Sunday, June 10, 2012

Murder On The Half Shelf-Lorna Barrett

Murder On The Half Shelf

Lorna Barrett

Berkley, July 3 2012, $24.95

ISBN: 9780425247754

Stoneham, New Hampshire, is known for its specialty bookstores like Tricia Mile’s Haven’t Got a Clue. When Pippa and Jon Comfort open up Sheer Comfort Inn, they invite some locals to spend a night free. Tricia and her cookbook author sister Angelica agree to take up the offer and share a room.

At the inn, Trica finds the murdered corpse of Pippa. Even more shocking to her than tripping over a dead body as she is a corpse magnet (see Bookmarked for Death and Bookplate Special) or that the police suspect Jon killed his wife, is she realizes who Jon is as she begins to receive special packages by mail. Two decades ago he was known to her as her boyfriend Harry Tyler whom she thought died. Her boyfriend Police Chief Grant Baker senses Tricia is somehow involved. Though she knows Harry-Jon is a con artist, Tricia believes he would not commit murder so she investigates.

The latest Booktown mystery (see Sentenced to Death) is an engaging over the top of New Hampshire whodunit. The investigations are entertaining as several pasts surface convoluting the case. Fans will enjoy this regional small-town murder mystery.

Harriet Klausner

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