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Bookmarked for Death

(Booktown Mystery #2)

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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  6,511 ratings  ·  544 reviews
What do a stone book and a stabbed cake have to do with Zoë Carter's death?

Once a struggling town, Stoneham, New Hampshire is now enjoying a renaissance--thanks to booksellers like Tricia Miles, proprietor of Haven’t Got a Clue. It’s a great place to find a good mystery to read--or to solve ….

To celebrate her bookstore’s anniversary, Tricia Miles hosts a book signing for b
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Paperback, 297 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Berkley Prime Crime
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James
Several year ago, I read the first book the Booktown Mysteries written by Lorna Barrett. I'd been sampling several dozen cozies before settling into which series I would read. I caught up on most and then it was time to return to this one with the 2nd, Bookmarked for Death. Who wouldn't love a town in New Hampshire where the main shopping area has tons of bookstores, each with its own theme? I fell easily back into the rhythm of the series and will continue reading it. There are ~15 currently, s ...more
Mary
Jun 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
This book was disappointing, mainly due to the contrast between the first and this.

My main point of contention was with the heroine, Tricia. In addition to having absolutely no personality, she's far too efficient for any believability. She has money to do whatever she wants, gives all her employees bonuses, has the guts to talk to everyone, she doesn't like sweets in a convenient move to keep her thin and perky. She's blah. Boring.

Her boyfriend is also boring, and rather unlikable. I'm not quit
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T K Nelson
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozies
I did get through the book so it gets more than one star. That being said, let's start with what came thiiiiis close to having me put this one down and not finish.
1) No Reason to Like Tricia. Love the premise of a town brought back from the economic brink by turning it into a destination Book Town. A series set in a mystery bookstore? Should be a guaranteed bull's eye for cozy readers. But the author gives me no reason to like almost anyone especially the main character. I think maybe she's supp
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Yvonne
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been a long time since I visited Booktown in Stoneham, New Hampshire. It’s a whole town with all different types of bookstores. This is the second book in the Booktown Mystery series.

Tricia Miles owns Haven’t Got A Clue which specializes in mystery books. She’s very excited to be hosting a booksigning with popular author Zoe Carter. However, things don’t go over very well when she discovers the author has been murdered in the store’s bathroom.

The local sheriff is not a fan of Tricia’s and c
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Glen
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozies
After a best selling author returns home for a book signing, and announces her retirement, she is killed in the washroom. The primary suspect is the author's niece, who prevails upon our local amatuer sleuth to clear her name.

So she pokes around and finds all kinds of small town secrets.

Not bad, but not very memorable.
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Kay
I was really looking forward to book 2 since I found the first in series enjoyable. Bookmarked For Death ended up being a slight disappointment with MC being just too perfect and the overall story didn't hold my interest as the first. ...more
Robin Campbell
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Are you kidding me? I was hoping I had found another light hearted mystery series but this was not a fun read. I wanted to strangle both of the sisters if they had half a brain between them they'd be dangerous. Tricia has herself convinced she is better than her sister but she is not. They are both selfish and small people. It's almost like Tricia is one of those people who has to let you know how "rich" she is. It doesn't bring anything to the story this bit about her Lexus or the fact she does ...more
Andree
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
It's fine, but I think I'm done with this series, because I realized that there's really nothing that I actively like about it. The main character is sort of blandly competent. I don't enjoy her relationship with her overbearing sister. The love interest is uninteresting (I 100% forgot about his existence from book 1). And I find the random antagonism of the local sheriff irritating. I think just not for me. ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, put-on-site
I remember not being wholly impressed with the first one, but that's changed in the sequel.

It's a delight to have the town be bookish theme, although it's dialed back a bit in this one. Tricia has to stay away from her store after a murder takes place, woe is her, and the menace of the sheriff has been further enhanced. Small town, incompetent police force? Check.

Character wise it works. Tricia is flawed but fun, her boyfriend isn't typical and ideal, her sister is moody and downright mean half
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Mayda
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Tricia is having a book signing with an author who had hailed from their small town. But things don’t go so well, at least not for the author, who is found murdered in the bookstore’s bathroom. Tricia, of course, feels compelled to sleuth out who committed the heinous act, but doesn’t exactly deduce correctly who the killer is, in spite of the clues she uncovers. This fast paced tale will delight and amuse you.
François Thurston
Jul 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
FANTASTIC BOOK AND THRILLED TO BE BACK IN THIS WORLD!

Though it had been a significant while between me rating books one and two in this series, I was really excited to finally get back to it and boy was I not let down. Not for a single moment.
What Lorna Barrett has created in this bookish heaven type world is nothing short of entertaining, and so so, so much fun.
In this one, we continue to follow Trisha, who has invited an author to her store. The author ends up dying and Trisha needs to solve t
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Nichole
I really don't have much to say. I wanted a good story, and Bookmarked for Death delivered. Book 2 of the Booktown Mystery series was fast and fun escapism that took only a few days to read. Once again, Lorna Barrett deftly transported me to fictional Stoneham, NH. The pages seemed to turn themselves as I lost myself in this mystery.

4 stars
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Chris
Oct 07, 2018 marked it as contemplating-its-sins  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, done, dnf, mystery
I only made it about five pages before deciding I didn't care at all and set it aside. ...more
Michelle Randall
Bookmarked for Death is the second book in the Booktown Mystery Series by Lorna Barrett. I loved the first book, and this second one did not disappoint me at all. I enjoyed reconnecting with Tricia and her sister, Angelica, coming back to Stoneham, or otherwise known as Booktown.

