"Tricia stumbles over another body and sets the town awhirl."
Reviewed by Leanne Davis
Posted August 9, 2013
Mystery Cozy | Mystery Woman Sleuth | Mystery
It's time for elections in Stoneham, New Hampshire...Chamber
of Commerce elections. Tricia's sister, Angelica, is
determined to beat the man who currently holds the post.
It's a huge surprise to everyone when a local businessman
throws his hat in as well. Stan Berry owns a local sign
shop but no one else knows much about him otherwise.
After the nominations, everyone heads to the restrooms.
Tricia can't wait that long and asks the clerk at the desk
if there is another room she can use. She is directed to a
small bathroom and as she heads in, she sees Stan Berry
sitting on the toilet with a letter opener sticking out of
The police are looking at anyone with a grudge against Stan,
including Angelica. Since this isn't Tricia's first murder,
she can't help asking questions. Stan's son comes to town to
learn more about the father he never really knew.
Meanwhile, Tricia is depressed and taking it out on anyone
who gets too close. Her ex-husband comes to town to try and
resurrect their marriage. Her on again, off again
relationship with the police chief is going nowhere. Now,
she has this attractive young man asking her out. It
doesn't help that he is a suspect in his father's death.
With Angelica's help, Tricia will learn more than they could
imagine about the unusual life of Stan Berry and who was
driven to kill him.
The Booktown mysteries are favorites of mine. Ms.
writes some intriguingly interesting mysteries with some fun
characters. It's always entertaining to see what mischief
Tricia and Angelica get into. She's managed to have Tricia
find bodies in some unusual places, too.
New York Times bestselling author of Murder on the Half
Shelf Lorna Barrett delivers another compulsively page-
turning Booktown Mystery in which amateur sleuth and
bookstore owner Tricia Miles gets caught up in a local
election that turns lethalâ€¦
Itâ€™s November in Stoneham, New Hampshire, and that means
itâ€™s time for the Chamber of Commerce elections. The race is
already a bit heated, as the long-standing Chamber president
is being challenged by a former loverâ€”Triciaâ€™s own sister,
Angelica. Then local small business owner Stan Berry throws
his hat in the ring.
Unfortunately, itâ€™s not there for long when heâ€™s found
murdered in the Brookview Inn. The murder weapon is a brass
letter opener belonging to the innâ€™s receptionist. Tricia
knows thereâ€™s no way the receptionist is a killer. And when
Angelica asks Tricia to help clear her name and win the
election, she sees little choice except to start snooping.
She soon uncovers a ballot box full of lies and betrayals,
and a chamber full of people who had grudges against the
victim. But were they serious enough to lead to murder? And
who truly had something to gain? Tricia will have to do some
serious sleuthing before she pulls the lever on a killer.
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