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Bookbinder Quinn finds herself in trouble when her ex's fiance turns up dead and if she's not careful, her days might be numbered. 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 Bookbinder Quinn finds herself in trouble when her ex's fiance turns up dead and if she's not careful, her days might be numbered. 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 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.


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Bookbinder Quinn finds herself in trouble when her ex's fiance turns up dead and if she's not careful, her days might be numbered. 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 Bookbinder Quinn finds herself in trouble when her ex's fiance turns up dead and if she's not careful, her days might be numbered. 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 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.

30 review for To Kill a Mocking Girl

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kylie D

    Well, I must say this was one of the best cozy mysteries I've read in a while. To Kill A Mocking Girl is the first in the new Bookbinding Mystery series by Harper Kincaid, set in Virginia. We follow the antics of bookbinder Quinn Caine, her trusty German Shepherd RBG, her cousin Sister Daria, and their family and friends in the small town of Vienna. Quinn is fronted by her high school frenemy Tricia, waving a new engagement ring in Quinn's face, Tricia has just become engaged to Quinn's ex, and w Well, I must say this was one of the best cozy mysteries I've read in a while. To Kill A Mocking Girl is the first in the new Bookbinding Mystery series by Harper Kincaid, set in Virginia. We follow the antics of bookbinder Quinn Caine, her trusty German Shepherd RBG, her cousin Sister Daria, and their family and friends in the small town of Vienna. Quinn is fronted by her high school frenemy Tricia, waving a new engagement ring in Quinn's face, Tricia has just become engaged to Quinn's ex, and wants to rub the fact in. When Tricia dies soon after the whole town sees Quinn as the number one suspect. Quinn has a fight on her hands to clear her name, especially as a new cop in town seems desperate to convict her of the crime. With the backing of her family and friends Quinn sets out to find the real culprit, before they kill again. I found this book to be an engaging read and hard to put down. Full of wonderful characters, and dogs, the town comes to life between the pages, and we have fun solving the mystery alongside Quinn and co. I will definitely be on the lookout for the next book in the series and I have no hesitation in recommending it to all lovers of cozy mysteries. My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Quinn Caine had returned from her travels, ready to settle down in her hometown of Vienna, Virginia. Her love of books; working in her family’s bookshop Prose & Scones and repairing all manner of loved books in her job as bookbinder would keep her busy. She also volunteered at the local nunnery where her cousin, Sister Daria was a novitiate, bringing dog food for the animals which were cared for out the back. Her latest drop off saw her encountering her nemesis, Tricia, who told both Quinn and D Quinn Caine had returned from her travels, ready to settle down in her hometown of Vienna, Virginia. Her love of books; working in her family’s bookshop Prose & Scones and repairing all manner of loved books in her job as bookbinder would keep her busy. She also volunteered at the local nunnery where her cousin, Sister Daria was a novitiate, bringing dog food for the animals which were cared for out the back. Her latest drop off saw her encountering her nemesis, Tricia, who told both Quinn and Daria of her engagement to Quinn’s ex-boyfriend, Scott. Quinn lived alone with her dog baby, German Shephard RBG and it was after getting up to her that Quinn and RBG discovered a dead body by the side of the road. After the police arrived and Quinn was immediately a person of interest, she was determined that with Daria’s help, she will find the killer. Detective Aiden Harrington, long time friend of the Caine family, was doing his utmost to find who murdered Tricia and warned Quinn to “not endanger herself”. But would that stop Quinn? Probably not… To Kill A Mocking Girl is the 1st in the Bookbinding Mystery series by Harper Kincaid and I loved it. An excellent, highly entertaining cozy mystery with well fleshed out characters – Quinn and her family were so real. The laugh out loud moments were dotted throughout the book; I found I couldn’t put the book down. Twists, turns, and a result I hadn’t seen coming make To Kill A Mocking Girl one that is definitely worth recommending. I’ll be looking out for book 2 as soon as it comes out. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda 📚

    Great debut of a new cozy series with a younger character vibe going for it! I found myself immersed in the characters’ lives and enjoyed the quirkiness of protagonist, Quinn Caine and her best friend, Daria. They have fun together! The mystery is light and character antics keep it animated and interesting. The author pens some unexpected plot surprises and some chuckles, which I also enjoyed. The 4-legged supporting characters are great! I also liked Quinn’s work in the family bookstore, and he Great debut of a new cozy series with a younger character vibe going for it! I found myself immersed in the characters’ lives and enjoyed the quirkiness of protagonist, Quinn Caine and her best friend, Daria. They have fun together! The mystery is light and character antics keep it animated and interesting. The author pens some unexpected plot surprises and some chuckles, which I also enjoyed. The 4-legged supporting characters are great! I also liked Quinn’s work in the family bookstore, and her bookbinding knowledge. I’m looking forward to future stories in this series. Tasty recipes follow the story. I honestly reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane. Thank you.

