• To the Tome of Murder

  • A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery, Book 7
  • By: Lauren Elliott
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Three weeks before Thanksgiving, bookshop owner Addie Greyborne already has a full plate - and a killer on her case....

Addie's determined to turn a seemingly ordinary November in coastal Greyborne Harbor into one for the books. The windows of her shop display carefully curated works by American writers, including a rare selection of traditional holiday recipes from the influential 19th-century publication Godey's Ladies Magazine. And then there's the town's Civil War-era themed cooking and baking competition, with a hefty cash prize and free publicity going to the winning dish....

But when she finds her cousin's boyfriend murdered, a stunned Addie reluctantly realizes she may be the only person who can blow the cover off a grisly crime. With so many unanswered questions surrounding the victim's death, Addie must figure out the strange connection between a mysterious vintage briefcase, the disappearance of a first-edition copy of Sarah Josepha Hale's famous nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb", and a dangerously well-read culprit....

©2021 Lauren Elliot (P)2021 Tantor

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Distracting Narration by New Narrator

I found the new narrator to be overly dramatic in many parts.
Some surprising pronunciations.

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Worst narrator ever

I tolerated the other narrator for this series and then they go and switch to someone worse. I really want to finish this series, as the books are good, not great, but good. But I just can’t stand the narrator. Not this one.

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Addie

When and why has Addie become abrasive and unlikable? We parted ways with this book.

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Like the series hate the new narrator

Critical error to change narrator at this stage. If this woman continues I will not finish the series with audiobooks. Stories are good but ugggh that voice!

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bad narrator

i enjoyed the story, but do not like the new narrator. she is abrasive and ads emphasis in places its not needed.

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Entertaining

Lauren Elliot’s plot line is mostly entertaining, but would be better if she would allow the reader/listener to engage more by showing more than telling.

Her protagonist’s guessing sometimes lacks logic, and many of her clues are transparent and spoil the fun of having some red herrings for the reader to guess and be outsmarted.

Her dialogue is sometimes stilted and contrived and often too detailed, again telling not showing. It sometimes seems like a laundry list of facts and characters, especially in the beginning, rather than a gradual introduction where the listener gets pulled into the story. If does pick up and improve toward the end.

As for narration, Lauren Ezzo is really talented at different voices, except for an extremely annoying narrator, where her voice takes on a formal, crisp diction, that is quite distracting. The listener has to make an effort to forget the narrator and listen to the story. Her narrator voice belongs in the theatre, not in a Cozy mystery. Again, her other voices, if the characters, are quite good.

I probably won’t pick up the other books in the series.

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Like the story. Hard to focus with the narrator

I like the story. It was hard to focus on the story because of the narrator. I found myself having to replay chapters repeatedly. With the narrator it was like everything was intense, everything. It made me tired.

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Hard to listen

This series is really good, except this book. The story is good but this narrator is awful. They made change on this book and it was not a good change. I wanted to see this story line to the end but I don't think I can.

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Pretty good

The plot is entertaining and enjoyable with engaging characters. I look forward to the next book in this series.

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Narrator was horrible

I liked the story but I was not a fan of the narrator. please bring Karen White back. This narrator was too formal and threw off the entire story.