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review Murder by the Book

Murder by the Book characters ↠ 7 ò 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 Dent 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 storeBut there's trouble from day one. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an advance e copy of Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliot Murder by the Book is the first book in a new three book “Beyond the Pages” mystery series and will be released on October 30 2018 I discovered this series through the Owl’s Nest Books Hootdunnit Mystery Book Club as they are scheduled to discuss this book in May 2019I was so looking forward to this new series; the cover drew me right in to this cozy mystery set in a used bookstore in a little seaside town and written by a local author who promises to keep readers captivated and guessing until the last chapter Unfortunately I could not have been disappointed The main character Addie is supposedly grieving the loss of her fiancé and father – her fiancé was recently murdered yet the murder was unsolved as it was not competently investigated and Addie seems to have accepted this without explanation and her father was recently killed in a motor vehicle accident She couldn’t be further from the picture of grief Instead she happily moves into a manor she has just inherited from her aunt who has also passed away within one week of her father discovers her aunt’s rare book collection and energetically opens a used and rare bookstore Instantaneously she makes an enemy of the owner of one store next door and a best friend of the other Within three days she’s been run down started a kitchen fire and had both home and store broken into and ransacked daily; police write these incidents off as purely coincidental but it does create repeated encounters with the chief of police her new best friend’s brother and a romance blossoms despite her supposed grief Murders are committed within town crime scenes are turned over and returned to normal within record breaking hours suspicious out of town visitors regularly cause drama within town yet cannot be identified or located and shocking evidence and clues are often discovered while an officer and civilian work together to solve these crimes neither seemingly intelligible or experienced than the other This is a juvenile story in which two 30 something year old characters interact like young teenagers and is written at the comprehension level of a young teenager It reminded me of reading Nancy Drew mystery stories 20 years ago and I could not recommend this book to anyone over the age of 12 Please seriously consider categorizing this series as Young Adult or Children’s fiction

summary Ó eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¹ Lauren Elliott

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 acci. 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 creative title for the book though There are SO many mysteries with the same title It's been done before1000 times The story line is a bit trope y toomysterious 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 tropesI 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 of this seriesI voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley All opinions expressed are entirely my own

Lauren Elliott ¹ 7 read

Murder by the BookAnd 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 figh. Murder by the Book was a pleasant start to the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series with its charming setting and compelling mysteryAfter 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 uaint 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 uickly 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 nameThe 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 techniues 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 inAddie 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 herThe author does a great job creating that small town feeling particularly with the town residents which includes uite 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 timeDespite 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