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Bookmarked For Death [Mass Market Paperback]

Lorna Barrett
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Feb. 3 2009 Booktown Mysteries
Tricia Miles, owner of the Haven?t Got a Clue bookstore, must solve her own mystery when a bestselling author is found dead in the washroom.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT Nov. 22 2010
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I really enjoyed the second installment of this series. Ms. Barrett does a great job of developing these characters and we are getting to know the townspeople even better and the relationship between Tricia and her sister is hilarious and relatable. I appreciate that there is a logical reason why Tricia gets involved in the investigation and this makes the story more believable. Plus there are some great recipes at the back that are mentioned in the story. Grab this one and curl up on a rainy day. You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Fun, Cozy Mystery Dec 12 2012
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bookmarked for Death by Lorna Barrett March 24 2012
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This is the second book in the Booktown Mystery series.

Tricia Miles, the owner of Haven't Got a Clue, holds a book signing and the author is found dead in her store.
Sheriff Adams is not doing enough to solve this crime which leads Tricia to take matters in her own hands.

I really enjoy this series. It's funny, light, and quite entertaining.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable March 30 2014
By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Mystery bookseller Tricia Miles is back in "Bookmarked for Death," by Lorna Barrett, the second in her series about the town of Stoneham, New Hampshire, a village that's reinvented itself by opening numerous specialty and rare bookstores, bringing in tourists from nearby NYC by the hundreds. When Tricia hosts a book signing by a best-selling mystery author who has roots in Stoneham, little does she know the mayhem she's invited into her life: the author is soon murdered, in Tricia's shop's bathroom no less, and the clues are thin on the ground - which itself is covered, outside at least, in Canada Goose guano. Sheriff Wendy Adams is only too happy to close Tricia's store as a crime scene and it's up to Tricia to solve the murder herself, if only to be able to open up her shop again.... I've already mentioned this series this month, as I bought a 3-books-in-1 omnibus edition and feel beholden to read it through; but I "solved" the crime once the third or fourth new character was introduced, because it clearly wasn't who the clues pointed to. And a crucial plot point hangs on the "aberration" of a grown-up American who doesn't drive! As a non-driver myself, this offends me, as does this passage, heading to an unfolding crime scene: '"That's only two blocks away!....Come on!"....out the door, running for her car....She'd hopped in, had the engine revving and the wipers going when Russ finally slammed his front door and jogged to the car...."' Er, running to the site would have been faster, idiots! I'm going to read the third in the series because they're not entirely dreadful, but I'm happy that my mother will be visiting soon and I'll hand the book off to her and get it out of my house. Which is to say, don't bother.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  79 reviews
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Very Favorite Cozy Since the First Book in This Series Came Out! Feb. 4 2009
By C. A. Hopkins - Published on Amazon.com
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With her latest Booktown Mystery, Bookmarked for Death, Lorna Barrett (aka L.L. Bartlett) has ensconced herself firmly into the role of my favorite contemporary mystery author. She has already long proven herself adept at writing hard-hitting, nail-biting paranormal thrillers (see her Jeffrey Resnick series), but she is really busting out as a fantastic cozy author as well - with a delightful and believable heroine in bookseller Tricia Miles, an interesting and complex supporting cast of characters, and a scintillating plot with a plethora of viable suspects.

This is by far the best cozy I've read in some time (at least since the release of the first Booktown Mystery, Murder is Binding). I can hardly wait until the third book in this wonderful series comes out!

Carol Ann Hopkins 2/4/2009
52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good rollicking whodunit ... Feb. 3 2009
By D. Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
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Stoneham, New Hampshire was one of those towns whose reputation was gained not by its long gone founder nor any battle once waged on its ground, but by the number of bookstores lining its streets. Tricia "Trish" Miles, the proprietor of the Haven't Got a Clue mystery bookstore, could proudly say she contributed to the reputation. Of course Miss Marple, her cat, might just want to raise a paw as she was the one who really ran the store. Book scouts the likes of Larry McMurtry would have a field day in Stoneham, but as a rule the typical buyer tended to be a local bookworm or occasional tourist.

