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Friday, April 19, 2019

Prologue to Murder by Lauren Elliott



Prologue to Murder

Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Kensington



Goodreads synopsis:
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 June Winslow never makes it home from a book club meeting. And when June’s found at the bottom of a steep flight of stairs, Addie’s not only dealing with a busybody, but a dead body.

It’s a good thing the guy she’s dating is the police chief. But both the case and her love life get more complicated when a lanky blonde reporter from Los Angeles shows up. She’s trying her hardest to drive a wedge between the couple . . . as if Addie doesn’t have enough problems dealing with angry townspeople. Despite all the rumors, Addie doesn’t know a thing about the murder—but she plans to find out. And the key may lie in a book about pirate legends that June published. Now she just has to hunt down the clues before she becomes a buried treasure herself . . .


***

4.5 Stars

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 appeared out of no where with his striking blue eyes and his  strange attachment to Addie as soon as he spotted her. I felt a lot of these interactions were forced and just plain weird. I am not sure I would have dated either of them. But I did like the whole “two men vying over Addie” storyline. It reminded me a bit of the Mike/Norman rivalry in the Hannah Swensen books by Joanne Fluke.

There was a great character in here and you will love to hate. Lacey Davenport came back to town and immediately set her sights on her former fiancee she practically left at the alter. And of course, that former fiancee was Marc, Addie’s current love interest or maybe good friend. They both were never sure of their relationship status.

How Addie fell into the book club group felt completely natural considering how small towns operate. And she found many a clue stashed away in this group. There were some forced aspects of this book and then some that were completely natural. Overall, I loved the story Lauren Elliott crafted and came to really like most of the cast. I am glad to see this is a series. I have already picked up book one on my Kindle to read later this month.

There was only one detail I felt went unaccounted for. Lacey was seen giving a bunch of money she had secreted away from Marc’s sister Selena’s tea shop. I would have wanted that part dealt with and maybe it will be in future books. Other than that this was a great cozy mystery any mystery fan will love. Check it out.


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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