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Saturday, February 15, 2014

11) Bookmarked for Death by Lorna Barrett

The Blurb :

What do a stone book and a stabbed cake have to do with Zoë Carter's death?

Once a struggling town, Stoneham, New Hampshire is now enjoying a renaissance--thanks to booksellers like Tricia Miles, proprietor of Haven’t Got a Clue. It’s a great place to find a good mystery to read--or to solve ….

To celebrate her bookstore’s anniversary, Tricia Miles hosts a book signing for bestselling author Zoë Carter. But the event takes a terrible turn when the author is found dead in the washroom. Before long, both police and reporters are demanding the real story. So far, the author’s obnoxious assistant/niece is the only suspect. And with a sheriff who provides more obstacles than answers, Tricia will have to take matters into her own hands--and read between the lines to solve this mystery….

My Thoughts :

I haven't had much time or energy to read lately so it was really annoying me that I couldn't curl up with this book and find out who did it.  I was really into the story and it was hard not to keep picking it up and reading a bit now and again.  However I hate not being able to read a whole chapter or at least to a break in the book so I had to find enough time to get some serious reading done.  I finally finished this today and if I didn't have some review books that needed my attention I would be reading the next installment already!

Mystery books, especially cozies, are a big love of mine and to have them come together in a series is really a treat.  Add some great characters, a charming location and a super story and you have the Booktown Mystery series.  I only came across this series recently and am kicking myself for not finding it earlier.  I adore the Booktown idea and Tricia's bookshop.  All the regular characters are like old friends already and this was only the second book in the series.

Tricia is a super amateur sleuth and it isn't just due to her love of mysteries.  She is an intelligent woman who pays attention to details.  However she isn't very clever when it comes to romantic relationships and I hope she gets a clue about Russ or gets rid of him.  What surprised me was the better relationship she is having with her sister.  A welcome surprise that made me glad the sister was sticking around.  A constant sibling rivalry or fight would have been annoying.

The plot this time around was more than interesting and I only had a slight inkling as to who was the murderer.  My only problem was figuring out a motive but it seems I wasn't the only one who didn't realise who was responsible till it all came out.  Tricia was going in the right direction but she also mistook the signs for the same reason I did.

I have a long way to go before catching up with this series.  There are still six more for me to read before I up to date.  The temptation to start book three is gnawing at me but I will resist and get caught up with some other reads first.  However I am dying to visit Stoneham again and can't wait to see what trouble Tricia manages to get into next time.

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1 comment:

Aurian said...

Great review Amber, glad you like this series so far. I've read the latest paperback recently, and I am a bit falling out of love with it, sad to say. I sure hope you will keep loving it.