Bookplate Special (Booktown Series #3)

Bookplate Special (Booktown Series #3)

by Lorna Barrett
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Bookplate Special (Booktown Series #3) by Lorna Barrett

Bookstore owner Tricia Miles has put up-and put up with-her uninvited college roommate for weeks. In return, Pammy has stolen $100. But the day she's kicked out, Pammy's found dead in a Dumpster, leaving loads of questions unanswered.

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ISBN-13: 9780425231197
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/03/2009
Series: Booktown Series , #3
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 95,469
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lorna Barrett is the New York Times bestselling author of the Booktown mysteries. She lives in Rochester, New York.

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Bookplate Special (Booktown Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
JL_Coy0 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the third installment to Lorna Barrett's Booktown Mystery series. I enjoy reading the continuing saga of Stoneham and its residents. Each of the three books can stand alone, but the stories are entwined and sort of continuing. In this book, finding a body in a dumpster gave a whole new meaning to 'taking the trash out'. Tricia Miles, quiet shop keeper, seems to find a body everywhere she goes. Is she the town 'jinx' or not? I do like the characters and I was happy to see Tricia get a little more depth to her character this time around. Her sister Angelica is a hoot and always livens things up whenever she's around. The other re-occuring characters help build a nice comfortable setting. They have become like old friends and I like the way Lorna Barrett brings their stories to light while weaving the mystery around them all. I was quite surprised by the who in this whodunit! Barrett seems to have a knack for keeping me guessing until the very end and then I sit there and wonder what I missed that I didn't see it coming. Bravo Lorna, you did it again and I can't wait for the next installment to come out. Your 'preview' has already sucked me in and I'll be pre-ordering that book as soon as I can.
Lindsey146 More than 1 year ago
Well, since I am a "Johnny Come Lately" with this review, and I am sure you have a good handle as to what this is about from the multitude of other reviews. I will just give you my personal thoughts on this issue of the Booktown segment. Barnett's first two were fun and moved right along. This one seemed very slow getting your interest perked. Pammy, the barely friend from the past was not endearing and her victim status was a little on the ho hum side. Of course the driving force was desire to learn the who and why of the drama. It was a little too political correct though Tricia's scheduled periods of anger and kindness <she always trys to do what is right> help smooth out what I was afraid might end up too Al Goreish for me. Always fun to reconnect with the supporting cast, and we are adding a bit to it. Angelica her very out spoken, dual shop owner, and "soon to be published author... cookbook of course, Sister, adds to the fun. The sisters are not the cookie cutter variety but hence the reality which adds much. Miss Marple, the shop cat, is delightful and we introduce a new feline who make a transformation from feral to a sweet pet with the advice of Tricia. About 3/4 of the way through, things started to happen and matter. A good bit of red herring, a new romance interest, a surprise of good guy who truly wasn't made it finally enjoyable. The recipe section was really dull, who that has lived a few years doesn't have a good meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and garlic bread recipe in their repertory? You think? The sampling of Barrett's soon to released, NOT a cookbook.., has peaked my interest so I will once again be visiting Stoneham, Haven't Got a Clue, in hopes we will be back on track with an exciting mystery read!
nlb1050 More than 1 year ago
I only recently found Ms Barret and was hooked from the start. With this third book in the series she has brought more insight into the main characters and setting of the series. I am so ready for more!!!!!!!
Mary51 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this series. The descriptions of places, characters are great. Each time I read one, I can't wait until the new one comes out!! I enjoy going to the authors web site also. A very nice read!!
LovetoreadTR More than 1 year ago
Loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Barrett's books are light but fun and interesting reading. Never disappoints.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
All was quiet in Stoneham, New Hampshire. Well, almost. Tricia Miles hadn't been so uptight since Zoë Carter was found deader 'n a doornail plopped on her toilet at her mystery bookstore, "Haven't Got a Clue." Before that there was Doris Gleason who was done in by a little carving knife chop job. She seemed to be turning into a professional corpse finder and there was going to be a third one if Pammy Fredericks didn't get the heck out of her apartment. Normally soft-spoken, she'd just about reached the end of her rope with Fredericks the freeloader and practically screamed, "Get out of my house." College was one thing, but there was a time to grow up and two weeks with her was more than enough. Out, out, OUT! Pammy was as welcome as a plantar's wart, but when she insisted she leave, Tricia began to feel pangs of guilt. Stoneham, New Hampshire was a well-known bookstore mecca and the type of place if you had any business whatsoever, everyone else knew about it. Before the last "out" was shouted, it was heard at the other end of town. Meanwhile, Pammy found employment with Angelica, Tricia's sister at her café, "Booked for Lunch." Tricia was even more annoyed when her sister insinuated she had thrown poor Pammy out. Next thing you know. Tricia stepped out into the alley and guess whose pink Crocs she saw sticking out of a trash cart? "I understand this is not your first encounter with the law here in Stoneham." At least Captain Grant Baker was a hunk, unlike Sheriff Wendy Adams. This whole thing was enough to make anyone throw up. Why had Pammy been dumpster diving for