In the midst of the fourteen-thrills-a-minute and darkly brooding mysteries that abound these days, here is a gentle series centered on a bookstore in Central Oregon. In Murder of the Month, Jane Serrano has decided to work part-time in a bookstore after her husband dies. She must also deal with her difficult daughter, Bianca. The perfect solution seems to be to have Bianca join the bookstore's reading club. Unfortunately, when dead bodies appear and Bianca disappears, Jane might want to rethink her strategy. In No Rest for the Wicked, Jane's little town must be vying with Cabot Cove, Maine (home of Jessica Fletcher), for having its residents drop like proverbial flies. No matter, it's all in good fun.
Elizabeth Main draws on her knowledge as a former bookseller in Central Oregon for this series. She will be appearing at Murder by the Book on October 8, at 1:00 p.m. to talk about her book in an informal setting.