Murder in the First Edition (Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery, #3)
Addie Greyborne is preparing for the holidays at her bookstore in seaside New England--but a winter storm is coming, in more ways than one . . .Addie's getting into the spirit for the upcoming Charity Auction—especially since she's got an 1843 copy of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol to donate. Her former colleagues at the Boston Public Library have confirmed that its worth runs toward the high five figures, which should help with the new pediatric wing. Her mood darkens, though, when a visitor from the past appears—Jonathan Hemingway, the father of her late fiancé. His presence stirs up sad memories for Addie, but also has her fuming when Jonathan, true to his womanizing ways, runs off for a lunchtime liaison with Teresa Lang, who's in charge of the auction.Soon after, Addie heads to Teresa's office at the hospital—and finds the poor woman's dead body. What she doesn't find is her valuable first edition. What sort of Scrooge would steal from sick children and commit murder in the process? As a Nor'easter bears down and a mystery emerges about Jonathan's past, Addie must find out if she can appraise people's motives and characters as well as she can appraise rare books . . .

Murder in the First Edition (Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery, #3) Details

TitleMurder in the First Edition (Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 24th, 2019
PublisherKensington
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Holiday, Christmas, Fiction

Murder in the First Edition (Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery, #3) Review

  • Natalia Ramlal
    January 1, 1970
    Addie Greyborne is donating an 1843 copy of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol for a charity auction. When she goes to drop off the paperwork, she finds the woman in charge of the event dead and the valuable book missing. Addie is convinced that the woman's death is connected to the missing book and with the help of her best friend, Serena and her two love interests, Simon and Marc, she sets out to uncover the truth. I liked this book. The beautiful Christmas setting, coupled with a winter stor Addie Greyborne is donating an 1843 copy of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol for a charity auction. When she goes to drop off the paperwork, she finds the woman in charge of the event dead and the valuable book missing. Addie is convinced that the woman's death is connected to the missing book and with the help of her best friend, Serena and her two love interests, Simon and Marc, she sets out to uncover the truth. I liked this book. The beautiful Christmas setting, coupled with a winter storm makes this a perfect read for December. However, I didn't care too much for the main character, Addie. She came across as a bit arrogant and seemed to enjoy playing with the emotions of her two love interests. I really liked her best friend, Serena, and was more interested in her than I was, Addie. The plot is complex, well developed, and the author provides plenty of red herrings. The pacing is slow in the beginning but once the story picked up halfway through, it did manage to keep me guessing until the end. The premise of the fourth book sounds really interesting so I will be giving this series another try. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Eve (Between The Bookends)
    January 1, 1970
    It is really unfortunate that Addie is such an unlikable lead in this series. 👀 The writing, pace, and mystery were all very good in this book. 👍 The small town setting is charming. ❄ It was suitably festive. 🎄 The secondary characters are great.👤👤👤 I quite like both Simon and Marc. 👤👤 However, I don't understand why either of them would be interested in Addie. 😠 Like I mentioned above, she is honestly one of the most obnoxious leads I have ever run across in a cozy mystery series. 🔪 And that i It is really unfortunate that Addie is such an unlikable lead in this series. 👀 The writing, pace, and mystery were all very good in this book. 👍 The small town setting is charming. ❄ It was suitably festive. 🎄 The secondary characters are great.👤👤👤 I quite like both Simon and Marc. 👤👤 However, I don't understand why either of them would be interested in Addie. 😠 Like I mentioned above, she is honestly one of the most obnoxious leads I have ever run across in a cozy mystery series. 🔪 And that is saying something because "cozies" are known for annoying and unlikable lead characters. 😂 Honestly, a small part of me thinks David staged his own death to get out of having to marry her. 😂 That said, I doubt three books into a series the author will change the way she writes Addie, so I'll have to mull over if I can get over my dislike for her enough to continue on with this series. 👀 BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | PINTEREST | BOOKBUB
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Review coming soon.
  • Gail C.
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third in the Beyond the Page Bookstore mystery series by Lauren Eliott and follows much the same type of activities as those earlier in the series that have Addie, protagonist, determined to find the murderer. In this book, Addie has donated a valuable rare book to a charity auction and discovers almost at the beginning that the book is missing and the chairperson and organizations coordinator has been murdered. To add to Addie’s activities, the father of her deceased fiance has show This is the third in the Beyond the Page Bookstore mystery series by Lauren Eliott and follows much the same type of activities as those earlier in the series that have Addie, protagonist, determined to find the murderer. In this book, Addie has donated a valuable rare book to a charity auction and discovers almost at the beginning that the book is missing and the chairperson and organizations coordinator has been murdered. To add to Addie’s activities, the father of her deceased fiance has shown up in town, triggering old suspicions and resentments on Addie’s part. He has never been fully forthcoming about his activities and his life, and Addie pus all her pieces of information together and determines he is the prime suspect in the murder.Addie’s lif is further complicated by being torn between two handsome men, both of whom have expressed an interest in her. First there’s Simon, a doctor who was introduced in the last book, and second Marc, the town sheriff. Unfortunately, a slip of the tongue on Addie’s part during an intimate kiss with Marc in the last book has put a strain on their relationship. Meanwhile, Simon is pursuing her in a charming manner.Addie’s best friend, Serena, who also happens to be Marc’s sister, is helping her try to unravel the mystery and perhaps find the missing book. Meanwhile, Addie keeps receiving threats that if she continues trying to solve the murder, she will be sorry. Add to that the dropping in and out of her almost father-in-law, and his suggestion that she back off from the investigation since it may prove to be too dangerous, and Addie’s resolve is strengthened, not diminished.This is another fun, light cozy that is a combination of mystery and romance. The book moves at a steady pace and there are sufficient clues and red herrings to make it entertaining. The real murderer isn’t difficult to figure out, nor is the hinted mystery of Addie’s almost father-in-law. It’s an easy book to pick up for a few minutes read, put down, then pick back up again when you have a bit more time. It would be an excellent book for an airplane read or to take to an office where you anticipate a wait because it is easy to read and follow while being entertaining at the same time.Addie does come across as a bit younger than she is written to be. Having had a serious relationship with a man for over five years as well as being a college graduate, it might be expected that she could juggle romance a bit easier than she does. Her angst and confusion between the two men seems more typical of a teenager or young 20 year old than a more mature woman.This is an entertaining series, in part because the secondary characters are well written and are evolving along with Addie. I look forward to learning how she proceeds with her next adventure. My thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced digital read copy in exchange for an unbiased review.
