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In the riveting new mystery from the USA Today bestselling author, a murder and a missing first edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses send rare bookstore owner Addie Greyborne on an investigation to challenge even the most distinguished of bibliophiles… Addie leaves her Greyborne Harbor bookstore, Beyond the Page Books and Curios, in the capable ha In the riveting new mystery from the USA Today bestselling author, a murder and a missing first edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses send rare bookstore owner Addie Greyborne on an investigation to challenge even the most distinguished of bibliophiles… Addie leaves her Greyborne Harbor bookstore, Beyond the Page Books and Curios, in the capable hands of her assistant while she travels to the neighboring town of Pen Hollow to attend a book sale at a library that is closing due to lack of funding. But the real find is a bookmobile bus, which she’s excited to refit as a traveling bookstore to hit all the summer festivals. The bookmobile also holds a surprising treasure: several classic first editions and an early edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses. But before the bookmobile can be delivered to Addie, a fatal car crash occurs. When an autopsy reveals poison in the victim’s system and the first editions go missing, it’s up to Addie to determine what would drive someone to murder. If she’s not careful, however, she may be the next one to be dead on arrival…


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In the riveting new mystery from the USA Today bestselling author, a murder and a missing first edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses send rare bookstore owner Addie Greyborne on an investigation to challenge even the most distinguished of bibliophiles… Addie leaves her Greyborne Harbor bookstore, Beyond the Page Books and Curios, in the capable ha In the riveting new mystery from the USA Today bestselling author, a murder and a missing first edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses send rare bookstore owner Addie Greyborne on an investigation to challenge even the most distinguished of bibliophiles… Addie leaves her Greyborne Harbor bookstore, Beyond the Page Books and Curios, in the capable hands of her assistant while she travels to the neighboring town of Pen Hollow to attend a book sale at a library that is closing due to lack of funding. But the real find is a bookmobile bus, which she’s excited to refit as a traveling bookstore to hit all the summer festivals. The bookmobile also holds a surprising treasure: several classic first editions and an early edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses. But before the bookmobile can be delivered to Addie, a fatal car crash occurs. When an autopsy reveals poison in the victim’s system and the first editions go missing, it’s up to Addie to determine what would drive someone to murder. If she’s not careful, however, she may be the next one to be dead on arrival…

30 review for A Margin for Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    This was an entertaining read with a great twist which I did not see coming! Addie and her friend Paige visit a neighbouring town to buy books for the Behind the Page Bookstore. They actually end up buying a library bus complete with books but all does not go well. Someone dies from Aconite poisoning and our pair of friends find themselves at the top of the suspect list. Addie contrives to have three men after her at once, current boyfriend Simon, past boyfriend but still in love with her Marc, a This was an entertaining read with a great twist which I did not see coming! Addie and her friend Paige visit a neighbouring town to buy books for the Behind the Page Bookstore. They actually end up buying a library bus complete with books but all does not go well. Someone dies from Aconite poisoning and our pair of friends find themselves at the top of the suspect list. Addie contrives to have three men after her at once, current boyfriend Simon, past boyfriend but still in love with her Marc, and blast from the past, Tony. Everyone manages to behave properly and it all ends well. Very well actually! The mystery has a most unexpected ending and then a few romantic moments round the story off beautifully. Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mallory

    This is the 8th book in the Beyond the Page Mystery series and it continues to be one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I find the writing to be really good and full of just the right amount of clues and red herrings. There’s a good mix of mystery and humor. Addie is a fun protagonist and in this adventure on the eve of her birthday she and Paige head to the neighboring town on the peninsula for a library closing sale. After purchasing a bookmobile bus (and how excited am I to see that in futu This is the 8th book in the Beyond the Page Mystery series and it continues to be one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I find the writing to be really good and full of just the right amount of clues and red herrings. There’s a good mix of mystery and humor. Addie is a fun protagonist and in this adventure on the eve of her birthday she and Paige head to the neighboring town on the peninsula for a library closing sale. After purchasing a bookmobile bus (and how excited am I to see that in future books??). to use to sell books at festivals and fairs of course a murder occurs and as the only outsiders present she and Paige are the local sheriff’s prime suspects. This book is great fun and I highly recommend it and the whole rest of the series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Chapel

    This is book eight of Beyond the page Bookstore Mystery series by Lauren Elliott. I found this book to be uniquely written and delightfully different. Near the end readers learn who the killer really is and what a surprise that turns out to be! This Cozy Mystery was certainly a puzzler and many of the clues led to dead ends. I confess that before reading A Margin of Murder I had only read book one of this series. That didn’t keep me from being drawn into the story and turning those pages. I defi This is book eight of Beyond the page Bookstore Mystery series by Lauren Elliott. I found this book to be uniquely written and delightfully different. Near the end readers learn who the killer really is and what a surprise that turns out to be! This Cozy Mystery was certainly a puzzler and many of the clues led to dead ends. I confess that before reading A Margin of Murder I had only read book one of this series. That didn’t keep me from being drawn into the story and turning those pages. I definitely will be reading the other books in this series. The book was entertaining and quite scary at times. I loved the characters that were a part of this story. Addie Greyborne and her friend and employee Paige Stringer are taking a short trip to a near by town. The library there is permanently closing its doors and everything is being sold to the general public. Addie gets a bit carried away and spends over her budget even buying a book bus. Almost before the ink on the official paperwork dries there’s an accident and the most hated woman in that town dies along with the book bus. Addie and Paige become number one suspects for murder! As the new owner of the bus could Addie also be held responsible for all damages caused by the accident and be held liable in a law suit from the victim’s family? What a mess the girls have gotten themselves into and how will it all turn out for them? I recommend this book to readers of Cozy Mystery and fans of the author. This book is scheduled to be released on April 26 of 2022. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. #amarginformurder#netgalley

