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Murder by Page One: 06/29/21
Murder by Page One by Olivia Matthews is the start of the Peach Coast mystery series. Marvey is a Black librarian who has recently moved from Brooklyn to coastal Georgia. While she loves small town life she's still adjusting to the differences in slang and culture.
While helping her bookseller friend set up for a book signing, she finds an author dead in the storage room. The local authorities decide her BFF is the prime suspect. Marvey decides to ask around to prove there are others in town with a motive.
Marvey is a smart woman and immediately gets the help of others in her friend group. I much prefer the group of friends as sleuths to the solo character sleuth who somehow simultaneously feels safe enough to ask a bunch of invasive questions but not safe enough to enlist help. I also like that goal isn't to solve the mystery. Instead the goal is to create reasonable doubt.
The book is listed as a first in series. As of writing this review a second title hasn't been announced. Nonetheless, I am committed to following the series. I'm looking forward to the second book whenever that might be.