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A Just Clause

(Booktown Mystery #11)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,940 ratings  ·  241 reviews
Just when things are getting back to normal in Booktown, Tricia and Angelica have their lives turned upside down by a shocking visitor from their past in this latest entry in Lorna Barrett’s New York Times bestselling series. 

Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, is in for a surprise when her ne’er-do-well father, John, comes to town—and promptly become
Kindle Edition, 313 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Berkley
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Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I never tire of a bookish premise of a Booktown Mystery by Lorna Barrett and I never tire of Tricia Miles finding yet another dead body. Tricia's new attitude towards food was refreshing considering all she ever ate in previous books was tuna salad sandwiches.

A cleverly plotted mystery fast paced with heartwarming characters and heartbreaking drama that had me crying. Unbearable parents that I would never wish for and family issues but could there be a promise of a brand new start?
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

We return to Booktown just in time for bestselling thriller author Steven Richardson’s book signing at Haven’t Got A Clue. Tricia is totally surprised when her dad walks into the signing. He left abruptly his last visit owing a lot of money. Before she has time to worry about him the signing is over and her dad has disappeared. Tricia and Angelica lock up the store and head to the Dog Eared Page for a drink, but see something down the street, a hardcover copy of Steven Richard
First off, the ending requires a suspension of disbelief that I just can't manage, but more on that later ...

Someone please comment with an explanation of the title, because I sure don't get it. I didn't find a will, or legal document, central to the story at all.

Frankly, the mystery angle here I found frustrating as it seemed a vehicle for Tricia, now that she's "over" judging others' weight, to be priggishly shocked by the sexual hijinks in Dear Old Stoneham! You'd think she had been raised by
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fans of the Booktown Mysteries will fall in love with this series all over again!

With, A JUST CAUSE, author Lorna Barrett once again takes readers back to Booktown for more mystery, mayhem, and some serious dysfunctional family drama.

I’ve been following this series since the very first book, MURDER IS BINDING (My sister was a fan and asked if I’d like to try it. Well, of course I did! What’s not to love about a town that’s got bookstores everywhere). It’s been fun watching the original cast of c

A JUST CLAUSE is the eleventh book in the Booktown Mystery series but it’s the first book that I’m trying from this author. I had some pretty high expectations going into this book because it is such a popular series and I have to say that this book is not what I expected.

While I do think the mystery is fun and moves at a good pace, it wasn’t something that I was fully invested in. I think there were two main reasons for this. The first reason is because even though Mysteries can be read as
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
What the in fresh hell did I just read?

SO many problems here. I'm glad I got it from the library and didn't shell out any money for this one:

-In the beginning, Tricia tells the Chief about her dad leaving town in January and leaving a lot of debt behind for her sister to take care of. The next time she meets the Chief, HE tells HER about her dad and his debt like they didn't JUST talk about this and Tricia acts embarrassed that he knows.
-How old are Tricia and Angelica? They present like they're
Well this was a let down, I usually enjoy this series when it sticks to the book stores or the mystery but(view spoiler) ...more
Stacie Amelotte
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I have loved this series since book one. Now we are on the eleventh installment and it just keeps getting better and better. Everything that originally drew me to this series was there and more. We find Tricia feeling stressed as she under goes a remodeling project and prepares for Pixie’s bridal shower. Throw in a book signing, the unexpected visit from her con artist father and a dead body or two, and you just start to scratch the surface. Stoneham, New Hampshire is the place to be for murder ...more
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tricia is in the middle of remodeling her store/home and the noise makes her business very slow. Her father shows up in town at a Writers reading she has planned. He is seen getting slapped by a woman, who is later found dead. Tricia and her sister try to cope with their father,who had skipped town earlier in the year owing money and is a thief, and figure out who killed the woman. The book was good but seemed a little long.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Just Clause by Lorna Barrett 's 11th book in what is admittedly my most favorite long running cozy mystery series, is out one week from today on June 13th. There is something so captivating in this cozy series characters whom have become like a second family to me. The characters in this series from main characters Tricia and her sister Angelica, to their friends and employees, and even the new generation of Stoneham, feel so real and so relatable. This series chronicles so much of their lives ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
While I enjoyed the day to day interactions of bookstore owner Tricia Miles with her supporting cast in this book, I wasn't all that fond of the mystery surrounding them.

It really didn't seem to matter that someone was killed, that was just a springboard for dealing with Tricia's scumbag of a father and bitter shrew of a mother.

I would've been more interested in reading about actually investigating the murdered woman who had a deep dark past instead.

However, in place of that which would've bee
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Berkley and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions stated in this review are explicitly my own.*

One of the first cozy series I ever read, and one of my favorites, A Just Clause was a winner!

I love the town of Stoneham and the characters there. Tricia, Angelica, Pixie, and Mr. Everett are all the type of characters that make you feel like you're coming home when reading these mysteries. Pixie, though, is my absolute favorite! I a
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Tricia is doing renovations to her apartment on top of her bookstore Haven't Got A Clue. How long before they will be finished?
Tricia and Angelica find the body of a woman who had just attended the author book signing at her mystery bookstore.
Tricia also finds out just what a con artist her dad really is, but is he capable of murder as well!? Can her mom and dad find a way to reconcile?
Welcome back to Stoneham where murders seem to occur and Tricia is the one to find the bodies.
A mystery with
Westminster Library
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Tricia and Angelica continue their busy lives in Booktown. Tricia’s book signing is shortly followed by the first murder. The women’s father, John, shows up to add to the chaos and mystery as a suspect in the murder.

