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Murder on the Half Shelf (Booktown Mystery #6)

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“If anyone has the formula for a frolicking fun mystery down pat, it’s Lorna Barrett” (Roundtable Reviews), the New York Times bestselling author whose latest Booktown Mystery finds amateur sleuth Tricia Miles unexpectedly reunited with a man from a chapter of her life she closed long ago…

Stoneham, New Hampshire, is a haven to bookstores, including Tricia’s own mystery s
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jan 16, 2016 LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
We return to Stoneham, New Hampshire just when a man from Tricia's past also arrives in town. Tricia, owner of the Haven't Got A Clue Mystery Shop and her sister Angelica have received a free night at the town's new Bed & Breakfast, Sheer Comfort. They join some other members of the Chamber of Commerce so the hosts can have a trial run before they open to the public. Pippa and Jon Comfort are new in town but it seems they already know some of Stoneham's prominent residents.

Of course Angelica
Jul 07, 2012 Stacy rated it liked it
Usually, I enjoy the Lorna Barrett book sellers series, but Murder on the Half Shelf just wasn't quite as good as some of her others. It was still a page turner and held my interest, but I hate mysteries where the reader doesn't have a chance at legitimately figuring it out and this one felt like that. Also, the characters usually seem more real then they did this time around - perfectly normal people start behaving quite irrationally. Who knows, maybe I just wasn't in the right mood, but this o ...more
As the story begins, Tricia and Angelica, two sisters who own shops in Booktown, a revamped original part of Stoneham, New Hampshire, are trundling their way to the new Sheer Comfort Inn, where Angelica has won an overnight stay for two in a draw at the town Chamber. The Sheer Comfort Inn, a beautifully renovated Victorian home, has not been officially opened yet and is having a sort of dry run a week before opening. After a brief conversation with their hostess Pippa Comfort, Tricia becomes awa ...more
Dec 21, 2015 Kirsti rated it really liked it
A town with more than one bookstore? A town where the bookstores are divided up according to genre? Seriously, I want to live there! I have ONE bookstore in town, and ONE secondhand bookstore. This would be my own little slice of heaven!

Jumping into this series with book 6 was probably never a good idea, but my library is pretty limited with this series. Still, it sounded promising, and it lived up that promise. This was a fun mystery, and I had no clue who had committed the murder (admittedly,
Sep 01, 2013 Gina rated it did not like it
Murder on the Half Shelf by Lorna Barrett.

I finally made myself finish this book so I could return it to the library. I don't understand all the glowing reviews this book got from other readers. The main character is so unlikeable that even the other characters in the series don't like her. Tricia Myles is a 40-something woman that does nothing but whine about her life -- why can't she find a man? Why isn't she successful? Mommy and Daddy liked Angelica best, etc. A perfect example of why Myles
Pixie Poe
Jul 25, 2012 Pixie Poe rated it it was amazing

Tricia Miles, owner of Stoneham, New Hampshire's Haven't Got a Clue mystery bookstore, returns in Lorna Barrett's Murder on the Half Shelf, the sixth in her Booktown mystery series.
Tricia agrees to join her sister, Angelica, who has won an overnight stay at the new Sheer Comfort Inn. Tricia realizes this trip is going to be no prize when she stumbles across the body of Pippa Comfort, who ran the inn with her husband Jon. Things go from bad to worse when Tricia realizes that Jon is actually Har
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Jul 12, 2012 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
This series is without question earning my respect with each and every new novel published. I liked the series from book one, but the maturity levels now reached, make me feel, that I am almost reading a completely different series and loving it! I do suggest reading the entire series from volume one, "Murder is Binding" through this current novel, "Murder on the Half Shelf." I have heard that the first three novels will be put into one book in October, 2012...check that rumor out. Great idea if ...more
Jul 07, 2013 Mystereity rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy
I don't know what it is about this series that keeps me reading it. Tricia is a doormat who doesn't stand up for herself. Angelica needs a swift punch in the nose for being a selfish, self-absorbed narcissistic pain in the butt. Chief Baker can't seem to detect his way through a box of donuts. And the rest of the cast of characters are busybody gossips. So why can't I stop reading it? I don't know. I didn't figure out who the murderer was because there was little to no mention of them or their m ...more
Oct 17, 2012 Marge rated it did not like it
I have read this entire series but I will not continue it. The people in this town including Tricia are just awful, mean, and snarky. Even the 911 operator has an attitude. The author is writing Tricia's personality just like Katie's in her Victoria Square Mystery series, which I find very grating and distasteful. How can you enjoy a book when the main character is unlikable? She even complains that Grant brings a sandwich made the way he likes it and not her way - grow up Tricia.

