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Thousand Islands bookseller Shelby Cox is caught between a lethal rock and a hardheaded newcomer in Essie Lang's third Castle Bookshop mystery, a must-read for fans of Lorna Barrett and Vicki Delany. Wake up on a houseboat, moored in scenic Alexandria Bay, New York. Ride the gentle waves to work at quaint Bayside Books, where you spend your days supplying literature and Thousand Islands bookseller Shelby Cox is caught between a lethal rock and a hardheaded newcomer in Essie Lang's third Castle Bookshop mystery, a must-read for fans of Lorna Barrett and Vicki Delany. Wake up on a houseboat, moored in scenic Alexandria Bay, New York. Ride the gentle waves to work at quaint Bayside Books, where you spend your days supplying literature and conversation to the charming locals and seasonal tourists. Sounds pleasant, doesn't it? Except bookseller Shelby Cox has already sleuthed two murders from Bayside Books's home base on Blye Island, one of New York State's famed Thousand Islands. And this time, mayhem knocks right on Shelby's waterside door when she finds a body lodged between the side of her houseboat and the dock, his skull shattered. The victim is no local, but Shelby can't shake the feeling she's seen him before. Twice, in fact--that's how many times he's dropped into Bayside Books asking about an enigmatic woman who lived on Blye Island many years before. The last time? The day before he was found. But the poor man obviously was killed elsewhere, so who brought him down to the bay, and why? When the victim's daughter hits town demanding answers, Shelby takes the case, despite Police Chief Tekla Stone's usual reservations. But she uncovers more suspects than there are pages in War and Peace, and Shelby can expect no peace--except the peace of the grave--unless she can turn the page on this grisly mystery.


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Thousand Islands bookseller Shelby Cox is caught between a lethal rock and a hardheaded newcomer in Essie Lang's third Castle Bookshop mystery, a must-read for fans of Lorna Barrett and Vicki Delany. Wake up on a houseboat, moored in scenic Alexandria Bay, New York. Ride the gentle waves to work at quaint Bayside Books, where you spend your days supplying literature and Thousand Islands bookseller Shelby Cox is caught between a lethal rock and a hardheaded newcomer in Essie Lang's third Castle Bookshop mystery, a must-read for fans of Lorna Barrett and Vicki Delany. Wake up on a houseboat, moored in scenic Alexandria Bay, New York. Ride the gentle waves to work at quaint Bayside Books, where you spend your days supplying literature and conversation to the charming locals and seasonal tourists. Sounds pleasant, doesn't it? Except bookseller Shelby Cox has already sleuthed two murders from Bayside Books's home base on Blye Island, one of New York State's famed Thousand Islands. And this time, mayhem knocks right on Shelby's waterside door when she finds a body lodged between the side of her houseboat and the dock, his skull shattered. The victim is no local, but Shelby can't shake the feeling she's seen him before. Twice, in fact--that's how many times he's dropped into Bayside Books asking about an enigmatic woman who lived on Blye Island many years before. The last time? The day before he was found. But the poor man obviously was killed elsewhere, so who brought him down to the bay, and why? When the victim's daughter hits town demanding answers, Shelby takes the case, despite Police Chief Tekla Stone's usual reservations. But she uncovers more suspects than there are pages in War and Peace, and Shelby can expect no peace--except the peace of the grave--unless she can turn the page on this grisly mystery.

30 review for A Deadly Chapter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    As I sat at home recovering from a broken elbow I found myself reading about a character who -broke her elbow! At least I was able to commiserate with Shelby's problems fully. I enjoyed A Deadly Chapter: A Castle Bookshop Mystery very much. Shelby is an interesting main character. She lives on a houseboat with her cat, runs the local book shop, and has a Miss Marple like belief that the police cannot solve a crime without a bit of help. This of course gets her into a lot of trouble. The story beg As I sat at home recovering from a broken elbow I found myself reading about a character who -broke her elbow! At least I was able to commiserate with Shelby's problems fully. I enjoyed A Deadly Chapter: A Castle Bookshop Mystery very much. Shelby is an interesting main character. She lives on a houseboat with her cat, runs the local book shop, and has a Miss Marple like belief that the police cannot solve a crime without a bit of help. This of course gets her into a lot of trouble. The story begins with the discovery of a body in the water near Shelby's boat and develops into an intriguing mystery. The author gives us a number of excellent characters, a gently developing romance, and some family issues for Shelby. There is a lot going on, all of it interesting. This was my first book by this author and I will keep a lookout for her others. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Baker

