The Broken Spine by Dorothy St. James (Audiobook ~ Tantor Audio)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 – 4.5 stars

The Cypress library in South Carolina is about to fall victim to a technology overhaul which will eliminate all of its physical books, replacing them with a digital catalog. The head and assistant librarians, as well as many of the patrons, are not happy about this new development. Although their disapproval is openly expressed, their feelings fall on deaf ears. The library conversion will take place. But in the midst of this transition the town manager who was in favor of the new changes is found dead, crushed under the weight of an overturned shelf of DVD’s. There are several suspects, including the assistant librarian, Trudell Beckett, who loved the library’s precious books. Admittedly, Tru has some secrets of her own, but she insists she’s innocent of this crime. Nevertheless, she remains on the suspect list. Tru has a few theories of her own about who may have killed Duggar Hargrove, and sadly her best friend, Tori, is on her list of suspects. So when someone is arrested and taken into custody for the murder, Tru should be relieved. Unfortunately, she isn’t convinced of the culprit’s guilt, and she’s intent on finding who the real killer is. Will she get to the bottom of what really happened before someone shuts her up for good?

I enjoyed this cozy mystery. The cast of characters were lively and diverse—from young to old, ditzy to feisty. Their personalities were entertaining and I found myself chuckling out loud on quite a few instances. I had difficulty determining who the murderer was which added to my enjoyment of the book. A number of the characters had motive, and the revelation at the end was both believable and creatively executed. And what’s a cozy mystery without an animal’s presence? Dewey (short for Dewey Decimal), Trudell’s brown tabby cat, was a nice addition to the story.

The audiobook narrator had a pleasant voice and I was impressed by how well she performed both male and female characters, young and old. My only complaint is that her breathy inhalation’s were noisy and distracting at times. If editing could somehow remedy this issue I would give her an A+.

Overall, I was very pleased with The Broken Spine and would definitely recommend it.

Thank you, Tantor Audio, for a complimentary download of The Broken Spine. My opinion of the book expressed in this review is entirely my own.


18 thoughts on “The Broken Spine by Dorothy St. James (Audiobook ~ Tantor Audio)

  1. Welcome back to blogging, Laurie! (I hope you still remember me lol) and Lovely to read your reviews once again. I am into cosy-mystery now and this one sounds interesting! Come to think of it, I haven’t read a lot of cosy mysteries take place in the library… this one might be a good place to start!

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    • How could I forget you, Noriko?!! 🤗 Thank you so much for the warm welcome back. ❤️ These last couple of years have been 🤦🏽‍♀️. Health problems and responsibilities have taken over. But I’m trying to slowly make my way back. When I see posts from bloggers such as yourself, it makes me want to hang out on here all day!!
      I’m so thankful for blogging friends like you. 💕🤗🙂

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      • I am so glad you remembered me!! Honest! 🥰 I was like I had to comment the moment I saw your post on my reader! It’s been long since we chatted on our blogs, hasn’t it?
        I am sorry for things have been tough for you in the past few yours… but I hope you’re doing okay now!

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        • Aww…thanks, Noriko. Your kind words mean so much to me. 💕
          I’m hanging in there. Some days are better than others but I’m doing my best to endure. I’m getting older and my body is rebelling 🤷🏽‍♀️. Thankfully, books are still a good diversion. 😉 Audiobooks really help when I can’t sit still to focus.
          I hope we will have more opportunities to chat on our blogs. 🤗

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  2. I want to read/listen to this one, even though I say I am not going to start any new series. I enjoy when there is a mix of characters like in this book. Wonderful review Laurie.

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    • Hi, Carla!! 👋🏽
      I enjoyed listening to this one because the narrator did a great job with the various voices and personalities. I understand your not wanting to start anything new. Because of circumstances I’m so behind in my reading I don’t even remember where I left off! 🤦🏽‍♀️ But I’m getting back on track a little at a time. 🙂
      Thanks so much for stopping by. 🤗

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        • I miss me too, Carla. 🤦🏽‍♀️ Thanks for the beautiful sentiment. ❤️ I’ve honestly missed you, too. I’ve thought about this blog so often!!
          I’m doing okay. I was struggling with concentration and focus issues which made it difficult to read and retain. I’m in midlife and trying to adjust to changes. I think the fog is beginning to lift. I was so frustrated trying to read and continually losing focus. No doubt the challenging year was also a contributing factor. I’m getting back on track a little at a time. Thank you for thinking about me. 🤗

          How have you been?


          • I am glad to hear that you are doing better. 😁🤗I think this year has been hard on so many people. I am okay. I missed not going south this year as the winter tends to cause me to go into a depression, but I did okay. We are in the midst of a Stay at Home Order, again, so it is tough. Because I live alone, I am allowed to meet with one other household, so you know that is my son and his family. I have my granddaughter here every weekday for online learning as my son has the other two to deal with. I just want this to all be over. 🤞🙏

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          • I’m glad you’ve been making it through, Carla. 🙏🏽 I literally take one day at a time now because that’s what I have to do. So I don’t bog myself down with a lot of commitments and promises at this stage of my life. I just can’t right now.
            I want this all to be over, too. Even though I’m more of an introvert, so my routine hasn’t been disrupted too much, I miss hugging people!! My family and friends. I have a new grandniece that’s nine months old and I haven’t even met her!! Hopefully better days are ahead. 😃🤗


          • I hope you get to meet your grandniece soon. That is the hardest part. I have seen my immediate family, but that is it. I sure hope I can have people over in the summer to use the pool and my yard for BBQs.

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          • Thanks. I’m so grateful for technology. At least I can see her in videos and pictures on my phone. Nothing like the real thing though.
            I hope your wish comes true, Carla. 🙏🏽🤗

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