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Sentenced to Death (Booktown Mystery #5)

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As the owner of Stoneham, New Hampshire's mystery bookstore Haven't Got a Clue, Tricia Miles can figure out whodunit in the latest bestseller long before she gets to the last page. But when her friend is killed in a freak accident, Tricia must use her sleuthing skills to solve a murder mystery that promises to be much more sinister than the books on her shelves.
Paperback, 327 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Berkley (first published April 21st 2011)
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Drebbles
Jul 18, 2011 Drebbles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
Bookstore owner Tricia Miles is devastated when a close friend is killed in an accident. Well, the police say it was an accident, but Tricia isn’t convinced – the more she learns about her friend’s life the more she is convinced it was murder. While Tricia is investigating the murder, things are changing around her and she begins to wonder if it is time that she too makes some changes.

“Sentenced to Death” is the well done fifth book in Lorna Barrett’s “Booktown Mystery” cozy mystery series – a s
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Cathy DuPont
Sep 05, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it it was ok
Coming off a Vachss ride into the depths of despair of the human race, I needed some little ‘cozy mystery’ to get lost in. Cozy mystery is my definition of a 'no brainer' which I’m sure many cozy mystery fans would emphatically object to.

Trish, owner of the mystery bookstore “Haven’t Got a Clue” in Stoneham, New Hampshire, solves another mystery she’s not supposed to get or be involved in.

And her romance life which is important to her is picking up finally with an officer of the court, a cop,
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Jessa
Jul 29, 2014 Jessa rated it did not like it
I love a light hearted mystery and wrongly assumed this would be one. To begin with she killed a character in a completely ridiculous manner, and threw in an early introduction to the victim's 2 year old son. The reasoning seemed to be that the lead in this story was best friends with the victim something that never translated. If we are to believe this woman watched her best friend die I would expect more grieving. As someone who did lose their best friend while I am aware that everyone grieves ...more
Fred
Jun 05, 2011 Fred rated it it was amazing
Sentenced is the 5th book in the "A Booktown Mystery" series. I'm a mystery reader that enjoys being told a story that's not cumbersome to read and has a nice mix of mystery, humor and enjoyable characters. This book and series has all of them.

It is the Founder's Day weekend in Stoneham and a big celebration has been planned. As Deborah Black owner of The Home Domestic shop, is ready to begin the activities as soon as a private aircraft pulling a banner leaves the area. On it's last pass it's en
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Michelle Randall
May 09, 2012 Michelle Randall rated it really liked it
A Booktown Mystery is probably one of my favorite series, and so when I was able to get my hands on book number 5, Sentenced to Death, of course I was all over reading it!

It;s Founder's Day, a celebration that Bob Kelly had cooked up to drive more tourist traffic into town and promote the town. Of course Bob couldn't be bothered to do the leg work or give the opening speech, so Tricia's good friend, Deborah Black is doing it all. There is a plane pulling a banner behind it that is circling all a
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Ellen
Jul 17, 2014 Ellen rated it it was amazing
All I can say is it's wonderful to find an author you can rely on.
Characters grown with situations. Relationships grow with amateur sleuthing. AS usual Lorna gave me believable characters that interacted with each on a level that was realistic and not overblown. This is a favorite series of mine and thankfully this author has not written herself into a corner. Situations leave openings for further development. A REAL COZY.

Characters: Tricia Miles-owner of Stoneham, New Hampshire's Haven't Got A
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Cheryl Landmark
Feb 15, 2013 Cheryl Landmark rated it really liked it
This was another well-done mystery in the Booktown series. Tricia Miles continues to grow as a character, as do the others in the small town of Stoneham. Tricia is not always a nice person or the most tactful when questioning people during her sleuthing, but I think that's what makes her so relatable. She has human flaws and less than desirable attributes at times and isn't some perfect super woman solving mysteries right and left. The relationship between her and her sister, Angelica, is comple ...more
Lynn
Aug 16, 2011 Lynn rated it liked it
I have read all of the Booktown Mysteries by Lorna Barrett and I must say this one is a little disappointing. Almost as if this is the start of a shift in the series and the author was not exactly certain how to take those steps of change.

Tricia, who is a character I love (how could a librarian not love a book seller?) seems to be in a quandary about the men in her life: her ex-husband sends her expensive presents, one past boy friend makes innuendos even though they have broken up long ago, and
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Apr 22, 2011 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
We have all had 'bad' days, but, the horrific day that our sleuth, Tricia is forced to endure beats them all. Tricia encounters the dramatic and chilling death of a close (or she had thought close,)friend, then her loyal (or was she?)head clerk quits, finally, the man she hopes to grow closer to, announces he may be leaving Stoneham for a new life/job. Honestly, what is a girl to do?

