Murder by the Book (Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery, #1)
Addie Greyborne loved working with rare books at the Boston Public Library—she even got to play detective, tracking down clues about mysterious old volumes. But she didn't expect her sleuthing skills to come in so handy in a little seaside town . . .Addie left some painful memories behind in the big city, including the unsolved murder of her fiancé and her father's fatal car accident. After an unexpected inheritance from a great aunt, she's moved to a small New England town founded by her ancestors back in colonial times—and living in spacious Greyborne Manor, on a hilltop overlooking the harbor. Best of all, her aunt also left her countless first editions and other treasures—providing an inventory to start her own store.But there's trouble from day one, and not just from the grumpy woman who runs the bakery next door. A car nearly runs Addie down. Someone steals a copy of Alice in Wonderland. Then, Addie's friend Serena, who owns a nearby tea shop, is arrested—for killing another local merchant. The police seem pretty sure they've got the story in hand, but Addie's not going to let them close the book on this case without a fight . .

Murder by the Book (Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery, #1) Details

TitleMurder by the Book (Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 30th, 2018
PublisherKensington
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Writing, Books About Books, Fiction

Murder by the Book (Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery, #1) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott is the first book in the cozy Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series. Well, I'm going to call this one a cozy mystery as it does have the elements there but it also felt a bit like romantic suspense too. Addison Greyborne had not been having a good year before she moved to a small New England town that had been named for her ancestors back in Colonial times. Addie is still recovering from the murder of her finace, her father dying in a tragic accident and t Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott is the first book in the cozy Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series. Well, I'm going to call this one a cozy mystery as it does have the elements there but it also felt a bit like romantic suspense too. Addison Greyborne had not been having a good year before she moved to a small New England town that had been named for her ancestors back in Colonial times. Addie is still recovering from the murder of her finace, her father dying in a tragic accident and then finding out a long lost aunt had also died but left her whole estate to Addie. Addie inheritance however has given her the opportunity to start over and continue to work with books after leaving her job at the Boston Public Library. With her aunt having so many rare book in her collection and the funds to open a shop Addie decides to open Beyond the Page and had even begun to make friends in the town when her good friend Serena is arrested for murder and Addie finds herself teaming up with Serena's police chief brother to clear her name. Now as I said this one seemed to be crossing a bit over into romantic suspense with the main character not exactly working on her own and against the police as with a normal cozy set up. Instead Addie is pushing herself into the investigation and actually working with the police chief using her skills she had from her previous job and with a lot of flirting between the two a romantic connection did begin to grow. I do however like this set up as it gives credibility to the investigation. This one however was missing my love of the overly quirky and eccentric characters but Addie was likable enough along with her love interest that I still enjoyed getting to know them. I did think a few times though that Addie's actions seemed a bit too childish for a thirty something woman while flirting with someone. In the end though the book had a ton of action and an interesting plot relevant to the character that led me to give this one 3.5 stars and I would definitely continue with the series. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    Addison Greyborne worked at the Boston Public Library until a year ago, but then her life fell apart. Her fiance was murdered and her father died in an accident. While still reeling from the deaths, a relative died and left her money and a house in Greyborne Harbor. She opened her own shop, Beyond the Page Books & Curios, and started trying to piece her life back together again. Someone seems determined to put a damper on her plans. Her shop and home are broken into and a dark car seems to b Addison Greyborne worked at the Boston Public Library until a year ago, but then her life fell apart. Her fiance was murdered and her father died in an accident. While still reeling from the deaths, a relative died and left her money and a house in Greyborne Harbor. She opened her own shop, Beyond the Page Books & Curios, and started trying to piece her life back together again. Someone seems determined to put a damper on her plans. Her shop and home are broken into and a dark car seems to be following her. Just as she makes a new friend, that friend is arrested for killing another local merchant. Addie is determined to clear Serena's name and discover who is behind the break-ins and other bad happenings in Greyborne Harbor. Murder By the Book is a great start to a new cozy series! I do wish they had chosen a more creative title for the book though. There are SO many mysteries with the same title. It's been done before.....1000 times. The story line is a bit trope-y too.....mysterious, unknown relative leaves money and property to main character and bad things happen. But, I enjoyed the characters and the background theme of a book and curio shop. The story was entertaining and the mystery plot engaging enough to hold my interest. So, I forgive the tropes.....I wish the small town I live in had a shop like Beyond the Page. I would be there all the time!! :)A second book in this new series, Prologue to Murder, will be out in 2019. I will definitely read more of this series!**I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
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  • Gail C.
