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Book Clubbed: A Booktown Mystery

Book Clubbed: A Booktown Mystery

Escrito por Lorna Barrett

Narrado por Karen White


Book Clubbed: A Booktown Mystery

Escrito por Lorna Barrett

Narrado por Karen White

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4/5 (23 valoraciones)
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8 horas
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Publicado:
Jul 1, 2014
ISBN:
9781494570675
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Cranky Chamber of Commerce receptionist Betsy Dittmeyer is done reading people the riot act. After she's crushed by a fallen bookcase, the next item to be read is her last will and testament—which is packed with surprises. It soon comes to light that Betsy was hiding volumes of dark secrets behind that perpetual frown of hers—and one of them just might have been a motive for murder.

While Tricia tries to help Angelica—the newly elected Chamber of Commerce president and Betsy's boss—solve the mystery, she discovers a hidden chapter in her own family history that rocks her to her very core. Now, as Tricia and Angelica try to read between the lines, they need to watch their step . . . and make sure the killer doesn't catch them between the stacks.

Editorial:
Publicado:
Jul 1, 2014
ISBN:
9781494570675
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Sobre el autor

Lorna Barrett is the New York Times bestselling author of the Booktown Mysteries, including such titles as Book Clubbed, Chapter and Hearse, Bookmarked for Death, and Murder on the Half Shelf.