Tricia owns and runs a mystery bookstore called "Haven't got a Clue", while her sister owns and runs the bookstore next door called, "The Cookery". Although Tricia and Angelica haven't had the greatest of relationships,
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Suzanne
This book again drew me in because of the people. And to me they are people not characters. They have depth and personality and at times made me forget they were only on paper and I wanted to smack them on the back of the head and say " are you dense" mainly to Angie, Tricia's (MC) sister. That being said, the town of Stoneham, New Hampshire would be the perfect place for any of us. A small quiet town where the main tourist attraction is the specialty book stores. And the Victorian facades.

Of co
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Nancy
Mar 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
When mystery bookseller Tricia Miles hosts a signing for renowned author Zoe Carter, she doesn’t count on finding Zoe’s dead body in the restroom at the rear of her store. Anxious to restore her life to normalcy, she gets on the track of a killer. Quirky secondary characters, a charming small town setting, and more clues than inside the books on her shelves keeps Tricia on her toes and the reader turning pages. A fast-reading, fun traditional mystery.
Linda
This was an okay book. I enjoyed the overall story and was excited when my top suspect turned out to be guilty. I like the book town concept and Trisha's store sounds like one I would like to visit. It's the characters that make me not want to read these too close together. I might not need to put 7 years between them like I just did but I don't think I would want to read them back to back. There were recipes included at the end which I always enjoy. #readforkimberly ...more
Karen ⊰✿
It is hard to not enjoy a cozy mystery set in a town full of bookstores with a cat called Miss Marple!

These are quick easy reads with pretty good audio narration. It won't win awards any time soon, but is the perfect book when you are in the mood for something a bit light.
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Cheryl
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bibliomysteries
Bookmarked For Death by Lorna Barrett

Award winning mystery writer Zoe Carter holds a talk and book signing at Trish Miles “Haven’t Got A Clue” bookstore, along with her insulting niece, Kimberly. After the last book is signed and sold, the whereabouts of Mz Carter are sought and, of course found. Strangled, sitting on the commode and quite dead.

This is the 2nd dead body Trish has happened upon since she opened her specialty shop just a year ago. Referred to as the town jinx, she hardly relishes
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Kay
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive-audio
Lovely, cute, quick read/listen while doing household chores. It's nice to see Tricia work at getting closer to her sister, and the entire group of characters got to show more of their individual quirks of behavior. These cozy mysteries do follow a bit of a formula, and none of them are great literature, yet they fulfill a need in me to have fluffy, feel-good stories when I am doing routine jobs around the house.

The narration was good, especially with some specialized accents toward the end.

Seve
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Stephanie
Dec 04, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Definitely liked the first book better.
Bonnie
Nov 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was a good read. It kept guessing, I didn’t have any suspects. It had me turning pages to find out who. I’ll read more in the series. Characters are well liked, and want to hang with them again.
Gerry
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Stoneham, New Hampshire, thrives as a book town and Tricia Miles' mystery-themed bookstore, 'Haven't Got A Clue' is often the centre of activity as the owner runs a book club that meets weekly as well as having the appeal of coffee on tap for all her customers.

The bookstore also seems to be the main place where any unsavoury incidents take place and in this instance author Zoe Carter is attending to do a book signing session. The place is crowded and everything is going swimmingly well when Zoe
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Cheryl Landmark
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
So far, this is proving to be quite an enjoyable, fun cozy mystery series. I can't say I like it quite as much as the "Murder, She Wrote" books, but it definitely has its own merits. I love the setting of Stoneham with all its bookstores. What an ideal place that would be to live!

The relationship between Tricia and her sister, Angelica, seemed to develop into a closer, easier one this time around. They didn't butt heads as much as they did in the first one, although there were still times when I
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Patti
Feb 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2009
There is so much I like about this book--the setting, which is a mystery bookstore in a town filled with a variety of bookstores, the characters, and the overall mystery is good. I did not see the ending coming, which I like, most of the time.

Here's the "but" paragraph. I thought the main character, Tricia, the mystery bookstore owner, spent waaaay too much time running around town working on solving this crime--it's the usual "the police won't solve it in the time/manner I wish them to, so I wi
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Leah
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Rhonda
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-book
This series, while a nice premise, is not for me. The characters have no redeeming qualities and Tricia is treated like the village idiot by her sister and the rest of the village. Predictable, figured out the killer halfway through. The Sheriff is useless and vindictive. How this woman gets re-elected is beyond me...If you like this series, I am so glad for you...just not for me.

forgot I had read it and it isn't any better the second time.
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Sue
Mar 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Totally unrealistic even for fiction/mystery. She has a bookstore and drives a Lexus - come on, get real!! Anyone who has worked in retail bookstores, unless you have an incredible financial situation to fund a hobby, you don't run a small narrowly focused bookstore, drive a Lexus and take time off whenever you wantand do it with only 2 part time employees. ...more
Tyrannosaurus regina
It's not that this book made me want to abandon it, but I just didn't get attached to anyone or anything about it. I have fairly simple needs for a cozy, and most of them have more to do with the personalities in the story than the actual mystery. There were personality quirks in the story, but not full personalities or well-developed relationships between, well, anyone. ...more
Sandra
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I think this is one series we should read in the correct order. This is one of the earlier books in the series and once I eliminated the characters who couldn't be the murderer because they are prominent in the later books, it was pretty easy to solve the mystery.

Apart from entirely too much mention of goose droppings, though, this was a good cozy mystery.
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“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.”
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