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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other Beautiful Essie chat adult women barista. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book. Wake up on a houseboat, moored in scenic Alexandria Bay, New York. Ride the gentle waves to work at quaint Bayside Books, where you spend your days supplying literature and Thousand Islands bookseller Shelby Cox is caught between a lethal rock and a hardheaded newcomer in Essie Lang's third Castle Bookshop mystery, a must-read for fans of Lorna Barrett and Vicki Delany. Ride the gentle waves to work at quaint Bayside Books, where you spend your days supplying literature and conversation to the charming locals and seasonal tourists.

Beautiful Essie chat adult women barista pleasant, doesn't it? And this time, mayhem knocks right on Shelby's waterside door when she finds a body lodged between the side of her houseboat and the dock, his skull shattered. The victim is no local, but Shelby can't shake the feeling she's seen him before. Twice, in fact--that's how many times he's dropped into Bayside Books asking about an enigmatic woman who lived on Blye Island many years before.

The last time? The day before he was found. But the poor man obviously was killed elsewhere, so who brought him down to the bay, and why? When the victim's daughter hits town demanding answers, Shelby takes the case, despite Police Chief Tekla Stone's usual reservations. But she uncovers more suspects than there are s in War and Peace, and Shelby can expect no peace--except the peace of the grave--unless she can turn the on this grisly mystery. Get A Copy. Hardcovers. More Details Castle Bookshop Mystery 3.

Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please up. To ask other readers questions about A Deadly Chapterplease up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list ». Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Feb 03, Phrynne rated it really liked it Shelves: As I sat at home recovering from a broken elbow I found myself reading about a character who -broke her elbow! At least I was able to commiserate with Shelby's problems fully. Shelby is an interesting main character.

She lives on a houseboat with her cat, runs the local book shop, and has a Miss Marple like belief that the police cannot solve a crime without a bit of help. This of course gets her into a lot of trouble. The story beg As I sat at home recovering from a broken elbow I found myself reading about a character who -broke her elbow! The story begins with the discovery of a body in the water near Shelby's boat and develops into an intriguing mystery. The author gives us a of excellent characters, a gently developing romance, and some family issues for Shelby.

There is a lot going on, all of it interesting. This was my first book by this author and I will keep a lookout for her others. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book. View all 16 comments. Feb 22, Nancy Baker rated it really liked it. Shelby loves living in a houseboat except when she finds a dead body floating next to her home. She knows, and is constantly reminded by the chief of police, that she shouldn't get involved. However the victim's daughter wants help to find out what happened and Shelby really wants to know too.

Shelby soon finds her life is full of stress with the murder and two personal decisions that could change her life. This is a solid mystery with a great setting. With three things going on of importance th Shelby loves living in a houseboat except when she finds a dead body floating next to her home. With three things going on of importance the reader really becomes connected wondering what will happen in the end. The opinions expressed are my own. May 01, Deanne Patterson rated it really liked it Recommended to Deanne by: cnnamongirl aol.

This is the third book in the Castle Bookshop Mystery series. What more could you look for in a cozy mystery? Nothing this one has it all, a dead body of course,a romantic island. You're going to want to read the whole series. Pub Date 09 Mar I was given a complimentary copy of this book.

Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own This is the third book in the Castle Bookshop Mystery series. All opinions expressed are my own First, it must be established that this is most decidedly NOT a cozy mystery. This is a less-than-averagely written fiction that just happens to have a dead body in it. I knew by chapter 5 who the killer was and then had to sit through the rest of the book and all of Shelby's life and shenanigans that had precious little to do with the mystery itself [HOW many life disasters can one person have in one book??

It was a bit ridiculous]. Shelby should have taken time off from work for all the moonin First, it must be established that this is most decidedly NOT a cozy mystery. Shelby should have taken time off from work for all the mooning and disconnectedness [HOW does her job even keep going is beyond me and she does pass a lot of stuff off on Laura in this book, though some of it is understandable with her arm issue] and stuff she had to deal with. It made for a very busy, very disted, very L O N G book. I was really hoping that book 2 was a fluke and that this one would be better, but if anything, it was more problematic.

