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Proof of Murder

(Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery #4)

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Bookshop owner Addie Greyborne must solve a locked-room murder in a supposedly haunted mansion to recover a priceless Sherlock Holmes original in the fourth book of Lauren Elliott's literary themed Addie Greyborne Mystery series.

Bookshop owner Addie Greyborne must solve a locked-room murder in a supposedly haunted mansion to recover a priceless Sherlock Holmes original . .
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Mass Market Paperback, 316 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Natalia  R
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this fourth installment in Lauren Elliott's Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series, Addie Greyborne is attending an auction preview at a mansion that is rumored to be haunted. When she arrives, she finds an old family friend in charge of the auction and offers to help his overwhelmed insurance appraiser with the inventory, some of which are extremely rare and valuable books. The next morning, the appraiser is found dead and the valuable books are missing. Marc is back in town and is investi ...more
Darinda
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fourth book in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series. Addie is back with another murder mystery in the quaint town of Greyborne Harbor. While helping appraise items for a local estate sale, Addie discovers a first edition of A Study in Scarlet, the first Sherlock Holmes novel. When Addie returns to the estate later, she discovers the appraiser has been killed and the valuable edition is missing.

A locked room mystery. Due to Addie's involvement with the appraisal, she's on the short li
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Gail C.
I would like to thank Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced digital reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is the fourth in the Beyond the Page book series featuring Addie Greyborne by Lauren Elliott. As in the previous three books, Elliott shows a talent for plotting a mystery with good clues and red herrings. The book features secondary characters who have been introduced in previous books, including Addie’s best friend, Serena, former flame ...more
Juli
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Proof of Murder is the 4th book in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series. I enjoy the characters and the setting/backround of the series. It keeps me coming back each time I see a new book!

In this newest mystery, Addie Greybourne is seeking to add to the stock of rare and interesting books for shop, Beyond the Page Books & Curios. Her stock on hand in her rambling, inherited house, Greybourne Manor, is starting to thin out. So, she decides to attend a local auction. Her best friend tries
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beachbum bookworm
Jun 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Newest Adventure Details:
Where: Greyborne Harbor, Connecticut
Who: Addie and friends


I was really excited about heading to New England, meeting Addie, and wandering through the aisles of Beyond the page (Addie’s bookstore). The auction I was going to attend with her...I could take or leave. Upon arriving I got a quick tour of the shop and met Paige (Adde’s assistant @ the bookstore), and then Addie was rushing us out the door to head to the estate sale for a sneak peek of the books. Even though a
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Carrie
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Peggy R
I've been enjoying this series from the very first book and this one is as entertaining as the rest. I like Addie Grayson. She has been through a lot and has, for the most part, has come out on the other side. One of my criticisms of the last couple of books has been the love triangle. I am not a fan so I am happy to report that Ms. Elliott has resolved that issue with this installment. Once again, Addie is in the wrong place at the wrong time and discovers another dead body. That, however, is n ...more
Micky Cox
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
The bookstore crew is back in action and this time they have to figure out how a murder could have taken place in a locked room before Addie's ex-boyfriend's hotshot new girlfriend sends her up the river for a murder just to get the competition out of the way. A wonderful array of subplots woven throughout the murder plot to keep you entertained and delighted for hours! If you haven't started this series, you absolutely should as this is quickly becoming one of my "can't miss series" to read! Wo ...more
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t think I could enjoy a book more than the last instalment but Lauren hit it out of the park this time!

I have said it before that I love the main set of characters, Addie, Serena, Paige, Simon and Marc (the men who were vying for Addie's affections) and I still do but now I want to include Catherine in that list. We also had some new characters in this instalment like Blake, Ryley and Addie’s cousin Kalea some of whom I wanted to slap or scream at but they helped round out the story.

As fo
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Micky Cox
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The bookstore crew is back in action and this time they have to figure out how a murder could have taken place in a locked room before Addie's ex-boyfriend's hotshot new girlfriend sends her up the river for a murder just to get the competition out of the way. A wonderful array of subplots woven throughout the murder plot to keep you entertained and delighted for hours! If you haven't started this series, you absolutely should as this is quickly becoming one of my "can't miss series" to read! Wo ...more
Doreen Petersen
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I just have to say I absolutely love this series!!!
Melissa Borsey
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading a book in this series and I found it to be a really enjoyable mystery. I look forward to reading more books in this series.
Judy Lesley
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy
This is the fourth entry in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series by Lauren Elliott. The book is well written with characters who are well defined and who have a lengthy history with each other. I had not read any of the previous books but had little trouble in picking up on all of the relationships. The main question to be solved by the police is whether there has been a murder or death by natural causes. Addison (Addie) Greybourne is also able to point out the possibility of theft of so ...more
Dani(elle)
Aug 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was Scooby-Doo if Scooby-Doo was dumb.

I understand why the plot required Addie (sorry if my spelling is off, I listened to the audiobook) be a suspect - character motivation and all that good stuff. However, when that is done at the expense of making everyone else look stupid, petty, and/or incompetent the book suffers.