If you found yourself holding your breath as you just read the top paragraph, let me tell you that is nothing to w
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Patty
Jul 09, 2011 Patty rated it really liked it
I truly enjoy my time spent in "Booktown". I like the characters and the development of the relationship between Tricia and Angelica is always interesting.

When the Founders Day picnic is just opening and Tricia's friend Deborah Black is getting ready to make a welcoming speech, tragedy happens. A small plane pulling a banner announcing the festivities crashes into the gazebo, instantly killing Deborah and the pilot.

Tricia (of course) can't believe it was an accident and sets out to find out why
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Kim
Sep 16, 2011 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Up until this book I really have enjoyed the series as as whole. I can't figure out the "who dun it" until the end. This one,while still a good mystery, was a little too farfetched for me as a murder. A plane crash that only kills the intended victim and the pilot with no others injured or killed? I mean really! And this mysterious carry over from book 4 had better be addressed soon, or I am going to lose interest. As for Bob, I royally hope he gets whats coming to him. Angelica,the sister is st ...more
Sue Ross
Oct 04, 2011 Sue Ross rated it it was amazing
Trish did it again. Trish and her sister Angelica have done it again. They figured out who killed the main speaker at the Founder's Day Celebration. It took a little while but they, well, Trish with a reluctant sister in tow, did. It was a fast read and very enjoyable. Of course I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Lorna's books or who just loves cozy mysteries in general. I've read all the others and will continue to read them as long as she writes them .
Michelle
Sep 08, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This was a pretty good continuation to the series. I liked that there was less focus on Angelica and it showed more of Tricia's personality. Although she may sometimes come across as harsh, she has a good heart and tries to help people as much as she can, often to her own detriment. She keeps a lot of reactions and comments to herself that I'm not quite sure I could when faced with those same situations. It was a book of many changes, so I'm a little concerned the books may take a different turn ...more
Nancy
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Amy
Jun 28, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing
Founder's Day in Stoneham and festivities in the village square. A small aircraft crashes into the gazebo killing the pilot and another person.
Was this just an accident!?
Tricia starts to nose around and investigate.
I love this series and this one has not only mystery but humor along with my favorite characters.
Amee.21
There seemed to be a lot of things going on. The book had a chaotic feel which I think was mostly imposed from Elizabeth's emotions and behavior. I don't think Tricia ever really knows her true self, or even admits her faults along with her good qualities. If she had she wouldn't be so ridiculous sometimes. After you reach a certain age, one is always aware of their positive and negative qualities and the fact that she isn't shows her inability to come to terms with her contributions to the thin ...more
Val
Feb 07, 2015 Val rated it it was amazing
Another Booktown Mystery. Tricia runs a murder/mystery book shop, her sister Angelica runs the cook book shop, an eatery and is also a published writer of a cook book.

The story starts with a Founders Day celebration in the square, with Tricia's friend Deborah giving the opening speech. This turns into an horrific day when a small plane crashes into the gazebo where Deborah is standing, killing both her and the pilot. The Sheriff's Dept is convinced it is an accident but Tricia feels there is mor
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Lise
Dec 16, 2015 Lise rated it liked it
It was ok, as cosy mysteries go, but there were some aspects of it that were extremely difficult to believe. First was the manner of death of the victim. Then the fact that the amateur sleuth even thought of it as murder, where the police and accident investigator did not.

There were also a lot of sub-plots, some of which were left over from previous novels in the series, some of which were unresolved in this book. As I read this as a stand-alone book, I found this mildly frustrating, especially
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Ferne
Nov 17, 2014 Ferne rated it really liked it
Another wonderful mystery in the "A Booktown Mystery" series by Lorna Barrett. Without a doubt, I am a fan of Tricia Miles and definitely love Miss Marple from her "Yow's" to her purrs.

