Not the Killing Type (Booktown Series #7)

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New York Times bestselling author of Murder on the Half Shelf Lorna Barrett delivers another compulsively page-turning Booktown Mystery in which amateur sleuth and bookstore owner Tricia Miles gets caught up in a local election that turns lethal?
 
It?s November in Stoneham, New Hampshire, and that means it?s time for the Chamber of Commerce elections. The race is already a bit heated, as the long-standing Chamber president is being ...

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author of Murder on the Half Shelf Lorna Barrett delivers another compulsively page-turning Booktown Mystery in which amateur sleuth and bookstore owner Tricia Miles gets caught up in a local election that turns lethal…
 
It’s November in Stoneham, New Hampshire, and that means it’s time for the Chamber of Commerce elections. The race is already a bit heated, as the long-standing Chamber president is being challenged by a former lover—Tricia’s own sister, Angelica. Then local small business owner Stan Berry throws his hat in the ring.
 
Unfortunately, it’s not there for long when he’s found murdered in the Brookview Inn. The murder weapon is a brass letter opener belonging to the inn’s receptionist. Tricia knows there’s no way the receptionist is a killer. And when Angelica asks Tricia to help clear her name and win the election, she sees little choice except to start snooping.
 
She soon uncovers a ballot box full of lies and betrayals, and a chamber full of people who had grudges against the victim. But were they serious enough to lead to murder? And who truly had something to gain? Tricia will have to do some serious sleuthing before she pulls the lever on a killer.

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Publishers Weekly
In Barrett’s middling seventh Booktown mystery (after 2012’s Murder on the Half Shelf), Angelica Miles—cookbook author, cafe owner, and sister of mystery bookshop owner Tricia—decides to challenge her former boyfriend, Bob Kelly, in the upcoming election for president of the Stoneham, N.H., chamber of commerce. An unexpected contender for the position is sign store proprietor Stan Berry, but his campaign comes to a premature end when Tricia finds him in the local inn’s restroom, stabbed in the chest with a letter opener. Other complexities include Stan’s questionable choice of reading material as well as Tricia’s stormy interactions with her ex-husband, Christopher, who recently arrived in Stoneham; her erratic relationship with her boyfriend, police chief Grant Baker; and her confusing encounters with Will, Stan’s handsome and estranged son. Illogical behavior as well as the lack of clues to the perpetrator and alternative suspects early in the narrative mar the reader’s enjoyment. Agent: Jessica Faust, BookEnds. (July)
Library Journal
Election Day results are up for grabs when one of the candidates is murdered in the seventh case (after Murder on the Half Shelf) for New Hampshire bookstore owner Tricia Miles.
Kirkus Reviews
A New Hampshire mystery bookstore owner uses all the knowledge she has gained from reading her wares to help solve a murder. Tricia Miles is surprised when her sister Angelica suddenly announces her candidacy for president of the Stoneham Chamber of Commerce. The longtime incumbent, Bob Kelly, owns oodles of local real estate and is also one of Angelica's former lovers. Another last-minute nominee is Stan Berry, who runs the Stoneham sign shop. Angelica wants to improve the attractive tourist destination; Stan wants to cut spending on everything. Before he gets the chance to stump for his ideas, Trisha finds him stabbed in the bathroom of the Brookview Inn, where the chamber is having a breakfast meeting. Trisha's boyfriend, Chief Baker of the Stoneham PD, is never happy when Tricia sticks her nose into his investigations (Murder On The Half Shelf, 2012, etc.), and his preoccupation with the health of his ex-wife has put a further strain on their relationship. Tricia's own ex-husband shows up in town seeking reconciliation. So does Stan Berry's son, who can certainly use the money his father left him. Although Tricia is getting ready for a busy Christmas season and supporting a friend who is soon to marry the handsome manager of the Brookview Inn, she still finds time to snoop. But she may not be pleased with what she learns. Barrett continues her winning ways with another mystery chock full of interesting suspects and a surprising denouement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425252222
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Series: A Booktown Mystery Series , #7
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 157,074
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Lorna Barrett is the New York Times bestselling author of the Booktown Mysteries including such titles as Chapter and Hearse, Bookmarked for Death, and Murder on the Half Shelf.

