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Little Bookshop of Murder: A Beach Reads Mystery

(Beach Reads Mystery #1)

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  636 ratings  ·  275 reviews
A Shakespearean scholar inherits a beachside bookshop--and a murder mystery--in this delightful new cozy series for fans of Kate Carlisle and Ellery Adams.

Summer Merriweather's career as a Shakespeare professor hangs by a bookbinder's thread. Academic life at her Virginia university is a viper's pit, so Summer spends her summer in England, researching a scholarly paper tha
Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
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May 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2020
Like a lot of readers I am always attracted to books about books, bookshops and libraries. I like mysteries too so this was an obvious choice for me.

The main character with an unfortunate name, Summer Merriweather, has returned home after her mother's sudden death, which was supposedly caused by a heart attack. Summer is not convinced and is determined it was murder. She sets out with the aid of her mother's many women friends to discover the truth.

It's a good premise but sadly the execution d
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced copy of this book from Net Galley and the publisher in return for an honest review. The release date for this book is 8 Sept 2020

Cozy mysteries are so wonderful to read and while this one it’s not a bad book it just missed the mark for me. The characters are a little one dimensional and from early on it was quite obvious who the killer was. The main character was likable enough but a lot of the supporting cast didn’t really seem to have a purpose. The best character in the
beachbum bookworm
Newest Adventure Details:

Where: Brigid's Island, North Carolina

Who: Summer and gang

I was super excited when I found out I was going to be heading to a a bookstore on an a bookstore on an island w/ a boardwalk. HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY!! I was in @ bookstore, but the other stuff is a pleasant bonus!! I love, food, street performers, food, psychics, food...well you get it! I needed to get some of this out of my system before I got there. I mean I was go
Usually I really enjoy cosy mysteries with a bookish theme and this one had all the right ingredients - a beachside bookshop specialising in romance and mystery novels, the sudden death of the much loved owner, multiple characters and a distant daughter who has returned home. However, it just didn't work for me. There seemed to be little in the way of clues gradually unfolding and no real red herrings or twists to throw us off. The murderer was someone who was an obvious candidate for the short ...more
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, netgalley
Caught between a stalled academic career and the sudden death of her mother, Summer is truly at a crossroads. Fortunately, there’s nothing like a good mystery to force someone to confront their life. Even better when that mystery is plotted by author Maggie Blackburn, who has skillfully engineered an enchanting first book in a new cozy series.

From the first pages, it’s abundantly clear that all is not well in Brigid’s Island. Yet even with a dead woman and a threatening note, police don’t seem i
This is a hard book for me to review. It’s probably closer to 4-stars than 3. This book is the first book in a new series by Maggie Blackburn (Mollie Cox Bryan). I am a fan of several of her other series so I was anxious to start this series. Honestly, at first, I wasn’t sure I would finish the book. It has so many elements that I enjoy in a cozy mystery — a small town, a bookstore, a group of friends, etc., but I DID NOT like the main character. Summer Merriweather returns to her hometown after ...more
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to read this cozy mystery because of my connection to coastal North Carolina. Sadly, that's where my enthusiasm ended. Summer Merriweather, Ph. D is a Shakespearean professor in Virginia, whose off-the-charts reaction to a spider has put her academic career in jeopardy. She returns to her hometown island of St. Brigid's, North Carolina upon the death of her mother, Hildy. She owned Beach Reads, an island treasure who didn't have an enemy--except her killer. Much of the book is cons ...more
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This was a fun read. The mystery was good, with a lot of red herrings. In most cozies, the police had a parallel investigation going-on. But in this story, the police was really incompetent. They just brushed Summer off when she was sure it was murder. Only thing I didn't like was that the victim was Summer's mother. Apart from that, I kind of liked the story. And I wish I could visit the bookstore 'Beach Reads'.
Thanks to Netgalley for an opportunity to read this book.
Jun 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summer returns to the beach town where she grew up and where her mother owned a "beach reads" bookstore. Her mother, a seemingly healthy woman died of an apparent heart attack. Summer begins to suspect one of her mom's friends played a role in her mother's death. Summer left the police detective's son at the altar so he does not take her suspicions seriously. When someone tries to burn the house, the fire chief takes her side. Summer, a literary snob and Shakespeare scholar, despises "beach read ...more
Oct 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Summer Merriweather has been out of reach in England trying to salvage what's left of her academic career as a tenured Shakespeare professor when she is summoned back to her childhood home on Brigid's Island to attend her mother's funeral. Something is very wrong and feels off to Summer. Why is her funeral in a church when Hildy was a goddess worshipper? How could a perfectly healthy, vegan, yogi drop dead of a heart attack? When Summer discovers her mother was receiving offers for her bookstore ...more
Little Bookshop of Murder by Maggie Blackburn has Summer Merriweather returning home to Brigid’s Island, North Carolina after the death of her mother. Summer does not believe that her healthy mother suddenly dropped dead from a heart attack. Summer receives a threatening note the day of the funeral and learns her mother had been receiving them as well. Something wicked has come into their lives and Summer intends to get answers. Little Bookshop of Murder is the debut of A Beach Reads Mystery ser ...more
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a nice, light, summer escape. A cozy mystery set in a small, North Carolina beach town called St. Brigid's Island. This is the beginning of a new series.

