Title: Under the Cover of Murder
Author: Lauren Elliott
Format: Paperback, read the e-book which was given to me by NetGalley
Published on: March 30, 2021
Set in: Greyborne Harbor
Series: Beyond the Bookstore Mystery #6
The small, simplistic wedding Addie’s girlfriend Serena hoped for was highjacked by the groom’s stepmother, Veronica Ludlow, aka The Dragon Lady. Veronica changed all the arrangements without even consulting the bride, that included the venue and the cake. She wanted it to be a social affair everyone would remember. That’s what she got.
Before the society-pleasing wedding was set into elegant motion, a body was found on the beach. Addie Greyborne, a bookstore owner and dear friend of the bride is asked to identify the body. Talk about precursors to trouble before the biggest event in your life. Then more trouble walks onto the yacht during the wedding in the form of an uninvited guest. Lacey, who we learn is a reporter, appears intoxicated. Lacey overhears Addie talking to her boyfriend, Simon, about someone dying and a torn page of a collector’s book. All are concerned that Lacey might cause trouble during the reception. And she did. An argument is witnessed regarding Lacey and the stepmother’s lawyer. It happened hours after Lacey tried hitting on numerous men at the wedding. After searching for her, they assumed she went to bed in the stateroom she was suppose to share with another guest.
During breakfast the next morning, the police announce that an incident occurred on board last night that resulted in the death of a guest. They are going to question all the guests and the yacht’s staff. The next thing they know, the yacht is in lock down. Police Chief Marc Chandler is Addie’s ex-boyfriend. Off the record, he confides in her, even though he really shouldn’t. He informs her that Lacey’s body was discovered by a fisherman in the dock pilings and tells Addie about her wounds. A little interesting fact here is that Lacey was Marc’s high school sweetheart so you know it’s got to be killing him knowing that she is now dead.
Both the police investigation and Addie and her friends’ search for answers kick into gear. There are two dead, a million questions and a lot of possible suspects and no one is going anywhere until it’s figured out.
Under the Cover of Murder would make a good movie. You’ve got a great setting for a high-society event filled with more crimes then you can count. You love, hate or don’t trust a number of characters and you know that Addie is on the right deck when it comes to hunting down clues. She’s not flowery and adorable. She’s a bit clumsy, knows her stuff when it comes to the printed book, and is not afraid to pursue the next clue even if her life can be in danger. One thing I didn’t think was a smart move was how her and her team jotted down notes about the clues they uncovered which would be easily seen by anyone who entered Addie’s cabin. At times, she put herself in real danger, but that’s what amateur sleuths do. Also, informing the yacht owner about the authenticity of his collection could have also gotten her killed. But that’s what make mysteries exciting.
three and three quarters rare books
July 18, 2021