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Murder by Page One

(Peach Coast Mystery #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  181 ratings  ·  132 reviews
If you love Hallmark mystery movies,
you’ll love this cozy mystery
with humor, intrigue, and a librarian amateur sleuth.

Marvey, a librarian, has moved from Brooklyn to a quirky small town in Georgia. When she’s not at the library organizing events for readers, she’s handcrafting book-themed jewelry and looking after her cranky cat. At times, her new life in the South st
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Published March 23rd 2021
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A lively cozy mystery debut that’s a delight to read. The story would make a great Hallmark TV Movie with its picturesque town with friendly people setting.

The novel is full of southernisms; dedicated employees at the Peach Coast Library; and a few dastardly gossips and/or villains. Marley Harris, the protagonist, has two good friends who always have her back—Jo, owner of To Be Read Bookstore; and Spencer Holt—publisher of the Peach Coast Crier. Also, all the Library employees stand behind Marve
Feb 15, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I can't wait to read this! ...more
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Murder by Page One by Olivia Matthews is the first book in a new cozy mystery series set in a small community called Peach Coast, Georgia. Ms. Matthews has a strong beginning in this first book. Her descriptive writing introduced the community, the protagonist and secondary characters and the drama and politics of living in a small town.

I enjoyed meeting Marvey, Spence and Jolene as well as the library staff. They are all likable and I felt like Peach Coast would be an enjoyable place to visit.
Bobbie Kirkland
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of MURDER BY PAGE ONE (Book 1 of the Peach Coast Library Mysteries) by Olivia Matthews in exchange for an honest review. Marvella “Marvey” Harris has just moved from Brooklyn to take over library promotion in a small town in Georgia. Marvey’s only been in town for a short time, but she’s already made connections and friends through her work for the library. As part of her duties to the library and to Jolene “Jo” Gomez, one of her new friends, Marvey atte ...more
Lisa Morin
As a first in a new series, I found Murder by Page One to be a solid addition to the genre.
Taking place in a quaint small town and featuring Marvey, A transplant from New York City, the story is engaging with plenty of good characters.
I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

Cymbeline and Peach Coast Georgia seem to be just up the road from each other, both are picturesque small Georgia towns, not too near and not too far from the “big” cities of Atlanta and Savannah. Both are places where an outsider can be considered a “real” resident after not too much time, and both seem to be lovely places for a extremely amateur detective to take up the investigation of murder as a slightly dangerous hobby.

If you’re wondering, Cymbeline i
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Murder by Page One by Olivia Matthews is a book about a librarian being asked to solve a murder to clear their friend's name.
Will Marvella save Jo's reputation and her bookstore?
Marvella Harris
Marvella "Marvey" Harris is in charge of getting more patrons to the library to get the funding they need. She is working on that while also solving a
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dollycas’s Thoughts

Do you have a library card? is a question you will be asked if you meet Marvey Harris. Her job is to increase community involvement at the library so the council will continue to fund it and hopefully increase their budget and she takes her job very seriously.

Marvey has made two great friends since her big move from Brooklyn, Spence, publisher of the Peach Coast Crier, and Jo, owner of the To Be Read Bookstore. The bookstore is where this story starts off for a book signing fo
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Warning: Reading Murder by Page One may have you craving peach cobbler, so you may want to skip to the recipe at the end first & whip up a batch before you start the book. Fortunately I too now live in a small town in Georgia, where peach cobbler is a staple in nearly every single restaurant – something I was delighted to discover. But I digress…

We jump right into the story, and I liked Marvey & Jo & Spence immediately. This unlikely trio of friends – two ‘outsiders’ and the popular son of the p
After accepting the position of director of community engagement for the Peach Coast Library, librarian Marvella (Marvey) Harris trades the hectic pace of Brooklyn, New York for the laid-back lifestyle of Peach Coast, Georgia. Over the past four months, she has made a small circle of loyal friends and savvy co-workers, and discovers her librarian research skills are very effective for investigating the murder her new best friend Jo has been accused of.

