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About ACF Bookens
ACF Bookens loves a good mystery, a quaint bookshop, and a good cup of coffee. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where she takes joy in the mountain views and the quiet back roads. She lives with her son Milo and a beautiful rescue hound who inspired Mayhem in her St. Marin's Cozy Mystery Series.
Aslan, the cat in her books, is based on her departed first cat by that name, who spent an inordinate amount of time digging up her houseplants.
In her books, Bookens addresses issues of justice and writes with intention to disrupt the white supremacy that says that "whiteness" is normal by making purposeful note of every character's ethnicity. She is weary of books that assume everyone is white unless the author says otherwise because being white is not the default of reality.
Her hope is that readers enjoy escaping into her stories and are challenged, just a little, to make themselves better people and the world a better place from the reading.
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When salvage expert and historian Paisley Sutton crawls into an abandoned store with a house attached, she certainly isn’t expecting to find a body on site. But soon, her discovery sends Paisley on an expedition through history that links this murder to the one that led the previous owners to abandon the building in the first place. And someone doesn’t want her to salvage this story from the wreckage.
Can Paisley preserve herself and her young son while also uncovering the stories that matter most?
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All Harvey Beckett wants to do is help the residents of St. Marin's find the perfect book for that moment, snuggle with her hound dog Mayhem, and be ignored by her cat Aslan. But when the small, waterside town's newest resident discovers the body of the community's persnickety reporter in her bookshop storeroom just before her grand opening, Harvey can't help trying to solve the crime, even when it might cost her business and her life. The more questions Harvey asks, the more secrets she uncovers.
Will Harvey and her friends be able to solve the murder of the town reporter without her becoming a victim herself?
This book addresses racism in both the plot and the writing style.
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?
When yoga studio owner Benita Grace gets a call from her know-it-all mother who hasn’t let her alone about grandbabies since the moment Benita turned 22, she panics. Her mom cannot come to visit and then spend the whole time complaining about how Benita never dates.
Fortunately, Jeung-hoon Sullivan is happy to oblige and even throws himself into the role with wild abandon, maybe too much abandon. Now Benita is confused on top of anxious. Is Jeung-hoon acting or could there be more? And does she want there to be?
The Red Flag Dating Club women are, as usual, full of advice for their friend, but Benita has to decide this one for herself.
Will she believe the story she and Jeung-Hoon have started to tell?
A signed first edition by one of the world’s most renowned authors isn’t something Poe Baxter can pass up, but she would definitely have passed on the murder connected with this particular copy.
When a rare first edition of Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children became available in the author’s hometown of Mumbai, Poe and Beattie book a flight immediately and arrive, only to discover that the book is missing and its previous owner murdered. Now, to find the book, they must find a killer. The only problem is that they’re really good at hunting things down.
Will their fervor for a rare book mean the end of their collecting days?
When Poe Baxter and her friend Beattie travel to Lima, Peru, to hunt down a rare collection of Peruvian folktales, the two women find themselves mixed up in a game of deceit that echoes the legend of the chullachaqui. Soon, they're having trouble telling truth from lie, even when their lives are at stake.
Can Poe and Beattie discern what is real from what is myth before it's too late?
Travel to Syria isn’t always the safest choice, but it isn’t the political tension that’s the danger for Poe. No, the danger is linked to her latest book acquisition.
Poe Baxter once heard a man say if he could travel anywhere in the world, he’d visit Damascus, and she hasn’t thought about a visit to the city since. So when she hears that a rare codex from the 1st century has come onto the market there, she and Beattie book the next flight to see if they can buy it. Yet, when they arrive, they find there’s much more at stake than just a rare scroll.
Can centuries of secrets be unearthed safely? Or do they need to be buried again?
Since she moved into her farmhouse, Paisley Sutton has wanted to convert the old summer kitchen house into an office for herself, and it’s finally time. But when her contractor begins opening up the walls to insulate, they find far more than they expected.
Will Paisley be able to solve this time-worn murder, or will someone stop her before she can?
When the sweet but reclusive clockmaker in town reaches out to Harvey to ask for her advice about a situation, the bookstore owner finds herself wrapped in a web of tales that leaves her unclear about what’s true and what’s not.
As Harvey and her friends begin to unravel the truth from the legend, they discover a whole lot more than they bargained for, including a body.
Can they discover who is the villain and who the hero before they become lost to the story themselves?
Poe Baxter has always wanted to go to Capetown, and when she hears that a rare book by a famous South African novelist has come on the market, she takes the opportunity to fly to the city. But as soon as she and her best friend Beattie begin researching the whereabouts of this supposed literary treasure, they come upon another mystery that takes their attention and puts them in peril.
What is a rare book worth? A human life or two?
On her first trip to Iceland, Poe Baxter is excited about the scenery, the culture and the rare book she’s hoping to find. But it soon becomes clear that Poe and her best friend Beattie are in for far more than a quiet, book-buying trip to the country. Will they survive their new bookish escapade?
When a case of nostalgia hits, will it also mean the end of Poe’s memories?