I just found this series by Marianne MacDonald and my library system had the first book, Death’s Autograph. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more in the series. The protagonist, Dido Hoare, is a book shop owner/book antiquarian, in her 30s and divorced. She is smart and independent, a really likable character still reeling somewhat over her divorce from Davey. Barnabas is Dido’s father, a retired professor, and her main support system. The love interest is a police officer who is working the case.
The main characters are interesting and fully developed, no ridiculously off beat people wandering around the story. There is a slightly more menacing tone to this than most cozies, which often displace the danger or fear in a situation with humor. That is probably a marked difference from this and many newer cozies is the darker mood that it evokes. The theme and the setting are both well done and ones that I enjoy.
The mystery has many threads that are all tied together with a common motive at the end. In the last few chapters, everything comes together neatly. This was a well constructed mystery with evidence of thought and care taken by the author. I am wondering if the series is finished, the last book was published in 2006 and the website has not been updated. Does anyone know if Marianne MacDonald is still writing?