Black Opal Books (August, 2020)
Kindle edition: $3.99
Molly and Emma Booksellers series (Book 1)
by Shirley Wetzel
Booksellers Molly O’Donnell and Emma Clarke meet for the first time while standing in line to shop at an estate sale. A short time after they are admitted into the stately home, they become better acquainted at the foot of the basement stairs, looking down in horror at a dead body. Molly recognizes the man: it’s Buck Hubbell, an obnoxious, pushy book dealer who’s well known in the antiquarian community as a book thief and an all-around jerk.
There’s an abundance of suspects, but since Emma found him, she’s at the top of the list. Since Emma called to her for help, Molly is suspected of being her accomplice. The ladies join forces to clear their names by finding the real killer. It’s not easy, since many of the twenty-five people who were present at the time of the crime are friends, or at least acquaintances.
Molly and Emma try to find an ancient book of magic, believing it to hold answers to the motive for the murder. In their search for the truth, they have a dangerous brush with black magic, and uncover some astonishing secrets about people they thought they knew well.
Molly and Emma are delightful protagonists and their occupation as booksellers promise interesting plots in their future adventures. There is an undercurrent thread of romance amongst the mayhem, as the two become closer during the investigation. This book will appeal particularly to bibliophiles and fans of estate sales and cozy mysteries. Recommended.