Review of Prologue to Murder & Murder in the First

March 10, 2020 Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews 3

Review of Prologue to Murder & Murder in the First

I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Prologue to Murder by Lauren Elliott
Length: 10 hours and 17 minutes
Published by Kensington on April 30, 2019
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook
Source: Tantor Audio

Narrator: Karen White
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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 . . .

Also by this author: Murder by the Book

Here is what I thought

In Prologue to Murder Addie is starting to adjust to living in Greyborne Harbor again but still not everyone is happy she is there. She is still getting snubbed by Paige’s mother who seems to like to make trouble for Addie. Then when June is murdered a gossip colonist called “Miss Newsy” doesn’t always get her fact straight before publishing things points a finger at Addie as being the murderer.

Addie hates that people might think she had something to do with June’s death so she tries to figure out what happened with Marc protesting that she needs to stay out of police business and let him handle things. The only thing is is that her and Marc are not seeing eye to eye on a few things. She hurt his feelings on accident and is having a hard time dealing with things, see her fiance has only been dead a few years I believe and she hasn’t dated much since and she really likes him but she also isn’t sure about moving on resulting in a blunder. Despite protest she still tries to find out who the murderer is and of course gets in some trouble along the way.

Addie also has to deal with an old flame of Marc’s waltzing in and making things difficult for her especially since she is sort of on the outs with Marc and her feelings. Then in walks Simon a new medical examiner who has his sights on Addie it seems and she is now very confused. I am not a fan of love triangles so this aspect of the novel puts a damper on things for me a little.

I am enjoying the characters and I really like Addie as well as all the other side characters. I also like Marc and Simon is okay but I like Marc more which is why I hate love triangles (Often the one I like doesn’t get picked and I get mad…lol). It has an enjoyable mystery as well.

Review of Prologue to Murder & Murder in the First

I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Murder in the First Edition by Lauren Elliott
Length: 9 hours and 32 minutes
Published by Kensington on September 24, 2019
Pages: 320
Format: Audiobook
Source: Tantor Audio

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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 . . .

Also by this author: Murder by the Book

In Murder in the First Edition Addie’s late fiance’s father shows up unexpectedly. She has a disdain for the man because he wasn’t a great father to her dead fiance and knows he must have an agenda for being there. Also Addie is trying to get in the Christmas spirit and giving away a 1843 copy of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol that was certified to bring at least 5 figures.

Then the lady who she had given the book to is murdered, the book goes missing and guess who seems to be a suspect again as she is the one to find the body. Addie just can’t seem to catch a break and with Jonathan buzzing around she just knows he must have something to do with everything. Just when she thought she had things sort of figured out another person is killed and Addie can’t help but stick her nose into things and try and figure out what happened.

Also, there is a lot of man drama as Marc is very jealous of Simon and he doesn’t always deal with it in a good way. Addie gets mad then Marc gets mad. Simon thinks that Addie is over Marc but then he isn’t sure and he get’s mad. Drama. Did I mention I am not a fan of love triangles. Ya, not a fan.

I really do like the characters in this series but I could do without the triangle drama. I like Marc’s sister (can’t remember her name!) she is pretty cool and Addie’s best friend. It had a good mystery and I only figured out some of it but didn’t get it all figured out before the MC did.

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3 Responses to “Review of Prologue to Murder & Murder in the First”

  1. Greg

    Oh that first one- love the cover. A library or cozy little reading room like that always gets me on a cover lol. Glad these were mstly good, although yeah- those pesky love triangles can be all wrong haha!

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