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Three weeks before Thanksgiving, bookshop owner Addie Greyborne already has a full plate—and a killer on her case... Addie’s determined to turn a seemingly ordinary November in coastal Greyborne Harbor into one for the books. The windows of her shop display carefully curated works by American writers, including a rare selection of traditional holiday recipes from the influe Three weeks before Thanksgiving, bookshop owner Addie Greyborne already has a full plate—and a killer on her case... Addie’s determined to turn a seemingly ordinary November in coastal Greyborne Harbor into one for the books. The windows of her shop display carefully curated works by American writers, including a rare selection of traditional holiday recipes from the influential 19th-century publication Godey’s Ladies Magazine. And then there’s the town’s Civil War-era themed cooking and baking competition, with a hefty cash prize and free publicity going to the winning dish... But when she finds her cousin’s boyfriend murdered, a stunned Addie reluctantly realizes she may be the only person who can blow the cover off a grisly crime. With so many unanswered questions surrounding the victim’s death, Addie must figure out the strange connection between a mysterious vintage briefcase, the disappearance of a first edition copy of Sarah Josepha Hale’s famous nursery rhyme, “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and a dangerously well-read culprit...


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Three weeks before Thanksgiving, bookshop owner Addie Greyborne already has a full plate—and a killer on her case... Addie’s determined to turn a seemingly ordinary November in coastal Greyborne Harbor into one for the books. The windows of her shop display carefully curated works by American writers, including a rare selection of traditional holiday recipes from the influe Three weeks before Thanksgiving, bookshop owner Addie Greyborne already has a full plate—and a killer on her case... Addie’s determined to turn a seemingly ordinary November in coastal Greyborne Harbor into one for the books. The windows of her shop display carefully curated works by American writers, including a rare selection of traditional holiday recipes from the influential 19th-century publication Godey’s Ladies Magazine. And then there’s the town’s Civil War-era themed cooking and baking competition, with a hefty cash prize and free publicity going to the winning dish... But when she finds her cousin’s boyfriend murdered, a stunned Addie reluctantly realizes she may be the only person who can blow the cover off a grisly crime. With so many unanswered questions surrounding the victim’s death, Addie must figure out the strange connection between a mysterious vintage briefcase, the disappearance of a first edition copy of Sarah Josepha Hale’s famous nursery rhyme, “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and a dangerously well-read culprit...

30 review for To the Tome of Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mallory

    This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series! I absolutely love the world the author has created and how much the characters have grown throughout the series. I did think this particular mystery was a bit more obvious to me than some of the rest have been and I was surprised the amateur heroine wasn’t putting together all the same clues I was. Regardless I enjoyed this book. Addie’s cousin dies in her dress shop and Addie is determined to prove her cousin’s innocence. Despite the usual warning This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series! I absolutely love the world the author has created and how much the characters have grown throughout the series. I did think this particular mystery was a bit more obvious to me than some of the rest have been and I was surprised the amateur heroine wasn’t putting together all the same clues I was. Regardless I enjoyed this book. Addie’s cousin dies in her dress shop and Addie is determined to prove her cousin’s innocence. Despite the usual warnings to mind her own business from the police Addie investigates others who may have had motive to kill Jared. I did like the historical ties to this one and found some of the mentioned antiques very intriguing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    It's time to return to Greyborne Harbor in the seventh book in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series. This is one of my favorite series and from my perspective, the author just keeps getting better with each book. To the Tome of Murder has a well-written plot that has just the right pace to keep the reader engaged with both the characters and the mystery. Addie is a multi-dimensional character and I have really enjoyed how the author has developed and grown her character throughout the se It's time to return to Greyborne Harbor in the seventh book in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series. This is one of my favorite series and from my perspective, the author just keeps getting better with each book. To the Tome of Murder has a well-written plot that has just the right pace to keep the reader engaged with both the characters and the mystery. Addie is a multi-dimensional character and I have really enjoyed how the author has developed and grown her character throughout the series. She has softened a bit but still has some walls and emotional baggage she carries. I love how intuitive she is when it comes to clues and investigation, even when Marc brushes off her theories. She will need those skills, as this time around she needs to prove that her cousin Kaylea did not kill her boyfriend. The mystery kept me engaged throughout the story. Personally, I thought the prime suspect was too convenient, but I was not able to really piece together the clues in a way that led me to a particular suspect as my guess for the killer. The victim had some less than friendly dealing with merchants in town so the author sets up a host of suspects for Addie to wade through. Once again, with her intuition, Addie is able to pinpoint the motive and the killer's identity is revealed in the end. I do have to say that the killer was a surprise to me, but it made sense when everything was revealed. I very much enjoy this series. It has wonderful mysteries, a great cast of characters that the author continues to develop and grow, and it's set in a bookstore. What more could I ask for. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Kensington, through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    This isn’t the first time with this series that readers have to dig deep to figure out the why of a crime; even when you think you know the motive, you will second guess yourself several times, and by the time you figure who did it, you will realize how easy it was all along. To The Tome Of Murder is the seventh book in this series and maybe the best one yet. But then again, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful bookstore, a civil war-themed cooking competition, and good friends. Addie is scramblin This isn’t the first time with this series that readers have to dig deep to figure out the why of a crime; even when you think you know the motive, you will second guess yourself several times, and by the time you figure who did it, you will realize how easy it was all along. To The Tome Of Murder is the seventh book in this series and maybe the best one yet. But then again, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful bookstore, a civil war-themed cooking competition, and good friends. Addie is scrambling to make the holiday perfect for everyone, family, friends, and bookstore customers alike, and trying to enjoy the civil war baking competition. But she is once again thrown into a murder investigation and ends up over her head. But even though her cousin is a pain in the behind, she is family, and Addie doesn’t want to believe that her cousin is a killer, no matter what the police say. Why would anyone suspects her cousin would kill her boyfriend over an argument about an old briefcase? The clues don’t add up, and suspects come out of the woodwork at every turn. To The Tome Of Murder is a delightful mystery with all the ingredients needed to keep you guessing and coming back for more. The characters are lively, entertaining, and from time to time, complicated, but all of them add enough action and chaos to thrill readers. Suspects are wonderfully deceitful; there is no such thing as an innocent bystander. The setting of a bookstore is a common location but add in the retail side of selling vintage memorabilia, old rare books, then throw in a civil war-themed baking competition, and you have readers hooked. Once the killer is revealed, it doesn’t come as a surprise, but this killer isn’t what readers are expecting. I enjoyed this installment in the series and know others will too.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Good mystery. Feel bad for poor Marc. I would like to see him find a girl, forget about Addie and not look back. The guy deserves some happiness.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Daniele

