Series: A Bookbinding Mystery, #1
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Release Date: May 12, 2020
Totally charming! TO KILL A MOCKING GIRL kicks off the new Bookbinding Mystery series by Harper Kincaid. Though it breaks one of my rules for cozy mysteries, I ended up really enjoying it. My rule is that the mystery needs to be the main focus of the book, and in Mocking Girl, the mystery got lost at times in the wonderful “other” stuff — intriguing characters and their entangled relationships. I felt like I got to know everyone on a personal level.
Every chapter begins with a quote, and I was so impressed with the choices!
“Most everything you think you know about me is nothing more than memories.” ― Haruki Murakami
So what’s the mystery? Main character Quinn Caine has returned to her hometown in Virginia to work in her family’s bookshop. She gets thrown into a police investigation when her “frenemy” from high school is murdered. Quinn’s sidekick in sleuthing is her quirky cousin Sister Daria, an Anglican nun in training. I enjoyed how the mystery wrapped up. Not what I was expecting! If you’re into cozies with lots of witty dialogue and fun pop culture references, then I’d recommend giving TO KILL A MOCKING GIRL a try.
“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” ― Flannery O’Connor
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I love the quirky title and wonder if that author’s name is really ‘Harper’ – ha! Crooked Lane Books publishes some great books. I’ll watch for this one. Thanks for telling about it.
I wondered about the author’s name too! Probably just an homage to Harper Lee ♥
This looks fun and I love a bookish setting! 2020 was the year of the cozy for me and I suspect 2021 will be as well.
Yes! Cozy mysteries are my comfort reads, and this is the perfect time for them. ♥