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced digital copy of Murder By the Book by Lauren Elliott from NetGalley and Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book in a planned series featuring Addie who has recently moved from Boston to a small harbor town after experiencing several personal tragedies. Having inherited an estate and lots of money, Addie decides to indulge her love of old books by opening a second-hand book store. She is a former librarian who researched many old and valua I received an advanced digital copy of Murder By the Book by Lauren Elliott from NetGalley and Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book in a planned series featuring Addie who has recently moved from Boston to a small harbor town after experiencing several personal tragedies. Having inherited an estate and lots of money, Addie decides to indulge her love of old books by opening a second-hand book store. She is a former librarian who researched many old and valuable books, which has allowed her to develop her investigative skills.Almost immediately we learn of the accidental death of her father and the unsolved murder of her fiance, as well as the death of a previously un remember great aunt who is believed to have died from natural causes. The book begins with Addie opening her new bookshop and then almost being run down by a black sedan, an occurrence she brushes off as the result of a distracted driver. Almost immediately, there is a breakin at the shop, Addie’s keys are stolen, suspicious people wander into the shop and then her house is burgled. This sets up the constant bringing together of Addie and the police chief, Marc. It’s clear from the beginning there is a physical attraction between Marc and Addie and they spend the rest of the book being drawn to one another then pushing each other away, only to repeat the same action with much the same written description a few pages later.The book relies more on relationship building than on solving the numerous murders that are ultimately determined to have occurred. Other characters who are likely to be recurring fixtures in future books include Serena, who owns a shop down the street and is Marc’s sister, Martha who owns the bakery next door and Paige, who comes to work for Addie. The relationships spring up almost immediately, with Addie and Serena becoming best friends almost overnight and Addie hiring Paige, then immediately giving her a substantial raise and responsibilities in the shop in spite of the fact Paige is Martha’s daughter and Martha is doing everything she can to shut Addie down and force her out of business.There is almost too much happening within the world of this one book. It abounds with secret staircases, hidden drawers in furniture and connections that are revealed at the convenient time for Addie and/or Marc to further their investigation. Often the dialog and writing comes across as more suited to the young adult reader. The final chapters are written in a way to summarize all that has taken place within the book, some of it having been telegraphed early on and some of it being revealed through the sudden appearance of knowledge that gives the results away.It is hard to believe that Marc, chief of police, would involve Addie in crime scene investigation on one hand and then insist she stay out of it because she is an amature on the other. Throughout the book there is a constant shift between Marc being stern and business like only to have his look soften in the next paragraph as he gives in to Addie’s desire to be involved in learning why she is being targeted through break-ins and threatening occurrences. In summary, the book reads more like a very light romance/relationship novel with a mystery component than an in-depth mystery that offers some relationship building. It is probably best suited for the reader who is interested in the personal lives of the characters and how they relate to one another.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Murder by the Book was a pleasant start to the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series with its charming setting and compelling mystery.After her fiancé is murdered and her father dies in a car accident, Addie Greyborne is ready for a change. When she receives an unexpected inheritance from her great aunt, Addie leaves Boston behind for the quaint seaside town of Greyborne Harbor where she uses the book collection left to her by her aunt to open a used bookstore. Once her store is up and runnin Murder by the Book was a pleasant start to the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series with its charming setting and compelling mystery.After her fiancé is murdered and her father dies in a car accident, Addie Greyborne is ready for a change. When she receives an unexpected inheritance from her great aunt, Addie leaves Boston behind for the quaint seaside town of Greyborne Harbor where she uses the book collection left to her by her aunt to open a used bookstore. Once her store is up and running, Addie quickly makes friends with Serena who owns a tea shop next door to Addie’s. But when Serena is accused of murdering another local merchant, Addie knows she’s innocent and vows to find the real killer and clear Serena’s name.The mystery in this book is solid and in my opinion the best aspect of the book. I found myself second guessing everyone Addie came into contact with wondering if they were the ones following her and breaking into her home and bookstore. Add in the murder Serena was accused of and I found myself not trusting anybody. I enjoyed the investigative techniques Addie used, particularly the murder board, as unlike most of the cozies I’ve read she doesn’t have a wide variety of contacts yet to get information from. Ultimately I did end up guessing the culprit prior to the big reveal, but it was still cleverly done with a few surprises thrown in.Addie is incredibly knowledgeable about books and I loved her enthusiasm for her work. It’s clear she greatly enjoyed the investigative aspects of her time spent at the Boston Public Library and her stint at the British Museum. My one complaint about Addie as a character is how much she doesn’t keep her word and how she creates inventive ways to get around her promises. I understand in cozies that usually the main character is investigating against police wishes, but the amount of times she lies to Marc (the police chief and Serena’s brother) grated after a while when it became clear he was a potential love interest for her.The author does a great job creating that small town feeling particularly with the town residents which includes quite a few busybodies. One of the things I didn’t enjoy about the book though was the abrupt start and Addie instantly making an enemy and a best friend. Addie has been in town for a few months and has been busy with preparing her bookstore, but she never talks to any other town residents and only meets everyone for the first time the day she opens her store. I had a bit of a hard time buying Martha’s intense hatred of her on sight as well as the immediate closeness Addie has with Serena. I wish the author had shown Addie preparing to open her store and having her build a friendship with Serena over time.Despite not completely loving Murder by the Book, I still found it to be an enjoyable read and I think the series holds promise. I’ll definitely be checking out future books in the series and I’m excited to see what the characters get up to next.**I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**
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  • Fred
    January 1, 1970
    Murder By The Book is the first book in the A Beyond The Page Bookstore Mystery series.After Addison Greyborne’s father dies in an automobile accident and her fiance is murdered. She has inherited her aunt’s home and extensive book collection and decides to move to Greyborne and with the extensive book collection, her aunt had she decides to open the Beyond The Page – Books & Curios store. But bad luck is continuing to follow Addie, as she’s heading to her store for the first time she is nea Murder By The Book is the first book in the A Beyond The Page Bookstore Mystery series.After Addison Greyborne’s father dies in an automobile accident and her fiance is murdered. She has inherited her aunt’s home and extensive book collection and decides to move to Greyborne and with the extensive book collection, her aunt had she decides to open the Beyond The Page – Books & Curios store. But bad luck is continuing to follow Addie, as she’s heading to her store for the first time she is nearly run down by a speeding automobile. As Addie is straightening item in the store, Serena who has SerenaTEAS shop a few doors down the street comes in to welcome Addie. While they are discussing their shops, there is a disturbance out back and when they check what it was they encounter Martha who owns the bakery next to Addie’s who says someone with a crowbar was trying to get in Addie’s store. When Addie goes back into her store, she finds that it has been vandalized. Later she gets a message from Blaine Fielding, owner of the local department store asking her to come over. As she is heading across the street, Serena is being led out of the store be her brother, Marc who is also the police chief, in handcuffs. Fielding had been killed and Serena had been found holding the murder weapon.Soon, there are also break-ins at her home too. Addie doesn’t feel that Serena is guilty and wants to clear Serena’s name. After some reflection, Addie begins to wonder if she wasn’t the one meant to find Fielding and to be framed for his murder. She soon believes that there must be something valuable enough hidden somewhere that is worth killing for and getting her out of town.I found this to be a very interesting new series and there are a couple of other subplots, that if I would discuss, would take away from the mystery itself. I felt that the story was well written and had an interesting cast of characters. I’ll be looking forward to learning more about Serena, Addie, and her possible romantic interest with Marc.I will be watching for the next book in this interesting new series.