  4. 4 out of 5

    BonnieM☂️

    A Margin for Murder was a fun read. Addie Greybone is the main character who is manager of her parent's store, Beyond the Page, a book and curio shop. The supporting characters add to the story. Paige Stinger is Addie's Assistant Manager and Catherine Lewis is Paige's Assistant Manager. They live in Greyborne Harbor, MA. Aggie and Paige go for an overnight to Pen Hollow to look at books as. the library is closing. due to the withdrawl of a benefactor, Maisie Radcliff's money by her grandson, Ant A Margin for Murder was a fun read. Addie Greybone is the main character who is manager of her parent's store, Beyond the Page, a book and curio shop. The supporting characters add to the story. Paige Stinger is Addie's Assistant Manager and Catherine Lewis is Paige's Assistant Manager. They live in Greyborne Harbor, MA. Aggie and Paige go for an overnight to Pen Hollow to look at books as. the library is closing. due to the withdrawl of a benefactor, Maisie Radcliff's money by her grandson, Anthony Radcliff. While at the library Addie and Paige meet the mayor of the town, Luella Higgins who tells them that the library bookmobile is also for sale. Addie buys some furniture, books and the bookmobile. Patricia Seagrum who is the librarian said that the town council had proimised her the truck. Luella goes to get the bookmobile and crashes into a wall and is killed. It is found that Luella was murdered by poison. Sheriff Turner who is investigatikng the murder thinks that Aggie and Paige were the ones who poisoned the mayor. and they cannot leave town. Simon Emerson is Addie's boyfriend and Mark Chandler, the chief of police of Greyboarne Harbor come to town when they hear that Aggie and Paige are suspects. Addie and Paige decide to find out who killed and mayor to clear their names. This is when the story takes off with other suspects, an old boyfriend,, finger pointing, etc. The story comes to an ususal conclusion with other surprises. Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Publishing Corp. for this ARC.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hollins

    “A Margin for Murder” the 8th instalment in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series by Lauren Elliott. A murder and a missing first edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses send rare bookstore owner Addie Greyborne on an investigation to challenge even the most distinguished of bibliophiles… Bookshop owner Addie Greyborne must put the brakes on a killer after a death occurs behind the wheel of a bookmobile… I really enjoyed this latest instalment in the series! I liked “A Margin for Murder” the 8th instalment in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series by Lauren Elliott. A murder and a missing first edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses send rare bookstore owner Addie Greyborne on an investigation to challenge even the most distinguished of bibliophiles… Bookshop owner Addie Greyborne must put the brakes on a killer after a death occurs behind the wheel of a bookmobile… I really enjoyed this latest instalment in the series! I liked that besides a murder to solve, we had stolen books, a high school sweetheart and a bookmobile (can’t wait for an adventure with it and Addie). The mystery was interesting and well plotted, I did figure out who the killer was halfway through or I should say suspect but this was an amazing puzzle to figure out alongside Addie and Paige. Plus I loved the ending and I’m anxiously awaiting to find out what happens if a certain someone visits Greyborne Harbor to take a veterinarian position! I recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends. I can’t wait to read "Dedication to Murder” book 9! I requested and received an advance reader copy of this book from Kensington Books and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    I really enjoyed this book. Addie and Paige find themselves wrapped up in another murder investigation, however, this time they are both considered top suspects. It seems the sheriff has no reason to look for further suspects, so Addie and Paige have to try and prove themselves innocent. What started out as a buying trip at a library book sale turns deadly, and Addie's birthday doesn't appear to be a happy one. I would recommend this book and the series to anyone who likes a great cozy mystery. #AMa I really enjoyed this book. Addie and Paige find themselves wrapped up in another murder investigation, however, this time they are both considered top suspects. It seems the sheriff has no reason to look for further suspects, so Addie and Paige have to try and prove themselves innocent. What started out as a buying trip at a library book sale turns deadly, and Addie's birthday doesn't appear to be a happy one. I would recommend this book and the series to anyone who likes a great cozy mystery. #AMarginforMurder #NetGalley

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    A Margin for Murder is another great addition to the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery. Addie and her friend Paige head to Pen Hollow for a book sale at the library that is closing its doors due to lack of funding. When they arrive they do buy some books, but also furniture and the library's Bookmobile. Everyone isn't happy about the purchase, but it is on the level. When they quickly peruse the contents of the bookmobile which are sold with it, they find several classic first editions and an ea A Margin for Murder is another great addition to the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery. Addie and her friend Paige head to Pen Hollow for a book sale at the library that is closing its doors due to lack of funding. When they arrive they do buy some books, but also furniture and the library's Bookmobile. Everyone isn't happy about the purchase, but it is on the level. When they quickly peruse the contents of the bookmobile which are sold with it, they find several classic first editions and an early edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses. While waiting for it to be delivered to them, there is a crash and the mayor is killed and the first editions go missing. Paige and Addie are the prime suspects of the local sheriff, so Addie's boyfriend, Simon who is also the coroner calls in the local detective, Marc, Addie's pervious boyfriend, from Geryborne Harbor to work with the sheriff to find the real culprit and let Addie and Paige return home. As always, there is more going on than meets the eye. Addie runs into an old boyfriend who she lost touch with in high school. He is back in town to close up his grandmother's house and estate. He invites Addie and Paige to stay with him in her mansion, which is just a little creepy. There are also a couple of very angry librarians at both the closing of the library and the selling of the bookmobile. These were just a few of the suspects, but there were more as the victim was not well liked. There are some red herring and twists that kept me guessing. The romance angle was a bit tricky in this one. Simon seemed to be a bit aloof and Marc still has feelings for her. Throw in the old boyfriend who wants to rekindle something and Addie's head is spinning. The mystery was well written and plotted with a surprise at the end that kept me guessing. There is a sweet romantic ending for Addie as well. A fun cozy mystery that I enjoyed.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Daniele

    A MARGIN FOR MURDER takes readers away from the bookstore’s regular setting to a neighboring town where the town’s library is closing. Addie and her assistant Paige hope to find lots of books and other items for the bookstore. Addie surprises even herself when she impulsively purchases the library’s bus, but the money has barely been transferred when the town mayor Luella crashes the bus and dies. When it is discovered that Luella’s death was not accidental but murder, Addie and Paige become the A MARGIN FOR MURDER takes readers away from the bookstore’s regular setting to a neighboring town where the town’s library is closing. Addie and her assistant Paige hope to find lots of books and other items for the bookstore. Addie surprises even herself when she impulsively purchases the library’s bus, but the money has barely been transferred when the town mayor Luella crashes the bus and dies. When it is discovered that Luella’s death was not accidental but murder, Addie and Paige become the police chief’s main (only) suspects. Since the pair is forbidden from leaving town, Mark, the police chief in Greyborne Harbor, and Addie’s beau/coroner Simon do all they can to help Addie and Paige find the truth. Throw in the some missing rare books, a blast from Addie’s romantic past, and the looming arrival of Addie’s best friend’s baby, and there is plenty to keep readers engaged along the way. Eight books into the Beyond the Page Bookstore mysteries these characters feel like old friends. These are what keep me coming back for more, and the series continues to be one of my favorites. In this tale, there are plenty of people who have motive to kill Luella and plenty of clues and red herrings to keep readers guessing. I did not see the ending coming. Isn’t it great, as a reader, to be surprised now and again? I like Addie – she is intelligent, persistent, and mostly logical. I do not, however, understand why she continues to be so insecure in her romantic relationships, but I do love the ending of this book and look forward to seeing what the future holds for all of the characters. A MARGIN FOR MURDER is a top notch cozy mystery with a great small town coastal setting, interesting characters, and intriguing mysteries for Addie and crew to solve. Highly recommended! I received an ARC of this title from the author and Kensington Books and voluntarily shared my thoughts here. #AMarginForMurder #NetGalley

