Proof of Murder by Lauren Elliott is book 4 in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series.
Bookstore owner Addie Greyborne is attending an estate sale in search of rare editions of books to add to her inventory for her shop. Readers are introduced to several returning characters in addition to new ones that add to the intrigue of the story. What also adds intrigue and mystery is an old rumor that a ghost from Hill Road House where the auction is taking place continues to haunt the house.
I liked all the characters, and they each had distinct personalities and dialogue. I enjoyed learning about auctions and rare books, plus the added mystery of the haunted house was fun.
Addie is written in a realistic and relatable manner. When she investigates the murder to clear her name, she does so with realism, meaning she doesn’t take unnecessary risks or make stupid decisions that put her in jeopardy.
The mystery was engaging. I liked trying to figure out the clues along with Addie. The tension between Addie and Marc clearly comes through the pages.
What I also liked is the addition of new characters. Addie’s cousin, Kalea, makes a brief appearance, but it appears she will be a part of the next book. The addition of Ryley, Marc’s new girlfriend, should also make for an interesting storyline.
Overall, the writing was done well, and the story and mystery were full of twists, turns, and misleading clues to keep me on my toes.
Proof of Murder is a good addition to this series.
Until next time, happy reading, and have a wonderful day.