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  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    This is the debut cozy mystery for Lauren Elliott in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series. I think the series and the author have promise. Addie Greyborne is a likable protagonist. She is observant, independent and looking for a place to heal from a number of tragedies that she has suffered. The secondary cast of characters is well developed and likable as well. The mystery is woven throughout the story but there is so much going on at times it is a little overwhelming just how many peop This is the debut cozy mystery for Lauren Elliott in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series. I think the series and the author have promise. Addie Greyborne is a likable protagonist. She is observant, independent and looking for a place to heal from a number of tragedies that she has suffered. The secondary cast of characters is well developed and likable as well. The mystery is woven throughout the story but there is so much going on at times it is a little overwhelming just how many people and incidents are connected to the mystery. Amateur sleuths are bread and butter of the cozy mystery genre but in this book it felt odd to see the police take an amateur sleuth and someone involved with the incidents occurring to an active crime scene.I liked the characters, setting and writing style of this author. I think the series has promise but would like to see a bit more tightening on the mystery aspect of the story and something that is not quite so involved for the next book.I voluntarily read an advanced review copy provided to me by the author.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    The first in a new series and new author for me. The story starts out with a lot of action but the narrative did not flow smoothly making difficult to follow at times. The number of characters introduced made it hard to follow the main line and needed more development. A lot of time was spent on the backstory. At one time I felt for the MC because of all the negative events that were occurring around her. There were things that occurred that I question. After the death of finance and Father, Add The first in a new series and new author for me. The story starts out with a lot of action but the narrative did not flow smoothly making difficult to follow at times. The number of characters introduced made it hard to follow the main line and needed more development. A lot of time was spent on the backstory. At one time I felt for the MC because of all the negative events that were occurring around her. There were things that occurred that I question. After the death of finance and Father, Addie Greyborne learned that unknown aunt has died and left her estate. Addie moved to the small coastal town where she learned that the town was named after her relatives. She discovered a number of rare books as more than enough books to open a bookstore. The first day she is open events occur causing her problems. Eddie made a friend and an enemy that day.. A bank official is a murder and her friend is accused of his murder. The story takes a major turn here and several unpleasant incidents occur before Addie's life is close to normal again. Addie needs answers before she joins her boyfriend and Father in death. I recommend this book.Disclosure: Many thanks to Kensington Books for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book quite a lot. It had a few issues here and there that ultimately affected my rating, but overall it was a pretty decent read. The mystery was fantastically written and definitely the high point of the book. It certainly had me guessing right until the end. I also enjoyed the small town setting. It also had great secondary characters.  That said, it started out a bit rough with the author seemingly jumping into the story with both feet when I felt we needed a bit more buildup I enjoyed this book quite a lot. It had a few issues here and there that ultimately affected my rating, but overall it was a pretty decent read. The mystery was fantastically written and definitely the high point of the book. It certainly had me guessing right until the end. I also enjoyed the small town setting. It also had great secondary characters.  That said, it started out a bit rough with the author seemingly jumping into the story with both feet when I felt we needed a bit more buildup and fleshing out. For example, how did Addie spend months getting her bookstore set up with NEVER meeting another human being in the town? Especially Serena or Martha (her neighbors)? Martha, precisely because she seemed to be this over the top busybody that would have been over poking her nose in Addie's business first chance she got? There were also a few times here and there where the writing felt a bit clunky. My only other issue was Addie herself. She came across quite b!tchy at times. Specifically when it came to her interactions with Marc. To be honest, I am not really a fan of budding romances in cozy mysteries. If the heroine is going to have a romantic entanglement I prefer it to be one that is already established and on solid ground. If I wanted to read romance angst, I would read a romance book. So a bit of a mixed bag with this one, but overall I enjoyed it enough to check out the next book in the series.    
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  • JoAn
    January 1, 1970
    Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott was an engaging beginning to a new cozy series that I had difficulty putting down.I thought Addie was a very strong and resourceful young woman who has managed to keep moving forward in spite of the tragedies in her past. Her new friend, Serena, totally captured me with her positive attitude and her friendship to Addie. I thought Ms. Elliott's descriptive writing introduced reader to the lovely small New England town. I would love to visit this seaside town a Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott was an engaging beginning to a new cozy series that I had difficulty putting down.I thought Addie was a very strong and resourceful young woman who has managed to keep moving forward in spite of the tragedies in her past. Her new friend, Serena, totally captured me with her positive attitude and her friendship to Addie. I thought Ms. Elliott's descriptive writing introduced reader to the lovely small New England town. I would love to visit this seaside town and see it for myself. The characters are beginning to develop and only left me wanting to get to know them better - well, except for Martha who runs the bakery. I'll take a pass on meeting her. The plot was skillfully paced with turns, twists and red herrings that kept me turning the pages. I was totally rocked by the reveal as I never saw it coming. A great beginning to what I hope is the start of a long running cozy series.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott is the debut novel in A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery. Addie Greyborne has had a rough year with the murder of her fiancé and the death of her father. Thanks to an inheritance from her great aunt, Anita Greyborne, Addie has relocated to Greyborne Harbor and is ready to open Beyond the Page Books & Curios. Opening day begins by Addie almost getting run over by a black sedan. After opening the bookshop, she meets Serena Chandler who owns SerenaTEA next Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott is the debut novel in A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery. Addie Greyborne has had a rough year with the murder of her fiancé and the death of her father. Thanks to an inheritance from her great aunt, Anita Greyborne, Addie has relocated to Greyborne Harbor and is ready to open Beyond the Page Books & Curios. Opening day begins by Addie almost getting run over by a black sedan. After opening the bookshop, she meets Serena Chandler who owns SerenaTEA next door. The day spirals out of control when someone uses a distraction to steal a 1961 copy of Alice in Wonderland. Late that night, Addie awakens to a noise and finds that someone has broken into her home. Several of the rooms have been ransacked but Addie has no clue what the thieves are after. When her shop suffers another break in, the local shop owners are less than pleased with Addie. The next day there is a commotion outside Fielding’s Department Store involving Serena. She has been arrested for murdering Blain Fielding. Addie uses her keen eye for detail and sleuthing skills from tracking down rare books and artwork to expose the guilty party behind this nefarious plot. Can Addie clear Serena of the murder charges? Come along for the investigation in Murder