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    This is the 8th book in the 'Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery' series. The author, Lauren Elliott has created some extremely likeable characters in this cozy mystery. I met Addie Greyborne, the protagonist and bookshop owner, in book 2 who I found to be very smart and has an amazing ability to sniff out clues. In this instalment, Addie's going to a Pen Hollow book sale in an old library. Among the finds at the sale, there is a bus on offer that used to be the council bookmobile service; some spe This is the 8th book in the 'Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery' series. The author, Lauren Elliott has created some extremely likeable characters in this cozy mystery. I met Addie Greyborne, the protagonist and bookshop owner, in book 2 who I found to be very smart and has an amazing ability to sniff out clues. In this instalment, Addie's going to a Pen Hollow book sale in an old library. Among the finds at the sale, there is a bus on offer that used to be the council bookmobile service; some special editions are hidden among the old library books. Addie buys the bus however, the bookmobile is never delivered as there is a fatal vehicle accident and the driver of the bus dies... The plot was well thought out and the author laid out the clues in a way that made for a number of viable suspects. I was somewhat surprised at the killer's identity as I fell for some of the red herrings. The pacing in this novel was good and there was always something happening, so I was certainly never bored! With a surprising ending, A Margin for Murder was a fantastic cozy mystery that I highly recommend. I am already looking forward to returning to Addie's bookshop, 'Beyond the Page Books and Curios' in Massachusetts in book #9, entitled Dedication to Murder, as well as catching up on the instalments I've missed. Rating: 5 Stars. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my own request from Kensington Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dee Gurganus

    This was a Goodreads giveaway. I am thankful I got it because it was an excellent read. It is the latest book in the series, but I have not read the previous ones. Ms Elliott does a great job of working in the past events so the reader doesn't necessarily have to had read the other books to enjoy this one. The mystery is excellent. It had me guessing who done it and changing my mind all the way through the story. It kept me spellbound that I did not want to put it down. The descriptions of the sc This was a Goodreads giveaway. I am thankful I got it because it was an excellent read. It is the latest book in the series, but I have not read the previous ones. Ms Elliott does a great job of working in the past events so the reader doesn't necessarily have to had read the other books to enjoy this one. The mystery is excellent. It had me guessing who done it and changing my mind all the way through the story. It kept me spellbound that I did not want to put it down. The descriptions of the scenery were detailed enough that you could actually see it in your mind. The library sounds beautiful. And I loved the bookmobile. Addie is a delightful character. A little pushy but gets along well with everyone and has some great friends. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I think you will, too. I will definitely be looking for more of Ms. Elliott's books to read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    June Price

    On the surface, the plot sounds simple and direct. Bookshop owner Addie and co-worker/friend Paige travel to Pen Hollow to see what she can find to buy at a library that is closing down. Then it starts to get complicated as she winds up buying a bookmobile, too. The person in charge of delivering it to her, in front of television cameras, no less, is murdered. Then it gets really complicated. Despite the fact Addie and Paige had met the woman for only the first time only an hour or so before her On the surface, the plot sounds simple and direct. Bookshop owner Addie and co-worker/friend Paige travel to Pen Hollow to see what she can find to buy at a library that is closing down. Then it starts to get complicated as she winds up buying a bookmobile, too. The person in charge of delivering it to her, in front of television cameras, no less, is murdered. Then it gets really complicated. Despite the fact Addie and Paige had met the woman for only the first time only an hour or so before her death, they are singled out as the main suspects. And, oh, yeah, she runs into an old boyfriend who just happens to be a best-selling author nowadays. While I found it a bit of a stretch to believe that any police officer with years of experience would pinpoint Addie and Paige as suspects based on the fact they were from out-of-town, it does set up an interesting story with lots of twists and side-stories. Let's just say it's a good thing that ol' friend now has an accomplished lawyer on speed dial. Ironically, it's Addie's boyfriend Simon who, as coroner, pinpoints the cause of death, pulling him into the area to meet the former boyfriend, Tony. Valuable first-edition and rare books are missing and although Addie saw them in the bookmobile prior to purchase, they are nowhere to be found. Who put them in the bookmobile, which the local police insist was searched diligently? Where did they come from? Where did they go? What is Tony's connection to all this? While all of this drama is going on, of course life in Greyborne Harbor goes on. Addie's pregnant friend nears her delivery date and seems in a panic. What is going on with Simon? Who is taking care of Paige's child while she is being detained in Pen Hollow? Why can't Addie vocalize the words "I love You"? Why do the clues seem to keep leading to dead ends? Who killed the woman it turns out almost no one in Pen Hollow liked? All these questions and more..... and, no, I'm not telling. You'll have to read the book. Finding out not just who the murderer is but why her pregnant friend's dash to the hospital seems to have turned into an emergency, whether Addie's dog has created another heart open to a rescue pup, and if that darn bookmobile will ever make it to Greyborne Harbor intact is part of the fun. Thank you #NetGalley and #KensingtonBooks for letting me evesdrop on Addie's world for a time.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brittani

    With every installment of the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mysteries, I have consistently said it's my favorite one yet... and that hasn't changed! The 8th book picks up where the 7th left off and brings Addie and Paige to a library sale, where unfortunately the small town's library is closing and everything (everything!) must go. While there, they meet some interesting townsfolk not too keen on outsiders but it's when one of them is murdered that Addie and Paige are pulled into the town drama more With every installment of the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mysteries, I have consistently said it's my favorite one yet... and that hasn't changed! The 8th book picks up where the 7th left off and brings Addie and Paige to a library sale, where unfortunately the small town's library is closing and everything (everything!) must go. While there, they meet some interesting townsfolk not too keen on outsiders but it's when one of them is murdered that Addie and Paige are pulled into the town drama more than they wanted. I really enjoyed the characters within this book. Coming from a small town myself, I absolutely loved how they were written, in particular the "you aren't from around here..." vibe they gave off. It was wonderful to get outside of Greyborne Harbor, too. I loved Addie reuniting with an old friend, and I hope we get to see more of that friend in the future. I enjoy how Elliott always introduces one or two characters in each book that we see again, and I look forward to that in future books, too. And the ending....! Just... chef's kiss! So well done and I enjoyed every single page of reading. If you haven't read books 1-7, I suggest you start there as there are some side storylines that will make much more sense to you if you do. I adore this entire series and these characters.