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  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    Addie Greyborne is excited about the upcoming charity auction. She has an 1843 edition of Dickens' A Christmas Carol to add to the auction. Appraised at five figures, the book should raise a lot of money to help build the pediatric wing at the hospital! But things quickly get complicated....not only does the father of her former fiance show up in town causing problems, but the coordinator of the auction is murdered. And....the Dickens book is stolen! Once again, Addie finds herself doing some am Addie Greyborne is excited about the upcoming charity auction. She has an 1843 edition of Dickens' A Christmas Carol to add to the auction. Appraised at five figures, the book should raise a lot of money to help build the pediatric wing at the hospital! But things quickly get complicated....not only does the father of her former fiance show up in town causing problems, but the coordinator of the auction is murdered. And....the Dickens book is stolen! Once again, Addie finds herself doing some amateur sleuthing to get to the bottom of this latest killing. I enjoyed this latest installment in this series. Murder in the First Edition is the 3rd book in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mysteries. Each book brings a bit more character development for Addie. She's still dealing with the ghosts of her past. I hope the deceased fiance plot angle wraps up and the series moves on.....after 3 books, I'm growing just a bit tired of the dead fiance thing. And it seems a love triangle type situation is building....cozies use that angle a bit too much. I hope it doesn't become a main plot point. But other than those two little twinges of cozy concern for this series, I enjoy each book! Addie is an interesting main character and there are plenty of quirky side characters to keep the books interesting. The mystery progressed at a nice pace with plenty of suspects and twists to keep my attention. This mystery was a bit more complex than the first two in the series -- very entertaining! I can't wait for the next book in this series! Luckily, it isn't too long of a wait. Book #4, Proof of Murder, is set to come out in April 2020! **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
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  • Darinda
    January 1, 1970
    Addie Greyborne is back for book three in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series by Lauren Elliott. Addie donates a valuable book to a local charity auction. When Addie discovers the organizer of the event is dead and the donated book is missing, she investigates to discover who could be behind the murder and theft.I've read the first book in this series, Murder by the Book, but haven't yet read the second book, Prologue to Murder. As with most series, this one is probably best read in ord Addie Greyborne is back for book three in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series by Lauren Elliott. Addie donates a valuable book to a local charity auction. When Addie discovers the organizer of the event is dead and the donated book is missing, she investigates to discover who could be behind the murder and theft.I've read the first book in this series, Murder by the Book, but haven't yet read the second book, Prologue to Murder. As with most series, this one is probably best read in order. This third book can be read as a standalone though.I enjoy Addie's book store and the small town atmosphere. This is one of my favorite settings for a cozy mystery. The fact that the mystery revolves around a missing book only adds to my enjoyment. The mystery involves Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, and proves to be a valuable item for the local charity auction. Addie uses her knowledge of books to find the book thief.The mystery is a standalone from the previous books, but Addie's personal story continues. In this book, she is reunited with someone from her past - her late fiancé's father. She doesn't really trust him, and this plays a big part of the story. Plus, Addie has a couple of local men interested in her, but she's having a hard time moving on and starting a new romance.A delightful cozy mystery. I enjoyed this book, and plan to go back and read book 2 in the series. This is a cozy mystery series I look forward to keeping up with. Good for fans of cozies who enjoy bookish themes set in a small town.I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsMurder in the First Edition was another delightful installment in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series.Addie Greyborne is busier than ever with her bookstore now that the holiday season is underway. When she finds a rare 1843 copy of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in her attic, Addie knows it’s the perfect thing to donate to the hospital’s upcoming charity auction. But when Addie arrives at the hospital to deliver the appraisal paperwork for the book, she finds her book miss 3.5 StarsMurder in the First Edition was another delightful installment in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series.Addie Greyborne is busier than ever with her bookstore now that the holiday season is underway. When she finds a rare 1843 copy of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in her attic, Addie knows it’s the perfect thing to donate to the hospital’s upcoming charity auction. But when Addie arrives at the hospital to deliver the appraisal paperwork for the book, she finds her book missing and the auction organizer, Teresa Lang, dead. After Addie begins her own investigation, she receives several threats to stop looking. Refusing to back down, Addie is in a race to find the killer before she becomes the next victim.The mystery surrounding Teresa’s death was a good one as initially we have no idea if it was murder or an accident. Addie however is convinced it is murder, and that her book was stolen, so she promptly begins investigating. I like how Addie trusted her instincts more in this book as she has good ones. That’s not to say she doesn’t follow some dead end leads, but where would the fun be if she figured everything out on the first try? I thought the ending of the book, and Addie figuring out who was responsible, was very well done. There’s just enough suspense to keep things interesting and I completely bought into the reasoning behind the crimes.Addie’s character is where I had issues with the previous two books and while I did like her more this time around, some of the issues I had with her before still happen in this book. Addie dislikes being told what to do, so when she is told to quit investigating she obviously doesn’t. I understand her still investigating, I mean that’s what makes this a cozy, but what I don’t like is the fact that Addie lies about it. Addie does get better about how often she lies in this book, so it wasn’t as much of an issue as the previous book, but it does still happen. I’m hoping it doesn’t happen at all in the next book as it’s a character flaw I can’t get past which is an issue when it’s the main character.The love triangle between Addie, Marc, and Simon continues in this book and I disliked it as much as I did in the previous book when it was introduced. At one point, I thought we were going to get resolution on it only for the author to switch things up at the end and keep it going. I don’t have a clear preference for either of the men, but I hope Addie picks one of them in the next book just to end the triangle. A new character is introduced in this book, Jonathan Hemingway, the father of Addie’s late fiancé. Jonathan and Addie have some issues, primarily due to Jonathan’s womanizing ways which I also found to be irritating. I’m not a fan of men who are able to charm their way out of anything when it’s clear they don’t have good intentions.Murder in the First Edition is the best book in the series thus far and I definitely think each book improves upon the previous one. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, Proof of Murder, releasing next year.**I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**
