Murder in the First Edition

Murder in the First Edition

by Lauren Elliott

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Addie Greyborne is preparing for the holidays at her bookstore in seaside New England—but a winter storm is coming, in more ways than one . . .
Addie’s getting into the spirit for the upcoming Charity Auction—especially since she’s got an 1843 copy of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol to donate. Her former colleagues at the Boston Public Library have confirmed that its worth runs toward the high five figures, which should help with the new pediatric wing. Her mood darkens, though, when a visitor from the past appears—Jonathan Hemingway, the father of her late fiancé. His presence stirs up sad memories for Addie, but also has her fuming when Jonathan, true to his womanizing ways, runs off for a lunchtime liaison with Teresa Lang, who’s in charge of the auction.
Soon after, Addie heads to Teresa’s office at the hospital—and finds the poor woman’s dead body. What she doesn’t find is her valuable first edition. What sort of Scrooge would steal from sick children and commit murder in the process? As a Nor’easter bears down and a mystery emerges about Jonathan’s past, Addie must find out if she can appraise people’s motives and characters as well as she can appraise rare books . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496720214
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Series: Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 8,150
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lauren Elliott is the USA Today bestselling author of the Bookstore Mystery Series. She grew up devouring Nancy Drew, graduated to Agatha Christie, and then began writing herself as well as bringing her passion for storytelling to careers in professional theater and journalism. She can be found online at

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Murder in the First Edition 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
gaele 3 months ago
I’d reviewed the first in this series in audio, and have the second book to listen to as yet – but I’ve jumped ahead to the third because the premise of this book, a first-edition copy of A Christmas Carol, and the holiday-tinged theme of the story just begged to be read now. And, with the exception of missing a tiny bit in Addie’s romantic life (or confusion as a result of it) the story was easy to get into, the mystery was cleverly plotted out, and there were plenty of characters for Addie’s ‘Miss Marple” persona to peruse. What surprised me most of all was that I had an idea of the culprits from the start – not something that is particularly common for me, and Elliott used the plotting to string out the conclusion and reveal in ways that both delighted me and I found intriguing, even if many were false leads. But it was the first edition book that caught my attention, and the donation of said book by Addie to the local hospital for a charity auction is the catalyst for the story. The local hospital is planning to expand and improve their pediatric wing, and while many local business donate to this hospital event every year, the inclusion of an authenticated and evaluated rare copy of a Dickens’ book is the star of the event. Of course, when Addie and her bestie Serena go to the hospital to deliver Serena’s contribution and the final appraisal papers, the woman who heads the event is not in – and is later found dead. With the book missing, and Addie’s dead fiancé’s father Jonathan showing up unexpectedly, it’s too much of a consequence. Especially when she sees another ‘book dealer’ – a man known in the trade for some shady transactions. Oh the twists were fun – and there was plenty of Christmassy feeling moments – from the bookshop being overwhelmed with shoppers, to gingerbread men and tons of snow. But, what kept me from absolutely LOVING this story was the romantic triangle (or square, really) that Addie seemed to struggle with – between her hurt feelings about Marc, her new ‘flirtation” with Simon (who sees her as far more than just a friend) and the fact that she can’t – or won’t – let go of her grief about David. Having Jonathan (David’s father) appear and look much like David, stirring all of her resentments about his absence and apparent ‘disinterest’ in staying in touch regularly – there were more times than not when she felt more like a thirteen year old girl than a grown woman past thirty. But, some resolutions did come about, although there will still be questions about who she’ll finally choose, she managed to get some answers from Jonathan, and perhaps is now ready to move on in time for finding a new start in the new year. Overall – this fits nicely with what I remember of the first book, and she’s not quite so “new’ in town - and I’m hoping that the next books will bring more mystery, more book-centric love, and plenty of answers for Addie in her new life. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great characters. Had fun reading this series. Can't wait for the next book.
annie2015 6 months ago
When an expensive book meant for the hospital auction goes missing, and the woman in charge dies, amateur sleuth and book owner, Addie, must put the pieces together and solve the puzzle before she gets in way over her head. A fun and engaging cozy mystery. I loved Addie and her friends. I look forward to the next book in the series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My thoughts and opinions are my own and without bias.