by the Book.Murder by the Book is a book full of action. It starts off with a bang with a car almost running down Addie. Addie has lost her fiancé, father and a great aunt in one year. She leaves her job at the Boston PublicLibrary to start over in Greyborne Harbor. In her new home, Greyborne Manor she discovers numerous books which gives her the idea to open a used bookstore. Then someone starts breaking into her home and shop. We are left wondering what the thieves are trying to locate. Then there is the murder and slowly more details are revealed. The mystery is complex yet simple at the same time. There are hidden rooms, rare books, a secret staircase, a black sedan, and unknown thieves. Some details/clues are provided as the story progresses, but others come to light just before the reveal with the remainder explained at the end. I would have liked more clues interspersed throughout the book to allow a reader to play sleuth along with Addie (the best part of a mystery is solving it). Most readers, though, will have no problem identifying the guilty party. Addie quickly becomes friends with Serena and her new employee, Paige. I thought the relationships developed too quickly. It seems Serena became Addie’s instant friend and she trusts Paige despite her disagreeable mother. For some reason, the bakery owner, Martha has taken a disliking to Addie. We are not given Martha’s last name, the name of her establishment or why she dislikes Addie. Actually, very little information is provided on Greyborne Harbor. Addie has been in town three months and seems to have met no one. A prequel to the series would have been beneficial or the author should have started the series with Addie receiving her inheritance. I loved the description of Addie’s Queen Anne Victorian. It sounds beautiful inside and out (period details with antique furnishing including a desk with hidden compartments). I would like to know more about Addie (her growing up years). I appreciated her enthusiasm for books and knowledge of rare books. I hope the author lets the romance build slowly between Addie and Marc especially since Addie is not over her fiancé. I enjoyed reading Murder by the Book. It captured and held my interest which few books have done recently. My rating for Murder by the Book is 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). I thought it was a delightful beginning to A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series, and I look forward to reading Prologue to Murder.
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    Murder by the Book is a first in a new series that is engaging and has plenty of colorful characters.Addie is still in mourning over the loss of her father and her fiance. Settling into a new business and new home takes its toll, and when her new friend is arrested for murder, Addie can't help but get involved.I was intrigued by the story description and was excited to read this new book.My only complaint was how fast Addie was accepted to be investigating with the police. It came across as forc Murder by the Book is a first in a new series that is engaging and has plenty of colorful characters.Addie is still in mourning over the loss of her father and her fiance. Settling into a new business and new home takes its toll, and when her new friend is arrested for murder, Addie can't help but get involved.I was intrigued by the story description and was excited to read this new book.My only complaint was how fast Addie was accepted to be investigating with the police. It came across as forced, but I was able to read on, and found myself pleased with the end of the book.I will be looking forward to reading the next book in this series.I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
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  • Adriana B.
    January 1, 1970
    4.5*Thank you to the publisher via Netgalley for giving me an ARC of this book.This is a Small-Town cozy mystery with lots of coffee cups. It's an easy read and the characters were well written. I do look forward to reading the next one in this new series.
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  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    The story started off with promise, but it began to get clunky and felt disjointed at times when discussing some of the back story and revealing each character (which there were a lot to keep track of). I like the relationship/friendship between Addie and Serena. It's fun and quite endearing. I also enjoyed the small-town setting and the bookshop.There were a few implausible parts that if the same situations happened in real life, the story would be different. For example, a package is hidden, b The story started off with promise, but it began to get clunky and felt disjointed at times when discussing some of the back story and revealing each character (which there were a lot to keep track of). I like the relationship/friendship between Addie and Serena. It's fun and quite endearing. I also enjoyed the small-town setting and the bookshop.There were a few implausible parts that if the same situations happened in real life, the story would be different. For example, a package is hidden, but the main character Addie doesn't ask the person where it is located. That would be the first question someone would ask. And Addie doesn't ask the names of the two mysterious women when she has the chance to ask another character in the book. Why didn't she ask this person their names?Overall, it was an okay story and okay characters. I may give the next book in the series a try.I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
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  • Adriana B.
    January 1, 1970
    4.5*Thank you to the publisher via Netgalley for giving me an ARC of this book.This is a Small-Town cozy mystery with lots of coffee cups. It's an easy read and the characters were well written. I do look forward to reading the next one in this new series.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    Addison , Addie, Greyborne has just moved to Greyborne Harbor after the deaths of her fiancé and father to open her own business. She makes friends with the tea shop owner Serena and Serenas brother Marc who is a police chief. Addie soon becomes the target of breakins, and Serena gets framed for murder. Are the two crimes connected ? Addie thinks so. She works with Marc to clear Serena name and find out who is responsible for the crime in Greyborne Harbor.This was a good first in series book. It Addison , Addie, Greyborne has just moved to Greyborne Harbor after the deaths of her fiancé and father to open her own business. She makes friends with the tea shop owner Serena and Serenas brother Marc who is a police chief. Addie soon becomes the target of breakins, and Serena gets framed for murder. Are the two crimes connected ? Addie thinks so. She works with Marc to clear Serena name and find out who is responsible for the crime in Greyborne Harbor.This was a good first in series book. It set up the characters well and made me want to learn more about them. I thought the mystery was ok and enjoyed how everything came together.I received this book from net galley in exchange for a honest review .
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I have been looking forward to this cozy for months! I came across it on Amazon over the summer and was immediately intrigued by it. So I was thrilled at the chance to be able to review it early through NetGalley. It was a solid cozy. Good characters and an exciting mystery with several surprises kept me involved. The writing did seem a bit choppy at times and there was a lot going on in the mystery aspects. While I didn't love this story, I did enjoy it and will continue reading the next offeri I have been looking forward to this cozy for months! I came across it on Amazon over the summer and was immediately intrigued by it. So I was thrilled at the chance to be able to review it early through NetGalley. It was a solid cozy. Good characters and an exciting mystery with several surprises kept me involved. The writing did seem a bit choppy at times and there was a lot going on in the mystery aspects. While I didn't love this story, I did enjoy it and will continue reading the next offerings in the series next year when they release.I received this book through NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Rima Aiello
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful read full of amazing characters! This book had me hooked from the first page. The mystery was well written, the characters were well rounded. Nothing was given away early, and the end game of the mystery was not one that you were able to guess. A book that I would read again and again.