  4. 5 out of 5

    beachbum bookworm

    Right away I knew I was going to like Vienna, Virginia and that started with connecting with Quinn Caine. She had just moved back from teaching English abroad, and well we just clicked. Working in a bookstore, traveling abroad, and her dog...it just seemed this was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. As I was helping her drop dog food off at the abbey...we were interrupted by Tricia Pemberley. She and Quinn went to high school together, and neither she nor her twin sister Trina would be wha Right away I knew I was going to like Vienna, Virginia and that started with connecting with Quinn Caine. She had just moved back from teaching English abroad, and well we just clicked. Working in a bookstore, traveling abroad, and her dog...it just seemed this was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. As I was helping her drop dog food off at the abbey...we were interrupted by Tricia Pemberley. She and Quinn went to high school together, and neither she nor her twin sister Trina would be what you called friendly...actually they seem to be quite the opposite. Tricia sought Quinn out to announce her engagement to fellow classmate Scott Hauser. Quinn dated him “all of five minutes” her words not mine. Despite this Tricia was convinced that Quinn wanted Scott back, and she was stating her permanent claim. I can assure you... Quinn did not want to reconcile her relationship with Scott...it lasted all of three weeks for goodness sake. Fast forward to later that night... Quinn’s german shepherd Ruff barker Ginsberg or RGB for short woke both us up in the middle of the night insisting to go out. Quinn was adamant she would go by herself, but what the hey...I was already awake. Should have known nothing good happens after midnight. By nothing good I mean...finding the body of Tricia. So of course Quinn, and I felt an obligation to figure out what happened….. My thoughts: I thought this was a really strong first book in a series! I enjoyed the charming small town of Vienna with its community comradery. I was also delighted by the cast of characters we were introduced to. I loved Quinn's cousin/best friend turned nun sister Daria, RBG, hunks Aiden and Bash (Quinn doesn’t like me to say that about her brother, but it’s true), and the clink and drink gals. I know they (the clink and drink ladies) had a very small part, but offer great potential moving forward! The writing was fast paced, and there were plenty of twists and turns in the mystery. I did think Quinn made some poor decisions, and the outcomes of those decisions were pretty outlandish and unrealistic. The recipes at the end of the book felt out of place and unnecessary. Cozy fans should check this book out...it’s a barking good time! check out my blog at: http://beachbumbookworm.com/ I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Netgalley, the author Harper Kincaid, and the publisher for this opportunity.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    I really enjoyed this new entry into the cozy mystery world from a new to me author. It's definitely an interesting business for a main character, and the book itself was well plotted and written. I can't say that I'm a huge fan of Quinn's yet though. There were times when I just wanted to headslap her for being so dense in affairs of the heart. She was crazy smart as far as learning and intelligence went, but she sure needed to learn something about love lol. There was just the right mixture of I really enjoyed this new entry into the cozy mystery world from a new to me author. It's definitely an interesting business for a main character, and the book itself was well plotted and written. I can't say that I'm a huge fan of Quinn's yet though. There were times when I just wanted to headslap her for being so dense in affairs of the heart. She was crazy smart as far as learning and intelligence went, but she sure needed to learn something about love lol. There was just the right mixture of romance though, and I thought Aiden was the sweetest guy in the world for being incredibly patient with her. I got the biggest kick out of Quinn's cousin, Sister Daria who was still deciding if being an Anglican nun was her forever calling. Quinn and Daria made a good sleuthing pair. Daria even got her own side story. Bash was an awesome big brother and just the kind that anyone would love to have. He also had a side story that ended nicely. I never had any idea as to the killer's identity. The showdown was fairly quick but especially awesome when the dogs got involved in the take down. Quinn may have done crazy things, but in the end which was very sweet, I was thinking she might have learned a thing or two. I'm super anxious to read more in this series! I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid is the first A Book Binder Mystery. Quinn Caine has spent the last three years teaching English abroad. Quinn is happy to return home where she rents a converted barn from her aunt and uncle. She is working a book binder at her parent’s bookshop, Prose & Scones in Vienna, Virginia. Quinn is also an avid reader who is currently enjoying cozy mysteries. I like that the author took the time to establish the characters and set the stage for the series. We lea To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid is the first A Book Binder Mystery. Quinn Caine has spent the last three years teaching English abroad. Quinn is happy to return home where she rents a converted barn from her aunt and uncle. She is working a book binder at her parent’s bookshop, Prose & Scones in Vienna, Virginia. Quinn is also an avid reader who is currently enjoying cozy mysteries. I like that the author took the time to establish the characters and set the stage for the series. We learn about the businesses in Vienna and meet various townspeople. I liked Quinn’s cousin, Sister Daria who is a novitiate living at Guinefort Home where they raise and train German Shepherds. Sister Daria and Quinn have a close relationship and I enjoyed their banter. I wish we had gotten to spend more time at Prose & Scones as well as learn more about bookbinding. There were just small snippets of Quinn’s craft. Quinn has a habit of sharing book and movie quotes. I had to laugh at one that referenced a magical invisibility cloak. The mystery seemed to fade into the background most of the time. I wanted it to be the feature with sleuthing and action. I thought the method of murder was clever. I found there to be too much romance for my liking. I wanted less flirting and more snooping. I do want to make readers aware that this book does contain mild foul language. My favorite line from To Kill a Mocking Girl is, “Curses like chickens come home to roost.” To Kill a Mocking Girl is a blithe cozy mystery with a clever canine, a snippy sister, dog donations, a mean-spirited mother, a debonair detective, and a busy bookbinder.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I finished this bookbinding series debut but it just didn't click for me. On the positive side, I enjoyed the close relationship and banter between main character Quinn and her close cousin, now known as Sister Daria, who is a noviate nun living at the local convent. But it wasn't enough to sustain my interest in the story. The mystery didn't grab me, the police work was shoddy, and I thought there could have been more focus on her craft of bookbinding-just a few snippets. However, I would consi I finished this bookbinding series debut but it just didn't click for me. On the positive side, I enjoyed the close relationship and banter between main character Quinn and her close cousin, now known as Sister Daria, who is a noviate nun living at the local convent. But it wasn't enough to sustain my interest in the story. The mystery didn't grab me, the police work was shoddy, and I thought there could have been more focus on her craft of bookbinding-just a few snippets. However, I would consider reading the second book in the series. Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for an ARC of this book. My review is voluntary.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Romero

