Book Review | Prologue to Murder by Lauren Elliot


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 . . .


This is book two in Beyond the Page Bookshop Mystery series but could be read as a stand alone novel.

Addie owns the bookshop in town. She is relatively new since her inheritance is what brought her to town. There is another dead body and Addie is a sleuth trying to help solve this murder.

Her dating life is upturned as a new woman shows up to town and because the chief doesn’t like her putting herself in danger. As things progress she is targeted in a gossip column as a murder suspect. Her friendships seem to be slipping away and business has slowed. How will she get her life back on track? She must get this murder solved so things can return to normal.

I have really enjoyed this series thus far. Addie is always so kind and smart. The Chief likes to go by the book but Addie just has her hunches. This sounds much like me. Sometimes you just know and sometimes people don’t like when you’re right.

I enjoy the murder mystery aspect, the romance and the characters.

This is a great cozy mystery series and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I enjoy cozy mystery series. You get to follow the characters lives with each new book which is great. As they go this has to be one of my top choice series.

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