Monday, February 6, 2012

Mystery Mondays: Lorna Barrett's Booktown Mysteries

Since February is Library Lovers Month, I decided it was time to get back to posting some Mystery Mondays entries, featuring libraries and/or books for the month.  The protagonist in Lorna Barrett's Booktown Mysteries is Tricia Miles, a recently divorced woman who moves to Stoneham, New Hampshire, to open a mystery bookstore called Haven't Got a Clue.  Stoneham (also known as "Booktown") is a town that has reinvented itself as a booklovers' mecca, with specialty bookstores of all types to entice anyone with a love for reading. The idea seems to be successful, especially for Tricia's store, but the competition for business is not always friendly, which becomes terrifyingly obvious when Tricia finds the unpleasant owner of the local cookbook store murdered. Suspicion falls upon Tricia herself, so she is forced to use the knowledge she has learned from her own books in an attempt to find the real killer. Fortunately, she is successful, and it is a good thing, because murder continues to strike in this otherwise charming little town and Tricia must keep putting her new-found skills to work! Tricia also has to confront her difficult relationship with her older sister, Angelica, who comes for a visit and decides to stay and buy the newly available cookbook store, then opens a new restaurant as well. While Tricia is hopeless in the kitchen, her sister is an accompished cook, and the Booktown mysteries feature some of Angelica's recipes. So far there are five books in this intriguing series, and the author does an excellent job keeping the reader interested in finding out what happens next in Stoneham!

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