Sunday, October 7, 2012

Murder is Binding by: Lorna Barrett Review

Title: Murder is Binding
Author: Lorna Barrett
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Pages: 281
Series: A Booktown Mystery #1
Format: ebook

Description:

The streets of Stoneham, New Hampsire are lined with bookstores...and paved with murder. 

Stoneham, New Hampshire, was a dying town until community leaders invited booksellers to open shop. Now, its streets are lined with bookstores--and paved with murder…

When she moved to Stoneham, city-slicker Tricia Miles was met with friendly faces. And when she opened her mystery bookstore, she met with friendly competition. But when she finds Doris Gleason dead in her own cookbook store, killed by a carving knife, the atmosphere seems more cutthroat than cordial. Someone wanted to get their hands on the rare cookbook that Doris had recently purchased--and the locals think that someone is Tricia. To clear her name, Tricia will have to take a page out of one of her own mysteries--and hunt down someone who isn’t killing by the book…

My Thoughts: 

I enjoyed this book where we meet Tricia Miles who has a small town bookstore specializing in mysteries.  Early on Tricia's sister Angelica comes to visit, and a mystery is discovered by Tricia.  Doris Gleason the shop next to Tricia's offering cookbooks is found dead.  

In this book we meet some colorful characters, who offer so much in this story from a local newspaper man, a retired grocery store owner newly employed at Tricia's store.  They offer so much that is true to New Hampshire and New England states.  While Tricia and Angelica are considered outsiders to the state having not been born there they are quickly welcomed in by most of the people.

Also Tricia is trying to solve a mystery of her own who keeps leaving nudist leaflets in her books.  After hiring her clerk Ginny and Mr. Everett they are able to find out what is going on with the nudist leaflets.  Definitely a great new cozy mystery I have come across I love these cozy whodunits!

Next in the series is: