A Margin for Murder by Lauren Elliott

In the eighth book Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery by Lauren Elliott, A margin for murderA Murder and a Missing First Edition by Robert Louis Stevenson A Child’s Garden of Worms send Addie Greyborne, owner of a rare bookstore, on an investigation to challenge even the most distinguished bibliophile…

A margin for murder is catnip for lovers of historic libraries and rare books as well as small-town aficionadas, admirers of miniature doggies, people who swoon over budding relationships, and those who rejoice in friendships and friendship. female solidarity. Let’s not forget the importance of garden clubs. The eighth book in Lauren Elliott’s Beyond the Page series contains all of this and more. Addie Greyborne, the owner of Beyond the Page bookstore, and her assistant manager Paige Stringer, embark on a road trip that will appeal to bibliophiles. Pen Hollow, the neighboring town, is holding “a book sale at a library which is closing due to lack of funding”. Addie’s birthday is fast approaching and Paige wants to give her friend and boss a girls’ getaway. The birthday girl is optimistic about putting Greyborne Harbor in the rearview mirror for a few days because her relationship with Simon Emerson, the town’s coroner, blows hot and cold. It’s not his biological clock that’s ticking My cousin Vinnie, but rather her engagement clock. Why didn’t her boyfriend propose? Regardless, the two girls, along with Addie’s precious little dog, Pippi, take off – who knows what first editions might be waiting for them at the library sale? They check into a lovely bed and breakfast and by chance, Mrs. Price – a lovely lady who is an acquaintance of Paige – spots them checking into the B&B and offers to entertain Pippi.

Driving through town, Addie spots her first love, Tony, the one who got away with disappearing. An old-fashioned way to describe ghosting? She didn’t expect him to reappear as the “local bestselling author” of Pen Hallow.

“You are the Anthony Radcliff? Addie gaped at him. “The mysterious author of some of my favorite Gothic horror novels?”

“Guilty as charged.” He smiles mischievously. “But don’t feel bad for not recognizing me as him.” I don’t like being in the spotlight, so I don’t allow photos of me to be posted.

You’ll want to find the nearest Carnegie Library after following Addie’s Adventures in Pen Hallow. Addie is dazzled by what she sees.

Addie scanned the room and hurried to a shelf. “Come see this. It’s an Italian neoclassical library from the early 1900s.” Addie gaped as she scanned the room again. “Look, there’s a Gustav Stickley library table against this wall and a Craftsman bookcase with sliding glass doors.”

Addie soon learns that not everyone in Pen Hallow approves of the library sale. The ringleader behind this is dominatrix Luella Higgins, “the mayor, chair of the city council and head of the library committee.” She offers to show Addie the library’s bookmobile which is also for sale. Addie considers how useful a bookmobile would be when her bookstore takes part in the summer festivals that are a part of life by the sea. Not only is the bookmobile in great shape, but Addie is also delighted with what has on the shelves: “several classic first editions and a first edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s book A Child’s Garden of Worms.” But Addie being Addie, she is confused and troubled by the existence of the rare books on the shelves. Paige joins in the speculation.

“It should have been someone getting the bus ready for the weekly seasonal runs.”

“We need to know who ran the bookmobile races.”

“Addie, I know you like a good mystery, but does it really matter?”

Rare books therefore often go hand in hand with murder in Addie’s world.

Addie buys the bookmobile but before she can take delivery, there is a fatal accident: Luella is behind the wheel. Interestingly, an autopsy shows that Luella died of poisoning. Also, when Addie returns to check out the bus (now her possession), the first editions she spotted are no longer on the shelves.

No one seems too broken by Louella’s passing. Addie also discovers that the first editions quite recently belonged to Tony’s very wealthy grandmother, who suffered from dementia before her death and was “persuaded” to donate the rare books to the library. Tony has no affection for Luella.

“Is it just me or doesn’t she seem the least bit upset about Luella’s death?”

“I told you,” Tony said, “not many people here will be saddened by his passing.”

The most unpopular woman in town is poisoned. Who are you going to bill? Incredibly, the decision is made to accuse Addie and Paige, the two outsiders/outliers of the city. It’s ridiculous but the chief of police is lazy, he’s nearing retirement and he certainly doesn’t want to arrest a local.

Literary allusions, such as to Daphne du Maurier’s Mrs. Danvers, abound, Tony’s late grandmother’s mansion was built in the Gilded Age, the poison that killed Luella ‘may’ have been discussed at the club local gardening…A margin for murder really has it all. A delightfully tenacious heroine and an enjoyable cast of characters make this another winner for Lauren Elliot.

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