
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Mystereity Reviews
Excellent start to a new series, with lots of twists and turns to throw you off the trail. I really liked Jenna and love the small town of Hokes Folly (I'd love to go stay at that inn!). There was plenty going on in this book, between Jenna's troubles in Charlotte to finding her uncle dead and inheriting the bookstore to a man trying to usurp her inheritance and then winding up dead himself and it kept the pace moving quickly. The plot was very well done, I went back and forth between suspects t ...more
Michaela
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the settings of this new cozy mystery in a little town and the antique bookshop therein!

Jenna flees from her hometown to settle with her Uncle Paul in his home. When she discovers him murdered in his store the first morning, she quickly becomes the primary suspect.

Finding new friends and learning to know neighbours she´s not sure what to think about them, she stumbles from one event to the next, the police not only being her friend. When she finds out more about certain circumstances, not
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Christina (Christinatalksbooks)
With nothing left her her in Charlotte, Jenna accepts her uncle's invitation to stay with him for a while in Hokes Folly. Before she can even get settled, she finds him unresponsive at the base of the stairs that connects his bookstore to his apartment.

Before Jenna has time to grieve, she learns she is her uncle's beneficiary. He left her the bookstore, apartment and a large sum of money. But when a second man ends up dead, Jenna becomes the prime suspect in both murders. As Jenna gets acquaint
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Kristen
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Laura Gail has created a place that I want to live in, this is such a beautiful story with a beautiful setting and great characters to boot!

Jenna Quinn is down on her luck, charged with a crime she didn’t commit, dumped by her fiancé and without a place to live. When she accepts an offer from her Uncle to come and live with him, work in his antique bookstore and just chill for a while, she thinks she might finally have the chance for some breathing space. But when Uncle Paul dies mysteriously o
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JoAn
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
For Whom the Book Tolls by Laura Gail Black is the first in a new cozy mystery series that was an interesting read.

The plot is smoothly paced with a few twists but no red herrings. Ms. Black took her time in the first few chapters introducing the characters and the small town of Hokes Folly which is necessary in a first book; but I felt that some of that could have been done as the story progressed. However, the mystery kept me guessing and I was completely surprised by the reveal.

I voluntarily
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Elizabeth
I did not expect to be as enthralled with this cozy as I was. I love all books about bookstores and/or libraries, so this attracted me right away!

This book kept me reading all day long and into the night! I loved the story! The characters blew me away and the plot kept me guessing! This book is amazing, particularly for the first in a series!

Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this new book!
Anna Fox
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable new series. I liked the characters and the town. The mystery was interesting and kept me guessing. I liked the one cop, the other not so much. I liked the plot as well.

Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Ellie at BookBucket
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I was a little disappointed. I love the cover and the story itself is good, but the characterisations let it down. They were more caricatures of good and bad people. I would have loved a twist such as one of the nice people turning out to be the murderer, but it was all bit predictable and it could have been so much more.
Fred
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For Whom The Book Tolls is the first book in the An Antique Bookshop Mystery series, written by Laura Gail Black.

Jenny Quinn has been found not guilty of stealing money from her employer in Charlotte and is looking to restart her life. She is excited when she hears from her Uncle Paul, asking her to move to Hokes Folly and help him run his antique bookstore. Jenny packs up her car and heads to Hokes Folly, arriving late in the evening and quietly settles into the room he has provided for her. Th
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Meredith Boas
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Gads! I had a great time reading 'For Whom The Book Tolls', book 1 in the Antique Bookshop Mystery series by Laura Gail Black. Jenna is new in town after beating a set of false murder and embezzlement charges. Now that her Uncle Paul is discovered dead shortly upon her arrival, things are already not looking good for her - again. Inheriting his entire estate isn't helping her look anymore innocent. With the help of a couple of new friends she's searching high and low through thousands of books f ...more
Sara
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a Netgalley ARC in exchange for an honest review.

For Whom the Book Tolls is the first in a new cozy mystery series by Laura Gail Black, and it does not disappoint.

When 26 year old Jenna Quinn moves to Hokes Folly to live with her uncle and escape her recent troubles in Charlotte, she's excited to spend more time with him and start working in his antique bookstore. Unfortunately, she finds him dead in his store the morning after she arrives. As if that isn't enough, Jenna also finds ou
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The Cozy Review
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
In a new series, "An Antique Bookshop Mystery," Laura Gail Black has created characters that aren't your average cozy style. With a bookstore that is littered with books from top to bottom, books even in the sinks. In the first book of this series For Whom the Book Tolls, Jenna is as human as you can get with a fictional character. She isn't perfect, far from it, she has a bad attitude a lot of the time, trust issues, and seems to be mired in a pity party, and she has a past that ranks a ten for ...more
Euni
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am so happy that Netgalley gave me an ARC copy of this cozy mystery. I really enjoyed this debut novel but Laura Gail Black, and am looking forward to the rest of this series. Jenna Quinn needs a fresh start in life so she decides to take her uncle up on his offer to move in with him. Unfortunately, trouble just happens to follow her where ever she goes and this fresh start took a dark turn. The morning after she moved in she found her Uncle's body at the bottom of the stairs and found her nam ...more
Joan
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this cozy mystery, the first in a series from Black. I liked the heroine, Jenna. She was escaping a bad situation only to find herself in another one. I liked her character developed as a compassionate person who was framed for murder in the past. Rather than being overwhelmed when confronted with a similar situation, she pursues finding the real killer.

The plot is a typical one with an unexpected murder, an unexpected opportunity, and a mean cop who wants to peg her for the crime. Jen
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Toni
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This is the first book in the Antique Bookshop mystery series by Laura Gail Black.

This book starts out with a bang. Jenna discovers the body of her uncle at the bottom of the staircase. He’s dead and she was only coming to stay with him due to her dire financial situation. Now she is out on the street again, or so she thinks. Surprisingly, her uncle left her everything in the will, who knew. Now all the suspect arrows point to her since she is inheriting his huge estate. It is now up to
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