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  • Kate Baxter
    January 1, 1970
    Christmas is coming to the charming New England seaside village of Greyborne Harbor. Addie Greyborne, protagonist and proprietress of Beyond the Page Bookstore has donated a valuable 1843 edition of Dickens', "A Christmas Carol" to the hospital foundation for their holiday gala auction. When she visits Teresa, the gala's coordinator, she finds the book missing and subsequently, Teresa's dead body. There's a bit of alcohol on Teresa's breath but was this really an accident or was foul play involv Christmas is coming to the charming New England seaside village of Greyborne Harbor. Addie Greyborne, protagonist and proprietress of Beyond the Page Bookstore has donated a valuable 1843 edition of Dickens', "A Christmas Carol" to the hospital foundation for their holiday gala auction. When she visits Teresa, the gala's coordinator, she finds the book missing and subsequently, Teresa's dead body. There's a bit of alcohol on Teresa's breath but was this really an accident or was foul play involved? Regardless of all the warnings she receives from her ex-beau Chief of Police, Marc Chandler, and Jonathan Hemingway, the father of her deceased fiancé, David, Addie cannot seem to keep her nose out of the investigation. She does, after all, have a vested interest in the whereabouts of the book she has donated.This third book in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series is charming and well written. Author Lauren Elliott, has deftly crafted a whodunit with twists, turns and many a red herring. The frigid nor'easter storm which howled out of the pages was fierce and beautifully devised such that it gave me shivers. The snowball fights were a nice touch of comic relief. As much as I wanted to, I did not love Addie's character. She's willful yet indecisive and can dangle the emotions of friends at the end of a stick. The supporting cast is, frankly, much more charming and I loved their interaction with one another as well as their grace with Addie. I look forward to reading other stories by this author and of a more mature Addie within this series.I am grateful to Kensington Publishing for having provided a free ecopy of this book through NetGalley. Their generosity, however, did not influence this review - the words of which are mine alone.
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  • Tari
    January 1, 1970
    I've enjoyed this newer series from its beginning, and this installment is no exception. I think it's especially good, because it takes place at Christmas. I have to admit that Addie gets on my last nerve sometimes, but that's just part of her charm. She's like a big kid sometimes, but has a heart of gold and would do anything for those that she loves. She makes me dizzy with going back and forth between which guy she likes, and I usually end up just as confused as she is, but I will say that I' I've enjoyed this newer series from its beginning, and this installment is no exception. I think it's especially good, because it takes place at Christmas. I have to admit that Addie gets on my last nerve sometimes, but that's just part of her charm. She's like a big kid sometimes, but has a heart of gold and would do anything for those that she loves. She makes me dizzy with going back and forth between which guy she likes, and I usually end up just as confused as she is, but I will say that I'm still Team Marc ;) I'm just going to have to be more patient I guess! I loved that her almost father-in-law was included in this book, Jonathan Hemingway. He's a mysterious older guy with a real eye for the ladies who makes me think of a cross between DiNozzo Sr. and Richard Castle's father. Who wouldn't fall for his charm? Addie's friend Catherine definitely fell for him. I hope we get to see more of him! I'd had an idea of who the killer was, but it was fun to see it play out. The showdown was a little bit nail biting, but Addie seemed to be somewhat in control when Marc and the officers showed up. I loved the comparison to A Christmas Carol (which was the featured book in this story) that Serena gave Addie's life. At the end, she finally saw what her young friend and a wise older friend were trying to tell her earlier. The ending was super festive and sweet. I'm pretty sure I know who she's leaning toward and hope that she stays leaning that way!I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. My opinions are my own.
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  • Karen Hollins-Stallman
    January 1, 1970
    First off can I just say wow! The third installment in the series is even better than the last, now the long wait till book four... Addie Greyborne is preparing for the holidays at her bookstore in seaside New England—but a winter storm is coming, in more ways than one . . . Addie’s getting into the spirit for the upcoming Charity Auction—especially since she’s got an 1843 copy of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol to donate. Her mood darkens, though, when a visitor from the past appears—Jonath First off can I just say wow! The third installment in the series is even better than the last, now the long wait till book four... Addie Greyborne is preparing for the holidays at her bookstore in seaside New England—but a winter storm is coming, in more ways than one . . . Addie’s getting into the spirit for the upcoming Charity Auction—especially since she’s got an 1843 copy of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol to donate. Her mood darkens, though, when a visitor from the past appears—Jonathan Hemingway, the father of her late fiancé. His presence stirs up sad memories for Addie, but also has her fuming when Jonathan, true to his womanizing ways, runs off for a lunchtime liaison with Teresa Lang, who’s in charge of the auction. Soon after, Addie heads to Teresa’s office at the hospital—and finds the poor woman’s dead body. What she doesn’t find is her valuable first edition. What sort of Scrooge would steal from sick children and commit murder in the process? As a Nor’easter bears down and a mystery emerges about Jonathan’s past, Addie must find out if she can appraise people’s motives and characters as well as she can appraise rare books . . . I love the main set of characters, Addie, Selena, Paige and not to mention Marc and Simon (the men vying for Addie's affections). We had some new characters in this installment but they helped round out Addie's support system/family and make everything feel so real. Did I mention I'm team Marc... As for the mystery it was full of twists, turns and plenty of red herrings which made this a story I did not want to put down nor end ... it was like when you finish watching a movie and want to know what happens next to the heroine or people in the story however mundane that might be. Ms Elliott has made me invested in the lives of these characters and Greyborne Harbor. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Cozy mysteries. I would like to thank the author and Kensington Books for the Advance Readers Copy I requested and received. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • The Kawaii Slartibartfast
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.This was a pretty intensive mystery, a little more intense than I usually like my cozies.I didn't really have sympathy for the mc until the reveal about her fiance, then a lot of things made sense.This one was very well written, just not my cup of tea.