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  • Jeanie
    January 1, 1970
    This first in a new cozy mystery series hits the ground running! I like many things about this clever cozy mystery, beginning with the setting of a New England old/ rare books and curios bookstore. The mystery is complex, with plot twists that include outrageous treachery from those who were thought friends. The characters are detailed, especially Addie, who learns a few family secrets.Addie has faced many crises in the past year. The most recent was that her great-aunt Anita Greyborne, who she This first in a new cozy mystery series hits the ground running! I like many things about this clever cozy mystery, beginning with the setting of a New England old/ rare books and curios bookstore. The mystery is complex, with plot twists that include outrageous treachery from those who were thought friends. The characters are detailed, especially Addie, who learns a few family secrets.Addie has faced many crises in the past year. The most recent was that her great-aunt Anita Greyborne, who she didn’t even know existed, passed away. It was thought that Anita was the last of family line whose ancestors founded the town until Addie inherited her estate, including Greyborne Manor. As a young woman who had studied about and worked with rare and antique books, when she saw the treasures in the attic, Addie knew she had to start a bookstore. A year earlier, after being “loaned” to the British Museum by her employer, Boston Library, her fiancé David was murdered. The police deemed it a crime of opportunity and blew off her questions. David, like her father, searched for and reclaimed stolen rare books and art for an international company, but police didn’t think the crime rings he busted had anything to do with the murder. Six months later, her father died leaving Greyborne Harbor, and police closed the case claiming he was driving too fast for foggy conditions. Then her great-aunt passed away.Opening day for Beyond the Page arrives, and a car that aims and speeds up, barely missing Addie. Serena, of SerenaTea next door, came to her assistance. As they chat, someone tries to pry into her back door and Martha, the crotchety old baker, threw a bag of trash at him. As they cleaned up, Addie saw that someone had come in and thrown books off the shelf to the floor. Only one book of relatively lower value was missing.Addie faces break-ins, a pair of women who are working together, and her new friend Serena is arrested for murder of a local department store owner. Serena’s brother Marc is the police chief, so he must conduct a completely impartial investigation. As he gets to know Addie, she helps with the investigation as only a researcher of her caliber can do, seeing things that Marc would not have recognized. The trouble and treachery against Addie and her friends heightens. I really enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it for reasons including:The characters, especially Addie, are as transparent as necessary. I like Addie, Serena, her brother Marc, and Addie’s new assistant Paige for their unique qualities, loyalty, and creative intelligence. They work well together to find the bad guy. The number of characters is limited; each one has an important role. There are no superfluous folks to distract from the case.This is a thorny novel that includes more than one mystery. Addie is certain that everything is interrelated. There are many plot twists, including secret collections, past employers, and treachery. Friendship is a key factor in helping Addie get through the treachery, find who the bad guys and good guys really are. While I had a vague idea of the common thread, I wasn’t sure whodunit and the depth of motive. I was happy to see how my curiosity played out and stunned to see who was behind the murder and thefts. This is the impressive start of a new series that I hope to see much more of!From a grateful heart: I received an e-Arc from the publisher through NetGalley, and this is my honest review.
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  • Jessica Smith
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Kensington Books, via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating of 3.5Addison is new to Greyborne Harbour, she's recently inherited her deceased Aunt's estate and has decided to start anew after the deaths of both her fiance and farther. Addison has experience in book appraisals, and has worked with the British Museum doing such. She decides to open her own Rare and used bookshop in town, this opens the floodgates on a rash of b I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Kensington Books, via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating of 3.5Addison is new to Greyborne Harbour, she's recently inherited her deceased Aunt's estate and has decided to start anew after the deaths of both her fiance and farther. Addison has experience in book appraisals, and has worked with the British Museum doing such. She decides to open her own Rare and used bookshop in town, this opens the floodgates on a rash of break-ins, both at her store and house, and bodies dropping left, right and centre. Her new friend Serena, who runs the tea shop next door is implicated in the murder of one of the town's inhabitants, and this sets Addison on the path, along with Serena's brother Marc, to try and solve the mystery before Serena has the book thrown at her. I found this book to be interesting, it piqued my interest enough that I continued reading even though I felt that the book was sooooo loooooonnnggg - it wasn't, it just felt like it at times. I believe this could maybe be a pacing issue? And possibly because Addison annoyed me a bit. When we're first introduced to Addison and Serena, I honestly thought that they were both middle aged women, however, Addison is in her 30s, and Serena is 27. I found Addison to come across as a whiney fuddy duddy who thinks she can do everything herself and this just annoyed me. I liked Serena's character, but found she could be a bit childish in her constant worry that Addison didn't like her anymore because of a comment that was made, or a joke Serena said. Marc was okay, but I got the lost puppy dog feeling from him, he seemed to latch on to Addison and not just because he thought she was in danger. I also found the interactions between Marc and Addison to be awkward and fumbling, I'm not sure if this was the author's intention, but I just found that they were crazy puzzle pieces that didn't quite fit right.The mystery itself was interesting, and the murder was well done, I had no idea who was involved until the end. I had my inklings, and I was right on half of them, but because we know nothing about a few characters involved, you're never sure you're right until it's all tied up in a neat little bow at the end. I love how everything was connected, and the whole antiquities and rare book ring was a nice touch. At times I found it odd how the author ended chapters. There was a couple of instances where the scene cut really abruptly. For example, Addison is pulled out of the path of a car - chapter end - then the next chapter opens with the following morning. I found this a little bit strange and disjointing. All in all, it was okay for what it was, a cosy murder mystery, I will probably check out the second book in the hopes that the author makes the pacing and flow a bit better, as I enjoyed the mystery itself.
