Monday, December 26, 2022

Vinyl Resting Place - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads: Vinyl Resting Place (Record Shop Mystery #1) by Olivia Blacke

Rating: Really Liked It! (4 Stars)
Source:  Publisher

Description:  When Juni Jessup and her sisters Tansy and Maggie put all their beans in one basket to open Sip & Spin Records, a record-slash-coffee shop in Cedar River, Texas, they knew there could be some scratches on the track, but no one was expecting to find a body deader than disco in the supply closet.

Family is everything to the Jessups, so when their uncle is arrested by Juni’s heartbreaking ex on suspicion of murder, the sisters don’t skip a beat putting Sip & Spin up for bail collateral. But their tune changes abruptly when Uncle Calvin disappears, leaving them in a grind. With their uncle’s freedom and the future of their small business on the line, it’s up to Juni and her sisters to get in the groove and figure out whodunit before the killer’s trail—and the coffee—goes cold.

Music and mocha seem like a blend that should be “Knockin' On Heaven's Door,” but caught up in a murder investigation with her family and their life savings on the line, Juni wonders if she might be on the "Highway to Hell" instead.

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I can never resist the first book in a cozy series and I love the idea of a record store as the setting.

My Impression: Well this was a fun read!  This is the first book in a new cozy series featuring Juni (short for Juniper) Jessup and her two sisters who are reopening the family record store.  The grand opening ends on a bit of a sour note when Juni discovers a dead body in a supply closet and the sisters' Uncle Calvin is the prime suspect.

Juni is still adjusting to being back in her hometown, running her own business, and working with her sisters.  Now she's thrown into regular contact with her ex-boyfriend who happens to be the detective in charge of the investigation and desperately trying to save the store.

The mystery and the characters kept me engaged from start to finish.  The author did good a job of balancing character development with plot advancement as well as having a convincing reason to bring Juni and her sisters into the investigation.  

I'm looking forward to seeing how this series develops and to seeing Juni getting a bit more comfortable in her new life.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Definitely!  This is my first book by this author and won't be the last.  

Would I Recommend this Book? If you enjoy cozy mysteries this is a fun series to start and bonus points because it's the first book in  a new series!

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. I could see myself enjoying this one. I really like the fact that it kicks off a new series and was set in a record store.

  2. I'm glad to hear you liked it! I used my Kindle credits to buy it this morning. I love the record store setting too.

  3. I loved this book. I'm looking forward to the 2nd book.

  4. I love starting a new series too, and I love the title

  5. I like the record store setting of this one too! I am so glad you enjoyed Vinyl Resting Place. I can't wait to read it.