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  • Fred
    January 1, 1970
    Murder In The First Edition is the third book in the A Beyond The Page Bookstore Mystery series.The local hospital is having a Charity Auction to raise funds for the pediatric wing and Addie Greyborne has donated an 1843 edition of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. She had sent the book to authenticated and has just received the certificate, which she hopes will mean the book will sell for even more than first thought. She heads for the hospital to give Teresa, chairperson for the auction, the Murder In The First Edition is the third book in the A Beyond The Page Bookstore Mystery series.The local hospital is having a Charity Auction to raise funds for the pediatric wing and Addie Greyborne has donated an 1843 edition of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. She had sent the book to authenticated and has just received the certificate, which she hopes will mean the book will sell for even more than first thought. She heads for the hospital to give Teresa, chairperson for the auction, the certificate. She decides to take the stairs and when she enters the stairwell she comes across the lifeless body of Teresa. She first heads for Teresa’s office only to find the book is missing.She wants the book found so that the auction will benefit from its sale and of course, she wants the murderer found too. But Chief of Police, Marc Chandler has been rather aloof and cold towards her lately and she’s sure he won’t be sharing much information about the investigation, so she figures that she will have to depend on her own sleuthing.Addie is surprised when she gets a visit from her late fiance’s biological father, Jonathan. Jonathan has a reputation for appearing out of nowhere, romancing a woman and heading back out of town. He soon goes to the top of the suspect list when Addie learns had me might have been the last person to see Teresa alive. But she soon discovers that there are a few others that need to be checked out.This was an easy story to read which moves at a nice pace. Most all of the characters from the previous books, also make an appearance in this book. There are plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing till the end.I will be watching for the next book in the series.
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  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    I've been a fan of this series from the first book and think that this third installment is an excellent addition. Addie finds herself in the wrong place, at the wrong time, discovering another body and once again putting her on the suspect list. This time around, Addie's almost father-in-law Jonathan arrives in town just before the murder happens and a valuable book is stolen. The mystery was complex and Ms. Elliott had me guessing almost the entire time. The way she had Addie make a case on wh I've been a fan of this series from the first book and think that this third installment is an excellent addition. Addie finds herself in the wrong place, at the wrong time, discovering another body and once again putting her on the suspect list. This time around, Addie's almost father-in-law Jonathan arrives in town just before the murder happens and a valuable book is stolen. The mystery was complex and Ms. Elliott had me guessing almost the entire time. The way she had Addie make a case on why so many people could be the culprit had me second-guessing myself the entire time. I did not fully guess the entire resolution but thought the mystery was well done and wrapped up nicely.The characters are growing and continue to develop with each new story. The secondary characters added to the story and often times will say something that causes the light bulb to go off for Addie. Relationships are progressing nicely and friendships are taking a bud and growing. The only hesitation I have is the focus on Addie's love life and the love triangle with Marc and Simon. However, I have it on good authority from the author that this will be wrapped up in the next book so I am looking forward to seeing what happens. I think once that storyline arc is complete the mystery will once again become the primary focus with the romance storyline in the background.I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided to me by the author.
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  • Barb
    January 1, 1970
    Convoluted and complex; and entirely satisfying. Lauren Elliot's third book in her Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series was a delightful read. It's definitely not one the reader can devour in several hours; rather, it lends itself to some time after a chapter or two to just think about it. So many characters, so many clues, so many red herrings. And that's just the mystery part. The romance is not lacking, although our heroine is still grieving for her not-so-long-lost fiancé, and that puts Convoluted and complex; and entirely satisfying. Lauren Elliot's third book in her Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series was a delightful read. It's definitely not one the reader can devour in several hours; rather, it lends itself to some time after a chapter or two to just think about it. So many characters, so many clues, so many red herrings. And that's just the mystery part. The romance is not lacking, although our heroine is still grieving for her not-so-long-lost fiancé, and that puts a damper on not one, but two very promising possibilities.I was lucky enough to read an ARC sent me by the author. The only downside of that is the long wait until number four in the series comes out! Put this on your pre-order list for sure!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    LOVED it!!! I am soo happy with this series and where it is going. I think Addie is finally letting some of her grief go and is now facing the challenge of which man to choose. The story kept you guessing as to whodunnit and how they did it. I was definitely surprised with the murder weapon and the killers. Well done Ms. Elliott! Can’t wait for the next one!!!I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Daniele
    January 1, 1970
    MURDER IN THE FIRST EDITION is a gratifying addition to the Beyond the Page Mystery series by Lauren Elliott. Full of murder, greed, and the mob, all set against a wintry Christmas backdrop, it is suspenseful and entertaining. I have been a fan of this series since its beginning. This time around, bookstore owner Addie once again finds herself drawn into a puzzle when she discovers fundraiser Teresa at the bottom of a flight of stairs. Was her death a terrible accident or did someone have it out MURDER IN THE FIRST EDITION is a gratifying addition to the Beyond the Page Mystery series by Lauren Elliott. Full of murder, greed, and the mob, all set against a wintry Christmas backdrop, it is suspenseful and entertaining. I have been a fan of this series since its beginning. This time around, bookstore owner Addie once again finds herself drawn into a puzzle when she discovers fundraiser Teresa at the bottom of a flight of stairs. Was her death a terrible accident or did someone have it out for her? Addie is doubly concerned since her almost father-in-law unexpectedly appears and is one of the last people to see Teresa, and Addie’s very valuable donation to the fundraiser is missing. Even before Teresa’s death is ruled a homicide, Addie has her suspects and motives all lined up. Everything she learns leads to more questions, and she faces plenty of danger to get to the bottom of things.I like the recurring characters in this series. Addie is determined, clever, and nosy. Marc is admirable, and Simon is endearing. Serena is a good friend and sister. I really want to know more about Jonathon. The writing is intelligent and the mystery complex enough to keep me guessing for most of the book. The love triangle that began in the previous book is front and center here, and I very much do not like love triangles. I understand that Addie’s behavior is related to trauma from her past, and she works through some of her baggage within these pages, but the way she toys with Simon and Marc is juvenile and unfair. I am going to chock it up to character growing pains. The author assures that it will soon be resolved. MURDER IN THE FIRST EDITION is a wonderful continuation of Addie’s story, and I impatiently look forward to Book 4 to be released Spring 2020. I recommend MURDER IN THE FIRST EDITION to any cozy mystery reader.I received an ARC of this title from the author and Kensington Publishers. The opinions expressed here are uninfluenced and my own.