    Shelby loves living in a houseboat except when she finds a dead body floating next to her home. She knows, and is constantly reminded by the chief of police, that she shouldn't get involved. However the victim's daughter wants help to find out what happened and Shelby really wants to know too. Shelby soon finds her life is full of stress with the murder and two personal decisions that could change her life. This is a solid mystery with a great setting. With three things going on of importance th Shelby loves living in a houseboat except when she finds a dead body floating next to her home. She knows, and is constantly reminded by the chief of police, that she shouldn't get involved. However the victim's daughter wants help to find out what happened and Shelby really wants to know too. Shelby soon finds her life is full of stress with the murder and two personal decisions that could change her life. This is a solid mystery with a great setting. With three things going on of importance the reader really becomes connected wondering what will happen in the end. Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    Shelby Cox is on an emotional rollercoaster when a long-lost relative shows up and her romantic relationship faces a crucial juncture. Plus, a murdered body is found bumping against her houseboat. There is plenty of drama to fuel this story and keep the reader interested. And the mystery is solid. I did enjoy the fact that the local police are not happy with Shelby investigating the murder. She makes mistakes that could result in dreadful consequences; she feels bad about it but it doesn't stop h Shelby Cox is on an emotional rollercoaster when a long-lost relative shows up and her romantic relationship faces a crucial juncture. Plus, a murdered body is found bumping against her houseboat. There is plenty of drama to fuel this story and keep the reader interested. And the mystery is solid. I did enjoy the fact that the local police are not happy with Shelby investigating the murder. She makes mistakes that could result in dreadful consequences; she feels bad about it but it doesn't stop her from investigating more. She had to investigate more for there to be a story but I just wish there had been a better one to get her detecting again than how it happens. Though this is the third in a series it can be read as a stand-alone. The characters are welcoming and I would love to spend the day with them. Plus, a charming location and a lovable cat makes this cozy a winner. I was provided with a copy of the ARC by Netgalley and the publisher in return for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! I have no idea how cozy authors manage to make me so jealous of beautiful locations and setting for books! I really want to live somewhere with a castle, with a bookstore in it that has another store on the mainland. It sounds like a fantasy! I could even handle living on the houseboat if I had such a dream job. Ahem. But enough of that. The mystery! Well, as always with this series, you are intrigued right from the beginn Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! I have no idea how cozy authors manage to make me so jealous of beautiful locations and setting for books! I really want to live somewhere with a castle, with a bookstore in it that has another store on the mainland. It sounds like a fantasy! I could even handle living on the houseboat if I had such a dream job. Ahem. But enough of that. The mystery! Well, as always with this series, you are intrigued right from the beginning, and hook line and sinker you find yourself desperate to know how it ends. You start going over the clues yourself, wondering what you missed and if a conversation meant more than was originally described. Who could have committed the crime? I know I say this about a lot of series, but this is one of my favorites. The setting and the characters are always a win and worth returning to. Five stars!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Author Essie Lang knows how to grab the reader's attention from the start. The mystery is full of twists and turns. The characters s are relatable and intriguing. I look forward to the next book in the series to see how the characters continue to develop. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and in no way have I been influenced by anyone. Author Essie Lang knows how to grab the reader's attention from the start. The mystery is full of twists and turns. The characters s are relatable and intriguing. I look forward to the next book in the series to see how the characters continue to develop. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and in no way have I been influenced by anyone.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    This is the third book in Essie Lang's 'Castle Bookshop Mystery' series. Shelby Cox has now lived in Alexandra Bay, NY, for a year. Having moved from Boston, where she worked as an editor, to help her aunt Edie run the two "Bayside Books" bookstores they co-own in Alexandria Bay and on Blye Island (Blye Castle). This time, Shelby wakes up to find the body of a man floating directly next to her houseboat. The man is identified as Nathan Miller, who at times visited the area for work. Strangely, h This is the third book in Essie Lang's 'Castle Bookshop Mystery' series. Shelby Cox has now lived in Alexandra Bay, NY, for a year. Having moved from Boston, where she worked as an editor, to help her aunt Edie run the two "Bayside Books" bookstores they co-own in Alexandria Bay and on Blye Island (Blye Castle). This time, Shelby wakes up to find the body of a man floating directly next to her houseboat. The man is identified as Nathan Miller, who at times visited the area for work. Strangely, he kept an eagle feather in his pocket, also indicating he was not killed near Shelby's houseboat. It turns out that Shelby had spoken to Nathan in her bookstore the day before, as he reminded her of his previous visit and that he was still looking for a woman who had moved to the area 7 years ago. Shelby joins forces with Nathan's daughter Hilary, a local artist, to find the woman Nathan was looking for and to catch his killer. Much to the dismay of the local police chief Tekla Stone, who disapproves of Shelby's sleuthing, especially because Shelby was the one to solve the previous two murders. While some crucial missteps first endanger someone else, and then Shelby, she ends up solving the case with her wit and quick thinking. While trying to solve the murder and finding the mystery woman, Shelby has to make some important decisions regarding her relationship with her boyfriend, coastguard Zack. Emotions are also running high when a lot more is revealed about Shelby’s long lost mysterious mother. It felt like there was less sleuthing going on and also less action in this book in comparison to the first, which I did miss a little bit. I really enjoyed reading the first book in the series, so was delighted to have been approved for this one. It is absolutely inconceivable that I somehow missed reading the second book in the series. I will have to rectify that ASAP. I will definitely read all future books in the series. The book can be read as part of the series or on its own and the plot does not require knowledge of the previous books. It was well-written and a pleasure to read and the location is stunning. If the coronavirus pandemic ever ends, maybe I can visit the US again and finally see Alexandria Bay/ the Thousand Islands. Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books, as well as Essie Lang for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Reading a book is supposed to take the reader away, to another place and time, one that will put a smile on your face, and reunite you with old friends. This is exactly what A Deadly Chapter did for me. Catching up with Shelby Cox, her Aunt Edie, and the other wonderful characters is always fun and exciting. Visiting Alexandria Bay, the local shops, and of course, Shelby's book store, Bayside Books is definitely a guilty pleasure for this reader. Shelby has a happy life, she loves her job, her au Reading a book is supposed to take the reader away, to another place and time, one that will put a smile on your face, and reunite you with old friends. This is exactly what A Deadly Chapter did for me. Catching up with Shelby Cox, her Aunt Edie, and the other wonderful characters is always fun and exciting. Visiting Alexandria Bay, the local shops, and of course, Shelby's book store, Bayside Books is definitely a guilty pleasure for this reader. Shelby has a happy life, she loves her job, her aunt, and things with her boyfriend Zack seem to be going in the right direction. When out on her houseboat early one morning, she notices something wedged in the water, and as soon as she notices it's a body, she knows that she's in for one heck of a day. The police chief knows Shelby has a habit of getting involved in her investigations, so she promptly suggests Shelby keep out of it. Since we all know Shelby can't resist a good mystery, it's no wonder she gets involved. Fast forward to her bookstore in the lovely Blye Castle, where she's helping to coordinate a mystery event with the local library, as well as finding out that the castle also has a problem with theft. Shelby gets caught in the middle as a thief makes a getaway, injuring herself at the same time. Even though her injury prevents her from being too nosy, she still finds a way to ask questions, much to the chagrin of the local police and her family. There is so much going on in this book, that I couldn't possibly fit it all into my review, but all I can say is WOW, so much was unexpected, but exciting at the same time. Thanks to NetGalley and Essie Lang, author, for letting me read this advanced copy. I am excited to see what happens next for this cast of wonderful characters.  #ADeadlyChapter #NetGalley

