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If you love Hallmark mystery movies, you’ll love this cozy mystery with humor, romance, and a librarian amateur sleuth. Marvey’s a librarian from Brooklyn who makes book-themed jewelry as a hobby, looks after her cranky cat, and supports events for readers and authors. She’s still adjusting to quirky small-town life in Georgia—and that’s before she discovers a d If you love Hallmark mystery movies, you’ll love this cozy mystery with humor, romance, and a librarian amateur sleuth. Marvey’s a librarian from Brooklyn who makes book-themed jewelry as a hobby, looks after her cranky cat, and supports events for readers and authors. She’s still adjusting to quirky small-town life in Georgia—and that’s before she discovers a dead body in a bookstore. When her new best friend becomes a suspect, Marvey develops a new hobby: solving a murder mystery. With her talents for research, her knowledge gleaned from crime novels, and a whole lot of determination, she pursues the truth. But even as she gets closer to it, could she be facing a deadly plot twist? This first in series cozy mystery includes a free Hallmark original recipe.


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If you love Hallmark mystery movies, you’ll love this cozy mystery with humor, romance, and a librarian amateur sleuth. Marvey’s a librarian from Brooklyn who makes book-themed jewelry as a hobby, looks after her cranky cat, and supports events for readers and authors. She’s still adjusting to quirky small-town life in Georgia—and that’s before she discovers a d If you love Hallmark mystery movies, you’ll love this cozy mystery with humor, romance, and a librarian amateur sleuth. Marvey’s a librarian from Brooklyn who makes book-themed jewelry as a hobby, looks after her cranky cat, and supports events for readers and authors. She’s still adjusting to quirky small-town life in Georgia—and that’s before she discovers a dead body in a bookstore. When her new best friend becomes a suspect, Marvey develops a new hobby: solving a murder mystery. With her talents for research, her knowledge gleaned from crime novels, and a whole lot of determination, she pursues the truth. But even as she gets closer to it, could she be facing a deadly plot twist? This first in series cozy mystery includes a free Hallmark original recipe.

30 review for Murder by Page One

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chatting About

    A lively cozy mystery debut that’s a delight to read. The story would make a great Hallmark TV Movie with its picturesque town with friendly people setting. The novel is full of southernisms; dedicated employees at the Peach Coast Library; and a few dastardly gossips and/or villains. Marley Harris, the protagonist, has two good friends who always have her back—Jo, owner of To Be Read Bookstore; and Spencer Holt—publisher of the Peach Coast Crier. Also, all the Library employees stand behind Marve A lively cozy mystery debut that’s a delight to read. The story would make a great Hallmark TV Movie with its picturesque town with friendly people setting. The novel is full of southernisms; dedicated employees at the Peach Coast Library; and a few dastardly gossips and/or villains. Marley Harris, the protagonist, has two good friends who always have her back—Jo, owner of To Be Read Bookstore; and Spencer Holt—publisher of the Peach Coast Crier. Also, all the Library employees stand behind Marvey. So when Jo becomes the #1 suspect in the slaying of a new author; Marvey’s friends rally around to help sort out the good guys from the bad guys, and the truth from the lies. “Ma’am, do you have a library card?” is the question that builds the patron list, and I loved it every time it was asked! 😊. I thought this cozy story was a great debut with an excellent cast of characters I look forward to re-visiting in future stories. Recipe included. I honestly reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Hallmark Publishing. All opinions are my own. Thank you.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mina

    I can't wait to read this! I can't wait to read this!

  3. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    Murder by Page One by Olivia Matthews is the first book in a new cozy mystery series set in a small community called Peach Coast, Georgia. Ms. Matthews has a strong beginning in this first book. Her descriptive writing introduced the community, the protagonist and secondary characters and the drama and politics of living in a small town. I enjoyed meeting Marvey, Spence and Jolene as well as the library staff. They are all likable and I felt like Peach Coast would be an enjoyable place to visit. Murder by Page One by Olivia Matthews is the first book in a new cozy mystery series set in a small community called Peach Coast, Georgia. Ms. Matthews has a strong beginning in this first book. Her descriptive writing introduced the community, the protagonist and secondary characters and the drama and politics of living in a small town. I enjoyed meeting Marvey, Spence and Jolene as well as the library staff. They are all likable and I felt like Peach Coast would be an enjoyable place to visit. Jolene is the police's number one suspect and stubbornly refuse to investigate other possible candidates. So Marvey and Spence put on their sleuthing hats to help their friend. The plot is smoothly paced with deft twists, red herrings and only a few suspects for Marvey and Spence to investigate. I look forward to learning more about the characters as they are developed while the series continues. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Hallmark Publishing via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bobbie Kirkland

    Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of MURDER BY PAGE ONE (Book 1 of the Peach Coast Library Mysteries) by Olivia Matthews in exchange for an honest review. Marvella “Marvey” Harris has just moved from Brooklyn to take over library promotion in a small town in Georgia. Marvey’s only been in town for a short time, but she’s already made connections and friends through her work for the library. As part of her duties to the library and to Jolene “Jo” Gomez, one of her new friends, Marvey atte Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of MURDER BY PAGE ONE (Book 1 of the Peach Coast Library Mysteries) by Olivia Matthews in exchange for an honest review. Marvella “Marvey” Harris has just moved from Brooklyn to take over library promotion in a small town in Georgia. Marvey’s only been in town for a short time, but she’s already made connections and friends through her work for the library. As part of her duties to the library and to Jolene “Jo” Gomez, one of her new friends, Marvey attends a book launch party at Jo’s bookstore. When the author fails to appear, the attendees search for her and find her brutalized body in the storage room. Since there was no way out of the back room except through the store, it’s something of a locked room mystery. Local law enforcement decides Jo killed the victim and proceeds to try to collect evidence proving her perfidy. However, Marvey doesn’t believe Jo is the killer and is willing to actively support Jo’s innocence. When those same officers ignore other more-likely suspects, Marvey finds herself braving the dangers of a murder investigation; not only is Marvey in physical danger, but she also finds herself under public censure. Can Marvey save Jo from a wrongful arrest, find justice for the victim, retain her new friends, and keep the good standing with the community necessary to her new job? I liked this book and thought it was a solid start to a new series. I recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries featuring murder, libraries, bookstores, town politics, family pressure, peach cobbler, jewelry making, and cats. #MurderByPageOne #NetGalley

