Summary

MURDER BY PAGE ONE is the first book in the PEACH COAST LIBRARY MYSTERY series and I can't wait to return to the small town of Peach Coast, Georgia. The hominess and southern gentility were center stage and made me feel like I was there. Getting to know the residents, the businesses, and the lay of the land was comforting.

4 STAR REVIEW: MURDER BY PAGE ONE by Olivia Matthews

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A Peach Coast Library Mystery: Book 1
Publication Date: March 23, 2021

If you love Hallmark mystery movies, you’ll love this cozy mystery with humor, intrigue, and a librarian amateur sleuth. First in a new series.

Marvey has just moved from Brooklyn to a quirky small town in Georgia. When she’s not at the library organizing events for readers, she’s handcrafting book-themed jewelry and looking after her cranky cat. Her new life in the South is taking some getting used to…and that’s before the discovery of the dead body in the bookstore.

When one of her friends becomes a suspect, Marvey sets out to solve the murder mystery. She manages to persuade Spence, the wealthy and charming newspaper owner, to help her investigate. With his ties to the community, her talents for research, and her fellow librarians’ knowledge, Marvey closes in on the truth. But could she be facing a deadly plot twist?

The ReviewMurderOnPageOne-REVIEW-FBMURDER BY PAGE ONE is the first book in the PEACH COAST LIBRARY MYSTERY series and I can’t wait to return to the small town of Peach Coast, Georgia. The hominess and southern gentility were center stage and made me feel like I was there. Getting to know the residents, the businesses, and the lay of the land was comforting. This cozy mystery had amateur sleuths trying to get justice for bookstore owner, Jo, where a murder was committed. All fingers point to Jo, but should they?

Marvey, the recently transplanted New Yorker, works at the library. She and her cat are both homesick but she seems to be making friends and settling in. Spence, is her partner in crime in trying to solve the mystery but is he hoping for more? He grew up there and is the publisher and editor-in-chief of the local newspaper that is owned by his family along with other businesses in town. Who holds a grudge against Fiona, the newly published author who is murdered before the book signing? There’s a lot of small-town drama, sides being chosen, and not a lot of action by the local police.

There is a depth to the characters and we get to know the townspeople a little at a time.  There’s a nice flow to the story and a lot of twists and turns as fingers keep getting pointed at various residents. There are secrets, accusations, friends and family, lots of Southern speak and phrases I had never heard before, good food, get-togethers, gossip, clues, suspects, truths, and lies. There is nice closure with a surprise twist at the end. The recipe for peach cobbler, which was an important part of the story, is at the back of the book. It’s a nice addition and the recipe seems so easy, I might have to give it a try.

Ms. Matthews is the mystery pen name of Patricia Sargeant. Both are new to me authors and I plan to add some of their books to my TBR pile.

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JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 39 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister last fall and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5001736?ref=nav_mybooks JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - NovelsAlive.com and RomanceJunkies.com Previously she reviewed for Romancing-the-Book.com which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!

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