Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Novel Death by Judi Culbertson

First Line: The day my life began to unravel-- like the sweaters my mother tried to knit for us to save money-- started much too early.

Delhi Laine, owner of Secondhand Prose, dreams of making the Great Find. When she receives a very rare and valuable children's book, she learns that treasures such as this can come at a very high cost. Within days one colleague has been killed and another left for dead. As Delhi searches for the true owner of the book, she learns that many of the people around her are not what they appear to be. But regardless of the danger, she's determined to protect the precious book.

As I began to read A Novel Death, I thought I had chosen a simple, pleasant mystery filled with fascinating information on rare books. It didn't take long for me to realize that there was much more to this mystery than had originally met my eye. 

Besides that rare book information, I found the plot engaging and with excellent pacing. Delhi is an interesting character who doesn't know when to quit. Working my way through all the suspects, their true identities, and their motivations kept the pages turning, and by book's end I knew I wanted to read more about Delhi Laine.

A Novel Death by Judi Culbertson
Thomas & Mercer © 2011
eBook, 208 pages

Cozy Mystery, #1 Delhi Laine mystery
Rating: B+
Source: Purchased from Amazon.  



  1. Oh, the context for this one gets me right away, Cathy! And it sounds as though Delhi Laine is an interesting character! Hmm....I may have to look this one up.


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