Find A Just Clause at the Westminster Public Library.
Sue Ross
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite series. They always keep you guessing until the end about who the killer is. If you're looking for a mystery with family ties, friendships, murders and pets, this is a book/series for you. ...more
A Just Clause is book 11 in the Booktown Mystery Series by Lorna Barrett. Although some details about the about the characters can be better understood by reading the previous books in the series this book can be enjoyed as a stand alone mystery. A Just Clause picks up just a few months after book 10 (Title Wave). Tricia once again is involved in finding a dead body, continuing her nickname of the village jinx. While dealing with her living space being renovated, Tricia is having to deal with so ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kayt

A Just Clause
Booktown Mystery, Book #11
By Lorna Barrett
ISBN13: 9780399585913
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt


Just when things are getting back to normal in Booktown, Tricia and Angelica have their lives turned upside down by a shocking visitor from their past in this latest entry in Lorna Barrett s New York Times bestselling series.

Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, is in for a surpr
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Just Clause is the 11th book in the Booktown Mystery series. I've been wanting to try out this series for some time, so when I saw the newest book available for review, I jumped right on it. I'm glad I did!

Although it is always best to read a series in order to get all the developing nuances of character and place, I had no trouble following the plot and characters. I will definitely be back tracking to read the rest of the series in order up to this point though, as there were some situations
Renovations, author signing, bridal shower, wayward father and murder, are all part and parcel of the madness and mayhem that storms the Stoneham village, in this the 11th Booktown mystery.

An enjoyable story, with a closer look at the Miles family dynamics. In this well written and plotted mystery, where Tricia goes head-to-head with a killer.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Berkley Publishing and arranged with Lorna Barrett (aka Lorraine Bartlett) and dow
Michelle Waite
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Traditionally I've loved the Booktown Mystery series but this one was my least favorite. It might be my frame of mind - having just moved back into my house after living in our travel trailer for 14 months while we did post-house-fire remodeling, it was annoying to read all of Tricia's complaining about living in the bungalow and how slow her contractors were working. I felt like she was overly negative in this book about most everything. In addition, I felt like the ending was wrapped up at war ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars for this one. I really like this series and its characters but this one annoyed me.

Tricia has renovations going on and is cranky. I get that but it got old. The most annoying was their dealing with their father. I kept thinking enough already! The mystery was fine but the book just felt off for me this time.

That said, I will look forward to the next one.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A booktown mystery is like the comfort food of books for any book lover. The personal and professional lives of this picturesque village always seem to intertwine as readers realize family does not necessarily mean the ones you are born into but the ones who has your back.
Dez Nemec
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, cozy-mysteries
I adore this series for many reasons. I mean, she runs a mystery bookstore in a little town in New Hampshire where there are lots of different types of bookstores - what's not to like? But I just love the fact that unlike most of these cozy mysteries, the protagonists' family isn't perfect. Dad is a thief and a con-man, and mom is a class A b*tch. I get so tired of the perfect mother whom everybody adores and follows her every whim, even if she can't help but snipe at her daughter and tell her s ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you want to read a good mystery this isn't it. If you want to read a boring story about a book store owner and her interpersonal relationships while complaining about her home renovations then this is the story for you. ...more
Suspense Magazine
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Readers will love the fact that they get to go back to the fun mystery bookstore located in Booktown, N.H., called Haven’t Got a Clue. This is one of those locales found in cozy mystery series’ that you wish was a real place.

Tricia Miles, for those who have not been lucky enough to read all of the great stories in this series, is the owner of Haven’t Got a Clue bookstore. Not only that, but she’s also what you would call an amateur sleuth who seems to fall into a new mystery every time she fina
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just when things are getting back to normal in Booktown, Tricia and Angelica have their lives turned upside down by a shocking visitor from their past in this latest entry in Lorna Barrett’s New York Times bestselling series.
April is settling in, and the village of Stoneham, New Hampshire is settling in for a number exciting events. The first of which is a Wine & Jazz Festival and the second of which is the impending marriage of Pixie Poe, one of Tricia Miles assistants at the Haven't Got a Clu
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. I have followed this series from the beginning and watched as the characters have developed. A Just Clause picks up 5 months after a Title Wave ended which several things going on with the Miles sisters. Tricia is once again hosting a book signing for author Steven Richardson that she had previously met on the Queen Mary cruise ship in the previous book. Steven looked to be a hopeful suitor for Tricia at the beginning. Will this also be anothe ...more
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
The characters in the Booktown Mystery series are like good friends at this point--they may have their flaws, but those flaws make them all the more likable and relatable. Tricia, our main character, reluctant sleuth, and mystery book store owner, has family problems in this one as she tries to solve the murder of a woman who attended an author signing at her shop.

While the mystery and writing are excellent, it is the estrangement of Tricia and Angelica's con artist father and distant, brittle
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A Just Clause" is another super read from author Lorna Barrett. Tricia and Angelica are fun characters and I enjoy Tricia as the protagonist and sleuth. She is intelligent and has good instincts. I have been a big fan of “Booktown Mystery” series since the first one. These characters have grown so much and become family with each other and like friends to me. Lorna Barrett’s writing style and plotting are wonderful. Each book is better and that is saying a lot. Each book can also be read as a s ...more
Linda Smatzny
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Tricia Miles and her sister , Angelica Miles, deal with more family problems primarily their father, John who maybe a suspect in a murder investigation. Tricia is upset because the renovation of her apartment is taking so long and causing a negative effect on her bookstore business. The book was a quick easy read.
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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 ...more

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  • Murder on the Half Shelf (Booktown Mystery, #6)
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