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Get ready for a witty and intriguing journey in the world of rare books with “Crime and Parchment” by Daphne Silver. In this captivating cozy mystery, rare books librarian Juniper Blume finds herself uncovering the truth behind an ancient Celtic manuscript that shouldn’t be in a Maryland cemetery. As Juniper delves into the investigation, she not only unravels a puzzling mystery involving stolen bejeweled book covers but also reconnects with her past in a small Chesapeake Bay town. With a mix of amateur sleuthing, small-town charm, and mouthwatering descriptions of East European Jewish treats, “Crime and Parchment” is a delightful read that will leave you wanting more.


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A Rare Books Cozy Mystery: Book 1

Publication Date: November 21, 2023

You’re in for a thrilling and cozy adventure with “Crime and Parchment,” the first book in the Rare Books Cozy Mystery series by Daphne Silver. This delightful novel, set in the small Chesapeake Bay town of Rose Mallow, will transport you to a world of ancient manuscripts, curious librarians, and mouth-watering baked goods. Let’s dive in and explore the captivating elements of this cozy mystery.


Ancient Celtic manuscript in a Maryland cemetery

The story revolves around a rare books librarian named Juniper Blume, who stumbles upon an ancient Celtic manuscript in a cemetery in Maryland. This discovery immediately piques her curiosity, as such a valuable artifact shouldn’t be found in an ordinary cemetery. Juniper’s quest for the truth leads her on a captivating and mysterious journey.

Juniper’s curiosity leads her back to Rose Mallow

Juniper’s investigation takes her back to her hometown of Rose Mallow, a place she had purposely avoided since the passing of her grandmother, Nana Z. Despite her grief, Juniper’s curiosity propels her to confront her past and unravel the secrets hidden within the town.

The transformation of grandma’s mansion into Wildflower Inn

Upon her return to Rose Mallow, Juniper discovers that her sister, Azalea, has transformed their grandmother’s mansion into the Wildflower Inn. This transformation triggers a conflict between the sisters, and Juniper must find a way to heal their relationship while immersing herself in the mysteries surrounding the town.

Juniper’s conflict with her sister

As Juniper delves deeper into the mysteries of Rose Mallow, she must also confront her unresolved conflicts with her sister. Can they set aside their differences and work together to uncover the truth behind the ancient manuscript?

The murder in the cemetery

Amidst the investigation, a murder takes place in the cemetery, further intensifying the mystery. Juniper, alongside a group of amateur sleuths, embarks on a mission to uncover the identity of the killer while navigating the complexities of small-town dynamics.

Multiple amateur sleuths and their investigation

Juniper is not alone in her quest for answers. Throughout the story, she encounters various amateur sleuths who join her investigation. Together, they weave a complex tapestry of clues, red herrings, and surprising twists, making for an engaging and compelling reading experience.


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Setting and atmosphere

The setting of Rose Mallow, a small Chesapeake Bay town, serves as the perfect backdrop for this cozy mystery. The town is imbued with a small-town vibe, complete with gossips, intriguing characters, and a rich history. The author’s vivid descriptions transport you to this charming and atmospheric setting, making you feel like you’re a part of the story.

Main characters and their roles

Juniper Blume takes center stage as the rare books librarian with an insatiable curiosity. Her determination to uncover the truth drives the narrative forward, while her conflicts with her sister add depth and emotional resonance to the story. Other characters, including Azalea and Rory, Azalea’s soon-to-be ex-husband, contribute to the intricate web of relationships and motivations that shape the mystery.

Clues, red herrings, and the mystery

Daphne Silver expertly crafts a mystery filled with clues, red herrings, and unexpected twists. As you follow Juniper and her fellow amateur sleuths, you’ll be captivated by the intricate puzzles they encounter along the way. The author’s skillful plotting keeps you guessing until the very end, making “Crime and Parchment” a page-turner that’s hard to put down.

The flow of the story

The story’s flow is seamless and engaging, carrying you effortlessly from one scene to another. Juniper’s narrative voice is friendly and relatable, pulling you into her world and making you feel like you’re her confidante. The pacing of the story keeps you hooked, eagerly turning the pages to unravel the mysteries concealed within Rose Mallow.

Vivid descriptions and mouth-watering baked goods

One of the standout features of “Crime and Parchment” is the author’s ability to create vivid descriptions that bring the setting and characters to life. From the picturesque scenery of Rose Mallow to the tantalizing smells of sweet kugels and tzimmes cake, your senses will be fully immersed in the story. Prepare to be transported into a world where baked goods are as important as the mysteries themselves.

Next Installment

Anticipation for future books in the series

After experiencing the captivating world of “Crime and Parchment,” readers will undoubtedly be eagerly awaiting the next installment in the Rare Books Cozy Mystery series. The tantalizing mysteries, engaging characters, and delightful atmosphere establish a solid foundation for future adventures.

Juniper’s future adventures and potential partners in crime

As we look forward to the next book in the series, we can’t help but wonder what lies ahead for Juniper Blume. With her insatiable curiosity and knack for solving mysteries, Juniper is bound to encounter more intriguing cases in the future. Additionally, the potential for new partnerships and alliances in her sleuthing endeavors adds an extra layer of excitement and anticipation.


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Buy Links

For those eager to embark on Juniper Blume’s cozy mystery adventure, “Crime and Parchment” is available for purchase through various online retailers. Here are the buy links:

  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • iBooks
  • Kobo

About the Author

Daphne Silver, the talented author behind the Rare Books Cozy Mystery series, draws upon her background in museums to create captivating stories. Her love for drawing and painting shines through in her ability to paint vivid pictures with words. Daphne currently resides in Maryland with her family and is a self-proclaimed fan of sweet lokshen kugel.

Author’s Social Media

To stay updated on Daphne Silver’s latest releases and connect with her, check out her various social media platforms:

  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Goodreads
  • Amazon
  • Bookbub

Blog Tour Schedule

For a chance to engage further with the author and participate in related activities, be sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming blog tour dates and activities. Here’s the schedule:

  • November 22 – Novels Alive – REVIEW
  • November 22 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – AUTHOR GUEST POST
  • November 24 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW
  • November 24 – Mystery, Thrillers, and Suspense – SPOTLIGHT
  • November 24 – fundinmental – SPOTLIGHT
  • November 25 – Ruff Drafts – RECIPE
  • November 25 – Celticlady’s Reviews– SPOTLIGHT
  • November 26 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee – SPOTLIGHT
  • November 26 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT
  • November 27 – Cozy Up With Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
  • November 27 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
  • November 28 – My Reading Journeys – CHARACTER GUEST POST
  • November 28 – StoreyBook Reviews – AUTHOR GUEST POST
  • November 28 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
  • November 29 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
  • November 29 – Lady Hawkeye – SPOTLIGHT
  • November 30 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
  • November 30 – Diane’s Book Journal – SPOTLIGHT

Immerse yourself in the world of “Crime and Parchment” and join the author and fellow readers on this exciting blog tour.

*Please note: The provided content from Novels Alive has been utilized in the creation of this article.