Murder Is Binding (Booktown Series #1)

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The streets of Stoneham, New Hampsire are lined with bookstores...and paved with murder.

When she moved to Stoneham, city slicker Tricia Miles met nothing but friendly faces. And when she opened her mystery bookstore, she met friendly competition. But when she finds Doris Gleason dead in her own cookbook store, killed by a carving knife, the atmosphere seems more cutthroat than cordial. Someone wanted to get their hands on the rare cookbook that Doris had recently purchased-and ...

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Overview

The streets of Stoneham, New Hampsire are lined with bookstores...and paved with murder.

When she moved to Stoneham, city slicker Tricia Miles met nothing but friendly faces. And when she opened her mystery bookstore, she met friendly competition. But when she finds Doris Gleason dead in her own cookbook store, killed by a carving knife, the atmosphere seems more cutthroat than cordial. Someone wanted to get their hands on the rare cookbook that Doris had recently purchased-and the locals think that someone is Tricia. To clear her name, Tricia will have to take a page out of one of her own mysteries-and hunt down someone who isn't killing by the book.

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Stoneham, N.H., the picturesque setting of the pseudonymous Barrett's charming first in a new series, boasts a newly renovated main street devoted to a variety of bookstores. When Tricia Miles-mystery bookstore proprietor and city refugee-discovers her unpleasant cookbook store neighbor stabbed to death and a rare book missing, Tricia soon finds herself under the sheriff's surveillance and dubbed the village jinx. Determined to clear her name and track down the stolen cookbook, Tricia enlists a few friendly locals to aid in her investigation. When her difficult older sister, Angelica, arrives unexpectedly, Tricia worries she's in for another headache, but Angelica turns out to be a willing conspirator in Tricia's search for answers. The mix of books, cooking and an engaging whodunit will leave cozy fans eager for the next installment. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425219584
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: Booktown Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 157,183
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Enjoyable regional amateur sleuth cozy

    Murder Is Binding Lorna Barrett Berkley, Apr 2008, $6.99 ISBN: 9780425219584 The town of Stoneham, New Hampshire is considered the safest place in the sate because it hasn¿t had a murder in sixty years. However, Stoneham is ironically also a dying town until the President of the Chamber of Commerce and owner of Kelly ERealty Bob Kelly lured several used specialty bookstore owners to open shops on Main Street. One of the newcomers is Tricia Miles who opened her mystery bookstore. When she visits the cookbook store, Tricia finds proprietor Doris Gleason dead with a knife in her chest. The rare cookbook that Doris purchased is missing. The female sheriff has taken an instant dislike of Tricia and is determined to find enough evidence to prove she killed Doris she looks nowhere else for motives. When the victim¿s twin sister arrives to take over the cookbook store, Tricia is shocked that the newcomer has no interest in who killed her sibling. Tricia begins her own inquiries to clear her name and soon finds an elderly woman committed to a nursing home due to dementia but seems quite lucid when they talk. As local businessman Mike shows he is interested in her as does the sheriff for different reasons Tricia keeps digging to uncover who killed Doris. --- Stoneham seems so real that readers will regret when they recall it is fictional as it seems like a heavenly place to foliage for books. The townsfolk are friendly and helpful to Tricia and other newcomers, but in the heroine¿s case that somewhat changes when many assume she is the killer their logic is impeccable as why else would the sheriff consider her a person of major (and only) person of interest. Fans of regional amateur sleuth cozies will want to visit the bookstores of Stoneham guided by Tricia as she learns first hand that MURDER IS BINDING. --- Harriet Klausner

    11 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Took a chance

    I picked up this book on a chance and was pleasantly surprised by it. It was well written and the plot well thought out. This will be a series I will continue to read.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

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    Good read

    I found this book entertaining and a quick read. I enjoyed the story line very much and would recommend it for light reading

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2009

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    Not bad...but not great

    As a huge Miss Marple fan, I was drawn to this book based on the cat's name, Miss Marple. This book promised to be a mystery lover's delight, but it was a little disappointing in that regard. It was lacking some character development, which is curious as it is the first one in the series. I just couldn't get attached to the characters. The ending was predictable--not good for a mystery. Overall, it was cute, and I definitely did want to finish it. I probably will read the next one in the series--but I'm not in a big hurry.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

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    Great cover-mediocre story

    This one didn't grab me. It's ok for rainy day reading, but didn't make me want to go out & get the next one in the series,

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

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    Here she goes again, ruining another book. Please bn. Ban harriet klausner, delete her plot spoiling posts, do something, but get rid of this poster. She ruins every book with her excessive spoilers so that there is no need to buy the book anymore. And before anyone pops off to not read her posts....i dont. But when you have to scroll past harriet klausners looooong mouthings its hard not to see something that ruins the book, especially as she usually gives away the ending at the end of her posts.

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

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    Enjoyable read

    I would have loved to live in Stoneham. A quaint little town where there are plenty of bookstores to choose from. That’s every bookworm’s dream come true. I absolutely loved this setting. The story itself is good, and the characters are fitting for the setting. Angelica, Tricia’s sister is a typical annoying, bossy, older sister and at times she got on my nerves (like any older sister would be very skilled at). Although Tricia is partly at fault because she lets Angelica have her way most of the time. However how annoying Angelica can be, she also provides the comedy in this book. The characters overall in the book are all right and fun to read, there’s plenty of suspects and I was surprised to find more than one dead body in this mystery. There are plenty of suspects to guess from, and the ending is quite dramatic - maybe a little over the top for some readers, but I thought it ended with a good punch. The pace of the book certainly does keep the reader turning the pages though, so this book could be finished in no time at all. The little twists throughout the novel are also fun to read and does keep the plot exciting to keep the reader going. I’d say this was a cozy mystery in its’ true form. It was an absolutely delight to read, the little town was perfect for all book lovers to enjoy and the recipes in th3 back are definitely worth a try. I’m definitely going onto the second book.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Murder is Binding

    An easy read with some delicious recipes at the end. This is the first in a series-looking forward to reading the next one.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Great Book.

