About the Book
Author: Barbara Cornthwaite
Genre: Christian cozy mystery
Release Date: June 24, 2020
There’s nothing in Emily Post about dealing with murder.
Katrina just wanted to spend time among the books at Frank’s Bookstore. Yes, that’s an unimaginative name for a store, but Frank’s an unimaginative guy–or he was.
Now he and his murder are the reason Katrina is spending her spare time with Wilkester detective, Todd Mason. Or, that’s what she tells herself.
Why would anyone want to kill Frank Delaney? Who would do it? And is Katrina herself even safe?
Mixing faith, literary humor, sweet romance, and a cozy mystery that will keep you guessing, Barbara Cornthwaite’s first Wilkester Mystery has everything you want for a cozy read.
Begin your investigation of Brought to Book today.
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In My Opinion
This debut cozy mystery series debut from Barbara Cornthwaite surprised me in the best kind of way.
Brought to Book features an intelligent heroine who is also relatable in that she’s unsure of her life’s direction. There’s also a kind detective, sweet friends, and books. Lots and lots of books. Oh, yeah, and there’s a murder.
From the bookstore to the college to the small Washington town with its founding family, the settings of this book welcomed me in. There are moments of humor between Katrina’s tendency to blurt out book quotes when nervous or uncomfortable, as well as her quick-witted internal thoughts.
While I don’t read a ton of cozy mysteries, the few I have read lean toward clean reads with very little faith content. That’s not the case in this story, though. Both Katrina and Todd are Christians who have made mistakes but are doing their best to live lives of integrity.
This is one series I will definitely keep up with, and even better, the second book is available now.
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About the Author
Barbara Cornthwaite lives in the middle of Ireland with her husband and children. She taught college English before “retiring” to do something she loves far more; her days are now filled with homeschooling her six children, trying to keep the house tidy (a losing battle), and trying to stay warm in the damp Irish climate (also a losing battle). She is surrounded by medieval castles, picturesque flocks of sheep, and ancient stone monuments. These things are unappreciated by her children, who are more impressed by traffic jams, skyscrapers, and hot weather.
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Meeting of the Minds
A Wilkester Mysteries Introduction
Detective Todd Mason knew Katrina was the one the first time he met her. The woman had witnessed a murder—if not with her eyes, at least with her ears. She’d seen the man dying and called for help, afraid all the while that the killer would return for her. So much he’d been told before he went into the interrogation room.
“How’s she handling it?” he asked the officer who had arrived first at the scene and escorted her to the police station.
“Not too badly,” said Gary. “She’s in shock, of course, but she’s trying to hold it together. Katrina Peters. She’s in Room 2.”
He’d gone in then and gotten his first look at her. Late thirties or early forties. Brown hair that fell to her shoulders in loose waves. Brown eyes that were red-rimmed from crying. Hands clutching a tissue. She managed a faint smile when he walked in.
“Hello, Ms. Peters. I’m Detective Todd Mason. I need to ask you some questions, if that’s all right.”
“Miss,” she said, almost as a reflex.
“I beg your pardon?” Todd wasn’t sure he’d heard her correctly.
“It’s Miss Peters.” She said it firmly, repudiating the term Ms. even at such a stressful moment. Something made her blush then, and he saw her glance at his left hand. “Never mind,” she murmured.
She’s afraid I’ll think she’s trying to advertize her availability. It amused Todd to see the blush—if only she knew how refreshing it was to see a woman who would even be conscious of such a thing. Old fashioned, he thought. In a good way.
She answered his questions as calmly as she could, and even apologized for the tears that insisted on coming out now and then. When she alluded to Daniel in the lion’s den, he knew she really was out of the ordinary, and it took all his self-control not to offer to drive her home himself.
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Donna Irvin says
Thanks for the review! I want to read it!
Suzie Waltner says
Yay! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Roxanne C. says
I am excited to discover a cozy mystery in which the main characters are Christians.
Literary humor is a plus for me, too! Thanks for the review.
Suzie Waltner says
Oh yay! I hope you enjoy it. I loved it and am trying to figure out how to squeeze book two into my tbr sooner than November 🙂
Barbara Cornthwaite says
Thanks so much for your thoughtful review. So glad you enjoyed it!
Dianne Casey says
Love the cover! Sounds like a book I would enjoy reading.
Rita Wray says
Sounds like a great read.
Chautona Havig says
LOVE THIS book. LOVE it. Barbara Cornthwaite is brilliant!
Debbie P says
This sounds like a really good book.
Caryl Kane says
Wonderful review, Suzie! Sounds like one not to miss. Thank you for sharing.