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Patterson

    A Deadly Chapter is the third book in the Castle Bookshop Mystery series. It can easily be enjoyed as a standalone if you haven't read the others as there isn't really too much carryover. The characters relationships continue to evolve but you're not missing too much stepping in now and they mystery/murder itself is fully contained within. I really enjoyed the premise of having our nice cozy bookshop on the island and it being this quaint picturesque setting. I could easily imagine the setting an A Deadly Chapter is the third book in the Castle Bookshop Mystery series. It can easily be enjoyed as a standalone if you haven't read the others as there isn't really too much carryover. The characters relationships continue to evolve but you're not missing too much stepping in now and they mystery/murder itself is fully contained within. I really enjoyed the premise of having our nice cozy bookshop on the island and it being this quaint picturesque setting. I could easily imagine the setting and scenery described and readers are transported there. There's something about the small town/closed society that adds that extra element trying to figure out if the "bad guy" is someone in the community or someone who's come in from the outside. You know what they say; "Everyone's a suspect." The pushback Shelby gets from local law enforcement gives us that element of fun because we can feel their (and her) frustration with one another. Is she making their job harder or helping point them in the right direction? Throw some family and relationship drama into the mix and that pretty much sums up this story. I received an advanced copy of this story from the author through NetGalley and am leaving a voluntary honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    The story begins with the bookshop owner discovering a dead body stuck between her houseboat and the dock before she's even had her morning coffee. Turns out that the victim was a regular visitor to town who has recently begun asking after a town resident. Enter her own boyfriend who will be moving six hours away, the prickly police chief, the victims daughter, and a whole host of suspects. Of course the bookseller begins sleuthing! Well plotted with great characters and a positive theme. I reque The story begins with the bookshop owner discovering a dead body stuck between her houseboat and the dock before she's even had her morning coffee. Turns out that the victim was a regular visitor to town who has recently begun asking after a town resident. Enter her own boyfriend who will be moving six hours away, the prickly police chief, the victims daughter, and a whole host of suspects. Of course the bookseller begins sleuthing! Well plotted with great characters and a positive theme. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cate Hart

    *I received an ARC from netgalley in exchange for an honest review* I have to say I was a little skeptical about reading this book because I've always had a (highly irrational..) urge to avoid cozy murders that have a cat on the front. I love cats, I love cozy murders, but somehow these covers always put me off. I'm glad to say my unfounded assumptions at least in this instance were entirely wrong and now I'm going to have to go back and read the first two books of the series. This isn't a super b *I received an ARC from netgalley in exchange for an honest review* I have to say I was a little skeptical about reading this book because I've always had a (highly irrational..) urge to avoid cozy murders that have a cat on the front. I love cats, I love cozy murders, but somehow these covers always put me off. I'm glad to say my unfounded assumptions at least in this instance were entirely wrong and now I'm going to have to go back and read the first two books of the series. This isn't a super bookish bookstore cozy mystery. If you really enjoy the deep dive kind of book info that's peppered throughout Lauren Elliott or Vicki Delaney's cozy murders you won't find it here - BUT I think regardless you'll still find a great amount of enjoyment in the read. It's a well-constructed small town mystery. As with all small town cozies there are a lot of characters, but they're introduced methodically and in a slow enough (but not dragging) fashion that you can remember them as they come along. There are a few aspects of this book that I really love. The police chief is an older woman, and a lot of the cast are older women - who are presented as active, interesting, multi-faceted people. The police detectives in this genre are almost always men, and almost always romantically entangled with the amateur lady sleuth, so this aspect is so refreshing! The standard cozy romantic subplot is evident, but there is no love triangle (thank god.. do love triangles exist? sure! does every amateur sleuth need to be in one? god no) and there is actual chemistry between Shelby and Zack. The romantic subplot does start to overwhelm the novel in the middle to later stages (where tje plot does get Very Busy), but the natural affection between the two - and the fact that the book actually hints at physical romance beyond kissing between them (another of my petty annoyances - female amateur sleuths can have sex lives! And cozy murder readers aren't all chaste people who will riot at the suggestion!) definitely makes up for it. The writing is solid, the important characters a likeable, and the setting works really well (and I think promises the possibility of a lot of interesting plots to come). One thing that really stuck out to me though and maybe someone can explain to me if they come across this review - do people in the state of New York use language that is more... British? From the very beginning there are scones, jam, loose leaf tea, and Aunt Edie doing a full sunday dinner with roast beef and yorkshire puddings. But apparently her home was built in the 1920s and has always beeb in the family. Very britishy things and something I've only encountered in books set in the US that have a specifically designated british character. Its not a oeeve or amything - just a curiosity!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karren Hodgkins

    Aunt Edie and Matthew trumped the lead character, Shelby, in my books. The characters are deep and relatable and offered Shelby both support and love. I struggled to relate to many of Sehlby's perspectives and her complicated relationship with her boyfriend,Zack. I also couldn't understand why someone would ask a relative stranger to assist her find a murderer when the police were investigating. Her 'bull-in-a-china-shop" approach endangered innocent people. Hmmm... There were a few twists and tur Aunt Edie and Matthew trumped the lead character, Shelby, in my books. The characters are deep and relatable and offered Shelby both support and love. I struggled to relate to many of Sehlby's perspectives and her complicated relationship with her boyfriend,Zack. I also couldn't understand why someone would ask a relative stranger to assist her find a murderer when the police were investigating. Her 'bull-in-a-china-shop" approach endangered innocent people. Hmmm... There were a few twists and turns in the solving of the mystery that I am sure many readers of the cozy, murder mystery genre will enjoy. With thanks to #NetGalley, Crooked Lane Publishers and the author for my advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This is the second book I've read in this series. I missed the first book, which put me a little behind on the second book, but the author has caught me up and I know who's who now. I enjoyed this book on several levels. First of all, the characters are becoming more alive for me. I love Edie. She is full of heart and loves Shelby like a daughter. Shelby discovers her mother in this book. She has mixed feelings considering all that happened in her childhood. I also loved the story and the fact sh This is the second book I've read in this series. I missed the first book, which put me a little behind on the second book, but the author has caught me up and I know who's who now. I enjoyed this book on several levels. First of all, the characters are becoming more alive for me. I love Edie. She is full of heart and loves Shelby like a daughter. Shelby discovers her mother in this book. She has mixed feelings considering all that happened in her childhood. I also loved the story and the fact she lives on a houseboat is interesting to me. The Castle and the bookstore play roles in this book as well. All in all, I thought this book was great! I hope to read the next in the series! Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read and review this book!

