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The Bookshop Detective by Jan Ellis 📚 a book review â¤ï¸

March 13, 2017

If I could choose to live anywhere in the world it would have to be somewhere near the sea.

For those of you who follow my blog, Instagram or Twitter account, you will know how much happiness I find when near the deep blue seas of the ocean.

I think that’s also why I find immemse enjoyment when reading books based in setting near the sea. No matter where in the world the book may be set, the sea will give the setting that extra beauty.

So when my dearest friend Jan Ellis said her latest book was coming out soon, and it was set in the beautiful seaside town of Combemouth, I just couldn’t wait to read it.

The Book –


When a ghost ship is spotted on the horizon one spring evening, bookseller Eleanor decides to investigate the myths and legends of Combemouth, the seaside town where she runs The Reading Room. 

As Eleanor digs deeper into the town’s history, she becomes intrigued by a Victorian crime report and is determined to find out what happened to a boy at the centre of the court case. As she begins to uncover the truth – aided by the vicar but somewhat stalled by the local librarian – she has a challenge on her own horizon.

 A book launch, an exploding dress and some salsa-dancing pensioners make this a mystery with a difference.

Verdict –

I fell in love with the fictitious seaside town called Combemouth in Devon straight away. I obviously knew of the town where Eleanor lived from the previous novel in the ‘Bookshop by the Sea’ series – ‘A Summer of Suprises’ & ‘An Unexpected Affair’. Stories which I loved reading and could not put down. So I was extremely excited to return to beautifully idyllic Combemouth in the second book of this series.

As with the first book, Jan ensures that her cleverly created eccentric characters make us smile and want to find out more. Jan’s words flow so naturally that whilst reading, the story is brought to life infront of your very eyes.

The mystery of a ghost ship ‘The Santa Ana,’ sighted every few years off the coast of Combemouth, makes Eleanor want to find out more. But she uncovers more than she ever imagined.

A lovely book to devour in one sitting, I loved the story, the characters and espeacially Combemouth. I’m even planning to visit Devon soon to find my own little Combemouth.

Thank you Jan! Can’t wait to read more in your series of books xxx

The Bookshop Detective is available for pre-order on Amazon uk now! Publication day is 23rd March! 

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