Murder in the First Edition revew

This is the third book in the Beyond the Page series by Lauren Elliott which will publish this coming Tuesday, September 24, 2019. It quickly became another favorite series of mine, because it takes place in a bookshop. Addie specializes in old books, but she also takes other books in on consignment. This was a roller coaster ride of emotions for her as Addie sorted out some personal feelings, mainly still sorrow for her murdered fiance, David, but she realized that she needed to move on and not make herself crazy over his death. Like all good cozies, I loved the ending and the fact that Addie was feeling happy again. I’m really anxious now for the next book!

My Goodreads review:

Murder in the First Edition (Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery, #3)Murder in the First Edition by Lauren Elliott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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!

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Black Beans and Vice–review

This is the fifth book in the Supper Club series that was given a complete overhaul and now has recipes in each book. There were several memorable things happening in this book and as you’ll see from my Goodreads review below, I didn’t even do a regular synopsis for fear of spoiling something in case someone just surfed in and got this review without reading the others. To get the most enjoyment from the series, I would totally recommend reading it in order.

My Goodreads review:

Black Beans & Vice (Supper Club Mysteries Book 6)Black Beans & Vice by Ellery Adams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The series is just progressively getting better as everyone’s story unfolds and relationships develop while friendships continue to grow. This story was very bittersweet in some spots but the parties involved ended up with a happily ever after or a very nice outcome. There was one little thing that remains hanging but I have no doubt that since it’s been spread over several books, it’ll be resolved soon. A couple of my faves were in physical danger for a bit but all became ok again.

I’m not going to write my usual synopsis since there are quite a few little subplots that I don’t want to spoil for anyone but instead of the usual small mystery happening at the library, something was going on in Jane and James’s lives that had to be taken care of. I didn’t guess the killer at all in the main mystery and even though there was no official showdown except for Lucy telling the story, sometimes I like it that way. The police have handled it, our friends aren’t in danger. I really love that Lucy became a deputy since it’s caused the sheriff’s department to put more faith in the five friends than they would have in the beginning. Lucy’s a good deputy too and she fiercely protects her friends while doing everything within the law. I think they might have come to a truce with Murphy as well!

Moving along to the seventh and final (for now, I hope there will be more!) book.

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