Dec 26, 2020

The Broken Spine by Dorothy St. James

Hello my cozy friends,

Today I am reviewing "The Broken Spine" the first instalment in the "A Beloved Bookroom" Mystery series by Dorothy St. James .  OMG what a great start to a wonderful cozy mystery series!  I just loved this book.

When small-town assistant librarian Tru Beckett sets up a secret book room in her newly modernized library, she discovers that protecting the printed word is harder than she’d ever imagined. In fact, it’s murder.

Trudell Becket, known to her friends as Tru, finds herself in a bind when her library in lovely Cypress, South Carolina, is turned into a state-of-the-art bookless “technological center.” A library with no books breaks Tru’s book-loving heart so she decides to rescue hundreds of beloved tomes slated for the town dump. Under the cover of darkness, Tru, along with her best friends—coffee shop owner Tori Green and mysterious bestselling author Flossie Finnegan-Baker—set up a secret bookroom in the library’s basement and prepare to open it to their most loyal, trustworthy patrons.

But as Tru and her crew are putting the finishing touches on their new book room, the town manager, who was behind the big push for the library’s transformation, is crushed by an overturned shelf of DVDs. Tru becomes the prime suspect as she hadn’t hid the fact that she hated having all of those wonderful books replaced by tablets and computers. But if she gives the police her alibi, she’ll have to explain about the secret book room and risk losing the books.

Tru knows she’s in a heap of trouble, and it doesn’t help that the officer in charge of the case is her old crush from high school, who broke her teenaged heart. To keep herself out of jail and her beloved bookroom up and running, Tru—with the help of Tori, Flossie, and a brown tabby stray cat named Dewey Decimal—decides to investigate. And faster than you can say “Shhhh!” Tru quickly finds herself on the same page with a killer who would love to write her final chapter. . . .

I really enjoyed this story, there was humor, murder and a cat.  What’s not to like!   I read almost in one sitting but finally succumbed to sleep with only a  few chapters left.  

The mystery moved at a good pace, was interesting and I thought well plotted. I loved the characters living in Cypress South Carolina especially Tru and BFF Tori Green and mysterious bestselling author Flossie Finnegan-Baker.  I did suspect whodunnit fairly early but was never 100% sure. 

Overall I found it to be a very entertaining read and I’m looking forward to book two to find out what Tru does with  Dewey and the bookroom.

I recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends. 


I requested and received an advance reader copy of this book from Berkley and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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