A Body in the Bookshop by Helen Cox #BookReview #KittHartley2 #Quercus #NetGalley #5*


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It’s nearly Christmas in York, but it seems the season of goodwill hasn’t touched everyone…

When DS Charlotte Banks is suspended from the police on suspicion of assaulting a suspect in the burglary of a local bookshop, librarian Kitt Harley and her friend Evie Bowes refuse to believe she is guilty. But why is she being framed?

With Charlotte’s boss DI Malcolm Halloran unable to help, Evie decides to take matters into her own hands. Kitt takes little persuading to get involved too – after all, as well as Charlotte’s career to save, there are missing books to be found!

From the tightknit community of York’s booksellers, to the most gossipy bus route in the country, Kitt and Evie leave no stone unturned to get at the truth behind the burglary.

Then the discovery of a body raises the stakes even higher. For Evie, and now Kitt, this case is as personal as it gets.

Can they catch the murderer in time to turn a bleak midwinter into something merry and bright?


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A Plethora of Twists & Turns!      stars 5


When I read the first book about Kitt Harteley, I thought this would be a series worth following – and I wasn’t wrong!

When a local bookshop in York is burgled, that alone piques Kitt’s interest; despite the warning from Inspector Halloran to stay out of it, Kitt and Evie want to get involved – even more so when they find out that suspicion of an assault has fallen on DS Charlotte Banks. With things going from bad to worse at breakneck speed, both women are soon immersed in the case.

This is a very good mystery! With plenty happening, a plethora of twists and turns and red herrings popping up along the way, it is a cleverly written and perfectly plausible story. I love the characters – each and every one has their own style and identity and enough flaws to keep them both human and interesting. I was convinced of the guilt of several people before all was revealed and feel that my grey matter has had a thoroughly good workout. I’m sure there will be plenty still to discover about the sleuths in this novel – both professional and amateur – and look forward to continuing with this terrific series. A superb example of the genre, and totally worth all five sparkling stars.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: cosy mystery
  • Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook
  • Size: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • Publication Date: 19 March 2020
  • Links: Goodreads
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  •              W. H. Smith
  •              amazon


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Author Bio


Helen CoxHelen Cox is a Yorkshire-born novelist and poet. Helen has been writing professionally since graduating from her MA in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of York St John in 2006 . Since then, Helen has written editorial for TV, radio, websites, magazines and blogs providing commentary on a range of topics including film, literature, travel and feminism. Helen’s novel-length fiction has been published by Quercus Books and Harper Collins.

Helen is also a qualified teacher and experienced lecturer in English, Film and Media. She coordinates in the creative writing department at City Lit, London. She has spoken for a range of institutions, events and programmes including: BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, Keats House, The N21 Film Festival and City University.


Social Media

Website: helencoxbooks.com

Twitter: @Helenography

Facebook: @HelenCoxAuthor


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