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Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles learns that nothing kills a good party like a murder in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling Booktown Mysteries. Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, throws a housewarming cocktail party in her new apartment and has cooked all the food by herself--quite a feat for someone who previously couldn't boil wa Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles learns that nothing kills a good party like a murder in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling Booktown Mysteries. Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, throws a housewarming cocktail party in her new apartment and has cooked all the food by herself--quite a feat for someone who previously couldn't boil water. Then one of her guests is poisoned and dies. Tricia's left to wonder if her cooking is to blame or if there's something much more sinister at play. Either way, Tricia's once again in hot water with her ex-lover, Chief Baker. Meanwhile the charming town of Stoneham is being disrupted by a vandalism crime wave. It's the hot topic in the race for Chamber of Commerce president which sees Tricia pitted against two bitter rivals. With all that's going on can she find the killer before she's the next item on the menu?


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Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles learns that nothing kills a good party like a murder in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling Booktown Mysteries. Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, throws a housewarming cocktail party in her new apartment and has cooked all the food by herself--quite a feat for someone who previously couldn't boil wa Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles learns that nothing kills a good party like a murder in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling Booktown Mysteries. Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, throws a housewarming cocktail party in her new apartment and has cooked all the food by herself--quite a feat for someone who previously couldn't boil water. Then one of her guests is poisoned and dies. Tricia's left to wonder if her cooking is to blame or if there's something much more sinister at play. Either way, Tricia's once again in hot water with her ex-lover, Chief Baker. Meanwhile the charming town of Stoneham is being disrupted by a vandalism crime wave. It's the hot topic in the race for Chamber of Commerce president which sees Tricia pitted against two bitter rivals. With all that's going on can she find the killer before she's the next item on the menu?

30 review for Poisoned Pages

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Lorna Barrett is great at tying up story threads from previous books in her Booktown Mystery series. In the latest installment that I've read, Poisoned Pages, several characters from the past appear front and center. When a stranger dies at a party Tricia that throws to celebrate her new store and home opening, she's stumped. How did one person die from one poisoned mushroom at the very end? And when no one knew the man except his date, it gets even more curious. Somehow, I knew it was connected Lorna Barrett is great at tying up story threads from previous books in her Booktown Mystery series. In the latest installment that I've read, Poisoned Pages, several characters from the past appear front and center. When a stranger dies at a party Tricia that throws to celebrate her new store and home opening, she's stumped. How did one person die from one poisoned mushroom at the very end? And when no one knew the man except his date, it gets even more curious. Somehow, I knew it was connected to the trial that Tricia's attending in the first few chapters, bringing to a close several story arcs from the past. It's a great way to keep readers engaged in the tale, though it might be difficult for new ones to adapt if they aren't reading the books in order. This one is half about the side stories this time too, moving Tricia's life forward after her ex-husband's death, as well as the threat of sister Angelica's secret coming to light. How exciting to learn there was another layer to the secret that readers weren't aware of either! Overall, I enjoyed this one a lot, and it set us up for a good next book. Plus, I like that Barrett is not afraid to kill off a character, make someone we know guilty of the crime, or bring disappointment to core characters.

