Book, Review

Death on the Page ~ Essie Lang

320 pages ~ ★★★☆☆ ~ Netgalley eARC

Shelby and Edie’s bookstores are hosting book signings by true crime writer Savannah Page, as part of her visit Savannah is staying overnight in the castle to research for her new book. The signings are a massive success but when owner Shelby arrives to open the book store the next day she’s blocked by security guards searching for Savannah; her body is soon found in a hidden passageway and while the police investigation gets underway Shelby can’t help but start asking questions of her own.

There was a fair bit of build-up before the mystery really ‘started’ which as a newbie to the series I enjoyed as it allowed me to familiarise myself with the characters.  Throughout I thought it was well-paced with hints and new information being fed to the reader through Shelby right up until the big reveal.

The setting for these books sounds amazing, Shelby runs two bookshops, one on the mainland in Alexandria Bay and one on nearby Blye Island inside the castle.  The book is set during September, just as the castle is coming to the end of tourist season and preparing to shut down for the winter.

Another case of me not checking if a book is part of a series before requesting it, this is actually the second book in the Castle Bookshop Mystery series however I didn’t struggle to read this; there are a few references to Shelby’s involvement in the previous investigation in the castle. I ended up giving it three stars, partly because I didn’t really connect with the characters as much as I would have liked but I also think that would have come with reading book one first.

Overall this was quite a cosy read that kept me guessing right up until the end, if you’re after a murder mystery that won’t have you jumping at dark corners of your house then this could be for you.

Death on the Page is due for UK release on 12th March and you can pre-order a copy now. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy this in exchange for an honest review.

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