    Bookbinding Mystery #1 The first book in a new series is always exciting. This one takes place in Vienna, Virginia.  Quinn Caine is happy to be home in Vienna. She has been teaching overseas for a bit and is now working as a bookbinder in her family business Prose and Scones. She's happy to be home, but not everyone is happy to see her. Old rivalries never seem to die. But this one turns up dead. The characters are really well done. Her cousin, the nun, is a hoot. And of course, there is a hunky lo Bookbinding Mystery #1 The first book in a new series is always exciting. This one takes place in Vienna, Virginia.  Quinn Caine is happy to be home in Vienna. She has been teaching overseas for a bit and is now working as a bookbinder in her family business Prose and Scones. She's happy to be home, but not everyone is happy to see her. Old rivalries never seem to die. But this one turns up dead. The characters are really well done. Her cousin, the nun, is a hoot. And of course, there is a hunky love interest. There were some really good twists and turns and some screw-ups, but Quinn and her friends are my next go-to cozy! NetGalley/ May 12th, 2020 by Crooked Lane Books

  9. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    To Kill a Mocking Girl is a promising start for this new cozy mystery series by author Harper Kincaid. The author has crafted a well-rounded story with a charming small-town setting, likable characters, and a puzzling mystery. I liked the characters in this book right from the outset. Quinn is a quirky, intelligent bookworm who has returned home after experiencing the adventures of the world. Her cousin, Sister Daria, is a terrific character as well. While they are cousins, their relationship re To Kill a Mocking Girl is a promising start for this new cozy mystery series by author Harper Kincaid. The author has crafted a well-rounded story with a charming small-town setting, likable characters, and a puzzling mystery. I liked the characters in this book right from the outset. Quinn is a quirky, intelligent bookworm who has returned home after experiencing the adventures of the world. Her cousin, Sister Daria, is a terrific character as well. While they are cousins, their relationship reads like that of sisters. Even though Daria is a novitiate she still has a bit of a way to go as evidenced by her sometimes snarky and wise-cracking remarks. The cast of characters is rounded out nicely by Quinn's parents, her brother Bash, Daria's parents and Bash's best friend Aiden, the local PD and love interest for Quinn. Although, when talking about the cast of secondary characters I can't forget to add Quinn's German Shepard Ruff Barker Ginsburg (RBG). I mean the name alone is enough said. The mystery was really well done and quite the puzzle to unravel. Quinn does get herself in some trouble while she and Daria try to solve the murder of a former classmate. However, Quinn is not what I would call reckless and she does own up to her mistakes when called on them by Aiden. The author did a great job of dropping hints and red herrings along the way. I was totally surprised by the identity of the killer. This was a terrific first book in a new series. It has a great pace, steady plot and the story moves along nicely. The characters and mystery will pull the reader in and keep them guessing. I look forward to the next book in the series. I voluntarily read a digital ARC provided to me by the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, through Netgalley. The opinions are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    From Crooked Lane Books comes the debut first in a new book based series, “A Bookbinding Mystery,” To Kill A Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid. Quinn is a wonderfully stubborn and adventurous character who lacks confidence when it comes to the man she desires. This is not an unusual trait, even with real people. She wants to help her community, friends, and her family but also wants to be independent. Coming home from her world travels, she goes to work at the family book business as a bookbinder. From Crooked Lane Books comes the debut first in a new book based series, “A Bookbinding Mystery,” To Kill A Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid. Quinn is a wonderfully stubborn and adventurous character who lacks confidence when it comes to the man she desires. This is not an unusual trait, even with real people. She wants to help her community, friends, and her family but also wants to be independent. Coming home from her world travels, she goes to work at the family book business as a bookbinder. Although business is good, it leaves her plenty of time to find herself in trouble. Other characters encourage Quinn when they should be telling her not to stick her nose in a murder investigation. The murder of an old school mate leaves Quinn as a prime suspect. Granted, she and the victim did not like each other all that much, but murder is a step too far! Suspects range from young to old, and from all backgrounds. The clues like the suspects have a broad range, and it behooves readers to pay attention, or they may miss something important. Trying to solve a murder, clear her name, and work at the book store, plus finding out that her best friend has been angry with her for many years, takes a toll on Quinn, and before you know it, she almost becomes a victim herself. To Kill A Mocking Girl is a good beginning for a new series. I found some slight issues, such as finding Quinn to be a little too whiny about the love interest and her lack of consideration of her family and friends feelings when she packed up and moved across the globe. I also found that the police were portrayed as a bit too biased. The detective, who also happens to be the man Quinn wants in her life, is happy to share information with her that no detective would do even in a small-town setting. I found there was not enough about the book store setting or her job as a bookbinder involved in the story. I did not understand why there were recipes included at the back of the book as the “scones” part of the store did not play a role in the story. Overall, this was an enjoyable story. I look forward to seeing where the author takes these characters, the book store, and the bookbinding business.