  2. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Tricia Miles just has a way of finding dead bodies. Many in town call her a jinx, some straight to her face. Well, this time she doesn’t even need to leave her newly redone apartment to add another dead body to her list. While hosting a housewarming party one of her guests keels over dead. Tricia isn’t much of a cook but she never imagined someone dying after eating her food. The guy must have had an allergic reaction, she can’t be held responsible for that. She didn’t even kn Dollycas’s Thoughts Tricia Miles just has a way of finding dead bodies. Many in town call her a jinx, some straight to her face. Well, this time she doesn’t even need to leave her newly redone apartment to add another dead body to her list. While hosting a housewarming party one of her guests keels over dead. Tricia isn’t much of a cook but she never imagined someone dying after eating her food. The guy must have had an allergic reaction, she can’t be held responsible for that. She didn’t even know the guy, he was the date of one of her other guests. Chief Bakes soon finds out what the toxin was and it is not something commonly found in food, especially Tricia’s kitchen. Which means the man was murdered! While all this is going on Tricia is running for Chamber of Commerce president. A position her sister has decided to give up to dedicate more time to her businesses. Unfortunately, she has two opponents and they are discrediting her all over town and using that whole jinx thing against her. Can she win an election and catch a killer? She sure is going to try. There is never a dull moment in Booktown, something is always happening. Tricia’s party, the chamber election, Tricia’s sister Angelica is worried about something, Stoneham as a vandal causing damage and then, of course, there is the dead guy on Tricia’s floor. Ms. Barrett packs Poisoned Pages with a very captivating cozy mystery. In fact, there is more than one mystery to solve and they may or may not be connected. The staff at Haven’t Got A Clue always has Tricia’s back. This allows her plenty of time to tool around town trying to get the answers she needs to book the person that used her party for their crime. She also spends plenty of time with her sister hoping to find answers there too. Mr. Everett and Pixie Poe are the perfect employees. Pixie has really come into her own. Her creativity shines this time as she pulls out all the stops to help Tricia become the next Chamber of Commerce President. Mr. Everett has other things on his mind. He and his wife are adopting an elderly cat. He is so excited and has plenty of pictures of the feline to share. The plot of this story tangles all the mystery elements together. With only a week to campaign before the election, Tricia has the perfect opportunity to question many of the suspects. She also got her sister to reveal what was bothering her and that gave her another mystery to solve. She plans to leave the vandal to the police but she thinks she knows their identity too. It was so much fun to traipse around town each step of the way with Tricia. I was completely gobsmacked when all was revealed. This truly is one of my favorite series. I love these characters. I am excited about where Tricia may be heading in her personal life. Angelica unleashes a surprise in this story that will change her life in a really good way. These sisters worked hard to get their relationship where it is today and I have enjoyed following along. So much has happened over the course of this series but the author keeps her characters and their stories fresh and relevant. You can read this book as a stand-alone but this is a series the really should be read from the start, in order, to fully appreciate how far these characters have come. I am so excited for the next installment of this series

  3. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Lorna Barrett returns with book twelve in the Booktown Mystery series. This time, Tricia Miles is throwing a cocktail party. However, instead of fun and entertainment, there is murder. Unbeknownst to her, there’s a lot more going on and now, she was must her sleuth skills to find the killer. I know this series is very popular and well-loved, which is why I wanted to give it a shot in the first place. After having tried a few of the books though, I’m not quite sure this series is right for me Lorna Barrett returns with book twelve in the Booktown Mystery series. This time, Tricia Miles is throwing a cocktail party. However, instead of fun and entertainment, there is murder. Unbeknownst to her, there’s a lot more going on and now, she was must her sleuth skills to find the killer. I know this series is very popular and well-loved, which is why I wanted to give it a shot in the first place. After having tried a few of the books though, I’m not quite sure this series is right for me. I’m not sure exactly what it is but I found myself struggling to get into this book. I still haven’t fallen in love with Tricia’s character nor do I find myself raving about Barrett’s writing style either. At the same though, I can’t really find what is bothering me about this series. I guess it’s just one of those instances where I can’t really make up my mind. I always pick up these books, expecting a good read but they always seem to zoom past without much impact. I feel a bit torn of whether or not to continue this series. There are things that I do like about it, such as the bookstore setting. However, that connection is missing for me. I might give it another shot to see if it’ll stick a bit better. But until then, I’ll try to determine what might make this series work for me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I