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Murder on the Half Shelf (Booktown Mysteries)

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ISBN13: 9780425247754
ISBN10: 0425247759
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Its a recipe for disaster when bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright is asked to restore an antique cookbook….

 

Brooklyn has always been a little obsessed with food, but it was her sister Savannah who became a chef, graduating from the prestigious Cordon Bleu school in Paris. She and her classmates all went on to successful careers, but none of them achieved culinary superstardom like Savannahs ex-boyfriend Baxter Cromwell.

 

When Baxter invites the old gang to participate in his new restaurants gala opening in San Francisco, Savannah looks forward to seeing her friends, and even asks Brooklyn to restore a tattered cookbook—an old gift from Baxter—as a present for him. But Brooklyn immediately recognizes that the book, which has strange notes and symbols scrawled in the margins, is at least two hundred years old. She thinks that it probably belongs in a museum, but Savannah insists on returning it to Baxter.

 

Shortly after receiving the gift, Baxter is found dead, with Savannah kneeling over him, bloody knife in hand, and the rare cookbook has disappeared. Brooklyn knows her sister didnt kill him, and she suspects the missing cookbook might lead to the real villain. Now Brooklyn will have to turn up the heat on the investigation before Chef Savannah finds herself slinging hash in a prison cafeteria.

Review:

"At the outset of Agatha-finalist Barrett's unsatisfying sixth Booktown mystery (after 2011's Sentenced to Death), Tricia Miles, owner of the Haven't Got a Clue bookstore in Stoneham, N.H., who's been invited by her sister, cookbook author Angelica, to share in a free night at the new Sheer Comfort Inn, stumbles across the body of Pippa Comfort, one-half of the couple running the inn. Tricia soon becomes aware that Jon Comfort, Pippa's husband, is not what he seems, and begins receiving disquieting packages from someone apparently well versed about her own past. Police chief Grant Baker, Tricia's boyfriend, is inclined to think that Tricia isn't an innocent bystander to the crime, while Bob Kelly, Angelica's former boyfriend, may be involved in shady dealings. Situations that strain credulity and a culprit who appears without sufficient foreshadowing will disappoint some readers, but series fans should enjoy the colorful smalltown characters and the cliffhanger ending. Agent: Jessica Faust, BookEnds. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

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 sisters bichon frise, Tricia is led by the agitated dog to a man lying in a gazebo. Shes 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 Petes 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 towns historical records that his killer wanted kept secret? Tricia is determined to get to the bottom of things before someone else becomes history…

INCLUDES RECIPES

Synopsis:

Tricia Milesand#151;owner of Havenand#8217;t Got a Clue, the best mystery bookstore in Stoneham, New Hampshireand#151;once again plays amateur sleuth as she is unexpectedly reunited with a man from a chapter of her life she closed long agoand#133;

and#160;

The town of Stoneham is a haven for bookstores, but it is sadly lacking in bed-and-breakfasts. Fortunately Pippa and Jon Comfortand#8217;s Sheer Comfort Inn is about to open, and the couple has offered some locals a free night as a trial run.

and#160;

But it wonand#8217;t be so easy to sleep after Tricia makes two startling discoveries: Pippaand#8217;s murdered body in the backyard, and the fact that Pippaand#8217;s husband, Jon, is actually Harry Tyler, a man Tricia lovedand#151;and believed deadand#151;for nearly twenty years.

and#160;

Though Harry is the prime suspect, Tricia doesnand#8217;t believe him capable of murder, even though heand#8217;s led a life of lies. Especially when she discovers that Pippa had a few secrets of her ownand#151;some that may have been worth killing for.

Includes recipes.

About the Author

LORNA BARRETT is the New York Times bestselling author of the Booktown Mysteries, including Book Clubbed and Not the Killing Type. She lives in Rochester, New York.

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Dollycas, July 14, 2012 (view all comments by Dollycas)
We return to Stoneham, New Hampshire just when a man from Tricia's past also arrives in town. Tricia, owner of the Haven't Got A Clue Mystery Shop and her sister Angelica have received a free night at the town's new Bed & Breakfast, Sheer Comfort. They join some other members of the Chamber of Commerce so the hosts can have a trial run before they open to the public. Pippa and Jon Comfort are new in town but it seems they already know some of Stoneham's prominent residents.

Of course Angelica couldn't leave her dog at home even though the inn has a strict no pets policy. As usual she cons Tricia into sneaking him outside for a comfort walk. That's when what should have been a relaxing overnight stay turns into nightmare. Sarge sniffs out a dead body in the backyard. Tricia has too much experience in this kind of discovery so it takes her only seconds to realize that Pippa has been murdered. If that isn't enough, Tricia meets Pippa's husband Jon and discovers he is actually Harry Tyler, a man Tricia loved and thought was dead for the past twenty years.

Harry needs to answer a lot of questions for Tricia but he has become the prime suspect in his wife's murder. Tricia may not have seen this man for 20 years but she knows he wouldn't murder his wife. There is much more to Pippa's story and Tricia can't help herself, she just needs to follow the clues and catch the real culprit.


Lorna Barrett is one of the best at writing a cozy mystery and I believe this is the best story she has written yet.

This is a tight, well written fast moving mystery with well developed characters readers have grown to love, including Miss Marple the cat and now Sarge the dog. We are also introduced to some new very interesting characters in this edition. I can't wait to see how Pixie impacts the next installment. You know characters are wonderfully created when you as the reader want to reach into the pages and slap one of them up aside the head. C'mon Grant, seriously!!