  11. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid was an engaging read that I couldn't put down. Ms. Kincaid has written a clever and well crafted mystery with likable characters and a small community background that was well described throughout the story. The twists and turns kept me guessing as Quinn often pursued clues that got her into trouble. However, Quinn would own up to her mistakes and I appreciated her honesty about those mistakes. Aiden, her brother's best friend and now a police detective, w To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid was an engaging read that I couldn't put down. Ms. Kincaid has written a clever and well crafted mystery with likable characters and a small community background that was well described throughout the story. The twists and turns kept me guessing as Quinn often pursued clues that got her into trouble. However, Quinn would own up to her mistakes and I appreciated her honesty about those mistakes. Aiden, her brother's best friend and now a police detective, was swoon worthy who did not pull punches when it came to Quinn and the investigation. I was totally mystified about who the killer was until the reveal and I love that about a mystery. I'm excited to read more in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ayekah

    Cozy mysteries are a bit new for me but I loved every single minute of this book! Checked all my boxes and then some. Quinn returns home to Vienna to her parents bookstore, Prose and Scones where she'll continue her bookbinding business. Despite her ex fiancé being there with his snotty girlfriend she loves her town, being around her cousin turned noviate nun at the local convent Daria and helping out the sisters by collecting dog food for their kennel. Daria is a hoot and I loved her as much as Cozy mysteries are a bit new for me but I loved every single minute of this book! Checked all my boxes and then some. Quinn returns home to Vienna to her parents bookstore, Prose and Scones where she'll continue her bookbinding business. Despite her ex fiancé being there with his snotty girlfriend she loves her town, being around her cousin turned noviate nun at the local convent Daria and helping out the sisters by collecting dog food for their kennel. Daria is a hoot and I loved her as much as all the rest of the characters in the story; her brother Bash, detective Aiden (hot hot hot) and the cast of nuns that made up the convent. Last but not least, Quinn's dog RBG. Absolutely loved her. The book takes off quickly when her ex's fiancé turns up dead and Quinn is the one who finds her. Which makes her immediately suspect. That's where we meet Aiden who is the lead investigator and chief of hotness( in my own wicked mind) in the story. He knows Quinn didn't do it, but still must follow procedure. Daria and Quinn are quick to start their own investigation despite being warned by Aiden to stay out of it. So who killed Tricia, the very unlikable Tricia? Harper's storytelling throughout this book involves a long trail of breadcrumbs which you will quickly follow and try to figure out not just the who, but the how ! Twists galore, great dialogue, a cast of well developed characters and an insanely good plot had me hooked. And no, you didn't see that end coming! I'm going to need more Bookbinding Mysteries! Stellar read from Harper! arc from NetGalley

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jerri Cachero

    Quinn Caine is back from teaching overseas and is happy to be home in Vienna, Virginia. In Vienna, she has a career as a bookbinder and hopes to build her business. Instead, the murder of a former rival makes her the number one suspect in the young woman's murder! What a great first book in the series! Quinn is a kind, spunky and curious main character. Her curiosity sometimes, leads her into trouble. So much was going on in this book and I loved it - the mystery, Quinn adjusting to being home, r Quinn Caine is back from teaching overseas and is happy to be home in Vienna, Virginia. In Vienna, she has a career as a bookbinder and hopes to build her business. Instead, the murder of a former rival makes her the number one suspect in the young woman's murder! What a great first book in the series! Quinn is a kind, spunky and curious main character. Her curiosity sometimes, leads her into trouble. So much was going on in this book and I loved it - the mystery, Quinn adjusting to being home, reconnecting with her "crush", understanding why her best friend and cousin became a nun (who helps her solve the mystery) and the discussion about her bookbinding business and her parents bookstore Prose and Scones was interesting and added to the book. Quinn may occasionally act without thinking, but she learns from her mistakes and I liked that. Of course, her beautiful German Shepherd, RBG, was a fun and important mystery solving addition to the book. I'm looking forward to the next book! I received an ARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review of this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ada Ross

