Brought to Book by Barbara Cornthwaite is a Christian cozy mystery with a bookstore, literature references, and murder (of course). There are plenty of literature references, which should make any bibliophile happy. For those who aren’t, the author has included bits and pieces of the referenced works.
The mystery itself – who killed Frank, the bookstore owner – was well done. There were several suspects along with a red herring or two that kept me reading. I did guess correctly who the murderer was but it was awesome to read the conclusion!
Brought to Book means to be called to account, usually for wrongdoings. I had no idea what that meant and had to look it up. There’s nothing like having a pretentious snob toss out phrases no one else will understand or know to make one feel like an idiot. In this case, Ms. Cornthwaite nailed the professor’s character. She’s either had to have worked with someone like that or been their student at one time.
Katrina, the main character, is someone I hope the author builds up more in the next book in this series. This book is from her perspective and I never got a good sense of who she is (other than Christian). She didn’t even seem to care one way or the other about the love interest, even when he declared his love for her. I thought there’d be more spark there but it fell flat for me, in that regard.
I’d recommend this book for any literature lover who enjoys cozy mysteries. Definitely suitable for teens to adults. There is definitely a strong Christian message throughout.
GoodReads Rating: ★★★☆☆ I liked it.
About the Book
Book: Brought to Book
Author: Barbara Cornthwaite
Genre: Christian cozy mystery
Release Date: June 24, 2020
There’s nothing in Emily Post about dealing with murder.
Katrina just wanted to spend time among the books at Frank’s Bookstore. Yes, that’s an unimaginative name for a store, but Frank’s an unimaginative guy–or he was.
Now he and his murder are the reason Katrina is spending her spare time with Wilkester detective, Todd Mason. Or, that’s what she tells herself.
Why would anyone want to kill Frank Delaney? Who would do it? And is Katrina herself even safe?
Mixing faith, literary humor, sweet romance, and a cozy mystery that will keep you guessing, Barbara Cornthwaite’s first Wilkester Mystery has everything you want for a cozy read.
Begin your investigation of Brought to Book today.
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About the Author
Barbara Cornthwaite lives in the middle of Ireland with her husband and children. She taught college English before “retiring” to do something she loves far more; her days are now filled with homeschooling her six children, trying to keep the house tidy (a losing battle), and trying to stay warm in the damp Irish climate (also a losing battle). She is surrounded by medieval castles, picturesque flocks of sheep, and ancient stone monuments. These things are unappreciated by her children, who are more impressed by traffic jams, skyscrapers, and hot weather.
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A Wilkester Mysteries Introduction
Detective Todd Mason knew Katrina was the one the first time he met her. The woman had witnessed a murder—if not with her eyes, at least with her ears. She’d seen the man dying and called for help, afraid all the while that the killer would return for her. So much he’d been told before he went into the interrogation room.
“How’s she handling it?” he asked the officer who had arrived first at the scene and escorted her to the police station.
“Not too badly,” said Gary. “She’s in shock, of course, but she’s trying to hold it together. Katrina Peters. She’s in Room 2.”
He’d gone in then and gotten his first look at her. Late thirties or early forties. Brown hair that fell to her shoulders in loose waves. Brown eyes that were red-rimmed from crying. Hands clutching a tissue. She managed a faint smile when he walked in.
“Hello, Ms. Peters. I’m Detective Todd Mason. I need to ask you some questions, if that’s all right.”
“Miss,” she said, almost as a reflex.
“I beg your pardon?” Todd wasn’t sure he’d heard her correctly.
“It’s Miss Peters.” She said it firmly, repudiating the term Ms. even at such a stressful moment. Something made her blush then, and he saw her glance at his left hand. “Never mind,” she murmured.
She’s afraid I’ll think she’s trying to advertize her availability. It amused Todd to see the blush—if only she knew how refreshing it was to see a woman who would even be conscious of such a thing. Old fashioned, he thought. In a good way.
She answered his questions as calmly as she could, and even apologized for the tears that insisted on coming out now and then. When she alluded to Daniel in the lion’s den, he knew she really was out of the ordinary, and it took all his self-control not to offer to drive her home himself.
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