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Bookplate Special (Booktown Mystery #3)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,162 Ratings  ·  253 Reviews
Bookstore owner Tricia Miles has put up-and put up with-her uninvited college roommate for weeks. In return, Pammy has stolen $100. But the day she's kicked out, Pammy's found dead in a Dumpster, leaving loads of questions unanswered.
Published August 3rd 2010 by Penguin Audio (first published October 6th 2009)
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Apr 25, 2011 John rated it it was ok
I'm going to try to describe the problems I had with the book without revealing any (major) spoilers, so please bear with me if things get a bit awkward in my phrasing. Thanks in advance!

In writing workshops we were always told to say something constructive up front, so ... the setting is well done, and I found the plot, though eventually quite convoluted, moved along well in terms of pacing. The characters on the other hand were rather a mess.

Mr. Everett and Grace's wedding (not really a spoile
Jul 28, 2010 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The setting of this mystery series is great, a small New Hampshire town whose main street is lined with independent bookstores. But the characters are so unlikable I will not be reading another one of these mysteries. The main character, Tricia, who owns the mystery bookstore, is prissy, nosy and mean. She spends half the book complaining that her employee is 5 minutes late for work only to go off sleuthing around town leaving that same employee alone in a busy bookstore! That's just one example ...more
I like the premise of this series, and the first two books were enjoyable. The one, however, bothered me. My main complaint is that most of the characters are unlikable.

Tricia annoyed me throughout the book. I'm tired of hearing how she doesn't like sweets because she wants to stay skinny. I don't want to hear her complaints about Ginny arriving five minutes late to work, when Tricia spends most of her work days snooping around rather than helping her employees in the store. And her (basically
Lynne Tull
Mar 01, 2012 Lynne Tull rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery

This series is going on my "do not read anymore" list. First of all, I am beginning to think Lorna Barrett is a committee. This book covered so many different social issues they are too numerous to list...from dumpster divers who dive for food (Freegans) to babies that are born with both sets of reproductive systems. Secondly, the main characters are not people that I would want to hang out with in real life; therefore, why should I want to spend my 'read' time with them.
Aug 09, 2012 DonnaCarol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cosy-mysteries
Very good book. I don't know how Barrett does it, but that town, (Booktown) and those characters come alive for me. I caught myself thinking about them while trying to fall to sleep.
The sister/sister realationship is very touching and so realistic. I have 3 sisters. I know of what I speak. LOL.
The female characters , lead as well as supporting are a perfect mix of intelligent,fiesty,strong,vulnerable,emotional
careing & sometimes "snippy". Just like real life.I will continure to follow thes
Janet McCord
Jan 22, 2014 Janet McCord rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
As much as I enjoy the author's writing and liked the story line I just cannot like or seem to warm to Trisha Miles, the heroine. The possibilities of being a small-town mystery book shop owner who solves mysteries is not a new one and could be delightful but the way the main character goes about it just sets my teeth on edge. With no regard to the fact that she's withholding evidence from a police officer in a murder investigation, Trisha steamrollers on as she sees fit, getting in the way and, ...more
Chance Lee
This is another one where I enjoyed the mystery, but found the main character incredibly unlikeable and awfully judgmental. Sometimes, I got the feeling that the author felt the same way, because characters repeatedly had to correct her or gently explain things to her. It never sunk in though, and by the time she told the police officer who didn't want her, a bookstore owner, meddling in a murder mystery, and she told him "You're not my mother," I realized that I would never like her. It is nice ...more
Nov 16, 2009 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Booktown Mystery series. I really enjoyed reading this book and the characters are building as the series goes on. What I particularly liked was that this book had a little more substance than most cozies have. The storyline brings in quite a lot of information about freegans (dumpster divers) and how it isn't just homeless people who eat salvaged food out of garbage cans. I had recently read a long article about this subculture (as it was called) and was pleased to ...more
In this third book of the Booktown Mystery series but the first one I noticed at the bookstore.