  13. 4 out of 5

    LittleRead

    It’s the eve of Addie Greyborne’s birthday and she’s looking forward to a library book sales and an evening away with her friend and employee before heading home and celebrating with her boyfriend. She’s hoping he’ll propose to her and all seems right with the world. Until it isn’t. After purchasing the library’s book mobile, which angers the head librarian and others, Addie just wants the keys and to head home. But as the mayor went to get the book mobile for a publicity opportunity in handing o It’s the eve of Addie Greyborne’s birthday and she’s looking forward to a library book sales and an evening away with her friend and employee before heading home and celebrating with her boyfriend. She’s hoping he’ll propose to her and all seems right with the world. Until it isn’t. After purchasing the library’s book mobile, which angers the head librarian and others, Addie just wants the keys and to head home. But as the mayor went to get the book mobile for a publicity opportunity in handing over the keys, there’s an accident and it turns out the mayor was poisoned which caused the book mobile crash. Now the sheriff is looking to railroad Addie and Paige even without any evidence. Luckily, Simon and Marc show up and want to help clear the ladies this is not how Addie was hoping her birthday would turn out. Can they find the murderer or will Addie and Paige be spending the rest of their lives in prison? This is a fabulous series that continues to outdo itself with each and every entry. It’s one of the coziest cozy series around! I highly recommend this series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Fun characters and good sleuthing make this series a winner. I got hooked by the publisher's blurb again and was very glad to read this one! I requested and received a free e-book copy from Kensington Books/Kensington Cozies via NetGalley. Thank you. Fun characters and good sleuthing make this series a winner. I got hooked by the publisher's blurb again and was very glad to read this one! I requested and received a free e-book copy from Kensington Books/Kensington Cozies via NetGalley. Thank you.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Addie and her employee/friend, Paige are heading to a library closing sale. They are staying overnight to celebrate Addie’s birthday. At the book sale, they are told by the mayor, Luella that the library bookmobile is for sale. Addie believes it is just what the bookshop needs. She can have a mobile bookstore to attend summer events up and down the coast. While touring the bookmobile, Addie and Paige stumble upon four first editions tucked in with the library books. It turns out that those books Addie and her employee/friend, Paige are heading to a library closing sale. They are staying overnight to celebrate Addie’s birthday. At the book sale, they are told by the mayor, Luella that the library bookmobile is for sale. Addie believes it is just what the bookshop needs. She can have a mobile bookstore to attend summer events up and down the coast. While touring the bookmobile, Addie and Paige stumble upon four first editions tucked in with the library books. It turns out that those books went missing at Christmas. After paying for the bookmobile, they enjoy dinner while waiting for Luella to drive it over. They soon receive word that the bookmobile was in an accident and Luella is dead. It turns out that Luella was murdered, and the local sheriff is pinning the crime on Addie and Paige. Addie and Paige with help from a few friends, work to prove their innocence. They are not allowed to leave town until the case is resolved. Addie will not get her special birthday dinner with Simon where she is hoping she will receive a long anticipated gift. Who killed Luella and how did they accomplish the deed? A Margin for Murder by Lauren Elliott is the 8th A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery. It can be read as a standalone, but I believe you do better if you read the first book in the series, Murder by the Book. I enjoyed A Margin for Murder. I just loved the mystery in this story. I thought A Margin for Murder was well-written with developed, relatable characters. The story moved along at a good pace too. I like Addie who is a smart cookie with a love of books. I enjoyed the humor sprinkled throughout the story. The whodunit was a delight. The author created a mystery that I found entertaining and fun to solve. There are good clues, a stalwart sheriff, and a red herring or two. I hope the author keeps creating such unique mysteries. It is also Addie’s birthday, and she has a special wish. The pesky murder messes with plans and it looks like Addie’s not going to get what she hoped for this year. Addie’s best friend, Serena is pregnant with her first child. Her hormones are on overdrive making everyone around her walk on eggshells and try to be patient with the expectant mom. A Margin for Murder is one busy book. The ending will have fans of the series smiling. A Margin for Murder is diverting whodunit with a book sale extravaganza, a surprising purchase, a murdered mayor, a stubborn sheriff, a found first editions, surfeit of suspects, and a joyful finale.

  16. 5 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    I love everything about books, cozies in particular hold a special place in my heart. But a cozy that includes classic books, a bookmobile, murder, and an amateur sleuth? This book is exceptional; readers will find it irresistible. A Margin For Murder has it all, drama, action, intrigue, plenty of fun, lovable characters, and a few quirky ones. In addition, there are great location descriptions and a murder that will have you scratching your head. After purchasing a bookmobile, Addie waits for t I love everything about books, cozies in particular hold a special place in my heart. But a cozy that includes classic books, a bookmobile, murder, and an amateur sleuth? This book is exceptional; readers will find it irresistible. A Margin For Murder has it all, drama, action, intrigue, plenty of fun, lovable characters, and a few quirky ones. In addition, there are great location descriptions and a murder that will have you scratching your head. After purchasing a bookmobile, Addie waits for the keys to be presented so she can start her new mobile library, but when Luella, the mayor and head of the library committee, is involved in a crash with the bookmobile, and dies, Addie is stunned. Finding out that Luella was murdered and Addie and Paige are the police’s number one suspects creates a problem, one only she can solve. It's a classic game of hide-n-seek, where the winner may end up locked up for life or dead. Suspects come out of the bookmobile woodwork; there is a library full of patrons and greedy auctiongoers who may all have motives to commit murder. Classic books feature throughout the story and are intricate to the plot and the solution to the murder. The victim is, at first read, sympathetic with an edge but not wholly unlikeable. Evidence is thrown around liberally, but nothing so concrete that readers can’t question the importance of any one thing. The solution to the murder and the bookmobile issue is resolved nicely. Readers will enjoy figuring out the how and why of it all. They may even wonder about those classic books and what makes them so unique. A Margin For Murder will keep you guessing and happily busy solving the murder until the very last page. I am happy to recommend this book and look forward to the next.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    I gave this book 4 stars because the mystery was so creative! I was totally shocked at the reveal! I have read every book in the Beyond the Page Bookstore mysteries, and have to say this one is my favorite. That being said. If it had not been for such a clever/intriguing plot, I would have rated this book a 2. For the simple fact that Addie is getting on my nerves. I know I am in the minority here. To me, her self-absorbed attitude is over the top. In one scene she shows up at Marc's hotel room I gave this book 4 stars because the mystery was so creative! I was totally shocked at the reveal! I have read every book in the Beyond the Page Bookstore mysteries, and have to say this one is my favorite. That being said. If it had not been for such a clever/intriguing plot, I would have rated this book a 2. For the simple fact that Addie is getting on my nerves. I know I am in the minority here. To me, her self-absorbed attitude is over the top. In one scene she shows up at Marc's hotel room for a "go over the suspects" session...with coffee. And when Marc opens the door and says something like..."I could kiss you"(for bringing the coffee), she takes it the wrong way and naturally assumes that he is still in love with her. She reads into his comment what isn't there. And is hesitant to enter the room...not wanting to give him the wrong idea(eye roll). And then in another scene she marches into the police station in the town they are in like she owns the place. And I wish the author would stop having everyone fawning over her all the time. Stop hinting that Marc still has feelings for her. I would love to see him meet someone and settle into a good, healthy relationship. Seriously, Addie is not all that and a bag of chips. Get over her already. Move on.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Glen