The story is also chock full of humor. Angelica has quite a harrowing experience but it had me laughing out loud and quickly turning the pages. Also when Tricia meets Pixie, priceless.

This wonderful mystery is filled with plenty of suspects, more twists and turns that a carnival ride, and a few surprises. Barrett has also gone the way of television drama. This book has a cliffhanger! Yes, a cliffhanger. I was already anxious for a return trip to Stoneham but Lorna this is just cruel :) I will be baking some of the delicious recipes included in the book while I wait not very patiently.
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Betty Gelean, July 5, 2012 (view all comments by Betty Gelean)
As the story begins, Tricia and Angelica, two sisters who own shops in Booktown, a revamped original part of Stoneham, NH are trundling their way to the new Sheer Comfort Inn, a beautifully renovated Victorian home. Angelica has won an overnight stay for two in a draw in a dry run a week before opening. After a brief conversation with their hostess Pippa Comfort, Tricia becomes aware that they expected Angelica to bring Bob Kelly, owner of Kelly Real Estate and head of the Chamber of Commerce. Tricia glimpses a slightly familiar-looking man in the hall as he tries to avoid being seen. Who would she know here aside from the other Chamber members? He looked like he worked at the hotel.

Love is definitely not in the air, but that doesn't stop a bit of running around among some of the residents. What is happening to romance in Stoneham? Angelica is angry with ex-boyfriend Bob, Mr. Everett is concerned about his marriage, Tricia is on the outs with boyfriend/lover Grant Baker, police chief, and more. Some friendships slip and jealousy rears its head. The mixed bunch of guests at the Inn don't seem to be having a romantic evening either. When Tricia takes Angelica's dog Sarge out for a walk a few minutes after getting to their room, he sniffs out a body behind the fence...the body of Pippa Comfort. What on earth could have happened in the few minutes since they spoke? Naturally Tricia becomes a suspect after she reports the "accident".

There are so many suspects for this murder and a lot of very interesting hobbies among the shopkeepers come to light. Nothing like a murder investigation to bring out the dirt, and this bit of laundry is sure to hang out someone to dry eventually. A lot of changes in this, the sixth of the Booktown Series. Lorna Barrett has served up another great mystery with old and new characters, a surprise from the past, good news and seriously bad news for Angelica in particular. Will she rise from the ashes of her career? Lorna Barrett's characters come with human foibles and believable. I love some of the tongue-in-cheek names that show up occasionally in these books. Now I ask you, what could be more fitting than the Full Moon Nudist Camp and Resort?

Meanwhile, with the town beginning to think of Tricia as a jinx, who is sending her "gifts" in the mail with oblique messages? Why does she have to find another body, fortunately one that is still breathing, on her next walk with Sarge, the dog with the great sniffer? So many questions to be answered and difficult to guess what the answers may be. Lots of twists and mixed emotions among the Booktown people in this book. Once again, a downright good read. Good, solid writing and a very funny last paragraph...don't peek, it won't make any sense unless you read the book! Four easy and tasty recipes included.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425247754
Author:
Barrett, Lorna
Publisher:
Berkley Prime Crime
Author:
Carlisle, Kate
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
A Booktown Mystery
Series Volume:
6
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
includes teaser
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "At the outset of Agatha-finalist Barrett's unsatisfying sixth Booktown mystery (after 2011's Sentenced to Death), Tricia Miles, owner of the Haven't Got a Clue bookstore in Stoneham, N.H., who's been invited by her sister, cookbook author Angelica, to share in a free night at the new Sheer Comfort Inn, stumbles across the body of Pippa Comfort, one-half of the couple running the inn. Tricia soon becomes aware that Jon Comfort, Pippa's husband, is not what he seems, and begins receiving disquieting packages from someone apparently well versed about her own past. Police chief Grant Baker, Tricia's boyfriend, is inclined to think that Tricia isn't an innocent bystander to the crime, while Bob Kelly, Angelica's former boyfriend, may be involved in shady dealings. Situations that strain credulity and a culprit who appears without sufficient foreshadowing will disappoint some readers, but series fans should enjoy the colorful smalltown characters and the cliffhanger ending. Agent: Jessica Faust, BookEnds. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
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 sisters bichon frise, Tricia is led by the agitated dog to a man lying in a gazebo. Shes 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 Petes 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 towns historical records that his killer wanted kept secret? Tricia is determined to get to the bottom of things before someone else becomes history…

INCLUDES RECIPES

"Synopsis" by ,
Tricia Milesand#151;owner of Havenand#8217;t Got a Clue, the best mystery bookstore in Stoneham, New Hampshireand#151;once again plays amateur sleuth as she is unexpectedly reunited with a man from a chapter of her life she closed long agoand#133;

and#160;

The town of Stoneham is a haven for bookstores, but it is sadly lacking in bed-and-breakfasts. Fortunately Pippa and Jon Comfortand#8217;s Sheer Comfort Inn is about to open, and the couple has offered some locals a free night as a trial run.

and#160;

But it wonand#8217;t be so easy to sleep after Tricia makes two startling discoveries: Pippaand#8217;s murdered body in the backyard, and the fact that Pippaand#8217;s husband, Jon, is actually Harry Tyler, a man Tricia lovedand#151;and believed deadand#151;for nearly twenty years.

and#160;

Though Harry is the prime suspect, Tricia doesnand#8217;t believe him capable of murder, even though heand#8217;s led a life of lies. Especially when she discovers that Pippa had a few secrets of her ownand#151;some that may have been worth killing for.

Includes recipes.

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