Friday, January 27, 2012

FRIDAY: Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett

Tricia Miles is fed up with her uninvited-can't-take-a-hint-check-forging-business-ruining houseguest, Pammy Fredericks. Sure, they had been college roommates once upon a time, but they weren't really friends and Pammy is a freeloading pain in the neck. Tricia starts feeling pretty good about life again after she finally tells Pammy to leave and not come back - but that was before she found Pammy's body sticking out of a dumpster. While she knows she shouldn't, Tricia feels somewhat responsible for Pammy, so she starts investigating what Pammy was up to before she died. When bullets start flying, Tricia knows Pammy was digging where she didn't belong. Tricia will need to get to the truth before someone else ends up dead.

This was a good mystery. Tricia and her book store staff are great characters. Tricia's sister still annoys me  (actually, not as much in this book as she did in earlier ones or in the next one in the series), but not enough to keep me from a good mystery series. This was a nicely complicated story with plenty of diversions to keep the reader guessing but not so many that I found myself wondering if it would ever wrap up. I like the new law enforcement character and the potential in his interactions with Tricia. The mystery bookstore Tricia owns is mostly a setting for conversation and character interactions. There are a few references to mysteries and authors but nothing that would distract a reader from the larger story.

4 out of 5 stars

Recommended for: Fans of the series, cozy mystery fans

Cautions: some language.

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