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  • Daniele
    January 1, 1970
    With MURDER BY THE BOOK, the new Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery Series gets off to an impressive start. The solidly drawn characters and a thoroughly complex plot make it one of my best reads of 2018.Addie brings baggage with her as she begins a new life in Greyborne Harbor, a New England town founded by her ancestors. After her fiancé is murdered and her father dies in a horrible automobile accident, Addie is surprised to learn that she is her Great-Aunt Anita’s sole heir with a bequeathment With MURDER BY THE BOOK, the new Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery Series gets off to an impressive start. The solidly drawn characters and a thoroughly complex plot make it one of my best reads of 2018.Addie brings baggage with her as she begins a new life in Greyborne Harbor, a New England town founded by her ancestors. After her fiancé is murdered and her father dies in a horrible automobile accident, Addie is surprised to learn that she is her Great-Aunt Anita’s sole heir with a bequeathment which includes Greyborne Manor and enough rare books for Addie to open a bookstore. However, Addie soon discovers that not everyone is glad she has come to town, namely her next door merchant, and she soon faces break-ins at her home and business, run-ins that appear to be attempts on her life, and people who are not who she believed them to be. On a bright note, she finds a new friend in teashop owner Serena. When a fellow merchant is murdered and Serena arrested for the crime, Addie comes to believe that everything is connected. As the body count rises and circumstances become treacherous, Addie and her friends do everything they can to solve the mystery.There is a lot going on in MURDER BY THE BOOK, which I enjoy, but some readers may find it a bit overwhelming. Author Lauren Elliott does a fantastic job of weaving all of the elements together to make one cohesive resolution in the end when Addie’s past and present come to a climactic, dangerous head. There is something for everyone here – murder, theft, personal peril, rare books, a family legacy, betrayal, loyalty, and friendship.The characters are well developed and compelling. I immediately felt invested in these people’s lives and their back stories. Addie is a strong, capable, intelligent main character. The expertise in research and books she brings to the table gives her an interesting skill set that proves quite useful to police Chief Marc. Serena a fun, immediately settling into the role of best friend. Serena’s relationship with her brother Marc is endearing and realistic. I appreciate that Marc runs the investigation by the book, even though his sister is the prime suspect. There is great chemistry between Addie and Marc, and I look forward to seeing where their relationship goes in future installments.I really enjoyed MURDER BY THE BOOK and highly recommend it to any cozy mystery reader, especially those who enjoy a bookstore setting. I cannot wait to read what kind of trouble Addie gets into next. The Beyond the Page Bookstore series shows great promise.I received and ARC of this title from the author and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.
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  • RO G'ma
    January 1, 1970
    Murder by the Book is the first book in Lauren Elliott’s Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series and is an entertaining read. The mystery is interesting and the cast of characters well developed. Many implausible things take place during the investigation, and some of the characters seem to behave rather childishly for their age, although the main character is knowledgeable and observant. It’s hard to believe that a chief of police, would allow a non-professional at active crime scenes, let alo Murder by the Book is the first book in Lauren Elliott’s Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series and is an entertaining read. The mystery is interesting and the cast of characters well developed. Many implausible things take place during the investigation, and some of the characters seem to behave rather childishly for their age, although the main character is knowledgeable and observant. It’s hard to believe that a chief of police, would allow a non-professional at active crime scenes, let alone be the one to take her there.After Addison “Addie” Greyborne’s fiancé is murdered, and her father dies in an automobile accident, she learns that a great-aunt she didn’t know she had passed away and that she’s inherited her entire estate, which includes her home, antiques, and rare books. She decides a fresh start might be just what she needs and moves into Greyborne Manor in the quaint seaside town of Greyborne Harbor in New England. Addie decides to open the Beyond The Page – Books & Curios, a shop selling knickknacks, gemstones, candles, and used books with cozy reading spaces and offering free coffee to her customers and browsers. Addie becomes fast friends with Serena Chandler, who owns a nearby shop, SerenaTEAS. Several upsetting incidents happen to Addie (break-ins and someone trying to injure or scare her) that make her uncomfortable, making her wonder why she’s being targeted. When a local merchant, Blain Fielding, is murdered, her brother, Police Chief Marc Chandler, takes Serena into custody. There’s a mutual attraction between Addie and Marc, and he values her help in the investigation.I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
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  • Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Thank you to Goodreads, Kensington Publishing and Lauren Elliott for an ARC copy of the book. As always, an honest review from me.What better than a book about books? Not much in my opinion. Murder by the Book centers around Addie who recently moved back to town and opened a bookshop. Previously she was in the business, along with her family, of selling, tracking down and authenticating rare books. Now she’s venturing out into business. The r I won this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Thank you to Goodreads, Kensington Publishing and Lauren Elliott for an ARC copy of the book. As always, an honest review from me.What better than a book about books? Not much in my opinion. Murder by the Book centers around Addie who recently moved back to town and opened a bookshop. Previously she was in the business, along with her family, of selling, tracking down and authenticating rare books. Now she’s venturing out into business. The reception of her new shop is mixed. Some people are happy to welcome her to town, like Serena her new door neighbor, fellow business owner, and new friend. Other locals aren’t so happy to see her. Addie doesn’t have much time to dwell on that when there’s a rash of break ins at her shop, home and also other crimes about town. There’s something strange going on and she’s determined to get to the bottom of it. I like that Addie investigates based on her hunches but also allows the police to do their job investigating initially. She’s not just going about town willy nilly, searching for clues. The book retains its cozy mystery vibes while still being authentic and modern. A perfect mix. I wish there was more about Addie’s assistant. I think it would be a lovely heartfelt storyline that could definitely be explored more in a future book. Overall, a wonderful cozy but modern mystery featuring a great mix of small town and big city vibes. I definitely recommend it.