WildFlowerBookBlogs 6 months ago
Takes the reader on literary escapades that are sure to excite and energize even the most seasoned bookish person. Quite charming, even as a murder takes place. Well worth the read. 5/5 stars
charleneC 6 months ago
Intersting and complex characters in this mystery. Lots of twists and turns, fast paced story and will keep you interested from the very first page. **I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher which I voluntarily and honestly reviewed.**
MysteyloverFF 4 months ago
It's the Christmas season in Greyborne Harbor. Addie is busy decorating and getting ready for an upcoming charity auction to benefit the local hospital. She's donated a first edition of A Christmas Carol for it. Addie finds the body of the head of the auction, and that her valuable book is missing. She goes to work to find the clues to catch a killer and find the book. This is the third book in this series. Lauren has created a quirky town in Greyborne Harbor with wonderful, fun characters. It small with an interesting history. I enjoy visiting and feel like I'm there as I read the pages of Lauren's book. I can see myself in the shops and smelling the goodness form the bakery. She transports me into this world she's created. The characters are strong and relatable. They look out for one another which adds to the books charm. I can see myself enjoying coffee with any one of them. I was captured and drawn into the mystery from the beginning. There is a mystery within the mystery. I really like that aspect of the book. The clues took me on a twisting, turning ride that I didn't want to end. It hooked me in and kept me reading until the end. I couldn't wait to see how Lauren weaved all the pieces together into its surprise ending. It's a true who dun it that kept me guessing to the last page. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a story with quirky, relatable characters, a small town feel and a mystery that will keep you turning the pages until the end. I received this ARC copy of the book form the author for review. This is my honest review.
tmefoster 5 months ago
It is Christmas time in the seaside village of Greyborne Harbor and Addie is busier than ever in her Page Bookstore. When she finds a rare & valuable copy of 1843 edition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in her attic she decides to donate it to the hospital foundation for their holiday gala auction. When Addie goes to visit Teresa, the Gala's coordinator things quickly become complicated. When Addie arrives at the hospital with the appraisal certificate she finds the book is missing, and Teresa is dead. The police believe that Teresa merely drank too much and fell to her death, but Addie feels like there is much more going on here, and can't help but get to the bottom of it. After Addie begins her own investigation, she receives several threats but refuses to back down. I enjoyed the love triangle between Addie, Marc, and Simon in this book. I did not read the first two books so I wasn't sure if this had been going on for quite some time, but it was written as if it has been. I found myself rooting for both men in every scene as neither one is painted as a bad boy. We were also introduced to Jonathan Hemingway, the father of Addie’s late fiancé. Jonathan and Addie have some issues, primarily due to Jonathan’s womanizing ways and Addie still dealing with her own ghosts. Addie is an interesting protagonist and there are plenty of quirky side characters to keep the books interesting. The mystery progressed at a nice pace with plenty of suspects and twists to keep my attention. This mystery was a bit complex and I found myself continuously changing my 'who done it' opinion. Thank you to Netgalley for the advanced copy. #MurderInTheFirstEdition #NetGalley
jwilhoite211 5 months ago
This book was lots of fun! It was so neat to meet Jonathan, Addie's elusive, almost-father-in-law - he has come into town and is suddenly charming Addie's friend, Catherine, and Addie is concerned. Before David was killed he managed to forgive his father for his past, but Addie is still not sure she can trust him. This cozy goes beyond small-town and is infused with the mob and international intrigue, along with the missing (and extremely valuable) first edition copy of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want Addie to make a decision in the next book about her relationship with Simon and Marc - I'm hoping for Simon! Also, I think Addie needs a pet in her life :) 4.5 stars I voluntarily reviewed this book on Netgalley.