    To the Tome of Murder, the seventh Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery, is a wonderful addition to the series. Full of murder, historical details, friendship, family, and holiday spirit, it is entertaining and an engrossing puzzle to solve. I really enjoy this series and have come to love the characters. They have grown so much since the first book, especially protagonist Addie. Addie has baggage and grief to work through, and I feel like she is finally coming into her own. Her flaws make her relat To the Tome of Murder, the seventh Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery, is a wonderful addition to the series. Full of murder, historical details, friendship, family, and holiday spirit, it is entertaining and an engrossing puzzle to solve. I really enjoy this series and have come to love the characters. They have grown so much since the first book, especially protagonist Addie. Addie has baggage and grief to work through, and I feel like she is finally coming into her own. Her flaws make her relatable and interesting, and her curious and intuitive nature, as well as her knack for eavesdropping, makes her an admirable sleuth. I feel for her ex Marc and hope he gets his own HEA someday. Addie’s boyfriend Simon is a great guy, and I like seeing him more in this story. Addie’s friends round out the cast and are endearing. Addie’s cousin Kalea annoys me, but since she is the prime suspect this go around she is prominently featured. There are not many Thanksgiving cozies out there so this mystery is a welcome seasonal addition. The town of Greyborne Harbor is gearing up for the holiday by holding a Civil War-era cooking competition. The town is abuzz, and this provides author Lauren Elliott the opportunity to sprinkle historical tidbits about Sarah Josepha Hale, of Mary Had a Little Lamb and Godey’s Ladies Magazine fame, and incorporate her into the mystery. Things are going well for Addie until her cousin Kalea finds her boyfriend Jared murdered in her dress shop. The police’s attention soon focuses on Kalea so Addie feels obligated and invested in finding the real killer. Was Jared mixed up with bad business? Something personal? Something to do with his recently acquired vintage briefcase that is the only thing missing from the scene of the crime? Or something else entirely. I enjoyed every step of this investigation with Addie. The mystery is well thought out and executed. The pace is steady, and the story builds to and exciting, dangerous climax. I did not figure out the killer’s identity ahead of Addie, and the killer’s motive is ultimately quite sad. The subplots come together with the main murder mystery to make a satisfying read. I feel there are great things ahead for Addie and her friends; I look forward to reading many more adventures. Highly recommended! I received an ARC of this title from the author and Kensington Books and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    To The Tome Of Murder is the seventh book in the Beyond The Page Bookstore Mystery series by Lauren Elliott. Greyborne Harbor’s Historical Society is sponsoring a cooking and baking competition whose recipes come from the Civil War period. The winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and a story in the historical society’s December newsletter. Addie has ordered extra copies of cookbooks from that period, and she and Paige have been busy putting them on display in the front window. The following To The Tome Of Murder is the seventh book in the Beyond The Page Bookstore Mystery series by Lauren Elliott. Greyborne Harbor’s Historical Society is sponsoring a cooking and baking competition whose recipes come from the Civil War period. The winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and a story in the historical society’s December newsletter. Addie has ordered extra copies of cookbooks from that period, and she and Paige have been busy putting them on display in the front window. The following day, Addie gets a frantic phone call from her cousin, Kalea, asking her to come to her shop right away. When Addie enters the shop, she finds a tearful Kalea, who shows her the body of Jared Munroe, her boyfriend. Inventory is scattered all over, and Addie’s first thought is a robbery gone wrong. Addie has had some difficult times with Kalea in the past but doesn’t feel Kalea is capable of murder. When Addie’s ex-boyfriend, chief of police Marc Chandler, finishes his initial investigation, Kalea will be his prime suspect. The only thing that seems to be missing from the shop is Jared’s briefcase. Jared arranged financing for some businesses in Greyborne Harbor, and some of those businesses have expressed displeasure with his business practices. Addie feels that if they can find that briefcase, it may lead to the killer. There are several subplots in this book, and Ms. Elliott skillfully weaves them together for Addie to find the killer. It’s always enjoyable to Greyborne Harbor to visit with the residents and see what Addie and her bookshop are doing. Most of the regular characters are back once again, even Pippi, Addie’s adorable YorkiePoo. The book is well-written and plotted, and enough twists and turns that I was kept guessing until the end of the book. The characters are well-developed and interesting. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series, A Margin For Murder, due April 2022, to see if Addie and Simon had a good Christmas.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    When your troublesome cousin is accused of murder, do you believe her guilty or innocent? The facts of the case seem to be adding up quickly against Addie's cousin, but Addie can't just let her last living relative twist in the wind. Let the sleuthing begin! If you have read any of this series yet, you absolutely should. It is an outstanding cozy mystery series with wonderfully likable characters, a fabulous bookstore to dream of and plots that will keep you entertained for hours on end. This ad When your troublesome cousin is accused of murder, do you believe her guilty or innocent? The facts of the case seem to be adding up quickly against Addie's cousin, but Addie can't just let her last living relative twist in the wind. Let the sleuthing begin! If you have read any of this series yet, you absolutely should. It is an outstanding cozy mystery series with wonderfully likable characters, a fabulous bookstore to dream of and plots that will keep you entertained for hours on end. This addition to the series definitely enhances the series and may be my favorite yet. Although to be fair, I believe I say that after each book in the series that I have read and I do mean it at the time! The author just keeps weaving stories that draw me in and make me love each book more!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brittani

