From the Queen
A Bibliomystery Short Story by Carolyn Hart
Review: Annie Darling is looking forward to a quiet afternoon reading in her South Carolina coastal bookstore Death on Demand, when Ellen Gallagher, owner of a local second-hand shop nearby stops by to show her a book that she received as part of an inheritance from an aunt in England. Ellen hopes that it might be worth at least the cost of having it shipped across the Atlantic. When Ellen hands over the book to Annie, she can't believe her eyes: a pristine copy of Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie. And it gets even better: the Queen of Mystery has written an inscription on the title page — "To Her Majesty, the Queen. I have the honour to be, Madam, Your Majesty's humble and obedient servant." — together with her signature and date. Annie knows Ellen is holding a rare book in her hands, worth at least six figures, but it's too late in the day to have it appraised by a professional. Ellen gently places the book inside the pillow cover she had brought it over in, and says she'll be back tomorrow with it. But when she does return, it's to report that the book is missing, presumably stolen from her shop, in From the Queen, a bibliomystery short story by Carolyn Hart.
Acknowledgment: Mysterious Press provided an eARC of From the Queen for this review.
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Location(s) referenced in From the Queen: South Carolina
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From the Queen by Carolyn Hart — A Bibliomystery Short Story
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