• For Whom the Book Tolls

  • An Antique Bookshop Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Laura Gail Black
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (245 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fleeing some unsavory doings in her hometown of Charlotte, Jenna accepts her uncle's gracious invitation to stay with him in small-town Hokes Folly, North Carolina. In exchange, she'll help him out in his antiquarian bookstore. But soon after she arrives, Jenna finds her uncle's body crumpled at the base of the staircase between his apartment and the bookstore.

Before the tragedy even sinks in, Jenna learns that she's inherited almost everything her uncle owned: the store and the apartment as well as his not-so-meager savings and the payout from a life-insurance policy...which adds up to more than a million dollars. This is all news to Jenna - bad news, once the police get wind of her windfall. And it’s an ill wind indeed, as a second murder cements Jenna's status as the prime suspect in both deaths.

Jenna can hit the road again, taking her chances that she can elude trouble along the way, or she can stick it out in Hokes Folly, take over the bookstore, and try to sleuth out her uncle's killer. On the one hand, she's made some wonderful new friends, and she feels she can thrive in the genial small-town environment. On the other hand, trouble knows her address - and so does the killer, who is determined to write the final page of her story.

©2020 Laura Gail Black (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Great Read

This book from start to finish was a Super who done it, with humor and Twista and turns. I Loved it.

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I Wish There Were More

As soon as the book ended, I went to buy the next one in the series. Alas, this is the only one :(
The book was great. Even more so now that I have discovered it is apparently the author’s first published work!! As always, I enjoyed Susan Boyce’s performance as well.
This was a great, clean cozy!!! So many of the cozies I read or listen to have social, political or ecological issues in them. I do not need that in my mystery reading. I read cozy mysteries to escape. If I want the other, I will read non-fiction, watch the news or just live my life. The characters drew me in and made me care about them. There were many plot twists. I did not see the guilty party “from a mile a way”. I thoroughly enjoyed the listen. I am looking forward to the next book!

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WHAT A SUPERB NEW SERIES

THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST NEW SERIES I HAVE READ THIS YEAR. THE CHARACTERS ARE LIKEABLE, MOST OF THEM, THE PLOT INTERESTING, AND THE NARRATOR THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE. I HOPE BOOK 2 IS AVAILABLE SOON!

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New--I can't wait for more 5/5*

Book 1 Antique Bookshop Mystery is an excellent new series----Characters and the setting is welcoming and strong to base a new series.

Laura Gail Black ---congratulations well built and stable beginning to a new series.

Susan Boyce-narratior-----excellent voice for a new series--Applause

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It's ok

For Whom the Bell Tolls is ok but has a slow pace. I don't if I'll get the next one.

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Save me from characters acting strangely!

The premise is okay but each character has these illogical quirks or instances when you wonder what the author was thinking. Why does the protagonist have such angst about her history and totally forget it to do something stupid? How does the love interest allow his partner to act illegally despite being an officer of the law? it was painful to listen to. Hope I can return it

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Not for me

Very slow paced and rambling. I don’t think I will buy any more of theses. However the narration was good

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For Whom the Book Tolls

I recommend this book for anyone that likes a good mystery. Right up to the end and love the characters. This is BOOK 1,
AN ANTIQUE BOOKSHOP MYSTERY SERIES . Am starting now Book 2. Narration is so good, this is very important to me. I had to learn to Sample the books before I clicked and bought a new listen. Every book is very different for sure.

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great mystery

I very much enjoyed this book, I suspected that character then I thought otherwise in the end I was a bit surprised..

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BRAVO!!!!!

I Loved everything about the story!!!!! Refreshing!! Different!
Breath of fresh air! Great narrator!! so many stories get
ruined by bad narrator's. I hope there will be many more to follow! THANK YOU FOR PUTTING THESE TWO WONDERFUL WOMAN TOGETHER!!

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  • Mrs. B C Murrill
  • 05-02-21

you win some, you lose some

This story could have been so much better. The reader was just.a.bit.too.clipped.and.slow.at.times.like.a.robot.or.like.a.preschool.teacher.explaining.,something.to.her.class. She was almost okay, but she wasn't and it was very irritating when she slipped into the robot or the preschool teacher modes.

The protagonist was a drama queen with a persecution complex.

This book could have been much better because the story line is good but a protagonist who cast herself as a victim all the time, and a narrator who helped her to express that, meant it never reached its potential.

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