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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,

Heather

 

 

 

 

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

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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,

Heather

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Title Wave by Lorna Barrett (Booktown Mystery #10)

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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,

Heather

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Book Review: “Fatal Chapter” by Lorna Barrett (Booktown Series #9)

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Title:  A Fatal Chapter

Author:  Lorna Barrett

Series:  Booktown Series #9

Synopsis (from bn.com):

New York Times bestselling author Lorna Barrett presents another page-turning chapter in her Booktown Mystery series. This time mystery bookshop owner Tricia Miles is about to find out murder is no walk in the park…

While out walking Sarge, her sister’s bichon frise, Tricia is led by the agitated dog to a man lying in a gazebo. She’s startled when she recognizes Pete Renquist, the president of the Stoneham Historical Society, who appears to be suffering from cardiac arrest. When Pete later dies in the hospital, the discovery of a suspicious bruise and a puncture mark on his arm suggests he may have been murdered.

Haunted by Pete’s enigmatic last words to her, Tricia begins to consider who had a motive to kill her friend. Did Pete take his flirting too far, only to have a jealous husband teach him a lesson? Or did he discover something in the town’s historical records that his killer wanted kept secret? Tricia is determined to get to the bottom of things before someone else becomes history…

 

 

My thoughts:  The latest installment in the Booktown Mystery series.  I must admit that while I enjoy this series a great deal – because let’s be real what reader wouldn’t enjoy a series set in a place called Booktown which is basically filled with cozy book shops, cafes, restaurants, etc – this wasn’t my favorite in the series.

It seemed to drag a bit for me from the very beginning – I’m not sure why.

And I admit that while I generally love all the characters in this series Tricia’s sister Angelica drives me crazy.  In this book particularly since she has become the Chamber President she things she is too good for everyone and she just seems mean, belittling, and demeaning to Tricia and I know it seems silly since these are just book characters – but I hate it.  Treat my Tricia nice!!!

I of course will tune in for the next book in the series as I am hopeful that it will include a Grand Opening Ceremony and opening of Tricia’s newly refurbished store after the fire!

Overall a great series – this one just fell a bit flat for me!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review: “Book Clubbed” by Lorna Barrett (Booktown Mystery #8)

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Title:  Book Clubbed

Author:  Lorna Barrett

Series:  Booktown Mystery #8

Synopsis (from bn.com):

The New York Times bestselling author of Not the Killing Type is back in Booktown with another page-turning mystery. Bookstore owner Tricia Miles and her sister, Angelica, must put their problems on the shelf to catch a killer who turns a bookcase into a murder weapon…

After cranky Chamber of Commerce receptionist Betsy Dittmeyer is crushed by a fallen bookcase, the next item to be read is her will, which is packed with surprises. It seems Betsy was hiding volumes of secrets behind her perpetual frown—one of which might have been a motive for murder.

While Tricia tries to help Angelica—the newly elected Chamber of Commerce president—solve the mystery, she discovers a hidden chapter in her own family history. And with her ex-husband and the chief of police vying for her affections, it’s doubly hard to focus on who buried Betsy in a tomb of tomes.

But Tricia and Angelica will need to watch their step carefully to make sure the killer doesn’t catch them between the stacks.

 

My thoughts:  Well I can’t beat about the bush here . . . I love this cozy series, but I fear that it is getting a bit stale and old.  The last couple books I have read in this series have just not felt the same and I feel like I’m trudging through waiting for the action to happen.

One of the problems I’m noticing is that the books are starting to focus on the events of the city and the shopkeepers rather than any murder mystery . . . in amongst all of fluff in the story I realize that the actual murder mystery is completely lost.

I love the premise of the cozy series . . . I mean what on earth is better that a cozy surrounding a mystery book store in a town called Booktown.

I am hopeful that the author freshens up this series in the next installment coming out soon, The Final Chapter!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review: “Not the Killing Type” by Lorna Barrett (Booktown Mystery #7)

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Title:  Not the Killing Type

Author:  Lorna Barrett

Series:  Booktown Mystery #7

Synopsis (from bn.com):

It’s November in Stoneham, New Hampshire, and time for the Chamber of Commerce elections. The long-standing Chamber president is being challenged by a former lover—Tricia’s own sister, Angelica. Also throwing his hat in the ring is small business owner Stan Berry. Unfortunately, Stan isn’t in the race for long.

When Stan is found murdered, his political rivals become suspects. Angelica is going to need more than a vote of confidence from her sister—she needs Tricia to clear her name so she can win the election.

Tricia soon uncovers a ballot box full of lies and betrayals, and a chamber full of people who had grudges against the victim. But were they serious enough to lead to murder? It’s up to Tricia to pull the lever on a killer before it’s curtains for someone else.

 

My thoughts:  I was so excited to get back to my friends in Stoneham, New Hampshire, known fondly as booktown.  As a cozy lover and an avid reader, the mere concept of a little cozy town that has bookstore after bookstore is super exciting.

I love this cozy series.  The characters are fun, friendly, and make you want to come back for more.

My only small complaint about this particular book in the series is that I felt it didn’t really spend  much time on the actual murder mystery part of the book and focused more on all the other extraneous type goings on.  I felt as if the actual murder and whodunit part was almost treated as an afterthought . . . not cool.  Of course I still will be back for book #8 . . . hahahah.

A fun, cozy series set in a charming place.  perhaps a great book for a summer road trip or the beach 🙂

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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