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  • (3/5)
    This was an ok mystery. I liked that it was set in a bookstore, and the main character was a bookstore owner. When the reason for the murder was revealed, it seemed really out there. Not something the reader could have possibly guessed. And I definitely wasn't happy with the very end of the book. I don't like the direction it has taken for the main character.
  • (5/5)
    Another great book by Ms. Barrett.
  • (4/5)
    A New Hampshire town facing financial ruin has reinvented itself as a “book lovers” destination. Each store on Main Street is devoted to books. A book store that sells mysteries, a book store that sells cookbooks, a book store that sells history books, etc. Angelica, the cook with café and the owner of the cookbook store is the new President of the Chamber of Commerce. The previous “pres”, the town realtor, out of pique cancelled the Chambers lease and with nowhere to go the Chamber is operating out of Angelica’s store room. The Chamber receptionist, Betsy Dittmeyer, hates the location and is being a pain about it. But she certainly didn’t deserve to be murdered.Trish, Angelica’s sister and owner of the mystery book store sets out to solve the murder as the stipulated “female sleuth” of the cozy with Angelica as her Watson. The characters seemed off to me but it could be my west coast casual versus east coast characters. Do people still have tea parties? The main character role is shared by two sisters, Angelica and Trish, in their 40s and they seemed to be from the 1960s in many of their attitudes (I did check publication date 2013 so I’m not sure why). Maybe it is because this is the 8th book of a series and I need a better sense of the backstory. It put me in a quandary - did I even wanted to read more than the first few pages. While I was trying to decide the plot sucked me in and I had to finish before I could go to bed!
  • (4/5)
    Sisters, Tricia and Angelica, are chatting away in one of the bookstores they own when a series of bangs & then crash from the 2nd level room has them scurry up the steps and finding one of the town’s curmudgeons squashed beneath a case of back stock books. Who and why is their intention as they again set out to solve the mystery behind the murder.With a severe case of hoarding, a bit of embezzling, a fire or two, and some pretty sordid family history, Tricia smokes out the murderer, but not before suffering in the wake of justice.The regular cast of characters grace the pages and add their own flair of interest and woes.The thing I like best about “cozies” is that even tho people die in every book, they are generally insignificant, insofar as usually just introduced or a minor chart. Not so in this book. Suffice it to say, this is the first time (and I hope the last) that I cried over a cozy mystery. Be ready. Recipes always included for Angelica’s creations in the end. Going to give that carrot cake a try!
  • (4/5)
    A fun Cozy Mystery takes place in a small town where a lot seems to always be happeningGood Series
  • (3/5)
    Listened for Review (Tantor)Overall Rating: 3.00Story Rating: 3.25Character Rating: 2.75Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)Read It File It Review: Book clubbed by Lorna Barrett is one of those books that if you like Tricia (the main character) in previous books, you are going to love this story. I like Lorna Barrett's writing. I think she tells good stories. Here is my problem. I don't like Tricia. She is snobbish, judgmental, and down right unlikable. Since the story is told from her POV, this series seems to work for me best when the focus is on the crime. The rest of the town is delightful. This particular entry the "case" was maybe a 1/4 of the story and that meant far to much time on Tricia's life (her relationship with her mother, her relationship with men, her judgments of the townsfolk around her). So while this one didn't work for me, I will pick up the next because of Lorna Barrett's writing and Karen White's narration skills.Audio Thoughts: Narrated by: Karen White/Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins Karen is great at bringing these characters alive. I really like how she makes Tricia and her sister different and yet she brings alive the "sister" banter that Lorna writes very well. I really like this series on audio! (even the ones that Cassandra Campbell narrated--both narrators have a great knack at getting these characters)
  • (5/5)
    Death by books - a case full of murder.A unique voice among cozy authors, capable of making us want more with every book, Lorna Barrett has returned to Booktown with this latest outing, Book 8 of the series. Lorna has given us many unusual ways for a killer to kill, and this book is no exception. Angelica has taken over the Chamber of Commerce in a vote against former Chamber president Bob Kelly. But where is he? For reasons unknown, he has disappeared...or has he? The receptionist for the Chamber is not a person anyone would really attempt to make a friend. She is downright nasty...could that be the reason for her literal downfall? A tremendous crash brings Angelica and sister Tricia running and once again Tricia has found a body. No wonder she is known as the 'town jinx' and often assumed to be the suspect! But Tricia has many more things to confuse her and take up her time. With an ex-husband and ex-boyfriend trying to get back in favor with her, she also is, naturally, sleuthing to clear her name and solve the murder along with sister Angelica. Why was Betsy Dittmeyer so nasty? What secret has she harbored that sister Joelle needs to know? What is she hiding and who didn't want anyone to find out?Meanwhile, it appears there is a new boon coming...a virtual explosion of future residents in the picture, along with Angelica's determination to expand the coverage of the Chamber of Commerce there should be a re-awakening of the small town and Tricia is privy to some of the newcomers already on the way, a secret that many people seem to know.With this latest book, aside from the secrets, mysteries, murder and possible attempted murder, the author has left some tantalizing bits of what may be to come in a future book and indeed I, for one, am hoping that Booktown will survive it's latest crisis. Recipes are included in the book.Disclaimer: Review based on Advance Reading Copy (ARC)
  • (4/5)
    Another good book in the Trisha & Angelica series. The two sisters are discussing the slowdown of business because of the bad winter when they hear a scuffle upstairs over Angelica's restaurant. They go investigate and find the Angelica's secretary for the Chamber of Commerce dead underneath a toppled bookcase. Trish starts investigating on her own and discovers the victim was hoarder with lots of secrets. Big surprise at the end.
  • (5/5)
