Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Book Review: Murder is Binding

Title Murder Is Binding
Lorna Barrett
Rating ****
Tags mystery, series, bookstores

First in a series about Tricia Miles, divorcee who began a new life as owner of a mystery bookstore in Stoneham, New Hampshire. The town has also reinvented itself by taking Hay-on-Wye as a model and becoming a mecca for book lovers. Tricia's store has been open for five months, and she is doing well. Her sister, Angelica, whom Tricia has never gotten on well with, comes for a visit and reveals she too is getting a divorce. Meanwhile the cooking bookstore next door suffers a fire and the murder of its owner, and the local sheriff suspects Tricia.

I found myself liking this book better after having read it than while I was reading it, oddly. It creates an interesting community and characters, and I plan to read the rest of the series.

Publication Berkley (2008), Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Publication date 2008
ISBN 0425219585 / 9780425219584

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