Gossips usually provide enough fodder to keep a small town like Stoneham going for a while, but recently it was the Canada goose population that was wreaking havoc. Just as the poop crisis was beginning to get out of control, something else hit the fan and then there was real trouble. Zoë Carter, big time author, was at Haven't Got a Clue for a book signing. It seemed like everyone in town was there from the members of the Tuesday Night Book Club to Zoë's nasty niece Kimberly. It might be said that a few people, including Zoë, could have taken a few lessons in social skills, but just as things started to tone down, the big time author turned up missing. Where in heck did that gal disappear to?

A quick search of the store found Ms Carter trussed-up like a Christmas goose at a banquet . . . on the commode no less The nonplused Tricia and Miss Marple had yet another murder to solve. Sheriff Wendy Adams was NOT amused. The most recent corpse had a knife sticking in her back and Tricia "discovered" that one as well. With half the town in the store for the big event narrowing down the prime suspect would take some doing. Stoneham, we have a problem and it isn't goose poop.

BOOKMARKED FOR DEATH is the second installment of the Booktown Mystery series, a series that will quickly gain a dedicated readership. If anyone has the formula for a frolicking fun mystery down pat it's Lorna Barrett. The read is light and sheer entertainment. The characters were not heavily fleshed-out, but because I live in a small town I "recognized" them all. CSI buffs need not apply here, but if you want a good rollicking read, by all means, pick up a copy.

Deb Fowler - Roundtable Reviews
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Mystery Feb. 24 2009
By Ms. Patty - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderful read; fun, relaxing, well written. Just what I needed to relax at the end of a day. I like to get some clues before the end of the story but also have some surprises at the final revelation. This book did the trick.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of the Same Aug. 11 2009
By Queen's Jester - Published on Amazon.com
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I actually enjoyed this book more than I did the first in the series, if for no other reason than it didn't contain out-of-place words or unnecessary scenes.

I especially like the relationship developing between the two sisters. I also thoroughly enjoy the scene where Tricia marches into Bob Kelly's office and speaks her mind without reservation.

Hopefully we have heard the end of the geese problem and, honestly, I don't particularly care for Russ. I don't feel he is right for Tricia so I can only hope he migrates out of town with the geese.

Having said that, I'm not altogether certain I'll continue to follow these characters into another adventure. The books were a quick read, a nice way to unwind after a long day, but after the second installment, I have the feeling it's going to be one of those series where, if you've read one installment, you've experienced the series.

In other words, the author hasn't pushed the envelope or planted any seeds that would indicate a significant change in any direction for the next installment. Which only leaves me to expect more of the same. After following these characters through two murders, I suspect I can fill in the blanks to another murder in my own head in less time that it would take me to read another book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Death of a Best Selling Author Sept. 18 2009
By Mark Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For her first anniversary, Tricia Miles is thrilled to host best selling author Zoe Carter at Haven't Got a Clue. Things are going well until the crowd begins to thin. That's when Tricia finds Zoe murdered in the store's bathroom.

Zoe was a very private person despite having lived in the small town of Stoneham for many years. With the sheriff determined to keep Tricia's store closed, Tricia decides to find the killer so she can reopen. But the more Tricia investigates, the more suspects she finds. What secret that Zoe was hiding led to her murder?

I enjoyed this book more than the first in the series. The plot did snag a couple of times, but everything came together for an exciting, logical climax. There are two sub-plots that help keep things flowing as well.

The characters were a bit sharper this time around as well. While Tricia's sister Angelica could still get on my nerves, I did remember why I liked her by the end of the book. I'm less enthused at either sister's romantic relationships, but I'm willing to see how things progress with their boyfriends. And don't forget to look in the back of the book for some recipes for the delicious food mentioned in the book.

I'm glad I came back for round two in this series. I plan to get and read the third volume in the series soon.
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