1915, London. Hannah Merrill opens the bookshop on the first day after sacking her manager. She discovers her friend Lily-Anne dead on the premises with a knife through her heart. Later she makes a discovery that there could be a traitor in their midst…
Murder in the Bookshop is a cosy murder mystery set during WW1.
Hannah is in charge of her suffragette aunt’s bookshop and is peeved to find the manager had been taking advantage of her aunt’s absence. She sacks him and is determined to make a success of the business. But the very next day she walks in to find her friend dead in a chair in the shop. The she finds a coded message among the possessions of the former manager. Could the two incidents be linked?
I really liked Hannah’s character but LOVED her aunt Violet who defies convention at every turn. Both women are trying to find a role in Edwardian society during the war and are constrained by social norms. The author has researched the era well and I thought the historical element underpinned the plot effectively.
The style of writing is easy to read and there is a light hearted tone to soften the murder and war content. There is a personal element to the book as Hannah wants to move on from her grief at her fiance’s death and her desire to find her friend’s killer. We are offered a few red herrings along the way to keep us guessing until the final reveal.
Murder in the Bookshop is an enjoyable murder mystery and I look forward to reading future books in this series.