Arc Review: On Spine of Death (By the Book #2) by Tamara Berry

Title: On Spine of Death (By the Book #2)
Author: Tamara Berry
Genre: Cozy Mystery / Contemporary
Publication Date: November 29th, 2022
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for a complimentary earc to review! All opinions are my own.

“In the aftermath of solving their first murder, bestselling author Tess Harrow and her teenage daughter Gertrude have decided to stay in Winthrop permanently. Now that they’ve made some updates to their cabin in the woods, they’re turning to the family hardware store that Tess inherited and converting it into the town’s first independent bookstore. But when renovations unearth bones from a cold case and send them toppling—literally—onto Tess’s head, the work comes to a grinding halt. With the whole town convinced that her grandfather was a serial killer, Tess has to call in a fellow horror author for reinforcements. Together, they’ll come up with a perfect story to make all the clues fit…and solve a mystery more than thirty years in the making.” (Goodreads)

What another thrilling book in this series!

The book is told once again from the point-of-view of Tess Harrow, a mystery writer who recently moved to the small town of Winthrop. It hasn’t been a quiet time either because bodies keep popping up. Tess is on the case and somehow keeps stumbling into trouble.

I love Tess. She is funny and loves pestering the sheriff. He still may not want to admit his feelings but I can see her weaseling her way into his heart. They both have different ways of handling situations and her method is usually going in guns a blazing, it doesn’t always work out in her favor though. Her daughter is another great character and I like that she has been diving into her own hobbies which still end up involving mysteries and bodies. What a weird family, haha.

New characters have also popped up and I am curious to see if they will have more to their story arc, one in particular!

As with the last book, I did not see the big reveal going down the way that it did, let alone figure out who it was! I didn’t suspect them and kind of feel like an idiot for not, ha. It was a great plot and I loved going along for the ride.

Overall, this was another great cozy mystery. I am very happy that I found this author.


Blog Tour: By the Book by Amanda Sellet (Review + Favorite Quotes)


mi2-XwrETitle: By the Book
Author: Amanda Sellet
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 12th, 2020


Thanks to the publisher for the free copy! (I received a copy for reviewing. All opinions are my own.)

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synopsis header“As a devotee of classic novels, Mary Porter-Malcolm knows all about Mistakes That Have Been Made, especially by impressionable young women. So when a girl at her new high school nearly succumbs to the wiles of a notorious cad, Mary starts compiling the Scoundrel Survival Guide, a rundown of literary types to be avoided at all costs.

Unfortunately, Mary is better at dishing out advice than taking it—and the number one bad boy on her list is terribly debonair. As her best intentions go up in flames, Mary discovers life doesn’t follow the same rules as fiction. If she wants a happy ending IRL, she’ll have to write it herself.” (Goodreads)

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Debut author Amanda Sellet had a previous career in journalism, during which she wrote book reviews for The Washington Post, personal essays for NPR, and music and movie coverage for VH1. These days she lives in Kansas with her archaeologist husband and their daughter.

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reviewheaderThere is something about reading a book about books that does my heart good. I mean maybe it’s the fact that I already live and breath books. All I know is that the author did a good job of combining many classics (most I haven’t read yet but am now intrigued) into this book.

Mary lives and breathes books. She basically makes life choices based on how certain characters/authors would. That is dedication. Her life changes dramatically when she is forced to go to public high school.

I did feel a connection towards Mary because she has a large family. I grew up with 5 siblings and life was crazy! I also connected with her because books (obviously) and because I to switched to public school (from homeschooling) during my high school years and it was hard!

It’s interesting to see how friendships, old and new, play out. She is starting in a new place and trying the best she can. It isn’t always easy but I love that she has friends who are always there for her even when she doubts how close they have truly become.

The relationship in this book, you could say, is enemies to lovers. There are some great moments between them and I enjoyed reading about them.

As a book with teens in high school you can bet there is drama. It wasn’t over the top and I thought it was realistic and done nicely.

Overall, this was a good book and if you are a fan of books about books then I would definitely check this one out!


“Stories help you understand people. Human psychology, complex moral, and metaphysical issues”

“I wish there was a way to do that in real life. Flip a few pages and boom! Everything’s better.”

“I like to be around people I can learn from, who are on an upward journey. Trying to figure out what it all means.”

It’s the nature of existence. To err is human. We screw up, and then screw up some more.”


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