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Bookplate Special (A Booktown Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – November 3, 2009
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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
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Angelica, Tricia's sister, owns the Cookery, a cookbook store and also a cafe, Booked for Lunch, and Pammy has found some work there. Angelica always seems to be short on help with her demanding and perfectionistic ways, but Pammy works out for a day or so at the Cookery. She also attends a special ceremony for the Food Bank and there causes a problem when she inappropriately tries to speak to the special guest, Paige Turner, a local philanthropist. Pammy has in her possession a diary, but no one knows what the importance of it is or even if it is Pammy's own. It seems to be linked to someone in Stoneham.
On the day that Pammy Fredericks leaves Tricia's home, she is found murdered and her body is stuffed in a trash can behind the Cookery. Tricia speaks to the sheriff's deputy since she finds the body, and this time the sheriff herself has decided to back off of speaking to Tricia after the two clashed over the last case that Tricia got herself involved in. That doesn't stop her from trying to solve Pammy's murder herself, though, and Captain Baker has awfully pretty eyes when Tricia looks into them, and he is much more interesting than her sort-of boyfriend at the moment.
"Bookplate Special" is a little more multi-layered in its plot than the second book in the series was, and that I really like. I think this one is the best so far and I had absolutely no idea who the killer was until it was revealed. There are some very interesting characters introduced and Tricia's circle of friends becomes closer and also bigger with the addition of a few of the new ones in this book. There is even a new cat, and Tricia's cat, Miss Marple, is still her very best friend. As in the other books, author's names and a few vintage mystery titles are thrown out which always makes for good reading suggestions.
I look forward to moving on to the fourth book in the series, Chapter & Hearse (A Booktown Mystery) and highly recommend this series to mystery lovers and cozy mystery readers. They are very enjoyable books for some lighter reading.
Thank heavens we can preview before buying! Now on to book four.
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So I just finished reading the second one a while ago. As far as cozy mysteries go, I like them and pick them up when I can.Read more
I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
Story line is good.