Title: Murder in the First Edition
Author: Lauren Elliott
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: September 24, 2019
Page Count: 320
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
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 by Lauren Elliott is the third book of the cozy Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series. Each book of this series contains it’s own mystery to solve so they could be read as a standalone or in any order. However, one would get to know the characters better reading the series in order with some character development carrying over book to book.
In the first book of this series, Murder by the Book, readers were introduced to Addison Greyborne who had returned to her hometown, a small New England town that had been named for her ancestors back in Colonial times. Addie had been still recovering from the murder of her finace, her father dying in a tragic accident and then had found out a long lost aunt had also died but left her whole estate to Addie.
Addie’s inheritance had 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 books in her collection and the funds to open a shop Addie decided to open Beyond the Page bookstore despite not everyone in town being overly welcoming. And now Addie finds herself investigating yet another murder when she had tried to donate a rare book to a charity auction and the organizer is found dead and Addie’s book is missing.
Having followed the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mysteries from the beginning I think honestly my rating has dropped each time. The series had a little bit of a romantic suspense vibe to it with Addie being flirty with local law but now it’s moving into love triangle territory so that is frustrating since the characters aren’t my normally quirky cozy variety so I had enjoyed the slight twist to the romantic genre. Along with that though I felt the mystery seemed to get a little buried in the middle and started to lose my interest making the story drag some.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Lauren Elliott grew up devouring Nancy Drew before graduating to Agatha Christie. Eventually, she tried her hand at penning a novel herself. She is currently writing the next book in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series.