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Thursday, August 28, 2014

95) Murder on the Half Shelf by Lorna Barrett

The Blurb :

Stoneham, New Hampshire, is a haven to bookstores, including Tricia’s own mystery shop, Haven’t Got a Clue, but is sadly lacking in bed and breakfasts. Pippa and Jon Comfort’s Sheer Comfort Inn opens its doors to the public in a week and the couple has offered some locals a free night as a trial run.

But what should have been a pleasant overnight stay for Tricia becomes a nightmare when she makes two startling discoveries: Pippa’s murdered body in the backyard, and the fact that her husband Jon is actually Harry Tyler, a man Tricia loved—and believed dead—for nearly twenty years.

Now Harry is the prime suspect, but Tricia doesn’t believe him capable of murder, regardless of her own feelings toward him. And even though Harry’s led a life of lies, Tricia’s learning that Pippa had her share of secrets that some people may have not wanted revealed…

My Thoughts :

I have been itching to pick up the next installment in the Booktown Mystery Series for a while now and I managed to stop myself for a good few weeks..  Murder on the Half Shelf is #6 in the series and I think I am nearly all caught up.  I am finding it hard to resist reading the  the next part straight away but I have to do some reading from my To Be Read pile before it gets out of hand.  However there is something about this cozy series that has me addicted.  I don't think it will be long before you all see a review for the next book here on the blog.

This time around the murder lands Tricia on the suspect list when she finds the body herself.  With an old flame returning from the dead and some kind of stalker sending her strange packages she has enough going on as far as relationships are concerned.  So being a suspect means her actual love interest, who is the law, is keeping his distance until the murder is solved.

Once again Tricia's snooping manages to dig up all kinds of information but nothing concrete and it isn't until the very end that everything comes together and the real murderer is caught.  There was no way anyone, not even the reader, could have known who it was until the big moment because the person never really came under suspicion or had a motive until they confessed.  This somehow ruins the mystery but also somehow makes it even better.  While you have no idea who did the deed for the whole book you have a great story of Tricia following clues, making assumptions and getting into situations she shouldn't.

Book number six sees less changes in the town of books.   Ginny was missed while Russ, despite appearing briefly, wasn't.  Angelica becomes even more likable and I am still waiting for Bob to be the next victim.  Mr Everett was more present this time and there were a couple of new characters that should spice up the upcoming books.

I really enjoy visiting Stoneham and can't wait to go there again especially after the ending in this sixth book.  The plots are always interesting but the characters are the pulling point.  Such diverse and unusual people are hard to leave alone and not get involved with.  I certainly can't wait to see what they all get up to next time.  I also look forward to finding out how Tricia's relationship with the detective continue after the interesting cliffhanger.

This series is well worth trying especially if you are a big book lover because well it is based in a town full of books!  Otherwise just take a look in and check out the small town life.  It isn't boring in Stoneham and you will definitely find something you will like.

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