  13. 4 out of 5

    M. [storme reads a lot]

    This was not really a cozy mystery. There was way too much about the personal life of the MC It seemed like it would have more of a fiction feel with just a little mystery. I think the mystery being pushed to the end ruined it for me, but I think it was hard to step into the series in the middle. Not a bad story, but it was not one I loved.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 stars This is the third book in the Castle Bookshop mystery series by Essie Lang. This mystery was quite convoluted but it really works. I wish there was more bookish things in this bookstore mystery but beggars can’t be choosers. And the cast seemed a bit tilted to the female side. Not just female but older females. I understand theme books but this seemed a bit much to me. Minor characters threatened to take this over at times. Overall it is a good read. I love the castle setting and the myst 4.5 stars This is the third book in the Castle Bookshop mystery series by Essie Lang. This mystery was quite convoluted but it really works. I wish there was more bookish things in this bookstore mystery but beggars can’t be choosers. And the cast seemed a bit tilted to the female side. Not just female but older females. I understand theme books but this seemed a bit much to me. Minor characters threatened to take this over at times. Overall it is a good read. I love the castle setting and the mystery itself was my favorite part, I think. Definitely will check out other books in this series. If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

    I have never read any books in this series but I plan on going back and ready them after this book. I loved reading Shelby trying to figure out the murder. I liked the idea of a bookstore on an island in a castle. I like the authors writing and involving the characters.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wickedly Romance

    Shelby Cox is back and boy is she on an emotional rollercoaster this time! Shelby has now been living in Alexandra Bay for a year and she is still helping her aunt run the two two "Bayside Books" bookstores they own together. She is also still live on her houseboat where a body is found bumping against it. Okay, I have to say this, if I was living in a houseboat and body ( a murder victim at that) is bumping against it I would move that minute! I'm just saying, that would freak me out a bit. She Shelby Cox is back and boy is she on an emotional rollercoaster this time! Shelby has now been living in Alexandra Bay for a year and she is still helping her aunt run the two two "Bayside Books" bookstores they own together. She is also still live on her houseboat where a body is found bumping against it. Okay, I have to say this, if I was living in a houseboat and body ( a murder victim at that) is bumping against it I would move that minute! I'm just saying, that would freak me out a bit. Shelby begins to investigate with the victim's daughter much to the dismay of the police chief. She does make a few mistakes that could have ended up deadly but Shelby persists. I swear I kept waiting for the police chief to start getting that eye tick that the chief had with Inspector Clouseau had (if you've seen those movies you know what I'm talking about.) Shelby as always is such a joy to read and take a journey to figure out what happened with. This is the third book of the series and can easily be read on its own. I recommend going back and reading the first two because this is such a wonderful series adn the characters are so much fun. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This review was originally posted on Wickedly Romance

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rima Aiello

    Every single thing about this series is enchanting and this latest installment just adds to the charm. Shelby finds herself once again investigating a body, this time one she finds herself, right outside of her door. Every clue just adds to the mystery and leaves the reader on the edge of their seat. A book and series that is standing the test of time!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Wood

    Shelby Cox enjoys her life. She wakes up on a houseboat every morning, runs a book store in a castle and has roast beef at her Aunt Edie's every week. Her boyfriend is working away from Alexandria Bay but that just makes their time together even more special. Disturbed by a loud noise one morning however, she is shocked to find a dead body wedged between her home and the harbour wall and before she knows it finds herself back in the centre of a murder investigation. Shelby is no stranger to dead Shelby Cox enjoys her life. She wakes up on a houseboat every morning, runs a book store in a castle and has roast beef at her Aunt Edie's every week. Her boyfriend is working away from Alexandria Bay but that just makes their time together even more special. Disturbed by a loud noise one morning however, she is shocked to find a dead body wedged between her home and the harbour wall and before she knows it finds herself back in the centre of a murder investigation. Shelby is no stranger to dead bodies having discovered and investigated them before, much to the police chief's disgust, but this victim doesn't even live in the Bay! Although experience has done nothing to dampen her enthusiasm, Shelby has no intention of becoming entangled in things this time until realising she has spoken to the victim twice before and her involvement becomes a given. It isn't a simple task however and when her personal life suddenly changes from safe and reliable to a mess of emotions Shelby finds hard to decipher, her life runs out of control towards a danger she never considered. Once again I thoroughly enjoyed this author's work, and the setting, main protagonists and cosy nature of the crimes all merged into a welcome relief from reality. The problems in Shelby's personal life were unexpected, although her existence is always complex, and I had no idea what her decisions would be until they were explained. I hope there will be more books in this series as they are well written and easily read. I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. This is an enjoyable escape which I happily recommend.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    The best cozy mystery series let you go live in an unfamiliar place and different lifestyle with the greatest of ease. Essie Lang fully succeeds in this with her book Deadly Chapters. Shelby Cox lives on a houseboat and works at a bookstore on a small island with a “castle,” one of several in New York, yet something I never knew before. Although Shelby has only lived in Alexandra Bay a short time, she has found her roots and footing here. She’s begun to feel secure and grounded but faces a major The best cozy mystery series let you go live in an unfamiliar place and different lifestyle with the greatest of ease. Essie Lang fully succeeds in this with her book Deadly Chapters. Shelby Cox lives on a houseboat and works at a bookstore on a small island with a “castle,” one of several in New York, yet something I never knew before. Although Shelby has only lived in Alexandra Bay a short time, she has found her roots and footing here. She’s begun to feel secure and grounded but faces a major challenge to that soon. But even before she reaches that, she discovers a body in the water by her home. Shelby also soon realizes that she knows the man found in the water—not by name, but as a visitor to her bookshop where he asked about finding a woman he was looking for. Then Shelby discovers that she not only knows the victim’s daughter, but that she wants Shelby to help her find out more. Chief Tekla tries to dissuade her, and events with her boyfriend and their relationship distract her. Worse yet, Shelby discovers that her mother wants to re-establish a relationship with her after abandoning her as a young child. With her support system of her Aunt and friends, Shelby plunges forward through it all. This is the third book in the series but works well as a stand-alone book. I had not read the previous books and did not need additional background to enjoy this volume. The evocative setting is a strength of the book, helping make this a great escape to another. The multiple suspects will also keep the reader guessing both what happened and why the victim was looking for a mystery woman.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    The third in the Castle Bookshop Mystery Series, this mild cozy mystery is a fun escape. Set in a gorgeous island location in New York one can almost feel the waves of the boat rides, shuttling people back and forth. The charming small bookstore sounds idyllic. And until a body is found next to it, the houseboat sounds heavenly. Enter Shelby, a book seller and amateur investigator. She is surrounded by friends and her dear Aunt Edie in her small town. Shelby believes police aren't acting quickly The third in the Castle Bookshop Mystery Series, this mild cozy mystery is a fun escape. Set in a gorgeous island location in New York one can almost feel the waves of the boat rides, shuttling people back and forth. The charming small bookstore sounds idyllic. And until a body is found next to it, the houseboat sounds heavenly. Enter Shelby, a book seller and amateur investigator. She is surrounded by friends and her dear Aunt Edie in her small town. Shelby believes police aren't acting quickly enough in the murder case so takes things into her own hands. She and police chief Stone know each other quite well so there is no real angst between them, though Stone reminds Shelby the murder is a police investigation. There is a long list of suspects and Shelby questions them, a bit brusque and direct at times, but feels she must. Questioning people you know can be irritating to all parties. Shelby has a love interest and the relationship has issues of its own. Really enjoyed the twists and turns. And then another life-changing event happens... My impression is there wasn't quite enough reaction to the murder, yet it was nice not to focus on grisly details. Cozy, fun and sweet sums it up. Those who enjoy extra mild cozies will really enjoy this series. A very pleasant read with middle-aged characters with major roles...nicely done. My sincere thank you to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this delightful book. Much appreciated.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    A Deadly Chapter by Essie Lang is a cozy mystery with Shelby, the bookstore proprietor who lives on a houseboat. if that isn't fun, enough I'm not sure what is. Of course , there is a murder, a stranger really, until it turns out a lot of people knew him, even though he didn't love there. The sad thing is that Shelby discovered the boys floating between her houseboat and the dock. Off-putting, to say the least. The police were there in no time, including their 70-year-old female chief. An intere A Deadly Chapter by Essie Lang is a cozy mystery with Shelby, the bookstore proprietor who lives on a houseboat. if that isn't fun, enough I'm not sure what is. Of course , there is a murder, a stranger really, until it turns out a lot of people knew him, even though he didn't love there. The sad thing is that Shelby discovered the boys floating between her houseboat and the dock. Off-putting, to say the least. The police were there in no time, including their 70-year-old female chief. An interesting cast of characters wandered through this book, including Zack, Shelby's Coast Guard police boyfriend who wanders in and out; Edie, her coffee shop owning friend; and her aunt Edie, who is her partner in the bookstores and works in the other one. Oh, yes, I forgot to mention that Shelby's bookstore is on an island with a castle. This book started off a little slow, possibly my fault as this is the first of the series I have read. Shelby turns out to be a pretty good character and a decent sleuth, not shy, although she says she is; and clever at putting together clues. She juggles well, keeping a lot of plates in the air, including some that will be revealed as the book progresses. Her houseboat seems like a good place to live, and he job keeps her pretty busy for a bookstore at a tourist destination. It is a good book, worth the read.. I was invited to read a free ARC of A Deadly Chapter by Netgalley. All opinions contained herein are solely my own. #netgalley #adeadlychapter

