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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Under the Cover of Murder (Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery #6) by Lauren Elliott


Under the Cover of Murder

(Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery #6)

by Lauren Elliott

Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages

Expected publication: March 30th 2021 by Kensington

Goodreads synopsis: 

Bookshop owner and maid of honor Addie Greyborne vows to catch the killer who crashed her best friend's wedding...

It promises to be Greyborne Harbor's wedding of the year. The impending nuptials of Serena Chandler and Zach Ludlow will take place aboard his family's luxurious super-yacht, currently moored in the harbor and the talk of the town. But on the day of the wedding, a man's body washes up on the beach with no ID, only a torn page from a book in his pocket. As owner of Beyond the Page Books and Curios, bibliophile Addie is called in to identify the book, but she cannot.

The morning following the extravagant ceremony, a second body washes ashore and Addie has a sinking feeling that the two deaths are connected. While the guests are held on the yacht as the police investigate, at least Addie can peruse Zach's father's rare books library on board. A copy of Agatha Christie's first Hercule Poirot novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, provides a clue that the killer may still be on the ship—but narrowing down the suspects without becoming the next victim may prove a truly Herculean task...


4.5 stars

This is the sixth book  in the Beyond the Page Bookstore mysteries by Lauren Elliott.

I enjoyed this book a lot. I did miss the in town setting we normally see. But I thought the relationship between Addie and Mark was much better in this one. Usually, Mark seems overly hostile toward Addie which was something I could never figure out. This was a more laid back Mark. Loved that aspect.

The mystery was reminiscent of Ten Little Indians/And Then There Were None, as far as the setting went. The story was set on a yacht and most of the cast didn’t stray from there for most of the storyline. I liked the whole “not really a first edition” plot which circled back to one of the first books in this series where a stolen first edition was featured.

This is definitely a series you want to read in order just so you get to know who is who and what the cast is like. The cast is the best part of this and I always look forward to a Lauren Elliott book for just that reason. She creates the homeyness of community like few others do.

This is a great series to marathon. 

This mystery was the most satisfying to me. I think it was the fact that Mark lightened up and the book aspect was featured more. 

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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