A Just Clause (Booktown Series #11)

A Just Clause (Booktown Series #11)

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Just when things are getting back to normal in Booktown, Tricia and Angelica have their lives turned upside down by a shocking visitor from their past in this cozy mystery in the New York Times bestselling series. 

Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, is in for a surprise when her ne’er-do-well father, John, comes to town—and promptly becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a woman with her own scandalous past. Even Tricia’s faith in the old man is shaken when the Stoneham police break the news that her father is a known con man who has done jail time.  

But what about bestselling thriller author Steven Richardson? Is it a coincidence that he arrived for a book signing just before the crime or that the victim was found with a signed copy of his latest bestseller?  

From merlot to murder, Tricia is determined to clear the family name before another body shows up and ruins Stoneham’s first—and highly anticipated—wine and jazz festival.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781515914181
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Series: Booktown Series , #11
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lorna Barrett is the New York Times bestselling author of the popular Booktown Mystery series, including Murder Is Binding, Bookmarked for Death, and Bookplate Special, which was an Agatha nominee for Best Novel in 2009. Lorna lives in Rochester, New York, with her husband and three felines.

Karen White has been narrating audiobooks since 1999, with more than two hundred to her credit. Honored to be included in AudioFile's Best Voices and Speaking of Audiobooks's Best Romance Audio 2012 and 2013, she is also an Audie Award finalist and has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards.

