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Murder by the Book

(Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  3,843 ratings  ·  617 reviews
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 c
Kindle Edition, 305 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Kensington
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Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott is the first book in the cozy Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series. Well, I'm going to call this one a cozy mystery as it does have the elements there but it also felt a bit like romantic suspense too. 

Addison Greyborne had not been having a good year before she moved to a small New England town that had been named for her ancestors back in Colonial times. Addie is still recovering from the murder of her finace, her father dying in a tragic accident and t
Dawn Michelle
November 11. 2018
Stopped at 20% [Read some of the end and it was just so ludicrous I am so glad I didn't waste my time].

First, I am glad that I got this as a NetGalley ARC and that I didn't actually pay money for it.
Second, I am VERY glad that the audiobook was on Hoopla so I didn't pay money for that either [because I would so be returning it if I had paid good money for this].
Third, I realize I am going to be in the minority here [considering all the 4 and 5 sta
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 fo ...more
Reading in the Rockies
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 2019.
I was so looking forward to this new series; the cover drew me right in to this cozy mystery, set in a used bookstore, in
Gail C.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an advanced digital copy of Murder By the Book by Lauren Elliott from NetGalley and Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book in a planned series featuring Addie who has recently moved from Boston to a small harbor town after experiencing several personal tragedies. Having inherited an estate and lots of money, Addie decides to indulge her love of old books by opening a second-hand book store. She is a former librarian who researched many old and valua ...more
Marty Tool
Sep 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Addie, an unlikable character I might say, has tragic deaths in her recent past and inherits a large home and money in a small town with her last name. Somehow she doesn't remember anything about the town or of her recently deceased great aunt, but decides to move to the town and open a store of curios and used books, both rare and valuable books. Then mystery and questionable murders happen seeming to revolve around her.
Problems I had with this book are many. First, she's been there for a mont
Kim Kaso
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a light, fairly fast, mostly fun read, but very much a novice writer. Too many bitten lips & putting of a strand of hair behind an ear on the romance side, it called attention to itself and made the romantic scenes feel clunky to me. I liked the bookstore & the rare books aspect, the small town politics felt like one more layer complicating things. Many of the characters were stock, stereotypical without clear motivation or depth. I wanted to like this book more than I did, I thought Ne ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
This should have been good. It had all the best markers; a bookstore, small town, girlfriend support, hunky single chief of police. But the writing was not good. Plotting was okay but the dialogue and character’s behavior was ridiculous. If I had a dollar for each time; Addie bit her lower lip, Mark winked, or any one of them smirked..I’d buy my own bookstore.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Murder by the Book was a pleasant start to the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series with its charming setting and compelling mystery.

After 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 quaint 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 runnin
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great first in series! I am eager to read more by this author.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Murder By The Book is the first book in the A Beyond The Page Bookstore Mystery series.

After Addison Greyborne’s father dies in an automobile accident and her fiance is murdered. She has inherited her aunt’s home and extensive book collection and decides to move to Greyborne and with the extensive book collection, her aunt had she decides to open the Beyond The Page – Books & Curios store. But bad luck is continuing to follow Addie, as she’s heading to her store for the first time she is nearly
Shirley Chapel
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Good mystery,if they had just left out the cussing that was sprinkled through out the book. There was about three murders and one or two attempted murders. I lost track. At the end of the book it took forever to explain why the murders were committed and who was who. It just dragged on and on. Will I read the other books in this series? Probably not. This one was quite enough, thank you!
If you're into mystery and the occasional cuss words doesn't bother you than you'll probably like this book.
Jolie Estes
Nov 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What an over the top, drama laden book! The main character, Addie, is a case study in a number of psychological issues including co-dependency. She is whiny, clingy and imposing on people who she hasn’t known for 5 minutes. Overshare does not appear to be a word in her vocabulary – but it certainly needs to be. The supposition of the story is that Addie has been in town long enough to completely make over a business property and set up a store, yet she knows no one in town – no one. It takes pla ...more
Doward Wilson
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Meet Addie Greyborne, former rare books librarian at the Boston Public Library. After an unexpected inheritance from an aunt she never knew and the murder of her fiance, Addie moves to the small New England town that her family founded. Among the things left to her by her aunt was Greyborne Manor and a huge collection of books, many of them first editions, which prompts her to open an used book store. From opening day of business at "Beyond the Page-Books & Curios," Addie has break-ins at both t ...more
Peggy R
This is the debut cozy mystery for Lauren Elliott in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series. I think the series and the author have promise. Addie Greyborne is a likable protagonist. She is observant, independent and looking for a place to heal from a number of tragedies that she has suffered. The secondary cast of characters is well developed and likable as well. The mystery is woven throughout the story but there is so much going on at times it is a little overwhelming just how many peop ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-i-spy
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 ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books, a-j-jance
The first in a new series and new author for me. The story starts out with a lot of action but the narrative did not flow smoothly making difficult to follow at times. The number of characters introduced made it hard to follow the main line and needed more development. A lot of time was spent on the backstory. At one time I felt for the MC because of all the negative events that were occurring around her. There were things that occurred that I question.
After the death of finance and Father, Add
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott was an engaging beginning to a new cozy series that I had difficulty putting down.

