Lauren Elliott returns to the blog with the second book in the Beyond the Page Booksstore Mysteries, this again narrated by Karen White
Prologue to Murder
I first grabbed at this series mostly for the setting (a Bookstore!) and in New England (I lived there for years), and stayed for the sharp writing, clever inclusion of booky-facts, bits and bobs, and the character of Addie. Addie was a librarian and ended up in the small town after a death – and stayed – mostly because she’s met several people, found a bit of romance, and isn’t above rooting about for the truth. And we have all of that and more in this story!!
Apparently no matter HOW small the town, you can’t escape the rumor / gossip mill, and when the librarian goes missing – it’s Addie who is on the receiving end of the speculation. Mostly because she’s “new”, and then there are other reasons that will come out as things progress. Soon, however, Addie stumbles into yet another mystery of Pirate’s buried treasure, the gossip is starting to take hold, and she’s soon finding herself not the subject of just one, but two “reporters’ – one determined to come in between her and her new-ish romantic interest. Dancing around with a triangle, several red herrings and a clever resolution with a surprise (or it was to me) twists that lead to the culprit – this second book is engaging and a good read. Be aware, however, that the author is still establishing Addie in the setting – so many new characters are introduced, as well as defining her relationships (for good or bad) with people met in the first book), so there is some unevenness to the pacing that rectifies itself quickly.
Narration for this is again provided by Karen White – and I don’t have much to say about her that I’ve not already said. She takes her time to ‘preview’ the story before presentation, allowing her to understand the places where pauses, emotion and critical clues (even red herrings) are dropped, thus keeping the reader engaged and following along with the story. Her voice for Addie feels organic and fitting, and her facility with accents both light and heavy for the townspeople we meet all fit what one would hear in the corner store in any small town. A lovely performance that presents the story in an easily accessible way, giving the listener time to digest information and follow along.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 3
Title: Prologue to Murder
Author: Lauren Elliott
Series: Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery #2
Also in this series: Murder by the Book
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Friendship, Humor elements, Murder, Mystery Elements, Romantic Elements, Setting: American, Small Town
Narrator: Karen White
Published by: Kensington, Tantor Audio
Published on: 30 April, 2019
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 17 minutes
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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 . . .
A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.