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My rating is reflective of my enjoyment of this book as an adult woman who loves cozy mysteries, but I've come to the conclusion that this book was probably not intended for my demographic. Consequently, my rating may seem unfair, but I took the book as it was advertised; a mystery novel for a general readership. Instead, I found it to be an awkward melange of overly aggressive dialogue, and VERY contemporary pop-culture references that will feel hopelessly dated in a few short years. The panderi My rating is reflective of my enjoyment of this book as an adult woman who loves cozy mysteries, but I've come to the conclusion that this book was probably not intended for my demographic. Consequently, my rating may seem unfair, but I took the book as it was advertised; a mystery novel for a general readership. Instead, I found it to be an awkward melange of overly aggressive dialogue, and VERY contemporary pop-culture references that will feel hopelessly dated in a few short years. The pandering tone, pacing, and the protagonist's complete disenfranchisement from traditional adult responsibilities all suggest that the book is intended for someone with a short attention span who may not yet have a great deal of life experience. I'm in my 30s, this book felt like it was intended for someone half my age. Aside from my lifelong interest in this genre, I work professionally as a bookseller and bookbinder, and I live in close proximity to the geographic location used for the story, and I still can not relate to a single character in this book. I've always thought that I had a high tolerance for the inconsistencies and silliness inherent in the cozy mystery genre. I was excited about this book, and fully prepared to enjoy any campiness or whimsy. After all, this has everything that I want in a cozy mystery: clearly defined "unique" occupational framework, adult female protagonist, and overlap with the world of antiquarian books. There's almost no way that this book could have let me down had it actually contained any of these advertised elements. But... no. None of these features were included in the book. The protagonist spoke and acted like a teenager, and her "job" was so completely inconsequential to the story, it simply did not figure into the plot. She rarely engaged in any aspect of her work, and it otherwise was not discussed or relevant to the story. She may as well have been a dog groomer, or a daycare worker, or a dental hygienist. Her abilities as a bookbinder were only referenced once by another character directly, and the author assured us that the character in question was "bored" while doing so. Is this really how you wish to establish a new mystery series built around the "hook" of a bookbinder and book conservationist? By avoiding all discussion of the subject? This was extremely frustrating, and suggests that Harper Kincaid is perhaps unfamiliar with the occupation chosen for her main character. Perhaps Kincaid was shoehorned into this particular plot framing device simply on the basis of a shared first name with the legendary Harper Lee. The selected title of this series' first novel reinforces that opinion in my mind. The pacing was quite brisk, but this seemed more of a function of the break-neck speed at which the author wished to drop references to Game of Thrones and Harry Potter rather than in any service to the storyline. The pop culture quotes are just insufferable at the volume used by Kincaid. They aren't employed in a logical or subtle way, and to make matters even worse, the author insists upon explaining most of these references to the reader. Make no mistake: all of the allusions are very obvious and require no explanation. Even if someone needed to be told what "Ruff Barker Ginsburg" referenced, they shouldn't be told AFTER the name and variations of it have been used at least 5 times in the story. And, I don't say this to be cruel, but it's really hard to read a book of this quality and see so many over-eager references to much better books interspersed at every turn. This novel suffers from something that I may start calling "Post-Gilmore Girls Syndrome". Aside from the incessant references to literary and cultural works, the majority of the characters communicate by barking snappy one-liners at each other. They move spastically from one location to the next, having petty arguments and making off-hand inflammatory remarks that are then immediately forgiven/resolved in the next encounter, often over boutique coffee and snacks. None of this matters, none of it is pertinent to the plot (other than some extremely generic "mean girl" character building in the beginning), and none of it was appealing to read. Instead, the sense of disenfranchisement that I felt when I began the book steadily grew until it just lost me. With no relatable dialogue, character, plot device, or appealing framework for the story, there just wasn't anything left to enjoy. I very rarely rate books this low, and this isn't even a bad book in the conventional sense! It's not poorly written, and there are many features of sophistication that hint at something promising. But it utterly fails at its stated premise. I sincerely trust that the people rating this at 5 stars loved it as much as they say, but as much as I tried, I just couldn't find a way to enjoy this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Missi Martin (Stockwell)

    Okay two things I will tell you right up front about To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid is that even though it is a cozy mystery and not a love story, readers are going to be rooting for main character Quinn and police detective Aiden from the get go. Their chemistry is off the charts electric !! (but that doesn't have a chance with their stupidity level unfortunately). The other thing I will tell you right away before you open the book and start reading is that there is no way you are goi Okay two things I will tell you right up front about To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid is that even though it is a cozy mystery and not a love story, readers are going to be rooting for main character Quinn and police detective Aiden from the get go. Their chemistry is off the charts electric !! (but that doesn't have a chance with their stupidity level unfortunately). The other thing I will tell you right away before you open the book and start reading is that there is no way you are going to figure out who the criminal is....so don't even try to figure it out. Just sit in your comfy chair and start reading....... There is so much to love when reading To Kill a Mocking Girl. You will love Quinn and her family. She has her parents, her brother, Bass, and her cousin Sister Daria and her aunt and uncle. Her parents own a great store that she works at, Prose and Scones. She is a bookbinding genuis !! She lives in a barn turned house with her german sheperd, RBG. She lives in a quaint little town in Vienna, Virginia. She has a great relationship with her cousin Sister Daria and loves her life pretty much. Unfortunately the day after her ex-boyfriend Scott announces his engagement to Tricia, she is found dead. Tricia and her twin sister, Trina are real estate agents and long-time bullies to Quinn. Even though they had bad history, that doesn't mean that Quinn would want one of them dead. Things don't sit well with Quinn regarding the murder especially seeing as her and RBG are the ones to find Tricia's body and heard a car leaving the scene. After Quinn learns that there was a death 6 months ago, she can't help but wonder if the two are connected. So while Quinn and Sister Daria try to investigate, Aiden tries to stress that it is not their job to solve the case and wants Quinn to stay out of it and stay safe. Unfortunately when RBG is targeted, Quinn goes into overdrive trying to figure things out. Readers will love everything about To Kill a Mocking Girl.....even the friction between Quinn and Aiden. Harper really throws readers off when they think they know who is behind everything. You will be thoroughly shocked when you finally see who is the mastermind involved !! There is no way you will see it coming !!! I will definitely be on the look out for future books in this series !!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Noreen Trotsky

