Bookmarked for Death by Lorna Barrett {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 26 March, 2014 by Jenna / 8 Comments

Bookmarked for Death by Lorna Barrett {Jenna’s Review}Bookmarked for Death by Lorna Barrett
Series: Booktown Mysteries #2
Genres: Mystery & Detective
Pages: 297
Format: Paperback

What do a stone book and a stabbed cake have to do with Zoë Carter’s death?

Once a struggling town, Stoneham, New Hampshire is now enjoying a renaissance–thanks to booksellers like Tricia Miles, proprietor of Haven’t Got a Clue. It’s a great place to find a good mystery to read–or to solve ….

To celebrate her bookstore’s anniversary, Tricia Miles hosts a book signing for bestselling author Zoë Carter. But the event takes a terrible turn when the author is found dead in the washroom. Before long, both police and reporters are demanding the real story. So far, the author’s obnoxious assistant/niece is the only suspect. And with a sheriff who provides more obstacles than answers, Tricia will have to take matters into her own hands–and read between the lines to solve this mystery….

An entertaining mystery with Booktown friends.

My Thoughts

It’s been months – nearly a year, in fact! – since I read Lorna Barrett’s Murder is Binding. But returning to Stoneham, New Hampshire and Tricia Miles’ Haven’t Got a Clue mystery book shop felt like visiting a good friend whom I haven’t seen in a while. In Bookmarked for Death, the members of the Tuesday Night Book Club have gathered at Tricia’s shop for an author signing with novelist and Stoneham native Zoe Carter. Just as the evening is coming to a close, the store staff realize that their guest hasn’t been seen for a while. But finding her – strangled in the store’s bathroom – is only the beginning of trouble for Tricia.

Bookmarked brings back favorite and familiar characters including Tricia’s sister, Angelica, and her staff, Ginny and Mr. Everett. At the same time, we meet new faces and get a little more familiar with some village members who had roles on the periphery of the first story.

One of my favorite relationships is the one between sisters Tricia and Angelica. The woman have spent much of their lives not close, something that is foreign to me; my sister and I are, and have always enjoyed, a close friendship. But it has been fun to watch them get to know one another as adult women and entrepreneurs and begin to build a more solid and reliable relationship.

As usual, author Lorna Barrett does a masterful job in weaving a puzzling whodunnit. I thought, for sure, I had the killer pegged, but the last-second twist had me fooled! Such a fun and enjoyable treat of a read!

Girl with Book Lungs


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8 Responses to “Bookmarked for Death by Lorna Barrett {Jenna’s Review}”

      • Here was my thoughts on her as a character:

        I really liked Tricia in the first book (Murder is Binding) but for some reason she just annoyed the ever living crap out of me in Bookmarked for Death. First, I don’t get her relationship with Russ. She seems to not trust his motives for anything while her motives are very similar to what she blames him for doing. Her relationship with the Sheriff is horrid (they don’t like each other) but in one instance I really sided with the Sheriff (which I didn’t do at all in the first book). Tricia was listening to the blotter, followed a break-in call, beat the cops there, went in, and then acted prissy when the Sheriff pointed out that she needed to quit interfering with crime scenes. That scene just annoyed me. The end though made me think I will continue to the series. Tricia seemed to eat a little crow so I am hoping she goes back to how she was in the first book in the next one. Sorry but I was just really disappointed with her!

        I think I need to give the next book a whirl to see if she goes back to how she was in book 1.

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