Release Date: Jan 19, 2021
Series: Beloved Bookroom
Publisher: Penguin Group
Every now and then, you come across a book that secures itself a home in your heart. The Broken Spine, part of the A Beloved Bookroom Mystery and the first in its series by Dorothy St. James, is a delightful read, bursting with originality and wit.
Welcome to Cypress, where the town council has deemed to convert the town’s image into a town of the future. Unfortunately, their vision of the future includes “converting” the only library in town into a modern, bookless library (gasp)! Not all is what it seems, though, and sometimes, drastic measures and small rebellions must take place in order to conserve a priceless treasure. But when the town’s manager is discovered dead and all signs point to murder, the main suspect is the very one that just committed the drastic measure and small rebellion (oh no). Get ready for this comical story, that will have you laughing out loud and cheering for the quiet ones.
Trudell “Tru” Becket, assistant librarian and lover of books, is the protagonist and hero of the quiet rebellion in this story. I loved that this character had a reserved personality, making her impulsive actions funny and meaningful. The supportive cast were a riot and contributed to the craziness of the situation. I liked that some of those characters were left with undiscovered history that will set up nicely for the other books to follow (or at least I hope so). But wait, there’s more. Adding to the mix is a surprise love interest with a relatable back story; high school crush comes back home and perhaps there’s something building between them? I sure hope so, because those two had great chemistry.
I loved the effortless writing of this author. I so enjoyed reading this book, that I read it, in one sitting (this does not happen often for me). This book is full of witty, funny scenes and dialogue with an amazing story flow and purposeful twists and turns. You know the author is taking you around the block, but it doesn’t matter because you’ll just want to keep reading.
An old-fashioned mystery, where the murder must be solved with good detective work and the help of a cat, of course! All around, a charming and fantastic first book in-series. I already can’t wait for more.