Sloane Templeton is grieving. Her mother recently died and she's now the owner of her deceased mom's bookstore. Sloane never considered herself "into" books, but all of that changes when she leaves her Cyber Crime job to work in the store. A strange cast of characters lurk in the store, including Barbara, a crazy woman who has terrible mood swings and Fifi, the elderly store manager who was also her mother's friend. Barbara is currently homeless, and appears to find solace spending time in the store with her laptop.
Sloane's life is full of drama - her ex-boyfriend, Trey, who's also a gangster, is having a hard time accepting that she's now involved with a White Greek man, Andreas. Trey's threatening nature intensifies, making Sloane fear for her safety. Also, somebody wants Sloane dead. When scary, cryptic messages start showing up on the computers in the bookstore, she tries to find the source of the problem by relying on her computer skills as well as the skills from her old co-workers. Also, Sloane receives a special delivery of a smelly dead rat. The mystery intensifies when two men fight over purchasing an ancient, mystical book in Sloane's possession. This mysterious book was acquired by her mother and having this book causes more turmoil in her complicated life.
When her fears worsen, she learns to shoot with a group of old people who often come to her store, but rarely read or buy books. The Granny Oakley Club escort Sloane to the shooting range, since she's extremely dangerous handling a gun since she doesn't know how to shoot.
In small snippets of comic relief, Sloane finds herself playing referee to her Aunt Verline. Aunt Verline can't cook, and the few times she does, it turns into a disaster! The food is never edible and the fire department has made several trips to Verline's house since she manages to burn down her kitchen when she tries to cook!
I really enjoyed this mystery. Sloane is a strong woman, but, I don't think she initially realizes the depth of her strength. Like most Christians, she's made some bad choices in her life, choices that come back to haunt her. The book leaves you wanting to read more mysteries starring Sloane Templeton.
This book review was written and uploaded by Cecelia Dowdy. Happy reading!