Love and Murder in the Shelves

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Love and Murder in the Shelves

Romance and Mystery Novels about Bookshops

Bibliophiles and the darling subset of 'cozy readers' love books and bookshops, so why not set some novels in one of their favorite venues, quaint independent bookshops? Cozy readers of romance and suspenseful mystery will find each book here just the ticket to go with that warm cup of tea on a rainy night.  

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry
Finding love in a bookshop can take many forms – is it the beautiful books, the cozy atmosphere of a Cotswold village shop, or the charming shopkeeper?  When Emilia Nightingale inherits Nightingale Books from her father, she’s eager to sell and get on with the wanderlust that kept her away from pastoral Peasebrook. Emilia’s father didn’t tell her that the shop was near financial ruin, but that’s not all he didn’t share.  Among the eccentric cast of characters who see the shop as a haven is Thomasina, a shy chef who’s fallen for a frequent customer in the cookbook aisle; Jackson, who seeks Emilia’s advice on rebuilding his life after divorce; and the distinguished Sarah, owner of Peasebrook Manor, who escapes hardship at home. In the way a Hallmark movie sucks you into that soft spot on the couch, this story will have you rooting for the perky little shop and the gaggle of characters whose love for the shop and each other runs deep. 
The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson
A similar read to Henry's book above, The Bookshop of Yesterdays is set in contemporary Los Angeles and features Miranda as the beneficiary of her Uncle Billy’s struggling bookshop. Prospero Books is a place Miranda associates with the inventive scavenger hunts her uncle created for her as a child.  Now, years later, she must solve one last scavenger hunt to save the shop she loves. This last game unlocks painful memories, but ultimately brings welcome resolution to family struggles Miranda never fully understood. 
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
 A French floating library in the Seine is the stage for a story about books and their power to shape and heal.  An emotionally-astute genius capable of offering solace and the perfect book to remedy a broken heart, bookseller Monsier Perdu proudly calls himself the “Literary Apothecary.”  However, Perdu (French for “lost”) is a soul unmoored by lost love and unresolved grief. After a friend discovers an unopened letter from his former lover, Perdu sets off on a journey of self-discovery with a well-drawn crew who together bring the French canals, countryside, and cuisine to life in a tale of love and forgiveness. 

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron
 A book-within-a-book tale about ten-year-old Daniel Sempre, whose life changes overnight when his antiquarian bookseller father takes him to the Cemetary of Forgotten Books, a massive warehouse where rare books are protected from obsolesence. Daniel picks Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax and thus begins a decades-long obsession with his book that brings Daniel into an ever-widening tangle of dark, evocative and dangerous characters who appear to want to remove any trace of Carax’s work and those who own any. Political intrigue, romance, mystery, and murder add nail-biting tension to a fantastical thriller set in Franco’s Spain. 
Body on Baker Street by Vickie Delaney
Gemma Doyle, part-owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium in West London, Massachusetts, and her sidekick Jayne Wilson are also amateur sleuths who shine in this Holmesian series of cozy reader mysteries. Doyle is delighted to host best-selling author Renalta Van Markoff after her latest book in the Sherlock Holmes spinoff series is released. Unfortunately, events go horribly wrong for Van Markoff when she dies at the signing table. Suspects abound: her personal assistant, publicist, and publisher, a woman who believes Van Markoff stole her idea to create the series, and a dedicated Sherlockian who verbally attacked her just before she died. Details about the great Sherlock Holmes are woven throughout the story, which features a twisty plot and engaging characters. This tale is a delightful second book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series, with Elementary, She Read first and The Cat of the Baskervilles third.