    I continue to love this series. Tricia and Angelica get involved in another murder when the Chamber secretary is killed in Angelica's cookery shop. Betsy is found under a bookshelf in the storeroom. Now the question is, why was she killed and who has a motive?All the normal characters are here, Mr. Everett and Grace, Ginny and Antonio, Russ and Nikki, as well at the animal character of Miss Marple and Sarge. They make the books feel comfortable and familiar, even with a different storyline each time.Looking forward to more in this series.
  • (4/5)
    I've read this series since it started and I really enjoy the cozy mystery although I'm having trouble liking the characters as much as I did. I think the mystery aspect is getting better with each book but it's almost as if that's pulling away from the characters. Rather ironic since the woman who was killed wasn't very likeable either. Keep the mysteries coming hopefully the ending of this book will cause Trisha to reevaluate what it is she wants from life. And while she's at it maybe Angela can slow down a bit. Can't wait to find out more about their family.
  • (5/5)
    In Barrett’s mystery novel, Tricia Miles, owner of Haven’t Got a Clue Bookstore, is once again knee deep in murder. Helping her sister, newly elected Chamber of Commerce president, organize her plans for the new venture, Tricia finds herself trying to solve the murder of the Chamber’s cranky receptionist after she is seemingly crushed under a falling bookshelf at her sister’s bookstore. When she stumbles across the deceased’s will, she finds more people with motive and surprises than she can properly investigate. In addition to trying to solve yet another murder, Tricia finds secrets in her own past that shed light on her childhood and her relationship with her mother.As closure looms on the horizon, Tricia will need to watch her back with care to ensure she is not next on this murderer’s agenda.Lorna Barrett never fails to deliver a fast-paced, well-thought out mystery the reader just can’t put down.
  • (5/5)
    It is winter in Stoneham, New Hampshire and the store owners, including Tricia Miles owner of the Haven't Got a Clue bookstore, have plenty of time on their hands since business is slow. Unfortunately for Tricia, that time is soon filled when Chamber of Commerce receptionist Betsy Dittmeyer is murdered and Tricia, as she so often has in the past, begins to investigate the case. As Tricia does so, she discovers Betsy had many secrets - some of them nasty, some disgusting, and some sad. Someone killed Betsy because of one of those secrets and Tricia needs to be careful while investigating or she may lose everything that she cares for. “Book Clubbed” is the eighth book Lorna Barrett’s Booktown cozy mystery series and I really like the way the books and characters have grown throughout the course of the series. I especially like the way the relationship between Tricia and her sister Angelica has grown close throughout the series - Angelica has really grown on me as a character. One common theme in this book is secrets that people are hiding. Betsy isn't the only one with secrets - Angelica reveals a major one in this book that turns Tricias's world upside down and fits in nicely with another plot theme in the book (which I won't reveal). The mystery is well plotted with many twists and turns - I've read hundreds of cozy mysteries but the twists in this book still took me by surprise. Something that happens near the end of the book is quite a shocker - I'm sure I'm not the only reader who was holding her breath as events unraveled.“Book Clubbed” is another great cozy mystery by Lorna Barrett.
  • (4/5)
    The Chamber of Commerce in Stoneham “Booktown,” New Hampshire is in temporary digs after the long-time president/landlord Bob Kelly loses the job of president and kicks them out; then he goes to ground. The Chamber’s super-irritating receptionist Betsy Dittmeyer – still loyal to Kelly -- is murdered and our heroine Tricia Miles and her sister Angelica, the new Chamber president, try to figure out what happened to her. There were enough people in town who hated Betsy to make for a long suspect list, but none of them seems to have enough against Betsy to kill her. Turns out Betsy was a hoarder. Is there a clue in the massive pile of “stuff” she left? What secret might have led to murder? I’ve read most of the books in this series and love the characters. Many of them have been key players in earlier books, but in Book Clubbed (#8), they recede to the background. Readers who know their back stories will appreciate their roles even more. In one of the sub-plots, Grace Everett, wife one of Tricia’s employees in her mystery bookstore, plans a surprise birthday party for him. The Booktown Mysteries are well-written, well-plotted cozies with the afore-mentioned great characters.
  • (5/5)
    Book Clubbed made me feel very at home with the characters. The story is set in Stoneham, New Hampshire, aka Booktown, a town that sprang back to life with several book themed businesses. Lorna Barnett made the characters real for me. This is the eighth in a series and it does well as a standalone. Tricia Miles is the owner of Haven’t Got A Clue, a very unique used bookstore. Angelica, her sister owns a café, Booked for Lunch and is the new President of the Chamber of Commerce. Betsy Dittmeyer is the receptionist for the Chamber of Commerce and she is never welcoming and her current and past life is loaded with many dark secrets. Pixie Poe and Mr. Everett work for Book Clubbed and are great and lovable employees.Betsy Dittmeyer has plenty of enemies, an ex-husband her sister, Joelle and most of the town. One day, a lot of commotion is heard upstairs. Betsy is found dead, crushed under a bookcase. With a pause for revelations about Tricia Mile’s mother that seems to explain a lot, the story plunges in the murder mystery. Some of the scenes are firmly etched in my memory and I didn’t want them to end! The author’s talent shines through this tale for connecting people, creating the deepening friendship between the two sisters and the friendships. I am now so hungry for the rest of the books in a series. I definitely love the characters, all unique and having their own histories.I highly recommend this exceptional cozy mystery.
  • (4/5)
    I was so excited to finally get my hands on this book! When I stared reading cozy mysteries several years ago, the Booktown series was one of the first I read. If it hadn’t been for this series and a few others, my love for cozies may have been short lived.BOOK CLUBBED is now my favorite book in this series. It had all of the same wonderful storytelling as the volumes that came before, but amped up to a whole new level. Author Lorna Barrett held nothing back with this one, calling on al of her talent as a writer. Action packed with one exciting story twist after another, I was left breathless by the end. And keep reading after the story is over for yummy recipes, and a sneak peek of the next Booktown mystery, A FATAL CHAPTER! If you’re already a fan of the Booktown Mysteries, you are going to be blown away when you read BOOK CLUBBED. If you haven’t started this series yet, do yourself a favor and please do. But I suggest getting them all at the same time because you’re going to want to binge read this series!