have been a huge fan of Lorna Barrett's Book Town Mystery Series since I first spun the rack at my library and her book fell into my hands. I have bought and read every single one and I am so thrilled to have been approved to read an ARC of Poisoned Pages. This one like so many in this series are more about the relationships and the community feeling, rather than the mystery, but boy are the mysteries and twists in this story spectacular. What is revealed will pleasantly shock and amaze long t I have been a huge fan of Lorna Barrett's Book Town Mystery Series since I first spun the rack at my library and her book fell into my hands. I have bought and read every single one and I am so thrilled to have been approved to read an ARC of Poisoned Pages. This one like so many in this series are more about the relationships and the community feeling, rather than the mystery, but boy are the mysteries and twists in this story spectacular. What is revealed will pleasantly shock and amaze long time fans of the series and leave you with the most cozy of feelings. I love this book, this series and this author. Poisoned Pages was fantastic. This one is out July 10th and is not to miss.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Picked for quarantine because I know this series is like comfort food: wonderful and easy. I was not disappointed!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lori Gronewold

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I did not like this book for so many reasons. 1. I can't believe that Angelica would keep the fact that she was a mother from Tricia. They have went through so much together it made no sense. 2. Also the fact that Antonio was not upset to find out the truth was upsetting. 3. The fact that Angelica would rather pay money and risk someone she loved life rather come out with the truth about the fact she owned the agency made no sense. 4. Finally, the fact that Fannie went berserk, was able to buy t I did not like this book for so many reasons. 1. I can't believe that Angelica would keep the fact that she was a mother from Tricia. They have went through so much together it made no sense. 2. Also the fact that Antonio was not upset to find out the truth was upsetting. 3. The fact that Angelica would rather pay money and risk someone she loved life rather come out with the truth about the fact she owned the agency made no sense. 4. Finally, the fact that Fannie went berserk, was able to buy the bugging equipment and killed someone was hard to believe.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    This was better then the last entry in the series but I'm just going to read one more and if it doesn't improve, I'll drop the series. My problem with the book, the murder mystery is hardly part of the plot, the book business is hardly used at all. The plot revolves around running multiple businesses, small town politics and a small amount of Trish's dating life. In the beginning of the series, the book business played a large part of the book, it's the reason I started the series to begin with. This was better then the last entry in the series but I'm just going to read one more and if it doesn't improve, I'll drop the series. My problem with the book, the murder mystery is hardly part of the plot, the book business is hardly used at all. The plot revolves around running multiple businesses, small town politics and a small amount of Trish's dating life. In the beginning of the series, the book business played a large part of the book, it's the reason I started the series to begin with.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    I started this one to get caught up on the series and realized I already read it, probably a few years ago when my life was in a bit of an upheaval and I just read without logging.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Tricia's bookstore suffered a fire. As part of its reopening, she hosts on open house. A guest dies after consuming a tainted hors d'oeuvres. Tricia's sister Angelica attempts resuscitation. The mystery's story line feels secondary or even tertiary to Tricia's efforts to succeed her sister as Chamber of Commerce president, vandalism along main street, and bugs being planted. They tie in, but the reader almost forgets what caused the problem in the first place. The story, while enjoyable, is a bi Tricia's bookstore suffered a fire. As part of its reopening, she hosts on open house. A guest dies after consuming a tainted hors d'oeuvres. Tricia's sister Angelica attempts resuscitation. The mystery's story line feels secondary or even tertiary to Tricia's efforts to succeed her sister as Chamber of Commerce president, vandalism along main street, and bugs being planted. They tie in, but the reader almost forgets what caused the problem in the first place. The story, while enjoyable, is a bit too "all over the place," and the mystery suffers. The police took too much of a back seat, and in a small town, they should have been encountered more often without being called. I've only read a few installments in the series, but I feel the author's enthusiasm for the series declining in this installment.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Fast paced story I love this series and I found myself glued to the pages as I read about Tricia and Angelica in Poisoned Pages, by Lorna Barrett. I find the characters to be very realistic and they are easy to love.