Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Review: Sentenced To Death by Lorna Barrett

  • Author:  Lorna Barrett
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425241866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425241868

Product Description


As the owner of Stoneham, New Hampshire's mystery bookstore Haven't Got a Clue, Tricia Miles can figure out whodunit in the latest bestseller long before she gets to the last page. But when her friend is killed in a freak accident, Tricia must use her sleuthing skills to solve a murder mystery that promises to be much more sinister than the books on her shelves.

The Booktown Mystery series concerns a mystery bookseller who deals in rare, out-of-print, and used books. What does "L" know about bookselling? A little. She, too, has sold used books.

Authors are split on the whether "used" bookstores are good for building their careers. From a reader's perspective, they're a great way to find new authors or find out-of-print books by their favorite authors. Sadly, authors make no money from the sales of used books--and this is a business where unless you're Stephen King, Nora Roberts, or John Grisham, you aren't going to make enough money from your writing career to cover the mortgage and groceries. So it's a catch-22.

Tricia Miles, the owner of the Haven't Got a Clue bookstore that's the heart of the Booktown Mysteries, also sells new books, thus helping current "real" authors (who are mentioned in the Booktown Mysteries) stake out some kind of living, as well as keeping "alive" the works of long-dead authors.

About The Author

Lorna Barret is the author of the Book Town Mystery series, from Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series, MURDER IS BINDING, was published in April 2008, followed by Bookmarked for Death (2009) and Bookplate Special. (11/2009) Bookplate Special was an Agatha Nominee for best novel, 2009.

Chapter & Hearse was released 8/3/10, and Sentenced to Death will be released in June 2011.

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My Review

Wonderful to return to Stoneham, New Hampshire in Lorna Barrett's latest Booktown Mystery: Sentenced To Death.  The fast paced action packed novel starts off with a plane careening into the town's square's gazebo on Founder's Day.  Tricia Miles is stunned by the death of her good friend, Deborah Black, and the death of the pilot of the small plane.  It's an accident....or is it?  And what is with the company Nigela Racita Associates that are buying up all the property in town?

All of your favorite characters are back in this wonderful cozy mystery. Tricia's sister Angelica continues to cook up a storm in her restaurant as well as writing a new cookbook. Captain Barker is still hanging around.
And in Tricia's life, her bookshop, Haven't Got A Clue, is humming along with Miss Marple in residence.  But there is an employee change up in the works.  And what is with ex-husband Christopher and his extravagant gifts?

Getting back to Deborah Black.  Her husband David does not seem too heartbroken at the demise of his wife.  In fact, he seems to be hurrying all the arrangements along.  He's ignoring his son and being down right rude to his grief stricken mother-in-law.  And suddenly the welder seems to have a career in sculpture that was not evident before.

Another death proves to Tricia that she is on the right track.  But who could the murderer be?  Who benefits?  This delightful cozy publishes in June just in time for a great summer read!  Pre-order a copy today!

1 comment:

  1. I was writing a new blog post about Sentenced to Death and was looking for a picture of the book and came across this post! I'm glad to hear about a fellow fan of Lorna Barrett enjoying her series. I can't wait to read it!