    I ordered the first and second in this series and after reading the first I ordered the rest of the series with out hesitation. I find the characters wonderful. I can see myself living in this town and befriending the characters. This first selection was so wonderfully suspenseful and fantastically fun. I love Tricia, Mrs. Marple and their cute little store.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

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    if you enjoy who done it this will keep you reading

    Lorna Barrett gives life to her characters. you'll enjoy following each character. couldn't put it down. can't wait to read others by Lorna Barrett.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Murder is Binding is Fantastic

    Wonderfully written!!! I am a long time Murder She Wrote fan and never thought I would find other Amateur Sleuth or Cozy Mystery books I would like, until Lorna Barretts Booktown Mysteries.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    Nice reading when you don't want a very long book.

    Very pleasant mild mystery I enjoyed. Quick reading and cute, I will not miss any of her upcoming books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

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    Definitely want to find this on the map!

    In the first BookTown mystery, the reader is introduced to Stoneham, New Hampshire, a small town which has revitalized its Main Street by inviting booksellers of all genres to open bookstores. Tricia Miles opened Haven't Got a Clue, a store for mystery lovers. Right next store is the Cookery, a cookbook store owned and operated by Doris Gleason, probably the least favorite person in town, so it's not surprising when she is found, by Tricia, murdered in her shop and a valuable old cookbook missing.

    Little does Tricia know that she's in for a boat load of trouble because the Sheriff (Wendy Adams) thinks Tricia is after her boyfriend and so sets out to blame Tricia for the murder.

    Just as all these problems happen, Angelica Prescott, Tricia's not so loving sister, descends on Stoneham because of her impending divorce, seeking family to sustain her. Even though they are not the closest siblings, Tricia and Angelica set out to clear up the murder since Sheriff Wendy sees no reason to investigate further.

    The whole idea of BookTown has the reader wishing that it really existed and that they could hop on a bus and arrive in this quaint little town and buy books. I know that I'd be on the bus in a heartbeat. The characters in this book are fun, dysfunctional, and in some ways unique to the Cozy genre and in others welcomed friends. Can't wait to visit the other bookstores! I loved it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

    Highly Recommended--you must check it out!

    In Barrett's mystery novel, Tricia Miles has moved to Stoneham, New Hampshire following her divorce and opened up her own mystery bookstore. Surrounded by friends and kind faces, she made a life for herself. But when she discovers another bookstore owner dead, the local atmosphere changes drastically when it's discovered that the murder occurred over a rare and valuable old cookbook the owner had recently purchased. The locals turn their focus to Tricia and to clear her own name, she is forced to work the "crime scene" herself.

    Filled with books, interesting characters, and mystery this is a wonderful debut book to The Booktown Mystery series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Loved It!

    This book is pure fun. The mystery was compelling, and the plot satisfying. I loved the characters. I will read the rest of the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    Wonderful Series of Books!!!!

    I loved all three of these books. I never read an author twice in a row and I read all three of this series within four days. I can't wait for the fourth book to come out, I wish she would write faster. I love the little town with all the specialty stores and getting to know everyone. I have always wanted to own a store like that in a town like that. This transports me to my fantasy world and I enjoy every minute of it!!! Thank you Lorna!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

    Love the Booktown series

    I read #1 in the series and had to purchase the others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

    A great mystery story especially for booklovers!

    I enjoyed this book. It was the first one I had read by Lorna Barrett. Look forward to reading the others. Good bedtime reading!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2008

    New cozy mystery series

    Tricia Miles runs the bookstore Haven't Got A Clue in Stonham, NH, with her cat Miss Marple. Life is going along great until her sister Angelica unexpectedly arrives in town. While she makes appetizing dishes, the relationship between them is strained, and Tricia wonders when Angelica will leave so life can go back to normal. Doris Gleason, the owner of Cookery, a neighboring cookbook store, is found dead in her store, and an antique cookbook Doris had recently acquired is missing. The local political race is about to divide the town in two, and Sheriff Adams seems bent on pinning the murder on Tricia. With the help of her employee Ginny and Mr. Everett, a store regular, Tricia sets out to find the real killer and get her life back. Can she do it without putting herself or others close to her in danger? I enjoyed the small-town setting of this book and that it was set around a bookstore. The characters were fun, and the cozy mystery was easy to read. I recommend this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2008

    WillowWand

    One of the worst mysteries I've ever read. I chose this mystery because I live in New Hampshire and I thought it would be fun to read a series that took place here. I was terribly disappointed. The writing was on par with a young readers book for 10-15 year olds, the language simplisitc, the plot lines thin, the storyline predictable, only Tricia and Angeliqe were developed the other characters were nothing more than a collection of small town stereotypes. The author's lack of accurate background information ruined the book for me. The author seemingly looked at a map and picked names in New Hampshire at random and threw them in for authenticity. We in NH don't have sheriffs in our small towns, we have police departments, and even the smallest town has a police chief, who is not elected but is hired by the town selectman. Basing a story in an unfamiliar place requires a little research regarding the situations used for primary plot lines, since a large part of the plotline involved the sherif coming up for re-election. All in all a very disappointing read, I'll not be recommending this book to friends.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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