    Lauren Elliott welcomes fans back to Greyborne Harbor in the 7th installment of the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series! Thanksgiving can be a busy time, but add in a baking contest and a side of murder, well... Addie Greyborne has a full plate! Book 7 lets the reader enjoy even more from their favorite characters in previous books. I enjoyed seeing more from all the interpersonal relationships: family, friends, romances... I've always enjoyed the overarching theme with each book that family Lauren Elliott welcomes fans back to Greyborne Harbor in the 7th installment of the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series! Thanksgiving can be a busy time, but add in a baking contest and a side of murder, well... Addie Greyborne has a full plate! Book 7 lets the reader enjoy even more from their favorite characters in previous books. I enjoyed seeing more from all the interpersonal relationships: family, friends, romances... I've always enjoyed the overarching theme with each book that family is what you make it and that people aren't always what they seem on the exterior. This series and these characters have always felt like coming home to me, and I love to see the growth each character experiences within each book Elliott writes. Perfect read for the holiday season coming up! We normally don't see a Thanksgiving cozy too often, but this was as sweet as pumpkin pie! (I received an ARC from NetGalley and Kensington Publishing in exchange for my honest review.)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    To the Tome of Murder by Lauren Elliott is the 7th book in Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series. Addie Greyborne lives in a small town in New England where she inherited a mansion, Greyborne Manor, from her great aunt. Addie than opened her own bookstore. In this adventure Addie cousin's boyfriend is murdered, and her cousin becomes the prime suspect. Addie is determined to get to the truth, and save her cousin. I enjoyed this book, with all the twists and turns, and I can not wait for the n To the Tome of Murder by Lauren Elliott is the 7th book in Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series. Addie Greyborne lives in a small town in New England where she inherited a mansion, Greyborne Manor, from her great aunt. Addie than opened her own bookstore. In this adventure Addie cousin's boyfriend is murdered, and her cousin becomes the prime suspect. Addie is determined to get to the truth, and save her cousin. I enjoyed this book, with all the twists and turns, and I can not wait for the next book in the series. If you love cozy mysteries, I highly recommend this book\series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karen Fan

