It's a sad day for librarian Nina Foster when she discovers her good friend, bookstore owner Wildeen Bergman, dead on her office floor. Worse yet, another friend, romance writer Zelma Duke, becomes the police's prime suspect. Nina knows Wildeen had something on Zelma. Was it enough to warrant murder? Handsome Stephen Kraslow, owner of the local newspaper, joins forces with Nina to find out the truth. The quest takes them on a dangerous journey of twists and turns before they reach the final outcome.
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Librarian Nina Foster loves books and while at her friend Zelma’s book event, she overhears her other best friend, Wildeen, argue with Zelma. She thinks nothing of it at the time but the next day, Nina discovers Wildeen dead in her office. Could Zelma have killed Wildeen? Zelma’s the number one suspect and pleads with Nina to help figure out who murdered Wildeen. In an effort to help her friend, Nina dons her amateur detective cap and starts investigating. She teams up with newspaper reporter Stephen. The more they investigate, the more suspects appear. As they work together, she develops feelings for Stephen which she tries to deny. A romance blooms but when it goes too far, Nina breaks it off. The closer she gets to the truth, the more danger she’s in. Can she solve the case before the murderer strikes again? I love mysteries starring amateur detectives and this one takes on a very bookish setting. The backstabbing and jealousy between three friends in the book world is spot-on. While it’s a slow beginning, once the investigating begins, it moves at a quick pace. There’s a lot of characters to keep track of but I caught on. Lots of twists and turns plus the reveal of the murderer was unexpected. One downside for me is the formal dialogue. It seemed forced in some areas and not quite real. The setting of the Pacific Northwest, however, was brilliantly done. I felt transported back to my days when I was a bookseller. If you’re looking for a cozy mystery set in the Pacific Northwest, pick this up today. I look forward to reading the next Nina adventure. Disclaimer: I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley in the hopes I'd review it. My Rating: 4 stars
Murder Between the Pages introduces readers to a new cozy mystery series set in the suburbs of Seattle, featuring librarian Nina Foster. When her best friend Wildeen Bergman is found murdered in her bookstore and another friend Zelma Duke tops the list of suspects, Nina finds herself reluctantly taking on the role of amateur sleuth. Nina, Wildeen, and Zelma have been friends since their college days, but the relationship between Wildeen and Zelma has become increasingly fraught. Both women are writers, and the forthcoming release of Zelma’s latest novel intensifies tensions between them. Is their growing hostility a motive for murder? Desperate to clear her name, Zelma persuades Nina to intercede. Nina’s initial investigation, aided by newcomer and newspaper owner Stephen Kraslow, focuses on people who have clashed with Wildeen recently. Her sleuthing confirms that Wildeen may have uncovered episodes of wrongdoing by several prosperous community members before her death. Did one of them act to permanently silence Wildeen? And as she delves even deeper, Nina uncovers other past misdeeds. As the list of suspects grows, Nina’s own safety is compromised. Can she stop the murderer before she meets her own untimely demise at the hands of the killer? Murder Between the Pages is a promising start to a new series. The plot held my attention, and its twists and red herrings kept me guessing whodunit until the story’s conclusion. Furthermore, the book’s picturesque setting and other elements are sure to attract and delight cozy readers—from the beautiful descriptions of Pacific Northwest scenery, to the small town library and bookstore, to the cast of characters—particularly the protagonist’s budding love interest and vibrant grandmother. Upon finishing Murder Between the Pages, readers will welcome return visits to the inviting community of Richmond, Washington with each new book in the Nina Foster series.