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    As a first in a new series, I found Murder by Page One to be a solid addition to the genre. Taking place in a quaint small town and featuring Marvey, A transplant from New York City, the story is engaging with plenty of good characters. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. As a first in a new series, I found Murder by Page One to be a solid addition to the genre. Taking place in a quaint small town and featuring Marvey, A transplant from New York City, the story is engaging with plenty of good characters. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    Originally published at Reading Reality Cymbeline and Peach Coast Georgia seem to be just up the road from each other, both are picturesque small Georgia towns, not too near and not too far from the “big” cities of Atlanta and Savannah. Both are places where an outsider can be considered a “real” resident after not too much time, and both seem to be lovely places for a extremely amateur detective to take up the investigation of murder as a slightly dangerous hobby. If you’re wondering, Cymbeline i Originally published at Reading Reality Cymbeline and Peach Coast Georgia seem to be just up the road from each other, both are picturesque small Georgia towns, not too near and not too far from the “big” cities of Atlanta and Savannah. Both are places where an outsider can be considered a “real” resident after not too much time, and both seem to be lovely places for a extremely amateur detective to take up the investigation of murder as a slightly dangerous hobby. If you’re wondering, Cymbeline is the location of the Georgia B&B cozy mystery series, while Peach Coast is the setting for today’s cozy mystery, featuring Marvey Harris as the budding sleuth desperate to save her best friend in her new town, Jo Gomez, the owner of the oh-so-tempting To Be Read Bookstore. Back to Marvey, who is always very tempted by that bookstore, as she is the recently transplanted Community Engagement Director at the Peach Coast Library. The more that she can raise awareness of the library and increase participation in all the wonderful things that the library has to offer, the better her chances of helping the library to get a much-needed budget increase – not to mention keep the job she moved from New York City (and the New York Public Library) to take. Synergy between the library and the local bookstore is certainly part of her strategy as it is in real library life too. That Marvey and Jo have bonded over their mutual love of reading is icing on a very tasty cake. Or it is until their big event at the bookstore, a multi-author book signing for several published authors who live in Peach Coast, is interrupted by the murder of one of those authors who is supposed to be signing her books. But when Fiona Lyle-Hayes doesn’t come out for the signing, Marvey, Jo and local newspaper owner, editor AND reporter (also local heartthrob) Spence Holt start searching the store’s backrooms for their reluctant author. Only to discover her not-yet-cold corpse. When the local cops seem to be taking the easy way out of solving the murder – accusing Jo because the body was found in her store – instead of actually investigating the crime, Marvey and Spence take the investigation into their own amateur hands. After all, they’re both good at research, and they have much more open minds than the local deputies. The deputies want Jo to be guilty because she’s not a local and it would make their jobs easier all the way around if she were the culprit. Marvey and Spence however, are sure that Jo is innocent – and certain that there were plenty of locals who had a much better motive – actually any motive at all – for killing one of the most unpopular people in town. Their quest to find a better suspect makes a whole lot of people in Peach Coast extremely uncomfortable. People like the mayor, who controls the town’s, and therefore the library’s, budget; those local cops who don’t like having doubt cast on their investigative prowess – and the real killer hidden in the shadows. Escape Rating B: Peach Coast, like Cymbeline, seems like a wonderful place to visit. One of those places where I wish I knew the town it was modeled on, because it would only be a day trip from home. This is, after all, the start of a cozy mystery series and Peach Coast sounds so very cozy. As the story begins, Marvey is very much an outsider in this small town, something that is often the case for detectives, whether amateur or professional, at least in fiction. She’s only been in town for four months, and no matter how long she stays she’ll always be considered a bit of an outsider. Except for being certain that her friend isn’t the murderer, Marvey doesn’t have any preconceived notions of who the murderer might be. But she does need more local knowledge than she has, and that’s where Spence comes in. His roots in the community go back generations, he knows everyone and everyone knows him. While he’s equally certain Jo didn’t do it, there are people in town he is more than inclined to believe are also innocent. That’s not an issue in this case but it might be if the series continues. One of the things that worked very well in this amateur investigation was the way that all of the things they thought they knew about the victim turned out to be misleading at best and utterly false at worst. Because Fiona was an outsider, and because she tended to keep herself to herself, there was more gossip about her than fact and people believed the gossip because it was salacious. Shy people are often thought to be arrogant and aloof, and Fiona got lumped into that kind of misjudgment. The process of the amateur investigation, the one step forward two steps back nature of it, the false starts and hard stops, was done very well, even if a couple of things that happened made me feel like either I missed something or the detectives did. Specifically, we never did really get an explanation of why the local cops so very focused on Jo from the outset. She had zero motive, while the victim was a controversial figure around town to say the least, meaning that the number of people with seemingly excellent motives was rather high – much too high to be ignored by the cops. Something about that part of the scenario smelled rotten. I kept expecting the cops to either be involved or at least have their own motive for their behavior, but we didn’t see it. That no one, neither the librarian nor the newspaperman nor the cops did any actual investigation of the victim’s life before she moved to Peach Coast felt like an obvious point that got overlooked by, clearly, everyone. That being said, the whole thing was a lot of fun and I enjoyed following Marvey – and Spence – in the process of finding out who really done it. Also in what looked the very first steps of possibly exploring a relationship beyond mere friendship – or partners in solving crime. Part of that enjoyment, part of the reason I picked up Murder by Page One in the first place, was that Marvey Harris was a librarian. And she read and felt like “one of us”, which made the book even more fun for this librarian to read and enjoy! (And as a librarian myself, I can’t resist recommending the Georgia B&B series, starting with Peach Clobbered, makes a terrific readalike for Murder by Page One and vice-versa!) As this is the first book in a new series, I’m looking forward to a return visit to Peach Coast whenever Marvey finds herself involved in another case.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen (BaronessBookTrove)

    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Murder by Page One by Olivia Matthews is a book about a librarian being asked to solve a murder to clear their friend's name. Will Marvella save Jo's reputation and her bookstore? Marvella Harris Marvella "Marvey" Harris is in charge of getting more patrons to the library to get the funding they need. She is working on that while also solving a I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Murder by Page One by Olivia Matthews is a book about a librarian being asked to solve a murder to clear their friend's name. Will Marvella save Jo's reputation and her bookstore? Marvella Harris Marvella "Marvey" Harris is in charge of getting more patrons to the library to get the funding they need. She is working on that while also solving a murder that is tied to her best friend. Besides that, Marvey seems to be a great character. She likes to help her friends and library patrons as much as she can. Marvey, to me, at times, seems to be a bit on the forgetting side of things. Other than that, she does seem to be doing what every sleuth does...getting under people's skin. Marvey is a good character and sleuth. The Mystery The mystery is that Marvey, Jo, and Spence found Fiona Lyle-Hayes in the back of the bookstore murdered. The police think that Jo killed Fiona as Jo is the only one that had the time to kill her. Marvey's on the trail of finding out who actually killed Fiona on Jo's pleading. She is trying her hardest to wafting through the clues and red herrings to figure it out and to tell the police. The hardest part for Marvey is getting them to listen to her. I figured out who killed her early on. Three Stars Murder by Page One by Olivia Matthews is my first book by this author, and it really is a good book. Ms. Matthews does a great job of writing the story. I just found some things that took me out of the book for a bit. Marvey is a good character to have as the sleuth in this series. The red herrings didn't get me this time, though. I am giving this book three stars, and I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read cozies. Excerpt “It’s nice that you’ve all come to support Fiona.” I turned to Fiona’s friend. “Especially you, Mr. Pelt, coming from South Carolina.” Willy glanced up from his wristwatch. He seemed surprised that I knew his name, then he noticed Nolan. Willy inclined his head in a silent greeting to Fiona’s business partner, the expression on his pale, square face pleasant but vague. He drove his fingers through his shock of thick auburn hair. “I’ve known Fiona’s family for years.” “I wonder what Fiona will do now?” Nolan’s attention bounced from Jo to the rest of the group. “Will she give up her share of the business to write full-time?” It was a good question, although I knew most authors continued to work full-time. Popular media’s depiction of fiction writing as a lucrative career was greatly exaggerated. Betty snorted. “Well, she doesn’t need a job, now does she? Not like the rest of us. When Buddy died, he left her well provided for. The rest of us have to work for a living.” The bitterness in her voice seemed to come from far more than envy of another person’s good fortune—literally and figuratively. Then I made the connection: Fiona Lyle-Hayes. Betty Rodgers-Hayes. There was a story there, one that could explain Betty’s hostile disposition. “I was wondering the same thing.” Willy crossed his arms over his chest. His brown jersey and tan slacks were slightly wrinkled, as though he’d recently pulled both from a suitcase. Had he just driven into town from Beaufort? How long that had taken? “Her late uncle left her his vacation property. The house’s in good shape, and the land is pretty. It’s in a quiet area on the outskirts of town where she could write without being disturbed.” Bobby shoved his broad hands into the front pockets of his navy blue cargo pants. “She’ll probably go on a lot of tours.” He sounded disappointed, as though he was going to miss Fiona’s company. “This is ridiculous.” Jo’s words ended the discussion. Her eyes flashed with irritation as her gaze swung to the back of her store. Her ponytail arched behind her. “The signing has started, and Fiona still hasn’t brought out her books. Now, I’m going to have to hustle to help her set everything up.” “I’ll help.” I hurried to follow Jo as she whirled toward a book aisle. “So will I.” Spence’s voice came from behind me. Jo stopped long enough to give us a grateful look. “Thank you, but I can’t ask you to work for me. You’re here as guests.” Tour Organized by: To find all the tour information, click the banner at the top of the page.  Thank you for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed this review of Murder by Page One by Olivia Matthews. Don't forget to enter the giveaway! Until the next time, Happy Reading! Victim/Toe Tag: Fiona Lyle-Hayes (F) Beachcomber Weapons: Box Cutter - household object Beachcomber Crime Scene: bookstore Detectives: Marvella Harris (H) This review was originally posted on Baroness' Book Trove

