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Murder Is Binding: A Booktown Mystery | [Lorna Barrett]

Murder Is Binding: A Booktown Mystery

When she moved to Stoneham, city slicker Tricia Miles met nothing but friendly faces. And when she opened her mystery bookstore, she met friendly competition. But when she finds Doris Gleason dead in her own cookbook store, killed by a carving knife, the atmosphere seems more cutthroat than cordial. Someone wanted to get their hands on the rare cookbook that Doris had recently purchased-and the locals think that someone is Tricia.
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Publisher's Summary

The streets of Stoneham, New Hampsire, are lined with bookstores and paved with murder.

When she moved to Stoneham, city slicker Tricia Miles met nothing but friendly faces. And when she opened her mystery bookstore, she met friendly competition. But when she finds Doris Gleason dead in her own cookbook store, killed by a carving knife, the atmosphere seems more cutthroat than cordial. Someone wanted to get their hands on the rare cookbook that Doris had recently purchased-and the locals think that someone is Tricia. To clear her name, Tricia will have to take a page out of one of her own mysteries-and hunt down someone who isn't killing by the book.

©2008 Lorna Barrett (P)2010 Penguin

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    beatrice Houston, TX, United States 09-29-11
    beatrice Houston, TX, United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Pretty Good"

    This is a good start to a good series. There were times when I wished the story moved faster, but overall I enjoyed the story. I have already bought the next book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Charleston, TN, United States 06-08-11
    Jessica Charleston, TN, United States 06-08-11
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    "Nice Cozy Mystery"

    Murder is Binding was my first Lorna Barrett book and I enjoyed it very much. The narrator did a great job and the story line kept me interested. I had figured out the murder and twist about half way through but the book was still very entertaining (even after you figure it out). I enjoy cozy mysteries and am very happy all of the Booktown series is out on Audible (the 5th released yesterday 06/07/2011). I hope Audible continues to stock this author and will grow their cozy mysteries section.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Glendale, AZ, United States 10-21-10
    Shannon Glendale, AZ, United States 10-21-10 Member Since 2009

    I love audible books. I can paint, run errands and clean my house while listening to a book. The best.

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    "I love the Characters"

    When I first started listening I thought Trisha was a little bratty about her sister, but as it went on I enjoyed their dynamic. I also enjoy all of the other characters, even the mean ones. I can't wait to read the next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A 05-25-14
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    "Enjoyable despite…."

    The lead character is a doormat and not very bright in some ways, making her less likable to me than she should be. However the setting is so pleasant I want to read more. Hopefully the lead will grow a spine and brain at some point in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 05-22-14
    Linda 05-22-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Promising Start to A Series"

    I'm always on the look out for a good cozy series. This is a promising start.

    The things I didn't like are due to my personal taste and may not present a problem for other readers.

    One thing that I don't like, even in a cozy, is inept police. That is an issue for me in this book. I'm reluctant to go into detail in order to avoid "spoilers".

    The story is set in a small town, and the protagonist is a bookseller. The author has made a good start on establishing what I suspect will be recurring characters that I find appealing. The emphasis is not on graphic violence or sex.

    This was book 1 of the series. I intend to read at least one more book in the series, probably skipping to book 3 or 4.

    I am partial to narrators who have good diction, pleasing voices and don't "overact" charaters. Cassandra Campbell is good in all these areas.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "A good start to a cozy mystery series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you're a fan of cozy mysteries this is a good series to get into. The plot is a bit more complex than most books of this genre and the characters are reasonably well developed for the first book (as the series goes on more character development does take place). It's certainly enough to keep you interested and after there revelation of the killer it wraps up quickly so you don't get bored with the ending.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think she tended to overdo the accents (i.e. the 'snooty CT' accent of the older sister)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Wilkie 11-24-14
    Doug Wilkie 11-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "New series for me, and well worth it."
    Would you listen to Murder Is Binding again? Why?

    Yes, just to catch the various parts I missed, and hints I didn't pick up on.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder Is Binding?

    When Tricia and her sister were hiding in the closet waiting for Mike to leave the house.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Angelica told the police chief off.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 03-29-14
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great start to a great series"

    This is a nice cozy mystery with great characters. I loved the setting. I look forward to the next book.

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    B. Finch Arkansas 07-16-12
    B. Finch Arkansas 07-16-12 Member Since 2007

    Dog Mom

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    "Great Read!"
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    Love the story. You really get to feel you know the characters as real people. Enjoyed every minute and was almost dissapointed for the book to end--except I wanted to know HOW it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eilene Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 04-18-11
    Eilene Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 04-18-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Perfectly constructed who-dun-it"

    The setting is charming, the characters are memorable, and the plot works. This is a lot of fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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