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  • Kirsti
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!I've read another book in this series, so I was glad to catch up with these characters again. It was good to see Addie and her complicated love life again, although at times I was frustrated with her indecision (I can only imagine how Marc and Simon feel after all this time) and then we are presented with THAT ending....gahhhhh. It was a solid mystery, even if Marc needs to trust Addie more and realize she has some good id Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!I've read another book in this series, so I was glad to catch up with these characters again. It was good to see Addie and her complicated love life again, although at times I was frustrated with her indecision (I can only imagine how Marc and Simon feel after all this time) and then we are presented with THAT ending....gahhhhh. It was a solid mystery, even if Marc needs to trust Addie more and realize she has some good ideas. I loved the Christmas feel to this book, especially since I live in Australia and it's currently our cold weather! Made the mood even better for me, as it will when this releases properly.There were a number of suspects and leads to explore here, and you can never be sure of anything except that something has to connect by the end. So many people acting suspicious too doesn't help to narrow it dow, but I was satisfied with the explanation and eventual murderer.A fine cozy series and of course I love the book theme. Four stars.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    The 3rd installment in the Beyond the Page Bookstore series. Addie Greybourne is getting ready for the upcoming Christmas season and at the upcoming charity auction she has a 1843 copy of a Christmas Carol that will help build a new pediatric wing at the hospital. When she goes to drop off paperwork to Teresa who is in charge of the auction she finds her dead and the book missing. Could it be the father of her late fiancé who comes to town. Jonathan has just taken Teresa out to lunch. A nor’east The 3rd installment in the Beyond the Page Bookstore series. Addie Greybourne is getting ready for the upcoming Christmas season and at the upcoming charity auction she has a 1843 copy of a Christmas Carol that will help build a new pediatric wing at the hospital. When she goes to drop off paperwork to Teresa who is in charge of the auction she finds her dead and the book missing. Could it be the father of her late fiancé who comes to town. Jonathan has just taken Teresa out to lunch. A nor’easter hits the town Addie must figure out who the murderer is. Addie is complicated and she can be often come across as arrogant and I agree she has to move on from her late fiancé. Hopefully, she can move on. Looking forward to the next installment.
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  • Anna Fox
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the mystery of how and why the murder occurred. This series is always entertaining. I enjoy the characters and hope the love triangle is solved soon as Addie is beginning to move on from loosing her fiance. Her fiance's father is interesting and hope he shows up again in the future.Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Joyce Stewart Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Author : Lauren ElliottMurder in the First Edition (A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery Book 3)320 pages5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Addie’s getting into the spirit for the upcoming Charity Auction—especially since she’s got an 1843 copy of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol to donate. Her former colleagues at the Boston Public Library have confirmed that its worth runs toward the high five figures, which should help with the new pediatric wing. Her mood darkens, though, when a visitor from the past appears—Jonathan Author : Lauren ElliottMurder in the First Edition (A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery Book 3)320 pages5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Addie’s getting into the spirit for the upcoming Charity Auction—especially since she’s got an 1843 copy of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol to donate. Her former colleagues at the Boston Public Library have confirmed that its worth runs toward the high five figures, which should help with the new pediatric wing. Her mood darkens, though, when a visitor from the past appears—Jonathan Hemingway, the father of her late fiancé. His presence stirs up sad memories for Addie, but also has her fuming when Jonathan, true to his womanizing ways, runs off for a lunchtime liaison with Teresa Lang, who’s in charge of the auction.Soon after, Addie heads to Teresa’s office at the hospital—and finds the poor woman’s dead body. What she doesn’t find is her valuable first edition. What sort of Scrooge would steal from sick children and commit murder in the process? As a Nor’easter bears down and a mystery emerges about Jonathan’s past, Addie must find out if she can appraise people’s motives and characters as well as she can appraise rare books . . .⭐📕MY REVIEW⭐📕Lauren Elliott did it again , just when you think her books can't get any better , they do. Wow, what a page turner! This was a great, gripping,tense, compelling , fast - paced cozy mystery that sucked me in from the very first page ! I am very impressed by this writer. The characters are well developed and hold my interest. I most highly recommend this book 100 %. However, don't start reading it if you have anything important to do for the next 24 hours. If you do, you will either be highly frustrated because you can't get back to the book or you will find yourself neglecting things you really should be doing in order to read. When I was not reading it, I was thinking about it. It's well written and nicely paced. I highly recommend this series and this book! Thank you Lauren Elliott for a my arc.