Also, for a mys
Aug 19, 2012 Carol rated it liked it
Shelves: cozies
I like the story, but I'm still struggling with the main characters. Angelica is possibly the most irritating, selfish character in modern cozy history, and her sister Tricia is a total doormat when it comes to Angelica. Ugh!
Jul 13, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
The series is still fun, but seems to be losing steam. I kept finding myself mad at the main character who has been drawn intelligent enough to not keep making the same mistakes.
Cathy Cole
May 01, 2014 Cathy Cole rated it liked it
This is one of those reviews that I find extremely difficult to write, and I'll tell you why. This is the sixth installment of the Booktown series that I've read. I love the setting that Lorna Barrett has created-- a small town in New Hampshire revitalized into a "booktown," filled with store owners who care for one another, help each other out, and work together to think of ways to keep the community thriving. This is a setting in which I could easily live. It also helps that the main character ...more
Jun 14, 2012 Fred rated it it was amazing
Murder On The Half Shelf is the sixth book in the interesting Booktown Mystery series. Barrett does a wonderful job of putting together an intriguing mystery with a touch of humor to provide the reader with an enjoyable book.

Tricia and Angelica are walking over to Sheer Comfort Inn, a much needed B&B, to enjoy a free one night lodging. Angelica won the stay in a raffle and elected take her sister, rather than her sometime boyfriend, Bob Kelly. As they are getting ready to check in Tricia see
Jul 09, 2012 Georgette rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is another book in the Booktown series by Lorna Barrett. If you like “niche mystery” and books, this is a good series to read.

Trish is the owner of Haven’t Got A Clue, a mystery bookshop in Massachusetts. One bookshop of many- the entire town is made up of specialty bookstores, and a tourist attraction. Trish’s sister Angelica now runs a store in the town, and she ends up being Trish’s partner in solving crimes, unwittingly. This time, Angelica has won a night free at the new hotel in town-
Apr 01, 2013 bella rated it it was amazing
In the sixth book in the Booktown Mysteries, Tricia and her sister, Angelica, are looking forward to being two of the very first guests to stay at the new bed-and-breakfast, Sheer Comfort Inn. However what starts out as a nice night away turns into murder, when one of the owners, Pippa Comfort turns up dead. Tricia finds herself in another murder investigation, when she discovers the body of Pippa and discovers someone at the Inn from her a past. Someone that she thought was dead. It's now up to ...more
Chance Lee
Jul 27, 2013 Chance Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um, what the heck just happened? I just read a "Booktown Mystery" and I officially enjoyed it.

Let me back up a bit. I bought the first five of these books at once, so I felt kind of obligated to read them. I really liked the setting -- a small NH town full of bookstores! -- but the characters were grating. Especially the main character, Tricia.

However... something changed. Either I'm not as irritable as I was before (doubtful) or Tricia is growing on me. Like a fungus.

In the first three books,
Sep 02, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
This is the sixth in the Booktown Mystery series. Though I have read all previous entries, this is my favorite to date. I enjoy this series, but I never really liked the main character, Tricia Miles. I even posted on a cozy board in GoodReads that I'd shop her store and discuss books with her, but wouldn't consider her a "friend"---which is unusual in cozy series because the characters become friends, which is why one returns to series book after book. I don't know what it was about her in the e ...more
Jul 25, 2012 Patty rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better and better.

Tricia has lost her assistant manager, is having trouble with people she interviews and to top if off her sister Angelica invites her to a new hotel, where she and Angelica's dog find a body!

