Murder in the First Edition by Lauren Elliot

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“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

Charles Dickens

This book was kindly provided to me by NetGalley and Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: 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 . . .

I’m quite new to this cozy mystery genre, but I think I’m into it. This story is great around Christmas time. The Christmas surroundings and the bookstore fit perfectly as being cozy. The mystery part, a rare book being stolen and the murder, was fun to solve. Although I’ve watched a great amount of mystery-solving movies and shows, I’m still quite clueless to solving mysteries (which honestly keeps it fun watching and reading them). This book did a good job in steering me in a certain direction, and I fell for it.

To make the cute Christmas mystery completely, there was the love triangle. Addie has two love interests, and has to figure out who she actually wants to go for. The switch between the mystery-solving and romance worked out smoothly. Though Addie only slipped and was caught miraculously by a good-looking guy about three, which was just too cheesy for me.

Throughout the book, the disappearance of the special edition is pushed aside, bringing the focus more to the murder. I wished the story would have kept the lost rare book more central. Therefore I found the story losing pace halfway through and I lost interest because of that. There must be a reason there’s a book reference in the title.

I gave this book 3/5 stars.

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