Sunday, June 7, 2020

Reading up a storm

by Shelby Cox from the Castle Bookshop Mysteries
by Essie Lang

So, what have you been doing with your time these days? I've been reading up a storm but I'm so lucky, I have a bookstore full of choices. But I do read very cautiously and make sure not to damage the books in any way.  It really is a requirement, reading as many books as possible, in order to hand sell them to customers. And there are so many books that don't have an Advanced Reader Copy available, so it's to the shelves I go.

You may be wondering what's happening with the stores theses days. Well, the entire Blye Island is off-limits these days so I'm doing shifts in our main store, Bayside Books, in Alexandria Bay. And, while it's not the island, nor the castle with all its charm, it is a bookstore and I love being there.

We're happy to take orders over the phone or internet and have the orders available for pick-up. And, of course, that's where the recommendations come into play. Just tell us what you like in a story, give me some examples of what types you read or who are your favorite authors, and we'll make a match.

I sincerely hope you are all enjoying books in these troubling times. What are you reading right now and what is at the top of your TBR pile?

It's now here -- DEATH ON THE PAGE
book #2 in the Castle Bookshop Mysteries
available in hardcover, e-book and audio! 

And, TROUBLE ON THE BOOKS is now available in trade paperback!

Trouble on the Books is also available in hardcover, e-book, and audio book.


Other Series you might enjoy:


The Dinner Club Mysteries by Linda Wiken are available at your favorite bookseller or online!


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. I’m currently reading Love Takes the Cake By: Betsy St. Amant. As for what at the top of my TBR pile that book is always changing.

  2. I have just started the Mail Carrier Mystery set by Tonya Kappes. Stamped out is great! Getting ready to read Address For Murder.

  3. I am currently reading the Mail Carrier Mystery set by Tonya Kappes. Stamped Out is great so far! TBR is book 2 Address for Murder.