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Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett
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bookshelves: mysteries, cozy-mysteries
Read in September, 2008

First of a new series, for once! Every now and then I read a book and put it down thinking, "That author put a lot of work into coming up with that gimmick." I'm not knocking these gimmick-based mystery series - some of them are quite good, and anyway, what is Miss Marple if not a gimmick transformed into an icon through sheer venerableness? And her author's talent. Anyway - the "Booktown" series features not one but two winning gimmicks - Tricia MIles is owner of a mystery bookstore (in a small New Hampshire town that's established a colony of bookstores), and her sister Angelica is a talented cook. (The cover of this book says "Includes Recipes"!) Seriously, though, this is a pretty good light read - the main characters are interesting, so's the mystery, and if it seems a little bit contrived that Angelica winds up staying in town, that's okay. Just for variety, here, the local sheriff is actively hostile; and the answer to the question "Who done it?" really is difficult to get at. I could've done with one or two fewer coincidences, but it was fun all the same.
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Glynn very good point- gimmick turned into an icon. and especially through sheer venerableness! thanks!


Kristen Glynn wrote: "very good point- gimmick turned into an icon. and especially through sheer venerableness! thanks!"

Wow, my first comment! Thanks! 8-D


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