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Murder in the First Edition

(Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery #3)

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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 w
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Kensington
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Natalia  R
Addie Greyborne is donating an 1843 copy of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol for a charity auction. When she goes to drop off the paperwork, she finds the woman in charge of the event dead and the valuable book missing. Addie is convinced that the woman's death is connected to the missing book and with the help of her best friend, Serena and her two love interests, Simon and Marc, she sets out to uncover the truth. I liked this book. The beautiful Christmas setting, coupled with a winter stor ...more
Diana • Book of Secrets
Christmas Cozy Mystery → 3.75 Stars → Bookstore owner Addie Greyborne has donated a very rare & expensive 1843 copy of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol to the hospital's charity auction. When the organizer of the auction dies suspiciously and the book goes missing, Addie sets out to solve the crime despite a snowstorm barreling down on Greyborne Harbor.

The mystery was solid and complex, and I loved the New England bookstore/seaside setting. I can't resist a good fictional snowstorm, especiall
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Carrie
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 home
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Eve (Between The Bookends)
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description It is really unfortunate that Addie is such an unlikable lead in this series. 👀 The writing, pace, and mystery were all very good in this book. 👍 The small town setting is charming. ❄ It was suitably festive. 🎄 The secondary characters are great.👤👤👤 I quite like both Simon and Marc. 👤👤 However, I don't understand why either of them would be interested in Addie. 😠 Like I mentioned above, she is honestly one of the most obnoxious leads I have ever run across in a cozy mystery series. 🔪 And that i
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Gail C.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Cozy Mystery Lovers
This is the third in the Beyond the Page Bookstore mystery series by Lauren Eliott and follows much the same type of activities as those earlier in the series that have Addie, protagonist, determined to find the murderer. In this book, Addie has donated a valuable rare book to a charity auction and discovers almost at the beginning that the book is missing and the chairperson and organizations coordinator has been murdered. To add to Addie’s activities, the father of her deceased fiance has show ...more
Darinda
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Addie Greyborne is back for book three in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series by Lauren Elliott. Addie donates a valuable book to a local charity auction. When Addie discovers the organizer of the event is dead and the donated book is missing, she investigates to discover who could be behind the murder and theft.

I've read the first book in this series, Murder by the Book, but haven't yet read the second book, Prologue to Murder. As with most series, this one is probably best read in ord
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Juli
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Addie Greyborne is excited about the upcoming charity auction. She has an 1843 edition of Dickens' A Christmas Carol to add to the auction. Appraised at five figures, the book should raise a lot of money to help build the pediatric wing at the hospital! But things quickly get complicated....not only does the father of her former fiance show up in town causing problems, but the coordinator of the auction is murdered. And....the Dickens book is stolen! Once again, Addie finds herself doing some am ...more
Melanie
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Murder in the First Edition was another delightful installment in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series.

Addie Greyborne is busier than ever with her bookstore now that the holiday season is underway. When she finds a rare 1843 copy of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in her attic, Addie knows it’s the perfect thing to donate to the hospital’s upcoming charity auction. But when Addie arrives at the hospital to deliver the appraisal paperwork for the book, she finds her book miss
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Tracy Marie
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is Christmas time in the seaside village of Greyborne Harbor and Addie is busier than ever in her Page Bookstore. When she finds a rare & valuable copy of 1843 edition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in her attic she decides to donate it to the hospital foundation for their holiday gala auction.

When Addie goes to visit Teresa, the Gala's coordinator things quickly become complicated. When Addie arrives at the hospital with the appraisal certificate she finds the book is missing, and Ter
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Kate Baxter
Christmas is coming to the charming New England seaside village of Greyborne Harbor. Addie Greyborne, protagonist and proprietress of Beyond the Page Bookstore has donated a valuable 1843 edition of Dickens', "A Christmas Carol" to the hospital foundation for their holiday gala auction. When she visits Teresa, the gala's coordinator, she finds the book missing and subsequently, Teresa's dead body. There's a bit of alcohol on Teresa's breath but was this really an accident or was foul play involv ...more
Mayke ☕️
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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I was surprised by how much I liked it. I'm new to the whole cozy mysterie genre, and I'm happy I tried this Christmas version out.

Tari
I've enjoyed this newer series from its beginning, and this installment is no exception. I think it's especially good, because it takes place at Christmas. I have to admit that Addie gets on my last nerve sometimes, but that's just part of her charm. She's like a big kid sometimes, but has a heart of gold and would do anything for those that she loves. She makes me dizzy with going back and forth between which guy she likes, and I usually end up just as confused as she is, but I will say that I' ...more
Karen Hollins-Stallman
First off can I just say wow! The third installment in the series is even better than the last, now the long wait till book four... 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 mood darkens, though, when a visitor from the past appears—Jonath ...more
QNPoohBear
Christmas is in the air and Addie Greybourne is pleased to donate a first edition of A Christmas Carol (I wantttt!!!!) for a charity auction. Her former colleague has appraised the book at around $60,000 which should bring enough money to help renovate the children's wing of the local hospital. Addie is not so thrilled when her late fiance's biological father blows into town in the wake of an impending storm. Jonathan Hemingway has a habit of appearing briefly and disappearing quickly, often wit ...more
Fred
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder In The First Edition is the third book in the A Beyond The Page Bookstore Mystery series.