    I've found a new cozy author to follow! First in a new series, To Kill a Mocking Girl hits all the right notes. It's a fast-paced mystery about Quinn Victoria Caine who has just moved back home to Vienna, VA with her dog Ruff Barker Ginsburg (RBG to friends). Things don't begin well when Quinn stumbles across the body of her ex's new fiance. Things take off from there and we are led through a mystery with a lot of twists and turns. All sorts of characters pop up throughout the book including Quin I've found a new cozy author to follow! First in a new series, To Kill a Mocking Girl hits all the right notes. It's a fast-paced mystery about Quinn Victoria Caine who has just moved back home to Vienna, VA with her dog Ruff Barker Ginsburg (RBG to friends). Things don't begin well when Quinn stumbles across the body of her ex's new fiance. Things take off from there and we are led through a mystery with a lot of twists and turns. All sorts of characters pop up throughout the book including Quinn's cousin-turned-nun, a crooked cop, a pair of mean twins, and we musn't forget handsome Detective Aiden Harringtonn, Quinn's lontime crush and her brothers best friend. The book is filled with humor and is fast-paced and very hard to put down. I'm looking forward to see what QVC and RBG get into in their next outing. Thank you to Netgalley and to the publisher for this ARC. All opinions and thoughs are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This is the first book in the bookbinding series. Quinn Caine has returned to her hometown in Vienna, Virginia to work as a bookbinder in her family's shop. She runs into her ex and his new fiancé, Tricia, who Quinn went to school with but never got along with. The last thing Quinn expects is to find Tricia's body when she takes her dog outside in the middle of the night. Even though Quinn and Tricia weren't friends, Quinn is still determined to investigate. She, along with her cousin/ bestfrien This is the first book in the bookbinding series. Quinn Caine has returned to her hometown in Vienna, Virginia to work as a bookbinder in her family's shop. She runs into her ex and his new fiancé, Tricia, who Quinn went to school with but never got along with. The last thing Quinn expects is to find Tricia's body when she takes her dog outside in the middle of the night. Even though Quinn and Tricia weren't friends, Quinn is still determined to investigate. She, along with her cousin/ bestfriend/nun, Daria, and her german shepherd, RBG, try to uncover what happened. This was a really good first book in the series. I liked the characters. I thought Daria was an interesting character that I want to learn more about. Aiden was great and I look forward to seeing where his relationship with Quinn goes. The mystery was well done. I figured out part of it early on but it was nice to see how it all came together. I definitely will be reading more in this series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Hoffman

    To Kill A Mocking Girl is a debut cozy mystery and the first in the Bookbinders Mystery Series. In it Quinn Victoria Caine returns back to her hometown of Vienna, Virginia to work at her family's bookshop, Prose and Scones, as a bookbinder. She finds out her ex-boyfriend from high school engaged to the mean girl of their school. That is until she's killed and Quinn is seen as the prime suspect Along with her German Shepherd, Ruff Barker Ginsburg, and her streetwise nun cousin, Sister Daria. she To Kill A Mocking Girl is a debut cozy mystery and the first in the Bookbinders Mystery Series. In it Quinn Victoria Caine returns back to her hometown of Vienna, Virginia to work at her family's bookshop, Prose and Scones, as a bookbinder. She finds out her ex-boyfriend from high school engaged to the mean girl of their school. That is until she's killed and Quinn is seen as the prime suspect Along with her German Shepherd, Ruff Barker Ginsburg, and her streetwise nun cousin, Sister Daria. she decides to solve the case, also with local police detective Aiden Harrington, who's the best friend of Quinn's older brother. It's great as far as a cozy goes. I liked all the red herrings, suspects and clues that made it fun to solve along with Quinn and the setting was good, my favorite cozies are the ones that are set in bookstores. As an avid Reader I frequent bookstores.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    To Kill A Mocking Girl is the first book in the A Bookbinding Mystery series. Quinn Caine has returned to her home of Vienna, VA after teaching English in the Far East. Her parents own Prose and Scones, a quaint bookstore, and Quinn has started a bookbinding repair business in the back of the store. Quinn is also excited to be back to catch up with her cousin, Elizabeth Anne, who had been a bit of a hand-full in their high school days. Now, Elizabeth Anne is Sister Daria, a nun-in-training, at th To Kill A Mocking Girl is the first book in the A Bookbinding Mystery series. Quinn Caine has returned to her home of Vienna, VA after teaching English in the Far East. Her parents own Prose and Scones, a quaint bookstore, and Quinn has started a bookbinding repair business in the back of the store. Quinn is also excited to be back to catch up with her cousin, Elizabeth Anne, who had been a bit of a hand-full in their high school days. Now, Elizabeth Anne is Sister Daria, a nun-in-training, at the Anglican Church’s Guinefort House. To help support themselves, the nuns raise German Shepherds and train them for police work and guide dogs. Quinn has adopted one of the “drop-outs” and has named her Ruff Bater Ginsberg. Quinn volunteers by collecting donated dog food and delivering it to Guinefort House. One morning, as Quinn was delivering some dog food to Guinefort House, she is approached by her high school nemesis. Tricia Pemberley, who is waving her engagement ring in Quinn’s face. Tricia’s fiance, Scott, is someone Quinn dated for three weeks during high school, but who she is completely over. Sometime after midnight, Quinn awakes to Ruff’s whining. Guessing that Ruff needs a potty break, she takes Ruff for what she hopes is a quick potty break. She soon hears a thud and the screeching of tires of a car taking off. They take off for where they heard the car leaving and find the dead body of Tricia. The first police officer on the scene, Wyatt Reynolds, doesn’t believe Quinn’s story and is about to arrest her when Detective Aiden Harrington arrives. He has known Quinn and her family since childhood. Quinn certainly didn’t like Tricia but didn’t want her dead either. So she and Sister Daria set out to find her killer. They soon find several suspects, even the police aren’t above suspicion. This is an interesting new series. The story is well-written and reads at a nice pace. I found the characters quite interesting and well developed. I particularly enjoyed the interaction between Quinn and her cousin. I am looking forward to seeing more of Sisters of Guinefort House.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anja