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    A Deadly Chapter is the third installment in the A Castle Bookshop Mystery series set in the Thousand Islands of Upstate New York and featuring book store owner, Shelby Cox. Shelby is enjoying life on her rented houseboat with purrmate JT, running the Bayside Books annex on Blye Island and exploring her new relationship with coast guard boyfriend, Zack Griffin. That is until a mysterious thumping against the hull of her boat reveals a dead man floating in the water. Shelby realizes that she's see A Deadly Chapter is the third installment in the A Castle Bookshop Mystery series set in the Thousand Islands of Upstate New York and featuring book store owner, Shelby Cox. Shelby is enjoying life on her rented houseboat with purrmate JT, running the Bayside Books annex on Blye Island and exploring her new relationship with coast guard boyfriend, Zack Griffin. That is until a mysterious thumping against the hull of her boat reveals a dead man floating in the water. Shelby realizes that she's seen the man several times before when he's come into the bookstore to ask if she knows of a woman (an avid reader) who may have moved to town seven years ago. The man is identified as Nathan Miller, the father of her friend Hillary, and Hillary asks Shelby to try and find out what happened to her father and to discover the identity of the mystery woman. Despite objections by Chief Tekla Stone and her Aunt Edie, Shelby begins investigating and her nosiness ruffles many feathers. A fast paced plot features the return of Alexandria Bay regular characters, a picturesque setting, the arrival of a long lost relative and a major decision regarding a romantic relationship. I received an advanced copy of A Deadly Chapter from NetGalley via Crooked Lane Books. While not required to write a review I am happy to offer my honest opinion.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    This was a great mystery with intriguing characters and a plot that had a few surprises. Honestly, though, I thought it took too long for the mystery to be solved. I liked the side plot, which gave the main character something else to worry about, and added some romance. I received an advanced reader's copy in exchange for my honest review. This was a great mystery with intriguing characters and a plot that had a few surprises. Honestly, though, I thought it took too long for the mystery to be solved. I liked the side plot, which gave the main character something else to worry about, and added some romance. I received an advanced reader's copy in exchange for my honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Woodhouse