With the return of former lover, who btw was declared dead several years earlier, current boyfriend not wanting to talk to her because she is a suspect in a murder case, and all of the drama that goes along with being sisters with Angelica, Tricia is feeling m
Sep 13, 2012 Juanita rated it it was ok
Not my favorite Booktown installment. I wasn't very happy with some of the secondary characters (view spoiler), and I don't see why Trish would be interested in continuing to see Grant. I understand that he could be frustrated that (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 06, 2013 Gail rated it it was ok
Hmmm not committed. Didn't realise it was a series, although that become obvious quickly. Given some of the feedback below I will probably give the series another try.

But for this one: Far fetched in so many murders in one small town discovered by the same person. SO many bookshops in one town?! But I did enjoy the bantering between the characters and continued to read through the slow first half because of that. You are not going to plough through this if it is mystery you are some
Kitty Jay
Tricia and her sister Angelica think they're in for a treat when Angelica wins a free night at the sumptuous new bed and breakfast opening up in Stoneham. When the manager of the inn, Pippa Comfort, turns up dead, however, it's up to Tricia to sniff out the real murderer.

This was a weaker entry in the series, which on the whole has been fairly enjoyable. For one thing, half the plot - and this is revealed on the back summary, so I won't hide it in spoiler blocks - revolves around Jon Comfort, t
May 12, 2015 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Anybody else get sick of Angelica?

I recently read the latest in the Booktown Mystery series and realized I had missed this book so I promptly bought it. It didn't take long for me to remember why I didn't buy this book . The character of Angelica , at least up to this point, is so obnoxious, so unpleasant and so self-centered, that she make made the book unpleasant for me. I know cozy mysteries need at least one cantankerous character but Angelica is way over-the-top obnoxious. You can't respect
Jun 28, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing
Stoneham is about to get a Bed & Breakfast in town. They offer a free trial night to stay to some of the local residents, and Angelica and Tricia decide to take them up on the offer.
A murder takes place and the victim was Tricia's former lover Harry who she thought was dead.
Tricia investigates the murder and well...... this one ends with a cliffhanger!!
You are going to have to read it for yourself to find out what happens!!
May 25, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it
This was a well written cozy mystery by author Lorna Barrett. It is the 5th or 6th book in the "BookTown" series, but can be read alone. I haven't read a cozy in quite some time and almost forgot how fun they could be. This particular murder mystery involved a Bed and Breakfast proprietor who is found dead on the property not long after the guests arrive. There are a host of characters that I thought I'd have a hard time keeping up with throughout the book, but surprisingly I was able to remembe ...more
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Darlene Ferland
Jul 06, 2012 Darlene Ferland rated it it was amazing
Do you know what I wish? I wish there really is a town like Book Town minus the murders. Ms. Barrett has another success with her newest in the series, Murder on the HalfShelf. The twists keep the reader interested and turning each page waiting and wondering just what will happen next.
This novel has it all - romance, murder and mystery. A wonderful cozy mystery waiting to be taken off the halfshelf!
Mar 26, 2014 *b*l*u*e*m*o*o*n* rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, cozy-mystery, kindle
Like I've said before, this series is really one of my favorite cozy mysteries. It's always fun to read the lives of the many characters involved in the Booktown Mystery series and the addition of Pixie will be a good change. I think more than the mystery, I love how everyone is just so close knit in this community, you just can't go one day without bumping into someone you know. Heck, you can't even cross the street without getting a "HI!" The ending was a real cliffhanger, I can't wait to s
Oct 08, 2014 Grey853 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
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Mar 29, 2016 Kathy rated it liked it
Once again, Tricia (or should I say Ange's dog, Sarge) stumble across a dead body. This one is found at a B&B that Ange won a night's stay at. Pippa has been murdered within minutes of their arrival, which one of the invited guests did it? One surprise is that Pippa's husband is an author that Tricia was involved with twenty years ago, long thought to be dead in a boating accident. Tricia's quest for a new assistant manger seems to be at an end, or is it? And this book (for the first time in ...more
Sep 07, 2014 Susan rated it it was ok
Tricia, who runs a mystery bookstore, and her sister Angelica are scheduled to spend the night in the new bed and breakfast in quaint Stoneham, until Tricia finds the dead body of one of the managers. Her boyfriend, the police chief, wants nothing to do with her until the case is solved. Angelica, who runs a cookbook store and a restaurant, wants to finish her second cookbook. Tricia is also trying to find a new assistant manager for the store. All of these minor concerns are eclipsed when Trici ...more
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