Friday, March 19, 2021

Great Escapes Blog Tour and Review: Murder By Page One by Olivia Matthews


Today I’m participating in the Murder By Page One Great Escapes Blog Tour. In this post you’ll find information about the book and author along with my review.

About the book . . .

 Murder by Page One (Peach Coast Library Mystery #1) 

 Murder by Page One (A Peach Coast Library Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing (March 23, 2021)
Print length: 328 pages

Synopsis . . . Marvey, a librarian, has moved from Brooklyn to a quirky small town in Georgia. When she’s not at the library organizing events for readers, she’s handcrafting book-themed jewelry and looking after her cranky cat. At times, her new life in the South still feels strange…and that’s before the discovery of the dead body in the bookstore.

After one of her friends becomes a suspect, Marvey sets out to solve the murder mystery. She even convinces Spence, the wealthy and charming newspaper owner, to help. With his ties to the community, her talents for research, and her fellow librarians’ knowledge, Marvey pursues the truth. But 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 for Classic Peach Cobbler.



My review . . .  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.


About the author . . . Olivia Matthews is the cozy mystery pseudonym for Patricia Sargeant, a national best-selling, award-winning author.


Her work has been featured in national publications such as Publishers Weekly, USA Today, Kirkus Reviews, Suspense Magazine, Mystery Scene Magazine, Library Journal and RT Book Reviews.


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Purchase links . . .  Amazon –  Hallmark Publishing  –  Apple  –  Barnes & Noble – Bookshop –  Fantastic Fiction  –  Kobo 



Tour Participants . . .

March 18 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW 

March 18 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

March 18 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

March 18 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – SPOTLIGHT

March 18 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

March 18 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

March 19 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

March 19 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW  

March 19 – Books to the Ceiling – SPOTLIGHT

March 19 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

March 19 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT

March 19 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW

March 20 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST

March 20 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW

March 20 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW

March 20 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

March 20 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 20 – Author Elena Taylor’s Blog – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

March 21 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 21 – The Book Diva’s Reads – SPOTLIGHT

March 21 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 21 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW

March 22 – Novels Alive – GUEST POST

March 22 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

March 22 – Reading Reality – REVIEW

March 22 – Novels Alive – REVIEW

March 22 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

March 22 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW





Note . . . I received a complimentary copy of Murder By Page One from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


This Blog Tour and Review post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog.  It cannot be republished without attribution.





  1. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to post a review of Murder by Page One: A Peach Coast Library Mystery. I appreciate your hosting the story.

    1. My absolute pleasure! I really connected with Marvey--we are both former NYPL librarians and NYU alumnae.