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Prologue to Murder

(Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  85 reviews
After a career working with rare books at the Boston Public Library, Addie Greyborne is back in her seaside New England hometown—where unfortunately, murder is not so rare . . .
Gossip columnists love a bold-faced name—but “Miss Newsy” at Greyborne Harbor’s local paper seems to specialize in bald-faced lies. She’s pointed a finger of suspicion at Addie after librarian Jun
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Kensington
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May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Prologue to Murder by Lauren Elliott is the second installment 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 standalones or out of order. However, one would get to know the characters better reading the series in order.

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 an
Gail C.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with an advanced digital read copy of PROLOGUE TO MURDER by Lauren Elliott. This is the second book in the series featuring Addie Greyborne, former researcher for Boston Public Library and new resident for Greyborne Harbor. It isn’t necessary to have read the first book in the series to understand this one, and the mystery stands alone in each book. There are some relationship developments with a couple of other major characters that ...more
Peggy R
This is the second book in the new Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series and I think readers will enjoy this installment. Addie is a likable protagonist. She is independent, smart and a bit stubborn. Unfortunately, there are still those in the town holding on to their suspicion from the first book and the fact that Addie finds herself as the subject of the towns newspaper gossip columnist doesn't help. The plot is well paced and I liked the pirate/buried treasure theme. There were a good hand ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Prologue to Murder by Lauren Elliott is the second book in this new cozy series and it definitely hit all the right notes for a fun afternoon read.

Addie Greyborne is a very likable character and I admire her independence and persistence in helping the police to track down the person who murdered the town librarian. Her research skills and eye for details brings a lot of clues to the case for the police chief to consider. Historic family feuds, pirate treasure, and a lost original manuscript are
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
After reading the Blurb, I picked up this book not knowing it was part of the series. This was book 2 of Page Bookstore Mystery. The main character Addie had inherited a bookstore after coming back home.

Some of the townspeople didn't like her and after solving the first murder mystery, she was further disliked. One such person was the newspaper journalist. When librarian June was found dead in the tunnel, fingers were pointed at Addie. She had to solve the murder and prove herself innocent with
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery, e-books
Do you like privates, hidden treasure, romantic history, curses, and feuds? The second installment of this series has all of the themes mention to make for an exciting story. The cover invites you to read it. Beyond The Page Bookstore second book is hard to date, anything from 3 to 4 stars would be correct. I finally settled on 3 1/2 stars and round it off to 3 stars. I felt the flow of writing of the writing was often interrupted due to the addition of many new characters. A love triangle has b ...more
Prologue to Murder was an enjoyable read with a solid mystery surrounding pirates, buried treasure, and a hidden manuscript.

Miss Newsy, the gossip columnist at the local paper, is stirring up trouble for Addie Greyborne after she accuses Addie of having something to do with local librarian June Winslow going missing. And after June’s body is found in an underground tunnel in town, Addie is accused by the columnist of being involved in June’s death. Determined to once again clear her name, Addie
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My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Addie Greyborne finds herself dead smack in the middle of a gossip column when a "Miss Newsy" points the finger at her after the town's librarian, June Winslow, disappears after a book club meeting. Shockingly, soon after Ms. Winslow is found dead. It is actually a blessing that Addie is involved with the police chief, Marc, or else she just might be in more hot water than she already is.

The gossip has hurt her and her business. Meanwhile a reporter breezes into town. This r
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prologue to Murder by Lauren Elliott is the 2nd book in Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series. 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 is now living in 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 makes quick friends with Serena ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book.

