Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT #Mystery MURDER BEYOND THE PRECIPICE by @PGoetjen #TuesdayBookBlog

Today’s team review is from Karen, she blogs here https://sassyredheadbookreviews.wordpress.com

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Karen has been reading Murder Beyond The Precipice by Penny Goetjen

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ 4.5 out of 5

Smart, single, young, business, woman Elizabeth Pennington needs a break from her busy day to day life of running her business. She decides to attend the wedding of an acquaintance from high school, in Boothbay Harbor, back near her hometown. She decides to surprise her friend at the same time, who is working at Boothbay Inn, while she attends the wedding. Unfortunately, she gets the Inn’s mixed up where the wedding is being held and where her friend works, and there are a lot of things happening at the Boothbay Harbor Inn that Elizabeth gets caught up in. Little does she know, her quiet, relaxing weekend away from Connecticut will be anything but.

Lucretia Sterling is trying to restore the Boothbay Harbor Inn and bring it back to life, but her husband is strong arming her with the renovations and doesn’t want her to restore it the way she wants. He wants it his way. He has a lot of secrets and is a man who scares the people who work for him. The employees and the town folk love Lucretia, but not her husband Jonathan Sterling. He has a lot to prove to his family who cut him out of the family business back in England, and he does not want to see the Inn restored or equipped the way it was back when it was first opened. He wants to modernize it and make it more of an exclusive Inn.

This was my first read of Penny Goetjen, but I would love to go back and read the first book with Elizabeth, Murder on the Precipice. Her writing is suspenseful, intriguing, and edge of your seat. I loved how Elizabeth seemed to walk right into trouble at every turn and yet was able to walk away with minor injuries. She is drawn in by her inquisitive mind and the people who work at Boothbay Harbor Inn and in the town of Boothbay Harbor. There are a lot of questionable characters in this story and it had me wondering what each one was into and what they might do to Elizabeth.

I really enjoyed reading this book and loved the characters. I especially loved Elizabeth and her inquisitive mind. She is more like a detective than an interior decorator, even if she found herself in trouble, her inquisitive mind and her sense for adventure make her life interesting. I give this story a 4.5-star review and highly recommend it to readers who enjoy suspense, small town mysteries, and colorful characters.

My husband and I have vacationed in Boothbay Harbor as well as South Port a few times and reading this book brought me back to those vacations. They were relaxing and fun. We enjoyed some beautiful views and very friendly locals. Now I want to go back.

Book description

The Livingston family is no stranger to tragedy. Losing both parents at a young age in what authorities ruled an accident, Lucretia Livingston, the sole heir to the estate, is left to pick up the pieces. But many locals question the circumstances surrounding their deaths and if the family’s wealth was an irresistibly seductive motive for crossing the line.

Elizabeth Pennington returns to the coast of Maine after receiving an unexpected wedding invitation. Hoping to surprise her friend, she arrives unannounced at the Livingston Estate-turned-inn, only to discover no one knows her whereabouts. Just as disconcerting is the disappearance of the innkeeper’s young bride, Lucretia. Frantic for answers, Elizabeth becomes tangled in a tortured trail of deception, betrayal, love lost and murder.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT #Mystery Murder Beyond The Precipice by Penny Goetjen

Today’s team review is from Cathy, she blogs here https://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/

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Cathy has been reading Murder Beyond The Precipice by Penny Goetjen

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This is the follow up to Murder on the Precipice but can be read as a standalone. Elizabeth Pennington is building up an interior design business in Connecticut. She’s taking her first holiday since opening—a weekend break in Maine to attend an old school friend’s wedding. I gathered that Elizabeth’s family had an inn on the Maine coast where a tragedy occurred and she hasn’t been back since. So together with her black Lab, Buddy, she sets out on their journey.

Elizabeth has booked The Inn at Boothbay Harbour for her stay. When she arrives she’s dismayed to find the inn is undergoing renovations and also the owner, Lucretia Livingstone, has disappeared. Not only that, the wedding is cancelled due to the groom going missing as well. The inn and grounds are eerie with a sinister vibe. Elizabeth’s natural inquisitiveness lands her and Buddy in more than one spot of bother.

“Now, ma’am, let me give you a piece of friendly advice. You seem like a sweet lady, and I wouldn’t want you to stir up any trouble by digging into something that was meant to be kept private.”

“I…uh…I’m not sure what you mean.” She didn’t really care for his condescending attitude.

He shook his head slightly. “Just be careful where you look and how far you push, okay? Trust me.”

The descriptions of Elizabeth’s journey, although very evocative, slowed the plot a little and personally I would have preferred a more concise account. I must also admit, I didn’t quite see the point of the Rashelle thread as it didn’t go anywhere and didn’t seem relevant to the main storyline (except as a further reason for Elizabeth’s trip.) Rashelle spent the whole story locked in a cellar—accidentally or on purpose wasn’t clear. A couple of other threads were left unresolved, perhaps to be picked up in the next book?

Murder Beyond the Precipice would appeal to readers who prefer a slower paced book. I found the length of some of the descriptive prose and passages of introspection, concerning the events of the first book and Elizabeth’s lack of a love life, took me out of the main story arc. However, there is more than one murder, red herrings and several twists which keep those parts of the plot moving along, plus a nod to the paranormal—always something I enjoy.

Book description

The Livingston family is no stranger to tragedy. Losing both parents at a young age in what authorities ruled an accident, Lucretia Livingston, the sole heir to the estate, is left to pick up the pieces. But many locals question the circumstances surrounding their deaths and if the family’s wealth was an irresistibly seductive motive for crossing the line.

Elizabeth Pennington returns to the coast of Maine after receiving an unexpected wedding invitation. Hoping to surprise her friend, she arrives unannounced at the Livingston Estate-turned-inn, only to discover no one knows her whereabouts. Just as disconcerting is the disappearance of the innkeeper’s young bride, Lucretia. Frantic for answers, Elizabeth becomes tangled in a tortured trail of deception, betrayal, love lost and murder.

AmazonUK | AmazonUS

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