In this book Tricia is an owner of a mystery bookstore called Haven't Got A Clue located in the small town of Stoneham, New Hampshire. She does virtually no work at the bookstore and apparently has only one full-time and two part-time employees but sells more books than the Manhattan Barnes & Noble. This small town also suffers from the "Cabot Cove syndrome" having a higher crime rate than Detroit
Oct 18, 2015 Cat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tricia Miles owns Haven't Got a Clue bookstore, in the tour bus book-stop town of Stoneham, NH. Her sister Angelica owns The Cookery next door, as well as the diner across the street, Booked for Lunch. Stoneham is a tiny town, about 20 minutes from Nashua, and filled with bookstores (well, and places to eat) but little else. Each store specializes—Tricia deals in first editions and out-of-print mysteries, Angelica in a wide variety of cookbooks. Unfortunately Tricia also has the unusual talent o ...more
Tricia Miles has a problem. Her college roommate Pammy Fredericks has been staying with Tricia for two weeks - more like freeloading - and Tricia has had enough. It's not so much the freeloading but the breech of trust that bothers Tricia - that and the fact that Pammy singlehandedly annoyed and chased away customers. Pammy assures Tricia that she has hooked up with some locals and will have some place to go. Tricia feels bad that Pammy alienated her family and has very few friends but is reliev ...more
Nov 09, 2010 S. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not having read the first two books in this series, I feel like I'm missing something. Otherwise why would a mystery book store owner who presumably knows all about crime from reading so many books doesn't realize she's hindering a murder investigation. Quick example, donating the box of books? It makes no sense.
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I love to read according to the season and I wanted a fall/ halloween cozy mystery to read. I looked through my shelves and noticed that the cover of this one had a smashed pumpkin on it so I thought, "What the heck, that's festive enough!". I am very glad I read this. It's a cozy fall read indeed. I just love the little village in Stoneham! This is the 1st book I have read in the series and although it's not the beginning of the series, I can say that I didn't feel like I was missing any pieces ...more
Dec 17, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd in the series. In this book, we find Tricia breaking up with her boyfriend Russ, and a new love interest maybe on the horizon in the form of a police detective she meets. Her sort of friend from college is killed, on the very day that Tricia asks her to leave her home. Over two weeks of visiting is too long! While trying to find out why, Tricia discovers a group of people, called freegans. They dumpster dive for food, and come to find out, her assistant Ginny is one of them! On t ...more
Aug 25, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This third book in the series was a good continuation. The characters developed more personality as well as more of a history to give them a better feeling to me. Each book contains a mysterious death that Tricia, the main character, continuously seems to be involved with in one way or another. Tricia's personality has grown on me and I am not as annoyed with her as I was with the first two installments. In fact, her reactions to what goes on around her reminds me much of myself. The way she thi ...more
This review covers both book #3 and #4 in this series.

Lorna Barrett’s series Booktown Mysteries really appealed to me when I saw the first one-"Murder is Binding", and I did enjoy it as your basic ‘who done it’ with the usual format of female sleuth with her own business, some involved relatives, some love interests and history, the requisite cat, and some cooking. All is good.

On to the next book in the series, where the personality of the main character, Tricia Miles, is developing. One probl
Jul 03, 2014 Sen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I debated about giving this two or three stars. I might even change it later after I think about it some more.

It's not the writing, I enjoy it just fine. The mystery, too, is fine. It's the protagonist-- sometimes she's just really irritating! I get that she's starting to realize that, hey, she's had a lot of privilege in her life, but she's still a bit snobby at times. She's getting better, I think, and it's why I'm sticking with this series. Good grief, though, she (and her sister) both need
Crys (The Hodgenator)
I really enjoy Tricia's character. She is strong-willed and owns a mystery bookstore, but she also has a good heart and takes good care of her employees.

However, the opening of this book is a little different from the other two. Tricia is demanding that her college pal, Pam, get out of her apartment. Immediately. And it's not in the usually demur Tricia way either.

It wasn't a shift in the character, which is what I feared she was going for, it was a humanistic moment of frustration. And Tricia
Oct 28, 2010 Chibineko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I originally reviewed this book, I'd read it before the other two by mistake. I didn't really feel like I'd missed out on a lot & after reading the other two I can safely say that for the most part I was correct. Other than a bit of character setup, I didn't really need to read the other mysteries first.

