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Book Review: “Poisoned Pages” by Lorna Barrett (Booktown Mystery #12)

poisonedpageTitle:  Poisoned Pages

Author:  Lorna Barrett

Series:  Booktown Mystery #12


Synopsis (Amazon.com):  Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles learns that nothing kills a good party like a murder in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling Booktown Mysteries.

Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, throws a housewarming cocktail party in her new apartment and has cooked all the food by herself—quite a feat for someone who previously couldn’t boil water. Then one of her guests is poisoned and dies. Tricia’s left to wonder if her cooking is to blame or if there’s something much more sinister at play. Either way, Tricia’s once again in hot water with her ex-lover, Chief Baker.

Meanwhile the charming town of Stoneham is being disrupted by a vandalism crime wave. It’s the hot topic in the race for Chamber of Commerce president which sees Tricia pitted against two bitter rivals. With all that’s going on can she find the killer before she’s the next item on the menu?


My thoughts:   First of all, I can’t believe it has been over 6 months since I wrote on this blog.   Man that stinks!   Well I have been reading in that time and hopefully I’m back for a little more sharing.

I absolutely love this Booktown Mystery cozy series.  What cozy lover wouldn’t really?   I mean, a town in New Hampshire completely dedicated to bookshops and book themed cafes, coffee shops, and other dining establishments.

This 12th book in the series certainly did not disappoint.  Tricia, owner of mystery bookshop Haven’t Got a Clue, finds herself in yet another predicament when she finds yet another dead body in her midst.   Is she cursed as everyone starts believing or is she just in the wrong place at the wrong time?

As I was about 3/4 of the way through this book, I realized that the book wasn’t focusing as much on solving the mystery as it was on digging deeper into the relationship between Tricia and her sister Angelica and some of their life stories.   I found I really liked this deep dive further into the characters.

I feel the book ended on a very positive note and set up some wonderful places for the next book in the series to take us . . . please Lorna keep on writing this series and take us there.

Speaking of the next book in the series . . . Killer Edition Booktown Mystery #13 comes out August 13, 2019!!!

Happy Reading,

And remember,

Books are Life,







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Book Review: “A Just Clause” by Lorna Barrett (Booktown Mystery #11)


Title:  A Just Clause

Author:  Lorna Barrett

Series:  Booktown Mystery #11

Synopsis (from amazon.com): Just when things are getting back to normal in Booktown, Tricia and Angelica have their lives turned upside down by a shocking visitor from their past in this latest entry in Lorna Barrett’s New York Times bestselling series.

Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, is in for a surprise when her ne’er-do-well father, John, comes to town—and promptly becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a woman with her own scandalous past. Even Tricia’s faith in the old man is shaken when the Stoneham police break the news that her father is a known con man who has done jail time.

But what about bestselling thriller author Steven Richardson? Is it a coincidence that he arrived for a book signing just before the crime or that the victim was found with a signed copy of his latest bestseller?

From merlot to murder, Tricia is determined to clear the family name before another body shows up and ruins Stoneham’s first—and highly anticipated—wine and jazz festival.

My thoughts:  Well needless to say this is one of my favorite cozy mystery series – I mean come on what avid reader wouldn’t love a cozy set in a book store in a town that is entirely made of different book stores – HEAVEN!

I must admit that given that this was the first book where Tricia was back in her beloved bookstore after it burned down in a previous book – I really thought there would be some sort of big Grand Opening celebration as part of this book, but no such luck!

Overall this series is wonderful, set in a charming shop in a charming town.  The characters are lovely and this all leads to a wonderful series.

If you haven’t explored this series, I highly suggest you get to the library or the bookstore . . . go, go, go.

And remember,

Books Are Life,


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Title Wave by Lorna Barrett (Booktown Mystery #10)


Title:  Title Wave

Author:  Lorna Barrett

Series:  Booktown Mystery #10


Synopsis (from bn.com):  Tricia and Angelica leave Booktown behind for a pleasure cruise, but they’re going to need their life jackets because a murderer has also booked passage—in Lorna Barrett’s New York Times bestselling series.
While her bookstore, Haven’t Got a Clue, is rebuilt following a devastating fire, Tricia Miles and her sister, Angelica, decide to book a cruise for some much needed R&R. Naturally they choose a Mystery Lovers cruise, where they can ponder whodunnit in deck chairs while sipping colorful drinks and soaking up some rays.

But the fun is cut short when a fellow passenger is murdered for real. Is the killer a famous mystery author, one of his fans, or a member of the ship’s crew? As Tricia tries to find the killer before they reach port, she may be cruising for a bruising…


My thoughts:  Tricia and her sister Angelica are back for the 10th installment of the fabulous Booktown Mystery series.  I truly love this series – after all as  a booklover who wouldn’t love an entire town full of nothing but bookshops one after another – I’m in love.

I particularly loved this book in the series as Tricia, Angelica, and her entourage take off on a cruise as Tricia’s bookstore continues to undergo the repairs after being destroyed by fire.  I really love when Cozy Mystery authors take the characters out of their normal setting for one book – it is a refreshing change.   I enjoyed the new setting of this book – not bad to spend an entire book on the deck of a cruise ship, eating in the great restaurants, and of course solving a murder mystery.

Now here is hoping that the next book in this series involves a grand opening of Tricia’s newly remodeled shop!!

Of course looking forward to the next book!!

A great, fun, book focused mystery series that every book lover would love!

And remember,

Books are Life,


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Book Review – “Murder on the Half Shelf” by Lorna Barrett (Booktown Mystery #6)

  Title:  Murder on the Half Shelf (Booktown Mystery Series #6)

Author:  Kate Carlisle

ISBN:  9780425247754

Publisher:  Berkley Publishing Group


Synopsis (from bn.com):

“If anyone has the formula for a frolicking fun mystery down pat, it’s Lorna Barrett” (Roundtable Reviews), the New York Times bestselling author whose latest Booktown Mystery finds amateur sleuth Tricia Miles unexpectedly reunited with a man from a chapter of her life she closed long ago…

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 to admit that this book fell a bit flat for me, which is odd given that this is one of my favorite cozy series.  I usually love this series because I can picture the quaint little town with all of the bookshops and the diner.  This time, however, I just didn’t feel engaged with these characters that I have come to love.  I can’t quite put my finger on why this book felt a little boring to me.  I just felt annoyed with Angelica’s constant attitude and some pretty unbelievable turns in the story even for a cozy mystery.  The “whodunit” part came completely out of nowhere for me which led to further disappointment in the ending of the book.  When I found out who the culprit was, I was a bit shocked and not for a good reason.  Completely out of left field!

All that being said, the very last sentence of the book of course makes me want to stay with the series to see what happens!  A bit of a twist at the end which should make the next installment quite good!

An ok read in a series that I still highly recommend!


And remember,

Books Are Life,


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