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Lorna Barrett

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The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorna Barrett’s name on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent -- whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett -- that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s). Check out the links to all her works here: http://www.lornabarrett.com


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Lorna Barrett I don't have to get up and drive through bad weather to get to my job. All I have to do is walk down the hall to my office.
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"Tricia Miles has more time on her hands these days since she promoted Pixie to assistant manager. Tricia makes up her mind to fill this time by joining the board of an animal rescue but is getting some resistance from one particular member. While dec" Read more of this review »
Journey by Lorraine Bartlett
"Amanda Shelton finds herself banned by Prince Paxdon from Telenia’s Summer Palace. This act gives Amanda an idea of how to help Telenia’s oppressed women. With the threat of war increasing and the loss of many soldiers, Prince Paxdon welcomes Amanda " Read more of this review »
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"This is a collection of holiday short stories. The stories have a common theme-family more accurately dysfunctional family. In “We’re So Sorry, Uncle Albert”, Mandy Nichols and family find out that the very miserly Uncle Albert, that has forever been" Read more of this review »
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“Deception wasn’t Tricia’s strongpoint. Not when she’d been seven and blamed Angelica for a vase she’d broken, nor when coming up with excuses to avoid dating high school jocks who couldn’t spell, let alone comprehend, Sherlock Holmes.”
Lorna Barrett, Murder is Binding

“Over the years more than one friend or acquaintance had asked Tricia why she was so enamored of the mystery genre. How could she actually enjoy stories that celebrated violent death? They had it all wrong. The books didn't celebrate death, but triumph for justice. Too often real-life villains got away with murder, but in fiction, justice was usually assured.

Sometimes she wished life better imitated art.”
Lorna Barrett, Bookmarked for Death

“TRICIA’S LEMON CUPCAKES ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs, at room temperature 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1½ cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup milk Zest from 1 lemon Juice from 1 lemon Crystallized sugar (optional) Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC; gas mark 4). Line a 12-count muffin pan with paper or foil liners. Set aside. Using a handheld or stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together on medium-high speed in a large bowl until creamed (about 2 to 3 minutes). Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the eggs and vanilla. Beat on medium-high speed until everything is combined, about 2 minutes. Continue to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in three additions, beating on low speed. The batter will be thick. Beat in the milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice on low speed until just combined. Do not overmix the batter. Spoon the batter evenly into 12 cupcake liners, filling them about two-thirds full. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before frosting. Frost the cooled cupcakes with lemon buttercream frosting. Sprinkle with crystallized sugar, if using. If topping with lemon zest, do so right before serving. LEMON BUTTERCREAM FROSTING 3 tablespoons butter, at room temperature 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon extract 1 teaspoon milk (more as needed) 5 drops yellow food coloring (optional) 1 cup confectioners’ sugar (more as needed) Lemon zest (optional) Beat the butter, lemon extract, and milk together until smooth. If using, add the yellow food coloring lemon zest. Beat the confectioners’ sugar into the butter mixture until desired consistency is reached. You may decide to add more sugar at this point. Note: You will want to at least double the recipe if using an 8B tip to pipe the icing. Yield: 10–12 cupcakes”
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Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries by Julia Spencer-Fleming
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Dianne Hall Have and read all your books except 7, 8, and 9, love your books!

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Leon Shure Thanks for adding me as a friend,

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Daniel De Culla I enjoy You and Yrs so much.
Kisses and Blessed Be¡

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Trine Thanks for inviting me. :-)

Looking forward to reading your upcoming book Chapter and Hearse. It's such a great series.

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Lorna Barrett Yvonne wrote: "Thanks for adding me to your friends! I love your books!"

I love to hear from readers. Have you checked out my web site? I offer bookmarks and/or bookplates to readers who request them. (Check out the contact page.)

All my best,

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Beth Hi Lorna,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery author here on Goodreads as well as elsewhere!

Yvonne Thanks for adding me to your friends! I love your books!

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