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  • Posted July 16, 2013

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    Tricia Miles has a lot on her plate these days.  In addition to

    Tricia Miles has a lot on her plate these days.  In addition to readying  her bookstore for the upcoming holiday season while keeping Pixie's "decorating" ideas in check, she has a friend's upcoming wedding and her sister's bid for Chamber of Commerce president to deal with. And she's having man problems. She has an ex who wants her back, a current beau who can't decide what he wants, an overzealous newcomer who might be trouble, and a dead man she just stumbled upon.
    Tricia is dragged into the investigation not only because of her involvement, but because the victim,  Stan Berry, was running against her sister Angelica for the presidency. Sure, Stan wanted to make some huge changes if elected, but is that enough of a reason to kill him? Is a family estrangement and the promise of an inheritance the motive? Or was there another reason for his untimely demise? 
    Not only do you get to revisit Tricia and a cast of wonderful characters, but you get a mystery that will have you saying "I didn't see that coming."
    Grab this book immediately and don't forget to read all the other titles in the Booktown Mystery series starting with Murder is Binding. 

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2013

    This is the 7th book in the Booktown Mystery series and in my op

    This is the 7th book in the Booktown Mystery series and in my opinion the best one yet. We once again meet Tricia Mills, her sister Angelica and a host of other great characters. Tricia owns a used book store and a cat named Miss Marple and has the nickname of "village jinx" This nickname comes from the fact that she is always finding dead bodies. And this volume is no exception . When Tricia finds a dead man in a restroom the funs begins. This is a great plot, well drawn characters plus all the twists and turns Lorna Barrett is so good at. And you have to love Pixie Poe. The only down side is that I have to wait so long for number 8.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    I loved this book. The Booktown Mysteries are among my most favo

    I loved this book. The Booktown Mysteries are among my most favorite cozy mysteries! I found the first one at the library, fell in love and then ordered the rest. I "splurged" on the last two books and bought myself them in hardcover so I would not have to wait. I strongly recommend you do the same! I know I could have ordered it digitally but forgive me if I love the feel of paper and the fact that when traveling, I can keep reading when the pilot announces to power down all electronics....

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2013

    As always, I¿m dazzled by the writing style of Lorna as we get i

    As always, I’m dazzled by the writing style of Lorna as we get involved in a murder, an election and intrigue as to why Stan was killed. The road to the discovery of the murderer kept me glued to the pages. The author did a good job with supplying us with plenty of suspects with a surprising twist that spun me around. This lighthearted whodunit entertained me from the first page to an ending filled with possibilities. With the addition of Pixie who is a delight, this series gets better and better and I can’t wait to see what happens next with Tricia, Angelica and the rest of the citizens of Stoneham, NH.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2013

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    I love the Booktown mysteries, by Lorna Barrett!  Humor, twists,

    I love the Booktown mysteries, by Lorna Barrett!  Humor, twists, turns, what else might I ask for in a cozy? And seeing as it's about books, my favorite things, how could I go wrong?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    Another Great Entry in the Booktown Series!

    Who killed the candidate for the Chamber of Commerce Presidency?
    Was it Trica's sister, Angelica, or the current president, Bob Kelly?
    Granted, Bob is a sore loser, but would he stoop murder? Trica needs all the help she can get, including Miss Marple (her bookstore cat) to find clues. Highly Recommended, a great series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Doesn't dissappoint

    Lorna Barrett hits it again! Very enjoyable read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2013

    Very disappointed. Had to force myself to continue reading this

    Very disappointed. Had to force myself to continue reading this book. Not as interesting as the others in this series. Tricia has become boring and stiff and her character needs to spice it up a bit - get a life and enjoy it instead of always being critical of everything. That whole thing with Grant made no sense; as a matter of fact neither did much of anything else. Just a whole lot of bits and pieces thrown together to make some kind of story. Couldn't wait for the book to come out, now I'm sorry it did.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2013

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    November in Stoneham means a Chamber of Commerce election. The m

    November in Stoneham means a Chamber of Commerce election. The members have gathered at the Brookview Inn to cast their votes. This year is different because Bob Kelly actually has opposition. Both Tricia’s sister, Angelica and local small business owner Stan Berry are running against the long time president. But before the election can even take place the ballot shrinks to just two contenders. During a short break Tricia finds Stan Berry dead just down the hall from the meeting room. The murder weapon is a letter opener belonging to the hotel’s receptionist. Tricia can’t believe that sweet woman could kill anyone.