    Well, Addie and Kalea still annoy me, but less so in this book! Besides Addie, I enjoyed the mystery and all the plot lines. I do think that it’s starting to get a bit convoluted though and wonder how things will progress in the next book. And, this love triangle is starting to irk me as well.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    It is always exciting to me when a new mystery in this series comes out. Seventh in the series, it had quickly become one of my favorite “bookish” series. The characters are very well defined and likable. Despite a rocky beginning in Greyborne Harbor, she has become a welcome businesswoman and friend. She had even become friends with Martha, the crabby baker next door, who had once spread vicious rumors about Addie. This time, Martha might be reverting to her old self, a challenge since her daug It is always exciting to me when a new mystery in this series comes out. Seventh in the series, it had quickly become one of my favorite “bookish” series. The characters are very well defined and likable. Despite a rocky beginning in Greyborne Harbor, she has become a welcome businesswoman and friend. She had even become friends with Martha, the crabby baker next door, who had once spread vicious rumors about Addie. This time, Martha might be reverting to her old self, a challenge since her daughter Paige is Addie’s assistant manager at Addie’s book and curio shop, Beyond the Page. Addie will be hosting Thanksgiving at her home for some of her friends who don’t have family to celebrate, knowing that family is about more than blood relations. Her only living relative, a cousin, moved to town a couple years ago. Kalea always wanted to find a guy who had sufficient money to support her in the manner she wanted to become accustomed to. She had been dating Jared, who invested in Kalea’s start-up designer dress shop and several other local businesses. A “reformed” voracious flirt, she had thought Jared to be the first man she loved. That’s why his murder in her shop was such a shock, especially when she is the only suspect. Kalea lived in her apartment above her designer dress shop. Jared had to leave early that morning, so when she went in to open it and found Jared dead on the floor, it was doubly horrifying. She called Addie, who came straight over. When Kalea finally let her in and she saw the condition of her cousin and Jared, she immediately called the police. They determined that he was murdered and took Kalea in for questioning. They had noted there was no sign of the shop being broken into. When they heard that she and Jared had a loud fight the night before and found blood on his clothing that wasn’t his, she was at the top of their list. Since coming to Greyborne Harbor, Addie has been involved with several murder investigations that involved her friends in one way or another. Despite the overwhelming evidence and Kalea’s past, Addie will not let her be arrested for something she didn’t do. She usually has the assistance of her friends with her homemade murder board, but this time her bestie, Serena, has not been feeling well, and Martha, thinking she was being helpful, told some tall tales around town. This time, Addie talks with people from the woman who thinks she is the local VIP socialite to a homeless woman called Picker. The author gives us a wonderfully crafted mystery that presented quite the challenge! There is a good balance this time between Addie’s relationship with Simon, her friendships, and the mystery. I particularly appreciated the challenges with the Civil War era collectibles and recipes and how Paige was able to help in a huge way to address those. The characters continue to grow and change through their circumstances which is a great hallmark of a successful series. Whodunit was mystifying, and while I finally began to suspect the person, it was still a surprise for a couple reasons. I highly recommend this mystery, and this series, to those who appreciate well-written cozy mysteries, bookstores, engaging characters, and a gorgeous New England setting. From a thankful heart: I received a complimentary copy of this novel, and this is my honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    This is a outstanding cozy mystery series and this next in series is one of my top 3 favorite cozies of 2021. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinion is my own. We return to the picturesque coastal town of Greyborne Harbor and our favorite protagnist and top crime solver Addie . This is book 7 in the series and features a Fall Thanksgiving time theme. Addie is the owner of Beyond the Page Bookshop a successful bookstore . She receives a frantic call fr This is a outstanding cozy mystery series and this next in series is one of my top 3 favorite cozies of 2021. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinion is my own. We return to the picturesque coastal town of Greyborne Harbor and our favorite protagnist and top crime solver Addie . This is book 7 in the series and features a Fall Thanksgiving time theme. Addie is the owner of Beyond the Page Bookshop a successful bookstore . She receives a frantic call from her troubled cousin Kayla and runs to her only to find Kayla standing over the body of her boyfriend. Kayla is primary suspect number one to the police and Addie is determined to solve this murder and free her cousin from suspicion. She moves Kayla in with her and finds this one of her most challenging cases to solve. Her tradition of making a crime board is fascinating and helps her solve the crimes with clues the police never fine. I loved the way the author sweeps her readers into the story. Addie is a brilliant investigator who does not suffer fools. She works with the local police officer well who she once was in love with in spite of his continued feelings for her. Her relationship with Simon is on solid ground and merging into a future. Addie has developed as a wonderful charcter over the series into someone we wish we were friends with. The sleuth includes civil war history, historical cookbooks and a wonderful antique store full of treasures. I loved this next in series that kept me turning pages to conclusion. I cannot wait for the next in series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Addie Greyborne is back again in this latest addition to this fantastic series by Lauren Elliot. I simply love this series as the characters are on point, colorful, and some of them are just too cute. As owner of Beyond the Page bookstore, Addie is happy with her life, preparing for Thanksgiving, and spending time with her boyfriend Simon. It isn’t until Addie receives a frantic telephone call from her cousin Kalea, and through the muffled tears and screams, she hears it…the word murder. Addie and Addie Greyborne is back again in this latest addition to this fantastic series by Lauren Elliot. I simply love this series as the characters are on point, colorful, and some of them are just too cute. As owner of Beyond the Page bookstore, Addie is happy with her life, preparing for Thanksgiving, and spending time with her boyfriend Simon. It isn’t until Addie receives a frantic telephone call from her cousin Kalea, and through the muffled tears and screams, she hears it…the word murder. Addie and Kalea have a Rocky relationship, but she is family and Addie is going to do all she can to help her. I was really surprised by the reveal, I was definitely wrong about whodunnit. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series by one of my favorite authors. I recommend this book and series who enjoys a well written cozy mystery. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for selecting me to read an advanced copy of the book. #TotheTomeofMurder #NetGalley

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Almada

    Ok, so another interesting romp with Addie and company. Addie is busy with Paige setting up a Thanksgiving book display about what women cooked for Thanksgiving during the Civil War period when she gets a hysterical call from her cousin Kalea, it seems she has found her boyfriend dead in her dress shop. Of course we know with Kalea at the center of the police investigation, there is no way Addie is not going to be involved. As always this is an interesting mystery, there is always a different tw Ok, so another interesting romp with Addie and company. Addie is busy with Paige setting up a Thanksgiving book display about what women cooked for Thanksgiving during the Civil War period when she gets a hysterical call from her cousin Kalea, it seems she has found her boyfriend dead in her dress shop. Of course we know with Kalea at the center of the police investigation, there is no way Addie is not going to be involved. As always this is an interesting mystery, there is always a different twist to this author mysteries that keep them from becoming cozy cookie cutter. What I really enjoy about this mystery and this series, though, is the character development. It finally looks like Addie is going to start realizing the affect her actions have on others. She is not so self absorbed, and realizes she maybe wrong, about people, their motives and their emotions. All this makes this one of my favorite books, in a series I have really come to enjoy!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    The setting of this series is so idyllic that I am upset that I can’t visit it. I love the vintage bookstore with the tea shop next door; the idea of curling up with a good book and a cup of tea is my idea of perfection. The mysteries are always well crafted and keep me guessing to the very end. And I loved the Civil War recipes contest; what a neat idea! Where this series loses points is in the characters. It's Addie that is unlikeable. Her presumption that she is entitled to privileged informa The setting of this series is so idyllic that I am upset that I can’t visit it. I love the vintage bookstore with the tea shop next door; the idea of curling up with a good book and a cup of tea is my idea of perfection. The mysteries are always well crafted and keep me guessing to the very end. And I loved the Civil War recipes contest; what a neat idea! Where this series loses points is in the characters. It's Addie that is unlikeable. Her presumption that she is entitled to privileged information relating to the investigation is probably her most annoying trait; she demands information from the police chief as if she is better than him and he would be lost without her. Her cousin, Kalea, is just as insufferable and if it weren’t for these two, this series would probably be one of my favorites. Still, they’re written so well that I keep coming back for more. I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ali Bunke

