Just when things are getting back to normal in Booktown, Tricia and Angelica have their lives turned upside down by a shocking visitor from their past in this latest entry in Lorna Barrett’s New York Times bestselling series.
Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, is in for a surprise when her ne’er-do-well father, John, comes to town—and promptly becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a woman with her own scandalous past. Even Tricia’s faith in the old man is shaken when the Stoneham police break the news that her father is a known con man who has done jail time.
But what about bestselling thriller author Steven Richardson? Is it a coincidence that he arrived for a book signing just before the crime or that the victim was found with a signed copy of his latest bestseller?
From merlot to murder, Tricia is determined to clear the family name before another body shows up and ruins Stoneham’s first—and highly anticipated—wine and jazz festival.
The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorraine Bartlett’s pen name Lorna Barrett on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent -- whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett -- that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series, and now the Tales of Telenia fantasy saga, and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s). She lives in Rochester, NY, with her husband and three cats.
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Book Review by Bree Herron
Murder, it is such a cozy word (hmmm, not). Murder in facts delivers more than just a dead body in this installment of A Booktown Mystery. We have a family coming together on not common ground, a few good women feeling scorned, and a jazz festival that will make a reader want to jump into the pages. Lets just say that I am one happy reader to be back in one of my favorite fictional towns in this book.
Tricia and her mom haven’t gotten along since well, forever. But there is a point in this book where the momma bear comes out to take care of business. It not only surprises Tricia but also the readers. Okay, I was rooting for a tough mom moment once she showed up but didn’t imagine her shining moment to be so epic.
Booktown is one of the top five prettiest towns in New Hampshire (okay, it is fictional sadly). If you haven’t visited it yet via this series you are missing a charming town based on bookish names and thrills. It is always relaxing to stop by and socialize with the community. Even with a murder mystery or two.
Overall, nothing like a good double murder to bring family together. The story flows smoothly and ties into each plot and suspect moment perfectly to deliver a delightful mystery. The best part was the characters, I adore the sisters but couldn’t help but love the family dynamic (lacking or not). It was a full circle of healing and connecting for Tricia and Angelica.
Readers that enjoy mysteries with pizazz will love this book! It will keep you guessing, and seeking out clues.
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**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.
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