  8. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Do you have a library card? is a question you will be asked if you meet Marvey Harris. Her job is to increase community involvement at the library so the council will continue to fund it and hopefully increase their budget and she takes her job very seriously. Marvey has made two great friends since her big move from Brooklyn, Spence, publisher of the Peach Coast Crier, and Jo, owner of the To Be Read Bookstore. The bookstore is where this story starts off for a book signing fo Dollycas’s Thoughts Do you have a library card? is a question you will be asked if you meet Marvey Harris. Her job is to increase community involvement at the library so the council will continue to fund it and hopefully increase their budget and she takes her job very seriously. Marvey has made two great friends since her big move from Brooklyn, Spence, publisher of the Peach Coast Crier, and Jo, owner of the To Be Read Bookstore. The bookstore is where this story starts off for a book signing for local authors. One of the authors wanted to handle her set up herself but fails to do so before the event begins. In fact, it appears she never left the storeroom where her books were kept. When Jo, Spence, and Marvey try to track her down they make a horrific discovery. Author Fiona Lyle-Hayes is dead. She was brutally murdered right there at To Be Read. They are all stunned when the police quickly decide Jo is the killer. Jo begs for help and Marvey and Spence vow to find more relevant suspects. The killer starts to feel the heat and sets up some chilling events to try to get Marvey off the case. But she doesn’t back down, she gets even more determined to catch the killer. As a cozy mystery lover Hallmark’s Movies and Mystery channel is a popular one on my television. I can easily see Murder by Page One as the start of a new series on their channel. I love that they are now publishing books. Peach Coast appears to be a typical Southern town filled with genuine people including those that like to gossip and get all mixed up in everybody’s business. New girl in town, Marvey Harris already has a daily routine that puts her in the heart of gossip central. After the murder, a few folks are not afraid to speak their mind without any facts and get right in Marvey’s face to do so. All the characters are cleverly crafted. I really enjoyed Marvey’s confidence in almost everything she does. She is a little uncertain about getting involved in a murder investigation at first but she soon has the support of not only her friends but the entire library staff. Ms. Matthews has done an excellent job of fleshing out her characters while leaving plenty of room for them to grow over the course of what I hope will be a long-running series. There was a very interesting subplot woven throughout the story. Marvey has a gray tabby cat named Phoenix who not adjusting well to the move from Brooklyn. His behavior was unique and at times funny but his person is taking the behavior to heart seeing one veterinarian and then another to try to find answers and ways to help her pet. It really gives us insight into Marvey but more so how what we do in our lives affects our lovable cats and dogs. I found the police handling the case to be simpletons that took the easy way out without really doing any investigation or following leads to didn’t agree with their theory. Of course, that set up Marvey and Spence’s investigation nicely. The author plotted the mystery with plenty of twists and a few red herrings. My thinking was on the right track and the lead-up to the reveal refined everything for me. The pace was comfortable at first and then became more intense the further we read into the story. I do have a couple of peeves. The book is full of southern charm and well-known sayings. Marvey is a very intelligent woman so I couldn’t believe she needed to keep track of the classic sayings and their true meanings and that she had to refer to her notes often. I also noticed that there was an overabundance of peach references from food, to clothes, and even the way people looked. And don’t get me wrong I know peaches are a big thing in Georgia and Peach Coast and I love peach cobbler but there is no way I could eat it every day. I did like that it was even part of a race event, but I think the reaction by Marvey proves my point. I do love mysteries with libraries as a theme. Murder by Page One has set the Peach Coast Library Mysteries off to a splendid start. The core characters are very engaging and I want to get to know them better so I am looking forward to the second book in this series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    After accepting the position of director of community engagement for the Peach Coast Library, librarian Marvella (Marvey) Harris trades the hectic pace of Brooklyn, New York for the laid-back lifestyle of Peach Coast, Georgia. Over the past four months, she has made a small circle of loyal friends and savvy co-workers, and discovers her librarian research skills are very effective for investigating the murder her new best friend Jo has been accused of. When local author Fiona Lyle-Hayes is found After accepting the position of director of community engagement for the Peach Coast Library, librarian Marvella (Marvey) Harris trades the hectic pace of Brooklyn, New York for the laid-back lifestyle of Peach Coast, Georgia. Over the past four months, she has made a small circle of loyal friends and savvy co-workers, and discovers her librarian research skills are very effective for investigating the murder her new best friend Jo has been accused of. When local author Fiona Lyle-Hayes is found in a pool of blood at To Be Read Bookstore before she is to sign copies of her debut novel, the police zero in on the store's owner, Jo Gomez as their main suspect. Jo and Fiona had had a minor disagreement shortly before the event began, but it hardly rose to the level of such a drastic conclusion. Still, the police are intent on quickly closing the case against Jo on the flimsiest of evidence. Putting her best library research skills to the test, Marvey is determined to find out who framed her friend Jo for the crime and why Fiona was killed. Is this a case of revenge, jealousy, or rivalry--or something else? As Marvey asks questions and gets closer to the truth, she finds herself in the line of danger. She experiences several minor, though unusual accidents that leave her wondering if she can reveal the identity of the killer before becoming a victim herself. Set in a quaint small Southern town, Murder By Page One introduces a spunky sleuth and a community that takes pride in its traditions, gossip, library, bookstore, and coffee shop. Protagonist Marvey is friendly, talented, and resourceful; and the cast of Peach Coast residents she interacts with is a good balance of quirky, eccentric, and contemporary folks And when she's not recommending books to patrons, planning and hosting library events, and increasing the library's reach by signing up more townspeople for library cards, Marvey is learning the local customs and phrases. The plot features a pleasing mix of red herrings and unexpected developments, and the setting includes the type of establishments; namely, a bookstore and library, that enthralls cozy mystery lovers. The cultural clash between Marvey's direct approach to matters and the more subtle style of the town's residents adds an entertaining aspect to the story. All of these features make Murder By Page One a delightful start to the Peach Coast Library mystery series and a welcome addition to the cozy mystery genre. Note: I received an advance reader copy of Murder by Page One from the publisher for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katreader