This entry into the series has Tricia attempting to get rid of a troublesome friend from college who has been squatting at her apartment for a few weeks. No sooner does she manage this w
Nov 08, 2010 Vickie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the WTF endings in a good mystery. When it happens in a cozy mystery, it's even better. My eyebrows were up well past the hairline this morning when I finished this third entry in a fun series. I want to live in Stoneham, own a bookstore or work for Tricia. I could help her with her sister, Angelica, who means sort of well, just has an offbeat way of showing it.
I learned of a new-to-me lifestyle, freegan. Freegans salvage foods from Dumpsters for various reasons, either for to save the E
Mar 07, 2014 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series
I was disappointed in this installment of the series. The author brought in the topic of poverty in the economic downturn, which was fine, but Tricia seemed more obtuse than usual as she is surprised to find that people in her town, including her employee, are struggling to make ends meet and get food. So she learns about the freegan culture that liberates food from Dumpsters. All this would be fine except that Tricia was somewhat annoying in this book. She fusses about Ginny coming to work late ...more
Cindy Hogue
Aug 05, 2013 Cindy Hogue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am loving this series! Lorna Barrett has created an appealing setting and interesting characters that are continuing to develop with each book. Set in a small New England town that is experiencing a revitalization with the influx of booksellers, hence the nickname "Booktown", the characters offer a mix of family relationships, newcomers, established "townies", employers and employees, friends and foes. Barrett is not afraid to make big revelations amongst her characters and keep you guessing r ...more
A good installment in this enjoyable series. As with so many of these series, the body count is getting pretty ridiculous but I really enjoyed this one for the development of the characters ongoing plot arcs more than the mystery itself. The best part of series like this for me is getting to know the townfolk and seeing their lives over time and this book was great for that. A fun read and much needed lightness after my last read, which was a book I ended up hating (“Tigers in Red Weather” for t ...more
Apr 03, 2016 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two weeks ago, Pammy Fredericks, an old college friend, dropped in to stay with Tricia Miles. Tricia, who is busy managing her mystery bookstore, has reached her limit. After an awkward discussion, Pammy agreed that it was time to move on and packs up her few belongings to look for somewhere else to stay. That included stopping in and trying to get a job at the other various small businesses (bookstores, restaurants, etc.) in the small village of Stoneham, New Hampshire. The problem is that Pamm ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Val rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great series and good read although one person always finding bodies in a quiet town is a little unbelievable but I guess that is why the locals think Tricia is a jinx.

Tricia runs a book store that sells only murder mysteries. In a town which has finally proved prosperous with specialist book stores moving in the reader is drawn in to the lives of Tricia, her employees, her sister who has a cook book store, has had a cook book published and runs a local eatery. Unfortunately, it always seems t
Jul 01, 2010 Connie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-interest
Tricia and Angelica are two middle-aged divorcees who open a restaurant and bookstore across the street from each other in Stoneham, New Hampshire. In this third book in the series (yes, I'll try to find the first two), Tricia finds her college roommate dead in a garbage can after tossing her out of her home earlier that day. Naturally guilt, and a shine to the sheriff assigned to investigate the death, drives Tricia to solving the murder.

Ecological mumbo jumbo and new ageism detract from the st
Jun 28, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tricia's college roommate Pammy comes to visit Stoneham, N.H.
After freeloading and getting on Tricia's nerves, Tricia kicks Pammy out.
Pammy is found dead in a trash bin and Tricia needs to get answers to what happened.
Why was Pammy killed!?
As Tricia investigates it leads her to some groups such as freegans and dumpster divers. Adventure filled with interesting twists!
A wonderful cozy with a twist I did not see coming.
I liked this third installment well enough, but I did have issues with Tricia. She's lost her compassion and has become...bitchy. This book was filled with social issues and it seemed as if Ms. Barrett was bowing to the writing trends of late. Food pantry and freegans: ok, they meshed in the story. But intersex surgery, foster children, animal welfare, and dialysis? I felt these just cluttered up the story.
As I have decided to make 2016 the year when I finally catch up on reading, I'm diving right in reading two different series at a time which brings me back to Stoneham or Booktown so soon. After reading book two I expressed hope that Tricia would change a bit. And for the most of the book she wasn't bad. I wondered about all the hateful reviews I had read and wondered why people disliked her so much. But that would come later. In this instalment Tricia has just thrown out college friend and free ...more
I enjoyed it. I really like this series because although it's a mystery, I don't have the compelling need to focus on the "murder" & solving it while the background slips away. In this case, while there is a Mystery I am also intrigued by not just the characters but by the town and people/businesses that lay near the edge of the story. I hope I find answers soon, my curiosity has tipped the bucket.

I certainly couldn't have predicted a lot of things that happened. The pumpkin smasher's motiv
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