Summer, a Shakespearean professor, has returned home for her mother's funeral. She wants to settle her mother's estate and get back to her academic life - even though her future at the university has been jeopardized due to an incident there. Her mother, Hildy, owned a bookstore in the town specializing in romantic reads which Summ
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I really enjoyed this start to a new series and loved the idea of a bookshop right there on the beach. I can definitely say the author did a good job of not making me like Summer very much for a while. She totally came off as a know-it-all who had no use for any books except those that were Shakespeare and scholarly. But the more I read, I did feel a small connection to Summer with my hatred of spiders. True, I don't spaz out like she did or sleep under netting, but I really dislike them a lot! ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Thank you to the publisher for the free book. Little Bookshop of Murder is my first read by this author, and one of my first cozy mystery reads. The beachside setting is charming, and I couldn’t resist the description of a murder mystery set in an oceanfront bookstore. Summer, the narrator, is absolutely determined to find out the true cause of her mother’s sudden death and the person behind it. There’s an eccentric group of friends and family who help her every step of the way.

But despite the
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Little Bookshop of Murder is a solid start to a brand new cozy mystery series.
The author has tried something new in this series debut. We have the main character doubting if her mother really died of a heart attack or if she was murdered. As the story proceeds, we see Summer gathering more clues which point to her mother's murder. But, the local police does not believe Summer.
The identity of the killer is a little obvious but the red herrings are such that their role in the murder remains a hu
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
LITTLE BOOKSHOP OF MURDER by author Maggie Blackburn was a fair start to a new series. The storyline was a good one, as well as the mystery. However, I wasn't overly fond of many of the characters. I never really warmed to the protagonist. But, I have high hopes for the future of this series when some kinks are worked out, and I will be checking out the second book. ...more
Micky Cox
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic characters wrapped into an intriguing mystery to keep you entertained and turning pages for hours! You have a main character who is a book snob thinking only classic literature is worthy of time and is the daughter of a romance bookstore in a beach town. When the mom dies suddenly, not only is there the mystery of the sudden death, but what does a Shakespeare professor do with a romance bookstore? Humor, wit, friendship and family wrap you into a story that you just can't put down! I r ...more
My eye fell on the rating for this book before I started reading. It was well below 3.5 starts. That’s very low for a cozy, particularly one that’s only available as an ARC. That was not very promising.

The plot sounded promising: Shakespeare scholar returns home after the death of her mother only to find her mother was receiving threats. With the help of her aunt and her mother’s book club the scholar starts digging for the truth. (Book club members are a curious lot.)

