Sentenced to Death (Booktown Series #5)

Sentenced to Death (Booktown Series #5)

by Lorna Barrett

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Overview

As the owner of Stoneham, New Hampshire's mystery bookstore Haven't Got a Clue, Tricia Miles can figure out whodunit in the latest bestseller long before she gets to the last page. But when her friend is killed in a freak accident, Tricia must use her sleuthing skills to solve a murder mystery that promises to be much more sinister than the books on her shelves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425241868
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Series: Booktown Series , #5
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 75,873
Product dimensions: 4.40(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(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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Sentenced to Death 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
PoCoKat More than 1 year ago
Wonderful to return to Stoneham, New Hampshire in Lorna Barrett's latest Booktown Mystery: Sentenced To Death. The fast paced action packed novel starts off with a plane careening into the town's square's gazebo on Founder's Day. Tricia Miles is stunned by the death of her good friend, Deborah Black, and the death of the pilot of the small plane. It's an accident....or is it? And what is with the company Nigela Racita Associates that are buying up all the property in town? All of your favorite characters are back in this wonderful cozy mystery. Tricia's sister Angelica continues to cook up a storm in her restaurant as well as writing a new cookbook. Captain Barker is still hanging around. And in Tricia's life, her bookshop, Haven't Got A Clue, is humming along with Miss Marple in residence. But there is an employee change up in the works. And what is with ex-husband Christopher and his extravagant gifts? Getting back to Deborah Black. Her husband David does not seem too heartbroken at the demise of his wife. In fact, he seems to be hurrying all the arrangements along. He's ignoring his son and being down right rude to his grief stricken mother-in-law. And suddenly the welder seems to have a career in sculpture that was not evident before. Another death proves to Tricia that she is on the right track. But who could the murderer be? Who benefits? This delightful cozy publishes in June just in time for a great summer read! Pre-order a copy today!
GSDLAB More than 1 year ago
Lorna Barrett writes with perfect characteration of her subjects-From her sister Angelica to the other characters, including her part time boyfriend. She writes of simple everyday things that turn into into into who the actual murderer is! Another reason that her books are so enjoyable is that the people seem real and down to earth, including her cat and Angelica's dog. I really love her bookes and the actual murderer shows him or her in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it, when a series has the same characters in each book, along with new characters. After reading all 5 books, in this series, I feel like I 'know' the characters, and if they follow what their character does, the book is always good. To make my books last longer, before I read the newest bought, I reread all of the books that came before. That way I don't forget anything that came before. I have recommended this book, to many of my friends, who also enjoy this series.
debbieaheaton More than 1 year ago
In Barrett's mystery novel, the entire town including Tricia's friend and event organizer, Deborah Black, has turned out for Stoneham's Founder's Day celebration. As Deborah gives the welcoming speech, an aircraft crashes into the stage, killing both Deborah and the pilot. Ruled an accident, Tricia is convinced there's more to the story than meets the eye and sets out determined to identify whodunit and why. Barrett has skillfully plotted and paced this story to keep the reader turning pages. An excellent addition to the A Booktown Mystery series.
Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
Tricia Mills, the owner of Haven't Got a Clue mystery bookstore in Stoneham, New Hampshire is excited along with the rest of the small New England town for the big Founder's Day Celebration. But, as Tricia watches on, her good friend Deborah Black is struck by a small plane as it crashes into the gazebo where she is speaking and kills her and the pilot. She and everyone else in town is stunned! The Sheriff's Department is convinced it is an accident. Deborah's husband's behavior is more than unusual and Tricia is sure there is more to this mystery, and what she finds is far worse than she ever could have thought. My favorite aspect of Lorna Barrett's writing is that she is so descriptive. Her character's come to life and I could picture the townspeople and Tricia vividly. And even though this is the fifth book in the series-it was my introduction to Barrett's Booktown series-I did not feel lost and the book's plot was fantastic. I will definitely be reading up on her other cozy mysteries! Reviewed by Catherine Peterson for Suspense Magazine
SueR58 More than 1 year ago
Trish and her sister Angelica have done it again. They figured out who killed the main speaker at the Founder's Day Celebration. It took a little while but they, well, Trish with a reluctant sister in tow, did. It was a fast read and very enjoyable. Of course I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Lorna's books or who just loves cozy mysteries in general. I've read all the others and will continue to read them as long as she writes them
ohiowyrm More than 1 year ago
Tricia Miles, owner of the Haven't Got a Clue Bookstore, watches an airplane crash into the Stoneham, New Hampshire Gazebo at the Founder's Day event, killing the pilot and her best friend, Deborah Black. Everyone is content that the entire event was just a tragic accident, but Tricia doesn't buy the story. As she unravels the mystery of the accident which might not be an accident, she also discovers she didn't know her best friend as well as she thought she did. In fact, there are plenty of folks who wouldn't mind seeing Deborah dead, including her recently widowed husband, a disgruntled former employee and a few others who benefited from her death. Meanwhile, life goes on for some folks. Heated arguments, mixed up love affairs, an unseen mogul who is buying the town mixed and more than a few twists and turns keep the reader guessing until the last few pages about what really happened and why. Relationships with other shop owners, her sister, her employees and her ever "Yowing" cat, Miss Marple, keep the reader rooting for Tricia and her friends to get to the bottom of this mess. Can't wait for the next one.
readerbynight More than 1 year ago
What a slamdunk opening to a story! Sentenced to Death certainly grabbed my attention with an astounding Founders Day Celebration in Stoneham, New Hampshire. Who could guess that an innocuous celebration would change the lives of the town's residents so much, in particular the Booktown shop-owners? Lorna Barrett, you've done it again! Although new characters are introduced, some remain and some leave, one way or another. Other characters make changes in their lives as land developers descend on this typically quiet little town. The sudden death of Tricia's friend Deborah, by what must surely be the strangest weapon used in a cozy mystery, leaves the town in shock. Her devastating death leaves behind a toddler, Davey, husband David, and mother Elizabeth who is her store assistant cum babysitter. Festivities are cancelled, and the National Transportation Safety Board arrives to take over the investigation. Everyone believes it is a tragic accident, but Tricia feels there is more to it than that. She is sure it is murder and she is also sure she knows who is involved. The speed with which David hires a lawyer in preparation for a lawsuit, disposes by cremation of his wife's body with no funeral, and the speed with which he sells the store Deborah owned with her mother, adds another nail to his coffin in Tricia's mind. But could that simply be the actions of a man suffering the trauma of losing his wife so suddenly? And what about the Nigela Racita Associates' rush to buy up properties in town, including Deborah's shop "Happy Domestic", partly owned by Elizabeth and sold out from under her? Lorna Barrett has a special knack for letting us picture the town and the townspeople with her descriptive voice. Her characterizations are human and consistent, not over-the-top. This is Book 5 in the Booktown series and we've come to know a lot about the residents. In this book, pestered by her ex-boyfriend and uncertain about her current unproclaimed beau, feeling the loss of her assistant Ginny as she furthers her career as the new manager of the Happy Domestic, Tricia is definitely stressed. She is confused by the discovery that though she was one of her best friends, Tricia seems to be out of the loop about much of Deborah's life. This story is full of secrets and conjecture. With two deaths and a town in turmoil, it appears that Tricia may just be right about the "accident" being murder, but what would be the reason for the second death in the same "accident"? Who could possibly want two such unconnected people dead? I always enjoy this series, it is cohesive, maintains its character, has a strong plot full of surprises, and is always entertaining. Well done, an excellent choice for readers of cozies and unique mysteries.
SewWrite 5 months ago
Tricia witnesses the death of her friend Deborah Black at the Founders Day Celebration. As the days pass Tricia learns secrets about her friend and starts to feel that the accident was no accident. Tricia will stop at nothing to find out the truth, even while everyone in town is telling her to let it go because it was an accident. This book was full of twists and unexpected information about the victim. I had a hard time putting this book down until I finished it. Superb story!
