- Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (April 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425219585
- ISBN-13: 978-0425219584
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 230 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stoneham, N.H., the picturesque setting of the pseudonymous Barrett's charming first in a new series, boasts a newly renovated main street devoted to a variety of bookstores. When Tricia Miles—mystery bookstore proprietor and city refugee—discovers her unpleasant cookbook store neighbor stabbed to death and a rare book missing, Tricia soon finds herself under the sheriff's surveillance and dubbed the village jinx. Determined to clear her name and track down the stolen cookbook, Tricia enlists a few friendly locals to aid in her investigation. When her difficult older sister, Angelica, arrives unexpectedly, Tricia worries she's in for another headache, but Angelica turns out to be a willing conspirator in Tricia's search for answers. The mix of books, cooking and an engaging whodunit will leave cozy fans eager for the next installment. (Apr.)
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"Move over Cabot Cove. Lorna Barrett's new cozy creation, Murder Is Binding, has it all: wonderful old books, quirky characters, a clever mystery, and a cat named Miss Marple!" --Roberta Isleib, author of Preaching to the Corpse and the Advice Column Mysteries "A mystery bookstore in a sleepy New England town, a cat named Miss Marple, a nasty murder and a determined heroine make Barrett's delightful debut mystery everything a cozy lover could want and more. Bravo!" --Leann Sweeney, author of the Yellow Rose Mystery Series
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Tricia's older sister, Angelica comes to town. This causes complications for Tricia but soon their sisterly relationship changes. While dealing with her sibling rivalry issues from her childhood and learning more about her sister, Tricia and Angelica solve the murder.
I really enjoyed the book and plan to read more of the series. I also loved the other cast of characters at the bookstore.
There were some yummy recipes in the book.
Bookstore owner, Tricia Miles, has come to a unique town that has many different types of bookstores: history, cook books, and Tricia's specialty, mystery. It was easy for me to picture this bookstore. It was almost as if I jumped right into the author's mind and received the picture she created for the setting.
The whole mystery behind the death of cookbook store owner, Doris Gleason, really had me guessing. I thought for sure I knew who did it and reluctantly admitted the author got the best of me. Good on you, Lorna! I love that. Each clue built on another and just when you thought the clues were already placed, another showed up.
All the secondary characters were well drawn and interesting and really key to the plot. There were no characters that didn't have meaning in the plot. I love that this author really thought the minor characters through. From Tricia's cat Miss Marple to the elderly patron Mr. Everett, this cast was stellar. Even Tricia's annoying sister found a place in my heart.
If you are like me, you will come to love the city of Stoneham with all its colorful characters and bookstores. I totally suggest you pick up this quick read and then all the other books in this series. Lorna Barrett will soon be one of those authors who write books and you automatically drop them into your cart because you know this will be one good read.
I found this book entertaining from the first chapter. I was instantly interested in Tricia Miles's life in "Booktown", and I became engaged right away. I love a good cozy mystery, and this is a great one to check out. Who killed Doris Gleason? Who wanted her dead? The story twists and turns, and while I had a pretty good idea of what was going to happen before the end, I wasn't bored in any way. I didn't find the plot confusing or annoying, and I love the characters of Ginny and Mr. Everett. Even Tricia's annoying sister Angelica grew on me as the story continued. This is a fun, entertaining mystery. I am a fan of the Hamish Macbeth series, and having finished all of them, was looking for another author to pursue in the similar small town mystery style. Thank you to Good Reads website for bringing Lorna Barrett's work up in a list of cozy mystery authors.
I have already ordered the next two books in this series. I can't wait to continue reading! This is going to be another series I am going to quickly devour, I can tell.