If you're a fan of traditional mysteries, with the village setting, you'll wish you could visit the small town Lorna Barrett creates for her new book, Murder Is Binding. In order to fend off financial collapse and attract, the village brought in antiquarian and speciality booksellers. However, someone also brought murder to a town once known as the "Safest Town in New Hampshire."
Tricia Miller is the owner of Haven't Got a Clue, a charming mystery bookstore with its own cat, Miss Marple. She's quite content with her lonely life building up her business. That life is totally disrupted, all in one day, when her older sister, Angelica, arrives in town, and Tricia finds the body of the septuagenarian bookseller who owned a ccokbook bookstore, The Cookery. With a sheriff convinced that Tricia is her prime suspect, and local residents that consider her the town jinx, Tricia finds herself even more isolated. Who would have ever thought she might need Angelica's help? Their sibling rivalry is still strong, although both women are in their forties. But, at least Angelica believes Tricia is innocent.
Lorna Barrett has created an atmospheric, cozy mystery set in a town that will call readers back. The solution to the local crimes is easily guessed. However, readers will eagerly await the chance to return for the next "Booktown Mystery." Stoneham, New Hampshire, and Tricia and Angelica will be calling us back.
Murder Is Binding by Lorna Barrett. Berkley Prime Crime, ©2008. ISBN 9780425219584 (paperback), 288p.