Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Review: Vinyl Resting Place by Olivia Blacke


About the Book

Cozy Mystery


St. Martin’s Press

Release Date
December 27, 2022

Synopsis from Goodreads:

First in a new series by Olivia Blacke, Vinyl Resting Place follows three sisters who discover that opening a family business can be murder.

When Juni Jessup and her sisters Tansy and Maggie put all their beans in one basket to open Sip & Spin Records, a record-slash-coffee shop in Cedar River, Texas, they knew there could be some scratches on the track, but no one was expecting to find a body deader than disco in the supply closet.

Family is everything to the Jessups, so when their uncle is arrested by Juni’s heartbreaking ex on suspicion of murder, the sisters don’t skip a beat putting Sip & Spin up for bail collateral. But their tune changes abruptly when Uncle Calvin disappears, leaving them in a grind. With their uncle’s freedom and the future of their small business on the line, it’s up to Juni and her sisters to get in the groove and figure out whodunit before the killer’s trail—and the coffee—goes cold.

Music and mocha seem like a blend that should be “Knockin' On Heaven's Door,” but caught up in a murder investigation with her family and their life savings on the line, Juni wonders if she might be on the "Highway to Hell" instead.

My Review

Juni Jessup leaves her job in Oregon to go back home to Cedar River, Texas.  Juni and her two sisters have decided to resurrect their family’s record shop and re-open it under the new name, Sip & Spin.  Their grand opening turns into a disaster when a dead body turns up in their supply closet.  It’s an even bigger disaster when their Uncle Calvin goes missing and he’s the number one suspect.

The Jessups love their family, and that includes Uncle Calvin.  They will do anything to clear his name including putting up their new store as bail.  With Uncle Calvin missing, the Jessups could lose their new store before it even gets started.

Juni isn’t going to sit quietly at home.  She’s throwing herself right into the investigation despite the opposition from her former boyfriend, who happens to be police officer in charge.

This is the first book in this new series and I absolutely loved it.  Using a record shop as the setting is quite unique for cozy mysteries. It’s always a joy when an author comes up with something new.  The story shows the strength and love of family.  Juni’s relationship with her sisters and the rest of the family is beautiful.  They aren’t always in agreement, but what family is?  It’s portrayed realistically in this book.

Juni’s strength is carried throughout the book.  She’s a wonderful amateur sleuth and leading character.  The storyline is fast-paced and truly captivating.  I couldn’t wait to find out “whodunit” and I was totally wrong.  The author did an excellent job of keeping this reader guessing until the very end.

It’s so much fun getting onto the ground floor of a new series.  I enjoyed my time in Cedar River and I want another visit and I want it soon!  This one is a complete winner for me!

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I had a teeny tiny guess as to the whodunit towards the end but this one definitely kept me guessing. I really enjoyed this one as well and am so excited to see where the series goes.


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