When Marvey Harris and her cat Phoenix leave Brooklyn, New York for her new library job as director of community engagement in Peach Coast, Georgia, she’s not expecting to be trying to solve a homicide. When a local author is murdered in Marvey’s friend Jo’s bookstore To Be Read at a signing event, police focus their attention and investigation on Jo. Marvey and friends set out to prove Jo’s innocence before she’s charged.

Ms. Matthews has the start to a good series. It took time to get to know some of the characters and the pace was a bit slow in places, but there is a solid framework of characters and friends in this small town to create an interesting series of cozies.

I can see publisher Hallmark Publishing adapting this series to television movies.

3 stars