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    5 StarsThis is the third book in the Beyond the Page Bookstore mystery by Lauren Elliott.Wow, talk about an angsty cozy mystery. All the romantic leads were acting sort of crazy in that I’m still emotionally in high school sort of way. The sheriff, Marc and Addie’s “friend” from the hospital, Simon, were really on a roll in this story. It sort of took all my focus off of the main mystery as I pondered what in the heck was wrong with both of them. Then in the end Marc’s sister laid all the blame 5 StarsThis is the third book in the Beyond the Page Bookstore mystery by Lauren Elliott.Wow, talk about an angsty cozy mystery. All the romantic leads were acting sort of crazy in that I’m still emotionally in high school sort of way. The sheriff, Marc and Addie’s “friend” from the hospital, Simon, were really on a roll in this story. It sort of took all my focus off of the main mystery as I pondered what in the heck was wrong with both of them. Then in the end Marc’s sister laid all the blame on Addie’s lack of romance onto her which I thought was not only wrong but rude.Addie lamented for a lot of the story about Jonathan Hemingway, her dead husband’s father. She received a bit of crap about her theories concerning him during the course of the story. I felt vindicated for her in the end when his true agenda was revealed.I was all emotional while reading this. The mystery hit me in one way while the romance hit me in an entirely opposite way. I felt pulled at the seams. It takes a great author to accomplish that. I felt sick when the book Addie had donated not only went missing but went missing after she realized it was worth $60,000!! I had no clue who could have killed Teresa. Marc seemed to thwart Addie at every turn and wouldn’t even listen to anything she was saying which seemed to tick me off more than anything. I wanted to be Addie’s cheerleader since that role wasn’t filled to my satisfaction. Addie needed a best friend who wasn’t as waffly in her dedication.If you are all about the mystery, definitely read this. If you want some angsty romance in your cozy, read this as well. It really hit all the bases for me. I loved every minute of it.Highly recommended.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.
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  • Deborah Almada
    January 1, 1970
    There are many things to like about this mystery. The setting is great, the timing of the holidays and anyone who lives in New England knows what havoc winter storms can present. Then add a valuable copy of a Christmas classic by Dickens and you know things are going to be interesting. Addie has donated a very valuable copy of A Christmas Carol to the local hospital children's wing drive but all of a sudden, David's father shows up, the woman in charge of the charity drive dies under mysterious There are many things to like about this mystery. The setting is great, the timing of the holidays and anyone who lives in New England knows what havoc winter storms can present. Then add a valuable copy of a Christmas classic by Dickens and you know things are going to be interesting. Addie has donated a very valuable copy of A Christmas Carol to the local hospital children's wing drive but all of a sudden, David's father shows up, the woman in charge of the charity drive dies under mysterious circumstances, there is a blizzard on the way and oh yeah the book is missing.What does it all mean? You will definitely want to read anfind out.I did feel the Addie's personal confusion over her feelings about her fiance's father, and the two men in her life dragged the story down a little, I am hoping that the outcome of the mystery and the time spent on the holidays helps clear some of this up for her!
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  • Karen Hollins-Stallman
    January 1, 1970
    First off can I just say wow! The third installment in the series is even better than the last, now the long wait till book four...Addie Greyborne is preparing for the holidays at her bookstore in seaside New England—but a winter storm is coming, in more ways than one . . .Addie’s getting into the spirit for the upcoming Charity Auction—especially since she’s got an 1843 copy of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol to donate. Her mood darkens, though, when a visitor from the past appears—Jonathan First off can I just say wow! The third installment in the series is even better than the last, now the long wait till book four...Addie Greyborne is preparing for the holidays at her bookstore in seaside New England—but a winter storm is coming, in more ways than one . . .Addie’s getting into the spirit for the upcoming Charity Auction—especially since she’s got an 1843 copy of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol to donate. Her mood darkens, though, when a visitor from the past appears—Jonathan Hemingway, the father of her late fiancé. His presence stirs up sad memories for Addie, but also has her fuming when Jonathan, true to his womanizing ways, runs off for a lunchtime liaison with Teresa Lang, who’s in charge of the auction.Soon after, Addie heads to Teresa’s office at the hospital—and finds the poor woman’s dead body. What she doesn’t find is her valuable first edition. What sort of Scrooge would steal from sick children and commit murder in the process? As a Nor’easter bears down and a mystery emerges about Jonathan’s past, Addie must find out if she can appraise people’s motives and characters as well as she can appraise rare books . . .I love the main set of characters, Addie, Selena, Paige and not to mention Marc and Simon (the men vying for Addie's affections). We had some new characters in this installment but they helped round out Addie's support system/family and make everything feel so real. Did I mention I'm team Marc...As for the mystery it was full of twists, turns and plenty of red herrings which made this a story I did not want to put down nor end ... it was like when you finish watching a movie and want to know what happens next to the heroine or people in the story however mundane that might be. Ms Elliott has made me invested in the lives of these characters and Greyborne Harbor.I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Cozy mysteries.I would like to thank the author and Kensington Books for the Advance Readers Copy I requested and received. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Murder in the First Edition by Lauren Elliott is the third book in her Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series. I have had the privilege of reading the first book in this series, however not yet the second. Therefore, I can comment that one does not have to read the previous installments to easily catch up and know what is going on in regards to the characters, their histories, and their relationships. I can also say that by reading the previous, it does help enhance the current novel. I feel t Murder in the First Edition by Lauren Elliott is the third book in her Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series. I have had the privilege of reading the first book in this series, however not yet the second. Therefore, I can comment that one does not have to read the previous installments to easily catch up and know what is going on in regards to the characters, their histories, and their relationships. I can also say that by reading the previous, it does help enhance the current novel. I feel that this series is improving as it matures. Addie seems to be evolving, growing, and starting to recover from the losses of her fiancée and her father. I am glad that she is looking forward and onward, as the potential love interest with Marc is definitely more interesting. I enjoyed this murder/mystery plot and felt that it was multi-layered and complex enough that it kept me guessing until the end. I look forward to seeing how these characters grow and change in future readings.4/5 starsThank you NetGalley and Kensington for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.This is posted to my GR account immediately and will be posted to my Amazon and B&N accounts upon publication.