    To the Tome of Murder is the 7th book in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery. I had not read any of the previous books in this series. While I was able to follow along, It would have been better if I had started at the beginning or at least read a couple of the other books first in order to gain a better relationship with everyone in the town. That said, I enjoyed this cozy mystery quite a bit. The author clearly has mastered a writing style that makes for a good mystery. The main character, A To the Tome of Murder is the 7th book in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery. I had not read any of the previous books in this series. While I was able to follow along, It would have been better if I had started at the beginning or at least read a couple of the other books first in order to gain a better relationship with everyone in the town. That said, I enjoyed this cozy mystery quite a bit. The author clearly has mastered a writing style that makes for a good mystery. The main character, Addie, is balanced well in her snooping/questioning of the locals as she tries to solve the recent murder. She even has a very good and believable reason for being involved which doesn't always happen in a cozy. Thank you Goodreads and Kennsington mystery for the giveaway copy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    "To the Tome of Murder” the 7th instalment in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series by Lauren Elliott. Three weeks before Thanksgiving, bookshop owner Addie Greyborne already has a full plate—and a killer on her case... I really enjoyed this latest instalment in the series! I liked that we had two mysteries to solve, the murder and the stolen books. The mystery is interesting and well plotted, although I did figure out who the killer was early on it didn’t detract from my enjoyment. Plus I l "To the Tome of Murder” the 7th instalment in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series by Lauren Elliott. Three weeks before Thanksgiving, bookshop owner Addie Greyborne already has a full plate—and a killer on her case... I really enjoyed this latest instalment in the series! I liked that we had two mysteries to solve, the murder and the stolen books. The mystery is interesting and well plotted, although I did figure out who the killer was early on it didn’t detract from my enjoyment. Plus I liked the surprise ending and I’m anxiously awaiting to find out what happens next! I recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends. I can’t wait to read "A Margin for Murder” book 8! I requested and received an advance reader copy of this book from Kensington Books and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    It's November and Addie Greyborne is getting her bookshop ready for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. She has several books of traditional holiday recipes that fly out of the store due to the upcoming Civil War era baking and cooking competition. Things take a deadly turn when her cousin's boyfriend is found murdered. Who wanted him dead? What does a vintage briefcase and a missing first edition book have to do with it? I love all the characters and the way the author describes them. The myster It's November and Addie Greyborne is getting her bookshop ready for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. She has several books of traditional holiday recipes that fly out of the store due to the upcoming Civil War era baking and cooking competition. Things take a deadly turn when her cousin's boyfriend is found murdered. Who wanted him dead? What does a vintage briefcase and a missing first edition book have to do with it? I love all the characters and the way the author describes them. The mystery is very well written and had me turning the pages! Definitely recommend this book!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michele Rice Carpenter

    This might be the seventh book in this series, but it was easy to read as the first book I've read in this series. Addie, Kalea, and other characters are believable, and the setting cozy, in spite of murder. I enjoyed it from the first page, and it only got better. I'll definitely check into the other books in this series. I'll also be recommending it to everyone I know who enjoys mysteries. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This might be the seventh book in this series, but it was easy to read as the first book I've read in this series. Addie, Kalea, and other characters are believable, and the setting cozy, in spite of murder. I enjoyed it from the first page, and it only got better. I'll definitely check into the other books in this series. I'll also be recommending it to everyone I know who enjoys mysteries. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This was the first book I read of this series and I couldn't put it down. The town of Greyborne Harbor sounds awesome and I would love to visit their shops. Addie has great friends in Paige and Serena and I would love to sit around with them and talk about all things and maybe solve a murder. I know I am coming into this series late but I couldn't help find myself team Marc versus Simon. I could see how well Simon treated her but it was just something about Marc that I liked. I can't wait until This was the first book I read of this series and I couldn't put it down. The town of Greyborne Harbor sounds awesome and I would love to visit their shops. Addie has great friends in Paige and Serena and I would love to sit around with them and talk about all things and maybe solve a murder. I know I am coming into this series late but I couldn't help find myself team Marc versus Simon. I could see how well Simon treated her but it was just something about Marc that I liked. I can't wait until the next installment. Thank you Kensington Books and NetGalley for the advance read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    I'm not sure how, but this author keeps coming up with amazing books in the Beyond the Page series. I just love the characters in this series and the town of Grayborne Harbor, is a town I want to spend more time in! Our regular cast of characters appear in this story of murder - this time, Addie's cousin Paige's, finance is murdered. The mystery surrounds an antique leather case, stolen books, and Paige is the primary suspect! This story is such a page turner as we try to figure out if Paige is r I'm not sure how, but this author keeps coming up with amazing books in the Beyond the Page series. I just love the characters in this series and the town of Grayborne Harbor, is a town I want to spend more time in! Our regular cast of characters appear in this story of murder - this time, Addie's cousin Paige's, finance is murdered. The mystery surrounds an antique leather case, stolen books, and Paige is the primary suspect! This story is such a page turner as we try to figure out if Paige is really the guilty party, and if not, who! Along with the mystery, we continue to get to know the town merchants and all they bring to the delightful community. I'm so excited this series keeps going and that each story keeps getting better. Ms. Elliott has a way of crafting characters you want to know, a town you want to visit, and page turning mysteries!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    Run right out and get this book! This series just keeps getting better and better. If you're not familiar with Lauren Elliot yet, she's right in a class with Ellery Adams and Kate Carlisle. Run right out and get this book! This series just keeps getting better and better. If you're not familiar with Lauren Elliot yet, she's right in a class with Ellery Adams and Kate Carlisle.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Gooding

