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Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett


Cover art: Bookplate Special Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Bookplate Special - 3rd in the Booktown Mystery series
Author: Lorna Barrett
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN-13: 978-0425231197
Release Date: November 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Stoneham, New Hampshire
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Lorna's Website: www.lornabarrett.com

Tricia Miles owns Havenít Got a Clue mystery bookstore in Stoneham, New Hampshire. Stoneham is a small town where everybody knows everybody elseís business, but they are usually good to each other and help each other out. When Triciaís ex-college-roommate, Pammy Fredericks, shows up needing a place to stay for a few days, Tricia thinks itís the right thing to let her stay. But when the few days turns into a few weeks and Pammy steals a hundred dollars from Tricia, Tricia kicks her out.

Later that afternoon, when Pammy is found dead in a trash bin, it leaves a lot of unanswered questions. What was she after in the garbage and did the killer want it, too? Since Tricia hasnít had the best experiences with the local law enforcement office, she knows she needs to do all she can to figure out who killed Pammy. And when things start to happen to her, she wonders if the killer will come for her next.

First of all, while this book is part of a series, I need to make sure new readers are aware that it stands totally on itís own. I havenít read the previous books, but I think I might have to after reading Bookplate Special. Tricia cracked me upóshe reminds me of me in a lot of ways. Sheís a people pleaser, which is why Pammy was able to freeload from her for so long. But, she can be tough as nails when she needs to be. As the story unfolds and we learn more about her employees at the bookstore, there are some seriously funny moments. I especially like it when Tricia joins Ginny on a Ďfreeganí expedition!

Overall, this is a well-put together who-done-it that keeps the action moving from start to finish. I liked the mystery and how it progressed, but it was tame by my mystery standards. Not that it was dull, because I enjoyed the book from beginning to end, it just didnít have the extra edge of fear that a thriller or mystery or some other cozies have. So if you want a mystery that is exciting and lively, but wonít keep you up all night in fear, Bookplate Special is the book for you.


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