About the Book
Genre: Cozy Mystery, #1 in A Canterville Bookshop Mystery)
Publisher: J. Lavene
Release Date: November 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads...
Christmas at Canterville!
Lisa Wellman and Simon Canterville are surprised to find a dead man on their roof in the midst of rushing to open the Canterville Book Shop in time for the holidays. And not just any dead man – Ebenezer Hart – the man who opposed the book shop opening in Olde Town, Portsmouth, Virginia.
What might be more surprising is when Daniel Fairhaven – Lisa’s ex – turns up at the door of the three-story Victorian house to head the police investigation. She hasn’t seen him in years but the sparks start to fly as soon as they are in the same room together.
Simon and Lisa are obviously the best suspects for the murder. Each of them had something to gain by Hart’s death. Then an attempt on Simon’s life throws that theory into a tailspin.
But the biggest surprise yet comes when the ghost of Charles Dickens turns up to help Lisa with the murder investigation – and writing the mystery novel she has been working on for years.
Without a doubt, Daniel and Dickens in Lisa’s life means trouble. And there’s still the matter of trying to get the book shop open with a killer on their heels.
What can be better than a Christmas story set in a small town? Toss in the ghost of Charles Dickens and a dead man named Ebenezer and you’re all set for a charming tale of mystery, betrayal and a touch of romance.
This is a sweet, cozy mystery giving readers everything they’d want from a story. It can be read in one sitting with a nice hot cup of tea. A great stress reliever – a real “feel good” story.
Adding in Charles Dickens’ ghost is a clever and unique way to give this story an extra spark. The dialogue between Dickens and Lisa is amusing and sweet. Dickens pushing Lisa to concentrate on her writing as he criticizes it along the way, gave me many LOL hours.
The Lavenes outdid themselves with this one. I would love to see this series continue.
As many of you already know, Joyce Lavene passed away in October. This is a devastating loss to the literary world. I thank her husband, Jim, and their family for continuing to bring these books to her devoted fans. Joyce, please know you will always be missed, but your words will continue to keep us all entertained and happy.
FTC Disclosure: The authors provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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