    MURDER BY PAGE ONE by Olivia Matthews The First Peach Coast Library Mystery Librarian Marvey Harris may be a transplant to Georgia from New York City, but even she knows when someone says "bless her heart" it's not a good thing. Attending a book signing with local man-about-town Spence Holt, Marvey is happy to support her new best friend, Jo, who happens to own the bookstore. While the other authors are setting up, new author and the recipient of those "bless her hearts" is conspicuously out of si MURDER BY PAGE ONE by Olivia Matthews The First Peach Coast Library Mystery Librarian Marvey Harris may be a transplant to Georgia from New York City, but even she knows when someone says "bless her heart" it's not a good thing. Attending a book signing with local man-about-town Spence Holt, Marvey is happy to support her new best friend, Jo, who happens to own the bookstore. While the other authors are setting up, new author and the recipient of those "bless her hearts" is conspicuously out of sight, preparing her own books in the back storage room. Fed up with the woman, Jo goes to hurry her up, with Marvey and Spence tagging along. Instead of a showboating author, however, they find a dead one. While the deputies have Jo in their sights for the murder, Marvey knows she's innocent. Marvey, along with Spence and her fellow librarians, plans to provide the deputies with better suspects. Will their assistance be accepted, or will a killer put a stop to their snooping? With a spunky protagonist, a close knit group of friends and co-workers, a charming locale, and a darn good mystery, there's a lot to like about the debut Peach Coast Library Mystery. Marvey is smart, determined, caring, and a dedicated librarian. Her Brooklyn fish out of water works well and seeing her acclimate to small town Southern living is amusing. I love the fact that she is creating a dictionary of Southern sayings. I also smile at her catch phrase, "Do you have a library card?" I had one major issue with the book, however. The victim was killed in the back storage room of a bookstore, but the killer would have had to pass everyone in the bookstore as there was only one entrance. That could never happen. Not the killer walking past everyone, but the fact that a store would only have one means of entry. Talk about a fire code violation! There was an easy solution as well, simply have the back door alarmed or somehow blocked. Despite the inner building code officer inside me shaking her head in disbelief, I was able to continue on and really enjoy the rest of the story. MURDER BY PAGE ONE is a charming debut mystery that promotes friendship and libraries. I can't wait to return to Peach Coast for some scrumptious peach cobbler and Marvey's next mystery. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brit Andrews

    I’ve watched a lot of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries so it only seems fitting to actually read one. I haven’t read many cozy mysteries but from my limited reading experience and vast TV watching experience they all typically tend to go somewhat the same way. Woman who owns a business or works in a library somehow gets involved in solving a murder. Whatever her specialty is somehow involves very good observation and deductive reasoning skills. Is friends with a cop, PI or reporter. Doesn’t actually I’ve watched a lot of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries so it only seems fitting to actually read one. I haven’t read many cozy mysteries but from my limited reading experience and vast TV watching experience they all typically tend to go somewhat the same way. Woman who owns a business or works in a library somehow gets involved in solving a murder. Whatever her specialty is somehow involves very good observation and deductive reasoning skills. Is friends with a cop, PI or reporter. Doesn’t actually want to get involved but is left no choice for reasons. Lives in a small town. There’s always a method... and then there is madness... Marvey is fairly new in the small town of Peach Coast, Georgia. When the opportunity to make more of her library career is presented she relocates from New York. Her best friend and local bookshop owner Jo Gomez hosts a book event and ends up a suspect when one of the authors ends up dead of course Marvey has to help. The police don’t seems to be looking at anyone with an actual motive. And it seems the dead woman had more people that disliked her than actually liked her. She was rude, very private and a homewrecker, nobody seems like they even miss her. But why would anyone kill her? Was she every really the woman everybody thought her to be? Is the truth buried in the pages of her book? Marvey puts all her librarian research skills to work along with her newspaper editor friend and with the help of the other wed who seem to know a little bit of everything and she tried to solve the case and keep her friend from paying for a crime she did not commit. Marvey only wants to prove her friend is innocent she’s no detective. At least that’s what she keeps telling herself. But someone does not want her sticking her nose in where it doesn’t belong. A series of increasingly dangerous situations proves that someone is watching and thinks she’s getting too close to finding something out. But what? There’s a lot of misdirect to keep you guessing but I guessed the who before the why became apparent. It was a good story and I would very much like to see this as a movie. The only part that I really didn’t like was all the annoying blah blah blah about the cat, sorry I like animals and all but it was excessive. My first book by the author but I look forward to reading more of this series even with all the annoying cat details.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    I really enjoyed this start of a new series and the idea of the main character having two strong sets of friends. She had her bestie Jo of course, and their other good friend Spence. What was so cool about Spence was that despite the fact he was super rich, he didn't flaunt it or act all stuffy about it. He dug in and investigated with his friends like any regular guy who might have had an in with the coroner's office, and he kept a presence and job at the local paper his family owned. It was gr I really enjoyed this start of a new series and the idea of the main character having two strong sets of friends. She had her bestie Jo of course, and their other good friend Spence. What was so cool about Spence was that despite the fact he was super rich, he didn't flaunt it or act all stuffy about it. He dug in and investigated with his friends like any regular guy who might have had an in with the coroner's office, and he kept a presence and job at the local paper his family owned. It was great that he had the means it took to get people together for questioning purposes aka dinner party too. Jo was very blessed to have a determined friend like Marvey trying to keep her from going to prison for a murder she didn't commit. Marvey was someone I could quickly become friends with. The other group of friends was Marvey's library co-workers. I really liked all of them, especially the ol' curmudgeon Floyd who wasn't really such a crusty guy after all. And Corrinne was such a nice boss which was really refreshing. I read so many books where the boss is a jerk, but Corrinne was genuinely a good person to her employees. I got the feeling that she'd never ask them to do anything she wouldn't do. They did a good job presenting a united front for their budget increase request as well as helping Marvey with her sleuthing. I had sort of guessed the killer once the clues fell into place. It was a great showdown with Jo and Marvey working together on it. The detective and his sidekick weren't painted in too bad of a light. Kind of a good balance where I could picture the conversations between them as not too heavy or light if it was done as a Hallmark mystery movie. Great setting for a mystery series, and it was interesting to have a New York transplant come into town. I got a kick out of Marvey's notebook on Southernisms and their translations, lol. I thought the Cobbler Crawl sounded pretty cool and was glad to see Marvey as Spence's partner in it. Gotta admit, I'd be there for the cobbler not the race part! I'm anxious to see what this fun group gets into in the next book! The key players were definitely people I came to care about and would like to visit with again! I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris Buono

