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A new series from a cozy mystery author who I've read 2 series of her books in the past, St Marins bookshop and Stitches in Crime.
This series is about a rare book buyer, Poe Baxter sourcing books from around the world for clients. She travelled this time with her best friend from schooldays and colleague Beattie and her hamster Butterball.
When a rare book which purports to have a curse upon it comes up for sale, Poe's first job is to buy the book for a client who wishes to donate it to the Scottish library. When the seller is found dead, Poe and Baxter are drawn into the mystery of who did it and why. The book is set in Scotland, a country close to my heart.
I'll admit, I didn't take to the book as I have the other 2 series, I didn't dislike it but I didn't fall in love immediately with it, hence the 4 stars instead of 5. That said, I'll buy the next book in the series to see where the story goes.
No wonder Ms. Bookens is in my top ten writers. This was an amazing first book in a new series. I read it in one sitting. I think you'll all love this new book and it's characters. I loved Poe, she is very unique, and well a little like me.
I gotta admit that it was the hamster on the cover that encouraged me to buy this book, but once I got into the story I found it an exciting, well-written story. While some other reviewers have criticized the hamster as irrelevant to the plot, I thought he was cute anyway. But of course, you shouldn't tote your hamster on international trips - they prefer to stay at home.
For the first book in this new series, it was ok. I will have to read the next one to decide if I will continue with the series. There were way too many typos. Missing words, names wrong. I reported most of them through the "report content errors" section. No way of knowing if they will be corrected. She even messed up the Detective's name once. The author's other series Stitches in Crime is much better and I have never seen the errors like I saw in this book. Slow down please and make sure you've done your proofreading and used spell check.
I have read and liked a different series by the author so was looking forward to this one. I was disappointed. There were a lot of editing errors (spelling, grammar, missing words) that disrupted the flow for reading the story. I had to stop and try to figure out what the author meant. I almost put the book (Kindle) down and move on to another book. Although the plot was decent (go to Scotland, buy a valuable book), there was not much depth to it. In the end, I was left with questions about what happened. I would have liked a stronger main character. Poe is introduced as a 47 year old, former college instructor with a Ph.D. (English lit?) who has been in the work world a few decades. But as the story goes on you would think this was her first job as she was so insecure. Add to that, she acted like a teen with a first crush on the guy who is involved with buying the book. This was distracting from the core story. Her best friend and co-worker came across as a stronger character with a bit more self-confidence. Finally, why does a 40 something adult on a business trip travel with a hamster? The pet had no value to add to the story and did not move the story forward. I am debating whether I want to read another story with this character. Will she act more mature? Will the editing be better? Will I be disappointed again???
I was so happy to receive this free ebook. I enjoy book dealers and solving cases. This was definitely a quick read and page turner. I like this first book. Curses, mysteries and shady clients. Enjoyable.