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  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    After her father’s fatal car accident and her fiancé’s murder, Addie Greyborne decides to move and open up a bookshop in a small New England town. Addie’s great aunt has left her a mansion and an inheritance to help her renew her life. But, then a car tries to run Addie down, a copy of Alice in Wonderland is stolen from her store and a local merchant is murdered. Addie’s new friend, Serena, is arrested for the murder and Addie decides to investigate and find the secret behind all of the strange After her father’s fatal car accident and her fiancé’s murder, Addie Greyborne decides to move and open up a bookshop in a small New England town. Addie’s great aunt has left her a mansion and an inheritance to help her renew her life. But, then a car tries to run Addie down, a copy of Alice in Wonderland is stolen from her store and a local merchant is murdered. Addie’s new friend, Serena, is arrested for the murder and Addie decides to investigate and find the secret behind all of the strange occurrences. This was a good start to a cozy mystery series. I genuinely liked the characters, especially Addie. She gave me hope, personally, because she had so much pain and loss in her life, and she was able to change and find renewal. I loved that there were people around her that had her back. The mystery plot felt a little muddled to me because it seemed as if too much was going on. On top of that, the copious amount of suspects confused me even more. Still, I would love to read the next installment in the series. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
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  • Missy
    January 1, 1970
    This first installment in this new series was entertaining. Addie is an independent, confident, no nonsense bookseller/sleuth. Her ambition shines in her store as well as outside of it. New-to-town Addie quickly makes friends...and enemies, while trying to solve mysterious happenings in her past and present.I truly like Addie and wanted to spend time with her...especially in her shop, her home, and the tearoom next door. My only complaint is that it frequently felt like I was “told” an abundance This first installment in this new series was entertaining. Addie is an independent, confident, no nonsense bookseller/sleuth. Her ambition shines in her store as well as outside of it. New-to-town Addie quickly makes friends...and enemies, while trying to solve mysterious happenings in her past and present.I truly like Addie and wanted to spend time with her...especially in her shop, her home, and the tearoom next door. My only complaint is that it frequently felt like I was “told” an abundance of information all at once. Too much explained. With that said, the intricacy of who-done-it was more complex.I look forward to the next installment to see what Addie (most definitely) will get herself involved in.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first in a new series. I really wanted to love it as the premise was promising; however it was not a home run to me.There was a bit too much going on with back story and multiple characters to keep track of. Addie was a character that I found a bit irritating. It felt as if she had been plunked into the town and way too much information and story was going on, without any build up.I would read the next book but hope the story is a bit tighter and Addie is a bit more likeable. I volun This is the first in a new series. I really wanted to love it as the premise was promising; however it was not a home run to me.There was a bit too much going on with back story and multiple characters to keep track of. Addie was a character that I found a bit irritating. It felt as if she had been plunked into the town and way too much information and story was going on, without any build up.I would read the next book but hope the story is a bit tighter and Addie is a bit more likeable. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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  • Marty Tool
    January 1, 1970
    Addie, an unlikable character I might say, has tragic deaths in her recent past and inherits a large home and money in a small town with her last name. Somehow she doesn't remember anything about the town or of her recently deceased great aunt, but decides to move to the town and open a store of curios and used books, both rare and valuable books. Then mystery and questionable murders happen seeming to revolve around her. Problems I had with this book are many. First, she's been there for a mont Addie, an unlikable character I might say, has tragic deaths in her recent past and inherits a large home and money in a small town with her last name. Somehow she doesn't remember anything about the town or of her recently deceased great aunt, but decides to move to the town and open a store of curios and used books, both rare and valuable books. Then mystery and questionable murders happen seeming to revolve around her. Problems I had with this book are many. First, she's been there for a month working all the time setting up her store, but never bothered to meet the business neighbors she's next to, but as soon as she opens her doors she is instantly bffs with one, and enemies with the other. Also she is constantly leaving the shop, when are the shoppers supposed to buy anything. Secondly, she is a self entitled know it all, rude and about as cuddly as a cactus. One minute she is attracted to the police chief, the next she is rude and rebuffs any friendly attempt from him, but gets all pissed when he doesn't hold her after she is held at gun point, plus she keeps butting into official police business. She has multiple chances to ask others about the mysterious strangers identity, or even take a photo to ask later, but she doesn't, but then the mystery would have been solved quickly. She knows someone is stalking her, lives in an isolated house, yet leaves the doors unlocked. On to the stalker, robbers book thief. These are the worst international thieves ever. They are in the area before she moves there but don't find what they want. They break in to her store and home, but only when she's there, not when she's gone from either place. They also supposedly have been in this business for several years, they just aren't good at it.Lastly, myself as a book lover, Addie recognizes a semi valuable book stolen from her store by the sticker from her shop on the cover. Nobody would place a store price sticker on a cover of a book worth something. Maybe on a jacket protector, not on the cover.Lastly, why do writers think that having a strong female lead character means she has to be rude, arrogant and know it all's? I didn't come to even remotely like her and had to force myself to finish this. To the police chief-run, run quickly away.
