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Product Details

  • Series: A Booktown Mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425231194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425231197
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Soon after Tricia Miles, who owns a mystery bookstore in quaint Stoneham, New Hampshire, kicks her former college roommate Pammy Fredericks out of her apartment after a two-week visit, she finds Pammy dead in a garbage can outside a café owned by Tricia’s sister, Angelica. Tricia learns that Pammy, who was always working a get-rich-quick scheme, had found a diary and was apparently trying to blackmail someone. After getting threatening phone calls seemingly linked to Pammy, Tricia decides to investigate the murder. Meanwhile, she struggles to run her bookstore, deal with Angelica (who owns a cookbook store as well as the café), and plan a wedding for one of her employees. Her own romantic life takes an interesting turn when a captain in the county sheriff’s department piques her interest. Small-town New Hampshire life, the sisters’ turbulent relationship, a budding romance, and plenty of cooking (including recipes) provide the ambience in this satisfying series. A good bet for readers of Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen mysteries. --Judy Coon


"Get ready to pop a lot of popcorn, cuddle up under a blanket and spend a little time with Tricia Miles and crew. Ms Barrett, queen of the cozys, has a winner here! The next one up in the Booktown Mysteries series is called Chapter and Hearse and I, for one, can't wait!"
--Feathered Quill Reviews

"Artfully blends crime, cuisine, and even bookselling in a...witty, well-plotted puzzler." -- Julia Spencer-Fleming

More About the Author

The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorna Barrett's name 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 has many short stories and novellas to her name(s).

Lorna lives in Rochester, NY with her husband and three felines.

What others are saying about Lorna's books:

"Barrett is skilled at making her characters flawed and fully believable."
--Richard Times-Dispatch

"Tightly plotted and paced to keep you turning the pages, this series is indeed getting better with each book."
--Gumshoe Review

" engaging whodunit."
--Publishers Weekly

"Sheer entertainment. A good rollicking read."
--Roundtable Reviews

Indulge yourself today! Pick up a Lorna Barrett Booktown mystery! For more information about Lorna and her books visit her blog at or her website:

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I really liked the book and I really like the characters.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the third installment to Lorna Barrett's Booktown Mystery series.
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When I read this series, it is so hard to put down the book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Merrimon Crawford VINE VOICE on November 17, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When college roommate Pammy Fredericks comes to visit Stoneham, New Hampshire, mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles can't very well turn her down. Pammy is the kind of person who just gets on the nerves. After freeloading for weeks, Tricia has finally had enough. Tricia kicks her out. When Pammy is found dead in a trash bin, Tricia sets out to answer all the unanswered questions even when her investigation takes her into activities and secrets she never could have imagined. From groups of freegans, dumpster divers with ecological politics to individuals with secrets to hide, Tricia investigates the underside of the nice cozy small town Booktown and its model citizens to ferret out the motivations that could lead someone to murder.

The third of the Booktown mysteries, Lorna Barrett's BOOKPLATE SPECIAL takes fans back to the wonderful town where books and book lovers populate the town. Tricia Miles owner of I Haven't Got a Clue mystery bookshop and her cat Miss Marple seem to attract mysteries, unusual situations, and less than cozy crime scenes. The visit of her college roommate is no exception, except that pursuit of the clues leads Tricia into previously unknown corners of the Stoneham community. Whereas the first two books in the series (MURDER IS BINDING and BOOKMARKED FOR DEATH) give readers a glimpse into the town and the two sisters, BOOKPLATE SPECIAL adds a new richness to the series. Although BOOKPLATE SPECIAL would work as a stand alone, series readers will particularly appreciate the author's ability to develop the series itself from book to book. Characters and setting are both familiar and yet also one can't help but feel one gets to know both more and more from book to book. In BOOKPLATE SPECIAL, readers get even more of an insider's glimpse into Booktown.
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All was quiet in Stoneham, New Hampshire. Well, almost. Tricia Miles hadn't been so uptight since Zoë Carter was found deader `n a doornail plopped on her toilet at her mystery bookstore, Haven't Got a Clue. Before that there was Doris Gleason who was done in by a little carving knife chop job. She seemed to be turning into a professional corpse finder and there was going to be a third one if Pammy Fredericks didn't get the heck out of her apartment. Normally soft-spoken she'd just about reached the end of her rope with Fredericks the freeloader and practically screamed, "Get out of my house." College was one thing, but there was a time to grow up and two weeks with her was more than enough. Out, out, OUT!

Pammy was as welcome as a plantar's wart, but when she insisted she leave, Tricia began to feel pangs of guilt. Stoneham, New Hampshire was a well-known bookstore Mecca and the type of place if you had any business whatsoever, everyone else knew about it. Before the last "out" was shouted, it was heard at the other end of town and Pammy had found employment with Angelica, Tricia's sister at her café, Booked for Lunch. Tricia was even more annoyed when her sister insinuated she had thrown poor Pammy out. Next thing you know . . .

Tricia stepped out into the alley and guess whose pink Crocs she saw sticking out of a trash cart. "I understand this is not your first encounter with the law here in Stoneham . . . " At least Captain Grant Baker was a hunk, unlike Sheriff Wendy Adams. This whole thing was enough to make anyone throw up. Why had Pammy been dumpster diving for food? Who were all these "freegans" she was associating with? Why was Pammy trying to blackmail Stuart Paige? Who was smashing all those pumpkins? Who, what, when, why?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ChibiNeko TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 7, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I originally reviewed this book, I'd read it before the other two by mistake. I didn't really feel like I'd missed out on a lot & after reading the other two I can safely say that for the most part I was correct. Other than a bit of character setup, I didn't really need to read the other mysteries first.

This entry into the series has Tricia attempting to get rid of a troublesome friend from college who has been squatting at her apartment for a few weeks. No sooner does she manage this when her friend is discovered dead in the dumpster behind her sister Angelica's restaurant. With calls demanding the return of a mysterious diary & the appearance of a handsome new policeman, Tricia has her hands full.

I do have to say that I liked the introduction of the new character. It's about time that Tricia meets someone better than the uber-slimy Russ who constantly keeps ditching her whenever he gets a new story & is always trying to worm murder details. (In a previous book he actually tries to interview her while he's making out with her.) This new guy has spark, something that could breathe a little more life into this series.

Other than that, the book was pretty much the same as the books before it. Sheriff Adams is still a dolt who dislikes Tricia, Russ is still a slimeball trying to get a story out of Tricia & Angelica is the same as ever. (Although I will say that I have a warm spot for Angelica, despite this.)

Still, the mystery wasn't bad. It was also interesting to hear about the various social groups, although it felt a teensy bit tacked on at times.
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