Take a retired university librarian, give her a job cataloging the collection of an eccentric rich guy, add in the suspicious death of a guest at a charity event in the mansion, and you have a winning formula to start off a new mystery series. Jane Hunter has the same given name as famous amateur sleuth Jane Marple, and it seems she might have some of the same success in finding unexpected clues. This Jane uses her researching skills to help out her socially awkward new boss when he becomes the prime suspect.
The annals of mystery adventures are full of dynamic duos, some of which are also odd couples. Matching Jane with an agoraphobic collector half her age seems a strange choice of characters at first glance, but it really works. Jane has the experience of life and relationships; Cam has the resources and they are both intelligent and determined. The fact that Cam was recently in a relationship with the deceased gives them both motivation to find other motives and suspects even as readers wonder if Cam is truly the culprit.
Fans who already enjoy Victoria Gilbert's Book Lover's B&B Mystery series and Blue Ridge Library Mystery series will be pleased to have yet another set of stories featuring characters who have a love of books and the determination to find the truth.
Due out July 11, 2023 (pencil in as a beach read - for sure). I read an advance copy supplied by the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes.
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