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  • Theresa Larson
    January 1, 1970
    Addie Greyborne is living with the grief of losing both her father and fiancé, when an unknown aunt dies and leaves Addie her entire estate. Addie uses the opportunity to leave Boston and head to small New England town that is named after her family. There, with the inventory from her aunt’s estate, Addie is able to start her own bookstore. From the day she opens the shop she is hit with problem after promblem. Things escalate until a local business owner is found dead, and her new friend Serena Addie Greyborne is living with the grief of losing both her father and fiancé, when an unknown aunt dies and leaves Addie her entire estate. Addie uses the opportunity to leave Boston and head to small New England town that is named after her family. There, with the inventory from her aunt’s estate, Addie is able to start her own bookstore. From the day she opens the shop she is hit with problem after promblem. Things escalate until a local business owner is found dead, and her new friend Serena is charged with the murder. Addie insists on untangling the mystery behind the shopkeeper’s death and the string of events that have been plaguing her. So, I loved this cozy mystery from the start. It was one of those books where you keep telling yourself you will go to bed as soon as you read just one more chapter. Yet, you can’t stop reading. There were a lot of characters introduced through the novel, and some reviewers have said they had a hard time keeping them straight. I didn’t find that to be the case as of the characters were unique enough to be remembered. The story offers some unique twists and turns, and it does a great job of tying everything together in the end. As soon as I finished this book, I went to Amazon to make sure that was another book in this series. I was excited to see that there was an added it to my TBR pile. #MurderByTheBook; #netgalley
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  • Cathy Cole
    January 1, 1970
    Lauren Elliott's first Beyond the Page Bookstore mystery is a promising beginning. Addie Greyborne has been touched with altogether too much tragedy, but she's also been touched with an overdue sprinkling of fairy dust. The great-aunt she never knew was a rich woman, and now Addie can have her dream bookshop and live in an old Victorian house that's filled with first editions and other treasures that provide stock for her store. She's well-qualified to run such a business since she worked in the Lauren Elliott's first Beyond the Page Bookstore mystery is a promising beginning. Addie Greyborne has been touched with altogether too much tragedy, but she's also been touched with an overdue sprinkling of fairy dust. The great-aunt she never knew was a rich woman, and now Addie can have her dream bookshop and live in an old Victorian house that's filled with first editions and other treasures that provide stock for her store. She's well-qualified to run such a business since she worked in the rare editions department of the Boston Public Library as well as the British Museum in London.There is an excellent mystery in Murder by the Book: missing keys, Addie's shop and house being broken into, the local merchant being killed, secret panels, secret compartments, secret rooms... It was a pleasure to attempt to figure out what was going on. However, there are some annoying aspects to this book as well.Murder by the Book tries to do too much for a first book in the series. The mystery is a complex one, and it is overshadowed by all the relationship building Addie does. She becomes immediate best friends with Serena, who owns the tea shop next-door. She hires a stranger off the street on her intuition alone, not even performing the most perfunctory background check. And then there's the budding romance with the local chief of police (who is also Serena's brother). This first book would have been improved if all this relationship stuff had been paired with a less complex mystery. This plot could then have followed in book two.Other annoyances involve both writing and one particular character. In her writing, too many of Elliott's characters "huff," "puff," tap their toes or cross their arms across their chests and glare at someone. Not only did this make me want to hand everyone an asthma inhaler, I also felt as though I were reading about a group of reality TV divas. And then there's Martha, the crone in the bakery. Everyone tells Addie that Martha is always grumpy and never likes anyone. If she's always that hateful, how can she still be in business? No one ever says that her baking is ambrosia. Even her main complaint against Addie doesn't hold water. However-- if you ever need anyone to arm the villagers with pitchforks and flaming torches for a march on Frankenstein's castle, trust me, Martha is the perfect choice.Even though Murder by the Book contains an excellent mystery and a likable main character, it is overshadowed by relationships and romance. Since I prefer my mysteries to focus on the mystery and not on the romance, I doubt that I'll continue with this series.
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott sounded like the perfect read for me: a small-town cozy mystery that takes place in a bookshop. But I struggled with the writing as well as some very important plot points and I almost DNFed, but decided to stick with it. Unfortunately, the story didn’t get any better for me by the end.Addie Greyborne previously specialized in rare books at the British Museum and Boston Library. Following a string of tragedies—her fiancé’s murder, her father’s fatal car crash Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott sounded like the perfect read for me: a small-town cozy mystery that takes place in a bookshop. But I struggled with the writing as well as some very important plot points and I almost DNFed, but decided to stick with it. Unfortunately, the story didn’t get any better for me by the end.Addie Greyborne previously specialized in rare books at the British Museum and Boston Library. Following a string of tragedies—her fiancé’s murder, her father’s fatal car crash, and the death of her great aunt—Addie relocates to the small town that her ancestors helped found.An inheritance from her aunt leaves Addie with a sizable rare book collection, allowing Addie to open her own bookshop. She quickly makes friends with Serena, owner of the tea shop—and makes fast enemies with Martha, the crotchety bakery owner.When a local man turns up dead, Serena is arrested. But Addie is determined to prove her new friend’s innocence. Interesting premise, but it’s the execution that I had issues with.Addie is a good friend of the number one murder suspect. In addition, Addie is getting flirty with the police chief Marc, who’s also Serena’s brother. So no only does Marc arrest his own sister, but also he’s kept on the case…? How is this allowed?Worse yet, throughout the investigation, Marc feeds Addie information about an active murder investigation. I’m no cop, but I’m pretty sure that’s…illegal. He even allows Addie access to active crime scenes AND gives her permission to remove evidence from one!Lastly (and this is purely a stylistic gripe from me), but the characters in this book wink entirely too much. It happens in nearly every chapter.Excessive winking aside, I really couldn’t get on board with the procedural inaccuracies/tampering of evidence/crime scene contamination. The central mystery became secondary for me, and unfortunately I just didn’t enjoy this. Murder by the Book is book #1 in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series; sadly, I won’t be reading the next book.I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you @netgalley and @kensingtonbooks for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Release date is 10.30! This is book 1 in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery and Lauren Elliott’s debut novel. After receiving a substantial inheritance from her great aunt, Addie Geryborne leaves her job at the Boston Public Library and opens up a small second hand store in a quaint little town. It should be the perfect place for a fresh start after the sudden deaths of both her father and fia Thank you @netgalley and @kensingtonbooks for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Release date is 10.30! This is book 1 in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery and Lauren Elliott’s debut novel. After receiving a substantial inheritance from her great aunt, Addie Geryborne leaves her job at the Boston Public Library and opens up a small second hand store in a quaint little town. It should be the perfect place for a fresh start after the sudden deaths of both her father and fiancée. However, some of the local merchants aren’t greeting her with a warm welcome. She soon finds a mysterious sedan following her and quickly becomes involved in a few breakins. Someone is definitely looking for something and they think Addie is hiding it!!The mystery was really well done. It kept me guessing until the big reveal. The story introduces quite a few characters so the reader really needs to pay attention to pick up on small clues and keep everyone sorted out. I really enjoyed the main cast and setting. There is lots of room for some good development in both of these areas. Serena and Paige were definitely my favorites. Serena felt like a long lost friend. Loved her snarkiness and blunt honesty. Paige intrigued me from the start. Can’t wait to see how her relationship with her mother progresses. The quick pace of this book reminded me of the Hannah Swensen series. Addie falls into clues, situations and even a little romance very easily. I still found it entertaining and a good, light read. Her chemistry with the chief of police is really sweet. Being a avid reader, I loved all the mentions of rare, collector’s editions. The book concludes with a sneak peak at the sequel, Prologue to Murder, which will be available in the Spring.
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