This is the second book in the series, but it's already heating up to be a favorite! Of course I love books about books; what reader doesn't? and this one is all about pirates and lost treasure. I did knock it down a star because I felt like the actual mystery wasn't up to snuff; I found the eventual reasoning to be a bit stupid, honestly. Also, I despise love triangles, and that is where this is headed unfortunately :/ Bo
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
When Addie Greybourne, proprietor of a bookstore in Greybourne Harbor, learns that town librarian, June, has been murdered, there are some shady insinuations about Addie's possible involvement by a mysterious columnist who is referred to as "Miss Newsy." Did June find out something about the town's legendary tunnels, and hidden pirate treasure? Who would want her silenced? I don't think I'd want to reside in Greybourne Harbor, where the police get a search warrant based only on an anonymous tip, ...more
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
The action in this second Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery is quite lively as Addie deals with almost libelous statements in the local newspaper’s gossip column, an old flame coming on to Police Chief Marc Chandler and meeting a new resident, Dr. Simon Emerson, who wants to sleuth with Addie.

Seems the missing librarian, June Winslow, is found dead. Rumors are being spread that Addie may be a suspect. Then there’s June’s book about pirates and the fact that there are hidden tunnels under Greybor
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prologue To Murder is the second book in the Beyond The Page Bookstore Mystery series.

Addie Greyborne has recently returned to Greyborne Harbor and still experiencing some of the resident’s displeasure with her return, even so, her recently opened bookstore is doing reasonably well until the disappearance of Jane Winslow, the town’s librarian. Miss Newsy, the gossip columnist of the local newspaper, suggests that Addie wants the librarian’s job and that she might know something about Winslow dis
Seema Rao
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Appealing ~ Relaxing ~ Romantic

tl;dr: loving books can hurt

While this is the second in the series, it was new to me. Picking up mid-series was no problem. Addie, bookstore owner / former librarian, is dating the chief of police and solving crimes. This is a cozy read for sure. And, it is clearly positioned to be about books for book lovers. But, it's also enjoyable. The writing is solid. The story isn't groundbreaking but will keep you turning the page. I liked this book and the characters. I w
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the much-anticipated second novel in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series, this reader is delighted to find it is every bit as exciting as the first. The characters are equally as endearing and well-defined, and the mystery is multifaceted. The history of this New England coastal area is interesting; I forget the years of pirates up and down the eastern seaboard!

Addie Greyborne inherited the family home in Greyborne Harbor from her great aunt Anita when she died. She left her job in r
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3.5 Stars
Prologue to Murder is the second book in Lauren Elliott’s Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series and is an entertaining read. The mystery is interesting, and the cast of characters is well developed. I enjoyed the book and the reveal surprised me.

Addison “Addie” Greyborne owns and operates Beyond the Page, a book and curio shop, in Greyborne Harbor in New England. Addison is looking forward to the upcoming Founder’s Day celebration. Serena Chandler, her best friend and the owner of Se
RTF, but heads up! Book 1 is on sale for $1.99 through kindle!

Thank you Netgalley and Kensington Books for providing me with an advance copy of the book for review! For anyone looking for a good cozy mystery book, this is the second in the series, and while you can read it without the first one, go check out her first one too!
Prologue to Murder

by Lauren Elliott
Published Date: April 30, 2019
Read Date: April 2019
Format: ebook ARC
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Number of Pages: 304 Pages

Rating: moose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-md 5/5 Moose

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 ...more
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was really interesting. The backdrop of the Greyborne-Davenport feud and the mysterious book with its edited content the former Librarian, June, wrote about the town made this such a compelling read.

I did have a few issues with the characters. Police chief Marc, for instance, if I were Addie, I am not sure I would consider dating such a fellow. He used some mean mental tactics to supposedly “keep her safe” that just rose my hackles. And then there was the doctor, Simon, who
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
PROLOGUE TO MURDER, the second book in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series, is an intricate tale of murder, jealousy, greed, a centuries old family feud, pirates, and buried treasure. It is highly entertaining and well worth reading.

