Booktown Mysteries

12 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 2,312 ratings

Murder Is Binding 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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  • Book 1

    • Murder Is Binding

    • A Booktown Mystery
    • By: Lorna Barrett
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 552
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 467
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 466

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nice Cozy Mystery

    • By Jessica on 06-08-11

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 2

    • Bookmarked for Death

    • A Booktown Mystery
    • By: Lorna Barrett
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 234
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201

    Tricia Miles, owner of the Haven’t Got a Clue bookstore, must solve her own mystery when a bestselling author is found dead in the washroom.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Book Lovers Mystery

    • By Ann Malokas on 03-05-12

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 3

    • Bookplate Special

    • A Booktown Mystery
    • By: Lorna Barrett
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163

    Bookstore owner Tricia Miles has put up - and put up with - her uninvited college roommate for weeks. In return, Pammy has stolen $100. But the day she's kicked out, Pammy's found dead in a dumpster, leaving loads of questions unanswered.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • surprises till the very end.<br />

    • By Vickie Oehring on 09-04-17

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 4

    • Chapter & Hearse

    • By: Lorna Barrett
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 183
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147

    Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles has been spending more time solving whodunits than reading them. Now a nearby gas explosion has injured Tricia's sister's boyfriend, Bob Kelly, the head of the Chamber of Commerce, and killed the owner of the town's history bookstore. Tricia's never been a fan of Bob, but when she reads that he's being tight-lipped about the "accident", it's time to take action.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Hope it gets better

    • By Word Nerd on 01-09-11

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 5

    • Sentenced to Death

    • A Booktown Mystery
    • By: Lorna Barrett
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162

    As the owner of Stoneham, New Hampshire's, mystery bookstore Haven't Got a Clue, Tricia Miles can figure out whodunit in the latest best seller long before she gets to the last page. But when her friend is killed in a freak accident, Tricia must use her sleuthing skills to solve a murder mystery that promises to be much more sinister than the books on her shelves.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Read

    • By Miriam R. Crump on 08-05-11

    Regular price: $24.50

  • Book 6

    • Murder on the Half Shelf

    • Booktown Mystery Series, Book 6
    • By: Lorna Barrett
    • Narrated by: Karen White
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 161
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158

    The town of Stoneham is a haven for bookstores, but it is sadly lacking in bed-and-breakfasts. Fortunately Pippa and Jon Comfort's Sheer Comfort Inn is about to open, and the couple has offered some locals a free night as a trial run. But it won't be so easy to sleep after Tricia makes two startling discoveries: Pippa's murdered body in the backyard, and the fact that Pippa's husband, Jon, is actually Harry Tyler, a man Tricia loved - and believed dead - for nearly 20 years. Though Harry is the prime suspect, Tricia doesn't believe him capable of murder, even though he's led a life of lies.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Didn't like the new narrator

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-18-15

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 7

    • Not the Killing Type

    • A Booktown Mystery, Book 7
    • By: Lorna Barrett
    • Narrated by: Karen White
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 163
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 150
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 148

    It's November in Stoneham, New Hampshire, and time for the Chamber of Commerce elections. The long-standing Chamber president is being challenged by a former lover-Tricia's own sister, Angelica. Also throwing his hat in the ring is small business owner Stan Berry. Unfortunately, Stan isn't in the race for long. When Stan is found murdered, his political rivals become suspects. Angelica is going to need more than a vote of confidence from her sister-she needs Tricia to clear her name so she can win the election.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • THE BEST YET

    • By Beatrice on 04-19-14

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 8

    • Book Clubbed

    • A Booktown Mystery, Book 8
    • By: Lorna Barrett
    • Narrated by: Karen White
    • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 154

    Cranky Chamber of Commerce receptionist Betsy Dittmeyer is done reading people the riot act. After she's crushed by a fallen bookcase, the next item to be read is her last will and testament - which is packed with surprises. It soon comes to light that Betsy was hiding volumes of dark secrets behind that perpetual frown of hers - and one of them just might have been a motive for murder.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good cozy read, but an unlikeable main character

    • By Christina on 06-24-15

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 9

    • A Fatal Chapter

    • Booktown Mystery, Book 9
    • By: Lorna Barrett
    • Narrated by: Karen White
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131

    While out walking Sarge, her sister's bichon frise, Tricia is led by the agitated dog to a man lying in a gazebo. She's startled when she recognizes Pete Renquist, the president of the Stoneham Historical Society, who appears to be suffering from cardiac arrest. When Pete later dies in the hospital, the discovery of a suspicious bruise and a puncture mark on his arm suggests he may have been murdered.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Shocking Ending!

    • By Christina on 07-16-15

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 10

    • Title Wave

    • Booktown Mystery Series, Book 10
    • By: Lorna Barrett
    • Narrated by: Karen White
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 183
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 165

    While her bookstore, Haven't Got a Clue, is rebuilt following a devastating fire, Tricia Miles and her sister, Angelica, decide to book a cruise for some much needed R&R. Naturally they choose a Mystery Lovers cruise, where they can ponder whodunnit in deck chairs while sipping colorful drinks and soaking up some rays. But the fun is cut short when a fellow passenger is murdered for real. Is the killer a famous mystery author, one of his fans, or a member of the ship's crew?

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Very Disappointing

    • By AudreyD on 07-10-16

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 11

    • A Just Clause

    • Booktown Mystery Series, Book 11
    • By: Lorna Barrett
    • Narrated by: Karen White
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104

    Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, is in for a surprise when her ne'er-do-well father, John, comes to town - and promptly becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a woman with her own scandalous past. Even Tricia's faith in the old man is shaken when the Stoneham police break the news that her father is a known con man who has done jail time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The family dynamic!

    • By Christina on 06-23-17

    Regular price: $30.09

  • Book 12

    • Poisoned Pages

    • Booktown Mystery Series, Book 12
    • By: Lorna Barrett
    • Narrated by: Karen White
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, throws a housewarming cocktail party in her new apartment and has cooked all the food by herself - quite a feat for someone who previously couldn't boil water. Then one of her guests is poisoned and dies. Tricia's left to wonder if her cooking is to blame or if there's something much more sinister at play. Either way, Tricia's once again in hot water with her ex-lover, Chief Baker.

    Regular price: $20.99