When local author Fiona Lyle-Hayes is found
Mar 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MURDER BY PAGE ONE by Olivia Matthews
The First Peach Coast Library Mystery

Librarian Marvey Harris may be a transplant to Georgia from New York City, but even she knows when someone says "bless her heart" it's not a good thing. Attending a book signing with local man-about-town Spence Holt, Marvey is happy to support her new best friend, Jo, who happens to own the bookstore. While the other authors are setting up, new author and the recipient of those "bless her hearts" is conspicuously out of si
Brit Andrews
Mar 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve watched a lot of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries so it only seems fitting to actually read one. I haven’t read many cozy mysteries but from my limited reading experience and vast TV watching experience they all typically tend to go somewhat the same way. Woman who owns a business or works in a library somehow gets involved in solving a murder. Whatever her specialty is somehow involves very good observation and deductive reasoning skills. Is friends with a cop, PI or reporter. Doesn’t actually ...more
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this start of a new series and the idea of the main character having two strong sets of friends. She had her bestie Jo of course, and their other good friend Spence. What was so cool about Spence was that despite the fact he was super rich, he didn't flaunt it or act all stuffy about it. He dug in and investigated with his friends like any regular guy who might have had an in with the coroner's office, and he kept a presence and job at the local paper his family owned. It was gr ...more
Chris Buono
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A murder, cat, and snake, oh my!

A library? What’s that? In a day and age of overwhelming technology, author Olivia Matthews mixes well the today with the forgotten institution and brings about an armchair detective cozy that doesn’t disappoint.

Transplanted from Brooklyn, New York to Peach Coach, Georgia, Marvella “Marvey” Harris finally has her dream job—Director of Community Engagement for the Peach Coach Library. But this newly-created position comes with unforeseen danger by way of a book-si
Murder By Page One by Olivia Matthews is the debut of A Peach Coast Library Mystery series. Marvey Harris along with her cat, Phoenix has relocated to Peach Coast, Georgia where she is the library’s new Director of Community Engagement. Jo Gomez owns To Be Read which is hosting a book signing of Coastal Fiction Writers. Marvey is attending the signing with Spencer Holt, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Peach Coast Crier. The event is starting, and Jo is worried that one of the author’s Fiona ...more
Jan Fore
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder on Page One
Olivia Matthews
March 23, 2021

Marvella Harris has moved to the small town of Peach Coast, Georgia. It has been quite a change for the new librarian who began her new job in the southeastern town. She left her job and home in New York City. In the city, the library was a bustling place. The building was huge, staff was numerous and the patronage was always countless. In Peach Coast, Marvey was Director of Community Engagement. She is a gal who makes friends easily but doesn’t hol
It’s always fun to share release date by reviewing the first in a new series. And, Olivia Matthews’ Murder by Page One features a charming librarian from New York who is trying to adjust to Southern ways. She doesn’t really want to become comfortable with discovering a body in her favorite bookstore.

Marvella Harris moved to Peach Coast, Georgia four months earlier, accepting the position of director of community engagement at the local library. She hopes to raise awareness and funds for the libr
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in a new series Peach Coast Mystery series. Marvella (Marvey) Harris has moved to Peach Coast Georgia from Brooklyn New York just four months ago when she accepted the position of Director of Community Engagement. Marvey has clearly made some quick friends as she refers to Jo (the book store To Be Read owner) as her best friend along with Spence Holt who is the Editor in Chief of the local newspaper (which his family owns). Spence and Marvey head to Jo’s bookstore on Saturday a ...more
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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MURDER BY PAGE ONE is the first book in the PEACH COAST LIBRARY MYSTERY series and I can’t wait to return to the small town of Peach Coast, Georgia. The hominess and southern gentility were center stage and made me feel like I was there. Getting to know the residents, the businesses, and the lay of the land was comforting. This cozy mystery had amateur sleuths trying to get
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder by Page One by Olivia Matthews is a debut novel in what is to be a Peach Coast Mystery Series.

