Addie Greyborne is preparing for the holidays at her bookstore in seaside New England–but a winter storm is coming, in more ways than one . . .

Addie’s getting into the spirit for the upcoming Charity Auction—especially since she’s got an 1843 copy of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol to donate. Her former colleagues at the Boston Public Library have confirmed that its worth runs toward the high five figures, which should help with the new pediatric wing. Her mood darkens, though, when a visitor from the past appears—Jonathan Hemingway, the father of her late fiancé. His presence stirs up sad memories for Addie but also has her fuming when Jonathan, true to his womanizing ways, runs off for a lunchtime liaison with Teresa Lang, who’s in charge of the auction.

Soon after, Addie heads to Teresa’s office at the hospital—and finds the poor woman’s dead body. What she doesn’t find is her valuable first edition. What sort of Scrooge would steal from sick children and commit murder in the process? As a Nor’easter bears down and a mystery emerges about Jonathan’s past, Addie must find out if she can appraise people’s motives and characters as well as she can appraise rare books.

Titles in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series include – Murder by the Book – Prologue to Murder – Murder in the First Edition – Proof of Murder –

Title:  Murder in the First Edition
Series:  Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery #3
Author:  Lauren Elliott
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Published:  September 24, 2019
Publisher:  Kensington Books
My Rating:  4.5 stars

I will admit that I haven’t read the earlier stories in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series –  but that will be easily remedied because I’m now hooked on knowing everything about the residents of Grey Harbor.  Also, since I didn’t have a background to go on (broke one of my own rules here) I was able to pick up on what I needed to know about this series, these characters through comments in the dialogue and interactions of the characters.  So, yes, you could read this one on its own… but I intend to go back and get caught up on what I missed firsthand.

MURDER IN THE FIRST EDITION has a Christmas-y feel in the background as Addie goes about dealing with the sudden appearance of the father of her late fiancé in town.  When a murder victim is found by Addie, and the rare, valuable book she donated is missing it’s time for her to go into “solve the mystery” mode.

I enjoyed this cozy mystery very much.  The characters are lively and interesting, the plot was unsolvable for me before the reveal, and the banter between friends felt realistic.  I rarely try too hard to solve the mystery, I enjoy watching how it all comes together – and I had a blast with this story.  If you love a good mystery, if engaging characters and an interesting plot matter to you, then you’ll want to pick up this latest addition to the series right now.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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