Bookmarked for Death

Bookmarked for Death

Large Print - 2009
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A New York Times Bestseller -- 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, Carter's obnoxious assistant/niece is the only suspect. With a sheriff who provides more obstacles than answers, Tricia will have to take matters into her own hands -- and read between the lines.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Wheeler/Chivers, c2009
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410417626
141041762X
Branch Call Number: L.P. BARR
Characteristics: 423 p.

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RebelBelle13
May 15, 2019

I found this second book in the Booktown Mystery series to be quite entertaining. While most of these cozies follow the same mold (woman moves to new town, starts a business of some sort, gets involved with a local man, becomes a sleuth following murders in the town) some authors really just do the genre better than others. Barrett is one of these standout authors. I found myself constantly wanting to return to the book to find out what happened next. The cast of characters is charming, the bookstore town is cozy and warm, and the plot was fast paced enough that I wasn't bored halfway through, as can be the trend with some of these novels. I appreciate the fact that Tricia is flush with cash and is running the bookstore as more of a hobby than an actual livelihood. There are too many cozies where the protagonist is strapped for cash and struggling, so this was refreshing. Angelica is becoming less annoying too, so that was a relief. From her appearance in the first book, I was afraid that she would ruin the series going forward. The set up at the end and the massive red herring related to it was rather predictable, but it was very difficult to figure out who the murderer was until they were revealed. The story was well layered, tossing in plagiarism, long lost parents, and a job change. The focus was never solely on the murder, which kept the story moving.
Tricia's relationship with Russ seems a little forced, and the only other thing that I didn't appreciate was their constant mentioning of geese and the trouble the store owners had with their droppings. I've been to New England many times, and there's no way that the problem is as bad as Barrett made it seem. She seemed almost obsessed with it, to the point where this was almost an issue-driven story. Despite these nit-picky things, it really was a fun novel. I'll definitely be reading the next!

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heavenne
Jul 03, 2017

Overall, it’s still good for a fast quick read. Cozy mystery lovers would enjoy this one. I’m a sucker for the recipes in the back as well.

It's a quaint setting, characters don't have much depth in them but the book is meant to be a light read. It was enjoyable.

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maipenrai
Aug 19, 2016

AVAILABLE IN LARGE PRINT THRU MNLink. NOT AVAILABLE IN BOOK FORMAT THRU HENN CTY. 2ND IN SERIES

LoganLib_Aavishka Nov 24, 2015

My second Cosy Mystery that I have ever read and I really enjoyed it. It had a good storyline and it had me guessing who the murderer was until the end. I also liked the setting and the characters. Something different :D

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ggrandel
Mar 12, 2015

This is a good cozy mystery. I will read the others in this series.

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Shelley51
Nov 07, 2013

Great cozy mystery. I really enjoy the main characters. Anxious to see where Ms. Barrett takes the series.

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