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Death on the Page

(Castle Bookshop Mystery #2)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Thousand Islands bookstore owner Shelby Cox sleuths the slaying of a true-crime writer who may have learned too much about a murder case that should have stayed shut.

There are a thousand stories in New York's scenic Thousand Islands, and Bayside Books co-owner Shelby Cox stocks them all. But lately, the Blye Island bookseller's life is more about investigation than
Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
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DEATH ON THE PAGE by Essie Lang is a well-written cozy mystery novel that is the second book in the Castle Bookshop Mystery series. The story takes place in Alexandria Bay and Blye Island, New York and the main character is Shelby Cox.

Shelby is co-owner of two bookstores and she is finishing her first season at the annex store located in a historic castle. She and her aunt Edie arrange to host a true crime author including book signings at both bookstores. The author, Savannah Page, is spending
Natalia  R
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thousands Islands bookstore owner Shelby Cox is hosting a book signing event for best-selling author Savannah Page. Savannah is working on a new true crime book and plans to spend the night at Blye Castle to learn more about the original owner's mysterious death. When she is found dead the next morning, Shelby decides to do some sleuthing of her own, much to the dismay of her boyfriend and the police chief.

Death on the Page is a fun, enjoyable read. The beautiful and unique setting quickly drew
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelby Cox loves co-owning two bookshops with her Aunt Edie. One of the shops is on the mainland in Alexandria, NY and the other is in on nearby Blye Island. The island is a popular tourist location because of historic Blye Castle. I love this cozy series for the setting alone -- can you imagine running a bookshop on an island with a castle? :) Too awesome!

Death on the Page is the 2nd book in this series. A bestselling author comes to visit. Shelby is a bit worried when she finds out that
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, arc
Death on the Page by Essie Lang is the second book in her Castle Bookshop series and was a good addition to the series.

Ms. Lang's descriptive writing always makes me feel like I'm quite at home both in Alexandria Bay and Blye Island. I enjoyed getting to know more about Shelby and Edie in this one. The characters are developing well and the secondary characters are also growing in this second book. The plot is smoothly paced but did lag some in the middle. There were a few twists and several
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelby works in a bookstore with two locations, one in the 1000 Islands town of Alexandria Bay, New York and one in Bly Castle. The town is abuzz with anticipation of the arrival of an author who will be doing a book signing and staying overnight in the castle as part of her research for a future book. When she is found dead the next morning, her fiancé and agent both claim they had no reason to cause her harm. But Shelby can't help but think that there is more to her death than an accidental ...more
Nancy Baker
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Location, location, location. The setting of this story had me checking a map and dreaming of a vacation. Alexandria Bay sounds like a charming place both in the book and in the real world. Beyond that it was an easy to read mystery with a touch of romance that I enjoyed.

Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

I really loved the setting for this book, it is just so unique and beautiful that you can almost see it as you read! Of course the books help immensely with my enjoyment; I always love a cozy with books as the theme. Shelby was a good sleuth too; thorough but not too professional in her search for justice. Even though this is book two, you can easily fall into the plot and understand the characters and their struggles as
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun visit to a new place that I had first read last year, and it was great catching up with Shelby and her aunt Edie. I love the character of Edie to begin with and the sweet but tough caretaker Matthew who really liked Edie. I'm sure the feeling was mutual.

After the police found a visiting author dead in one of the castle's secret passageway staircases, Shelby couldn't help but get involved. She'd met and liked this author, but the more she snooped and ended up hearing that suspects
Jerri Cachero
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bookstore in a castle ....what could be better? Add in a mystery that keeps you guessing and you have an entertaining cozy mystery!

The mystery kept me reading and the writing was fast-paced. There were so many red herrings (and I loved that!) and twists. I enjoyed the development in the main character and her interactions with friends and family. The romance, in the book, did not overwhelm the mystery.

I received an ARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review of the book.
This is an enjoyable story. I liked the plot and the characters. I felt like the middle was a little slow as it didn't really move the mystery along very much. It ended rather abruptly, but I felt like the killer had been hinted at for most of the book. . I would definitely read the next book in the series.#DeathOnThePage #NetGalley
Gail C.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Castle Bookshop Mystery series by Essie Lang. The mystery is complete within the novel and there are some continuing relationships between the characters from the first book in the series. It is not necessary to have read the first book in the series as the author gives enough clues for the reader to understand the relationships between the characters and their current situations.
The book is well written, although the characters come across as more generic than
The Cozy Review
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
New from Essie Lang (AKA. Erika Chase/Lina Wiken) comes the second book in the "A Castle Bookshop Mystery" book store cozy series, Death on the Page published by Crooked Lane Books.

Shelby has begun to think of the Castle bookshop and Blye Island as home. She doesn't want anything to ruin her newfound happiness, and even though she doesn't go looking for trouble, it ends up practically on her doorstep. In this latest book store cozy, the main character finds herself asking questions that could
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feb-2020-tbr
4.5 stars

This is the second book in the Castle Bookshop Mystery series by Essie Lang.

Shelby Cox runs two bookshops in Alexandria Bay, New York. One is on an island inside Blye Castle and the other is on the mainland. At the Castle location Shelby has a book signing with popular author Savannah Page. The Heritage Society even allows the author to stay the night inside the facility. A day later they discover the author dead at the bottom of the stairs. Shelby had previously been a book editor and
Feb 11, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Death on the Page by Essie Lang is the 2nd book in the Castle Bookshop Mystery and another great addition. Shelby Cox moved to Alexandria Bay, New York to help her aunt Edie run their bookstore and open Castle bookstore on Blye Island, while Edie recovers from knee replacement surgery. Shelby is busy for getting ready for true crime writer, Savannah Page, to do a signing at the bookstore. Savannah Page is also doing a sleep over at the castle, with only one other person. The next morning the ...more
Annette Geiss
Sep 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book did not engage me at all, no matter how much I tried. I admit, I skimmed most of it just to get to the bloody end. Thank you Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read and review this ARC.
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How I love coming back to Blye Island and Blye Castle in the beautiful Thousand Islands of upstate New York! When reading the first novel in this delightful Castle Bookshop Mystery series, Trouble on the Books, I fell in love with the castle, its bookstore, the characters, and JT, the cat. The people of Alexandria Bay are personable and well-defined, and the mystery is tough to solve!

