Thursday, March 7, 2019

Countdown to a murder on the island!

by Shelby Cox 
from the Castle Bokshop Mysteries by Essie Lang

So, here’s the deal, in a mere six days, I’ll be on the shelves on 
 your local bookstore! Release day is March 13th for the first Castle Bookshop Mystery, Trouble on the Books, and I along with all the other characters, are holding our collective breath, waiting for the reaction from readers. 

My author Essie Lang, in the meantime, has her head buried in finishing off the second book in the series.  So, it’s up to the gang -- my aunt Edie; my best bud Erika Bryant; her mom Trudy; Matthew Kessler, the caretaker of both the castle island and my aunt’s heart, apparently; and the guy who seems to be affecting my heartbeat, CGIS agent Zack Griffin – to brave through these last few days.

I’m really anxious to introduce the awesome Blye Castle which you’ll find on Blye Island in the Thousand Islands. That’s where I’m managing our seasonal bookstore, Bayside Books, while Edie reigns over the main store in Alexandria Bay, NY. It’s really too bad that the day before the spring tourist grand opening, a body is found in the Grotto on the island.

Even worse, I’d had words with the deceased Loreena Swan, the former volunteer coordinator in the castle, that same day her body is found. But I’m not the only one of Police Chief Thelma Stone’s suspect list.

I’m dying to tell you, so to speak, how it turns out because I do get involved in sleuthing, something totally new to me. But that would ruin the surprise.

You really don’t want to know ahead of time, do you? Or do you try to outwit the author and come  up with the murderer before the end of the book?

Leave your comment before Friday at 6 PM EDT, and Essie will draw for a winner of a Kindle e-Book copy of Trouble on the Books

Also available:


  Book #3, MARINATING IN MURDER is available at your favorite bookseller or online!

 Book #2 in the Dinner Club Mysteries 

The first book in the Dinner Club Mystery series is available at the bookstore of your choice, and on-line; also as an e-book.

Writing as Erika Chase:

Look for A KILLER READ,  (#2 on the Barnes and Noble Mystery Bestseller List and an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Mystery),  READ AND BURIED, COVER STORY, BOOK FAIR AND FOUL, and LAW AND AUTHOR on-line or at your favorite bookstore.


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  1. Congrats on the new book! It sounds wonderful, and I love the cover. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

  2. I always try to solve the murder. IT makes the reading fun.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  3. It is fun to try to add up all the clues to solve the mystery. I love the cover. Thanks for the insight into
    Trouble on the Books by Essie Lang. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Thanks, Robin. Laying the clues is fun, too!

  4. Even though I read so many mysteries, I'm a terrible detective. By the end of the book I've usually accused everyone. Thanks for the contest! ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. Hopefully, this makes it fun for you, RIley.

  5. I can't wait to read Trouble on the Books and to take a visit to Blye Island. Congratulations on your new series and thank you so much for your giveaway!

  6. Congratulations on your new series and identity!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  7. Love the cover and it sounds like a really good read!

  8. Congratulations on your new series! Book sounds like my kind of read. Looking forward to reading the book.

  9. I love reading cozy mysteries taking place in castles. Congratulations on your new series.

  10. This looks like fun. Thanks for the chance. mackisa(at)gmail(dot)com.

  11. Love the cover - sounds like a fun read.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  12. Love the cover and the premise. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

  13. Sounds great, I’d love to read it. Thank you for the chance.

  14. Sounds like a great mystery and I love the plot. Please enter me. Thank you for the contest.

  15. Sometimes I can figure things out before the reveal. But more often I get a total surprise. I like the surprise type. Thanks for a chance at the book. Vicki nvictoria77(at)yahoo(dot)com

  16. I'd never want to know ahead of time, thanks for the giveaway! Tari H, barbie17(at)gmail(d0t)com

  17. Can't wait to read this new series. Thanks for the giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com