To Kill a Mocking Girl (A Bookbinding Mystery #1) (Paperback)

To Kill a Mocking Girl (A Bookbinding Mystery #1) By Harper Kincaid Cover Image

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This is book number 1 in the A Bookbinding Mystery series.


The first cozy mystery in a series full of Southern charm—starring bookish sleuth Quinn Caine and her quirky sidekicks: a lock-picking nun and her dog, Ruff Barker Ginsburg.

In small-town Virginia, bookbinder Quinn finds herself in a major bind when she’s blamed for the murder of her ex’s fiancée . . .

Quinn Victoria Caine is back in her quirky town of Vienna, Virginia, starting her new life as a bookbinder in her family-owned, charm-for-days bookshop, Prose & Scones. With her trusty German Shephard, RBG—‘Ruff Barker’ Ginsburg—by her side, what can go wrong? Okay, sure, bumping into her ex, Scott, or her former high school nemesis, Tricia, is a drag. It certainly doesn’t help that they have acquired the new hobby of shoving their recent engagement in her face every chance they get. But that doesn’t mean Quinn wanted to find Tricia dead in the road. So why does half the town think she may have done it?

Quinn is determined to find Tricia’s killer, even if it means partnering with her cousin-turned-nun, Sister Daria, and Detective Aiden Harrington, her older brother’s ‘too-movie-star-handsome-for-his-own good’ best friend. They believe she’s innocent, but of course that doesn't influence the police, who peg her as their prime suspect. Or, at least until she’s poisoned.

But there is no way Quinn is going to stop now. Vienna is her town and—for better or worse—Tricia was one of their own. Someone may have killed the mocking girl, but no one’s going to stop the notorious QVC.

About the Author

Born in California and raised in South Florida, Harper Kincaid has moved around like a nomad with a bounty on her head ever since. After earning her master's degree in Gender History and another in Clinical/Macro Social Work, Kincaid decided to not to use either and become a writer instead.

Praise For…

Praise for To Kill A Mocking Girl:
“Smooth prose, realistic characters, a budding romance, and not too much silliness make this cozy a winner. Tantalizing recipes round out the volume.”
—Publishers Weekly

"An interesting mashup of religions and their trappings sets this aside from other recipe-infused dog-companion cozies."

“First in a new series from a romance writer, this engaging cozy blends romance, or at least the potential for it, with revenge.”

“Readers will love everything about To Kill A Mocking Girl.”
Cozy Mystery Book Review

“Harper Kincaid does a marvelous job at introducing us to the town of Vienna and some of its wonderful (and more nefarious, of course!) residents. I look forward to what trouble (and fun) Quinn and Daria can find in the next installment!”
Fresh Fiction

"Cheers for a first-class mystery starring intriguing Quinn Caine, a protagonist with charm and character, and Ruff, her sidekick German shepherd. Sure to please."
—Carolyn Hart, New York Times bestselling author of the Death on Demand mysteries

"Fresh and fun! Readers looking for a new small town cozy mystery series will feel right at home."  
—Molly MacRae, national bestselling author of the Highland Bookshop mysteries

“If you’re a fan of fast-paced contemporary cozies with a spunky heroine, a little sass and a whole lot of humor—then you’ll love Harper Kincaid’s debut novel...A most surprising and satisfying conclusion.”
—Lauren Elliott, USA Today Bestselling author of the Beyond the Page Bookstore mysteries  

“A fun, quirky cozy filled with fantastic characters. Quinn is enchanting. A great read.”
—Alex Erickson, author of the Death on Demand mysteries

"A charming, twisty mystery, set in small town America with delightful and memorable characters. Harper Kincaid is a writer to watch!"
—Maggie King, author of the Hazel Rose Book Group mysteries

"With a dog named after a supreme court justice and a lock-picking nun for a side-kick, To Kill A Mocking Girl is a clever pun-in-cheek mystery with plenty of Southern charm. Cozy mystery lovers will enjoy the quirky characters, literary and pop-culture references and humor in this engaging new mystery."
—V. M. Burns, acclaimed author of the Mystery Bookshop mysteries
Product Details
ISBN: 9781639103881
ISBN-10: 1639103880
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: February 7th, 2023
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: A Bookbinding Mystery