    This book was not for me, quite literally. I think the target audience was American millenials, and I am neither. The plot was a bit thin as were the cardboard characters, but I wouldn't have minded that in a cosy mystery. The setting was okay, The romance was a boring cliche I mostly skipped over. Still, I would have been okay with it. There were other things that really annoyed me. First of all the totally irrelevant quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Second, the inner commentary of the ma This book was not for me, quite literally. I think the target audience was American millenials, and I am neither. The plot was a bit thin as were the cardboard characters, but I wouldn't have minded that in a cosy mystery. The setting was okay, The romance was a boring cliche I mostly skipped over. Still, I would have been okay with it. There were other things that really annoyed me. First of all the totally irrelevant quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Second, the inner commentary of the main character, which gave me the impression the author thought the readers must be terribly stupid and they need an extra explanation of every action and thought. Third, everyone behaved as if they were characters in a mediocre family TV show. And finally, the most annoying thing which made it almost unreadable: the endless number of movie quotes, pop culture references and even mentions of hashtags and OMGs. This was not a novel, it was a tumblr post.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Thank you so much to NetGalley, Harper Kincaid and Crooked Lane Books for allowing me to read a proof copy of To Kill A Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid More more more! I completely and utterly want more of this series!!! I hope its a series, I don't mean to be presumptious but - it should be a series!!! Quin returns home to Vienna Va after years abroad teaching and she can tell that nothing much has changed. Well, a few things have changed. Her best friend, cousin and former hell raiser has become Thank you so much to NetGalley, Harper Kincaid and Crooked Lane Books for allowing me to read a proof copy of To Kill A Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid More more more! I completely and utterly want more of this series!!! I hope its a series, I don't mean to be presumptious but - it should be a series!!! Quin returns home to Vienna Va after years abroad teaching and she can tell that nothing much has changed. Well, a few things have changed. Her best friend, cousin and former hell raiser has become a nun. Her brothers best friend and Quin's teenage crush has become even more handsome and a police detective to boot and her 'dated for like five minutes' ex is getting married to the resident mean girl. Smooth sailing right? But when said mean girl turns up dead in the park, Quin's left to wonder if her home town is anything like it used to be! I'm sure there are people out there who consider cosy mysteries a sort of B grade fiction and not really worth their time but I challenge people who feel like that to read this book. The character development is well thought out, the story is paced nicely, the dialogue is snappy and you end up with geniune flutters for the romances scattered throughout! I love the way that an entire town can be brought to life so well and that you're left definitely wanting more of these people. An absolute first rate novel and I'm keen to keep reading about Quin, Aiden, Bash and Daria. Oh and don't forget RBG!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    I enjoyed this book. I especially liked the character Sister Daria. I liked the characters, I think they're well developed. The setting of the town was described really well. I didn't like that the culprit for the murders is a character that's not mentioned earlier in the book, he just appears. The method of the deaths was interesting, out of the normal. #ToKillaMockingGirl #NetGalley

  23. 5 out of 5

    Leah Grover

    With sparkling wit and lots of heart, Kincaid's cozy mystery debut will captivate audiences far beyond the borders of Vienna, Virginia.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Tyler

    To Kill a Mocking Girl is the first book in the Bookbinding Mystery series by Harper Kincaid. It is currently scheduled for release on May 12 2020. I planned to be following this series to see where it goes from here. However, the author's behavior and bios on social media has them now on my do not buy list. Sadly I had read and reviewed the book via netgalley before seeing it and still will post my honest review as it was written prior to the RWA implosion and everything that came to light duri To Kill a Mocking Girl is the first book in the Bookbinding Mystery series by Harper Kincaid. It is currently scheduled for release on May 12 2020. I planned to be following this series to see where it goes from here. However, the author's behavior and bios on social media has them now on my do not buy list. Sadly I had read and reviewed the book via netgalley before seeing it and still will post my honest review as it was written prior to the RWA implosion and everything that came to light during the winter holidays. 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 Shepherd 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 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. 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. To Kill a Mocking Girl is a well paced and engaging read. I like that Kincaid did not go for a massive information dump in the beginning of the book, rather revealed Quinn's family and the quirks of the town in a more organic manner. I liked Quinn's character- she is smart and capable with a touch of vulnerability. I really liked her collection of knowledge and how deeply she cares about the people around her and doing the right thing. I also enjoyed Quinn's extended family and individuals she crossed paths with regularly. Although it did feel like the author was trying to drop in mentions and bits to be recognized as diversity, without actually giving any real depth to the characters or backstories that were used. It had no bearing on the characters or the story- so it felt more like she was trying to check of boxes or show of how 'progressive' she could be. That nagged at me a bit, and I think the story might have been better served by not making that play or by actually taking further steps with that information actually mattering. The mystery elements were well done, although I will say that the hints dropped in the story led me to guess two of the details before the big reveal, but I did miss the who which is always a nice surprise. I liked that there was a good deal of character development for Quinn and those closest to her. The details about the secondary characters are often what keeps me invested in a story, and in a series. To Kill a Mocking Girl is a solid start to a mystery series with a nice balance of danger, humor, obscure facts, and romance.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Celeste

