New York Times bestselling author Lorna Barrett presents another page-turning chapter in her Booktown Mystery series as mystery bookshop owner Tricia Miles finds out that murder is no walk in the park…
While out walking Sarge, her sister’s bichon frise, bookshop owner Tricia Miles 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 at 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…
Near the start of Barnett's engrossing ninth Booktown mystery (after 2014's Book Clubbed), Tricia Miles, the proprietor of By Hook or By Book, a bookstore in Stoneham, N.H., takes her sister Angelica's dog, Sarge, for a walk. While passing near the gazebo in the town square, the animal starts to bark and strain at his leash. Sarge leads Tricia to the gazebo, where she discovers a man lying face down, apparently suffering from a heart attack. She recognizes him as Pete Renquist, the president of the local historical society. His only words to her are the enigmatic "I never missed my little boy." Pete dies in the hospital, where newly discovered wounds on his arm indicate murder. Tricia and Angelica set out to find out whodunit at considerable risk to their own lives. Credible characters lead realistic lives in a cozy that will make readers feel very much a part of the idyllic town of Stoneham.