I don’t think I have ever b
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Summer Merriweather has returned home to Brigid's Island for the funeral of her mother. The two haven't spoken since Summer left her fiancee at the altar several years ago. But she believes her mother, who was healthy in every way, was murdered, even if the police aren't listening to her. They don't listen even when she finds threatening notes - "Sell the bookshop or die" - or when there's an attack on her. So Summer, her Aunt Agatha, Agatha's daughter Piper and Piper's daughter Mia, set out to ...more
Robin Leslie Coxon
Brigid's Island, North Carolina has lost one of their most likeable residents. Hildy Merriweather, owner of Beach Reads known for their romances and cozy mysterys will be missed by all but one. This one person is the person who murdered her. Her daughter, Professor Summer Merriweather, Shakespearean literature professor at a Virginia University in Stauton, Virigina, swore she would not return to Brigid's Island after she graduated from high school. However when she received news of her Mother's ...more
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Little Bookshop of Murder by Maggie Blackburn gives a new take on characters within the cozy mystery genre.
Can Summer Merriweather figure out who killed her mom?
Summer Merriweather
Summer Merriweather is our main character and the daughter of the first victim for the series Hilda Merriweather, aka Hildy. She is a thirty-two-year-old only chil
The Cozy Review
A new series out now from Crooked Lane and Maggie Blackburn/Mollie Bryan, Little Bookshop of Murder in the "A Beach Read Mystery" bookshop series will be available soon.

Summer, as a character is hard to like. Although I understand wanting as a teenager to be utterly different from her mother, right down to the type of books she enjoys, but as an adult, she seems to still be a rebellious teenager. Even with her mother dead, and presumed murdered, she has instances when her snobby attitude toward
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
This is the first book in the beach reads series. Summer Merriweather returns to her home town when she learns that her mother has died. Her mother was young and healthy and Summer just can't believe she would die of a heart attack. The police don't believe Summer that her mother was murdered, so she and her aunt and cousin take to investigating themselves.
This was a cute, quick read. There were a lot of things I liked about the book but a lot that bothered me as well. I hated the way the polic
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
2 1/2 stars. The main character, Summer, annoyed me some of the time. She was so critical of things. Also, she was a literature snob. Yes, she was a Shakespeare professor but so what. That didn't give her the right to look down on other people's choices of reading material. I'm an academic but I understand guilty pleasures. I have enough of my own when it comes to reading material. It isn't all high brow literature or non-fiction. It is possible to just enjoy a good story. A little leeway must b ...more
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summer has just returned home after the sudden death of her mother. She is convinced that it's not possible that her healthy mom could have died suddenly of a heart attack. She talks to the local sheriff but, perhaps because she had once left his son at the altar, he refuses to believe her so she sets out to investigate her mom's last days herself with a little help from family and friends.

Little Bookshop of Murder is the first book in a new cozy mystery series A Beach Reads Mystery by author Ma
May 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swing-and-a-miss
Summer Merriweather is a Shakespeare professor on a mission to save her job and has returned to her beachside hometown to uncover the mystery of her mother's mysterious and unexpected death.

I wanted to like Summer. As a Shakespeare nerd, I thought I would fall right in sync with this cozy. Summer is, unfortunately, completely unlikeable. She's so uppity, as if her degree and career make her a step above everyone else. The one thing her mother was passionate about (her bookclub at the store she
I tried to read this book at least 4 times before I finally succeeded in finishing this. I shouldn’t have, but I’m a challenge reader and when this worked for a challenge, I couldn’t let it stay unread.

So, I didn’t like Summer. No, scratch that, I really didn’t like Summer. I read cozies for their main characters, and for the group of people they surround themselves with. So if I didn’t like the main character, I would look at the rest of the cast. In this case, I didn’t mind them, but consider
Karen Hollins-Stallman
"Little Bookshop of Murder " the first instalment in the A Beach Reads Mystery series by Maggie Blackburn. I am a fan of this author so had to read this new series, I found it to be not quite as polished as some of her other books but the potential for this to become an awesome series is there.

The mystery is interesting and I loved the characters which which seemed diverse from a scholar to a free spirit. We had a few mysteries to solve the death of Summers mum to who her father was, and will s
Christopher Hicks
This book is a complete “Hot Mess” the writing is horrible, there’s so many mistakes, it’s predictable, the protagonist is a complete snob that at times you wish the killer would get her just so it would end. How it’s going to be a serious, I have No clue!! Life is too short to read bad books! This is the worst i’ve encountered in years!! I honestly couldn’t even finish it. When reading becomes a “chore” it’s time to cut your losses and move on!! That’s what I did.
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this. Hope it is the start of a new series. The characters were complex and family relationships are never simple. It begins with the funeral of the mother of the main character. She almost misses it because she was abroad, therefore setting up the guilt party of if I had been here...
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