Addie Greyborne is still relatively new to town, which was founded by her ancestors, and is still struggling to feel at home and get her business off the ground. There are plenty of people around who do not like or trust her simply because of her last name,
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Welcome back to Greyborne Harbor, where family history, turns mystery! June the town librarian is discovered dead after a book club meeting and it's hard to believe her recent novel on the secrets of Greyborne Harbor and its founders might not have something to do with her untimely death. It's believed long held secrets were discovered while June conducted research into her book, all the while discovering long rumored tunnels underground the city streets. You will love the pirate twist and wonde ...more
Nancy Wolfe
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. The theme of pirates and treasure were fun and I love when the main character is also a lover of books, in this case a bookstore owner. While this is the second book in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series, it is the first one I have read. Will go back and find the previous one and look forward to reading more in the series.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a very fast-paced cozy! Addie continues to settle into her new home and bookshop, but still does not have the approval of numerous townspeople. Multiple new characters are introduced and explored and move the story and murders right along.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting story. Fascinating history of piracy and hidden treasure and how the past interconnects with the present. I didn't like how the main character was waffling between two love interests. I did like how she was recruited as a researcher to help the police. It was a great story with lots of interesting side stories. Very enjoyable!
Renee Guill
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: very-good
I am one of the lucky ones who get to be on this series ARC reading list. Thanks to Lauren Elliott for allowing me the chance to review this series.
Btw, that is such a beautiful cover!

Prologue to Murder is actually the second book in the series(I admit the title confused me at first). Even tho it is a series, you don't have to read them in order to understand the main characters, tho it does make it more interesting.

So, what do you get when you add a 300 year old family feud, a town's history, p
Cozy Cat Reviews
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adore this series. it has quickly become one of my favorite new cozy series. This is the 2nd in series . I do recommend the first in series and highly recommend this next in series. The series is fun, has a lot of humor, a great sleuth and fun supporting characters.

Thank you to Net Galley and Kensington Books for the advanced copy. My review is my own opinion.
Addie Greyborne is a former researcher for Boston Public Library. That was the life she was comfortable with and now as a new resident
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-cozy
What a good book! I enjoyed this so much more than I thought I would. The first few pages made me think it was going to be too serious & stuffy for my liking, but I was very wrong. There's a gentle humor thanks to a new character named Simon, who I really hope sticks around.
The town of Greyborne Harbor, which truly is a central "character" in the story. I would love to go to the Founder's Day Festival, especially for the ghost walk. I'd also have to go to Addie's shop & the Smuggl
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Addison 'Addie' Greyborne is finally settling into life in Greyborne Harbor – she’s making new friends and her bookshop is starting to do well… that is until the local newspaper’s new gossip columnist, ‘Miss Newsy’, takes a personal interest in ruining Addie’s reputation.

When the local librarian, June Winslow, goes missing, Miss Newsy implies that Addie has something to do with June’s disappearance and subsequent murder. Before she died, June had written a book on Greybourne Harbor’s origins, wh
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this second book, Addie Greyborne has some difficult times, but the plot is well developed and continues to it's surprise ending.

Miss Newsy, the writer of the gossip column in the local newspaper appears to dislike Addie Greyborne. She writes that Addie is possibly responsible for the disappearance of librarian June Winslow. She later implies that Addie has been arrested, and further untruths. Addie is losing her customers because of the bad publicity. It appears that Addie's worst enemy is L
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A modern day murder mystery set in a small coastal town in the New England area called Greyborne Harbor. Greyborne Harbor is steep in centuries of history and it was often used as a hiding place for pirates and where supposedly there's buried treasure, as they hideout from British ships.

There are family names that date back to the establishment of this town, with being Addie Greyborne, whose ancestors first settled and named the town. There are other family names and on the surface, this seems t
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Lauren grew up devouring the entire Nancy Drew series and then graduated to Victoria Holt, Agatha Christie, Barbara Erskine, Lynn Kurland, and Michael Crichton to name a few of her favorite authors. When it came time for post-secondary education, journalism seemed like the logical choice as she had written for as long as she could remember. Soon after graduation, while working for a small publicat ...more

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Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery (3 books)
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