There is a minor copy edit in the book that will hopefully be addressed in any upcoming printed editions.
Berkley Prime Crime - Mass Market Edition, June 2011.
Chapter 18, p.213 - "If we can't figure out the passwords in the computer, it's going to take a long time to duplicate these data."
Perhaps it was meant to sa
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Fmorlan
Aug 21, 2014 Fmorlan rated it it was amazing
Tricia Miles book owner of havent got a clue attends founders day in Stoneham. What ocvurs is beyond belief - a freak accident where an airplane hits the gazebo and Tricia' s friend is killed. Everyone is calling it an accident but Tricia. She starts looking into the cause finding out that her friend was not who Tricia thought she knew. She gets her sister to help looking into the case. It really was a surprise ending for me. I listened to the audio version which I found surprisingly enjoyable a ...more
Leann Sweeney
Jun 18, 2011 Leann Sweeney rated it it was amazing
Excellent fourth installment in a solid series. Love Booktown!!
Tim Smith
Feb 18, 2014 Tim Smith rated it it was ok
For a series that showed much promise, the latest title in the series only brought disappointment for me. From the sibling rivalry to the confusing dialog, as well as the odd typos in the e-book edition, I found this to be a laborious read. Add in the unbelievable premise that any small town, regardless of location on the planet, would have that many murders in such a short span of time and one begins to think that these books would be better suited to the fantasy genre. Although others have fou ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
This was ok as a cozy mystery but there are ways to make the characters more distinctive. I listened to the book while driving from Virginia to Florida, and it was just about right for listening while traveling. I might be a little more enthused about the book if I had read the earlier books first, but this was available to download from my library to my Kindle.

The mystery begins with a Founder's Day celebration on the village green in front of a landmark gazebo. Unfortunately, the airplane whic
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LORI CASWELL
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
The star of this series is Trisha Miles who owns a mystery bookstore, Haven't Got A Clue, in Stoneham, New Hampshire. The whole town has been rejuvenated by a group of bookstores and other shops with a book theme, even a restaurant owned by Tricia's sister, Angelica, called Booked For Lunch.

As we return to Stoneham it is Founder's Day. The whole town is participating in the grand event planned Deborah Black. It is while Deborah is giving her welcoming speech that tragedy strikes. A small airplan
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Julie
Feb 10, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Review:
Back in Stoneham, New Hampshire things are trying to return back to normal. Bob Kelly has put aside a weekend for the village to celebrate Founder's Day. The Bookstores have been putting Stoneham on the map but Bob wants more publicity and more tourists because that will bring more profit. But when the plane carrying the Founder's Day banner comes crashing down on Deborah Black giving the welcome speech, Stoneham is back on the map but not for a good reason. Tricia Miles the owner of Hav
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Betty
What a slamdunk opening to a story! Sentenced to Death certainly grabbed my attention with an astounding Founders Day Celebration in Stoneham, New Hampshire. Who could guess that an innocuous celebration would change the lives of the town's residents so much, in particular the Booktown shop-owners? Lorna Barrett , you've done it again! Although new characters are introduced, some remain and some leave, one way or another. Other characters make changes in their lives as land developers descend ...more
bella
Nov 29, 2011 bella rated it it was amazing
As a fan of the Booktown Mystery series I was so excited to pick up the latest book in the series.

SENTENCED TO DEATH takes place several months after the horrifying murder of Jim Roth, the owner of History Repeats Itself. Life in Stoneham is settling back to normal, or at least Tricia is led to belief. However, she is thrown in the middle of another murder mystery, when her close friend, Deborah, is killed.

I have raved and raved about how much I enjoy the Booktown Mysteries. Of all the contempor
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Nora-adrienne
Jun 07, 2011 Nora-adrienne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies
Sentenced to Death

By Lorna Barrett

Copyright June 2011

Publisher Berkeley Prime Crime

“As the owner of Stoneham, New Hampshire’s mystery bookstore Haven’t Got a Clue, Tricia Miles can figure out whodunit in the latest bestseller long before she gets to the last page. But when her friend is killed in a freak accident, Tricia must use her sleuthing skills to solve a murder mystery that promises to be much more sinister than the books on her shelves.

It’s Founder’s Day in Stoneham and the whole village
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Xyra
Jun 16, 2013 Xyra rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers of cozy mysteries
Recommended to Xyra by: Jodie & Vanyer
3.5 stars again.

This one was good like the others. the initial murder came a bit early on in the reading, it was gruesome, quick, and strange.

We get promise of a relationship blooming in this one and perhaps moving into the next one.

More goes on behind the closed doors of a small town than most realize. Maybe not to such an extent as we see here, but who knows. It seems everyone has secrets and skeletons in their closet.

I am a little annoyed by Angelica. When you achieve a dream for which you ha
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Kathy
Apr 13, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it
Wonderful to return to Stoneham, New Hampshire in Lorna Barrett's latest Booktown Mystery: Sentenced To Death. The fast paced action packed novel starts off with a plane careening into the town's square's gazebo on Founder's Day. Tricia Miles is stunned by the death of her good friend, Deborah Black, and the death of the pilot of the small plane. It's an accident....or is it? And what is with the company Nigela Racita Associates that are buying up all the property in town?

All of your favorite ch
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