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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication Date : October 30, 2018
- Print Length : 305 pages
- File Size : 3084 KB
- Language: : English
- Publisher : Kensington Books (October 30, 2018)
- ASIN : B079KT36J2
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1496720199
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,300 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This was a painful read. I would suggest rethinking how real people actually function in the world. This book sure isn’t it. The story is unbelievable on the whole to the point of being incredibly annoying.
Problems I had with this book are many. First, she's been there for a month working all the time setting up her store, but never bothered to meet the business neighbors she's next to, but as soon as she opens her doors she is instantly bffs with one, and enemies with the other. Also she is constantly leaving the shop, when are the shoppers supposed to buy anything. Secondly, she is a self entitled know it all, rude and about as cuddly as a cactus. One minute she is attracted to the police chief, the next she is rude and rebuffs any friendly attempt from him, but gets all pissed when he doesn't hold her after she is held at gun point, plus she keeps butting into official police business. She has multiple chances to ask others about the mysterious strangers identity, or even take a photo to ask later, but she doesn't, but then the mystery would have been solved quickly. She knows someone is stalking her, lives in an isolated house, yet leaves the doors unlocked.
On to the stalker, robbers book thief. These are the worst international thieves ever. They are in the area before she moves there but don't find what they want. They break in to her store and home, but only when she's there, not when she's gone from either place. They also supposedly have been in this business for several years, they just aren't good at it.
Lastly, myself as a book lover, Addie recognizes a semi valuable book stolen from her store by the sticker from her shop on the cover. Nobody would place a store price sticker on a cover of a book worth something. Maybe on a jacket protector, not on the cover.
Lastly, why do writers think that having a strong female lead character means she has to be rude, arrogant and know it all's? I didn't come to even remotely like her and had to force myself to finish this. To the police chief-run, run quickly away.
Lately, I’m feeling a lot of the cozy mysteries I am reading should be marketed to Young Adults. Read 1/3 and then the end. Sorry.
An outstanding first book in a new series. I found the characters to be well defined and relatable. The background and setting are done well. The murder and break-ins lead you on a twisted path that will keep you turning the pages and guessing right to the surprise ending. I highly recommend this book to all cozy and mystery readers. I am impatient for the next book to come out!
Top reviews from other countries
The heroine, Addie, has moved to a small town in New England that was built by her ancestors following an unexpected legacy from a great-aunt. Now she hopes to start life fresh after a rash of unexplained deaths involving too many of those closest to her.
The story line itself is intriguing and shows promise but I did find myself, unfortunately, putting it down a lot. It has an appealing setting, but the characters aren’t too fully realized yet and the plot is pretty straightforward. Coincidences abound throughout the book and readers should be able to figure things out along with Addie.
Murder by the Book is a good first mystery and I look forward to reading the second installment Prologue to Murder available April 30th, 2019.
Bei diesem Roman handelt es sich um den Beginn einer Reihe um die Buchhändlerin Addie Greyborne, deren zweiter Teil bereits angekündigt ist. Um Addie, die Gründe für ihren Umzug und die Einführung in das Örtchen, welches ihre Vorfahren gegründet haben, einzuführen, lässt die Autorin etwas viel auf Addie einstürzen. Auch scheint es fast so, als zöge mit ihr das Verbrechen in das kleine Neu England Städtchen. Zum Glück lernt Addie schon am Tag der Eröffnung ihres Ladens die Besitzerin des Teeladens kennen, der neben ihrem liegt. Die beiden jungen Frauen sind sich sofort sympathisch und auch Serenas Bruder Marc, der örtliche Polizeichef, ist ein zuverlässiger Helfer. Er wird nach dem ersten Einbruchsversuch schnell gebraucht.
Wegen der Ereignisse vor Addies Ankunft, müsste sie eigentlich in tiefe Depressionen verfallen. Ihr hat die Autorin etwas zu viel aus dem Vollen geschöpft. Doch schon bald gewinnt der Roman mit Hilfe der quirligen Serena und der unermüdlichen Addie. Beide haben mit den unheimlichen Begebenheiten zu kämpfen, die nach Eröffnung von Addies Laden geschehen. Wenn dann die Einzelheiten des großen Ganzen zusammen gepuzzelt werden und die Amateurdetektivin dem Fachmann in Nichts nachsteht, inhaliert man jedes weitere Kapitel mit Neugier und kommt so tatsächlich größeren Verbrechen auf die Spur und erfährt gleichzeitig etwas über eine Welt, in der Buchraritäten hochgehandelt werden.
Ein sehr unterhaltsamer Häkelkrimi, der zu empfehlen ist, wenn man gerne über Buchwelten liest.
Martha and her cronies were just as insufferable towards Addie, but we really didn’t see them that much so they were more like annoying mosquitoes that buzzed around. I would have liked to know the reasoning for this old biddies hatred of Addie because it seems like overkill, and for the author to have Serena causally conclude that it’s only jealousy because Addie is a Greyhaven is a bit lazy. But I digress, and the suspects and antagonists are just wishy washy.
So... not sure that I like the main characters, the romance angle is a bit cringy, and the town nemesis, Martha, has unstated motive for her actions, but this mean old lady can muster up a group of cohorts? Ugh, give me a break.
2.5 stars ⭐️