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Prologue to Murder

(Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,391 ratings  ·  243 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
Mass Market Paperback, 318 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Robin Loves Reading
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
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
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gossip columnist says that Addie may be the reason Librarian June doesn’t make it home and later June’s body is found. Addie is dating the chief of police but a reporter from LA is trying to split them up. So with her romance in question and the town people mad at her she gets involved in trying to solve the case. She thinks the answer is in a book that June wrote on the town and tries to find out why the town tried to suppress part of the book.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Addie Greystone owns a bookstore in Greystone Harbor, named after her family. When the body of town librarian June Winslow is discovered, thanks to the local gossip column, everyone thinks Addie had something to do with it and are now shunning her. She also discovers that police chief Marc, whom Addie has just started seeing, has been visited by his old flame, Lacey Davenport. It doesn't help when Marc's sister wants Addie to back off and let Lacey have him, even though Marc assures her they're ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Books, pirate legends and murder! What’s not to love in this bookstore-related cozy. Addison Greyborne has settled back in her hometown of Greyborne Harbor and is looking forward to the Founder’s Day celebration. Unfortunately, the local newspaper columnist certainly has it in for Addie, the owner of Beyond the Page Bookstore and Curio Shop which specializes in rare and used books. When the head librarian is reported missing by “Miss Newsy”, she begins to point the finger in Addie’s direction st ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You know you found a great book series when you have trouble putting the book down or read it way to fast, like this book. I throughly enjoy this series and cannot wait to get my hands on the next one.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Beyond the Page Bookshop series. I couldn’t put it down...I had to know what happened to June, the Head Librarian. This is one of my favorite books of 2019 (so far).
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Seema Rao
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Addison Greybourne has been cleared of ties to a Boston crime syndicate and is eager to finally become a part of the community her ancestor founded 300 years ago. What better time to do it than Founder's Day? Addie is interested in learning more about the town's history but according to a newspaper column by a "Miss Newsy," the local librarian has disappeared and Addie has something to do with it! Addie is incensed at the lies and ready to sue but alas, the gossip column is a longstanding tradit ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies-mysteries
Book 2 in the series.

This series should be fun, but I didn't enjoy this one very much. The townspeople are nasty, the boyfriend is a dope, and throw in a love triangle and it's not at all my thing. It seemed a little slow as well, with too much catty junior high school type crap going on throughout.

I think I am done with this series.

*I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book given to me by the publisher, via NetGalley.*
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is the second outing in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery and it continues the development of the characters and their relationships. This book can be read as a standalone, but the series is only into its third book, so I recommend taking the time to read them in order to get the full backstory of the main characters.

The protagonist, Addie Greyborne, former researcher for Boston Public Library, has returned to Greyborne Harbor after the death of both her father and fiancee. She recently
RO G'ma
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
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reads-2019
This was an exciting cozy with pirate lore being a fun angle for the mystery. I enjoyed this book overall and enjoyed it more than the first in this set for sure. There were elements that drove me nuts, mainly the way Addie’s friends treated her for a big chunk of the book. My favorite thing about the story was the pirate stuff, that was fun. Looking forward to the next in this series.

I received this book from NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy, mystery
Addie is scurrying about in this second installment, chasing down leads to find a murderer, dealing with a gossip columnist's unsavory comments about her in the newspaper, and coming to grips with a mean-spirited reporter who just happens to be Marc's former girlfriend. Addie begins to wonder if she is more attracted to Marc, Chief of Police, or Simon, the new doctor in town. Throw in a rumor about a pirate's hidden treasure, one that may be buried somewhere in the town, you'll know why there's ...more
Micky Cox
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Addy is back in amateur sleuth mode as she needs to figure out who is writing all the disparaging things about her in the newspaper and making it seem like she is once again a criminal in the eyes of her new neighbors. Not to mention a rival has set up shop in town to try and kick her out of the handsome Chief of Police's personal space! Great characters with a very strong development make for an excellent read as the plot takes you through all the various subplots and nuances to lead to a surpr ...more
Lisa Morin
Fantastic story. I was immediately engaged with the characters and found myself on the edge of my seat until the reveal. Will definitely read more in this exciting series.
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

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Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
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
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