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    I have mixed feelings about this book. I find Tricia, her sister Angelica, and many of the townspeople to be completely unappealing and downright mean spirited. Pixie, Mr Everett, Grace, and the bookstore are the real reasons I keep with this series. The mystery and various side stories weren’t very interesting and didn’t seem to make much sense. I’ll probably read the next book, but I have a feeling that it will be my last in this series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Lorna Barrett returns with book twelve in the Booktown Mystery series. This time, Tricia Miles is throwing a cocktail party. However, instead of fun and entertainment, there is murder. Unbeknownst to her, there’s a lot more going on and now, she was must her sleuth skills to find the killer. I know this series is ver I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Lorna Barrett returns with book twelve in the Booktown Mystery series. This time, Tricia Miles is throwing a cocktail party. However, instead of fun and entertainment, there is murder. Unbeknownst to her, there’s a lot more going on and now, she was must her sleuth skills to find the killer. I know this series is very popular and well-loved, which is why I wanted to give it a shot in the first place. After having tried a few of the books though, I’m not quite sure this series is right for me. I’m not sure exactly what it is but I found myself struggling to get into this book. I still haven’t fallen in love with Tricia’s character nor do I find myself raving about Barrett’s writing style either. At the same though, I can’t really find what is bothering me about this series. I guess it’s just one of those instances where I can’t really make up my mind. I always pick up these books, expecting a good read but they always seem to zoom past without much impact. I feel a bit torn of whether or not to continue this series. There are things that I do like about it, such as the bookstore setting. However, that connection is missing for me. I might give it another shot to see if it’ll stick a bit better. But until then, I’ll try to determine what might make this series work for me. *ARC provided by publisher Reviewed by Annie❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  13. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    In this new book of the series Tricia is throwing a house warming party now that her place has been finished. She has worked very hard preparing all the food for her party and can't wait to have everyone over. When the guest of one of her guests ends up dead after eating one of her treats she truly does feel like a jinx. She didn't know the man and it didn't seem like anyone else did either besides his date, so it had to have been an accident right? Why do bodies seem to gravitate towards her, w In this new book of the series Tricia is throwing a house warming party now that her place has been finished. She has worked very hard preparing all the food for her party and can't wait to have everyone over. When the guest of one of her guests ends up dead after eating one of her treats she truly does feel like a jinx. She didn't know the man and it didn't seem like anyone else did either besides his date, so it had to have been an accident right? Why do bodies seem to gravitate towards her, why can't it be someone else? It looks like the man had an allergic reaction to the food, but wouldn't he have been smart enough not to eat something he wasn't suppose to? Follow along as Tricia tries to get to the bottom of the dead mans sudden demise. Along the way she learns that someone is black mailing her sister, has someone vandalizing her property, and an ex that just can't seem to let go. There were quite a few twists and turns that kept me guessing the whole way through, which always makes for a great read. This was to me the best book of the series and I can't wait to see what happens next.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    In this new book of the series Tricia is throwing a house warming party now that her place has been finished. She has worked very hard preparing all the food for her party and can't wait to have everyone over. When the guest of one of her guests ends up dead after eating one of her treats she truly does feel like a jinx. She didn't know the man and it didn't seem like anyone else did either besides his date, so it had to have been an accident right? Why do bodies seem to gravitate towards her, w In this new book of the series Tricia is throwing a house warming party now that her place has been finished. She has worked very hard preparing all the food for her party and can't wait to have everyone over. When the guest of one of her guests ends up dead after eating one of her treats she truly does feel like a jinx. She didn't know the man and it didn't seem like anyone else did either besides his date, so it had to have been an accident right? Why do bodies seem to gravitate towards her, why can't it be someone else? It looks like the man had an allergic reaction to the food, but wouldn't he have been smart enough not to eat something he wasn't suppose to? Follow along as Tricia tries to get to the bottom of the dead mans sudden demise. Along the way she learns that someone is black mailing her sister, has someone vandalizing her property, and an ex that just can't seem to let go. There were quite a few twists and turns that kept me guessing the whole way through, which always makes for a great read. This was to me the best book of the series and I can't wait to see what happens next.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Tricia owns a mystery bookstore and is an amateur sleuth. she has a housewarming party in her new apartment and one of the guests dies. At the same time she is running for Cahmber of commerce president and the town is having a run of vandalism. Her sister is being blackmailed and Tricia wants her to report it and to let her secret out.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kayt18

