A Perfect Bind by Dorothy St. James

It’s that time of year where I could do nothing but read seasonal titles and be totally happy about it! Thanks to Berkley Books, I got to kick off spooky season with some amazing cozy mysteries, and today I’m sharing one I ADORED.

About the Book:

Title: A Perfect Bind (Beloved Bookroom Mystery #2)

Author: Dorothy St. James

Pub. Date: September 28th, 2021

Publisher: Berkley Books

Pages: 304

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Tru Beckett succeeded in building a secret book room in her now bookless library, where book lovers from lovely Cypress, South Carolina, can rejoice in the printed word. Now she’s working hard to maintain the little library downstairs while keeping her “real job” upstairs in the bookless technology center. The last thing she needs is a mysterious vandal who seems intent on breaking into her secret book-filled sanctuary and creating chaos. The nasty interloper doesn’t steal anything, but brutalizes the books, damaging them and knocking them off shelves.

A patron of the secret book room tells True that there have been creepy goings-on at the library for years, especially in the basement where the secret book room is located. He’s heard rumors of a poltergeist that haunts the library, determined to scare off readers. Tru is certain it’s hogwash, but she’s at a loss to think of who might be vandalizing the beautiful books she fought so hard to protect. And when a dead body shows up right behind the library, Tru is certain that it’s not a ghost but a cold-blooded killer that she and her trusty tabby Dewey Decimal will need to uncover.


This book was an absolute delight! I am 100% a sucker for a great book about books, and this one added in those cozy fall vibes I just NEEDED to read and I was here for it. I had not read anything by Dorothy St. James before that I could recall, and I immediately needed to read more from this series especially.

I mean, what could be better than a librarian no only fighting crime, but fighting for her library reader’s right to reading physical copies. A woman after my own heart for sure, Tru was such a wonderful main character – how could you not adore a librarian who creates a secret book room, and hosts a book club that lives by WWAD? What would Agatha Christie Do?! With her keen sense of her community and the determination to figure it out, Tru easily became one of my cozy character favorites with this book!

The writing style had the perfect balance of introducing characters and plot line to keep you engaged and guessing who done it, while adding in some romance, drama and small town fun that I really enjoyed! This one had so many small details that added to the charm of the book — the historical element of the WHY of the murder, the town people’s obsession with the apple pie contest, and each of the supporting characters personalities I know I’ll be buying the first book to catch up, and recommending this one to anyone I can.

Thank you to NetGalley + Berkley Books for the advance reader’s copy & for having me on this book tour!


About the Author:

Dorothy St. James is a former Folly Beach beach bum. She now lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, with her family, slightly (OK, terribly) needy dogs, and the friendliest cat you’ll ever meet. Author of a dozen novels, Dorothy enjoys writing both cozy mysteries and romance. Learn more online at dorothystjames.com.


Are you a seasonal reader? What cozy mysteries have you read an loved?

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