    This is the first book by Essie Lang I have read. I was intrigued by the cover and by the fact that it was set in a bookstore. I absolutely adore cozy mysteries. And I especially love books set in New England. However, I had a bit of trouble with this book. First off, the good things: I loved the town setting and the community. Shelby's friends and her Aunt Edie are such wonderful, tenderhearted people. You can really imagine yourself living there. And I really liked the idea of this being a boo This is the first book by Essie Lang I have read. I was intrigued by the cover and by the fact that it was set in a bookstore. I absolutely adore cozy mysteries. And I especially love books set in New England. However, I had a bit of trouble with this book. First off, the good things: I loved the town setting and the community. Shelby's friends and her Aunt Edie are such wonderful, tenderhearted people. You can really imagine yourself living there. And I really liked the idea of this being a bookstore cozy. Books are my happy place and so because of that I got a lot of joy just by thinking about the setting and was extremely excited to jump into this. Essie Lang's writing style is very nice and the story flowed. And I really enjoyed JT the bit we actually get to read about him. And yes, I realize that this is the third book in a series so I take that into consideration as well. It was a little bit confusing just because there are so many characters that you have to remember. I did find myself getting a bit lost from time to time trying to remember who everyone was and what they did in the story. That being said here are the things I didn't enjoy about this book: Shelby is a giant bubble head. I'm sorry but it's true. She 'falls' into clues and I honestly hate that. She has to have everyone else tell her what to do. She can't make up her mind one minute from the next whether or not she is going to stick with her investigation. She's stubborn to almost the point of stupidity. When she is letting loose with her friends though she is quite pleasant. It's just when she gets into any kind of 'sticky' situation that she seems to fall apart. Not to mention, that everyone in the book, with the exception of her aunt Edie and Matthew, treat Shelby like she's a ding dong and basically pats her on the head like a child. Bleh. I also found a lot of it was also monotonous. Do we really need to know that several different groups of people are coming into her shop looking just for local books or local authors? It is mentioned repeatedly. We get it, you support everything local. Just please don't beat us over the head with that fact. I was also excited about the fact that this book had an older lady sheriff but the fact is that she was written is as such a hardnosed type person it was hard to feel anything for her except disdain. She is not very warm or friendly. For someone in a position to protect, she was not very protective at all. To me, Shelby's boyfriend Zack is only mildly entertaining. Yes, you can tell he cares for Shelby but you can't actually feel the emotion coming across. However, I am willing to give him another shot considering he isn't around for most of the book. Shelby is up and down and all over the place. Keeping up with her emotional state was exhausting. This book, in my opinion, started out really slow. I almost didn't finish it but I know that sometimes books that have a slow beginning usually have a slam bang finish. This didn't have the ending I was expecting. Now, in all fairness to the book, I have started out in book three. Even though everything seemed rushed in the very end with the stuff going on between Shelby and Zach I am interested enough to give the next book a chance. You can tell very much how much Essie Lang loves her characters and the town setting. That part came through very well. And it is enough to keep me interested to want to see how the story continues in the next book. I think that if Shelby can be a little more even keel on her emotions in the next book I think everything could very well turn out to be fantastic. From what I have read and seen these books have a lot of potential to be something really great. I think they just maybe a bit more polishing? I would be interested in seeing how things work themselves out. I received this ARC from NetGalley to read and review. All opinions are my own and are mine alone.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Woodhouse

    This is the first book by Essie Lang I have read. I was intrigued by the cover and by the fact that it was set in a bookstore. I absolutely adore cozy mysteries. And I especially love books set in New England. However, I had a bit of trouble with this book. First off, the good things: I loved the town setting and the community. Shelby's friends and her Aunt Edie are such wonderful, tenderhearted people. You can really imagine yourself living there. And I really liked the idea of this being a boo This is the first book by Essie Lang I have read. I was intrigued by the cover and by the fact that it was set in a bookstore. I absolutely adore cozy mysteries. And I especially love books set in New England. However, I had a bit of trouble with this book. First off, the good things: I loved the town setting and the community. Shelby's friends and her Aunt Edie are such wonderful, tenderhearted people. You can really imagine yourself living there. And I really liked the idea of this being a bookstore cozy. Books are my happy place and so because of that I got a lot of joy just by thinking about the setting and was extremely excited to jump into this. Essie Lang's writing style is very nice and the story flowed. And I really enjoyed JT the bit we actually get to read about him. And yes, I realize that this is the third book in a series so I take that into consideration as well. It was a little bit confusing just because there are so many characters that you have to remember. I did find myself getting a bit lost from time to time trying to remember who everyone was and what they did in the story. That being said here are the things I didn't enjoy about this book: Shelby is a giant bubble head. I'm sorry but it's true. She 'falls' into clues and I honestly hate that. She has to have everyone else tell her what to do. She can't make up her mind one minute from the next whether or not she is going to stick with her investigation. She's stubborn to almost the point of stupidity. When she is letting loose with her friends though she is quite pleasant. It's just when she gets into any kind of 'sticky' situation that she seems to fall apart. Not to mention, that everyone in the book, with the exception of her aunt Edie and Matthew, treat Shelby like she's a ding dong and basically pats her on the head like a child. Bleh. I also found a lot of it was also monotonous. Do we really need to know that several different groups of people are coming into her shop looking just for local books or local authors? It is mentioned repeatedly. We get it, you support everything local. Just please don't beat us over the head with that fact. I was also excited about the fact that this book had an older lady sheriff but the fact is that she was written is as such a hardnosed type person it was hard to feel anything for her except disdain. She is not very warm or friendly. For someone in a position to protect, she was not very protective at all. To me, Shelby's boyfriend Zack is only mildly entertaining. Yes, you can tell he cares for Shelby but you can't actually feel the emotion coming across. However, I am willing to give him another shot considering he isn't around for most of the book. Shelby is up and down and all over the place. Keeping up with her emotional state was exhausting. This book, in my opinion, started out really slow. I almost didn't finish it but I know that sometimes books that have a slow beginning usually have a slam bang finish. This didn't have the ending I was expecting. Now, in all fairness to the book, I have started out in book three. Even though everything seemed rushed in the very end with the stuff going on between Shelby and Zach I am interested enough to give the next book a chance. You can tell very much how much Essie Lang loves her characters and the town setting. That part came through very well. And it is enough to keep me interested to want to see how the story continues in the next book. I think that if Shelby can be a little more even keel on her emotions in the next book I think everything could very well turn out to be fantastic. From what I have read and seen these books have a lot of potential to be something really great. I think they just maybe a bit more polishing? I would be interested in seeing how things work themselves out. I received this ARC from NetGalley to read and review. All opinions are my own and are mine alone.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kay Garrett

