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The Broken Spine de Dorothy St. James

The Broken Spine (edição: 2021)

de Dorothy St. James (Autor)

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Título:The Broken Spine
Autores:Dorothy St. James (Autor)
Informação:Berkley (2021), 320 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca

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The Broken Spine (A Beloved Bookroom Mystery) de Dorothy St. James


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The Cypress library in South Carolina is about to fall victim to a technology overhaul which will eliminate all of its physical books, replacing them with a digital catalog. The head and assistant librarians, as well as many of the patrons, are not happy about this new development. Although their disapproval is openly expressed, their feelings fall on deaf ears. The library conversion will take place. But in the midst of this transition the town manager who was in favor of the new changes is found dead, crushed under the weight of an overturned shelf of DVD’s. There are several suspects, including the assistant librarian, Trudell Beckett, who loved the library’s precious books. Admittedly, Tru has some secrets of her own, but she insists she’s innocent of this crime. Nevertheless, she remains on the suspect list. Tru has a few theories of her own about who may have killed Duggar Hargrove, and sadly her best friend, Tori, is on her list of suspects. So when someone is arrested and taken into custody for the murder, Tru should be relieved. Unfortunately, she isn’t convinced of the culprit’s guilt, and she’s intent on finding who the real killer is. Will she get to the bottom of what really happened before someone shuts her up for good?

I enjoyed this cozy mystery. The cast of characters were lively and diverse—from young to old, ditzy to feisty. Their personalities were entertaining and I found myself chuckling out loud on quite a few instances. I had difficulty determining who the murderer was which added to my enjoyment of the book. A number of the characters had motive, and the revelation at the end was both believable and creatively executed. And what’s a cozy mystery without an animal’s presence? Dewey (short for Dewey Decimal), Trudell’s brown tabby cat, was a nice addition to the story.

The audiobook narrator had a pleasant voice and I was impressed by how well she performed both male and female characters, young and old. My only complaint is that her breathy inhalation’s were noisy and distracting at times. If editing could somehow remedy this issue I would give her an A+.

Overall, I was very pleased with The Broken Spine and would definitely recommend it.

Thank you, Tantor Audio, for a complimentary download of The Broken Spine. My opinion of the book expressed in this review is entirely my own. ( )
  Lauigl | May 14, 2021 |
Assistant librarian Tru Becket is facing a crisis. Her library is going totally high tech and that means all the print books have to go. Some are being sold, but most are going to a landfill. Determined not to let that happen to all her precious books, Tru has a plan. She is going to rescue, that is, take many of the books, and secret them away in a hidden room in the library basement. From there, a select group of library patrons will be allowed to peruse the shelves. Others more prone to gossip and not keep the secret room secret, will just be handed books by Tru, and then asked to return them later to her. It’s a good scheme, until a murder occurs in the library just as Tru and a few of her closest friends are toting the books to their new home. Yikes! Now Tru must decide whether to come clean to the cops and disclose her library in a library, or keep what she knows to herself. It’s a great mystery, and one Tru must solve, hopefully before the cops arrest her as the prime suspect. She and her friends aren’t too great at detecting, but a new addition to the police force is, which is lucky for Tru. This first book in the series is an entertaining tale, with a good mix of mystery and interesting characters. Readers will be treated to the somewhat quirky lives of the people in this small town, and with the promise of romance to come in later books. And to top it off, we meet Dewey, a cat that Tru rescues, and who, in turn, proves to be quite important to her. What’s not to love! ( )
  Maydacat | Mar 6, 2021 |
The Broken Spine by Dorothy St. James has Trudell Becket, assistant librarian, distraught that her beloved library in Cypress, South Carolina is becoming bookless. The books are the heart of the library. The library and its books helped Trudell get through some difficult times growing up. When Trudell learns that the town manager, Duggar Hargrove is having the books tossed into the landfill, she comes up with a plan. Trudell along with a couple of trusted friends are transporting books into the basement vault when she hears a large crash. She rushes upstairs to find Duggar dead underneath a bookcase. Trudell is surprised to discover that the lead detective is Jace who humiliated her in high school. As if that is not bad enough, Trudell learns she is the prime suspect. Trudell with help from two close friends works to prove her innocence by finding the guilty party. The Broken Spine is the debut of A Beloved Bookroom Mystery series. I thought The Broken Spine had an interesting premise. A library with no books. This is the first time that I had heard of this concept. I found The Broken Spine was easy to read with some interesting characters. I do hope the author will provide more background on Trudell in the next book. I would like to see her fleshed out more (I want to know more about this book loving librarian) along with the other regular characters (Tori, Flossie, Jace, Charlie). I just loved the cat, Dewey. He is a cute and smart feline. I also liked Charlie who is new to town and opening The Deckled Edge. I thought that was a clever name for a bookstore. The mystery was clear-cut. There were a couple of suspects, a red herring, and direct clues. I would like to see that mystery in the next book to be more of a challenge. I was not a fan of Jace and the way he treated Trudell. I think Trudell deserves someone better as her romantic partner (maybe Jace will redeem himself in the next book). I did find the book slow in spots and there was repetition of information. I felt the story needed more depth. I am curious to see if Trudell can keep her secret library hidden from her boss along with Dewey. The Broken Spine is a unique cozy mystery with a bookless library, a clever cat, a demanding mayor, a bevy of beloved books, a determined detective, and a lockpicking librarian. ( )
  Kris_Anderson | Jan 22, 2021 |
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