Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Perfect Bind by Dorothy St. James

Posted October 2, 2021 by meezcarrie in contemporary, cozy mystery, Dorothy St James, giveaway, mystery/suspense / 16 Comments

Beloved Bookworm Mystery #2
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
RELEASE DATE: September 28, 2021
PAGES: 304

Librarian Tru Beckett, ardent defender of the printed word, is about to find out that keeping murder checked out of her beloved library is much harder than she thought…

Tru Beckett succeeded in building a secret book room in her now bookless library, where book lovers from lovely Cypress, South Carolina, can rejoice in the printed word. Now she’s working hard to maintain the little library downstairs while keeping her “real job” upstairs in the bookless technology center. The last thing she needs is a mysterious vandal who seems intent on breaking into her secret book-filled sanctuary and creating chaos. The nasty interloper doesn’t steal anything, but brutalizes the books, damaging them and knocking them off shelves.

A patron of the secret book room tells Tru that there have been creepy goings-on at the library for years, especially in the basement where the secret book room is located. He’s heard rumors of a poltergeist that haunts the library, determined to scare off readers. Tru is certain it’s hogwash, but she’s at a loss to think of who might be vandalizing the beautiful books she fought so hard to protect. And when a dead body shows up right behind the library, Tru is certain that it’s not a ghost but a cold-blooded killer that she and her trusty tabby Dewey Decimal will need to uncover.


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Bottom Line: I love everything about the Beloved Bookworm series by Dorothy St. James, and A Perfect Bind made me smile just as much as its predecessor. Tru and her band of secret library patrons & friends are loads of fun with lots of heart, and speaking of heartswoony detective Jace has mine. There’s a little speech he gives that had me grinning like a fool & melting inside. I loved the added dash of romance with this one, and I’m looking forward to seeing where things go with he & Tru from here. The case is clever and full of twists and turns, books & bits of history too. Even Mrs. Farnsworth & Anne grew on me this time around. Another fun mystery with Tru, Dewey & the secret bookroom!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received via the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

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Dorothy St. James is the author of the White House Gardener Mysteries and the Southern Chocolate Shop Mysteries. She lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina with her sculptor husband. Dorothy is a member of Mystery Writers of America (MWA) and the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and Sister’s in Crime (SInC). This is her second Beloved Bookroom Mystery.

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