    2.5 stars rounded up because I can’t seem to come up with a good enough reason to round down, and yeah, that’s just how we do things here. If you’re looking for a character-driven mystery novel, you may want to pass on this one. Same thing goes for the passionate romance. This one is very much a slow-burn, with a dash of the lead character crushing-on-her-brother’s-best-friend-from-childhood trope, so if that’s not for you, I’d advise you to search for deeper waters. While it is what I’d a consid 2.5 stars rounded up because I can’t seem to come up with a good enough reason to round down, and yeah, that’s just how we do things here. If you’re looking for a character-driven mystery novel, you may want to pass on this one. Same thing goes for the passionate romance. This one is very much a slow-burn, with a dash of the lead character crushing-on-her-brother’s-best-friend-from-childhood trope, so if that’s not for you, I’d advise you to search for deeper waters. While it is what I’d a consider a cozy mystery, the mystery itself comes with a villain whose motive is not exactly the most original, even though it made sense. But it was lacking on the creativity in my opinion, so I wasn’t entirely surprised or enthused when the climax hit. Similarly, while the plot was fast-paced, there wasn’t anything special or extraordinary about it; it existed at its foundations but didn’t really amount to anything terribly innovative or exciting. And when I say slow-burn romance, I don’t mean there’s any angst or yearning or god forbid feelings that are explored in any way. No sirree, not in this fine establishment. It’s slow-burn because it’s not really existent, and kinda feels forced without any chemistry. Maybe that’s because the characters aren’t as fleshed out as I hoped they’d be. Maybe it’s because the plot was pretty non-stop in terms of the movement and its progression. Maybe it’s Maybelline, who knows? At the end of the day, while it didn’t blow me away by any means, it was still somewhat enjoyable, in that light and fluffy Hallmark movie kinda way. So if that’s your thing, I’d say go for it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    “To Kill a Mocking Girl“ by Harper Kincaid is the first instalment in the "Bookbinding Mystery" series. What a great start to a new series, I’ll definitely be adding this to my must read series! I found myself staying up till almost 2am to finish the story, as I had to find out how it ended. It was fast paced, entertaining, funny and I really loved the relationship Quinn had with RBG her German Shepard. The setting of Vienna, Virginia was described in such a way I could picture it, I liked the rel “To Kill a Mocking Girl“ by Harper Kincaid is the first instalment in the "Bookbinding Mystery" series. What a great start to a new series, I’ll definitely be adding this to my must read series! I found myself staying up till almost 2am to finish the story, as I had to find out how it ended. It was fast paced, entertaining, funny and I really loved the relationship Quinn had with RBG her German Shepard. The setting of Vienna, Virginia was described in such a way I could picture it, I liked the relationships everyone seemed to have in the town. The book was filled with wonderful characters, I especially liked the close bond between Quinn and her cousin and BFF sister Daria. It was entertaining, full of twists and turns as well as a few surprises. Plus I didn’t guess whodunnit! I highly recommend this series to all my cozy loving friends. I requested and received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my OWN.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 stars Bookbinder, Quinn Can be finds herself as the number one suspect when her old boyfriend's fiancee is killed. She begins searching for clues with her cousin,a nun in training, as a sidekick. I liked the dynamic between Detective Aiden and Quinn. He is an old friend of her brother's and she fears she might never get out of the friend zone. Aiden is really interested in Quinn but their personalities are so different, I think it is hard for them to connect. This is definitely a series I want 4.5 stars Bookbinder, Quinn Can be finds herself as the number one suspect when her old boyfriend's fiancee is killed. She begins searching for clues with her cousin,a nun in training, as a sidekick. I liked the dynamic between Detective Aiden and Quinn. He is an old friend of her brother's and she fears she might never get out of the friend zone. Aiden is really interested in Quinn but their personalities are so different, I think it is hard for them to connect. This is definitely a series I want to continue with. The relationship was left in a bit of a cliffhanger even though the whodunit was complete. The mystery was really engaging. I was turning pages like crazy trying to figure out what was going on. Lots of suspects to consider. If you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! The first in a series, and thus a whole new world to explore in cozy mystery! I really liked the characters and the premise, and I liked how established the town and relationships felt. Quinn and Aiden had a realistic connection, as well as the shared memories as childhood friends, and I can't wait to see what develops as adults. There is definitely a good romance brewing, but as this is book one, I hope they give it time Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! The first in a series, and thus a whole new world to explore in cozy mystery! I really liked the characters and the premise, and I liked how established the town and relationships felt. Quinn and Aiden had a realistic connection, as well as the shared memories as childhood friends, and I can't wait to see what develops as adults. There is definitely a good romance brewing, but as this is book one, I hope they give it time to develop (but not too much time!) Adding in canine characters is always a win, and the book binding business plus bookstore appeals to me as well. Can't wait to read more from this series! Four stars.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tamara Lush

    This is the first of a new cozy mystery series by Harper Kincaid. It's set in the town of Vienna, Virginia, and I enjoyed meeting all of the residents. I loved Quinn, the kind-hearted and quirky heroine! She was a perfect blend of feisty and curious. Aiden, the leading man, was swoony and fun. The banter between Quinn and Aiden was refreshing and smart. Kincaid's excellent writing led to a wonderful twist near the end of the book. I can't wait to see how this series unfolds!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Homerun2

    3.5 stars Quinn Caine has returned home to small town Vienna, Virginia after travelling the world teaching English. Her parents have second careers running a bookstore and Quinn is going to be a bookbinder and do repairs there. Quinn is only in her mid 20's and there is a whiff of post-high school in the small town happenings and many pop culture references. A man Quinn dated briefly has just become engaged when his new fiance is found murdered -- and Quinn finds the body. And in the way of cozies 3.5 stars Quinn Caine has returned home to small town Vienna, Virginia after travelling the world teaching English. Her parents have second careers running a bookstore and Quinn is going to be a bookbinder and do repairs there. Quinn is only in her mid 20's and there is a whiff of post-high school in the small town happenings and many pop culture references. A man Quinn dated briefly has just become engaged when his new fiance is found murdered -- and Quinn finds the body. And in the way of cozies, the investigating detective is Quinn's brother's best friend, who Quinn has had a crush on practically her whole life. There are lots of things to appreciate in this debut -- Quinn is interesting, as is her cousin and BFF Daria who has decided to become an Anglican nun. If you are a stickler for proper police procedure and logic, you won't find much here. But there are appealing characters and a little soul-searching for the millennial cast, most of whom are still mooning over romantic partners from their younger days. Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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