    I won this book in a goodreads drawing. Bookstore owner Addie goes to a neighboring town where the local library is closing to buy some books. She gets talked into buying the bookmobile and finds valuable first editions inside. She also meets her long lost high school boyfriend. Then the murder happens. The victim was driving the bookmobile, wrecking it, and the sheriff's only suspects are Addie and her friend! Pretty good,although it is best not to start a series with a book that takes them out o I won this book in a goodreads drawing. Bookstore owner Addie goes to a neighboring town where the local library is closing to buy some books. She gets talked into buying the bookmobile and finds valuable first editions inside. She also meets her long lost high school boyfriend. Then the murder happens. The victim was driving the bookmobile, wrecking it, and the sheriff's only suspects are Addie and her friend! Pretty good,although it is best not to start a series with a book that takes them out of their usual milieu.

  19. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Addie, Paige (and Pippi) head out of town for a weekend to the nearby town of Pen Hollow to check out the local library's closing sale. Addie is terrified of the steep cliffside drive where her father lost his life. She has a bad feeling about it but Paige encourages Addie to face her fears. Upon arrival, the pair meet Paige's sister's elderly neighbor who adopts Pippi for the day while Addie and Paige are busy buying books. Addie's eyes lights up as she sees all the great books for sale - and . Addie, Paige (and Pippi) head out of town for a weekend to the nearby town of Pen Hollow to check out the local library's closing sale. Addie is terrified of the steep cliffside drive where her father lost his life. She has a bad feeling about it but Paige encourages Addie to face her fears. Upon arrival, the pair meet Paige's sister's elderly neighbor who adopts Pippi for the day while Addie and Paige are busy buying books. Addie's eyes lights up as she sees all the great books for sale - and ... FURNITURE! The mayor, Luella, approaches Addie with an offer to buy a converted bookmobile bus. Addie thinks it would be perfect for heading out to sell at summer festivals and Paige is just as enthusiastic but librarian Patricia is not at all thrilled with the library's closure. Then Addie and Paige discover some rare 19th-century books hidden among the library books in the bookmobile. They were intended to be sold ay auction to raise funds to repair the library but went missing. Who took them and why? It's not Addie's mystery to solve even if one of the book was possibly a gift from her Aunt Anita to an unknown friend, the library benefactor. Addie and Paige just want to get out of there for a night on the town to celebrate Addie's 35th birthday but Luella has other ideas about presenting the bookmobile to Addie in a grand presentation on TV. Forced to hang around for dinner, Addie and Paige cancel plans for dinner and fun while everyone eats. When Luella fails to appear at the appointed time, word comes that she has been killed in a bookmobile accident! When Simon, yes Addie's Simon, performs the autopsy, he discovers evidence of poison! Not only that but the rare books from the bookmobile are missing again. The local sheriff sets his sights squarely on Addie and Paige as outsiders, not believing any of HIS townspeople could have committed murder. Addie and Paige need to get to work to clear their names. Assisted by Mark, of all people, and Simon, with assistance from Catherine and a VERY pregnant Serena, (and Pippi too) they start to gather clues. Can they figure out whodunit before they have to return home on Monday? Meanwhile, Serena is driving everyone crazy in the end stages of pregnancy and Addie fears Simon is withdrawing. Will things ever be the same again? This series keeps getting better and better. I prefer the mystery portion of this series over the cozy. This time the rare book thing was mostly accurate. None of the books Addie drools over are worth much, not even the inscribed copies. The only inscribed copy of note is A Child's Garden of Verses which MAY have a note inside from Addie's aunt. Addie isn't sure because she doesn't know her aunt's handwriting or who this Maisie is. That book would be worth something only to Addie and Catherine and anyone else in Greyborne harbor who knew Aunt Anita. I can't find a Massachusetts town that corresponds with the former wealthy Victorian summer colony of Pen Hollow. It sounds like it was a lovely place and the library closure simply breaks my heart. Who is that mysterious villain who cancelled his late grandmother's bequest and forced the closure of the library? Who stole the books meant for auction? It sounds like someone doesn't want to see the library succeed. Eventually I figured out the solution to the mystery and was a bit disappointed. I also figured out Serena's mystery which sounded implausible to me. (view spoiler)[I'm reasonably certain modern ultrasounds are well able to pick up on twins by the time a pregnancy is full term and I'm also reasonably certain twins don't necessarily require an emergency hush hush c-section or the expertise of a trauma surgeon. (hide spoiler)] This series is not my favorite in terms of cozy quality. It lacks heart and feeling. This one takes the main characters out of their element so it's different. I still can't warm up to the setting of Greborne Harbor so the change was fine with me. Addie is more likable than she was when she first arrived in Greybourn Harbor but for some reason I just can't click with her. She's still a bit standoffish I guess. Addie is very neurotic. She still has ghosts from her past she has to confront and get over before she can move on and be truly happy. Her concerns about her relationship with Simon are all about HER! She never stops to consider he might be trying to hide their personal relationship from Sheriff Turner or there might be something going on with him he hasn't had a chance to discuss with her yet. They just don't seem to have much chemistry to me. Still, I want them to succeed as a couple and be happy which is why I was not pleased to have a new man enter Addie's life or have Marc become single again. TOO.MUCH.DRAMA. Just let her be happy with Simon and only Simon. I don't always like the way Addie investigates and how she gets stubborn when she's told to stay out of things. Yes you ARE an amateur and not a trained police officer. Become a PI if you need to be nosy and solve murders all the time. Pippi is the most adorable Yorkiepoo but I didn't like how Addie continually treats Pippi like a baby and panics every time she has to put Pippi down. Pippi is a dog. She's going to follow her nose and wander off. She's