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Sentenced to Death (Booktown Series #5)

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    Great Mystery Book!

    Lorna Barrett writes with perfect characteration of her subjects-From her sister Angelica to the other characters, including her part time boyfriend. She writes of simple everyday things that turn into into into who the actual murderer is!

    Another reason that her books are so enjoyable is that the people seem real and down to earth, including her cat and Angelica's dog.

    I really love her bookes and the actual murderer shows him or her in the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Very Good -- Series is wonderful

    I like it, when a series has the same characters in each book, along with new characters. After reading all 5 books, in this series, I feel like I 'know' the characters, and if they follow what their character does, the book is always good.
    To make my books last longer, before I read the newest bought, I reread all of the books that came before. That way I don't forget anything that came before.
    I have recommended this book, to many of my friends, who also enjoy this series.

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    In Barrett's mystery novel, the entire town including Tricia's f

    In Barrett's mystery novel, the entire town including Tricia's friend and event organizer, Deborah Black, has turned out for Stoneham's Founder's Day celebration. As Deborah gives the welcoming speech, an aircraft crashes into the stage, killing both Deborah and the pilot. Ruled an accident, Tricia is convinced there's more to the story than meets the eye and sets out determined to identify whodunit and why. Barrett has skillfully plotted and paced this story to keep the reader turning pages. An excellent addition to the A Booktown Mystery series.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    Trish does it again

    Trish and her sister Angelica have done it again. They figured out who killed the main speaker at the Founder's Day Celebration. It took a little while but they, well, Trish with a reluctant sister in tow, did. It was a fast read and very enjoyable. Of course I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Lorna's books or who just loves cozy mysteries in general. I've read all the others and will continue to read them as long as she writes them

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

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    What a slamdunk opening to a story!

    What a slamdunk opening to a story! Sentenced to Death certainly grabbed my attention with an astounding Founders Day Celebration in Stoneham, New Hampshire. Who could guess that an innocuous celebration would change the lives of the town's residents so much, in particular the Booktown shop-owners? Lorna Barrett, you've done it again! Although new characters are introduced, some remain and some leave, one way or another. Other characters make changes in their lives as land developers descend on this typically quiet little town.

    The sudden death of Tricia's friend Deborah, by what must surely be the strangest weapon used in a cozy mystery, leaves the town in shock. Her devastating death leaves behind a toddler, Davey, husband David, and mother Elizabeth who is her store assistant cum babysitter. Festivities are cancelled, and the National Transportation Safety Board arrives to take over the investigation. Everyone believes it is a tragic accident, but Tricia feels there is more to it than that. She is sure it is murder and she is also sure she knows who is involved. The speed with which David hires a lawyer in preparation for a lawsuit, disposes by cremation of his wife's body with no funeral, and the speed with which he sells the store Deborah owned with her mother, adds another nail to his coffin in Tricia's mind. But could that simply be the actions of a man suffering the trauma of losing his wife so suddenly? And what about the Nigela Racita Associates' rush to buy up properties in town, including Deborah's shop "Happy Domestic", partly owned by Elizabeth and sold out from under her?

    Lorna Barrett has a special knack for letting us picture the town and the townspeople with her descriptive voice. Her characterizations are human and consistent, not over-the-top. This is Book 5 in the Booktown series and we've come to know a lot about the residents. In this book, pestered by her ex-boyfriend and uncertain about her current unproclaimed beau, feeling the loss of her assistant Ginny as she furthers her career as the new manager of the Happy Domestic, Tricia is definitely stressed. She is confused by the discovery that though she was one of her best friends, Tricia seems to be out of the loop about much of Deborah's life. This story is full of secrets and conjecture. With two deaths and a town in turmoil, it appears that Tricia may just be right about the "accident" being murder, but what would be the reason for the second death in the same "accident"? Who could possibly want two such unconnected people dead?

    I always enjoy this series, it is cohesive, maintains its character, has a strong plot full of surprises, and is always entertaining. Well done, an excellent choice for readers of cozies and unique mysteries.

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

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    an entertaining regional amateur sleuth mystery

    Stoneham, New Hampshire celebrates the Founder's Day weekend. Happy Domestic owner Deborah Black provides the welcoming speech. However, as she talks a small plane accidentally crashes in the gazebo where Deborah is giving her presentation. Deborah is killed.

    The victim's husband David immediately sells the store and refuses to see his toddler Davey. Grieving for the death of her friend, Tricia Miles, owner of the Haven't Got a Clue mystery bookstore, is stunned by the behavior of David and her mother Elizabeth Crane. Additionally someone is trashing the Happy Domestic. So unable to remain on the sidelines, Tricia investigates.

    Sentenced to Death is an entertaining regional amateur sleuth (see Chapter and Hearse) as Deborah's death seems like a horrific accident as no motive appears for anything otherwise. In fact the heroine investigates the odd reactive behavior of her late friend's family rather than a death. With Angelica the sib and romantic hints besides Russ the stalking reporter, sub-genre fans will enjoy this fine New Hampshire mystery.

    Harriet Klausner

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