I thought Addie was a very strong and resourceful young woman who has managed to keep moving forward in spite of the tragedies in her past. Her new friend, Serena, totally captured me with her positive attitude and her friendship to Addie. I thought Ms. Elliott's descriptive writing introduced reader to the lovely small New England town. I would love to visit this seaside town a
Dana-Adriana B.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to the publisher via Netgalley for giving me an ARC of this book.
This is a Small-Town cozy mystery with lots of coffee cups. It's an easy read and the characters were well written. I do look forward to reading the next one in this new series.
Addie lost her father in an accident, her fiancée was murdered, but her great aunt left her a generous inheritance so she moved to a small New England town. From day one, nasty things start happening to Addie, from nearly being run down by a car, having her shop vandalized and dozens of other mishaps. I suppose the pleasure people get from cozy mysteries is the bad things that happen are not steeped in brutality or over the top violence.

One thing that irritated me was the character of Addie, who
Roxanne (The Novel Sanctuary)
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Think I found a new fave bookish cozy murder mystery series!
Doreen Petersen
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
What a wonderful new cozy mystery series I've discovered! I absolutely loved it! Already started on the second book in this series. ...more
Karen Jaeckels
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Engaging! One of the better series of librarian/book seller becomes dectective.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott is the debut novel in A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery. Addie Greyborne has had a rough year with the murder of her fiancé and the death of her father. Thanks to an inheritance from her great aunt, Anita Greyborne, Addie has relocated to Greyborne Harbor and is ready to open Beyond the Page Books & Curios. Opening day begins by Addie almost getting run over by a black sedan. After opening the bookshop, she meets Serena Chandler who owns SerenaTEA next door ...more
Lisa Morin
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Murder by the Book is a first in a new series that is engaging and has plenty of colorful characters.
Addie is still in mourning over the loss of her father and her fiance. Settling into a new business and new home takes its toll, and when her new friend is arrested for murder, Addie can't help but get involved.
I was intrigued by the story description and was excited to read this new book.
My only complaint was how fast Addie was accepted to be investigating with the police. It came across as forc
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first in a cozy mystery series that is totally up my alley (who wouldn’t love an amateur sleuth running a bookstore?). This book took me a little bit to push through and I did feel the story lagged in times. I also felt like the main characters formed deep relationships too quickly and it felt a little forced. That being said I love the main character, Addie, and I think she has a lot of potential and I can’t wait to read the others in this series (in fact I started with the most rec ...more
Addison Greyborne has left behind life in Boston after the tragic (and as she believes mysterious) deaths of her father and fiance to start a used bookstore in the small town of Greyborne in New England. From the moment she arrives in town, Addie is beset with problems. She's being stalked by a black sedan, someone breaks into her home, her shop and a crusty neighbor is dying to run Addie out of town. Thank goodness she has the support of her new bff Serena. Serena's brother Marc is the police c ...more
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story started off with promise, but it began to get clunky and felt disjointed at times when discussing some of the back story and revealing each character (which there were a lot to keep track of). I like the relationship/friendship between Addie and Serena. It's fun and quite endearing. I also enjoyed the small-town setting and the bookshop.

There were a few implausible parts that if the same situations happened in real life, the story would be different. For example, a package is hidden, b
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott is the 1st book in Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series, and an enjoyable start. Addie Greyborne was a librarian at the Boston Public Library, working with rare books. After her fiance was murdered, and her father was killed in a car accident Addie was ready to move to a small town in New England where she inherited a mansion, Greyborne Manor, from her great aunt. With all the books left in her aunt's home she was able to open her own bookstore. Addie mak ...more
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Addie opens a used and antiquarian bookstore when she inherits an unknown great aunt's estate. A break-in occurs, and a cheap edition of Alice in Wonderland appears to be missing. When police chief Marc, brother of her new friend Serena who owns a tea shop next to the bookstore, takes his own sister into custody for a murder at the shop, Addie decides to help him investigate to free his sister. Although a promising series premiere, the novel contained a few too many coincidences to feel plausibl ...more
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