Murder's in the mix for mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth Tricia Miles, in the latest entry to Lorna Barrett's New York Times bestselling Booktown series.
With her assistant, Pixie, picking up more responsibility around the shop, Tricia Miles suddenly has a lot more time on her hands. Tricia decides to join the local animal-rescue board and enter the Great Stoneham Bake-Off, but neither pans out as smoothly as she’d hoped.
Balancing a bake-off that’s heating up with a frosty reception from the board, Tricia stops by Joyce Whitman’s romance bookstore looking for a book to get her fired up. She stumbles on something hot, but it’s an argument between Joyce and her neighbor Vera Olson instead of a steamy read. When Vera turns up dead in Joyce’s garden hours later, Tricia has to wonder—could Joyce be the killer? Or is the culprit still lurking in town?
One thing is for sure, someone in Stoneham is stirring up something more sinister than sweet. Tricia is determined to win the cutthroat cooking contest, but first she will have to make sure no one else is in danger of getting burned....
The residents of Stoneham, N.H., a book lover's dream village, are gearing up for the Great Booktown Bake-Off in Barrett's charming 13th Booktown mystery (after 2018's Poisoned Pages). Even Tricia Miles, who owns the mystery bookstore Haven't Got a Clue, decides to enter the contest, not that she's a master baker. Boredom has set in since she promoted the efficient Pixie Poe to assistant manager, so Tricia is looking for new hobbies, including gardening. When Tricia and fellow shopkeeper Joyce Widman find the body of irascible Vera Olson in Joyce's garden, a "pitchfork thrust through its midsection," Tricia once again turns amateur sleuth. What at first appears to be a matter of tension between Vera and a neighbor leads Tricia to a more serious matter that involves pure greed and would anger a lot of people. Appealing characters and the picture of small-town life offset the weak resolution. Scrumptious cupcake recipes round out the volume. Cozy fans will be pleased.
It is great to return to Booktown!
I LOVE reading the latest Tricia / Angelica saga. I love these two sisters, and I also enjoy the other main characters in these books. I'm always so happy to return to Booktown to find out what is going on in their lives. There's always a murdered person for Tricia to discover and try to figure out whodunit. Along with a little love sprinkled in. And other things for Tricia to figure out. All in all, this is a great addition to this series. A very enjoyable read!
Tricia Miles has more time on her hands these days since she promoted Pixie to assistant manager. Tricia makes up her mind to fill this time by joining the board of an animal rescue but is getting some resistance from one particular member. While deciding what to do next she makes plans to enter an amateur baking competition. But in between her plans Tricia stops by Joyce Whitman’s book store looking for a new book with a little romance and suspense but what she finds is an argument between Joyce and Vera Osborn. Hours later Tricia arrives at Joyce’s house for a gardening lesson and to pick some fresh vegetables only to find Vera’s dead body. Tricia can’t help but get pulled into the investigation.
This is one of my favorite series. I mean how could it not be, it’s about a town of bookstores and the protagonist owns a mystery bookstore. The books can be enjoyed as part of the series or stand-alone mysteries. The aforementioned setting of Booktown has a small-town cozy feeling. Author Lorna Barrett spins a well-written story with well-developed complexed characters. My favorite character, Tricia and Angelica have a wonderful relationship. They support one another but sometimes can get on one another nerves and have a healthy sense of sibling rivalry like the baking competition. I felt bad for Tricia in this book because she seems so lost and doesn’t know what to do with so much free time. The mystery has great pace with several well placed red herrings. All this and some tasty recipes included for the food lovers.
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