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    Prologue to Murder!

    Addie Greyborne, proprietor of Beyond the Page bookstore, is gearing up for a weekend festival in town. When a gossip columnist starts making accusations that Addie was involved in a local librarian’s murder, she decides to investigate. At the same time, a woman comes back to town to try and rekindle a romance with Marc, Addie’s sometimes boyfriend and local police chief. Then, when she starts to feel abandoned, she leans on the newest resident and doctor, Simon. Will Addie be able to find the truth behind the librarian’s murder without losing the reputation she has built? I loved this story, it was full of nefarious characters, and plot twists. I was at the edge of my seat until the end. The romantic subplot was intriguing and lent some needed tension. The only thing I didn’t like was that a certain character seemed to have escaped without paying for what she did. I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
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    I liked it.

    I received a free copy of PROLOGUE TO MURDER (Book 2 of the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mysteries) by Lauren Elliott, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Addie Greyborne feels like she’s finally settling in and making connections in her town. However, a gossip columnist, “Miss Newsy,” soon disrupts her new rapport with the town. Miss Newsy begins a campaign to have Addie blamed for the disappearance and murder of local librarian June Winslow. Also, just as Addie’s relationship with the police chief seems to be intensifying, his ex-fiancée, Lacey Davenport, arrives in town and causes a rift between Addie, the chief, and his sister, who is a HUGE fan of Lacey’s. The alienation of Addie has begun. Will Addie be able to reclaim her reputation? Will Addie be able to save her business? What longterm effects will the relationship rifts have? Already convicted in the court of public opinion, can Addie find the killer before she’s actually charged with the murder? I liked this book. Though I haven’t read Book 1: MURDER BY THE BOOK, I now intend to. I recommend this book to fans of MURDER BY THE BOOK, cozy mysteries with a bookshop theme, and pirate/treasure hunting enthusiasts. #PrologueToMurder #NetGalley
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    Second book in series

    Prologue to Murder is the second book in A Beyond the Page Mystery series.  I would suggest reading Murder by the Book before embarking on this new tale.  Addie is hoping her new life will get back on track after the last murder.  Unfortunately, it does not seem to be in the cards for Addie.  She has her newcomer status working against her plus her last name.  It does not help to be the subject of gossip in the Miss Newsy column.  Martha, the bakery owner, still dislikes Addie.  It was nice to finally learn why Martha does not like Addie.  Serena and Addie have some friendship issues thanks to the returning Lacey Davenport.  Lacey is a catty woman who is out for herself (I really could not stand this character).  I appreciate that Addie and Serena communicated with each other to work out the issues.  It was nice to see Serena grow as an individual.  We also get to know more about Paige, Addie’s part-time shop assistant.  We are introduced to Dr. Simon Emerson who becomes Marc’s rival for Addie’s affections (I hope the author rectifies this matter quickly).  I could have done with less romance in this book.  I prefer the focus to remain on the mystery and for romance to play out in the background over the course of the series.  The mystery was the best part of the book.  Pirates, hidden tunnels, a missing manuscript and buried treasure are all part of the mystery in Prologue to Murder.   It was nice that the mystery was multifaceted.  Addie’s murder board is back to help her keep track of the various suspects and sort through the clues to identify the guilty party.  Marc needs to learn that Addie is going to investigate and quit asking her to promise not to look into the crimes (she will just find a creative workaround or end up lying to him).   One of the phrases from Prologue to Murder that stuck with me is “sometimes we have to face the demons from our past to make them vanish completely”.  Prologue to Murder will have you singing sea shanties and hankering for rum with its buried treasure, secret tunnels, pirates, a missing manuscript and a dead body.
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    Welcome Back to Greyborne Harbor

    Just when Addie Greyborne thought the locals were beginning to accept her and business would go on, she becomes the target of the local gossip column who hints that may be responsible for the disappearance of the local librarian. No one knows who Miss Newsy is, but she sure has it in for Addie. To make matters worse, Marc’s ex fiance is back in town and trying to reclaim her place by his side, driving a deep wedge between Addie and Marc. But then again, a handsome doctor has arrived and he stirs something inside Addie too. When the missing librarian is found dead, Addie begins sleuthing and finds her hands full with more insinuations from Miss Newsy and two men who have an effect on her. Can they protect Addie from herself and the killer, or will she get too close to the truth and be the next victim? A strong second entry to this series and I’m loving it. Tying into the local history in Massachusetts brings the story to life. Who doesn’t love a good pirate and buried treasure story? Looking forward to the next entry in this series and seeing where Addie’s heart and sleuthing lead her.
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    Another Great New England Mystery

    This is a great cozy mystery. It is full of pirates and ghosts and witches and strange goings on! Anyone who enjoys coastal history or old books should enjoy this story. The plot is great. The reader is given details in the reveal that are not given earlier in the story, but it all works out great. This is the second book in this series that I have read and it may be a bit better than the first. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
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