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Monday, April 14, 2014

36) Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett

The Blurb :

Tricia Miles, owner of Haven’t a Clue mystery bookstore, is still settling into Stoneham, New Hampshire, the kind of town where everybody knows your name—and where everyone’s quick to lend a hand, even when murder is afoot . . .

The kinder folks of Stoneham might call Pammy Fredericks a free spirit. The less kind, a freeloading thief. Tricia has put up—and put up with—her uninvited college roommate for weeks. In return, Pammy, has stolen $100, among other things. But the day she’s kicked out, Pammy’s found dead in a dumpster, leaving loads of questions unanswered. Like what was she foraging for? Did her killer want it too? To piece the case together, Tricia will have to dive in head-first.…

My Thoughts :

After reading the first two books in this series I was ready to keep going.  I am in a cozy mood so this was the natural choice of series to grab for because I really enjoyed the previous stories.  However it seems that this series is getting very mixed reviews over on Goodreads and I am happy that I didn't read any of them beforehand because they really could make you hate this series.  I think people forget that this is a cozy mystery and is supposed to be over the top and sometimes unbelievable.  That is one of the good things about cozies.  Great plot but questionable themes, deduction processes and characters.

Unlike the cozy I read before this one, this series is really set in a bookstore and it features the said bookstore quite prominently throughout the story.  After two books in the series I really feel like my time in Booktown is a like a murder mystery weekend.  A short break and a fun murder mystery to solve.  I like Tricia, her cat and this time around her sister Angelica also made herself seem more likable.  However Ginny the bookshop assistant lost a lot of my respect and was like an annoying teenager who kept moaning and groaning.  I hope Tricia toughens up on her instead of making her life easier.

There are some aspects of this series that are starting to make me wonder.  Tricia seems to have enough money to throw around because she is extremely generous in some respects.  However when she really needs something she tries to save.  This is shown to us a few times in series and in this third installment it is practically pointed out to us with a big neon sign.  So what is the deal?  Rich or not?  Too generous?  I hope that Tricia doesn't give a certain person too much of her money.  Anyone who has/does read this book will know who I am talking about.

Anyway, the plot this time around was a little boring at first.  I didn't see how anything would fit together and I wasn't sure if the author knew either.  There were some characters involved who seemed to be a waste of time and there were other characters drawn in that changed the pace of the series somewhat.  A very weird mixture of change that seemed strange for a third book in the series.  It is like the author didn't think things would get this far and decided she needed to change aspects of the story to be able to keep the series going for another few books.

Despite all of this the story was still good.  Easy to follow and well worth reading.  I am happy to say I have the next two books in the series and with some of the events this book brings I am quite eager to see how things continue to develop.  Even for some of the characters who I think need a good slap ;)  Expect to see the next book reviewed very soon.  After all I have the next books in paperback and really need to get some paperbacks read and moving along.

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1 comment:

Aurian said...

I have read this series, and at the moment, I don't really like the sisters so much anymore, not sure if I will continue reading. But the coming books are still fun.
Yes, Tricia does have enough money, I think from her divorce from her wealthy ex-husband, and her parents are plenty rich as well.