With all this, I have to say I am done with this series. It is a huge disappointment because for the most part I like Shelby and I adore her Aunt Edie and Matthew and the supporting characters in the town. I just cannot deal with how poorly the last two were written and how little of a mystery was in this one. Very, very, disappointing. Jun 16, The Cozy Review rated it liked it.

Shelby, a bookshop owner, and houseboat lover, has a knack for getting involved in murder investigations. Even when her family, friends, and the police tell her to stay out of it. Shelby is many things, a bookshop owner, a loyal friend, a compassionate niece, and a neighbor, but no matter how likable she may be, there are times when she is challenging to understand.

I love her determination, the bookshop, her houseboat, all of which make her a unique character. But she is also a bit immature with a rebellious teenage nature.

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This character's greatest downfall is her inability to think before she acts, which ificantly impacts the story. A killer is not someone you want to mess with, invite to your place of work, or your houseboat. Shelby seems to invite trouble into her life, her business, and her romance. There are a few suspects, but none seem to have a valid motive for murdering a man.

This series and A Deadly Chapter, in particular, has always had a few minor issues that are easily fixed. A few questions raised in this book were left unanswered, but none made a difference to the outcome. However, this can be a sticking point for some readers. Overall this book is enjoyable to read, has enough mystery to keep readers guessing, and a couple of twists that add value along the way. The love interest is a bit rocky for a while, but in the end, it works out well.

Readers will enjoy this book, but I highly suggest reading the other two in the series first. Sep 16, Vintagebooklvr rated it liked it Shelves: mystery. Shelby Cox is on an emotional rollercoaster when a long-lost relative shows up and her romantic relationship faces a crucial juncture.

Plus, a murdered body is found bumping against her houseboat. There is plenty of drama to fuel this story and keep the reader interested. And the mystery is solid. I did enjoy the fact that the local police are not happy with Shelby investigating the murder. She makes mistakes that could result in dreadful consequences; she feels bad about it but it doesn't stop h Shelby Cox is on an emotional rollercoaster when a long-lost relative shows up and her romantic relationship faces a crucial juncture.

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She makes mistakes that could result in dreadful consequences; she feels bad about it but it doesn't stop her from investigating more. She had to investigate more for there to be a story but I just wish there had been a better one to get her detecting again than how it happens. Though this is the third in a series it can be read as a stand-alone. The characters are welcoming and I would love to spend the day with them.

Plus, a charming location and a lovable cat makes this cozy a winner. I was provided with a copy of the ARC by Netgalley and the publisher in return for an honest review. This series captivated me from the beginning and gets better with each novel! In this compelling third in series, there is a baffling mystery and a huge change of relationships for Shelby. Shelby returned to Alexandria Bay a year ago, where she had once lived when a very young. For years, she had been told her mother had died, and only recently learned that her mother was still alive and had left Shelby and her father.

She and Aunt Edie are is part owners of the two bookshops that Aunt Edie manages.

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She only planned help while Edie had surgery, then quickly grew to love her aunt and the area, and for the first time had real friends. She met Zach, an investigator with the Coast Guard, and they have grown close. She also helped solve two murders. Early one morning, Shelby saw a dead body between her houseboat and the dock. The man had a head injury, so either he fell and hit his head, or someone hit him and sent him into the water.

Shelby knew the man slightly; Nathan had been in the bookstore at Blye Castle last fall, and again the day before. He was from Fulsome Falls and looking for a woman who may have moved there seven years earlier. He had been to the main bookstore, library, and various shops. Shelby had no plans to look into his death. At least, not until learning that he was the father of a one of her acquaintances, Hilary, an artist who had a showing at the local gallery. Zach has been in Buffalo on a special project. He has just been promoted and when finished in Buffalo, will have to move to Boston and would like Shelby to consider ing him.

Shelby is happy to finally be with family and loves Edie and being mothered by her.

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