    A murder, cat, and snake, oh my! A library? What’s that? In a day and age of overwhelming technology, author Olivia Matthews mixes well the today with the forgotten institution and brings about an armchair detective cozy that doesn’t disappoint. Transplanted from Brooklyn, New York to Peach Coach, Georgia, Marvella “Marvey” Harris finally has her dream job—Director of Community Engagement for the Peach Coach Library. But this newly-created position comes with unforeseen danger by way of a book-si A murder, cat, and snake, oh my! A library? What’s that? In a day and age of overwhelming technology, author Olivia Matthews mixes well the today with the forgotten institution and brings about an armchair detective cozy that doesn’t disappoint. Transplanted from Brooklyn, New York to Peach Coach, Georgia, Marvella “Marvey” Harris finally has her dream job—Director of Community Engagement for the Peach Coach Library. But this newly-created position comes with unforeseen danger by way of a book-signing homicide in this Matthews debut—a first person narrative for a new Hallmark Publishing series. Another killing? Peach Coach’s last unsolved one was less than two years ago. Could they be connected? Determined to solve an author’s murder, to clear a friend in “Murder by Page One,” amateur sleuth Marvey takes on the challenge. Little does she know, though, that doing so will be more than just showing her library card to read the latest mystery novel for guidance. She has a single-minded sheriff and his follow-along deputy to contend with, too, not to mention a protective mother "suspect" and evasive son forever a thorn in her side. Teaming with the town’s newspaper publisher Spencer “Spence” Holt—a wealthy town celebrity of sorts—this Barbara Gordon-Bruce Wayne-like dynamic duo wear well Batgirl and Batman suits when needed. Add sidekick Jolene “Jo” Gomez, the town’s bookstore owner/prime suspect, and Matthews has these three unlikely gumshoes finding themselves in a true pickle when it comes to solving this first-in-the-series crime. Matthews mixes well all aspects of this perfectly-orchestrated, humor-peppered, suspect-loaded cozy mystery. Dead set in line with a Hallmark Publishing read of this kind, Matthews clearly carves her own clue-mapped path for the characters bringing about story justice. And with a hard-nosed-like twist end, it’s uniquely balanced. A highly-entertaining, red-herring filled cozy weaved with an emotional tabby cat named Phoenix, poisonous snake, accidents, bookworms, lots of food, family and friend togetherness, Southern charm, and fun Brooklyn, New York-isms. An all-out keep-you-guessing read, Matthews’s cozy mystery premiere is a winner. *I had received an e-ARC from the publisher via BookFunnel, in exchange for my honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Murder By Page One by Olivia Matthews is the debut of A Peach Coast Library Mystery series. Marvey Harris along with her cat, Phoenix has relocated to Peach Coast, Georgia where she is the library’s new Director of Community Engagement. Jo Gomez owns To Be Read which is hosting a book signing of Coastal Fiction Writers. Marvey is attending the signing with Spencer Holt, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Peach Coast Crier. The event is starting, and Jo is worried that one of the author’s Fiona Murder By Page One by Olivia Matthews is the debut of A Peach Coast Library Mystery series. Marvey Harris along with her cat, Phoenix has relocated to Peach Coast, Georgia where she is the library’s new Director of Community Engagement. Jo Gomez owns To Be Read which is hosting a book signing of Coastal Fiction Writers. Marvey is attending the signing with Spencer Holt, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Peach Coast Crier. The event is starting, and Jo is worried that one of the author’s Fiona Lyle-Hayes is not in place. The trio go to the backroom where Fiona was unpacking her books to find her dead. Jo becomes the prime suspect of Deputy Jed Whatley which has her unnerved. Jo asks Marvey to help prove her innocence. Marvey with help from her friend’s sets out to discover who wanted Fiona permanently removed from circulation. I enjoyed reading Murder By Page One. I thought Murder By Page One was well-written with steady pacing. The author took the time to introduce Marvella Harris along with a variety of secondary characters. I look forward to getting to know Marvey and her friends better as the series progresses. I enjoyed the descriptions of Peach Coast with its quaint shops and a library housed in a former bus depot. The story is full of quaint southernisms. The one that had me laughing the most was “Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit.” Gossip runs rampant in Peach Coast. As with most rumors, there is only a grain of truth in them. Peach cobbler was another recurring theme. The townspeople seem to consume it in great quantities. The whodunit had several suspects, misdirection, and good clues. I was able to identify the guilty party early, but I did not know why this person had committed the deed. This is what kept me turning the pages. Marvey needs to build the library’s patron list. As she meets new people, she asks them, “Do you have a library card?” I like how the questions unnerves some people. You can tell that Marvey loves her job. I look forward to reading the next A Peach Coast Library Mystery. Murder By Page One is a charming new cozy mystery with rampant rumors, a departed author, a meddling mother, a determined deputy, and a sleuthing librarian.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jan Fore

    Murder on Page One Olivia Matthews March 23, 2021 Marvella Harris has moved to the small town of Peach Coast, Georgia. It has been quite a change for the new librarian who began her new job in the southeastern town. She left her job and home in New York City. In the city, the library was a bustling place. The building was huge, staff was numerous and the patronage was always countless. In Peach Coast, Marvey was Director of Community Engagement. She is a gal who makes friends easily but doesn’t hol Murder on Page One Olivia Matthews March 23, 2021 Marvella Harris has moved to the small town of Peach Coast, Georgia. It has been quite a change for the new librarian who began her new job in the southeastern town. She left her job and home in New York City. In the city, the library was a bustling place. The building was huge, staff was numerous and the patronage was always countless. In Peach Coast, Marvey was Director of Community Engagement. She is a gal who makes friends easily but doesn’t hold back on speaking her mind. She and book friends are gathered to Jo Gomez’s grand opening of her book store To Be Read. Specially invited were authors with newly published books. They would be setting up tables for chats and sales with customers. Many came for a personal signage of their latest purchase. As the opening time approached, the store was crowded with people waiting to view favorite authors. Along with Jo and Marvey there would be close friends from the library staff and newspaper coverage. One local author, Fiona Lyle-Hayes, had not set up as yet. After her arrival she had headed to the store’s back room to unpack books, incentives, and get all ready for the patronage. With minutes left before the doors were opened Jo and a few friends headed back to help Fiona to get settled. When they arrived they found Fiona on the floor bleeding. She had been murdered. This special comfort mystery is brought to us by the Hallmark folks. The story revolves around who killed Fiona? Although local police are positive that store owner, Jo Gomez was unhappy with the writer and must have killed her. Her friends are bound to prove them wrong. It is an average but enjoyable read. I can see it becoming one of their movies. Murder By Page One by Olvia Matthews. It is a Peach Coast Library Mystery. I presume that there may be more to follow in this series. Murder By Page One will be published on March 23, 2021 by Hallmark Publishing. It is fun to read and one that would be enjoyed by library enthusiasts. As Marvey would say, “Do you have a library card?”