Marvey is a newly transplanted New Yorker in a small town of Peach Coast. She is delighted with the town, its residents and how different everything is from her home town. She is especially enthusiastic about her work as a librarian.
Her new best Jo runs a bookstore in which a prominent citizen and a book author is murdered. Jo immediately becomes a suspect in a murder investigation led by a inco
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a review of the Audio version of the book by Dreamscape Media. The reader of the book was very good, with a definite southern accent. This is the first book in a new series. Marvey Harris is a librarian who moved four months previously from Brooklyn NY to Peach Coast GA with her cat Phoenix, who seems to still be homesick. She does marketing for the library, and her best friend Jo Goumaz runs a book shop. I tend to like books that talk about libraries and bookstores! Jo is sponsoring a b ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
The Peach Coast Library Mysteries is a new cozy mystery series published by Hallmark. Olivia Matthews is a new author to me, but I will check out her other books. This was a well written and plotted story to start off this series. This story finds Marvella (Marvey) recently moved from New York to small town Georgia to begin a new library job. Realizing that she has little to no chance of promotion in New York, she decides to try her luck at the Peach Coast Library. She has two wonderful friends ...more
Madoka Kamimura Mason
Olivia Matthews brings us to the town of Peach Coast. We are introduced to Marvella Marvey Harris who moved from New York City to become the library's new director of community engagement. Both her and her cat Phoenix are getting used to small town life where you start every conversation with small talk. Marvey manages to ask everyone she talks to if they own a library card and her patrons praise her choice of book recommendations luring them back to the library every time. The mystery starts wh ...more
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Olivia Matthew's other series starring Sister Lou (three mysteries) so, when I saw that she had started a new series, I had to read it. I wasn't disappointed. How could you go wrong with a transplanted librarian with a cat and a setting of a small Southern town. Marvella (Marvey to her friends) has left New York City in her quest to be more of a librarian than she was ever going to be in the Big City. She wanted to make a difference in the community and Peach Coast, Georgia looks like ...more
Emilie Haney
I don't read many cozy mysteries, but this one was delightful!

Marvey attends a book signing only to discover one of the authors didn't quite make it to the signing...alive.

I liked the repartee between Marvey and her fellow librarians as well as Spencer, a nice, lightly romantic but not really addition to the story. I also love the incorporation of her cat and the challenges that come with moving to a new city.

I also enjoyed the investigation that Marvey finds herself in and the reasoning behi
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Murder by Page One is the first book in a new small-town librarian cozy mystery series (with cat), by Olivia Matthews. Released 23rd March 2021 by Hallmark, it's 336 pages and available in paperback, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.

This is a Hallma
Virginia Campbell
Libraries, bookstores, and mysteries just naturally go together, and they make for an entertaining combination in "Murder by Page One: A Peach Coast Library Mystery", Book One in author Olivia Matthews' new cozy mystery series. Marvella "Marvey" Harris moved from to Brooklyn, NY to small-town Peach Coast, GA to work as director of community engagement for the local library. After a few months in the close-knit community, she had new friends, her work, and her hobby of making book-themed jewelry ...more
Read Dream
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marvella "Marvey" Harris moved to Peach Coast, GA about four months ago to take charge of the town library's community outreach. Originally a New Yorker, she followed her dream of making a difference. In the short time she has lived there, she has become part of "the Peach Coast family." She lives with her cat, Phoenix, who is very important to her. He's having a little trouble adjusting to his new home.

While assisting with a book signing at her friend Jo's bookstore, To Be Read, a shocking mur
marita lazarus
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley and Olivia Matthew pseudonym for Patricia Sargeant, an established author known for romantic suspense and contemporary romance.

This was my first read of any of her books and luckily also the first book in a new series. This is book is cute, and well written (I was able to spot the murderer fairly quickly) but it did not take away from the overall cuteness and plot of this book. I loved the characters - OMG Spencer (Spence for short) sounds so delightful (I could Rege-Jean as
Nora St Laurent
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adored all the book references and the fact that the main character was a librarian, because I work at a library and had worked ten years in a bookstore. I liked the mystery and had fun as Marvey tried to help her friend (bookstore owner) track down the truth about who committed this crime. I liked tagging along with Marvey as she tried to find her place in this new community she just moved to. She knew that the community was looking for a fast arrest she had hoped…" their fear did not comprom ...more
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