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  • Meg E Gustafson
    January 1, 1970
    The Christmas Holidays are coming up, as well as The Charity Auction for the pediatric wing of the hospital. Addie’s donation is an 1843 first edition of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol.” When the actual cost of the book is revealed, Addie makes her way to Teresa’s office within the hospital, to give her the news. When she arrives, not only does Addie find Teresa at the bottom of the stairs but the book stolen as well.This charming cozy is filled with endearing characters as well as a number The Christmas Holidays are coming up, as well as The Charity Auction for the pediatric wing of the hospital. Addie’s donation is an 1843 first edition of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol.” When the actual cost of the book is revealed, Addie makes her way to Teresa’s office within the hospital, to give her the news. When she arrives, not only does Addie find Teresa at the bottom of the stairs but the book stolen as well.This charming cozy is filled with endearing characters as well as a number of suspects to keep you guessing. The plot was carefully crafted as the author created suspense throughout the book. I found myself getting caught up in the lives of the characters. The humorous moments and the emotional ones had me laughing and crying. The end was a nail-biter! I appreciated how Ms. Elliott draws us in with her artistic ability to create an environment you want go back to often. Thank you to the author and Kensington Publishing for providing this Advance Reader’s Copy.
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  • Jamie Rutland Gillespie
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished the ARC for this new installment in this series by Lauren Elliott. I read the first two books in this series (Murder By The Book and Prologue to Murder) before this one. This book is just as wonderful as those two were. She gives you many suspects to think about while you are trying to figure out just who the murderer is, but the answer comes as a surprise. I could actually close my eyes and picture the town, the bookstore and its layout and the characters in the story. That is b I just finished the ARC for this new installment in this series by Lauren Elliott. I read the first two books in this series (Murder By The Book and Prologue to Murder) before this one. This book is just as wonderful as those two were. She gives you many suspects to think about while you are trying to figure out just who the murderer is, but the answer comes as a surprise. I could actually close my eyes and picture the town, the bookstore and its layout and the characters in the story. That is because she is so descriptive in her writing of the story. If you love cozy mysteries that have interesting plots and also if you love the history of old books, this is the series for you. I absolutely loved this third book in the series. I look forward to many more by this author!
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  • Cozy Cat Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of my top 3 favorite new cozy series ! I love this series and this book is the "definitive" cozy mystery. This series has it all and is such fun ! I have read the previous in series and highly recommend the series for all who enjoy mysteries and cozy mysteries. Thank you to the author and to the publisher for the advance reading copy. My review opinion is my own. This is the 3rd book in the "A Beyond The Page Bookstore Mystery: series. The previous in series I highly recommend are "M This is one of my top 3 favorite new cozy series ! I love this series and this book is the "definitive" cozy mystery. This series has it all and is such fun ! I have read the previous in series and highly recommend the series for all who enjoy mysteries and cozy mysteries. Thank you to the author and to the publisher for the advance reading copy. My review opinion is my own. This is the 3rd book in the "A Beyond The Page Bookstore Mystery: series. The previous in series I highly recommend are "Murder By The Book" and "Prologue to Murder". This can be read as a stand alone . This third installment is even better then the previous in series and my favorite of the series to date. The setting is a wonderful bookstore in coastal New England that is a new business and popular within the small town. This next in series has a festive winter theme as we return to coastal New England and all the charming beauty of a New England winter time. The author has beautifully described the feeling of a New England winter so the reader feels the picturesque setting throughout this book. Addie is preparing her donation for a charity auction of a 1843 copy of A Christmas Carol. Its sure to bring a great price with all proceeds donated to the new pediatric wing at the local hospital. She has had the book authenticated to assure a large price for the auction. Its the most anticipated auction item and the town is excited about auction of the book. When the women in charge of the auction is not in her office Addie finds her body and the book is missing. Addie is sure that the missing book is somehow connected to the murder. Addie is a savvy investigator and she is determined to conduct her own investigation as she has in previous books. She forges ahead beyond even with the police chief and her love interest Simon ask her not to be involved. She also wants to find the book immediately so the auction can go on. She has a wonderful sense of finding abstract clues and suspects that lead to a well crafted sleuth. As the sleuth progresses she shares information with the police chief even though their romance has faded on her part and he finds himself rejected by her much to his chagrin. She is still grieving for her dead fiance and tells him so. One important part of this book is how Addie is moving on from her grief until her fiance's Father shows up in town who is a womanizer. and opens up old animosities she had for him as a Father. I love how Addie takes charge of what she wants and she wants to solve this murder. She does not suffer fools and is a take charge protagonist. I find her very likable and I love that she has a backbone and does not follow along with what men tell her to do. (Addie is a very empowered woman!) She is her own person and very independent which is why she is a favorite protagonist of mine. I love her smart habit of creating a "crime and suspect board" that she shares with those close to her to sound out ideas about possible suspects. She works out suspects with her best friend Serena who is a faithful friend to Addie and is honest about her opinions as well as always willing to investigate with Addie. As a Nor’easter bears down and Addie is stranded at her house with Simon, clues emerge about Jonathan’s suspicious past as well as his possible ties to the murder victim. He seems to be proving her right until her suspicions take her in other directions in the investigation. The sleuth takes delightful twist and turns that kept me guessing to the shocking conclusion. I did not see the ending coming and this avid mystery reader is thrilled that I did not figure out the ending. I love the likable characters, Addie, Selena, Paige her employee as well as Marc and Simon . I enjoyed the interaction with her nemesis Martha who seems to be remarkably less contentious with Addie. I enjoy how the author writes so realistically of the setting and New England in winter time. The sleuth was very well crafted and one of the best mysteries I have read this year. Very well done to the author ! I look forward to the next in series . 5 stars for this excellent mystery.
