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Bookplate Special (Booktown Series #3)

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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

High-five to Lorna Barrett for Bookplate Special

I thoroughly enjoyed the third installment to Lorna Barrett's Booktown Mystery series. I enjoy reading the continuing saga of Stoneham and its residents. Each of the three books can stand alone, but the stories are entwined and sort of continuing. In this book, finding ...
I thoroughly enjoyed the third installment to Lorna Barrett's Booktown Mystery series. I enjoy reading the continuing saga of Stoneham and its residents. Each of the three books can stand alone, but the stories are entwined and sort of continuing. In this book, finding a body in a dumpster gave a whole new meaning to 'taking the trash out'. Tricia Miles, quiet shop keeper, seems to find a body everywhere she goes. Is she the town 'jinx' or not?

I do like the characters and I was happy to see Tricia get a little more depth to her character this time around. Her sister Angelica is a hoot and always livens things up whenever she's around. The other re-occuring characters help build a nice comfortable setting. They have become like old friends and I like the way Lorna Barrett brings their stories to light while weaving the mystery around them all.

I was quite surprised by the who in this whodunit! Barrett seems to have a knack for keeping me guessing until the very end and then I sit there and wonder what I missed that I didn't see it coming.

Bravo Lorna, you did it again and I can't wait for the next installment to come out. Your 'preview' has already sucked me in and I'll be pre-ordering that book as soon as I can.

posted by JL_Coy0 on November 18, 2009

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Not As Good as the First Two...

Well, since I am a "Johnny Come Lately" with this review, and I am sure you have a good handle as to what this is about from the multitude of other reviews. I will just give you my personal thoughts on this issue of the Booktown segment. Barnett's first two were fun and...
Well, since I am a "Johnny Come Lately" with this review, and I am sure you have a good handle as to what this is about from the multitude of other reviews. I will just give you my personal thoughts on this issue of the Booktown segment. Barnett's first two were fun and moved right along. This one seemed very slow getting your interest perked. Pammy, the barely friend from the past was not endearing and her victim status was a little on the ho hum side. Of course the driving force was desire to learn the who and why of the drama. It was a little too political correct though Tricia's scheduled periods of anger and kindness <she always trys to do what is right> help smooth out what I was afraid might end up too Al Goreish for me. Always fun to reconnect with the supporting cast, and we are adding a bit to it. Angelica her very out spoken, dual shop owner, and "soon to be published author... cookbook of course, Sister, adds to the fun. The sisters are not the cookie cutter variety but hence the reality which adds much. Miss Marple, the shop cat, is delightful and we introduce a new feline who make a transformation from feral to a sweet pet with the advice of Tricia.

About 3/4 of the way through, things started to happen and matter. A good bit of red herring, a new romance interest, a surprise of good guy who truly wasn't made it finally enjoyable. The recipe section was really dull, who that has lived a few years doesn't have a good meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and garlic bread recipe in their repertory? You think?

The sampling of Barrett's soon to released, NOT a cookbook.., has peaked my interest so I will once again be visiting Stoneham, Haven't Got a Clue, in hopes we will be back on track with an exciting mystery read!

posted by Lindsey146 on July 19, 2010

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    Not As Good as the First Two...

    Well, since I am a "Johnny Come Lately" with this review, and I am sure you have a good handle as to what this is about from the multitude of other reviews. I will just give you my personal thoughts on this issue of the Booktown segment. Barnett's first two were fun and moved right along. This one seemed very slow getting your interest perked. Pammy, the barely friend from the past was not endearing and her victim status was a little on the ho hum side. Of course the driving force was desire to learn the who and why of the drama. It was a little too political correct though Tricia's scheduled periods of anger and kindness &lt;she always trys to do what is right&gt; help smooth out what I was afraid might end up too Al Goreish for me. Always fun to reconnect with the supporting cast, and we are adding a bit to it. Angelica her very out spoken, dual shop owner, and "soon to be published author... cookbook of course, Sister, adds to the fun. The sisters are not the cookie cutter variety but hence the reality which adds much. Miss Marple, the shop cat, is delightful and we introduce a new feline who make a transformation from feral to a sweet pet with the advice of Tricia.

    About 3/4 of the way through, things started to happen and matter. A good bit of red herring, a new romance interest, a surprise of good guy who truly wasn't made it finally enjoyable. The recipe section was really dull, who that has lived a few years doesn't have a good meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and garlic bread recipe in their repertory? You think?

    The sampling of Barrett's soon to released, NOT a cookbook.., has peaked my interest so I will once again be visiting Stoneham, Haven't Got a Clue, in hopes we will be back on track with an exciting mystery read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 17, 2010

    bookplate special

    I love Lorna Barrett! She keeps me entertained and the "one who dunnit" isn't featured prominently as a main character, but is mentioned briefly from time to time, making the outcome a jaw dropper.

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