Saturday, July 17, 2010

Bookmarked For Death by Lorna barrett

#2 A Booktown Mystery
Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime/Penguin
Genre: mystery
Pages: 286
Challenges: Thriller and Suspense, TBR, Series Challenge
Author's Website
My rating: 3.5/5

Simple Description:
It's been several months since Haven't Got a Clue owner Tricia Miles found a dead body.   She really didn't anticipate finding another one, nor did she want to.  However she has local author and best seller Zoe Carter at the store for a signing and Zoe ends up dead, in the bathroom at Tricia's store.

The local sheriff doesn't like Tricia and because of this Tricia feels she needs to get involved and investigate on her own, so she can prove her innocents and get her store opened again.

At first the author's niece seems to be the prime suspect.  She was rude and didn't seem to really care about her Aunt.  However when Tricia finds out that the niece doesn't get any of the author's money, she doesn't believe there is a motive.  While investigating the murder Tricia does talk to several local residents who know Zoe when she was younger, before she was famous.   The info they tell Tricia makes her realize there is one person who would want the author dead, but who that person is becomes the real mystery.

Now what you really want to thoughts: 
It took me awhile to get into this book, which is weird since the murder happens right away.  I'm not sure why it took awhile for me to get into the swing of it either.  Overall I ended up enjoying the story though. I love the town, who wouldn't with a handful of genre specific bookstores!  I like Tricia and her two co-workers too.   Maybe one reason it took me while to really get into it is because I don't like Tricia's sister.  Her sister can be a very nice person and has Tricia's back, if you will, but over all she's just annoying.   I would love to see this character toned down or made to be nicer..something.  

Overall, this is a good cozy mystery, one I think a lot of cozy fans will like.  I, personally, plan to continue with the series.

This book is part of my collection and was either bought or given to me.


bermudaonion said...

I think it is unusual not to get into a cozy right away. Glad to see this one picked up along the way.

Kris said...

I think so too, usually I can get into them pretty quickly..not sure why I didn't with this one.