Murder Is Binding (Booktown Series #1)

Murder Is Binding (Booktown Series #1)

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by Lorna Barrett
     
 

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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

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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 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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Publishers Weekly

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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From the Publisher
"Move over Cabot Cove. Lorna Barrett's new cozy creation, Murder Is Binding, has it all: wonderful old books, quirky characters, a clever mystery, and a cat named Miss Marple!"  —Roberta Isleib, author of Preaching to the Corpse and the Advice Column Mysteries  "A mystery bookstore in a sleepy New England town, a cat named Miss Marple, a nasty murder and a determined heroine make Barrett's delightful debut mystery everything a cozy lover could want and more. Bravo!" —Leann Sweeney, author of the Yellow Rose Mystery Series

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101147467
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Series:
Booktown Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
18,407
File size:
319 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Move over Cabot Cove. Lorna Barrett's new cozy creation, Murder Is Binding, has it all: wonderful old books, quirky characters, a clever mystery, and a cat named Miss Marple!" —Roberta Isleib, author of Preaching to the Corpse and the Advice Column Mysteries "A mystery bookstore in a sleepy New England town, a cat named Miss Marple, a nasty murder and a determined heroine make Barrett's delightful debut mystery everything a cozy lover could want and more. Bravo!" —Leann Sweeney, author of the Yellow Rose Mystery Series

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Murder Is Binding (Booktown Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 130 reviews.
RdScrpion More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
BuddiesMom More than 1 year ago
I found this book entertaining and a quick read. I enjoyed the story line very much and would recommend it for light reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An easy read with some delicious recipes at the end. This is the first in a series-looking forward to reading the next one.
LoveReadingIL More than 1 year ago
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,
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
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.
zeva More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
barnsey More than 1 year ago
Very pleasant mild mystery I enjoyed. Quick reading and cute, I will not miss any of her upcoming books.
debbieaheaton More than 1 year ago
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.
Sauerkraut More than 1 year ago
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!!!
RhondaIL More than 1 year ago
I read #1 in the series and had to purchase the others.
jms41 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It was the first one I had read by Lorna Barrett. Look forward to reading the others. Good bedtime reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful, fun, exciting, and easy read! I am loking forward to the next one!
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Was a ok book mnice to put down and then pick up again when u have time would i raf another book by her yes
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Admirable entry in the cozy, amateur sleuth category with the added bonus of a mystery bookstore setting. Likable characters, villainous villian and recipes at the end: what else do you need for a few hours of reading enjoyment?
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LegoDinolady More than 1 year ago
At first I did not like this book very much. I had gotten a little bored and set the book down for a later return. I do not like to leave things unfinished, so I gave this book another chance. After picking it up the second time I found it easier to read and it peaked my interest. I really enjoyed that the author used larger words instead of only keeping to the same use of language. The plot was very interesting and it jolted my interest to pick up the second in the series. Overall a good read!
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
On the whole I liked this story. I think my biggest problem is that I really didn't like Tricia, I couldn't get into her, however about halfway through the book I started liking her better. I really liked her sister Angelica although for some reason it seems that we are not supposed to, I never really figured out why, because I thought she was friendly and thoughtful. I liked the side story with Mike's mom. I was disappointed with the police dept. with a dept. like that who needs enemies? The mystery was good and had me guessing for awhile. I will read the next to see if the characters develop a little better.
cjmaine More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the whole series. It is well written and the story line moves along. The people in the story ring true to real people. Good book
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