going to get herself into trouble once in awhile, maybe. Pippi needs to be allowed to act like a dog and not coddled and hugged like a human. Paige has come a long way in the last 2 years since Addie hired her. Paige is now bubbly, energetic, fun and a good friend. She's happy, in love and a good mother to Emma. Addie makes Paige feel guilty about for forgetting about Addie's dad's death on that very road but I don't think Paige should be faulted for forgetting. She didn't know Addie back then and she's excited about their trip. Addie says it's OK but inside she was screaming for help. Serena is left behind at home because she's due any day now and miserable. She wants her old life back so she can hang out with Addie and Paige. Her usual calmness and fun energy is gone. I don't know why she doesn't do what my sister did and demand to be induced and not take no for an answer as long as the baby is full term and healthy. Do they not do that in small town hospitals? I resented the thought that big city hospitals are more than 15 minutes away which is actually not true. There's one 5 minutes from my house, one that closed less than 10 minutes in the other direction and the big one where Serena would have her baby is only about 15 minutes from where I live-in the city- in New England. The only other characters who play a major role are Mark and Simon. Simon has to work his usual night shifts in the ER AND act as coroner on this case. He's busy testing for poison, running back to work and then back again to Pen's Hollow to help Mark and the women. Mark takes off time from work to rush to Pen Harbor to unofficially investigate the murder. He knows the sheriff and understands that Sheriff Turner is lazy and probably discounted a lot of murders as accidents. The sheriff is close to retirement and wants to go out in a blaze of glory. This is utter rot. So unbelievable. If I were Mark I would report the guy for negligence and being a supreme moron and jerk. Sheriff Turner has secrets in his past that would not make him look good if they come to light. His secrets make his wife Wanda look like the chief murder suspect. Of course he would look right to Addie and Paige because he won't offend anyone if he arrests outsiders. They aren't really outsiders though since Greyborne Harbor is only about 15 minutes away. That's just dumb. Mark is a much better cop and finally proving to be a good friend. He's NOW listening to Addie and trusting her gut. Mark is back to being a nice guy now Ryley is out of the picture. Luella Higgins, mayor, president of the town council and head of the library committee is not a very nice lady. She's rude, condescending and bullying. Luella is eager to sell everything in sight and pushes Addie into making purchases Addie can barely afford. She never asks if Addie has a budget or anything specifically in mind or whether a mobile bookshop would be something Addie would consider. Luella buts heads with her library staff and everyone else in town. I think she liked stirring up trouble. Even so, she didn't deserve to be murdered. Voted out of office, definitely, but not murdered. Who killed Luella? Most likely it was Patricia, the librarian. Patricia loves the library and her job. She does not want to see the library close. She has the personality of a lemon so it's easy to suspect her. I think she might be throwing Addie and Paige under the proverbial bus to avoid suspicion. The other strong candidate is her assistant, Bea. Bea appears to be the mousy type, firmly under Patricia's thumb. Would she commit murder for her boss? Addie reconnects with her high school boyfriend, Tony Radcliffe, who suddenly reappears after disappearing just before high school graduation. Addie is shocked to see him and even more surprised to learn he is the best selling author of some of her favorite gothic horror novels. Tony's story sounds mighty suspicious to me. First he disappeared before the end of high school and never tried to contact Addie or anyone. His explanations sounds ridiculous like something out of a novel to me. Then he lets it be known that his grandmother was Maisie Radcliffe, the library benefactor. Maisie was living with dementia just before her death and Tony feels Luella took advantage of his grandmother to obtain rare books and funding for the library. He took his money back and now he wants his books. DING DING DING! Does Addie suspect him of ANY wrongdoing? Why no! She trusts him. She knew him in high school! He was bad at science, kind and he is not a murderer. Um the dude writes creepy novels and lives in a house reminiscent of Manderley (Rebecca). How can her gut be so sure he's NOT a murderer? Addie and Paige go to stay with Tony to investigate into the book thefts. They meet his creepy housekeeper Mrs. Bannerman, who reminds Paige of Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca or even a vampire. She is the only person sweet Pippi has ever growled at and doesn't seem to like dogs, or Addie and Paige. Since I had the same feeling about Mrs. Bannerman being Mrs. Danvers and I have never read Rebecca, it shows the whole gothic mansion creepy housekeeper thing is getting overused. I could have sworn it was done already in this series. The clues the sleuths uncover do seem to point to Mrs. Bannerman as the murderer. After all, she was VERY devoted to her employer for many years. Yes it stands to reason is must be the creepy housekeeper or she had something to do with it. Randy Carlyle was Luella's business partner at a locally owned pharmacy. He has motive and means for murder. When Addie poses her nosy and inappropriate questions for a supposed tourist, he becomes nervous and agitated. Did he kill Luella for revenge? We loop back to Wanda Turner, the sheriff's wife. She seems to want to be the next Luella. Wanda has the same forceful, nasty personality and Addie suspects Wanda is the one calling the shots in her husband's non-investigation. She's a terrible person and I wouldn't be surprised if she did kill Luella. Valerie, a neighbor of Paige's sister, is a sweet elderly lady who recently lost her husband. She takes a liking to Pippi and Pippi to her too. Valerie seems like a nice lady but she spoils Pippi with too many treats and is quick to gossip when Paige starts asking questions. Her niece, Laurel, comes to visit to check up on her. Laurel is a veterinarian who may turn up again in Greybourn Harbor. She seems very nice and cares about her aunt as if Valerie were her own mother. Catherine has a cameo and minor subplot that did not at all belong in this book. It's so minor but also distracting from the main plot. I enjoyed this book a lot and couldn't put it down. I look forward to the next one, when Lauren Elliott WILL get the rare book thing exactly right for the first time LOL!