PrincessGlor 5 months ago
The mystery in this cozy was extremely good. The reappearance of Addie’s almost father-in-law and the missing book, plus a murder made for a excellent storyline. Then why a 4 star rating, you may ask? Because the romance triangle, angst and drama drove me nuts! It was so over the top it was ridiculous. I sincerely hope that is massively toned down in the next installment. Great mystery but all the relationship drama detracted from my overall enjoyment of the story. That being said, I do plan to give the one to one a try. I received this book from NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
Kate-Baxter 5 months ago
Christmas is coming to the charming New England seaside village of Greyborne Harbor. Addie Greyborne, protagonist and proprietress of Beyond the Page Bookstore has donated a valuable 1843 edition of Dickens', "A Christmas Carol" to the hospital foundation for their holiday gala auction. When she visits Teresa, the gala's coordinator, she finds the book missing and subsequently, Teresa's dead body. There's a bit of alcohol on Teresa's breath but was this really an accident or was foul play involved? Regardless of all the warnings she receives from her ex-beau Chief of Police, Marc Chandler, and Jonathan Hemingway, the father of her deceased fiancé, David, Addie cannot seem to keep her nose out of the investigation. She does, after all, have a vested interest in the whereabouts of the book she has donated. This third book in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series is charming and well written. Author Lauren Elliott, has deftly crafted a whodunit with twists, turns and many a red herring. The frigid nor'easter storm which howled out of the pages was fierce and beautifully devised such that it gave me shivers. The snowball fights were a nice touch of comic relief. As much as I wanted to, I did not love Addie's character. She's willful yet indecisive and can dangle the emotions of friends at the end of a stick. The supporting cast is, frankly, much more charming and I loved their interaction with one another as well as their grace with Addie. I look forward to reading other stories by this author and of a more mature Addie within this series. I am grateful to Kensington Publishing for having provided a free ecopy of this book through NetGalley. Their generosity, however, did not influence this review - the words of which are mine alone.
TheCozyReview 6 months ago
Series: A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery - Book 3 Author: Lauren Elliott Genre: Cozy Mystery/Holiday Publisher: Kensington Books Page Count: 320 The latest in the mystery series “A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery” published by Kensington Books is Lauren Elliott’s holiday entry Murder in the First Edition. This new addition to the mystery series has all the elements needed to keep readers turning the page. It is a quick read, has lots of twists and turns, and is filled with suspense. Suspects are, for the most part, easy to like, but pointing fingers is also easy as almost all of them could have done it. It takes a great deal of work to narrow done the motive and to shift between the clues. Was the murder a simple case of a theft gone wrong, or was it personal? These are questions that must be answered to find the killer. Characters are interesting enough to make readers want to hear more about them, which is one of the main objectives in a mystery series. I enjoyed the new character, Jonathan, Addie’s almost father-in-law. However, I took issue with Addie hating him due to the idea that he was a womanizer. The mere idea that she could hate someone for this reason to the point that she practically accuses him of murder is way too insane. Even if he were a womanizer, that would be no reason to hate him, definitely no reason to accuse him of such a horrible crime. Unfortunately, this constant barrage of Addie wanting to blame Jonathan for everything that is happening detracts from the plot and the enjoyment of the story. If her late fiancé had issues with his father's behavior, his anger would have been plausible, but her holding on to some ridiculous grudge against the man for no legitimate reason is bizarre. Addie’s actions and attitude, for me, took away from the overall story and made it difficult to like her. The mystery itself is enthralling, and readers will want to read every last word. Murder in the First Edition is a nice addition to this mystery series. I am hopeful the next book will show a better side of Addie, and that she will stop holding two men’s affections hostage and make up her mind which one she truly wants to be with.
