This was a fun beginning for the new series Beyond the Page Bookshop Mysteries by Lauren Elliott. It definitely has all the elements I like in a cozy mystery. I’m anxious to read the next book, which I noticed on Amazon comes out in April.
My Goodreads review:
Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was a fairly complex mystery that took place in one of my favorite places, a bookstore! There was even some international intrigue, possible arts/books/antiquities smuggling and everyone seemed to have secrets in Greyborne Harbor where Addie had just opened her used bookstore, Beyond the Page. It was nice that she was able to make a good friend right away that she could count on, because some of the town merchants didn’t seem to trust her and thought she’d brought crime in from Boston when she came to town.
A couple of murders later, one of which is first blamed on Addie’s new friend Serena, who happens to be the younger sister of handsome detective Marc Chandler, and Addie is filling out a murder board with suspects. Marc seemed incredibly patient with her compared to some detectives in stories I’ve read, but that added to the special cozy factor that he really liked her. I think that now she’s gotten closure on her fiance’s murder, maybe she’ll feel she can move on, since by the end of the book, she and Marc were in a little bit better place as friends.
I’d had an idea of who did it, but honestly didn’t know why, it was just a random thought that turned out to be right. In some places there was quite a bit more description or chatty dialogue than I’m used to, but it didn’t really detract from the mystery and it compelled me to keep reading. I’m definitely interested in reading the next book–there was a little blurb at the end of this one that made it sound really enticing!