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A Just Clause (Booktown Series #11) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This might just be my favorite in the series! I love Tricia and Angelica! I've read them from the beginning and love how the relationships have evolved, especially how close the sisters are. Of course the sisters get wrapped up in another murder mystery, this time it involves one of their own flesh and blood and many family secrets are brought to light. When author Steven Richardson and their estranged father show up on the same night it sets the ball rolling for a wild couple of days. Already stressed from her home renovations and displacement she still finds time to investigate. I was not shocked when the killer was revealed but I was totally surprised by what transpires at the end. Excited to read Poisoned Pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book! Keep them coming!
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
Quite the plot, leaving the reader wondering about each of the characters. Can they be taken a face value? Are they lying? Which of the revelations are actually important?
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts We return to Booktown just in time for bestselling thriller author Steven Richardson’s book signing at Haven’t Got A Clue. Tricia is totally surprised when her dad walks into the signing. He left abruptly his last visit owing a lot of money. Before she has time to worry about him the signing is over and her dad has disappeared. Tricia and Angelica lock up the store and head to the Dog Eared Page for a drink, but see something down the street, a hardcover copy of Steven Richardson’s new book. Tricia picks up the book and looks around and discovers a body. It is Carol Talbot. She was at the signing and had altercations with both her father and Steven. This can’t be good. Both men are going to be prime suspects. I love this series! Tricia, Angelica, Pixie Poe, and Mr. Everett always make me feel right at home. All the characters are expertly crafted and continue to evolve. Tricia is renovating her space above her store after a fire. Angelica’s businesses are thriving. Pixie Poe is getting married and Mr. Everett and his wife Grace are blissfully happy. The Miles sisters learn more about their dad’s past and their mother comes to visit too. With Tricia and Miss Marple already displaced from their home due to the construction, Angelica just having her loft and most of the other lodging in the town full, it becomes a funny juggling act to accommodate everyone. What I like the best though is the way these sisters work together, take care of each other, and still try to everything they can for their friends and Booktown. This story is filled with plenty of drama too. The girl’s father goes missing and just when they track him down his is gone again. He really isn’t a nice man. Their mother has taken care of him forever but she had enough and kicked him out. He takes terrible advantage of his daughters and even their friends. Then, of course, there is the murder and then another murder. Could their father really have killed someone? The victim has a dark past, could the killer know her from then? Twists, turns, spins, this story has it all. The author sets a fast pace and doesn’t let up until all has been revealed. Lorna Barrett continues to delight me with her writing. Strong characters and fantastic stories. I am excited about the next installment, Poisoned Pages, it releases next month.
Jani8 More than 1 year ago
Things are looking brighter for Tricia Miles. She’s started eating real food, other than just salads and plain chicken breasts. Her sister Angelica is even teaching her how to cook! The renovation of the 2nd and 3rd floors of her bookshop being turned into her new home is coming along. However, it is a lot louder than she expected. And dustier! Then her father turns up and mayhem follows. Eventually her mother, who has hated Tricia since her twin brother died, comes to town and sparks fly!
csrsvivr More than 1 year ago
“A Just Clause” is the 11th. book in the “Booktown” mystery series and involves the family dynamics of our two main characters; Trisha and Angelica Miles. While murder is still the plot of our amateur sleuth Trisha, the biological family of the Miles girls plays a heavy role in the storyline of this installment. It’s an insight into the make-up of our girls, Trisha and Angelica and how they became who they are now. Ginny; Antonio’s wife and Sofia’s mother, has been promoted and put in charge of the 1st. Annual Wine & Jazz festival. Short on time and experience, has Ginny unsure if can pull off this festival and still have Angelica be proud of her; since she is her mother-in-law. The things that go on behind closed doors have some folks murdered. Our author continues to write this series as if we all are of the Miles family and it leaves us with a warm and fuzzy feeling. WELL DONE!
kayteerufus More than 1 year ago
"A Just Clause" is another super read from author Lorna Barrett. Tricia and Angelica are fun characters and I enjoy Tricia as the protagonist and sleuth. She is intelligent and has good instincts. I have been a big fan of “Booktown Mystery” series since the first one. These characters have grown so much and become family with each other and like friends to me. Lorna Barrett’s writing style and plotting are wonderful. Each book is better and that is saying a lot. Each book can also be read as a standalone, but I suggest reading the whole series. If you enjoy a tight mystery, great characters and a pleasant setting, A Just Clause is for you. Add in the family strife and you have a best seller. I love this series and this 11th installment is a winner. I cannot wait to see where the next book takes these entertaining characters! I was given a copy by the publishers. This review is in no way influenced by that and the opinions are completely my own
Linda-D More than 1 year ago
Once again, Lorna Barrett doesn't disappoint with this newest Booktown Mystery. It's not a good thing when Tricia and Angelica's father appears in town again. He's already stiffed and stolen from many of the merchants. When he is slapped by a woman who later ends up dead, it doesn't look too good for him either. As much as her father frustrates her, Tricia still would like to clear his name. But, it's not so easy. Her father's past is a bit shadier than she realizes. This Booktown Mystery is full of twists and kept me reading. I really enjoy the characters -- sometimes I have to remind myself they aren't real -- because they seem that way to me. This series continues to be my favorite series.. The only hard part is waiting for the next one!
