Monday, November 22, 2010

Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett

#3 Booktown Mystery
Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Berkly Prime Crime
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 296
Challenges: Series Challenge 3
Author's Website
My rating: 3.5/5

Simple Description:
Tricia has had an unwanted house guest for the last two weeks, her friend Pammy from college.  Pammy stopped in just for a day or two, and two weeks later Tricia finds herself throwing Pammy out of her house after she found out Pammy stole $100 from her.    Unfortunately, Tricia finds Pammy later that day, dead.  While Tricia can't say she was great friends with Pammy, she doesn't like that she has been murdered.

Tricia doesn't look forward to be involved in yet another murder investigation, good thing the sheriff who hates her isn't the one investigating this time.

As we can  guess, Tricia decides to do some digging on her own.  This involves learning about the freegans and what they do and, more surprising, who they are.

Now what you really want to thoughts:
This is the 3rd installment in the series and I'm still enjoying it. I actually liked that the sheriff wasn't in this one, since she was a bit on my nerves in the last two.  Angelica, Tricia's sister, is still one of those characters that's supper annoying, yet I didn't think she was as bad this time around. I still think she could be toned down a bit though.  I enjoyed the side story with Mr. Everett too.  That's one of the things I love about the cozies series, the other things that happen in the books to the characters that we know and love.   Now, I'll also admit that this one seemed a bit rushed at the end and I never really figured out who did the dirty work, that was a total surprise (and I'm still not sure what I think of it).  Will I read the 4th one?   You bet!   I still think this is a fun cozy series and I love the idea of a town with several specialty bookstores.

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


bermudaonion said...

Reading about that little town would be enough to make the series fun!

Kelly said...

My bookmark for the Cozy Mystery Challenge came today and I love it!! Thank you SO much!

I plan to participate again next year.

Unknown said...

Bermudaonion - I would actually enjoy reading more about the town too.

Kelly - so glad you like it! I feel horrible that it took me so long to mail them. Look forwarding to seeing you participate next year!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I read either her first or second book and didn't care too much for the characters. Your review though has me curious about giving the protagonist, and author, another chance.

Unknown said...

Su-sieee!Mac - I think sometimes the characters can be a bit much in this series, but at the same time I do like several of them so I keep coming back. Lol! overall it's a good read for me...I'm interested to see if you do give it a chance..and if you like it any better.