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Thursday, October 15, 2020

A Page Marked for Murder (Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery #5) by Lauren Elliott


A Page Marked for Murder

(Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery #5)

by Lauren Elliott


Kindle Edition, 416 pages

Published October 6th 2020 by Poisoned Pen Press





Goodreads synopsis: 

In Lauren Elliott's fifth Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery, a murder and a missing first edition of The Secret Garden have rare bookstore owner Addie Greyborne running around her Massachusetts town trying to read the clues...


January isn't the season for the seaside, but the big Fire and Ice festival is keeping bookstore owner Addie busy. Amid the plans for a fireworks display and an ice-carving competition, she's also dog sitting for a friend in the hospital. When Addie goes to her friend's house to gather supplies, she notices an interesting item on the nightstand which belongs to her shop assistant, Paige: a very valuable copy of the beloved children's book The Secret Garden.


But Addie's blood runs cold when she finds something else: a dead body behind the bakery next door to her shop. Martha, the bakery owner, has no alibi--and has been seen in a heated argument with the victim. And the next thing Addie knows, that first edition has gone missing. Is there a connection between the body and the treasured tome? If there is, it's up to Addie to find a killer with a motive as hidden as Frances Hodgson Burnett's famous garden...



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4.5 stars


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


This is definitely becoming one of my favorite series. 


Addie is a great protagonist. She doesn’t push her investigations into the local cop’s faces, but she doesn’t stop sleuthing just because they tell her to. There is a lot going on in this story besides the murder outside her friend’s bakery. We also have a missing valuable book and then Addie’s cousin trying to win the affections of a man and pretending to be Addie, not in name. But she makes the man believe the house and businesses are hers and not Addie’s, which drives Addie bananas. And rightly so. I think the deception by her cousin is probably the best part of this since it is what kept me reading just to find out when her cousin’s deceptions would be uncovered.


The mystery aspect of this is very involved and it is able to bring together all the different storylines in this book in a very new bow at the end. That wasn’t an easy task since the whole thing is so convoluted and there are so many people involved in different aspects of this story. I felt a sense of relief and satisfaction at the end when all was said and done.


Overall, it is a great read. You should dive into this cozy series for sure!


If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.


I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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