A Killer Clue

Crooked Lane. (Hunter & Clewe, Bk. 2). Sept. 2024. 310p. ISBN 9781639106431. $30.99. M
Jane Hunter is responsible for cataloging Cameron Clewe’s extensive collection of rare crime novels, and she’s protective of her boss. Cameron suffers from anxiety, doesn’t like to leave the house, and struggles with social skills. But he’s always intrigued by a mystery, and he and Jane have solved several cases. When bookstore owner Eloise Anderson insists on delivering Cam’s latest purchase, she also brings an unusual request. Her mother has just died in prison, where she spent 15 years. Eloise wants Cam and Jane to prove that her mother did not murder her father. When Eloise was 18, her father was found stabbed to death in the bookshop, and her mother was the only person around. It looks like history is repeating itself when Jane finds Eloise alone in the bookstore with the body of the retired police detective who investigated the earlier murder. Jane and Camerson soon discover links to lost rare books and secrets about the bookshop.
VERDICT The sequel to A Cryptic Clue, with its red herrings, missing books, and charming detecting duo, is a traditional cozy mystery that will appeal to fans of Kate Carlisle and Jenn McKinlay.
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