    This book could be read as a stand alone, but is better reading the other books before this one. This book was sent to me as a winner of a giveaway, at no charge to me. Each story tends to be unique from the others. The characters remain the same, but the storylines vary enough to keep it interesting. I like that in a series. I would describe this as exciting and enjoyable, but then the author's Bookstore mysteries always are. This book could be read as a stand alone, but is better reading the other books before this one. This book was sent to me as a winner of a giveaway, at no charge to me. Each story tends to be unique from the others. The characters remain the same, but the storylines vary enough to keep it interesting. I like that in a series. I would describe this as exciting and enjoyable, but then the author's Bookstore mysteries always are.

  24. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    Addie Greyborne lives in Greyborne Harbor, named for an ancestor, and owns Beyond the Page Bookstore. One morning she receives a frantic call from her cousin Kayla Hudson, who owns a dress shop a few blocks away, and when she arrives she finds Kayla crying, and Kayla's boyfriend JArod behind the counter, dead. After calling the police, things start to go really awry, with Kayla as the main suspect in his death. Addie has had problems with Kayla in the past, but she refuses to believe her cousin Addie Greyborne lives in Greyborne Harbor, named for an ancestor, and owns Beyond the Page Bookstore. One morning she receives a frantic call from her cousin Kayla Hudson, who owns a dress shop a few blocks away, and when she arrives she finds Kayla crying, and Kayla's boyfriend JArod behind the counter, dead. After calling the police, things start to go really awry, with Kayla as the main suspect in his death. Addie has had problems with Kayla in the past, but she refuses to believe her cousin is a killer. With no help from her ex-boyfriend and chief of police Marc, Addie decides to investigate herself and find out who wanted to kill the man. But it isn't going to be easy, especially with everything else going on. There's a contest on recipes from the Civil-War era, and she's swamped with people buying books on both recipes and the era. Then there's the only thing missing from Kayla's shop: Jarod's briefcase. What at first seems like a burglary gone wrong sets Addie's instincts humming telling her there's something else afoot. When a major clue turns up later in the case, Addie needs to call in reinforcements from an unexpected source. Still, the evidence is piling up against Kayla, and Addie's racing against time. Something she doesn't have much of... This is the seventh book in the series, and I have read every one of them. I have greatly enjoyed spending time with Addie and her friends, even if some of them can be annoying at times. I did like this book quite a bit, and there was plenty going on throughout from the various subplots. We're watching the characters evolve quite a bit, and their lives are changing, although I still can't warm up to Kayla (my own opinion). I remember how she treated Addie in previous books, and Addie has a better control on her mouth than I would have! (ha!). Ms. Elliott has a true feel for her characters which keeps the series moving along wonderfully. But finding out who is setting up Kayla to take the fall is giving Addie a headache, since she can't really put her finger on one specific person. (I knew who it was almost immediately when I met them, but then again, I read a lot of mysteries, so there's that). Still, watching her glean her information piece by piece while she also learns about a mysterious person in town who has just come to her attention is worth it alone. There are changes in the book as well; some unexpected and others not so much; and the usual altercations between Addie and Martha, who are like oil and water together, as always; and Addie might just discover something about herself. When the ending comes and the murderer is revealed, it is not without a decent climax, and the reason for the murder is rather sad in itself, although I still couldn't quite feel sympathy for the killer. Such is life, I guess. But I was torn at the epilogue; while I wanted more, I didn't quite find it, yet we still have something to look forward to in the next book. Recommended. I received an advance copy from the publisher and NetGalley but this in no way influenced my review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tisa

