The Broken Spine (A Beloved Bookroom Mystery) by Dorothy St. James
I am delighted to join the blog tour for The Broken Spine by Dorothy St. James today! My thanks to Lori at Great Escapes Book Tours for the chance to join and the review copy!
About The Broken Spine
The Broken Spine (A Beloved Bookroom Mystery)
1st in Series
Publisher: Berkley (January 19, 2021)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Kindle ASIN: B086SCQ639
The first in an exciting new series featuring Trudell Becket, a spunky librarian who will stop at nothing to save her beloved books and catch a killer!
Trudell Becket, book-loving librarian, finds herself in a bind when the library where she works is turned into a state-of-the-art bookless library. In a rare move of rebellion, Trudell rescues hundreds of her library’s beloved books slated for the recycle center. She sets up a secret book room in the library’s basement and opens it to anyone who shares her love of the printed book.
When the town councilman, who was the vocal proponent of the library’s transformation into a “futuristic technological center,” is crushed under an overturned shelf of DVDs, Trudell becomes the police’s prime suspect for his murder. She was the only person in the library at the time of his death, or so the police believe. But that’s not true. For the past month, Trudell had been letting a few dozen residents into the building through the basement entrance so they could read and check out the printed books.
But if she tells the police about the backdoor patrons who were in the library at the time of the murder, she’d have to explain about the secret book room and risk losing the books. In order to protect herself from being arrested for a murder she didn’t commit, Trudell–with the help of a group of dedicated readers–decides to investigate. She quickly discovers you can’t always judge a book by its cover.
This first instalment in a new series by mystery writer Dorothy St. James sees assistant librarian Trudell (Tru) Becket at sixes and sevens when a decision is made to modernise her beloved library in Cypress, South Carolina. Instead of borrowing physical books, patrons will be downloading them or borrowing tablets containing pre-downloaded titles. This is too much for Trudell who cannot bear the thought of all those paper versions of classics being consigned to landfill or resold so takes it upon herself to create a secret library in the basement. But then Duggar Hargrove, the man behind the library policy change is discovered… killed by a shelving unit.
The Broken Spine was a riveting and thoroughly enjoyable introductory instalment in a promising series. Tru was determined and dedicated to her cause and I also loved the contributions of many of the secondary characters, particularly her best pal Tori Green. The brown tabby stray library cat, Dewey Decimal, was a big hit too. The mystery was very well done and the novel fast-paced. Engaging from the very beginning, there were potential suspects aplenty and I had fun trying to work out who committed the crime. The motive was equally flummoxing and I found myself suffering from ‘just one more chapter’ syndrome and reading late into the night. I am already looking forward to meeting up with Tru again in the next instalment, A Perfect Bind.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Great Escapes Book Tours at my request and this review is my unbiased opinion.
Brianne’s Book Reviews Rating | Five Stars
About Dorothy St. James
Mystery author Dorothy St. James was born in New York but raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on an artsy island community in South Carolina with her husband, a crazy dog, and fluffy cat. Though writing has always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning. She put her educational experience to use, having worked in all branches and all levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal. She even spent time during college working for a non-profit environmental watchdog organization.
Switching from government service and community planning to fiction writing wasn’t as big of a change as some might think. Her government work was all about the stories of the people and the places where they live. As an urban planner, Dorothy loved telling the stories of the people she met. And from that, her desire to tell the tales that were so alive in her heart grew until she could not ignore it any longer. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing fiction full-time.
* Dorothy St. James is the alter-ego of award-winning multi-published author, Dorothy McFalls. She enjoys writing in several different genres. Her works have been nominated for many awards including: Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Reviewers International Organization Award, National Reader’s Choice Award, CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, and The Romance Reviews Today Perfect 10! Award. Reviewers have called her work: “amazing”, “perfect”, “filled with emotion”, and “lined with danger.”
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