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Sentenced to Death (Booktown Series #5)

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

    Great New Cozy Mystery!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Fantastic Plot

    Tricia Mills, the owner of Haven't Got a Clue mystery bookstore in Stoneham, New Hampshire is excited along with the rest of the small New England town for the big Founder's Day Celebration. But, as Tricia watches on, her good friend Deborah Black is struck by a small plane as it crashes into the gazebo where she is speaking and kills her and the pilot. She and everyone else in town is stunned! The Sheriff's Department is convinced it is an accident. Deborah's husband's behavior is more than unusual and Tricia is sure there is more to this mystery, and what she finds is far worse than she ever could have thought.
    My favorite aspect of Lorna Barrett's writing is that she is so descriptive. Her character's come to life and I could picture the townspeople and Tricia vividly. And even though this is the fifth book in the series-it was my introduction to Barrett's Booktown series-I did not feel lost and the book's plot was fantastic. I will definitely be reading up on her other cozy mysteries!

    Reviewed by Catherine Peterson for Suspense Magazine

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    Just what I was looking for in a Cozy!

    Tricia Miles, owner of the Haven't Got a Clue Bookstore, watches an airplane crash into the Stoneham, New Hampshire Gazebo at the Founder's Day event, killing the pilot and her best friend, Deborah Black. Everyone is content that the entire event was just a tragic accident, but Tricia doesn't buy the story.
    As she unravels the mystery of the accident which might not be an accident, she also discovers she didn't know her best friend as well as she thought she did. In fact, there are plenty of folks who wouldn't mind seeing Deborah dead, including her recently widowed husband, a disgruntled former employee and a few others who benefited from her death.
    Meanwhile, life goes on for some folks. Heated arguments, mixed up love affairs, an unseen mogul who is buying the town mixed and more than a few twists and turns keep the reader guessing until the last few pages about what really happened and why.
    Relationships with other shop owners, her sister, her employees and her ever "Yowing" cat, Miss Marple, keep the reader rooting for Tricia and her friends to get to the bottom of this mess. Can't wait for the next one.

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