"For Whom the Book Tolls" By Laura Gail Black: Review/Giveaway

Review by Cynthia Chow

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review and links to purchase it.

After Jenna Quinn lost both her job and her fiancé, the offer by her Uncle Paul Baxter to stay at his home in Hokes Folly, North Carolina, was the desperate lifeline she needed. So it was with horror that she discovered her uncle’s body in his apartment, dead at the bottom of the stairs. The investigating Detective Frank Sutter is under pressure to close the case quickly, and being present and the only witness ensures that Jenna is an obvious suspect. It certainly doesn’t help when they learn that Uncle Paul’s will leaves all of his wealth - including both his apartment and his Baxter’s Book Emporium - to the niece whom he rarely saw. Even more damning is that Jenna was only recently released from three months in jail, spent there after being framed, but finally acquitted, of embezzlement and murder.

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It shouldn’t be surprising then that Jenna’s doesn’t trust that she won’t be railroaded into prison, no matter how handsome the other investigating detective may be. At least Jenna has friendly hairstylist Rita Sue more than willing to lend a hand and dish the dirt on all of the secrets held by the closed-in, insular town. That Hokes Folly was named after a financial disaster only highlights the long-term reputations and family lines that have established the town, one that does not seem welcoming to a former jailbird suffering from so many losses.


This first in a new series introduces a unique heroine who is still reeling from the trauma of being so betrayed by those she trusted. Further exploration of this will be fascinating, especially in a traditionally cozy setting. A near-ex-con running a charming bookstore is such a dynamic proposal for this series, which includes the complications of lost heirs, hidden treasures, and, of course, valuable books. It will be fascinating to see Jenna transform herself and grow more secure in her new bookstore home, explores romance, and engages in further compelling mystery puzzles.

To enter to win a copy of For Whom the Book Tolls, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "tolls,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen November 7, 2020. US residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. If entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win. BE AWARE THAT DUE TO THE CURRENT CRISIS THERE MAY BE A DELAY IN SHIPPING THE WINNING BOOK. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).
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  1. Sounds like an interesting new series.
    Get wealthy and lose it all because you're
    in jail - fight to right the wrongs.

  2. This sounds like a great story. Thanks for the article and the contest. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. I love old books and bookshops so this mystery is right up my alley. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  4. Enjoy finding new series to read! tWarner419(at)aol(dot)com

  5. Another new author to me. Can't wait to read.

  6. I would love to read this! Thank you for the chance! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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