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    It’s always fun to share release date by reviewing the first in a new series. And, Olivia Matthews’ Murder by Page One features a charming librarian from New York who is trying to adjust to Southern ways. She doesn’t really want to become comfortable with discovering a body in her favorite bookstore. Marvella Harris moved to Peach Coast, Georgia four months earlier, accepting the position of director of community engagement at the local library. She hopes to raise awareness and funds for the libr It’s always fun to share release date by reviewing the first in a new series. And, Olivia Matthews’ Murder by Page One features a charming librarian from New York who is trying to adjust to Southern ways. She doesn’t really want to become comfortable with discovering a body in her favorite bookstore. Marvella Harris moved to Peach Coast, Georgia four months earlier, accepting the position of director of community engagement at the local library. She hopes to raise awareness and funds for the library. She’s also friends with Jolene Gomez, the owner of To Be Read. So, Marvey and Spencer Holt, publisher and editor-in-chief of the local newspaper, show up to support Jo’s event featuring a number of local authors. Fiona Lyle-Hayes, a debut mystery writer, has a few peculiar demands, but Jo’s pleased she’s signing at the bookstore. Fiona’s book received rave reviews. Fiona herself isn’t very popular in Peach Coast. She’s the widow of a much older man who was previously married and has an adult son. She seems to have few friends in the local writers’ group. So, with all those potential enemies, why do the local police immediately decide Jo is Fiona’s killer when her body is found in the storeroom? Why does Marvey agree to help Jo look for other suspects? Marvey is a librarian, not a detective. But, her friend is in trouble. “At its core, an investigation was research, learning about people, tracking down clues, and putting together the results of your inquiries.” A librarian, with the help of a journalist, can do that. This is the latest mystery from Hallmark Publishing, and it fits the Hallmark brand. There are likable characters in a charming small town. The death is off stage, so readers don’t see the killing. There’s a change in the original perception of the victim. Matthews’ latest mystery is a cozy that fits into the Hallmark stable. I always like amateur sleuths who have a reason to get involved. There have been a number of librarian sleuths who use their skills in learning about people and doing research. Marvella Harris is a welcome addition to their ranks in Murder by Page One.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This is the first in a new series Peach Coast Mystery series. Marvella (Marvey) Harris has moved to Peach Coast Georgia from Brooklyn New York just four months ago when she accepted the position of Director of Community Engagement. Marvey has clearly made some quick friends as she refers to Jo (the book store To Be Read owner) as her best friend along with Spence Holt who is the Editor in Chief of the local newspaper (which his family owns). Spence and Marvey head to Jo’s bookstore on Saturday a This is the first in a new series Peach Coast Mystery series. Marvella (Marvey) Harris has moved to Peach Coast Georgia from Brooklyn New York just four months ago when she accepted the position of Director of Community Engagement. Marvey has clearly made some quick friends as she refers to Jo (the book store To Be Read owner) as her best friend along with Spence Holt who is the Editor in Chief of the local newspaper (which his family owns). Spence and Marvey head to Jo’s bookstore on Saturday as they are hosting a book signing which includes local author Fiona Lyle-Hayes. As the book signing is getting started, Jo is irritated that Fiona still has not come back up front the back where she demanded she have a space to prep her books. When Jo, Spence and Marvey head to the storage room they are shocked to find a dead Fiona who has been murdered. Unfortunately, the local police are fixated on Jo as she owned the store and was seen having some words with Fiona. Jo asks for Marvey to help her clear name or at least find some other possible suspects as she is afraid, she is going to be arrested and put out of business. They also rope in Spence as he is from Peach Coast and his family owns several businesses in town. Spence has been trying to get Marvey to join him on the Peach Cobbler run and she agrees if he helps out. I have to believe there is pending romance between Spence and Marvey down the road but no romantic overtures in this story. Spence keeps trying to tell Marvey that her New York directness does not always work in southern conversations but it is nice to see that Marvey has made an impact on the town and she is well liked. Marvey receives immediate resistance from the police when Spence gives the names of some other possible suspects including Fiona’s deceased husband Buddy’s ex (Betty) and his son Bobby who were both at the book signing. There is also other suspects that the police refuse to look at. This was a good first in a series which has great promise. Marvey is very likeable and has made friends already throughout the town. Enjoyed this.

  18. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne

    Read my review on NovelsAlive.com clicking the link below. It is also shown in full. https://novelsalive.com/2021/03/22/st... 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. This cozy mystery had amateur sleuths trying to get Read my review on NovelsAlive.com clicking the link below. It is also shown in full. https://novelsalive.com/2021/03/22/st... 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. 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Murder by Page One by Olivia Matthews is a debut novel in what is to be a Peach Coast Mystery Series. Marvey is a newly transplanted New Yorker in a small town of Peach Coast. She is delighted with the town, its residents and how different everything is from her home town. She is especially enthusiastic about her work as a librarian. Her new best Jo runs a bookstore in which a prominent citizen and a book author is murdered. Jo immediately becomes a suspect in a murder investigation led by a inco Murder by Page One by Olivia Matthews is a debut novel in what is to be a Peach Coast Mystery Series. Marvey is a newly transplanted New Yorker in a small town of Peach Coast. She is delighted with the town, its residents and how different everything is from her home town. She is especially enthusiastic about her work as a librarian. Her new best Jo runs a bookstore in which a prominent citizen and a book author is murdered. Jo immediately becomes a suspect in a murder investigation led by a incompetent and close minded detective. At Jo's plea she agrees to ask some questions just to provide police with possible new suspects. Together with another close friend, three of them set out to help the police. What I really appreciated in this book is how reluctant and concerned Marvey was to get involved. Faced with difficult situation she consents to help out. That seemed to me very realistic and believable, a manner in which most people would act if faced with a similar position. There were several remarks that seemed a bit foolish, mostly peoples reactions to some things. I also thought that it was quite ridiculous that she didn't understand most of southern expressions. That she needed to write them down and have them explained to her. It was a bit too much in my opinion. I also felt that the ending was somewhat rushed, I wanted a longer explanation of why and how murder was done. I felt that detective narrow mindedness was overplayed, even for a possibly bigoted person. Especially one being a detective investigating a murder. Mystery itself was well done. I liked the bookstore and library setting. I feel that there might be a bit of romance happening in the later installments. Overall a good start to a new mystery. I received a free copy from NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Scilla

    This is a review of the Audio version of the book by Dreamscape Media. The reader of the book was very good, with a definite southern accent. This is the first book in a new series. Marvey Harris is a librarian who moved four months previously from Brooklyn NY to Peach Coast GA with her cat Phoenix, who seems to still be homesick. She does marketing for the library, and her best friend Jo Goumaz runs a book shop. I tend to like books that talk about libraries and bookstores! Jo is sponsoring a b This is a review of the Audio version of the book by Dreamscape Media. The reader of the book was very good, with a definite southern accent. This is the first book in a new series. Marvey Harris is a librarian who moved four months previously from Brooklyn NY to Peach Coast GA with her cat Phoenix, who seems to still be homesick. She does marketing for the library, and her best friend Jo Goumaz runs a book shop. I tend to like books that talk about libraries and bookstores! Jo is sponsoring a book signing of several local authors in the Coastal Fiction Writers Club. During the signing, one of authors, Fiona, was missing. Marvey, Jo, and Spence (the local newspaper man and a friend of Marvey and Jo) go to look for her. They find her dead in the storeroom. For some reason, the two policemen seem to focus on Jo as the only suspect. Marvey and Spence decide to try to find other suspects and to find evidence that Jo could not have been the murderer. Their primary suspects became Betty and her son Bobby. Shortly after Fiona came to town, Betty's husband, Buddy divorced her and marred Fiona. Betty has been making up derogatory stories about Fiona ever since, and has turned many townspeople against her. Shortly after people realize Marvey is trying to help Jo, she begins having "accidents". First all her security lights came on at 2am. Then, the chair in her library office collapsed when she sat in it. Then, she found a cottonmouth snake in her car front seat, and was almost hit by a speeding car in a parking lot. I learned a lot of southern sayings and it was amusing to hear Marvey ask everyone she talks with if they have a library card. The book gets very exciting as we near the end, and Marvey and Jo meet the surprise killer. I can see a possible romance for Marvey in a future book. A fun "books" mystery in the south.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    The Peach Coast Library Mysteries is a new cozy mystery series published by Hallmark. Olivia Matthews is a new author to me, but I will check out her other books. This was a well written and plotted story to start off this series. This story finds Marvella (Marvey) recently moved from New York to small town Georgia to begin a new library job. Realizing that she has little to no chance of promotion in New York, she decides to try her luck at the Peach Coast Library. She has two wonderful friends The Peach Coast Library Mysteries is a new cozy mystery series published by Hallmark. Olivia Matthews is a new author to me, but I will check out her other books. This was a well written and plotted story to start off this series. This story finds Marvella (Marvey) recently moved from New York to small town Georgia to begin a new library job. Realizing that she has little to no chance of promotion in New York, she decides to try her luck at the Peach Coast Library. She has two wonderful friends that play a large part in the story, Jo, a local bookstore owner and Spence, the son of wealthy townspeople. When Jo is suspected of a murder in the storeroom of her store, Marvey realizes that she needs to do something as the police are not searching for other suspects. With Spence's help, will they be able to prove Jo's innocence. I really enjoyed the characters in this story. The three besties are wonderful characters and supportive of each other. The secondary characters are also great, even with a few quirks to make them interesting. I love the way the library staff and patrons rally around to help each other. Corrine, the supervisor at the library is a wonderful character and boss. I liked how she stood behind her employees and stood up to the mayor. The mystery is interesting with several suspects. I tried to figure out the mystery, but kept changing my mind. The reveal was well done, and tied together all the loose ends. I enjoyed this story and will watch for the next in this series. The narration by Janina Edwards was well done. Her expression, tone, voices and pacing were all well done. I recommend this book to cozy mystery lovers, and if you enjoy audiobooks, listen to this one. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Madoka Kamimura Mason