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like this series but this one is my least favorite. Trisha's friend is giving a speech in the town's gazebo and is killed when a plane buzzing the event crashes into the gazebo. Trisha discovers that Deborah's marriage was in trouble and believes her husband is guilty. Meanwhile Trisha is dealing with Ginnie, Ross, Angelica, Capt Smith and the rest of the town.
debbieaheaton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Barrett's mystery novel, the entire town including Tricia's friend and event organizer, Deborah Black, has turned out for Stoneham's Founder's Day celebration. As Deborah gives the welcoming speech, an aircraft crashes into the stage, killing both Deborah and the pilot. Ruled an accident, Tricia is convinced there's more to the story than meets the eye and sets out determined to identify whodunit and why. Barrett has skillfully plotted and paced this story to keep the reader turning the pages. An excellent addition to the A Booktown Mystery series.
cathyskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Line: Founder's Day weekend.The entire town of Stoneham, New Hampshire, has been gearing up for the big Founder's Day celebration, but everything literally goes up in smoke when a freak accident kills one of Tricia Miles' friends right before her eyes.The Sheriff's Department chalks the entire thing up as an accident, but as Tricia learns bits and pieces of information, she starts thinking that there's a lot more to the story, and sets out to prove her point with potentially fatal results.This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series, and although I did enjoy this book, it is enjoyment with reservations. I found it to be less satisfying than the others in the Booktown series. The plot and the identity of the murderer felt a bit convoluted and over the top. The main character, Tricia, seems rudderless and looking for a change. Her ex-husband is making overtures, and she can't make up her mind between showing him the Welcome mat or a restraining order.I hope that Barrett is setting us up for something new and exciting in the next book in the series. I don't think I'm the only one who doesn't care for indecisive main characters.
lindapanzo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this series featuring small town New Hampshire mystery bookstore owner, Tricia Miles. It's set in Booktown, a small town with a whole bunch of bookstores.While I like the series, this was, by far, my least favorite book in the series.I continue to like the characters but, to me, the plot in this one was a mess. Murdering someone by crashing a plane into them while they're speaking at a large gathering of people? Really?I intend to continue with this series but sure hope that future installments are better than this one?
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bookstore owner Tricia Miles is devastated when a close friend is killed in an accident. Well, the police say it was an accident, but Tricia isn¿t convinced ¿ the more she learns about her friend¿s life the more she is convinced it was murder. While Tricia is investigating the murder, things are changing around her and she begins to wonder if it is time that she too makes some changes.¿Sentenced to Death¿ is the well done fifth book in Lorna Barrett¿s ¿Booktown Mystery¿ cozy mystery series ¿ a series that gets better with every book. Barrett has created a wonderfully complex heroine in Tricia Miles ¿ a character I at times sympathize with and at other times dislike. Tricia seems to be at a crossroads in her life and she is a very believable character ¿ flawed yet a good friend to those she cares about. She is understandably upset by the death of her friend and it is nice that she does what she can to solve the case but at times she is blunt and not very tactful, even unlikable when questioning people she thinks may have had something to do with the death. Her relationship with her sister Angelica is also complex ¿ it has grown throughout the series and I'm glad to see the two grow closer in each book. Tricia¿s love life is a tangled one and it doesn¿t look like it is going to be untangled soon. Barrett has created a wonderful setting in Stoneham, New Hampshire and the characters grow in each book. I¿ve come to care for the characters and what happens to them, especially Ginny who seems to continue to have poor taste in boyfriends. The mystery aspects are well done and the murder weapon is certainly a unique one! The mystery has plenty of twists and turns and surprises and while there aren¿t a lot of suspects, I still didn¿t figure out who the killer was. Besides the murder mystery there is another mystery throughout the course of this series ¿ who is the mysterious Nigela Ricita who is buying up so much of Stoneham? I have some ideas and can¿t wait to find out if my suspicions are correct!¿Sentenced to Death¿ is another well done cozy mystery by Lorna Barrett.
Marlyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Many of the residents of Stoneham, NH (affectionately known as Booktown) are gathered in the town square to celebrate Founders' Day. Tricia Miles is watching Deborah Black's son Davey while her friend is making a speech. A small airplane is circling overhead towing a banner promoting the festival. Deborah is about to begin her speech when the plane hurtles downward and crashes in the middle of the square.Both the pilot and Deborah are killed, leaving behind his cash-strapped widow and Deborah's son and unpleasant husband. The deaths are presumed to be accidental, though Tricia suspects otherwise. Deborah and her husband had been having problems because he thought she was spending too much time and money on her shop The Happy Domestic, while pilot Monty Capshaw was also having financial troubles and had irreversible cancer.Tricia's assitant Ginny is trying to convince her boss to give her more responsibility, her ex-boyfriend the editor of the local newspaper wants her to give him another chance, her ex-husband is sending her jewelry, and she has her own budding relationship with Captain Grant Baker from the County Sheriff's Department.Meanwhile, Tricia is certain that the plane crash was no accident, and sets out to prove it in-between her other obligations.Her sister Angelica is able and willing, and with her help Tricia is able to do a little poking around.Tricia is an appealing heroine, and although her sister can be a bit grating neither Angelica nor any of the other supporting characters are one-dimensional.Booktown is based on the Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye and would be a fantastic idea here in the U.S., though perhaps not in this financial climate.
ethel55 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although the plane crashing right into the gazebo seems like it's something right out of Desperate Housewives, Tricia's ability to ferret out inconsistencies powers to the forefront again. Stoneham has more than murder to worry about, as a multi-book side story, the Nigela Racita Associates conglomerate, is purchasing property in town again.
KTempleton More than 1 year ago
Once again Tricia finds herself right in the middle of a real murder investigation, not one from a book in her store Haven’t Got A Clue. During Deborah Black ’s opening speech of the Founder’s Day Celebration, a plane crashes into the Gazebo where she is standing. The crash kills the pilot and Deborah. The sheriff believes this is an accident but the more Tricia learns about her friend Deborah the more she believes it was anything but an accident. This is one of my favorite series. The characters both main and secondary are wonderfully flawed which makes them more realistic. I am glad that Tricia and Angelica are working on repairing their relationship with each book. But sisters don’t pick the right type of men to be in a relationship. Tricia also needs to think before questioning people in some cases but then again if she wasn’t an amateur sleuth this would be a different type of book. I love the setting of a town full of bookstores, being a bookworm, this is my kind of town. Mrs. Barrett has a way of drawing you in from the beginning of the story and keeping you entertained throughout all the twists and turns of the mystery. I was surprised by who was the killer. The book also includes some of Angelica’s recipes. This is my second time reading. I loved it both times, I recommend this book to all mystery lovers. I was gifted a copy of the book in hopes that I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.
KTempleton More than 1 year ago
Once again Tricia finds herself right in the middle of a real murder investigation, not one from a book in her store Haven’t Got A Clue. During Deborah Black ’s opening speech of the Founder’s Day Celebration, a plane crashes into the Gazebo where she is standing. The crash kills the pilot and Deborah. The sheriff believes this is an accident but the more Tricia learns about her friend Deborah the more she believes it was anything but an accident. This is one of my favorite series. The characters both main and secondary are wonderfully flawed which makes them more realistic. I am glad that Tricia and Angelica are working on repairing their relationship with each book. But sisters don’t pick the right type of men to be in a relationship. Tricia also needs to think before questioning people in some cases but then again if she wasn’t an amateur sleuth this would be a different type of book. I love the setting of a town full of bookstores, being a bookworm, this is my kind of town. Mrs. Barrett has a way of drawing you in from the beginning of the story and keeping you entertained throughout all the twists and turns of the mystery. I was surprised by who was the killer. The book also includes some of Angelica’s recipes. This is my second time reading. I loved it both times, I recommend this book to all mystery lovers. I was gifted a copy of the book in hopes that I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.
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