• Murder in the Margins

  • Open Book Mysteries Series, Book 1
  • By: Margaret Loudon
  • Narrated by: Marnye Young
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The plot thickens for American gothic writer Penelope Parish when a murder near her quaint British bookshop reveals a novel's worth of killer characters.

Penelope Parish has hit a streak of bad luck, including a severe case of writer's block that is threatening her sophomore book. Hoping a writer in residence position at The Open Book bookstore in Upper Chumley-on-Stoke, England, will shake the cobwebs loose, Pen, as she's affectionately known, packs her typewriter and heads across the pond.

Unfortunately, life in Chumley is far from quiet, and when the chairwoman of the local Worthington Fest is found dead, fingers are pointed at Charlotte Davenport, an American romance novelist and the future duchess of Worthington. Charlotte turns to the one person who might be her ally for help: fellow American Pen. Teaming up with bookstore owner Mabel Morris and her new friend Figgy, Pen sets out to learn the truth and find the tricks that will help her finish her novel.

©2020 Peg Cochrane (P)2021 Tantor

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Wonderful debut British cozy!

I really enjoyed Murder in the Margins! The characters are likable and interesting. The cozy mystery kept me guessing and the story moved along at a good pace. Penelope Parish is selected for a Writer in Residence position at The Open Book and she heads off to England. She has writer’s block on her second book and she hopes the change of scenery will help. The bookstore is involved with Worthington Fest but when Penelope finds the event Chairwoman, she becomes a suspect. Penelope, Mabel, Figgy and McGuire are becoming great friends which adds to the story. The audiobook is very well done and is narrated by Marnye Young. Very enjoyable!

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Murder in the Margins is an entertaining cozy mystery with engaging characters and an entertaining plot. I didn't give it a 5 because some parts of the story felt forced and the pace was Penelope was a bit slow putting things together at the end. But overall I enjoyed it and look forward to the next book in this series.