Edie and her niece Shelby, co-owners of Bayside Books, are prepared for a special book signing by best-selling
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death On The Page is the second book in the A Castle Bookshop Mystery series.

Shelby Cox is co-owner with her Aunt Edie of two bookstores. Edie manages the store in Alexandria Bay and Shelby the store in Blye Castle on Blye Island. Shelby is excited when Edie tells her that crime writer Savannah Page is coming for a book signing of her latest book. She is also surprised when she is also told that Savannah will be staying overnight at the castle. Normally the Alexandria Bay Heritage Society is
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review.
This is shaping up to be a really great cozy series! Death on the Page, the second Castle Bookshop mystery, features a mysterious death of a guest at Blye Castle, and of course the author had just completed a signing at Shelby's castle bookstore. This second book in the series has Shelby settling into her new life and relationships in her small town, and she's made connections with some entertaining and
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Death on the Page is the second book in The Castle Bookshop Mystery Series by Essie Lang. This was a quick, enjoyable read. I found that the book while a mystery was not gruesome at all but simply a nice "who did it." Lang kept my attention until the end and wanting to find out who committed the crime. While I had my suspicions from the long list of potential suspects, I was not completely sure until the end.

I had not read the first book in this series. I found that Death on the Page can be
This was not my favorite cozy mystery though I did thoroughly enjoy the setting of the book. Perhaps because I started the series with book 2. I just found the story hard to get into and a bit lacking at times. Im going to try the first book and see if this changes. ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Death on the Page is a great cozy mystery that bibliophiles would love to read. The main character, Shelby, is a strong woman who is building her life as co-owner to a set of bookstores. I love her determination, strength, and of course, her curious nature. The plot was crafted with enough twists and suspects to keep me turning the pages until the end. I received an advanced reader's copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelby Cox is wrapping up her first full season of running the family bookstore annex at historic Blye Castle and has settled into life in Bayside rather well. When the store is set to celebrate their anniversary, they host a true crime author with book signings at both the castle and main stores. The signing seems to be a hit all around and the author is spending the night at the castle in order to research her next book, based on the mobster, Joe Cabana, who ran a smuggling business from the ...more
A bookshop in a castle on an island in North America is a delightful idea and the fact that it has a matching shop on the mainland year round is good business sense. The co owners are niece and aunt, but the aunt is sidelined with a knee injured too soon after replacement surgery. So niece is tasked with a lot more work including an author's book signing, issues within the castle management, and a personal need to find out who murdered that author in spite of the cautioning by all of her ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Whew, I felt like this took forever to read. I just never really got into it. I love cozy mysteries. I'm aware that the heroines in them are nosy and the things that they do would never fly in the real world, and I'm ok with that, I just didn't connect with this story or the characters at all. I will say though, that the book DID pick up at about 84% of the way through. I had to work hard to keep reading this one though. My hope is that the author is working on finding their voice so I'll pick ...more
Death on the Page is the second book in the new 'A Castle Bookshop Mystery' series. I have read the first one, Trouble on the Books and absolutely adore this series! It has an amazing setting - a bookshop in a castle, no less, and an eye-catching, colourful front cover - the makings of a great read for me.
There arent many settings as perfect as a bookshop located within a castle, and Essie Lang made great use of this. Blye Castle is in a fine lakeside town, with a real sense of community
Sharon Tyler
Death on the Page is the second Castle Bookshop Mystery by Essie Lang. I would recommend reading this series in order, to fully understand the set up and relationships. However, I do think a determined read could catch up even without the prior knowledge. This book is currently scheduled for release on March 10 2020.

There are a thousand stories in New York's scenic Thousand Islands, and Bayside Books co-owner Shelby Cox stocks them all. But lately, the Blye Island bookseller's life is more
When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book and many more today. LOL

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

Essie Lang's second
Cozy Cat Reviews
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the new "Castle Bookshop" mystery series. I have read the first in series and adore this series. Set in a castle the bookstore and its surroundings are a great part of this series . The series location is set in Alexandria Bay and Blye Island, New York. I love the setting and how the atmosphere of a ancient castle sets the tone for this series. What could be more mysterious and fun then a bookstore in a ancient castle with secrets and history abound ! Thank you to the ...more
Death on the Page by Essie Lang is the second novel in A Castle Bookshop Mystery series. It can be a standalone if you have not read Trouble on the Books. Shelby Cox co-owns Bayside Books in Alexandria Bay, New York with her aunt, Edie Cox. They have an auxiliary location in Blye Castle on Blye Island which is one of the Thousand Islands. It is the 35th anniversary of their bookstore and Savannah Page has agreed to do a signing of her latest true crime novel. Savannah also got the board of ...more
When settling down to read the second entry in a new series, I always wonder if the second could be as good as the first or will it suffer from a sophomore slump. No worries here, this is another winner from Essie Lang.
Shelby Cox and her aunt Edie run two bookstores and one of them is in Blye Castle on Blye Island. What's not to like about that? Well, having a murder in the castle, for instance. Shelby and her aunt are hosting a book signing for a very popular true crime writer, Savannah Page.
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