    So now in addition to helping Angelica win an election Tricia has to track down a killer. Could it be someone she knows? She barely knew the victim but someone not only wanted him off the ballot but permanently voted out. With a hotel full of suspects she has her work cut out for her…





    Murder on the Half Shelf  really left us hanging with Tricia’s ex back in town. This story didn’t pick up exactly where that one left off but Christopher is sure bringing a bit of strife to Tricia’s life. Also complicating her life is a new man in town and her on and off relationship with Police Chief Baker. Hard to keep this relationship going with Tricia so close to all these investigations.




    Add to this her friend Ginny’s wedding with a planner I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, the Chamber election, the holidays with Pixie’s decorating ideas and another murder this story becomes one you just can’t put down.




    Lorna Barrett has given us one of her best with this installment. I love this series and each one is better than the last and the first one was excellent. If this series is new to you start at the beginning and enjoy every one. Fans of this series will fall for the residents of Stoneham, New Hampshire all over again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Of all the books in this series this one is very disappointing.

    Of all the books in this series this one is very disappointing. Who wants to have a murder without any buildup or background on the victim? Also, who wants to read 100 pages of someone's mid life crises?
    Ms. Barrett also made this book so short it wasn't worth the cost to me. 
    Up until this book, I have loved every book she's written! Perhaps she needs to find her muse again because it was sure gone when she wrote this book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Next one?

    I love any series that involve a bookstore and this one does not disappoint

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I really enjoyed this whole series. This book was a fun and I enjoyed reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    I was looking forward to this book after reading the others and

    I was looking forward to this book after reading the others and the interesting way book 6 ended. This book was flat start to finish, not one redeeming character save Mr.E and Grace who play minimal part-none of the zest of the others. I will pass on any future books in the series as the author either had outside influence for this one or it has just run its course.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Kind of bummed

    I've read all the books in this series and couldn't wait for this one to release. What a disappointment! While I'm able to move beyond the mid life crises stuff over, and over, and over, and over again, for the first time, I'm not sure I can finish reading this book. (for the record, my b.a. is in lit, and I've only ever put down 5 other books before finishing them, so that should attest to my disappointment.

    One of my most serious objections is the...cruel opinions the author projects using her normally temperate main character regarding so many things. Christmas, over weight women, weight in general, fetish's, everything. It shocks me so much because it's like an entirely different author penned this...yup, I'll say it, trash. Everyone has an opinon, and while I'm not into fetish's, some people are. But I am an over-weight woman, and honestly, the author's lack of tack is reprehensible. What has changed to make our author so unhappy with life that she takes it out on her characters? This just isn't keeping in tone with her other books in the series, and she may not keep me as a reader.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2013

    Not the Killing Type is the seventh book in the Booktown Mystery

    Not the Killing Type is the seventh book in the Booktown Mystery series.

    The Stoneham Chamber of Commerce is having their election for President. Angelica has decided to throw her hat into the ring against her former boyfriend, Bob Kelly. Then local sign maker Stan Berry adds his name. A break is taken before the vote and Tricia heads to the restroom and finds Stan dead, a victim of a stabbing.

    What with Black Friday coming up soon and the wedding of Ginny and Antonio, Tricia hardly has time to take on an investigation. But with Angelica being looked at with interest in the murder, she and Tricia need to be out campaigning, so she can upset Bob.

    Most all the regulars are back. Christopher, Tricia's ex, is back and making a pain of himself. Pixie, Tricia's ex-hooker salesperson, is here providing some humor. New to the series is Stan Berry, Jr., the son of the victim, who seems to getting to know Tricia better.

    Another great addition to the series. I feel that Tricia has decided to become a stronger person in her personal life and Angelica seems to be a little more considerate to her sister.

    Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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