by Lauren Elliott

Available now from Tantor Audio.

“Addie Greyborne loved working with rare books at the Boston Public Library—she even got to play detective, tracking down clues about mysterious old volumes. But she didn’t expect her sleuthing skills to come in so handy in a little seaside town . . .

Addie left some painful memories behind in the big city, including the unsolved murder of her fiancé and her father’s fatal car accident. After an unexpected inheritance from a great aunt, she’s moved to a small New England town founded by her ancestors back in colonial times—and living in spacious Greyborne Manor, on a hilltop overlooking the harbor. Best of all, her aunt also left her countless first editions and other treasures—providing an inventory to start her own store.

But there’s trouble from day one, and not just from the grumpy woman who runs the bakery next door. A car nearly runs Addie down. Someone steals a copy of Alice in Wonderland. Then, Addie’s friend Serena, who owns a nearby tea shop, is arrested—for killing another local merchant. The police seem pretty sure they’ve got the story in hand, but Addie’s not going to let them close the book on this case without a fight . . .”

“Narration for this story is provided by Karen White, and with all of her work, she presents the story clearly – giving each character a distinct and unique presence, using pauses, volume and subtle changes in tone to add emotional context to the story, without overwhelming listeners hoping to find from audible clues alone, who is the culprit. And while the mystery itself was fairly simple to work out and decide on the culprit, the narration added to the questions about characters, providing that sense of agenda and purpose that we all have, without raising big red flags to “listen up here” because this is important. As always, White’s work is solid and shows a familiarity with the text, and an understanding of moments that need highlight or downplay without guiding the listener to a solution, but allowing it to unfold as the relationships develop.”

From the review at I Am, Indeed

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4 thoughts on “MURDER BY THE BOOK”

  1. Mary C says:

    bookstores, libraries

  2. Linda Townsend says:

    One of my favorite cozy mystery sets is Amelia’s Moore’s Detective series. Each installment takes place in a different location from the Louisiana Bayou to Ireland to Bali to Mexico… Variety is the spice of life!

  3. Dianne Casey says:

    My favorite cozy mystery settings are small towns or a quaint tourist spot, like Mackinac Island. I also like unusual occupations or businesses.

  4. kwhite says:

    Congrats on winning, Dianne. This book will be perfect for you, I think. The setting is a small New England touristy town!

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