The local hospital is having a Charity Auction to raise funds for the pediatric wing and Addie Greyborne has donated an 1843 edition of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. She had sent the book to authenticated and has just received the certificate, which she hopes will mean the book will sell for even more than first thought. She heads for the hospital to give Teresa, chairperson for the auction, the
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Peggy R
I've been a fan of this series from the first book and think that this third installment is an excellent addition. Addie finds herself in the wrong place, at the wrong time, discovering another body and once again putting her on the suspect list. This time around, Addie's almost father-in-law Jonathan arrives in town just before the murder happens and a valuable book is stolen. The mystery was complex and Ms. Elliott had me guessing almost the entire time. The way she had Addie make a case on wh ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Addie Greyborne is excited about the upcoming charity auction for the hospital. She is donating an 1843 copy of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, valued at over $60.000.00. When she goes to drop off the paperwork, she finds the woman in charge of the event missing. As she leaves, she finds her body at the bottom of the stairs, dead. Where is the valuable book? Was this an accident or a murder? Addie is convinced that the woman's death is connected to the missing book and she is unable to keep ...more
Lea
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, holiday
I don’t think this should be read as a stand-alone or out of order, which I did. It’s set in December but not really holiday themed.
Addie is REALLY unlikeable. I don’t know how Marc or Simon deal with her. She’s wishywashy about her romances - which she thinks are just friends. *face palm* At times it’s painful to read. It’s ridiculously repetitive and I can’t imagine reading multiple books where it’s like this.
She’s not very good at crime solving either. She was all over the place. The same t
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Jennifer
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVED it!!! I am soo happy with this series and where it is going. I think Addie is finally letting some of her grief go and is now facing the challenge of which man to choose. The story kept you guessing as to whodunnit and how they did it. I was definitely surprised with the murder weapon and the killers. Well done Ms. Elliott! Can’t wait for the next one!!!

I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.
The Kawaii Slartibartfast
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a pretty intensive mystery, a little more intense than I usually like my cozies.

I didn't really have sympathy for the mc until the reveal about her fiance, then a lot of things made sense.

This one was very well written, just not my cup of tea.
Melissa
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The mystery in this cozy was extremely good. The reappearance of Addie’s almost father-in-law and the missing book, plus a murder made for a excellent storyline. Then why a 4 star rating, you may ask? Because the romance triangle, angst and drama drove me nuts! It was so over the top it was ridiculous. I sincerely hope that is massively toned down in the next installment. Great mystery but all the relationship drama detracted from my overall enjoyment of the story. That being said, I do plan to ...more
La
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was very happy to win a copy of this book and had high hopes for my adventure with it. This was my first experience reading a book from the "Beyond the Page" series, so I have no opinion of the series overall. However, after reading this book, I can honestly say I won't be in a hurry to read another one in the series. On the "pro" side, I felt that I knew what was going on in the series despite not having read the other books and the book was easy to get back into after having to set it down f ...more
Barb
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Convoluted and complex; and entirely satisfying. Lauren Elliot's third book in her Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series was a delightful read. It's definitely not one the reader can devour in several hours; rather, it lends itself to some time after a chapter or two to just think about it. So many characters, so many clues, so many red herrings. And that's just the mystery part. The romance is not lacking, although our heroine is still grieving for her not-so-long-lost fiancé, and that puts ...more
Kimberley Cornwell
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Reading this book was akin to driving past an accident scene. You don't really want to look, but you just can't help yourself. I have read this series from its inception and while I have enjoyed the mysteries, the main protagonist continues to bug me. I'm really struggling with her whiny & judgmental behaviors. When the series first started, there was one romantic interest. Great! That most cozy mysteries have a romantic element is appealing. What has become very unappealing to me is the romanti ...more
Laura Salas
Sep 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
I just couldn't get past the writing style here. For instance, there seemed to be a million ways to smile--they formed on lips, tickled the corners of a mouth, graced lips, touched the corners of a mouth. Honestly, it felt like a book written using AI. It was all very stilted and weird feeling, and the writing style was so distracting that I couldn't actually read the book.

A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Kristina
Murder in the First Edition by Lauren Elliott may be the third A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery, but it can be read on its own. Addie Greyborne donates an 1843 first edition of A Christmas by Charles Dickens to the Christmas Charity Auction put on the local hospital foundation. She takes the appraisal to her meeting with coordinator, Teresa Lang. Teresa is not in her office and neither is the rare book in its locked case. Addie finds Teresa dead at the bottom of the steps with alcohol on her ...more
Daniele
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
MURDER IN THE FIRST EDITION is a gratifying addition to the Beyond the Page Mystery series by Lauren Elliott. Full of murder, greed, and the mob, all set against a wintry Christmas backdrop, it is suspenseful and entertaining.

I have been a fan of this series since its beginning. This time around, bookstore owner Addie once again finds herself drawn into a puzzle when she discovers fundraiser Teresa at the bottom of a flight of stairs. Was her death a terrible accident or did someone have it out
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Kirsti
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

I've read another book in this series, so I was glad to catch up with these characters again. It was good to see Addie and her complicated love life again, although at times I was frustrated with her indecision (I can only imagine how Marc and Simon feel after all this time) and then we are presented with THAT ending....gahhhhh.

It was a solid mystery, even if Marc needs to trust Addie more and realize she has some good id
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Melissa Cochrill
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Hate the love triangle. It makes Addie seem weak. One minute she likes one guy, the next she likes the other one. It takes away from the mystery, which was actually pretty good.
Kristina Rasmussen
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m glad I ended up sticking with this series! I’m still frustrated by some of the characters, but in a more enjoyable way if that’s possible.
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