On Spine of Death
Series: By the Book Mysteries #2
by Tamara Berry
Publication Date November 27, 2022
Published by Poisoned Pen Press
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Genres: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / General
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
Don't miss the second installment of this gripping and funny bookish cozy mystery series by Tamara Berry! This case isn't just cold, it's practically frozen shut...
In the aftermath of solving their first murder, bestselling author Tess Harrow and her teenage daughter Gertrude have decided to stay in Winthrop permanently. Now that they've made some updates to their cabin in the woods, they're turning to the family hardware store that Tess inherited and converting it into the town's first independent bookstore. But when renovations unearth bones from a cold case and send them toppling--literally--onto Tess's head, the work comes to a grinding halt. With the whole town convinced that her grandfather was a serial killer, Tess has to call in a fellow horror author for reinforcements. Together, they'll come up with a perfect story to make all the clues fit...and solve a mystery more than thirty years in the making.
On Spine of Death by Tamara Berry is the second book in her funny, and popular By the Book Mysteries series, a delightful cozy mystery series. I loved the first book in the series, Buried in Good Book, and I found this second book in the series even better than the first one.
Bestselling author Tess Harlow and her daughter Gertrude have decided to stay in the cabin Tess inherited from her Grandfather. Now, she’s going to work on her grandfather’s dilapidated hardware store and turn it into an independent bookstore. During the renovation of the hardware store, some old human bones rain down, literally on Tess’s head. In order to save her grandfather’s reputation, Tess and Gertrude work together to find the killer.
This was such a fun ride. I enjoyed the first book in the series, and think this second book is even better. The characters just get better and better. I love that Tess’s fifteen year old daughter, Gertrude, decides to work in a morgue and learn the business of death. I love all the unexpected twists and turns and once again, I could not figure out who the killer was until the very end.
I was never bored reading the book, as there was action from the very first page, but we still got to know Tess, Gertrude and Sherrif Boyd much better.
My only negative? I have to wait too long for the next book!
I highly recommend On Spine of Death to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
I liked the first book better than the second, but still, it’s a fun series. The writing is engaging, the plots are exciting, and the characters are fun. I’m glad I’m not the only fan of this series!
Thank you, Susan. I agree, this series is a good one!
I love the sound of this one! I will have to add the first book to my TBR pile. It isn’t often you have cozy mystery heroine who has a teenage daughter.
I’m so glad to see the second book was even better! I really loved the first book and can’t wait to read this one!
These caught my eye on your cozy list the other day. And, now I am even more intrigued. Thanks, Wendy!
I enjoy cold murder mystery and even more when it is funny cozy mystery. Amazing review!
Oh, you just reminded me I saw the first book up on a special deal on Chirp! I’ll go and buy it now. Nice to hear the second book is even better!
Oh, I hope you enjoy it, Rachel.
sounds like a great series, and glad you enjoyed. Great review 😊
Thank you, Jenny!
This seems like a series I should try! Book 1 is now on my TBR.
I hope you enjoy it when you get to it.
So glad to hear you enjoyed the second book as much as the first. I loved Buried in a Good Book! 😀
This is such a fun series.
Wonderful review, Wendy. I enjoy a good cozy and need to pick up this series. It sounds like a lot of fun.
It is a fun one. I hope you enjoy it.
Ok Wendy, this sounds stellar! You make me want to start the series!
It’s really good! I love the humor in this series.
This book is not next in my queue, but I think I am going to push it up. I just don’t think I can wait any longer. The first one was really good, and it sounds like the second is full of surprises. Gertrude working in a morgue???🤪🤣 Great review, Wendy!
The series is getting better and better!
Bones raining down on one’s head– in real life, I’d probably run away screaming, but in cosy mystery land, that does sound a good start. Seems a really fun series and one I’d enjoy 🙂
Yes! You’re right, I would be long gone and would probably never set foot in the hardware store again! Thank you, Mallika!
This sounds like such a cosy mystery Wendy! I’m glad that you enjoyed it.
Thank you, Jodie!
I’m glad you liked this one even more.
Thank you, Kristi!
This sounds amazing! I love a good mystery with humor.
Me too, Kami!
Great review, Wendy! I’m happy you enjoyed this one too I can’t wait for more!
Yes! This series is a lot of fun.
Wonderful review Wendy! I really need to get started on this series!🤦♀️🤗📚☕💜
It’s a lot of fun, Susan.
This sounds so fun. Great review Wendy!
Thank you, Rae!
This does sound like a fun read. Bones in the hardware store – I think that would freak me out. But I like th idea of converting it to a bookstore! Excellent review!
Thank you, Tessa! It’s a lot of fun and not too serious.
Fabulous review, Wendy!!
Thank you, Cindy!
I enjoy cosy mysteries and this sounds like a really good series.
It’s a fun series, not too serious at all.
Sounds fun, although I’m not a fan of cosy mystery.
It’s a fun one, Rosie!