So far, this is proving to be quite an enjoyable, fun cozy mystery series. I can't say I like it quite as much as the "Murder, She Wrote" books, but it definitely has its own merits. I love the setting of Stoneham with all its bookstores. What an ideal place that would be to live!
The relationship between Tricia and her sister, Angelica, seemed to develop into a closer, easier one this time around. They didn't butt heads as much as they did in the first one, although there were still times when I found Tricia to be just a little too snarky and mean-spirited where her sister was concerned. An example was when Tricia basically mocked Ange's attempts at writing a cookbook instead of giving her support and encouragement. But, all in all, Tricia seemed more likeable and sensitive to other people's feelings in this book than she was in the first.
I'm not sure how I feel about the relationship between Russ and Tricia. There really didn't seem to be a lot of zing or passion to it, and, frankly, I found it a little boring. Russ, as editor of the local paper, seemed more interested in pumping Tricia for information about the murder than in romancing her. And, Tricia herself didn't appear to harbour a lot of romantic feelings toward him, either. It was all rather blase on both their parts, but maybe their relationship will develop into a better one in the future.
The mystery was a good one and kept me guessing right to the end as to who the murderer was. The motive was a little weak in my opinion, but otherwise the plot moved along at a good pace and was interesting.
I'm looking forward to reading the next installment in this series.