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07 November 2010

BOOKPLATE SPECIAL: Booktown Mystery #3 - Lorna Barrett

From the back of the book: Tricia Miles, owner of Haven't Got a Clue mystery bookstore, is still settling into Stoneham, New Hampshire, the kind of town where everybody knows your name----and where everyone's quick to lend a hand, even when murder is afoot...
The kinder folks of Stoneham might call Pammy Fredericks a free spirit. The less kind, a freeloading thief. Tricia has put up ----and put up with----her uninvited college roommate for weeks. In return, Pammy has stolen one hundred dollars, among other things. But the day she's kicked out, Pammy's found dead in a trash cart, leaving loads of questions unanswered. What was she foraging for? Did her killer want it, too? To piece the case together, Tricia will have to dive in headfirst.....
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I love the WTF endings in a good mystery. When it happens in a cozy mystery, it's even better. My eyebrows were up well past the hairline this morning when I finished this third entry in a fun series. I want to live in Stoneham, own a bookstore or work for Tricia. I could help her with her sister, Angelica, who means sort of well, just has an offbeat way of showing it.
I learned of a new-to-me lifestyle, freegan. Freegans salvage foods from Dumpsters for various reasons, either for to save the Earth or due to finding themselves in circumstances that require them to supplement their pantry to feed their family.
The mystery is there, who killed Pammy? But there is a focus on food pantries and freegans, bringing awareness to the reader. Thank you, Lorna.
I can highly recommend this book and this series. Good mystery, good characters, excellent premise. And the recipes in the back.....BOOKPLATE SPECIAL has meatloaf, garlic mashed potatoes, quick-and-dirty garlic bread, potato and leek soup and mini spinach quiches....nummers!
Five eyebrow raised and umby-gumby recipe beans.....

3 comments:

Aurian said...

O I love it when a book manages to surprise me! Nice review again Vixen.

Lorna Barrett said...

Thank you for the lovely review. Don't miss Chapter & Hearse, which is now available. And if I may be so bold, please let me mention my new series, The Victoria Square Mysteries, which I am writing under the name Lorraine Bartlett. The first book, A Crafty Killing, will be released on (or just before) February 1st. It's available for pre-order on Amazon and B&N.com now.

Vickie said...

Aurian: Thank you for the sweet compliment.

Lorna: Thank you for visiting my blog. I have CHAPTER AND HEARSE on the nightstand and I absolutely look forward to reading your new series.