Review: Proof of Murder by Lauren Elliott
Proof of Murder
Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery Series, Book 4
Bookshop owner Addie Greyborne must solve a locked-room murder in a supposedly haunted mansion to recover a priceless Sherlock Holmes original . . .
The seaside New England town of Greyborne Harbor is home to many grand estates, including the Queen Anne Victorian Addie inherited from her great aunt. Now one of those mansions is holding an estate sale, which is just what the bookshop owner needs to replenish her supply of rare editions–even if the house is rumored to be haunted. Assisting an overwhelmed insurance appraiser with the inventory, Addie discovers an 1887 magazine containing Arthur Conan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, which she estimates to be worth over one hundred and fifty thousand dollars.
But when Addie later finds the appraiser dead in the estate’s private library, with the door bolted from the inside, and the priceless edition missing, it’s a mystery worthy of the Great Detective himself. She’s certain the death and the robbery are connected–but who, other than a ghost who can walk through walls, could have gotten in to do the deed? It’s up to Addie to find the key to the crime–before she’s the next one cornered by a killer . . .
Rare books, a locked room and a dead body, all the makings of a great mystery.
Addie is smart, witty, has a stubborn streak and is head strong woman who has a fountain of knowledge about rare books. She’s persistent and thinks outside the box. I absolutely loved her. Even when faced with a murder charge the woman kept her head held high and did everything she could to prove her innocence. Even if it did find her in a hot mess a time or two.
Proof of Murder is an entertaining and well written cozy mystery containing all those complexities that a mystery reader enjoys. From the quaint setting, to the personalities of the characters, to a plot that keeps you guessing keeps readers engaged in the story from beginning to end. Lauren Elliott was able to get me hooked on her writing with one book. She is able to spin a mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. I loved the romance within the story and I loved how the author kept giving us the feels throughout. I also love that we saw a lot of personal growth within the characters of the story. That’s not something you see a lot of in mystery books, but that was very prominent throughout this one. With romance being my primary reading category I love when I see the things that I love from that genre fall into the mysteries that I am learning to love more and more.