Friday, May 27, 2016

MURDER IS BINDING by Lorna Barrett [Book recommendation]

Book obtained from: Library New Books shelf, Audio book

Description: Tricia Miles, a city slicker, moves to a small town and opens a book store selling mystery books.  The town is a tourist stop for book lovers, with a LOT of specialty bookstores.  This is the first book in a series.

Plot:  Tricia has landlord troubles, sister troubles, and love life troubles.  One day Tricia finds Doris, her business neighbor and the resident curmudgeon, dead in her cook book store.  The Sheriff believes Tricia killed Doris and that she's the town jinx.  Tricia has to clear her good name.

Characterization: Some of the minor characters were a little flat, but the major characters [Tricia, her sister, and her employees] were reasonably well developed and had their own personalities.

Setting: Stoneham, New Hampshire. This is the first book I've ever read from that area of the country.  The descriptions were good, I was able to picture every scene without it being over-described.

Other:  The who-done-it kept me guessing, and guessing wrong, until the end.  Very well done.

Overall: A good, light mystery.  The audio book is read by Cassandra Campbell, who read it well with different voices for the different characters altho some did sound very similar.

Grade: B+

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