  20. 4 out of 5

    June Price

    On the surface, the plot sounds simple and direct. Bookshop owner Addie and co-worker/friend Paige travel to Pen Hollow to see what she can find to buy at a library that is closing down. Then it starts to get complicated as she winds up buying a bookmobile, too. The person in charge of delivering it to her, in front of television cameras, no less, is murdered. Then it gets really complicated. Despite the fact Addie and Paige had met the woman for only the first time only an hour or so before her On the surface, the plot sounds simple and direct. Bookshop owner Addie and co-worker/friend Paige travel to Pen Hollow to see what she can find to buy at a library that is closing down. Then it starts to get complicated as she winds up buying a bookmobile, too. The person in charge of delivering it to her, in front of television cameras, no less, is murdered. Then it gets really complicated. Despite the fact Addie and Paige had met the woman for only the first time only an hour or so before her death, they are singled out as the main suspects. And, oh, yeah, she runs into an old boyfriend who just happens to be a best-selling author nowadays. While I found it a bit of a stretch to believe that any police officer with years of experience would pinpoint Addie and Paige as suspects based on the fact they were from out-of-town, it does set up an interesting story with lots of twists and side-stories. Let's just say it's a good thing that ol' friend now has an accomplished lawyer on speed dial. Ironically, it's Addie's boyfriend Simon who, as coroner, pinpoints the cause of death, pulling him into the area to meet the former boyfriend, Tony. Valuable first-edition and rare books are missing and although Addie saw them in the bookmobile prior to purchase, they are nowhere to be found. Who put them in the bookmobile, which the local police insist was searched diligently? Where did they come from? Where did they go? What is Tony's connection to all this? While all of this drama is going on, of course life in Greyborne Harbor goes on. Addie's pregnant friend nears her delivery date and seems in a panic. What is going on with Simon? Who is taking care of Paige's child while she is being detained in Pen Hollow? Why can't Addie vocalize the words "I love You"? Why do the clues seem to keep leading to dead ends? Who killed the woman it turns out almost no one in Pen Hollow liked? All these questions and more..... and, no, I'm not telling. You'll have to read the book. Finding out not just who the murderer is but why her pregnant friend's dash to the hospital seems to have turned into an emergency, whether Addie's dog has created another heart open to a rescue pup, and if that darn bookmobile will ever make it to Greyborne Harbor intact is part of the fun. Thank you #NetGalley and #KensingtonBooks for letting me evesdrop on Addie's world for a time.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan Willis

    Addie and Paige head to a neighboring town to purchase books from a library being closed. The overnight trip turns into a full week after the sheriff accuses them of murder.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    A Margin For Murder is the eighth book in the Beyond The Page Bookstore Mystery by Lauren Elliott. Addie Greyborne and Paige have planned a “girls’ day” to celebrate Addie’s birthday. They plan to visit the Pen Hollow Library, which is closing and hope to add Addie’s inventory at the Beyond Page Bookstore. After arriving at the library, Luella Higgins, mayor, and head of the library committee, informs Addie that everything is for sale, including furniture and fixtures. Luella also tells them that A Margin For Murder is the eighth book in the Beyond The Page Bookstore Mystery by Lauren Elliott. Addie Greyborne and Paige have planned a “girls’ day” to celebrate Addie’s birthday. They plan to visit the Pen Hollow Library, which is closing and hope to add Addie’s inventory at the Beyond Page Bookstore. After arriving at the library, Luella Higgins, mayor, and head of the library committee, informs Addie that everything is for sale, including furniture and fixtures. Luella also tells them that a bookmobile is for sale. Addie knows this will stretch the store’s budget but sees fitting in well when they go to book sales out of town. Addie and Paige inspect the bookmobile, start looking through the books on its shelves, and soon find four precious first edition books. Addie and Paige return to Luella and express an interest in the bookmobile but return the four books that indeed weren’t meant to be included in its inventory. Luella thanks them and mentions that they had recently gone missing from the library. Luella asks Addie and Paige to stay for dinner as she wants to have television coverage of her turning the keys to the bookmobile over to Addie. The dinner ends, and Luella heads for the lot to get the bookmobile. Luella never returns as she has an accident with the bookmobile and dies from the injuries. Addie's boyfriend, Simon, the county coroner, is called to do an autopsy. It’s determined that she died from poisoning. Greyborne police chief Marc Chandler also comes along to offer his assistance, but Sheriff Turner, the local sheriff, feels he knows who poisoned Luella and refuses Marc’s help. He’s sure that Addie and Paige murdered Luella and set off to prove them guilty. Addie and Paige set off on their investigation to clear their names. Simon and Marc will still try to help where they can. They soon find several suspects and find the residents of Pen Hollow aren’t as innocent as he thinks. Addie wants to get back to Greyborne as soon as possible, as her good friend, Serena, is about to give birth. Also, she has missed her “special” birthday dinner with Simon. Hopefully, he will provide her with a ring, but he acted somewhat distant during the investigation. The book is well-written and plotted with a lovely cast of believable characters. There were plenty of red herrings and twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end as to who the murderer was. I’m anxiously awaiting the next book in this exciting series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This ARC was provided to me via Kindle, Kensington Books and by #NetGalley. Opinions expressed are completely my own. The eighth installment of Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery is as enjoyable as the prior seven. Cozy mystery fans can rejoice in the pages of the delightful characters and this tale.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    There's never a dull moment when Addie and Paige go sleuthing together. They started out at a book sale where Addie bought a bookmobile, then they eventually ended up at a friend of Addie's mansion house complete with a creepy housekeeper. Addie's paranoia about her relationship was almost out of control during this book, so I was glad when the book ended as awesome as it did. Addie did figure out what was going on after someone died, and the local police were itching to blame Addie and Paige fo There's never a dull moment when Addie and Paige go sleuthing together. They started out at a book sale where Addie bought a bookmobile, then they eventually ended up at a friend of Addie's mansion house complete with a creepy housekeeper. Addie's paranoia about her relationship was almost out of control during this book, so I was glad when the book ended as awesome as it did. Addie did figure out what was going on after someone died, and the local police were itching to blame Addie and Paige for it. There was such an awesome twist that I've not really seen in many if any other books--it was pretty cool and I sure didn't guess it! I did guess something having to do with Serena though and her fun surprise. The collective ending was just awesome, and I'm eagerly waiting or at least hoping there's another book coming. This book releases next Tuesday, April 26, 2022. If you've been keeping up with this series, you definitely won't wanna miss this one! I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Kensington Cozies via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Almada

    The thing I really enjoy about this series is that the author has such inventive mysteries. They are always very interesting and I think more creative then a lot of cozy mysteries. This volume, number eight in the series is no exception. Addie and friends take a little roadtrip and end up buying a bookmobile to turn into a mobile bookstore for events, fairs etc, very cool idea, but you know trouble is going to follow them. When the woman who sells them the bookmobile is murdered the local police The thing I really enjoy about this series is that the author has such inventive mysteries. They are always very interesting and I think more creative then a lot of cozy mysteries. This volume, number eight in the series is no exception. Addie and friends take a little roadtrip and end up buying a bookmobile to turn into a mobile bookstore for events, fairs etc, very cool idea, but you know trouble is going to follow them. When the woman who sells them the bookmobile is murdered the local police decide Addie and Paige make good suspects, it's fortunate that they are only 15 minutes from home and that Simon is coroner for this area also. With help from all their friends and family from home can they find out what really happened? My only complaint with this series is that the author doesn't seem to want Addie to ever find personal happiness. The poor woman started the series just coming off a personal tragedy and there always seems to be a revolving door of men coming and going to put glitches in her ability to foster a strong and permanent connection with one. I find this distracting and to be honest a bit sad.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    Having a bad day for the average person is spilling food on their favorite shirt, being late to a meeting or getting yelled at by someone, but for Addie and Paige it means going shopping for books and ending up accused of murder! Addie and pals have to get the investigation under control in a hurry or Addie and Paige are going to end up on trial for a crime they didn't commit. This cast of characters is so well developed that you feel like you are visiting old friends rather than just reading an Having a bad day for the average person is spilling food on their favorite shirt, being late to a meeting or getting yelled at by someone, but for Addie and Paige it means going shopping for books and ending up accused of murder! Addie and pals have to get the investigation under control in a hurry or Addie and Paige are going to end up on trial for a crime they didn't commit. This cast of characters is so well developed that you feel like you are visiting old friends rather than just reading another story! The plot is well woven and with enough red herrings to keep you guessing and just when you think you have it all figured out, nope another direction will open up! I loved this book! It may be my favorite in the series, although I think I have said that same thing the last 3 books or so! I can't recommend this series to you enough, you definitely should have it on your must read list if you don't already! I can't wait to see what happens in the next book as things are definitely heating up in multiple characters lives to keep things interesting!