    Olivia Matthews brings us to the town of Peach Coast. We are introduced to Marvella Marvey Harris who moved from New York City to become the library's new director of community engagement. Both her and her cat Phoenix are getting used to small town life where you start every conversation with small talk. Marvey manages to ask everyone she talks to if they own a library card and her patrons praise her choice of book recommendations luring them back to the library every time. The mystery starts wh Olivia Matthews brings us to the town of Peach Coast. We are introduced to Marvella Marvey Harris who moved from New York City to become the library's new director of community engagement. Both her and her cat Phoenix are getting used to small town life where you start every conversation with small talk. Marvey manages to ask everyone she talks to if they own a library card and her patrons praise her choice of book recommendations luring them back to the library every time. The mystery starts when Marvey is at a book signing with her friend Spencer Holt whose family is the richest one in Peach Coast and Jolene Gomez who owns To Be Read, the bookstore where the event is taking place. The fifth member of the signing seems to be missing until they find her body in the storage room. The police seem focused on Jo while Marvey and Spence start investigating on their own to clear their friend's name. There are plenty of suspects and motives going around, but the police seem focused on their friend. Will they find the evidence needed to clear their friend? Olivia Matthews invites us into the town of Peach Coast, Georgia. We meet the townspeople and get to know them as well as see that Southern charm and way of living that is so vastly different from city life. You get to follow Marvey, Jo, and Spence as they try to solve the case. I enjoyed seeing Marvey collecting Southern phrases as she encourages all those she meets to get a library card. You feel as if you are right there with them and want to see what they do next. I look forward to the next adventure with Marvey and her friends. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I would like to thank NetGalley and Hallmark Publishing for this privilege.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I enjoyed Olivia Matthew's other series starring Sister Lou (three mysteries) so, when I saw that she had started a new series, I had to read it. I wasn't disappointed. How could you go wrong with a transplanted librarian with a cat and a setting of a small Southern town. Marvella (Marvey to her friends) has left New York City in her quest to be more of a librarian than she was ever going to be in the Big City. She wanted to make a difference in the community and Peach Coast, Georgia looks like I enjoyed Olivia Matthew's other series starring Sister Lou (three mysteries) so, when I saw that she had started a new series, I had to read it. I wasn't disappointed. How could you go wrong with a transplanted librarian with a cat and a setting of a small Southern town. Marvella (Marvey to her friends) has left New York City in her quest to be more of a librarian than she was ever going to be in the Big City. She wanted to make a difference in the community and Peach Coast, Georgia looks like a great chance. In a short period of time she has already started a monthly book group and has attracted 25 people to join. (It might have gotten a boost when each meeting is going to end with Georgia Bourbon Pecan Pie and sweet tea - that sure would have me sticking around to the very end) At a book signing at her friend, Jo's, bookstore, a killer strikes and Jo becomes the prime suspect. Marvey knows that's just not possible. She needs to investigate - which, in librarian speak, means doing what a librarian does best - research. Enlisting the help of her other friend, Spencer Holt, a gentleman with deep connections, who knows just about everyone in town and is also wealthy, they set out to track down a killer. Soon their investigation is joined by various library employees and the killer won't be free for long. It was fun spending time with Marvella and her friends in Peach Coast. They were well developed and came across as people I would like to have as friends. The mystery was well crafted with a satisfying conclusion. If Hallmark decides to make this into one of their mystery series I will make sure to watch it. My thanks to Hallmark Publishing and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emilie Haney

    I don't read many cozy mysteries, but this one was delightful! Marvey attends a book signing only to discover one of the authors didn't quite make it to the signing...alive. I liked the repartee between Marvey and her fellow librarians as well as Spencer, a nice, lightly romantic but not really addition to the story. I also love the incorporation of her cat and the challenges that come with moving to a new city. I also enjoyed the investigation that Marvey finds herself in and the reasoning behi I don't read many cozy mysteries, but this one was delightful! Marvey attends a book signing only to discover one of the authors didn't quite make it to the signing...alive. I liked the repartee between Marvey and her fellow librarians as well as Spencer, a nice, lightly romantic but not really addition to the story. I also love the incorporation of her cat and the challenges that come with moving to a new city. I also enjoyed the investigation that Marvey finds herself in and the reasoning behind that. I'm not a huge fan of the vague reasons that the local authorities have for not investigating more fully--it seemed a bit weak to me--but I appreciated that it kept it open for Marvey to 'stick her nose in'. One other thing that I found difficult to believe is that such a small, seemingly rural town would have such a HUGE library system. I get it, there's need for it in the story so it justifies it (and I liked the setting, I really did) but it just felt so completely...impossible. I live in a very small town and our library has trouble staying open more than 3 days a week at the moment and I don't even know if more than 2-3 people are paid to work there. I highly doubt someone like Marvey would be hired in such a small area to 'boost' the library system in the way she was reported to, all while offering her a 'livable wage'. Just my two cents. All in all, I liked the charming town with fun and quirky characters, a good murder mystery, and some really nice side adventures that rounded out the plot. I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys cozy's. My rating: 4* Thanks to the publisher for gifting me an audiobook copy of this via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Murder by Page One is the first book in a new small-town librarian cozy mystery series (with cat), by Olivia Matthews. Released 23rd March 2021 by Hallmark, it's 336 pages and available in paperback, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. This is a Hallma Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Murder by Page One is the first book in a new small-town librarian cozy mystery series (with cat), by Olivia Matthews. Released 23rd March 2021 by Hallmark, it's 336 pages and available in paperback, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. This is a Hallmark series. It's comfy, cozy, well written, and delivers exactly as expected. The language is squeaky clean, nary a curse word to be seen. The violence is all off scene and without explicit gore. There's a light romance element but it's not a big focus of the book. The only public displays of physical affection are between the librarian (Marvey) and the top of her grumpy-but-lovable cat's fuzzy head. The writing is fine, the plotting and narrative arc are well controlled and the denouement and resolution are satisfying. The book's ending foreshadows the continuation of the series. I would recommend this one to readers of the subgenre (there's even a recipe for peach cobbler at the end of the book). I'm looking forward to the next book(s) in the series. Three and a half stars. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    Libraries, bookstores, and mysteries just naturally go together, and they make for an entertaining combination in "Murder by Page One: A Peach Coast Library Mystery", Book One in author Olivia Matthews' new cozy mystery series. Marvella "Marvey" Harris moved from to Brooklyn, NY to small-town Peach Coast, GA to work as director of community engagement for the local library. After a few months in the close-knit community, she had new friends, her work, and her hobby of making book-themed jewelry Libraries, bookstores, and mysteries just naturally go together, and they make for an entertaining combination in "Murder by Page One: A Peach Coast Library Mystery", Book One in author Olivia Matthews' new cozy mystery series. Marvella "Marvey" Harris moved from to Brooklyn, NY to small-town Peach Coast, GA to work as director of community engagement for the local library. After a few months in the close-knit community, she had new friends, her work, and her hobby of making book-themed jewelry to help her pass the time. Her cat, Phoenix, was still adjusting to the move. When Marvey's friend Jolene Gomez hosts a multi-author book signing at her "To Be Read" bookstore, Marvey attends with Spencer Holt, local golden boy and the owner, publisher and editor-in-chief of the town’s daily newspaper, "The Peach Coast Crier". As the book signing is about to begin, a shocking event occurs--local author Fiona Lyle-Hayes, who was set to launch her first book at the event, is found murdered in the back room of the store. Fiona, not a popular resident in the community, was considered to be a "home-wrecker", and potential suspects are aplenty. When Jo becomes the focus of the investigation, Marvey and Spence work together with Jo to clear her name. As secrets are uncovered, and more truths come to light, the danger around them escalates--will they solve the mystery or will it be their fatal final chapter? Book and mystery lovers will enjoy this cozy crime caper. Be sure to try the recipe for the Peach Coast community's favorite dessert, "Classic Peach Cobbler". Book Copy Gratis Hallmark Publishing

