Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Broken Spine by Dorothy St. James

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights books soon to be released, the ones we’re excited about but haven’t read yet. It’s hosted by Wishful Endings, and was formerly hosted by Breaking the Spine. Y’all can check out all of this week’s Can’t-Wait Wednesday posts here.


This week’s can’t-wait book:

Title: The Broken Spine

Author: Dorothy St. James

Series: Beloved Bookroom Mystery #1

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Publication Date: January 19, 2021

Publisher: Berkley Books

Length: 320 pages


The first in an exciting new series featuring Trudell Becket, a spunky librarian who will stop at nothing to save her beloved books and catch a killer!

Trudell Becket finds herself in a bind when her library is turned into a state-of-the-art bookless ‘technological center’. A library with no books breaks Trudell’s book-loving heart and she decides to rescue hundreds of beloved tomes slated for the recycle center. Under the cover of darkness, Trudell sets up a secret book room in the library’s basement and opens it to her loyal patrons.

When the town councilman, who was a vocal supporter of the library’s transformation is crushed by an overturned shelf of DVDs, Trudell becomes the prime suspect. She was the only person in the library at the time of his murder, or so the police believe. But the visitors to Trudell’s secret bookroom were actually all there too.

If she tells the police about the backdoor patrons who were in the library at the time of the murder, she’d have to explain about the secret book room and risk losing the books. To keep herself out of jail, Trudell–with the help of a group of dedicated readers–decides to investigate. She quickly finds herself on the same page with a killer who would love to write her final chapter. 

My thoughts:

I love cozy mysteries. I really love stories that involve books – bookstores, libraries, so on and so forth. This one hits on both counts. I’m really looking forward to it, and I’ll be sharing my thoughts after I’ve finished reading.

What do you think? Does this sound like a book you’d like to read?

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7 Responses to Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Broken Spine by Dorothy St. James

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  2. I recently read this one and enjoyed it. I hope you will too! Such an interesting concept: a bookless library. And I really liked the idea of a secret library room. Happy Reading!

  3. Ashley S. says:

    I’m really looking forward to this one too. I love these kinds of cozies. They’re so much fun! 🙂

  4. Definitely want to read this one. I love books about libraries etc too. Hope you enjoy it!

  5. Yvonne says:

    This sounds wonderful and it’s on my list to read. Great choice!

  6. This sounds great. I love a good cozy mystery. 🙂

  7. This looks like a fun read! I’ve been wanting to try some cozy mysteries, and mix that would books? Perfect 🙂

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