Murder Is Binding (Booktown Series #1)

Murder Is Binding (Booktown Series #1)

by Lorna Barrett

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ISBN-13: 9780425219584
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Series: Booktown Series , #1
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 147,865
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.81(h) x 0.79(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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"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. 137 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!
thornton37814 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Stoneham, New Hampshire was the safest town in the state until cookbook store owner Doris Gleason turns up dead and neighboring mystery bookshop owner Tricia Miles becomes the #1 suspect. Tricia must clear her name. The plot was somewhat predictable. I anticipated the outcome early in the book. Perhaps the biggest flaw was the small pool of viable suspects. This was a mediocre debut of a series. I'll probably read the second to see if the series improves. I loved the series' concept, but the plot was lacking.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Loved it in just a few days
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
In a town devoted to bookstores, Tricia Miles owns the mystery bookstore. When her neighbor, owner of the cook book store, is found murdered, Tricia jumps in to find out who did it. The book was entertaining with interesting characters, but the story was a little weak. I do plan to give the series a second chance.
MandaLuvsToRead More than 1 year ago
This is a strong beginning to the Booktown series, and a cozy lover's dream! A small New England town dedicates a whole village to bookstores, each with a theme (mysteries, cooking, etc.). Rare and unique editions are the town's bread and butter, and when it appears that someone is murdered for a rare cookbook, the owner of the mystery book store becomes a suspect. There are plenty of colorful and diverse characters, as well as several subplots in this book that make it an interesting and a fun read.
ryanphoffmann88 More than 1 year ago
Murder is Binding is the debut of a series of cozy mysteries. It is set in the fictional small town of Stoneham, New Hampshire, know for its variety of bookstores on Main street. Newcomer and bookseller, Tricia Miles, is brought to Stoneham, to open a mystery bookstore. What she calls 'Haven't Got a Clue' along with her cat, Miss Marple. Tricia settles into the small town. Tricia grew up on reading mysteries, as in the classics like Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers. But the only mystery that happen are on the pages of the books she sells and read, that is until a mystery lands right in her lap, when fellow store owner, Doris Gleason is found in by Tricia. A rare cookbook is stolen for the shop. Tricia is pegged as the only and prime suspect, because she's the first one on the scene,and the cookbook is found on her person later, so she decides to find the real killer. This is where those cozies were there a lot of twists, some suspense, and humor. It's very well written and the characters are very realistic, a lot is put the character development. These people feel like those that you would find a small town, with Tricia as the city slicker moving to the small town for a better life. The other characters, as with the supporting cast are written well to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Held my interest throughout
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read witj a twisting plot. Figured out whl was the murdet three quarters through. Enjoyef the book.
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