RosemaryJ 6 months ago
A rare book destined for a charity auction disappears at same time auction head is found dead. Enjoyed all the questions raised in the story: Can Addy solve the mystery of the missing book she donated to auction? Why is her dead fiancé’s father in innocent visit or spy mission? What role does poisonous Australian sea life play in murder? Only drawback is Addy’s immaturity towards her love life. She needs to get real about her romantic feelings. Thanks to #netgalley and #kensingtonbooks for advanced digital copy.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Addie Greyborne is donating an 1843 copy of Charles Dickens's Christmas Carol. When she goes to drop off the paperwork for the book, she finds it missing and the woman in charge of the event murder. She is convinced that both incidents are connected and, with the help of her best friend, Serena, and two love interest, Simon and Marc, she decides to uncover the truth. This book is well written and the plot was interesting and complex. The picturesque New England winter setting makes this a perfect Christmas read. However, I didn't care too much for the main character, Addie. She came across as a bit arrogant and seemed to enjoy playing with the emotions of her two love interests. The premise of the fourth book sounds really good so I will be giving Addie and the series another try. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Marshathereader 6 months ago
Murder in the First Edition by Lauren Elliott is book three in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series. I have read book two and was looking forward to book three. What I hadn't planned was reading the entire book in one night. I could not put it down! It's Christmas in Grey Harbor and the hospital is having a fund raiser and Addie is donating a first edition of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens guaranteed to bring in a high six figure donation. But when Addie goes to the organizer, Teresa, to leave the paperwork to verify it's authenticity, she finds the book missing and Teresa dead. Since she had her fingerprints all over Teresa's office, she sets out to clear her name and find the scrooge that would murder and steal. Elliott has many suspects and twists and turns that have you guessing up to the end. The main characters and setting are great and you will be wanting to visit Grey Harbor. There is even a hint of a possible love triangle. I was given an ARC by NetGalley and Kensington Books for an honest review.
lynnsreadingcorner 7 months ago
As soon as you open the pages to the third book in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series, you feel as if you are welcomed back to a favorite place, filled with friends you haven't seen in awhile, just waiting to catch up on the latest happenings in Grey Harbor. Each installment of this mystery series keeps getting better, building upon the last. The characters keep you enthralled and interested in the storyline - truthfully, I was kept guessing as to who the guilty person was until the very end. Our central character is a first edition of Dickens's A Christmas Carol which Addie has selected as a donation to the local fundraising auction. Unexpectedly, the first edition goes missing, a dead body is discovered, and suspicions fall on a family member who just happens to drop into town and displays too many close connections to the players in town. Addie and friends follow up on their suspicions while trying not to draw the attention of local law enforcement any more than required - on a side note, Simon and Mark are still vying for Addie's attention and hopefully she'll soon choose the right man for her! Add this series to your must read list - you won't be disappointed. I tried to savor the book until the last page, and already can't wait for the next in the series!
Anonymous 7 months ago
This is one of my top 3 favorite new cozy series ! I love this series and this book is the "definitive" cozy mystery. This series has it all and is such fun ! I have read the previous in series and highly recommend the series for all who enjoy mysteries and cozy mysteries. Thank you to the author and to the publisher for the advance reading copy. My review opinion is my own. The setting is a wonderful bookstore in coastal New England that is a new business and popular within the small town. This is the 3rd book in the "A Beyond The Page Bookstore Mystery: series. The previous in series I highly recommend are "Murder By The Book" and "Prologue to Murder". This can be read as a stand alone . This third installment is even better then the previous in series and my favorite of the series to date. This next in series has a festive winter theme as we return to coastal New England and all the charming beauty of a New England winter time. The author has beautifully described the feeling of a New England winter so the reader feels the snow and picturesque setting throughout this book. Addie is preparing her donation for a charity auction of a 1843 copy of A Christmas Carol. Its sure to bring a great price with all proceeds donated to the new pediatric wing at the local hospital. She has had the book authenticated to assure a large price for the auction. Its the most anticipated auction item and the town is excited about auction of the book. When the women in charge of the auction is not in her office Addie finds her body and the book is missing. Addie is