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  • The Cozy Review
    January 1, 1970
    Series: A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery - Book 3Author: Lauren ElliottGenre: Cozy Mystery/HolidayPublisher: Kensington Books Page Count: 320The latest in the mystery series “A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery” published by Kensington Books is Lauren Elliott’s holiday entry Murder in the First Edition.This new addition to the mystery series has all the elements needed to keep readers turning the page. It is a quick read, has lots of twists and turns, and is filled with suspense. Suspects are Series: A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery - Book 3Author: Lauren ElliottGenre: Cozy Mystery/HolidayPublisher: Kensington Books Page Count: 320The latest in the mystery series “A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery” published by Kensington Books is Lauren Elliott’s holiday entry Murder in the First Edition.This new addition to the mystery series has all the elements needed to keep readers turning the page. It is a quick read, has lots of twists and turns, and is filled with suspense. Suspects are, for the most part, easy to like, but pointing fingers is also easy as almost all of them could have done it. It takes a great deal of work to narrow done the motive and to shift between the clues. Was the murder a simple case of a theft gone wrong, or was it personal? These are questions that must be answered to find the killer.Characters are interesting enough to make readers want to hear more about them, which is one of the main objectives in a mystery series. I enjoyed the new character, Jonathan, Addie’s almost father-in-law. However, I took issue with Addie hating him due to the idea that he was a womanizer. The mere idea that she could hate someone for this reason to the point that shepractically accuses him of murder is way too insane. Even if he were a womanizer, that would be no reason to hate him, definitely no reason to accuse him of such a horrible crime.Unfortunately, this constant barrage of Addie wanting to blame Jonathan for everything that is happening detracts from the plot and the enjoyment of the story. If her late fiancé had issues with his father's behavior, his anger would have been plausible, but her holding on to some ridiculous grudge against the man for no legitimate reason is bizarre. Addie’s actions and attitude, for me, took away from the overall story and made it difficult to like her. The mystery itself is enthralling, and readers will want to read every last word.Murder in the First Edition is a nice addition to this mystery series. I am hopeful the next book will show a better side of Addie, and that she will stop holding two men’s affections hostage and make up her mind which one she truly wants to be with.
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  • Bobbie Kirkland
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of MURDER IN THE FIRST EDITION (Book 3 of the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mysteries) by Lauren Elliott in exchange for an honest review. Addie Greyborne’s pleased that her donation to the upcoming hospital charity auction has been able to create enough buzz about the event that tickets may sell out. Addie has finally received a certificate of authenticity for the item, a first edition of Charles Dicken’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and it lists an expected auction price even greater I received a free copy of MURDER IN THE FIRST EDITION (Book 3 of the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mysteries) by Lauren Elliott in exchange for an honest review. Addie Greyborne’s pleased that her donation to the upcoming hospital charity auction has been able to create enough buzz about the event that tickets may sell out. Addie has finally received a certificate of authenticity for the item, a first edition of Charles Dicken’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and it lists an expected auction price even greater than expected. When Addie goes to the hospital to deliver the certificate to the charity event coordinator, Addie finds the coordinator dead and the rare book missing. To make matters even more stressful, Jonathan Hemingway, the unreliable womanizing father of Addie’s late fiancé, has unexpectedly shown up in town and appears to be making moves on a particularly vulnerable friend of Addie’s. To Addie, Jonathan’s usual shady behavior and same-day meeting with the event coordinator makes him the #1 suspect. Addie feels like she must solve this mystery even though/because the town’s police chief is now hostile towards her. With a blizzard burying the East Coast in snow and with a killer trapped in town by the weather, can Addie figure out who’s the murderer before she gets buried in more than snow and relationship troubles?I enjoy this series and liked this book. Though Addie collects clues throughout the book, she doesn’t necessarily realize they are clues. The storyline advances Addie’s personal story as well as her resume of amateur sleuthing. I recommend this book and this series to fans of cozy mysteries with the following elements: outsiders, small towns, rare books, bookshops, charity events, severe weather, and problematic in-laws.
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  • Marsha Spohn
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed at Keeper BookshelfI will admit that I haven’t read the earlier stories in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series – but that will be easily remedied because I’m now hooked on knowing everything about the residents of Grey Harbor. Also, since I didn’t have a background to go on (broke one of my own rules here) I was able to pick up on what I needed to know about this series, these characters through comments in the dialogue and interactions of the characters. So, yes, you could rea Reviewed at Keeper BookshelfI will admit that I haven’t read the earlier stories in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series – but that will be easily remedied because I’m now hooked on knowing everything about the residents of Grey Harbor. Also, since I didn’t have a background to go on (broke one of my own rules here) I was able to pick up on what I needed to know about this series, these characters through comments in the dialogue and interactions of the characters. So, yes, you could read this one on its own… but I intend to go back and get caught up on what I missed firsthand.MURDER IN THE FIRST EDITION has a Christmas-y feel in the background as Addie goes about dealing with the sudden appearance of the father of her late fiancé in town. When a murder victim is found by Addie, and the rare, valuable book she donated is missing it’s time for her to go into “solve the mystery” mode.I enjoyed this cozy mystery very much. The characters are lively and interesting, the plot was unsolvable for me before the reveal, and the banter between friends felt realistic. I rarely try too hard to solve the mystery, I enjoy watching how it all comes together – and I had a blast with this story. If you love a good mystery, if engaging characters and an interesting plot matter to you, then you’ll want to pick up this latest addition to the series right now.*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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