    Addie Greyborne- Owner of Beyond the Page Bookstore- Currently trying to get have the perfect Thanksgiving with family, friends. Paige her Assistant Manager & herself are trying to create a display for the upcoming CIVIL War Cooking Competition. Serena her BFF is not acting herself & considering she is a newlywed & her business is doing well. Addie & Paige notice mood swings, issues with food, taste. Could she be pregnant? Serena is not ready to find out if she is going to be a mom? During these Addie Greyborne- Owner of Beyond the Page Bookstore- Currently trying to get have the perfect Thanksgiving with family, friends. Paige her Assistant Manager & herself are trying to create a display for the upcoming CIVIL War Cooking Competition. Serena her BFF is not acting herself & considering she is a newlywed & her business is doing well. Addie & Paige notice mood swings, issues with food, taste. Could she be pregnant? Serena is not ready to find out if she is going to be a mom? During these tasks, Addie gets a frantic call from her cousin Kalea who has just arrived at her Cousin's Boutique to find her boyfriend murdered. Addie now has to find out what happened before her cousin is arrested for a crime she didn't commit. Police Chief & Ex- Marc only wants facts. Since Addie & he is still on shaky grounds due to their short dating period a few years prior. He isn't as cooperative when it comes to listening to Addie. Unfortunately, the clues & evidence keeps pointing to Kalea. Addie knows her cousin is shallow, selfish & a PITA. But she is family & doesn't believe she murdered a man that she was going to break up with the night before. The investigation turns on the fact Jared's briefcase is missing. Plus he has many financial investments in the town's business & neighbors were not too happy with him. Addie believes that this briefcase has something to do with his murder. Going into the mystery a bit deeper Addie finds out that it could relate to some historical books related to Sarah Joseph Hale, author of Mary Had a Little Lamb and Godey’s Ladies Magazine fame. Can it be the murder had to do with Books? The characters are quite complicated, but all of them are entertaining & a bit chaotic. There are many suspects that are being deceitful. But are just background for the readers to get another character in the mix? Each main character, like Addie, has grown thru the series. Though Addie still has baggage& pain that she is trying to work out. Though as the story goes she is finally open to the possibility of having a serious relationship. Could Addie be able to tell Simon she loves him? Or will she fear that one more person she loves will die on her? We better not see Simon DIE in the future saga. Leave maybe, but not Die. However, I still have feelings for Marc, I know Simon is more entune with Addie as a person, & respects her. But for some reason I still want Marc & Addie to have a relationship. I love both men. If it doesn't work out, @ least let Marc have an equal person to have his own HEA someday. Read this chapter in the (Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery, #7)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    To The Tome of Murder A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery #7 by Lauren Elliott Publisher’s Summary Three weeks before Thanksgiving, bookshop owner Addie Greyborne already has a full plate—and a killer on her case... Addie’s determined to turn a seemingly ordinary November in coastal Greyborne Harbor into one for the books. The windows of her shop display carefully curated works by American writers, including a rare selection of traditional holiday recipes from the influential 19th-century publicatio To The Tome of Murder A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery #7 by Lauren Elliott Publisher’s Summary Three weeks before Thanksgiving, bookshop owner Addie Greyborne already has a full plate—and a killer on her case... Addie’s determined to turn a seemingly ordinary November in coastal Greyborne Harbor into one for the books. The windows of her shop display carefully curated works by American writers, including a rare selection of traditional holiday recipes from the influential 19th-century publication Godey’s Ladies Magazine. And then there’s the town’s Civil War-era themed cooking and baking competition, with a hefty cash prize and free publicity going to the winning dish... But when she finds her cousin’s boyfriend murdered, a stunned Addie reluctantly realizes she may be the only person who can blow the cover off a grisly crime. With so many unanswered questions surrounding the victim’s death, Addie must figure out the strange connection between a mysterious vintage briefcase, the disappearance of a first edition copy of Sarah Josepha Hale’s famous nursery rhyme, “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and a dangerously well-read culprit... My thoughts I can’t believe this is the seventh book in this series. I’ve look forward to returning to Greyborne Harbor and the residents with each book. For this visit, Greyborne Harbor is getting ready for a Civil War cooking competition. Addie Greyborne and Paige Stringer, her assistant manager, are getting the bookstore ready by stocking up with Civil War material. Addie is busy working on the window display when she receives a phone call from her cousin, Kalea. It’s garbled, but Addie makes out enough to send her running from her shop to her cousin’s dress shop, Hudson’s Creations on Main. Addie arrives at a locked shop. Kalea sees Addie through the shop’s window and unlocks the door. Still unable to talk, Kalea points and Addie steps around the scattered merchandise on the floor and finds a body, speared with a broken hanger. Kalea is the number one suspect for the murder, and it falls on Addie to clear Kalea’s name. But trying to clear Kalea’s name is harder than Kalea expects and time is running out. Author information/links Lauren Elliott Other books by this author. Publishing information Published by: Kensington Imprint: Kensington 320 Pages ISBN: 9781496735126 FICTION / MYSTERY & DETECTIVE / WOMEN SLEUTHS

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    To the Tome of Murder by Lauren Elliott brings us back to Addie and Greyborne Harbor and all its interesting inhabitants. It is nearing Thanksgiving and there is to be a cooking contest open to the local merchants and, of course, Serena is interested. The catch is, it has to be traditional, Civil War era recipes and Paige had wisely ordered some cookbooks, which were now flying off the shelves of Addie's store, Beyond the Page. Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman credited with inspiring President Linc To the Tome of Murder by Lauren Elliott brings us back to Addie and Greyborne Harbor and all its interesting inhabitants. It is nearing Thanksgiving and there is to be a cooking contest open to the local merchants and, of course, Serena is interested. The catch is, it has to be traditional, Civil War era recipes and Paige had wisely ordered some cookbooks, which were now flying off the shelves of Addie's store, Beyond the Page. Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman credited with inspiring President Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday was on everyone's minds as any discussion drew near. Naturally, it wasn't too long before there was a murder, and even less time before Addie started investigating, despite the fact it was a bad idea. Marc, her former boyfriend and police chief, urged her to stay out of it, but she just couldn't. Addie and her life would be worth reading about even if there were no murders. She had come to live in Greyborne Harbor after she had inherited the bookstore as well as her ancient, and beautiful, home. She had an amazing boyfriend Simon, who was a doctor, and equally amazing friends and Elliott has helped us get to know all these people and their loves and quirks. Addie is not popular with everyone. There is a segment of the population that doesn't trust her, as she has not been a resident for long. Then there is her propensity for investigation, or nosiness, as some call it. This is a well-written book, with powerful characters, with real lives and real problems. All cozies are character-driven but few do it as well as Lauren Elliott. This was a good mystery, with compelling reasons for the murderer, at least, to kill. As always it is greed, although this time it is greed of a different sort. What an enjoyable read! I was invited to read a free e-ARC of To the Tome of Murder by Kensington Books, through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine. #netgalley #kensington #laurenelliott #tothetomeofmurder

