Review: Under the Cover of Murder (Book #6: Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery) by Lauren Elliott

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It promises to be Greyborne Harbor’s wedding of the year. The impending nuptials of Serena Chandler and Zach Ludlow will take place aboard his family’s luxurious super-yacht, currently moored in the harbor and the talk of the town. But on the day of the wedding, a man’s body washes up on the beach with no ID, only a torn page from a book in his pocket. As owner of Beyond the Page Books and Curios, bibliophile Addie is called in to identify the book, but she cannot.

The morning following the extravagant ceremony, a second body washes ashore and Addie has a sinking feeling that the two deaths are connected. While the guests are held on the yacht as the police investigate, at least Addie can peruse Zach’s father’s rare books library on board. A copy of Agatha Christie’s first Hercule Poirot novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, provides a clue that the killer may still be on the ship—but narrowing down the suspects without becoming the next victim may prove a truly Herculean task…

Source: NetGalley, Kensington, and Purchase Rating: 4½/5 stars

The Bottom Line:  There’s not much more stressful than planning a wedding.  For Addie Greyborne’s best friend, the experience has been a full-on nightmare.  With a mother-in-law consumed with appearances and social standing, the wedding is nothing like the bride envisioned and everything she hoped to avoid.

With everyone aboard a luxury super yacht for the blessed event, Addie can’t believe the extravagance, the luxury, the expense, and the two dead bodies!  Knowing the killer has to be among the guests, the police literally trap everyone in attendance on the yacht and begin their investigation.  As always, dives right in with the blessing of the police.  Not only are Addie’s sleuthing skills put to the test in this caper, but also her knowledge of rare and expensive books.  With everyone in such close quarters, it’s easy to discover everyone’s dirty little secrets, but not so easy to see how those secrets have led to the deaths of two people.

What I found most intriguing about this read is the setting.  I didn’t think I would like the quarantine nature of this read, but Elliott cleverly placed everyone on a SUPER yacht so there is still plenty of room for Addie to run around.  Next up is the changing nature of relationships in this book.  One in particular is very intriguing and certainly leaves room for speculation (and drama!) in future books.  While nothing relationship-wise dramatically changed in this book, there is certainly enough here to warrant thinking about everyone’s future and how the characters will evolve as the series continues.  What’s more, Addie is getting better at sleuthing with every case and that certainly leaves room for more complex plotlines which I am not at all opposed to.  I feel a sort of real devotion to this series and hope I am not reading too much into the nuggets of information dropped/hinted at in this book.  I look forward to finding out if my intuition is correct.

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