    A DEADLY CHAPTER by Essie Lang is the third book in the Castle Bookshop Mystery series. It’s the well-crafted cozy mystery centered round Shelby Cox, co-owner of Bayside Books alongside her Aunt Edie. Shelby and her cat, JT, live in a houseboat on the coast of Alexandria Bay, New York. She is the manager of the recently opened second Bayside Books located inside the castle on Blye Island, one of the Thousand Islands off the coast. It’s just a short ferry ride to work. One morning in preparation t A DEADLY CHAPTER by Essie Lang is the third book in the Castle Bookshop Mystery series. It’s the well-crafted cozy mystery centered round Shelby Cox, co-owner of Bayside Books alongside her Aunt Edie. Shelby and her cat, JT, live in a houseboat on the coast of Alexandria Bay, New York. She is the manager of the recently opened second Bayside Books located inside the castle on Blye Island, one of the Thousand Islands off the coast. It’s just a short ferry ride to work. One morning in preparation to go to work, she hears a noise. Upon exploring its origin, she finds a body floating face down wedged between her houseboat and the dock. Even though she’s dealt with bodies before – twice in the last year in fact, it still leaves her visibly unnerved. More so knowing she’s going to have to answer Chief Tekla Stone’s questions AGAIN. After Chief Stone shows her photos of what Nathan Miller, the victim, looked like, she remembers that he had been in the store a couple times asking about a woman he thought might now live in the area. Who was she? Did he ever find her? Was this mystery woman connected to his death? Although she had promised the Chief that she wasn’t going to get involved this time, when Hilary, the victim’s daughter, approached her about helping her find out what happened to her father and with her mind wanting answers too, she agrees to help her. On top of the murder, Shelby comes face to face with the mother that abandoned her years ago. Initially upset and choosing not to face her, she eventually decides that she needs answers in this section of her life as well. Can she make peace with the past in order to make her future as bright as it can possibly be? Like a fly on the wall, we get little glimpses into the brewing romance between Shelby and Zack, who are able to keep things percolating long distance most of the time due to Zack’s job. With Zack’s looming promotion and move to Boston, their met ups may be fewer and farther between – unless Shelby can give up all she’s come to love (being close to her Aunt, her new friend family, the book store she loves, and even her houseboat and independence) and go with him. But is she sure that her feelings are that strong and is she willing to give everything she knows to go? While sorting out her personal life, Shelby has very few clues to work on in this latest murder investigation. What is the significance of the eagle feather found in the victim’s pocket? Can the references of the mystery woman and the denominator of seven years help them find this woman of interest? Was Nathan’s work with the Alexandria Bay town council have anything to do with his death? Not even an arm injury caused by a fleeing thief on the island is going to keep Shelby down, but can she piece all the puzzle together before she finds herself in grave danger? Can Shelby find balance in her life and those she loves without having to give up anything? Essie Lang grabs your attention in the first chapter, takes you on a wide array of twists, turns and wrong assumptions before wrapping it all up in a fabulous unexpected reveal. If like me, I’m sure you will guess incorrectly, but it totally makes perfect sense. A DEADLY CHAPTER is a fabulous book that all cozy mystery readers or just anyone that loves a great book will love. A DEADLY CHAPTER can most definitely be read as a standalone book. However, after reading this one and falling in love with the wonderful characters in the book, Bayside Books and Blye Island, you will be searching out the other books in the series as well as other books by this author. I give this book 5+ stars and anxiously await for the next book in the series!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    This series captivated me from the beginning and gets better with each novel! A booklover’s dream, we visit the beautiful Thousand Islands area of upstate NY, working in a bookstore in a castle on one of the islands. In this compelling third in series, there is a baffling mystery and a huge change of relationships for Shelby. The author’s descriptions of spring in Alexandria Bay brought it to life for this reader, and we learn more about the characters who have cobbled together a wonderful famil This series captivated me from the beginning and gets better with each novel! A booklover’s dream, we visit the beautiful Thousand Islands area of upstate NY, working in a bookstore in a castle on one of the islands. In this compelling third in series, there is a baffling mystery and a huge change of relationships for Shelby. The author’s descriptions of spring in Alexandria Bay brought it to life for this reader, and we learn more about the characters who have cobbled together a wonderful family. Shelby returned to Alexandria Bay a year ago, where she had once lived when a very young child. For years, she had been told her mother had died, and only recently learned that her mother was still alive and had left Shelby and her father. She and Aunt Edie are is part owners of the two bookshops that Aunt Edie manages. She only planned help while Edie had surgery, then quickly grew to love her aunt and the area, and for the first time had real friends. She met Zach, an investigator with the Coast Guard, and they have grown close. She also helped solve two murders. She is not one of Sheriff Tekla Stone’s favorite residents, but they have forged a mutual respect. Early one morning, Shelby saw a dead body between her houseboat and the dock. The man had a head injury, so either he fell and hit his head, or someone hit him and sent him into the water. Shelby knew the man slightly; Nathan had been in the bookstore at Blye Castle last fall, and again the day before. He was from Fulsome Falls and looking for a woman who may have moved there seven years earlier. He had been to the main bookstore, library, and various shops. Nobody recognized the woman’s name or photo. Shelby had no plans to look into his death. At least, not until learning that he was the father of a one of her acquaintances, Hilary, an artist who had a showing at the local gallery. Zach has been in Buffalo on a special project. He has just been promoted and when finished in Buffalo, will have to move to Boston and would like Shelby to consider joining him. Shelby is happy to finally be with family and loves Edie and being mothered by her. She loves working at the bookstore at the castle and has close friends as she had never had when living in Boston before. Her choice is either a long-distance relationship, giving up Zach, or moving with him and being far from her beloved aunt and friends. Then her mother came to town wanting to make amends. Shelby is not ready to listen to her after being rejected by her for so many years, much less give her a second chance. Helping Hilary talk with people about her father annoys the sheriff, but they do share a little information they find with her. The decision regarding Zach is huge, as is the one about her mother, both consuming her thoughts. Plot twists add suspects, especially as they learn about the consulting work Nathan did locally. The mystery unfolds at a perfect pace, and I enjoyed the castle bookstore, wondering what decisions Shelby would make, and who really killed Nathan. The twist at the end is a huge surprise! The ending is satisfactory, with no loose ends. I highly recommend this to those who enjoy unique settings, bookstores, and well-written cozy mysteries with a good balance of family and relationship challenges. From a thankful heart: I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley, and this is my honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    Shelby Cox co-owns Bayside Books along with her Aunt Edie. She works at the second store on Blye Island and lives in a houseboat. Her boyfriend is an investigator for the Coast Guard, and she has a cat named JT. Her life is pretty great...except when she wakes up one morning and finds a body floating against her houseboat. Calling the police chief, she's eventually told she needs to leave and not come back until it's clear. Showing up at her aunt's home in her pajamas, she wears her borrowed clot Shelby Cox co-owns Bayside Books along with her Aunt Edie. She works at the second store on Blye Island and lives in a houseboat. Her boyfriend is an investigator for the Coast Guard, and she has a cat named JT. Her life is pretty great...except when she wakes up one morning and finds a body floating against her houseboat. Calling the police chief, she's eventually told she needs to leave and not come back until it's clear. Showing up at her aunt's home in her pajamas, she wears her borrowed clothes to go to work but wants to know who he is. That's resolved in a way when the chief shows her a picture and she recognizes him as a man who's been to both bookstores looking for an unknown woman. But the story ends there, or it should -- until the man's daughter shows up asking Shelby for help in trying to find out who killed her father and why. Shelby, understanding Hillary's need to know, tells her she will ask a few questions...but a few questions could get her killed, if she asks the wrong person... This is the third book in the series and I have to say that I've been enjoying the progression of Shelby's life in Alexandria Bay. When she arrived she knew no one except Edie, but that's changed and she has friends all over town. She's also gained a boyfriend in Zack, and things are progressing nicely. What I enjoyed most about this book was the fact that we're starting to learn more about Shelby's mother, Merrily, who abandoned her when she was a child. It's an interesting journey that I hope to see more of. When Shelby starts asking questions, it seems innocuous enough, but then she discovers things about some of the people she's been questioning, and it draws the attention of Chief Stone, which is never a good thing. She also has another problem to deal with concerning her personal life, and it's causing her angst in trying to decide what to do. Shelby is having more than enough problematic situations in her life right now, and dealing with any of them isn't going to be easy. But she takes her time thinking through most of them, and you know that the right conclusion will come about. When the ending comes and the murderer is revealed, the surprises are there, as there is more to the story than anyone could have guessed. While it was all resolved satisfactorily, I eagerly await the next in the series, hoping to continue the journey with Shelby. Recommended. I received an advance copy from the publisher and NetGalley, but this in no way influenced my review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Tyler

