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Saturday, 25 June 2011

Murder is Binding - Lorna Barrett

The streets of Stoneham, New Hampsire are lined with bookstores...and paved with murder.

When she moved to Stoneham, city slicker Tricia Miles met nothing but friendly faces. And when she opened her mystery bookstore, she met friendly competition. But when she finds Doris Gleason dead in her own cookbook store, killed by a carving knife, the atmosphere seems more cutthroat than cordial. Someone wanted to get their hands on the rare cookbook that Doris had recently purchased-and the locals think that someone is Tricia. To clear her name, Tricia will
have to take a page out of one of her own mysteries-and hunt down someone who isn't killing by the book.

The Review

I like mysteries. I like cozy mysteries. So it comes as no surprise that I found this first book in the Booktown Mystery Series absolutely enthralling. This mystery was very interesting; unlike anything I had read before. The way the story unfolds on the page is excellent. I had an inkling about who the suspect could be, and it was nice to see I was following Tricia's line of thought. I am glad to have suspected who was responsible without being absolutely certain. This is the kind of mystery you can sit back with and be wondering the whole time, because it is not glaringly obvious who the killer is.

The characters are just wonderful!!! I love Miss Marple and Mr Everett - they are just adorable. This story really had me on the edge of my seat.

What I really appreciated about this book is that I was with Tricia every step of the way, I did not solve the mystery before she did - I had my suspicions, but I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoy that kind of thing. I don't like solving it before the time - I like having that Banana fish moment.

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