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Tricia Miles has done it again! After a successful author reading at her bookstore, Haven't Got a Clue, she and her sister, Angelica, stumble across a dead body in the alley. But how is she supposed to investigate this when she is planning a bridal shower for her employee, Pixie; trying to cope with the renovation in her apartment that has her sleeping in a guest bungalow; traipsing poor Miss Maple back and forth to a store laden with dust from the renovation; and trying to control any additional mischief her father is causing. Add this to the fact that both the author, Steven Richardson, and her father had a spat with the victim at the bookstore and Tricia is certainly in a dither. This is a fun series and I love the interaction between the sisters. The mystery provided the reader with several suspects and interesting clues all leading to a surprising and exciting solution. Can't wait to see what mischief Tricia gets into next! Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing an Advance Reading Copy of this book.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Fans of the Booktown Mysteries will fall in love with this series all over again! With, A JUST CAUSE, author Lorna Barrett once again takes readers back to Booktown for more mystery, mayhem, and some serious dysfunctional family drama. I’ve been following this series since the very first book, MURDER IS BINDING (My sister was a fan and asked if I’d like to try it. Well, of course I did! What’s not to love about a town that’s got bookstores everywhere). It’s been fun watching the original cast of characters grow throughout the series, and just as enjoyable to meet and learn more about the characters who have been added throughout the series. Ms. Barrett certainly knows what it takes to keep her readers engaged. It very was hard to put A JUST CLAUSE down for any length of time. Every aspect of the story was wonderful. From the murder, to the investigation of looking for whodunit and why, to the dynamics of the eclectic characters, it was a fast paced book that that left me a bit breathless. Add to that a satisfying conclusion, and some tasty recipes, you’ve got a cozy mystery you won’t soon forget.
Shooter9 More than 1 year ago
This is the latest in the Booktown Mystery series. Tricia is undergoing a renovation of her apartment above her shop and has her unsettled. After a book signing in her store she and her sister Angelica find a body, which happens quite often to her. Not only are they dealing with that, they also have to deal with their Father and the problems he causes. This book is a must read.
KTempleton More than 1 year ago
A Just Clause is book 11 in the Booktown Mystery Series by Lorna Barrett. Although some details about the about the characters can be better understood by reading the previous books in the series this book can be enjoyed as a stand alone mystery. A Just Clause picks up just a few months after book 10 (Title Wave). Tricia once again is involved in finding a dead body, continuing her nickname of the village jinx. While dealing with her living space being renovated, Tricia is having to deal with some new and unsettling information about her father and her parents separation. Can Tricia and her sister Angelica help their parent reconcile? Can the sisters get past finding out about their father’s past and their mother’s refusal to put past issues behind her? Will Tricia once again get involved in the investigation and can she keep out of harm’s way My favorite characters are the main characters-Tricia and Angelica Miles. The sisters although successful business women do not have perfect lives which makes them more realistic. Their family issues make the sisters more relatable. Mrs. Barrett added enough red herrings in the story to keep you guess until the end of the book. In addition to the mystery of a murder or two, Tricia and Angelica are having to deal with some upsetting new about their father. Angelica continuously has to make restitution for their father’s “borrowing” and their mother has thrown Mr. Miles out and is refusing to take him back. As much as I like the sisters I find it hard to root for a reconciliation between them and their parents. However I was pleasantly surprised at the ending. I can’t wait to to see what happens in the next book with the family and how Tricia’s renovation turns out. I would definitely recommend this book to mystery lovers.
MandaLuvsToRead More than 1 year ago
Poor Tricia! Her stress level is already at an all time high when this latest murder occurs (another body for her to find, haha!). She can't live at home because it's undergoing massive renovations. Her father, with whom she has a rocky relationship, has exhausted his welcome in town by running up bills and disappearing, and now he's back. And then there's that body outside the bookstore. She's got good friends and a great sister to help her sort all of this out, and I liked this one even better than Title Wave. I appreciated the inclusion of the family dynamics. Family can be more complicated than any murder mystery and I found it very compelling. Great read.
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
In this 11th book of the series Tricia is hosting a book signing for author Steven Richardson who she met on a cruise in the previous book. During the signing not only does Tricia's father show up bringing more issues for the sisters but local Carol Talbot slaps a couple of the guest. When the signing is over Tricia and her sister head out for a drink to discuss their father. On the way to the bar they discover the body of Carol Talbot and the whodunit begins. The sisters father being one of the people that Carol had slapped lends to worry about where he disappeared to in the middle of the signing. Tricia also wonders what reason Carol had to slap author Steven Richardson. Did one of the two kill her and if so why? During the search for who could have killed Carol, Tricia learns her father isn't the man that she has always known him to be and wonders if she should reveal what she knows to her sister. Barrett delivers an engaging and cleverly plotted book. The reader is drawn in from the beginning and the story flowed well the rest of the way through. I quite enjoyed how she brought the relationship that the main character has with both parents to a head throughout the series and with this book to a bit of a resolve. I would definitely recommend this series and look forward to future books.