    A Deadly Chapter is the third book in the Castle Bookshop Mystery series by Essie Lang. I do suggest reading this series in order for character development and underlying storylines. However, the mystery itself can stand alone. Bookseller Shelby Cox has already sleuthed two murders from Bayside Books's home base on Blye Island, one of New York State's famed Thousand Islands. And this time, mayhem knocks right on Shelby's waterside door when she finds a body lodged between the side of her houseboa A Deadly Chapter is the third book in the Castle Bookshop Mystery series by Essie Lang. I do suggest reading this series in order for character development and underlying storylines. However, the mystery itself can stand alone. Bookseller Shelby Cox has already sleuthed two murders from Bayside Books's home base on Blye Island, one of New York State's famed Thousand Islands. And this time, mayhem knocks right on Shelby's waterside door when she finds a body lodged between the side of her houseboat and the dock, his skull shattered. The victim is no local, but Shelby can't shake the feeling she's seen him before. Twice, in fact--that's how many times he's dropped into Bayside Books asking about an enigmatic woman who lived on Blye Island many years before. The last time? The day before he was found. But the poor man obviously was killed elsewhere, so who brought him down to the bay, and why? When the victim's daughter hits town demanding answers, Shelby takes the case, despite Police Chief Tekla Stone's usual reservations. But she uncovers more suspects than there are pages in War and Peace, and Shelby can expect no peace--except the peace of the grave--unless she can turn the page on this grisly mystery. A Deadly Chapter is an interesting continuation of the series. I liked the mystery elements. Shelby and her sleuthing was interesting to read and follow- and while she does make some slightly foolish decisions that could put her in danger, those decisions are getting better. She is becoming more aware of the consequences of her actions and making smart choices.I thought the new characters that were brought in for the mystery were well written, with interesting personalities and issues. I thought the mystery was well built up, with multiple layers and things going on. However, I felt like there got to be too much happening. Shelby's personal crisis's and the multi layered mystery ended up leaving me with some parts that were well resolved and leaving me satisfied but other aspects that either were swept under the carpet, solved to easily, or just forgotten about completely. I did enjoy the read, but was left wondering about a few too many threads that were woven into the story and then dropped. I think fans of the series will be interested in reading this one, to see what is happening with these characters and the small town, but I think this might be where I bow out of the series. A Deadly Chapter is a good mystery with some interesting character development.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Missi Martin (Stockwell)

    Readers cannot help but fall in love with the Castle Bookshop Mystery series by Essie Lang. Three reasons are in the series name.....Castle.....Bookshop.....Mystery. And when you add everything else into the mix, you are a goner !! A Deadly Chapter is the third book in this series and whether you've read the previous two or this is your first book in the series, you are going to enjoy everything about it. In A Deadly Chapter readers are hanging around with main character Shelby Cox. Shelby co-ow Readers cannot help but fall in love with the Castle Bookshop Mystery series by Essie Lang. Three reasons are in the series name.....Castle.....Bookshop.....Mystery. And when you add everything else into the mix, you are a goner !! A Deadly Chapter is the third book in this series and whether you've read the previous two or this is your first book in the series, you are going to enjoy everything about it. In A Deadly Chapter readers are hanging around with main character Shelby Cox. Shelby co-owns Bayside Books with her aunt Edie and they have 2 stores. They have the main store in Alexandria Bay in the Thousand Islands and the other one, a smaller one in the castle on Blye Island. Shelby runs the store in the castle, lives on a houseboat, has a boyfriend, Zach, who is a Coast Guard Investigator and currently away. She also has a friend, Erica, who owns the Chocomania and supplies Shelby with caffeine so her life is full and reasonably content. However she cannot help but seem to get in the middle of murder investigations. But in A Deadly Chapter it is not her fault because the dead body came knocking on her door....okay well it was in the water and hitting her houseboat but still. After Shelby discovers the body she does try to stay out of the investigation until she finds out she knows the deceased daughter, Hilary, and she asks for Shelby's help. Turns out that the deceased, Nathan Miller, had been into the bookstore on a few occasions asking questions about a woman who may have moved to the area about 7 years prior. While Shelby is helping Hilary look into her father's murder, she is confronted with two personal issues herself. While she tries to stay focused on the murder investigation, these other two issues pop back into her head a lot. Readers will fall in love with Shelby instantly and it will amaze you how she is always willing to help anyone out....even when she has personal demons of her own to deal with. Shelby's life will be one you could possible long for...living on a houseboat with her cat, working in a bookstore in a castle on an island, having to take a boat ride to get to work every day, having a friend who makes delicious drinks and chocolates, having a great boyfriend and aunt. Lang will draw you into the story effortlessly and you will be so captivated by her words that you will be lost to everything around you.

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