The worst part is most of these issues would have been fixed had Riley and Mark focused on Kalia as the murderer. She mysteriously shows up in town at the behest of her shad
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Nursebookie
May 31, 2020 marked it as to-read
A bookshop, a Sherlock Holmes original, a murder in a seaside New England town – what more is there to love in the premise of this story. Home to many grand estates, Greborne Harbor where Addie inherited her great aunt’s estate and Beyond the Page bookstore. Addie, looking for rare editions as a bookstore owner, discovers a rare book, A Study In Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle's first Sherlock Holmes novel in one of the estate sales. However, a mysterious death in the library with the room bolted fro ...more
QNPoohBear
With Greybourne Harbor about to become a stop on a popular cruise line, Addie Greybourne is busy preparing for the massive amounts of people who will be coming to her bookshop. She's thrilled the store is a success and is even slightly happy to be running out of books. Addie decides to look for more rare books at an estate sale at the Hill Road House, a Victorian mansion that was the scene of some unsolved murders decades ago. Now the house is rumored to be haunted and Addie's best friend Serena ...more
Fred
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Proof Of Murder is the fourth book in the A Beyond The Page Bookstore Mystery series.

This book provides an interesting and enjoyable visit to Greyborne Harbor and its enjoyable residents.

Addie Greyborne learns that a small cruise ship line will be making a stop in Greyborne Harbor and when she hears that the long-vacant Hill Road House is having an auction, she plans on going to hopefully purchase some book for her bookstore. Addie’s clerk, Paige, and her BFF, Serena, both try and convince her t
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Sheila Siarkiewicz
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Addie Greyborne, owner of the Beyond the Page, a bookstore in the beautiful New England town of Greyborne Harbor, is heading out to an estate sale in search of rare editions of books to add to her inventory for her shop. The estate sale is being held in one of the town's grand mansions that has long been rumored to be haunted though Addie doesn't believe in things like that. When she is asked to help the appraiser with the books in the library she finds a magazine with Author Conan Doyle's first ...more
Christina
Although I enjoyed the new characters and interesting plot twists I was disappointed in the development of the characters. This is book four. Characters should be established at this point. Not the case. Here is why: I struggle to like the main character Addie because she is written in such an infantile way. She is always biting her lip, pouting, tapping her foot and throwing temper tantrums. Hard to buy as a sleuth. She is always blushing , quivering and squaring her shoulders. Then there is Ma ...more
Cherry London
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another captivating and intriguing cozy, with great characters and a cool storyline. Addie is bull headed and refuse to back down, clearing herself from a murder and burglary charge, was imperitive. Although obstacles were thrown in her way by none other than her ex boyfriend's new girlfriend. Addie refuses to standby and let herself be railroaded to jail for a crime she was obviously being framed for. So she put on her Sherlock Holmes face and got down to some serious sleuthing.
Patty
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Proof of Murder by Lauren Elliott is the 4th book in Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series, and another great addition. 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 is exc ...more
Quinn
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I throughly enjoy these cozy mysteries! They’re a perfect summer read, short, easy to read, and with something new developing with every page.
Susan
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes when I started this: New England, a bookstore--and five other books in the series I hadn't read. Addie owns a bookstore and seems to have a personal life that escaped from a soap opera. She visits a local haunted house where an auctioneer friend of her deceased father is running a house sale, finds valuable books, which disappear the next day, and the appraiser is found dead in a locked room. The police chief is back from a vacation with a lovely FBI agent who thinks Addie is a ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is the fourth book in Lauren Elliott's Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series, and I do suggest you read them in order if possible. In this outing, Addie Greyborne is attending an auction preview at a mansion that is rumored to be haunted. When she arrives, she meets up with a family friend who is running the auction. The appraisers he has hired are not finished and the auction is supposed to occur the next day. She is asked to help appraise some extremely rare and valuable books. She lea ...more
Smitten
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
New England bookstore owner Addie Greyborne leaves her assistant Paige in charge of the store while she pays a visit to Hill Road House for an estate sale preview. She ignores rumors that the house is haunted to attend and ends up putting her rare book expertise to use by helping the unpleasant insurance adjuster appraise some of the books. Addie discovers a hidden gem but when she returns the next day for the sale, the library door is locked from the inside, the insurance adjuster is dead, and ...more
Toni
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

This is the fourth book in the Beyond the Page Bookstore mystery series by Lauren Elliott.

Basic premise: It’s a locked door mystery. Addie and her cousin was helping her friend appraise a whole lot of books some of which were extremely expensive. Then they discover the woman dead in the locked room and some of the expensive editions missing. Not to mention her cousin was also on the missing list.

Addie tried to explain about the missing first editions and priceless proof copies of A Study
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Melissa Castor
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Murder in a haunted house! Addie is hoping to attend an estate auction at a house that is notorious for being haunted. She ends up being roped into helping appraise books by her friend, Blake, who is in charge of the auction. Addie and her cousin, Kalea, who has suddenly appeared in town help to appraise the books for the book appraiser, Charlotte. The next morning, Blake and Addie try to get into the library and end up having to pry the door open. Charlotte is inside and is dead. Addie later di ...more
Meg
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Addy Greyborne, the owner of Beyond the Page Bookstore, is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to rare books. Always looking to add to her collection for her store, she sets off to an estate sale in what has been rumored a haunted house. Is there a bit of paranormal happening in the house or something more sinister?

A wonderful mystery that touches on a bit of Sherlock Holmes, which I love. I found myself completely engaged in the story as Addy tries to figure how the murder happened in the locke
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Kristin
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The mystery was really well written and very complex. I like when not everyone is good or bad, but some shades of grey. Very good book. The relationship stuff made me quite sad, but happy to see Kalea sticking around so Addy will have family in the area.
Anna Fox
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series is so enjoyable. I love the characters, the town and they mysteries. The author is always able to keep me guessing about the mystery and the motive of the murderer. The characters have moved forward since the last book which is always nice. I look forward to more.

Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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