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Murder Is Binding af Lorna Barrett
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Murder Is Binding (original 2008; udgave 2008)

af Lorna Barrett (Forfatter)

Serier: A Booktown Mystery (1)

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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.… (mere)
Medlem:mandolin77
Titel:Murder Is Binding
Forfattere:Lorna Barrett (Forfatter)
Info:Berkley (2008), 288 pages
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Vurdering:*****
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Murder Is Binding af Lorna Barrett (2008)

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This book cost me a penny, and I found it when I was looking for another book. I had never read an adult mystery novel before, having only ever read a couple of Middle-Grade mysteries, but for a penny, I figured it was worth trying.

For that small piece of mostly zinc, I discovered that cozy mysteries are my new favorite comfort reads. I enjoyed Murder is Binding so much that after I won a giveaway, I chose the 2nd book in the series, Bookmarked for Death as my prize. I also bought a couple of other book-related mysteries when I took a box of books to the used bookstore, and the first book of another mystery series when it popped up as a Kindle daily deal. Then there's the other mystery I bought with some of my Barnes and Noble settlement money. Yep, I've added five books to my TBR all because of a book I got for a penny. Let this be a lesson to those of you who love books as much as I do: those random, too good to pass up deals are how they get you.

I have no idea if I will like those other series, but having already finished Bookmarked for Death, I can safely say that Lorna Barrett's "Booktown Mystery" series is perfect for anyone who is a fan of cozy mysteries. Even better if you love stories about books. And if you want to try out the mystery genre, Murder is Binding works as a stand-alone novel to find out if it's your cup of tea. ( )
  FortifiedByBooks | Jan 5, 2021 |
This was well written even with the cozy formulaic setup I thoroughly enjoyed it. ( )
  xKayx | Dec 14, 2020 |
Murder is Binding - Barrett
Audio performance by Cassandra Campbell
2.5 stars

I should have written a review of this one right after I listened to it. I’m already beginning to forget it. It’s a pleasant, small town, cozy mystery. The recently divorced used bookstore owner is the prime suspect in a murder. The local cop is incompetent and has something against her. She and her annoying sister must prove her innocence. Hmmm. The mystery was too obvious. The sister was far too annoying. I would have enjoyed more book collecting atmosphere. ( )
  msjudy | Jun 14, 2020 |
Tricia Miles moved to Stoneham, New Hampshire, to open a mystery bookstore, Haven't Got A Clue, after her marriage broke up. While there are plenty of tourists to keep the store booming, her next-door neighbor is a bust. Doris Gleason owns The Cookery, a cookbook store, and is after Tricia to help her stand off against their landlord, Bob Kelly, who is raising Doris's rates. But Tricia, whose lease isn't up for a couple of years, refuses, leaving Doris fuming.

Then Tricia gets a call from her sister Angelica, a much-married pain in the you-know-what who's decided to visit her unannounced. While she isn't relishing Angelica's visit, she knows she'll have to deal with it. Driving Angelica back to her store that night, she sees a fire in The Cookery and tells Angelica to dial 9-1-1 while she goes to put out the fire and see if Doris is in the store. She is, indeed -- Doris is lying with a kitchen knife to her back.

Now Angelica wants to stay in town and the sheriff wants to nail her for Doris's murder, no matter what information Tricia gives her to point her in another direction. It's obvious that if Tricia wants to stay out of the slammer, she's going to have to slam the door on a killer herself...

This is an older book, and the first in the series. It didn't really impress me, and I'm not sorry that I haven't made any time to read this author before. I will tell you why below:

First off, Tricia has a problem with weight. As in other people being overweight. She mentions several times about how her sister was once fat, and how the sheriff is fat. We get it. You don't like fat people. Then, there's an unkind comment that was made which shouldn't have been, considering it would have been offensive even when this book was written. I am assuming that the author made the comment to show how offensive Doris was as a person, which is why I hope it was said.

I can, sort of, understand why she resents Angelica. Especially since Angelica points out how Tricia was unwanted, and that Angelica was "the star" in the family and the favored one. Repeatedly. That must have made Tricia feel wonderful growing up - knowing her parents didn't want her around because they already had Angelica. No wonder she resents her. I'd probably not want anything to do with this woman, either. Again, especially since Angelica pushes her way into Tricia's life and steamrolls her; not taking into consideration her feelings, her privacy, dislikes Tricia's cat, invites people into Tricia's home without her permission, etc.; and then, just decides she's going to help her run her store. Just like that. Which makes Angelica a unlikable person. There's a very telling scene where Angelica gains something but it devastates someone else (in the same room) and she looks offended that Tricia is trying to comfort the other person. No sympathy at all for the other person. This family is a piece of work.

Tricia, taking all the above into consideration, still doesn't come off very well herself. Aside from the 'fat' thing, she's rather boring. She has very little personality, and leaves her employee to run the store by herself. A lot. I've never thought much of protagonists who claim to own a business but then never spend any time there.

Then there's the mystery itself. It starts at the beginning of the book when Doris is murdered, but it doesn't gain any steam until around the last third of the book, when the clues start pouring in and you can begin to put the pieces together. Oh, yes, there are suspects, but none of them really seem to have a reason to kill the woman until this happens. Then you have that 'aha' moment; you knew who killed Doris; but the 'why' is still there for a few pages more. It doesn't take much after that to put it together.

The ending had a bit of a climax, and I have to say that it wasn't written badly, but I will say that if I had to spend any close quarters with Angelica I'd move. And fast. I don't know if I like punishing myself or not, but unless a book is truly awful, I try to read three in the series before I pass judgment, so I will read the next and see if it gets any better. ( )
  joannefm2 | Apr 26, 2020 |
It's a light mystery but a fun read. Could use some stronger character development and it's a bit clumsy in areas. I had already figured out who committed the murderer long before the end which is unusual for me - I make no effort to figure it out so I can be surprised. But I love books that take place in or around bookstores. I found the main character a bit difficult to relate to, but felt that the portrayal of other characters was reasonably well-done. I did make notes on a couple of the recipes which is a plus. On the whole, I would recommend this book. ( )
  rodweston | Apr 23, 2020 |
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Tricia turned away. 'I'm starving. I haven't had a thing to eat since breakfast. Where's the bakery bag? There must be a few cookies left.'

'Sorry,' Angelica apologized. 'I ate the last one just before you came back.'

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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.

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