food? Who were all these "freegans" she was associating with? Why was Pammy trying to blackmail Stuart Paige? Who was smashing all those pumpkins? Who, what, when, why? At least Ginny, her book clerk, thought she lived a charmed life. "I'm divorced, my sister lives next door, and I keep discovering dead bodies. How charmed is that?" Lorna Barrett is really starting to find her voice in this series. The characters are becoming more fleshed out and I actually felt as if I was getting to know what to expect from some of them. The plot line, although still fitting into the "cozy" genre, was more complicated and there were many more questions to be answered and the whodunit was not as easy to peg. There is one little surprise that was a real stunner and an unexpected twist. Get ready to pop a lot of popcorn, cuddle up under a blanket and spend a little time with Tricia Miles and crew. Ms Barrett, queen of the cozys, has a winner here! The next one up in the Booktown Mysteries series is called Chapter and Hearse and I, for one, can't wait! Quill says: If you love cozys, this is one series that was cooking and now is HOT!
debbieaheaton More than 1 year ago
In Barrett's mystery novel, Pammy Fredricks is something of a "free spirit." Actually, she's more of a freeloading thief. Tricia puts her up for two weeks, and put up with her uninvited college roommate as well. What did Pammy do out of gratitude? She stole one hundred dollars to start with. When Tricia kicks her out, Pammy winds up dead in a dumpster, leaving a ton of questions behind for Tricia to piece together. An engaging whodunit and a wonderful addition to the A Booktown Mystery series.
ReadsALotBR More than 1 year ago
Just the book to curl up with when you want to relax and have a quick read. Not too serious or silly, just right.
sweetmarissa More than 1 year ago
I read all 4 of the books (not in order but that didn't spoil anything) and I liked this one the best. Perhaps I have a bias: I am a cat lover and one of the characters took in a stray cat but I felt more "on the edge of my seat" than with the others. All in all, readers should catch all 4 of Ms. Barrett's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Imaginative plot. You will have a good time reading it.
NancyLibrarian More than 1 year ago
Tricia's former college roommate Pam has been freeloading off Tricia for 2 weeks, and Tricia asks her to leave after discovering Pam wrote a check to herself for $100 from Tricia's checkbook. Unfortunately, the next day Pam is found dead in a dumpster. Was she "dumpster diving" with 'freegans' or was she literally dumped there? Tricia goes dumpster diving herself with some surprising companions to avoid being charged with the murder herself.
Sensitivemuse 7 months ago
***Spoilers ahead you’ve been warned*** So I just finished reading the second one a while ago. As far as cozy mysteries go, I like them and pick them up when I can. They’re more like a go between heavy reads or when I need something light. (Reading is like eating you see..you’d like an appetizer before you dig into the main course.) With most cozy mysteries you don’t get much character development. They’re usually just there like placements in a diorama with nothing much to them except it makes the story readable and whole. Or it provides support to the setting and the plot. There’s nothing central to them. In Bookplate Special, that pretty much changes. Tricia and Russ break up! Which is not big news anyway. You were anticipating it and quite frankly, Russ was pretty much boring to begin with. Enter the green eyed (and this is emphasized throughout the novel) Captain Baker who’s not that charming but at least has somewhat more of a personality than Russ, he’s certainly a gentleman, and manages to grab Tricia’s attention. So there’s that development there in that regard. Then we have Ginny and Brian who aren’t together anymore because Brian’s done some really awful things (and ended up being the culprit anyway.) Well, Ginny was going through some really tough times anyway and this just ended up being the icing on the cake but now she’s got some goals for herself. There’s some development there. Although it’s probably going to take some time for Ginny to get used to this situation. Then we have Mr Everett and Grace getting married. Which is pretty much the most happiest part of the book with all the breakups happening here. Congratulations to them, by the way. Angelica who still acts like the older sibling you wish you never had, had a secret all along (well, not really) and you find out the reason for her behavior. I liked this part the most. It made her more human and less of an annoying character. For those that have gone through similar situations like Angelica would completely understand and maybe even sympathize. The plot overall was interesting but not as great as the first two I’ve read. Pammy who is the victim is here and gone. She wasn’t that likable anyway but Tricia, being the nice girl and the doormat, tolerated her and ended up doing the right thing for her. Sure, it makes Tricia look like she’s being put on a pedestal and nothing can go wrong but at the same time Tricia was going through her own issues (her relationship with Russ for example, among other things she was involved in throughout the novel). It makes Tricia sound almost unstoppable and it’s amazing what she can accomplish while her store is running at the same time. It can be unrealistic as it seems like Tricia can just come and go when she pleases but if you think about it, don’t most bosses do the same? I started losing interest towards the last third of the book. It really started to drag and Tricia could not stop whining about Pammy and her guilt over kicking her out of her place. I don’t know how much you could drag about the secret diary, and how a philanthropist could have been involved in this (which he really wasn’t.) Top that with adding in a group of Freegans and someone born with a birth defect that needed gender reassignment surgery. Okay. I can handle it, but did it have to drag? It really should have ended about 4 or 5 chapters ago. Other than that, it wasn’t a bad read but as of now it’s my least favorite of the series. I
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Easy read!
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