  27. 5 out of 5

    marita lazarus

    A whodunnit that will leave you guessing till the very end. And isn't that what makes a great mystery? Lauren Elliott is one of those authors that writes well-thought-out mysteries. The story is long enough to keep you entertained and engaged. The characters are fun and relatable. A whodunnit that will leave you guessing till the very end. And isn't that what makes a great mystery? Lauren Elliott is one of those authors that writes well-thought-out mysteries. The story is long enough to keep you entertained and engaged. The characters are fun and relatable.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    A Margin for Murder by Lauren Elliott is another visit to Greybourne Harbor and Addie Greybourne. Addie and Paige are off to a nearby town, Pen Hollow where the library is closing and there are all kinds of books and things for sale. It's only 15 minutes away but Serena's baby is due any day and they won't let her go along. So, It's the tow of them, and Addie's dog, Pippi. Paige takes the shorter way which is right on the road where Addie's dad was killed. She hadn't thought about it and now fel A Margin for Murder by Lauren Elliott is another visit to Greybourne Harbor and Addie Greybourne. Addie and Paige are off to a nearby town, Pen Hollow where the library is closing and there are all kinds of books and things for sale. It's only 15 minutes away but Serena's baby is due any day and they won't let her go along. So, It's the tow of them, and Addie's dog, Pippi. Paige takes the shorter way which is right on the road where Addie's dad was killed. She hadn't thought about it and now felt terrible. Addie closed her eyes and breathed through it. The most amazing thing happened when they met the president of the library board. There was also a bookmobile for sale--they'd been wanting some way to go to festivals but dragging table and chairs and boxes of books seemed like far too much work. They went to see it and fell in love. The books in it went with the sale. It was more money than she intended to spend, but it would be worth it. Of course, before the day was over, there was a murder, along with an accident with the bookmobile and Addie and Paige were the primary suspects. This was a fabulous mystery with an amazing ending. There were lots of things that happened along the way that kept it all interesting. It was pretty much the same characters as always: Catherine, Serena, Addie, Paige, Marc, and Simon so it was comfortable even if the setting was slightly different. There were some new ones, too. Anthony Radcliffe, the famous English Gothic write lived there and turned out to be Addie's long-lost high school boyfriend, and for a few minutes, the killer. Cozies are all character-driven and this is no exception. The only issue I had was that Addie got a little whiney and insecure. That was so out-of-character that I found it a little distressing. Elliott has imbued her characters with so much personality that it is a joy to revisit them. The plot was excellent with some really interesting turns. People are people whether you know them or not! Addie and Paige eventually got home with furniture, books, and a bookmobile, and so much more. What a good read! I was invited to read a free e-ARC of A Margin for Murder by Kensington, through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine. #netgalley #kensington #laurenelliott #amarginformurder

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    A Margin for Murder Earns 5/5 First Editions…Clever & Engaging! Laura Elliott has penned an engaging eighth book in her Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series with a bookmobile, a missing first edition, and a murder! Addie Greyborne expected an engagement ring, but instead she received earrings. She decides to turn her disappointment into joy by going to a book sale in Pen Hallow. The library is shutting down (sacrilegious), and she sees several interesting items, however she swoons over the bo A Margin for Murder Earns 5/5 First Editions…Clever & Engaging! Laura Elliott has penned an engaging eighth book in her Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series with a bookmobile, a missing first edition, and a murder! Addie Greyborne expected an engagement ring, but instead she received earrings. She decides to turn her disappointment into joy by going to a book sale in Pen Hallow. The library is shutting down (sacrilegious), and she sees several interesting items, however she swoons over the bookmobile filled with a plethora of books, some first editions, reasonably priced…Sold! However, before she can take the wheel, the mayor and head of the library committee, crashes the vehicle. She’s found dead, but not from the accident. It was murder! Elliott’s writing style does not disappoint, and newbies need not worry about being out of the loop this far into the series since enough references are made to background and connections to be engaged. Addie is a delightful character: strong, clever, and she seems to know what she wants...mostly. The story is well rounded with a clever mystery, angst caused by the local police, several intriguing suspects and motives, a surprising arrest, and a quadrangle of romantic interest with Addie, her current beau, a former beau, and a long ago beau. Great book! Disclosure: I received an ARC from Kensington thru NetGalley. My review is voluntary with honest insights and comments.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    I was pretty sure the last book in this series was my favorite, but they just keep getting better! I love the town and characters this author has created, and they all make me feel right at home each time I enter their world. This time our favorite friends are in the surrounding town of Pen Hollow, ready to embark on an excellent opportunity to grow their business with new books, when they are offered a chance to acquire a popular Bookmobile! Unfortunately, mystery is a foot and there is more th I was pretty sure the last book in this series was my favorite, but they just keep getting better! I love the town and characters this author has created, and they all make me feel right at home each time I enter their world. This time our favorite friends are in the surrounding town of Pen Hollow, ready to embark on an excellent opportunity to grow their business with new books, when they are offered a chance to acquire a popular Bookmobile! Unfortunately, mystery is a foot and there is more than they bargained for behind the scenes. Not more than an hour after signing the dotted line on the new Bookmobile, one of the members of the group selling to them is involved in an accident and abruptly dies, making Addie number one on the list of suspects. As she is in an outlying town, with a shady Sheriff at the helm, she is told she must stay in town as he is most certain she is at fault and must be held accountable. As if a murder isn't enough to keep you interested, long lost beaus from high school and new friends are added to our growing cast of characters. This was a great book, which kept me flipping the pages from beginning to end!

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