  28. 4 out of 5

    April

    In To the Tome of Murder we visit Greyborne Harbor for the 7th time. The characters are familiar but there are new characters to flesh out the events of the story. Addie’s troublesome cousin Kalea calls Addie in an overwrought state. She has found her boyfriend Jared murdered in her dress shop. The majority of the evidence points to Kalea. Addie doesn’t want to believe her cousin could be guilty and she sets out to prove it. There is a civil war themed baking contest, Thanksgiving is approaching, In To the Tome of Murder we visit Greyborne Harbor for the 7th time. The characters are familiar but there are new characters to flesh out the events of the story. Addie’s troublesome cousin Kalea calls Addie in an overwrought state. She has found her boyfriend Jared murdered in her dress shop. The majority of the evidence points to Kalea. Addie doesn’t want to believe her cousin could be guilty and she sets out to prove it. There is a civil war themed baking contest, Thanksgiving is approaching, there is an antique shop with some really interesting inventory and some antique books have been stolen in Boston. The author combines these elements to bring us a fresh story that keeps old and new characters busy while Addie is hunting for clues and coming up with theories that diverge far from the path the police are following. I like this series. I like visiting Greyborne Harbor. The town sounds inviting even with snow on the ground. There are a couple things that bug me about the way the series is progressing. Addie acts like an entitled and spoiled brat quite often. It’s not cute and doesn’t make Addie a more likable main character. The whole Marc versus Simon issue. The author has taken Marc off the table as a relationship interest and he did treat Addie terribly in several books in the series, but I’m not really sure her relationship with Simon is healthy either. The relationship development in Addie’s life feels confused and is starting to detract a little from the story. Kalea is not a sympathetic character. She is terrible in previous books and her behavior doesn’t improve in this one and yet she comes up roses again. These things bug me but are unlikely to keep me from picking up the next Beyond the Page Bookstore mystery. The minor irritation these things introduce for me put this book at 4 stars when it might have been a 5 star read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    It's Thanksgiving in Greyborne Harbor and there is a lot going on. The town is having an upcoming Civil War-era themed cooking and baking competition, with a hefty cash prize and free publicity going to the winning dish, so Addie had stocked her store with a rare selection of traditional holiday recipes from the influential 19th-century publication Godey’s Ladies Magazine. She also has copies of several vintage cookbooks. When Kalea, Addie's Cousin, finds her boyfriend dead she becomes the prime It's Thanksgiving in Greyborne Harbor and there is a lot going on. The town is having an upcoming Civil War-era themed cooking and baking competition, with a hefty cash prize and free publicity going to the winning dish, so Addie had stocked her store with a rare selection of traditional holiday recipes from the influential 19th-century publication Godey’s Ladies Magazine. She also has copies of several vintage cookbooks. When Kalea, Addie's Cousin, finds her boyfriend dead she becomes the prime suspect because they had recently argued. Now Addie has another murder to solve. Trying to figure out what connection the murder and a vintage briefcase might have with another might just blow open this case. To the Tome of Murder is a well-written and plotted mystery that was well-paced and kept me interested from start to finish. I really like Addie's character and have enjoyed seeing her growth as the series has progressed. She has softened somewhat, but is still a bit prickly. She is extremely intuitive and I love how she puts clues together. I am enjoying her relationship with Simon and I like that he supports her sleuthing. We meet some other interesting characters in this book that added some colour to the town and book. As we learn more about the victim, there are more and more suspects come to light. I was able to figure this one out before the reveal, but I still enjoyed the story very much. Overall, there is a lot to like about this series. It is set in a bookstore, it has a smart, strong sleuth, some quirky characters and well written mysteries. I definitely recommend it. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Wood

    With only three weeks until Thanksgiving and an historically themed competition based around Civil War era cooking underway, it's fair to say things are pretty lively in Greyborne Harbor. Addie Greyborne has window displays based around American writers and the recipes of yesteryear as well as replica posters from Godey's Ladies Magazine decorating the inside of her bookstore. The relevant books she's ordered are flying off the shelves and, for Addie and her friends life is pretty good. A phone With only three weeks until Thanksgiving and an historically themed competition based around Civil War era cooking underway, it's fair to say things are pretty lively in Greyborne Harbor. Addie Greyborne has window displays based around American writers and the recipes of yesteryear as well as replica posters from Godey's Ladies Magazine decorating the inside of her bookstore. The relevant books she's ordered are flying off the shelves and, for Addie and her friends life is pretty good. A phone call from her distraught cousin, and fellow store owner, Kalea, threatens everything as haltingly she tells Addie that her boyfriend is dead. Unfortunately, with all the evidence pointing in Kalea's direction, Addie knows it's down to her to find the clues to clear her cousin's name and identity the real killer even if the task appears impossible. This is the seventh in the Beyond the Page Bookstore series and is like visiting with old friends. Addie Greyborne, descendant of the town founders and owner of a used and rare bookstore, is once again on the hunt for a killer but unfortunately this time the clues lead firmly in cousin Kalea's direction. With all the main protagonists here once again the story bounds along in a very satisfying manner with the cooking competition giving the chance to include some historical information and add another layer to the storyline. I enjoyed this very much, it is part of an enjoyable, relatable series which always delivers. I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. This is a lovely series which is always great to return to.

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