Synopses & Reviews
New York Times bestselling author of Murder on the Half Shelf Lorna Barrett delivers another compulsively page-turning Booktown Mystery in which amateur sleuth and bookstore owner Tricia Miles gets caught up in a local election that turns lethal
Its November in Stoneham, New Hampshire, and that means its time for the Chamber of Commerce elections. The race is already a bit heated, as the long-standing Chamber president is being challenged by a former loverTricias own sister, Angelica. Then local small business owner Stan Berry throws his hat in the ring.
Unfortunately, its not there for long when hes found murdered in the Brookview Inn. The murder weapon is a brass letter opener belonging to the inns receptionist. Tricia knows theres no way the receptionist is a killer. And when Angelica asks Tricia to help clear her name and win the election, she sees little choice except to start snooping.
She 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? And who truly had something to gain? Tricia will have to do some serious sleuthing before she pulls the lever on a killer.
"Stoneham, N.H., the picturesque setting of the pseudonymous Barrett's charming first in a new series, boasts a newly renovated main street devoted to a variety of bookstores. When Tricia Miles mystery bookstore proprietor and city refugee discovers her unpleasant cookbook store neighbor stabbed to death and a rare book missing, Tricia soon finds herself under the sheriff's surveillance and dubbed the village jinx. Determined to clear her name and track down the stolen cookbook, Tricia enlists a few friendly locals to aid in her investigation. When her difficult older sister, Angelica, arrives unexpectedly, Tricia worries she's in for another headache, but Angelica turns out to be a willing conspirator in Tricia's search for answers. The mix of books, cooking and an engaging whodunit will leave cozy fans eager for the next installment." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Move over Cabot Cove. Lorna Barrett's new cozy creation, Murder Is Binding
, has it all: wonderful old books, quirky characters, a clever mystery, and a cat named Miss Marple!" --Roberta Isleib, author of Preaching to the Corpse
and the Advice Column Mysteries "A mystery bookstore in a sleepy New England town, a cat named Miss Marple, a nasty murder and a determined heroine make Barrett's delightful debut mystery everything a cozy lover could want and more. Bravo!" --Leann Sweeney, author of the Yellow Rose Mystery Series
and#8220;In Stoneham, Barrett has created an interesting world with recurring characters, and Murder on the Half Shelf
is a pleasing addition to her body of work.and#8221; and#8212;Richmond Times-Dispatch
and#8220;Another really well written book in the Booktown seriesand#8230; I love cozy mysteries that are truly a mystery until the end and this one doesnand#8217;t disappoint. Looking forward to more from Lorna Barrett.and#8221;and#8212;Once Upon a Romance
and#160; and#8220;Fans of cozy mysteries canand#8217;t go wrong with this series.and#8221;and#8212;Fresh Fiction
Praise for the New York Times Bestselling Booktown Mysteries
“Fans of Carolyn Hart and Denise Swanson, rejoice!...This first-rate cozy artfully blends crime, cuisine, and even bookselling in a cheerful, witty, well-plotted puzzler.”—Julia Spencer-Fleming, Edgar® finalist and author of One Was a Soldier
“Lorna Barretts new cozy creation…has it all: wonderful old books, quirky characters, a clever mystery, and a cat named Miss Marple!”—Roberta Isleib, author of Asking for Murder
“A mystery bookstore in a sleepy New England town, a cat named Miss Marple, a nasty murder, and a determined heroine make Barretts delightful debut mystery everything a cozy lover could want and more. Bravo!”—Leann Sweeney, author of The Cat, the Mill, and the Murder
“Barrett is skilled at making her characters flawed and fully believable.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Tightly plotted and paced to keep you turning the pages, this series is indeed getting better with each book.”—Gumshoe Review
“Charming…An engaging whodunit.”—Publishers Weekly
“Sheer entertainment. A good rollicking read.”—Roundtable Reviews
The streets of Stoneham, New Hampsire are lined with bookstores...and paved with murder.
When she moved to Stoneham, city slicker Tricia Miles met nothing but friendly faces. And when she opened her mystery bookstore, she met friendly competition. But when she finds Doris Gleason dead in her own cookbook store, killed by a carving knife, the atmosphere seems more cutthroat than cordial. Someone wanted to get their hands on the rare cookbook that Doris had recently purchased-and the locals think that someone is Tricia. To clear her name, Tricia will have to take a page out of one of her own mysteries-and hunt down someone who isn't killing by the book.
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;
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.
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.
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.
About the Author
Lorna Barrett is the New York Times bestselling author of the Booktown Mysteries including such titles as Chapter and Hearse, Bookmarked for Death, and Murder on the Half Shelf.