Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles learns that nothing kills a good party like a murder in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling Booktown Mysteries.
Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, throws a housewarming cocktail party in her new apartment and has cooked all the food by herself–quite a feat for someone who previously couldn’t boil water. Then one of her guests is poisoned and dies. Tricia’s left to wonder if her cooking is to blame or if there’s something much more sinister at play. Either way, Tricia’s once again in hot water with her ex-lover, Chief Baker.
Meanwhile the charming town of Stoneham is being disrupted by a vandalism crime wave. It’s the hot topic in the race for Chamber of Commerce president which sees Tricia pitted against two bitter rivals. With all that’s going on can she find the killer before she’s the next item on the menu?
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
Welcome back to Stoneham! It seems to always have some kind of action or event each time we visit. But that is a charming little village for you. There is a lot going on this book and it will certainly be one that you will read more than once. Tricia is as wonderful as ever and will certainly be working hard to solve this mystery. What lies within these pages will keep you up and begging for more!
One point of the characters in this book is the ability to deceive even the reader. Tricia is on par, but there is some secrets and lies that are making characters become something else.That is something about this series that keeps me coming back, the characters evolve and grow, changing just like true humans do.
I am usually not a fan of the book ending, but this ending was great. It was unexpected and one that kept me guessing. I say that with many mysteries, this one though will throw you for a loop, truly.
Overall, another excellent addition to a favorite series. One will always find their spot in this charming community and solving these mysteries adds an extra delight. I encourage mystery lovers to read this latest installment, for the it is by far one of the best this year.
**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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