I like this series. It's my first attempt at mystery novels and I have to say I'm pleased with Lorna Barrett's little world of book sellers. Most of t..Show More »he characters are unloveable, which I thought worked well since any one of them could be the killer. It also makes it a fast read, because you don't have a lot of emotional interaction with favorite/least favorite characters.
This particular book in the series was my least favorite. The biggest reason is because the murder was none of Tricia's business. In the first three books, she set out to clear her own name or to determine who was responsible for a murder that directly affected her. In this case, she didn't even know the victim. And suddenly, she's in everyone's face, asking nosy questions. The story also dragged on forever, going nowhere for a long time. The characters were constantly whining about their financial problems, and Tricia was running around trying to fix their problems. Then she suddenly narrates that she was "filthy rich." Really? How convenient. How did this realistically bland character turn into such a Mary Sue? It wasn't appealing at all. The Ginny character made me cringe. She was the biggest financial whiner in the world. Something should tell you that if you work for a bookstore at just above minimum wage (the "minimum wage" thing was broadcast throughout the whole book), you shouldn't even think about a mortgage. Ginny did redeem herself in the end, so I hated her less then.
The fact that I can feel so strongly about these things tells me that Lorna Barrett really is a good writer. She did address some of the issues, like having other characters tell Tricia the same things I was thinking. The reason I'm pointing them out is because I hope that the next book improves the series. We need something different, like a mystery that does not involve murder. Or maybe more than one murder at a time. I do think it's worth reading the series and I do look forward to the next one.
This is a well written and fast moving cozy mystery with twists and turns of the plot that will keep you guessing until the end. I truly enjoyed thi..Show More »s latest installment of this series. Well worth the credit.
The latest installment in the booktown mystery series has a great plot, well liked and developed characters, plot twists and a little romance. This i..Show More »s the best book of the series and I look forward to the next book.
The main character (Tricia) is the most unlikeable character, but the other characters make up for it by being much more easy to love! Tricia obsesses..Show More » a lot over weight, complaining about any food that isn't a salad & shaming people for eating more than a slice of pizza at once. It's a strange thing, but is just one example of how unlikeable she is as a character. However her character is written to be uptight and prickly so for that I give the author props, because she certainly did a good job! Now on to the story, it's a good cozy listen & enjoyable to follow along and meet all the characters. Recommend it!
I have listened to every book in this series & it's only because I've grown to love Angelica, Mr. Everett & the other townsfolk. The main character, T..Show More »ricia, is easily one of the most unlikeable unrelateable characters in any cozy mystery series. So, if you like to get into a book where you get attached to the main character then this series will not fit the bill! Tricia is grumpy, rude, cynical, non charitable & overall someone you are cheering for to lose, which is an odd choice. So be warned about that! However, I enjoy the other characters so much that I continue to read/listen. And I was very pleased with this latest installment. I did NOT see the ending coming at all, it was a complete shock. If you read all the books you are so entangled in these characters lives that you will be surprised in every way with how it ends. Great story, great plot line & great performance on this story!