    Another fabulous installment in Lorna Barrett's fabulous Booktown Mystery. Love all the characters in this series. Even with this being the 12th book, this author still delivers an intriguing and fantastic read. The series is still fresh and entertaining. I love protagonist Tricia Miles and her wonderful family, both blood and not. I received a copy from the publisher, but the opinion is my own Another fabulous installment in Lorna Barrett's fabulous Booktown Mystery. Love all the characters in this series. Even with this being the 12th book, this author still delivers an intriguing and fantastic read. The series is still fresh and entertaining. I love protagonist Tricia Miles and her wonderful family, both blood and not. I received a copy from the publisher, but the opinion is my own

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    This is a gem of a cozy series--interesting well drawn characters, attractive New England setting, and plots that take surprising twists, even with well-established characters who readers may think they know. Set in the New Hampshire village of Stoneham where many of the businesses are bookstores, the Booktown series centers around mystery store owner heroine Tricia Miles, who is once again nearby when death comes calling. This time she is celebrating her remodeled apartment when one of the parti This is a gem of a cozy series--interesting well drawn characters, attractive New England setting, and plots that take surprising twists, even with well-established characters who readers may think they know. Set in the New Hampshire village of Stoneham where many of the businesses are bookstores, the Booktown series centers around mystery store owner heroine Tricia Miles, who is once again nearby when death comes calling. This time she is celebrating her remodeled apartment when one of the partiers drops dead. Is it an allergic reaction to something in Tricia's food? Did someone deliberately spike the appetizer? Things become even more complicated when Tricia runs for Chamber of Commerce president and someone begins playing a series of dangerous pranks while her reputation as the town jinx puts her behind the eight ball with potential voters. Her sister Angelica faces her own challenges when she runs afoul of a blackmailer who threatens to reveal a secret that could have an enormous impact on her business and family life. An unusual choice for a potential love interest for Tricia also emerges even as a past relationship comes back to haunt her. Mr. Everett and Pixie also play important roles in this 12th series entry. It all makes for fun reading and anticipation to see how it all turns out in lucky #13! Full Disclosure--Net Gallery and the publisher provided me with a digital ARC of this book. This is my honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Tricia’s apartment is finally done and she is going to have a housewarming party. She has even cooked! All is going nicely until......a guest dies. In her new home of all places. Was he murdered or allergic to something he ate?? It is also election time to vote in a new Chamber President. Tricia has decided to run for the position. How will this death affect her chances of winning? Can she win? So many secrets, surprises come to light in this wonderfully written story. What a fantastic trip back t Tricia’s apartment is finally done and she is going to have a housewarming party. She has even cooked! All is going nicely until......a guest dies. In her new home of all places. Was he murdered or allergic to something he ate?? It is also election time to vote in a new Chamber President. Tricia has decided to run for the position. How will this death affect her chances of winning? Can she win? So many secrets, surprises come to light in this wonderfully written story. What a fantastic trip back to BookTown with old friends. An ending I really was not expecting. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    This is hands down my favorite cozy mystery series and I look forward to reading the newest one each summer. What could be better than a bookish town, where the main stores are themed? Tricia, is the owner of the mystery bookstore and has received the unfortunate nickname of, Jinx. I am already ready for the next book in the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    The 12th book in the Booktown Mystery series by Lorna Barrett. Tricia lives a small town and runs a mystery bookstore. Tricia is also an amateur sleuth when it comes to local crimes. In this book, Tricia gets involved with another local murder mystery when one of her cocktail party guests is poisoned. A delightful and charming cozy mystery.

  21. 5 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/po... Poisoned Pages Booktown Mystery, Book #12 By Lorna Barrett ISBN: 9780451489838 Author website: lornabarrett(.)com Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt Synopsis: Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles learns that nothing kills a good party like a murder in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling Booktown Mysteries. Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, throws a housewarming cocktail party in her new apartment and has cooked all the food http://openbooksociety.com/article/po... Poisoned Pages Booktown Mystery, Book #12 By Lorna Barrett ISBN: 9780451489838 Author website: lornabarrett(.)com Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt Synopsis: Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles learns that nothing kills a good party like a murder in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling Booktown Mysteries. Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, throws a housewarming cocktail party in her new apartment and has cooked all the food by herself–quite a feat for someone who previously couldn’t boil water. Then one of her guests is poisoned and dies. Tricia’s left to wonder if her cooking is to blame or if there’s something much more sinister at play. Either way, Tricia’s once again in hot water with her ex-lover, Chief Baker. Meanwhile the charming town of Stoneham is being disrupted by a vandalism crime wave. It’s the hot topic in the race for Chamber of Commerce president which sees Tricia pitted against two bitter rivals. With all that’s going on can she find the killer before she’s the next item on the menu? Review: Poisoned Pages is the 12th book in this fun cozy series. Lorna Barrett has been able to keep the Booktown Mystery series entertaining and new throughout its long running time. I loved this installment. Tricia Miles is an educated, strong and enjoyable protagonist. Her family (blood and not) are great characters. Each bringing something completely different to the table. I am so happy her apartment is finally ready for her and her kitty. It is about time with all she and her shop have been through. Who would have thought Tricia’s first try at cooking for all of her friends would end in tragedy? Sure this is a woman who didn’t know how to boil water, but with a sister who is a serious cook/chef/baker/entrepreneur she couldn’t go wrong. It is a true mystery how a man no one really knew ended up dead. If that is not enough trouble for Tricia and her sister Angelica, vandals are running wild and committing small crimes against the stores in town. And Angelica is facing an outing of her secret identity due to blackmail. What is going on in Stoneham, New Hampshire? Of course Tricia is pulled into the death and all the other happenings in town. Was her guest’s death simply a tragic allergic reaction? No way. Murder rears its ugly head in their quaint little town, just as Tricia is running for Chamber of Commerce president. Seriously though, does Tricia even have a chance of winning with her title of town jinx. The supporting cast in really does make this series. Quirky characters like Pixie, gentle ones like Mr. Everett and his wife, the whole clan of Angelica’s world, and of course Miss Marple, the store cat. The way they pull together to support each other and find answers is just wonderful. No matter what Tricia can always count on her store being run perfectly, a good meal at her sister’s restaurant, a wonderful chat with that same sister, and a group of friends that are truly tried and true. Poisoned Pages is a fabulous addition to this entertaining series. You can read it as a standalone, but this series is so good, I would suggest reading all 12 of them. The setting is perfect, especially if you are an avid reader. The characters run the gamut, from odd to downright fabulous. These pages are anything, but poisoned. The characters and storyline jump off the page and into your imagination. Author Lorna Barrett has not let up or rested on the laurels of this great cozy series. Number 12 is even better than the last one. I cannot wait for number 13. If you enjoy fun, heartwarming, intriguing cozies, pick this one up!! *OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour*

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    The theme of the 12th book in Lorna Barrett's Booktown Mysteries series seems to be secrets and change, with endings and new beginnings getting their full due as well. Tricia Miles is back in business with her vintage mystery store Haven't Got A Clue. But as the book opens it is more about clearing the decks as she attends the sentencing of the man who murdered her ex-husband. Unrepentant to the end, he curses her. And that curse seems to be working for real when hosting a dinner party to show off The theme of the 12th book in Lorna Barrett's Booktown Mysteries series seems to be secrets and change, with endings and new beginnings getting their full due as well. Tricia Miles is back in business with her vintage mystery store Haven't Got A Clue. But as the book opens it is more about clearing the decks as she attends the sentencing of the man who murdered her ex-husband. Unrepentant to the end, he curses her. And that curse seems to be working for real when hosting a dinner party to show off her (FINALLY) finished home remodel, a man drops dead. The Village Jinx strikes again it would seem the townspeople think. But there is much more going on in Stoneham. Tricia sister Angelica is being blackmailed by someone who has discovered the secret of her many and varied business ventures. This in turn leads to another secret being revealed later in the book that is a slight game changer for everyone involved. The various cast of characters weave in and out of the story as the author reveals new depths (both figurative and literal) to them. Tricia employees, Trixie and Mr. E., get new twists to their stories as well. As for Tricia herself, she finds herself caught up in the beginnings of a potential relationship with an entirely unexpected party and the election of a new president for the Chamber of Commerce. Of course, this all is secondary to the murder that kicks off the main storyline. Who murdered the man and why? Was he the intended victim? Does a coincidentally timed outbreak of vandalism have anything to do with the murder? Tricia, whether she wants to or not, is on the case. She's also trying to find out who is blackmailing her sister and threatening their adopted family members over it. This was a really great read because of all of the changes the characters are put through. The idea of changing things up really works because it means things won't remain static. There's one development that I wasn't crazy about because I wonder how the focus will remain on the bookstore if the change hinted at does indeed go through. I also couldn't help feeling that this book could be the last book in the series. I don't know anything about if that is true but the way everything got changed around, it could quite adeptly serve as a series finale if the author so desired. I would hate for that to be the case because I've enjoyed the series overall and 'Poisoned Pages' was a particularly engaging read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs

    One of the best cozy mystery series out there. Lorna Barrett has written another 5 star Booktown Mystery. In book twelve of the Booktown Mysteries, Tricia has finally moved back in her apartment over her bookstore after a terrible fire gutted the apartment. During her housewarming party, where she fixed all the delicious nibbles (a feat for Tricia), a guest dies from a poisoned stuff mushroom. Unfortunately Tricia finds herself trying to prove it was not her cooking that killed the guest. As Tric One of the best cozy mystery series out there. Lorna Barrett has written another 5 star Booktown Mystery. In book twelve of the Booktown Mysteries, Tricia has finally moved back in her apartment over her bookstore after a terrible fire gutted the apartment. During her housewarming party, where she fixed all the delicious nibbles (a feat for Tricia), a guest dies from a poisoned stuff mushroom. Unfortunately Tricia finds herself trying to prove it was not her cooking that killed the guest. As Tricia tries to solve the mystery of the dead guest she also finds herself running for the president position at the Chamber of Commerce and putting the trial of the murder of her ex-husband to rest. Will Tricia find herself successful on all three accounts or be the next murder in Stoneham, NH? This is my favorite cozy mystery series and I have a lot of them I love. Every summer I find myself barely able to contain my excitement for my annual visit with Tricia and friends. In Poisoned Pages, we start with Tricia listening to the sentencing of her ex-husband's killer. The opening pages of this is heartbreaking. I found myself tearing up and wanted to comfort Tricia. I cannot imagine the emotions Tricia has had over this time. I hope the killer does truly rot in jail. I am not going to name the killer just in case you have not read this series or are not up to date. To say I was shocked at who the perpetrator was in Poisoned Pages is putting it mildly. I would have never believed this person would turn out to be such a jerk and so evil. Well played Ms. Barrett, well played. You can read these as a stand alone but I would NOT recommend it. You would lose the element of surprise in each beautifully crafted mystery. For fans of cozy mysteries, mysteries and suspense this series should definitely be on your radar. It is time to be thinking of Christmas shopping and if I was you I would be asking Santa for this entire series under my tree.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Tricia is finally looking forward to putting the past to rest, with the trial and sentencing over, starting with hosting a party to celebrate the new apartment renovations. But alas, that doesn't work out well for her when one of the guests drops dead. And while she is keen to prove that she did not poison him deliberately or accidentally, the death is certainly putting a damper on her run for Chamber President, against two formidable opponents. And then there are the incidents of vandalism that Tricia is finally looking forward to putting the past to rest, with the trial and sentencing over, starting with hosting a party to celebrate the new apartment renovations. But alas, that doesn't work out well for her when one of the guests drops dead. And while she is keen to prove that she did not poison him deliberately or accidentally, the death is certainly putting a damper on her run for Chamber President, against two formidable opponents. And then there are the incidents of vandalism that seem to be plaguing the town. This is a delightful mystery series full of interesting characters, that continue to grow and develop through each new book. I enjoy the relationship between Tricia and her sister, even when they are disagreeing over things. I also like how Tricia interacts with her bookstore staff, Mr. Everett and Pixie. I was excited that Mr. Everett and his wife were planning to adopt a rescue cat, because he definitely gets along well with the store's cat, Miss Marple. All your favorite characters seem to be present in this story, and the villain turns out to be someone totally unexpected (no spoilers intended). I do have to say that Tricia is lucky to have such good help because she definitely spends a lot of time outside of her store, investigating the clues. I am looking forward to the next book in this series, with a new lease on life for Tricia, as well as a potential romantic interest (besides Chief Baker!). Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Some people see a three star rating and think that it's a bad rating - it's not, it means I liked the book and enjoyed spending time with it and it's characters. Tricia is having a dinner party, someone dies. Now we've got a murder mystery. Tricia is running for Chamber of Commerce President. Now we've got some ingredients to raise the tension. There is a vandal running the streets. Raise tension some more. If you've read Barrett before then you know what you'll get. A nice mystery set in a charming Some people see a three star rating and think that it's a bad rating - it's not, it means I liked the book and enjoyed spending time with it and it's characters. Tricia is having a dinner party, someone dies. Now we've got a murder mystery. Tricia is running for Chamber of Commerce President. Now we've got some ingredients to raise the tension. There is a vandal running the streets. Raise tension some more. If you've read Barrett before then you know what you'll get. A nice mystery set in a charming town with fantastic characters. The fate of the world does not hang in the balance here - her books always deal with small and rather mundane problems but she is a very talented writer. I will always read these books because I enjoy reading about the characters and the town and the bookstore. I don't read many cozy mysteries these days but this is one that I never miss.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    The sisters are home from their trip and Tricia has taken to really learning how to cook and make meals for her and her family to share. On one night, she invites her friends and family over to celebrate her new home area and when her sister's employee's boyfriend dies after eating one of the appetizers Tricia made. Then Angelica is being blackmailed and then more happens, all while Tricia is trying to run for Angelica's position in the Business Bureau. The story was interesting and I did move t The sisters are home from their trip and Tricia has taken to really learning how to cook and make meals for her and her family to share. On one night, she invites her friends and family over to celebrate her new home area and when her sister's employee's boyfriend dies after eating one of the appetizers Tricia made. Then Angelica is being blackmailed and then more happens, all while Tricia is trying to run for Angelica's position in the Business Bureau. The story was interesting and I did move through the story quickly.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Tricia owns the murder mystery bookshop in a town full of booksellers. When she moved to town, a series of unrelated murders began, causing the town to lose its moniker of "safest town in New Hampshire" & giving the Tricia the moniker "Town Jinx". So when a friend's guest ends up poisoned at her renovation housewarming party, Tricia faces a town full of unhappy people. When a string of unpleasant pranks begins to cause serious trouble for her, Tricia tries to figure out the answers. Meanwhile, h Tricia owns the murder mystery bookshop in a town full of booksellers. When she moved to town, a series of unrelated murders began, causing the town to lose its moniker of "safest town in New Hampshire" & giving the Tricia the moniker "Town Jinx". So when a friend's guest ends up poisoned at her renovation housewarming party, Tricia faces a town full of unhappy people. When a string of unpleasant pranks begins to cause serious trouble for her, Tricia tries to figure out the answers. Meanwhile, her sister Angelica is being blackmailed & a new man is interested in Tricia.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    When I got this book online, I actually thought it was a different series..but no matter, I was able to jump in and pick up here at book 12. There is a lot going on in this installment; election time at the Chamber of Commerce; parties to hold; and of course, a death. Was it murder or an accident? And who could have tampered with the food at the party? I was pleased that all the side stories had closure, and I did guess who the guilty party was, although not the motive. They were the only expenda When I got this book online, I actually thought it was a different series..but no matter, I was able to jump in and pick up here at book 12. There is a lot going on in this installment; election time at the Chamber of Commerce; parties to hold; and of course, a death. Was it murder or an accident? And who could have tampered with the food at the party? I was pleased that all the side stories had closure, and I did guess who the guilty party was, although not the motive. They were the only expendable character, so it made sense.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    There are moments this series drives me insane. Tricia is a great character, but also a bit stuck up and prudish. But since I'm morphing into an old prudish lady myself, I keep reading. This one was the best I have read. There were just enough old troubles to come back and haunt Tricia to keep me from focusing too much on the main plot. So I was shocked at how it ended. In the best ways, this was a great read!! There are moments this series drives me insane. Tricia is a great character, but also a bit stuck up and prudish. But since I'm morphing into an old prudish lady myself, I keep reading. This one was the best I have read. There were just enough old troubles to come back and haunt Tricia to keep me from focusing too much on the main plot. So I was shocked at how it ended. In the best ways, this was a great read!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    I have finished and totally enjoyed this mystery by Lorna Barrett. Her characters are wonderful especially Tricia, Pixie, Mr. Elliott, and Angelica. I had as difficult a time putting this book down as the others and finding myself protective for Tricia as she was labelled a "jinx" due to people dying in her presence. It's delightful reading. I have finished and totally enjoyed this mystery by Lorna Barrett. Her characters are wonderful especially Tricia, Pixie, Mr. Elliott, and Angelica. I had as difficult a time putting this book down as the others and finding myself protective for Tricia as she was labelled a "jinx" due to people dying in her presence. It's delightful reading.

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