sure that the missing book is somehow connected to the murder. Addie is a savvy investigator and she is determined to conduct her own investigation as she has in previous books. She forges ahead beyond even with the police chief and her love interest Simon ask her not to be involved. She also wants to find the book immediately so the auction can go on. She has a wonderful sense of finding abstract clues and suspects that lead to a well crafted sleuth. As the sleuth progresses she shares information with the police chief even though their romance has faded on her part and he finds himself rejected by her much to his chagrin. She is still grieving for her dead fiance and tells him so. One important part of this book is how Addie is moving on from her grief until her fiance's Father shows up in town who is a womanizer. and opens up old animosities she had for him as a Father. I love how Addie takes charge of what she wants and she wants to solve this murder. She does not suffer fools and is a take charge protagonist. I find her very likable and I love that she has a backbone and does not follow along with what men tell her to do. (Addie is a very empowered woman!) She is her own person and very independent which is why she is a favorite protagonist of mine. I love her smart habit of creating a "crime and suspect board" that she shares with those close to her to sound out ideas about possible suspects. She works out suspects with her best friend Serena who is a faithful friend to Addie and is honest about her opinions as well as always willing to investigate with Addie. As a Nor’easter bears down and Addie is stranded at her house with Simon, clues emerge about Jonathan’s suspicious past as well as his possible ties to the murder victim. He seems to be proving her right until her suspicions take her in other directions in the investigation. The sleuth takes
casey710 7 months ago
This is the third book in the series but reads as a great standalone. The perfect holiday read with a well-plotted mystery and interesting characters. It’s a quick read but really held my interest all the way through. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced readers copy for review.
chefdt 7 months ago
Murder In The First Edition is the third book in the A Beyond The Page Bookstore Mystery series. The local hospital is having a Charity Auction to raise funds for the pediatric wing and Addie Greyborne has donated an 1843 edition of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. She had sent the book to authenticated and has just received the certificate, which she hopes will mean the book will sell for even more than first thought. She heads for the hospital to give Teresa, chairperson for the auction, the certificate. She decides to take the stairs and when she enters the stairwell she comes across the lifeless body of Teresa. She first heads for Teresa’s office only to find the book is missing. She wants the book found so that the auction will benefit from its sale and of course, she wants the murderer found too. But Chief of Police, Marc Chandler has been rather aloof and cold towards her lately and she’s sure he won’t be sharing much information about the investigation, so she figures that she will have to depend on her own sleuthing. Addie is surprised when she gets a visit from her late fiance’s biological father, Jonathan. Jonathan has a reputation for appearing out of nowhere, romancing a woman and heading back out of town. He soon goes to the top of the suspect list when Addie learns had me might have been the last person to see Teresa alive. But she soon discovers that there are a few others that need to be checked out. This was an easy story to read which moves at a nice pace. Most all of the characters from the previous books, also make an appearance in this book. There are plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing till the end. I will be watching for the next book in the series.
bookaholique 7 months ago
When a well known artist is found dead, Addie Greyborne goes into detective mode. And even though her on again, off again boyfriend Marc repeatedly tells her to stop sleuthing, Addie just cannot quit. Never mind that Marc is police chief. And to add to the mix, Addie is starting to have feelings for Dr. Simon! The Beyond the Page Bookstore series really is a lot of fun. Addie is one smart cookie and finds answers that even Marc doesn't discover. He begrudgingly has to admit that Addie is pretty darn helpful when it comes to solving murders. I'm looking forward to seeing what she gets involved in next and if she will be able to pick between Marc or simon. (i'm on team Simon). My thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley.
Jennspenn83 7 months ago
LOVED it!!! I am soo happy with this series and where it is going. I think Addie is finally letting some of her grief go and is now facing the challenge of which man to choose. I would think I had it figured out and then that would all change! The story kept you guessing about whodunnit and how they did it. I was definitely surprised with the murder weapon and the killers. Well done Ms. Elliott! Can’t wait for the next one!!! I was lucky enough to receive an advanced readers copy from the author for an honest review. Thank you!
jenny_e 7 months ago
This series quickly became an inst-buy for me. The latest book in the series does not disappoint and I'm anxiously awaiting the next release.
