My Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Age Category: Adult
Type of romance: MF
Who knew that finding a rare book would also involve running for her life?
When Poe Baxter fled her job as an English professor, she was thrilled to be launching into her career as an antiquarian book dealer with a trip to Edinburgh. But she soon finds that her queries into a particular book’s provenance are drawing some less desirable attention to her and her best friend Beattie. Not everyone is interested in sharing this particular story.
Will the women be able to discover the book’s origins without bringing about their own ends?
I received a free copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.
I was excited to start this new series by ACF Bookens. This series follows Poe Baxter who just got a new job as an antiquarian book dealer. With her best friend Beattie she travels to Scotland to buy her first book after Sea Monsters. I enjoyed visiting Scotland in this book and it was fun to recognize the names of some places I’ve visited myself. The theme of books and travel seems like a fun one, but I am wondering how this will work out as the series progresses in terms of recurring side characters and love interests.
While this is a first book in the series I thought the book did a good job of getting into the meat of the story and the mystery relatively quickly. I do have to say I didn’t find the mystery as engaging as some of the other books by this author, it’s hard not to compare it with her other series. It did keep me guessing and wondering who the murderer was and what the book had to do with it.
I liked Poe, she seemed like a sensible character who shared her suspicions and theories with her friends and acquaintances instead of pursuing them on her own. I liked how the characters all worked together to figure out the mystery. I liked her friendship with Beatie and seeing how she approached this new job. It was also fun to see an older main character in a cozy series.
There’s also a pet hamster that plays a role in the series, but I am not yet sure what to think of him. There aren’t many scenes where he plays an important role and traveling with a hamster in a small cage just seemed kinda sad.
I thought it was nice there were some more touristy and fun scenes interspersed with the mystery. It made for a nice mix. I also liked how it made sense they become part of the mystery as it ties in with the book they’ve been buying. There was a bit of a romance set up, but with the way the book ends I am not sure what’s going to happen with that. I liked the romances, but it also felt like it progressed a bit quickly and wish there had been a bit more build up and getting to know each other.
To summarize: This was a solid start to this new series. I liked the theme of book buying and travel and how we get to visit Scotland with Poe in this first book. The mix between the mystery and the more fun and touristy scenes was well done. I liked how the mystery was tied in with the book they’re buying, but I wasn’t as engaged with the mystery as I would’ve liked. I liked Poe so far, she seemed sensible and likeable. I liked how Poe and her friends all work together to solve the mystery. I wasn’t sure about the pet hamster, he only made a few appearances and it just seemed kinda odd how they travel with him. The romance progresses kinda fast and I am not really sure how that’s going to play out with them traveling to another location next. All in all a good start to this new series and I look forward to the next one.