Thursday, April 22, 2021

Books from the Backlog - Trouble on the Books


Today I'm linking up with Carole from Carole's Random Life of Books for Books from the Backlog.  I really enjoy the chance to feature a book that's been hiding in the piles of books for far too long!

Goodreads:  Trouble on the Books by Essie Lang

Blurb: Shelby Cox never intended to become a bookseller, so when the former editor returns to her hometown of Alexandria Bay, nestled in upstate New York’s breathtaking Thousand Islands region, to take over her aunt’s bookstore, she has no idea what to expect. To her amazement, she discovers that she now owns a fifty-percent share in Bayside Books, and will also run the store’s second location in the majestic castle on nearby Blye Island.

But just as Shelby is gearing up for the start of the tourist season, the Castle volunteer coordinator is found murdered in the nearby Grotto. Castle caretaker Matthew Kessler is suspect number one, but Shelby thinks the killing may be connected to an earlier era, when violence among Prohibition-era smugglers was rampant in the region. As Shelby launches her own investigation, handsome and unnerving Special Agent Zack Griffin of the Coast Guard Investigative Services tries to quell her smuggling theory and keep her safe. But Shelby is determined to summon all her savvy as a book editor to plot the murder—and find the killer before he strikes again—in Trouble on the Books, Essie Lang’s clever and captivating series debut.

Why It Needs to Come Off the Shelf:  I listened to the 2nd book in this series last year and while I could not stand the narrator I enjoyed the book enough that I kept going and really wanted to read the 1st book.  So of course I bought it new - a year ago - fully intending to read it right then and it is still unread on my shelf.


  1. This does sound really good. Too bad the narrator of the series didn't work for you but I hope that you get the chance to get to this one soon.

  2. Oh boy too bad about the narrator, that is such a deal breaker for me at times. Glad I borrow most of my audios from the library or preview before buying.

  3. I'm so disappointed when a narrator ruins a book for me.

  4. I've read a couple of cozies lately and I think I'm finally starting to get into the genre. This one sounds like a fun read and the cat draws immediate attention. Of course.

    Elza Reads

  5. This sounds really good. It's on my list to read.

  6. I love the colour and the title of the book - of course! I hate when a narrator takes from a book, they are meant to make it even better.