Rachel_Denise01 7 months ago
Murder in the First Edition by Lauren Elliott is the third book in her Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series. I have had the privilege of reading the first book in this series, however not yet the second. Therefore, I can comment that one does not have to read the previous installments to easily catch up and know what is going on in regards to the characters, their histories, and their relationships. I can also say that by reading the previous, it does help enhance the current novel. I feel that this series is improving as it matures. Addie seems to be evolving, growing, and starting to recover from the losses of her fiancée and her father. I am glad that she is looking forward and onward, as the potential love interest with Marc is definitely more interesting. I enjoyed this murder/mystery plot and felt that it was multi-layered and complex enough that it kept me guessing until the end. I look forward to seeing how these characters grow and change in future readings. 4/5 stars
4GranJan 7 months ago
A Bookseller's Who Dunnit This is a wonderful, cozy murder mystery. This book is filled with crimes and victims and suspects. The story has some good twists and a climactic ending. It's a very good story. I have read the prior books in this series. This book stands alone well. While it will enhance the story for you, it is not necessary to read these books in order. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
DanieleK 7 months ago
MURDER IN THE FIRST EDITION is a gratifying addition to the Beyond the Page Mystery series by Lauren Elliott. Full of murder, greed, and the mob, all set against a wintry Christmas backdrop, it is suspenseful and entertaining. I have been a fan of this series since its beginning. This time around, bookstore owner Addie once again finds herself drawn into a puzzle when she discovers fundraiser Teresa at the bottom of a flight of stairs. Was her death a terrible accident or did someone have it out for her? Addie is doubly concerned since her almost father-in-law unexpectedly appears and is one of the last people to see Teresa, and Addie’s very valuable donation to the fundraiser is missing. Even before Teresa’s death is ruled a homicide, Addie has her suspects and motives all lined up. Everything she learns leads to more questions, and she faces plenty of danger to get to the bottom of things. I like the recurring characters in this series. Addie is determined, clever, and nosy. Marc is admirable, and Simon is endearing. Serena is a good friend and sister. I really want to know more about Jonathon. The writing is intelligent and the mystery complex enough to keep me guessing for most of the book. The love triangle that began in the previous book is front and center here, and I very much do not like love triangles. I understand that Addie’s behavior is related to trauma from her past, and she works through some of her baggage within these pages, but the way she toys with Simon and Marc is juvenile and unfair. I am going to chock it up to character growing pains. The author assures that it will soon be resolved. MURDER IN THE FIRST EDITION is a wonderful continuation of Addie’s story, and I impatiently look forward to Book 4 to be released Spring 2020. I recommend MURDER IN THE FIRST EDITION to any cozy mystery reader. I gratefully received an ARC of this title from the author/Kensington Publishers and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.
BobbieLCLA 7 months ago
I received a free copy of MURDER IN THE FIRST EDITION (Book 3 of the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mysteries) by Lauren Elliott in exchange for an honest review. Addie Greyborne’s pleased that her donation to the upcoming hospital charity auction has been able to create enough buzz about the event that tickets may sell out. Addie has finally received a certificate of authenticity for the item, a first edition of Charles Dicken’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and it lists an expected auction price even greater than expected. When Addie goes to the hospital to deliver the certificate to the charity event coordinator, Addie finds the coordinator dead and the rare book missing. To make matters even more stressful, Jonathan Hemingway, the unreliable womanizing father of Addie’s late fiancé, has unexpectedly shown up in town and appears to be making moves on a particularly vulnerable friend of Addie’s. To Addie, Jonathan’s usual shady behavior and same-day meeting with the event coordinator makes him the #1 suspect. Addie feels like she must solve this mystery even though/because the town’s police chief is now hostile towards her. With a blizzard burying the East Coast in snow and with a killer trapped in town by the weather, can Addie figure out who’s the murderer before she gets buried in more than snow and relationship troubles? I enjoy this series and liked this book. Though Addie collects clues throughout the book, she doesn’t necessarily realize they are clues. The storyline advances Addie’s personal story as well as her resume of amateur sleuthing. I recommend this book and this series to fans of cozy mysteries with the following elements: outsiders, small towns, rare books, bookshops, charity events, severe weather, and problematic in-laws.