  27. 4 out of 5

    Read Dream

    Marvella "Marvey" Harris moved to Peach Coast, GA about four months ago to take charge of the town library's community outreach. Originally a New Yorker, she followed her dream of making a difference. In the short time she has lived there, she has become part of "the Peach Coast family." She lives with her cat, Phoenix, who is very important to her. He's having a little trouble adjusting to his new home. While assisting with a book signing at her friend Jo's bookstore, To Be Read, a shocking mur Marvella "Marvey" Harris moved to Peach Coast, GA about four months ago to take charge of the town library's community outreach. Originally a New Yorker, she followed her dream of making a difference. In the short time she has lived there, she has become part of "the Peach Coast family." She lives with her cat, Phoenix, who is very important to her. He's having a little trouble adjusting to his new home. While assisting with a book signing at her friend Jo's bookstore, To Be Read, a shocking murder takes place - and the the author is the victim. The police seem to be focused on Jo as their prime suspect, but Marvey knows she is innocent. While they focus on the wrong person, the real killer is on the loose. Marvey, with the help of their friend, Spence, is determined to prove Jo's innocence, even if the police (and some of the town's residents) are less than thrilled at her persistent involvement in the investigation. After a series of unfortunate events, it becomes obvious that someone, likely the killer, is trying to stop Marvey from investigating. Do you think that will stop her from investigating? Hardly - she is only more resolute in her attempts to discover who is behind it all. This novel is very Hallmark-esque, which is what drew me to it. I always enjoy a good cozy mystery. I especially love the Hallmark mysteries, and this story definitely fits right into that genre. I am looking forward to reading the next installment. I would like to thank NetGalley, who provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    marita lazarus

    Thank you Netgalley and Olivia Matthew pseudonym for Patricia Sargeant, an established author known for romantic suspense and contemporary romance. This was my first read of any of her books and luckily also the first book in a new series. This is book is cute, and well written (I was able to spot the murderer fairly quickly) but it did not take away from the overall cuteness and plot of this book. I loved the characters - OMG Spencer (Spence for short) sounds so delightful (I could Rege-Jean as Thank you Netgalley and Olivia Matthew pseudonym for Patricia Sargeant, an established author known for romantic suspense and contemporary romance. This was my first read of any of her books and luckily also the first book in a new series. This is book is cute, and well written (I was able to spot the murderer fairly quickly) but it did not take away from the overall cuteness and plot of this book. I loved the characters - OMG Spencer (Spence for short) sounds so delightful (I could Rege-Jean as I was reading) and Marvey - was fun to read. Marley, a librarian is transplanted New Yorker - from Brooklyn who moved to a quaint southern town (Peach Coast) in Georgia who is in charge of community development for the library. Spence - is the town hunk and most eligible bachelor, who comes from a well do to family that owns the local newspaper, inn, bank and I forgot what else.... Jolene (Jo) is a Florida transplant who owns a book store. These are the main characters.... At a book signing held at Jo's book store, a new artist is found murdered. Jo is immediately blamed - although she doesn't even know the woman - the two deputies investigating the murder want to close the case quickly and don't bother looking at other suspects. It's up to Marvey and Spence to figure out who did it. This book has a lot going for it and the colloquialisms were so charming. Def. want to read this series and I can't wait to see more from these three characters. I recommend this for a quick, happy, comfy read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    I adored all the book references and the fact that the main character was a librarian, because I work at a library and had worked ten years in a bookstore. I liked the mystery and had fun as Marvey tried to help her friend (bookstore owner) track down the truth about who committed this crime. I liked tagging along with Marvey as she tried to find her place in this new community she just moved to. She knew that the community was looking for a fast arrest she had hoped…" their fear did not comprom I adored all the book references and the fact that the main character was a librarian, because I work at a library and had worked ten years in a bookstore. I liked the mystery and had fun as Marvey tried to help her friend (bookstore owner) track down the truth about who committed this crime. I liked tagging along with Marvey as she tried to find her place in this new community she just moved to. She knew that the community was looking for a fast arrest she had hoped…" their fear did not compromise their objectivity.” I agree with this book quote, “one of the greatest joys of being a librarian: being around books and introducing others to the joys of reading.” (and to authors they've never heard of before) I was pleasantly surprised to see the author included the recipe for Classic Peach Cobbler. It would be a wonderful thing to include in your book club meeting as you discuss this intriguing story with characters and a town you will want to hang out in and with. This is the first book I have read by this author it won’t be the last. Disclosure of Material Connection: I have received a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! The Book Club Network blog www.bookfun.org

  30. 5 out of 5

    April

    Murder By Page One introduces us to Marvella “Marvey”, a transplant to the south from Brooklyn (New York City). She wanted a chance to expand her librarian influence and so took a job far from home in Peach Coast. I think it’s supposed to be in Georgia. The town, library and setting are charming. Marvey is a fun character. She goes around asking people she meets if they have a library card, and she doesn’t really get the “easing in” to conversation that people in town view as normal. She often ge Murder By Page One introduces us to Marvella “Marvey”, a transplant to the south from Brooklyn (New York City). She wanted a chance to expand her librarian influence and so took a job far from home in Peach Coast. I think it’s supposed to be in Georgia. The town, library and setting are charming. Marvey is a fun character. She goes around asking people she meets if they have a library card, and she doesn’t really get the “easing in” to conversation that people in town view as normal. She often gets straight to the point and then has to back off a little to not give offense. Even though Peach Coast is a small town they have a bookstore. The owner Jo is one of Marvey’s friends. Her other friend is Spence Holt. Spence runs the newspaper and his family owns and runs many of the businesses in the area. A book signing at Jo’s bookstore goes awry when one of the authors is found murdered in the storeroom. The town deputies have little experience with murder and suspect Jo even though there are others with better motives. Marvey investigates in order to supply the deputies with other options. Spence helps. Things get a bit dangerous along the way. I had an idea who might have committed murder but I wasn’t sure why and it takes until near the very end to put all the pieces together. This book is a great start to what will hopefully become a series or at least a couple of stories because I’d like to return to Peach Coast and get to know Marvey, Spence and Jo better. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this book prior to publication.

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