Murder Is Binding by Lorna BarrettMurder Is Binding by Lorna Barrett

Murder Is Binding

byLorna Barrett

Mass Market Paperback | April 1, 2008

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The streets of Stoneham, New Hampsire are lined with bookstores...and paved with murder.

When she moved to Stoneham, city slicker Tricia Miles met nothing but friendly faces. And when she opened her mystery bookstore, she met friendly competition. But when she finds Doris Gleason dead in her own cookbook store, killed by a carving knife, the atmosphere seems more cutthroat than cordial. Someone wanted to get their hands on the rare cookbook that Doris had recently purchased-and the locals think that someone is Tricia. To clear her name, Tricia will have to take a page out of one of her own mysteries-and hunt down someone who isn't killing by the book.
Lorna Barrett is the New York Times bestselling author of the Booktown mysteries. She lives in Rochester, New York.
Title:Murder Is BindingFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.81 × 4.2 × 0.79 inPublished:April 1, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0425219585

ISBN - 13:9780425219584

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great cozy mystery Came across this series through Duffy Brown's website. She's the author of #consignmentshopmystery series. Anyways another cozy read. I love the concept of a town shops here. Tricia owns the towns mystery book store. She's quite new to Stoneham New Hampshire. Unfortunately she finds a dead body, her neighbor book store owner Doris Gleason of Cookery Bookshop. Quickly she becomes a suspect thanks to the towns sheriff Wendy Adams who refuses to look elsewhere. To add to this her sister Angelica comes into town but it becomes more than just a visit. Tricia wants to solve this because she knows the sheriff will look nowhere else. I want to live in a town just like this and I want to have a store just likeTricia's and her loft. It's my dream bucket list!!!
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute read I needed a fairly brainless and easy read this weekend and this cozy mystery ended up working very well. Good narrative, kept me turning the pages, easy to follow and a bit of fun. I liked the concept of a tourist town full of genre specific used book stores - sounds like the vacation spot for me
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sisterly shananigans Great read couldnt put it down The two sisters turned investagators wil keep you amused and on the edge of your seat
Date published: 2015-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Murder is Binding. Didn't enthral me, but kept me reading. Good conclusion.
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's enjoyable. I would have loved to live in Stoneham. A quaint little town where there are plenty of bookstores to choose from. That’s every bookworm’s dream come true. I absolutely loved this setting. The story itself is good, and the characters are fitting for the setting. Angelica, Tricia’s sister is a typical annoying, bossy, older sister and at times she got on my nerves (like any older sister would be very skilled at). Although Tricia is partly at fault because she lets Angelica have her way most of the time. However how annoying Angelica can be, she also provides the comedy in this book. The characters overall in the book are all right and fun to read, there’s plenty of suspects and I was surprised to find more than one dead body in this mystery. There are plenty of suspects to guess from, and the ending is quite dramatic - maybe a little over the top for some readers, but I thought it ended with a good punch. The pace of the book certainly does keep the reader turning the pages though, so this book could be finished in no time at all. The little twists throughout the novel are also fun to read and does keep the plot exciting to keep the reader going. I’d say this was a cozy mystery in its’ true form. It was an absolutely delight to read, the little town was perfect for all book lovers to enjoy and the recipes in th3 back are definitely worth a try. I’m definitely going onto the second book.
Date published: 2012-05-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay but not great This book was an okay murder mystery, but I didn't love it, and probably would not pick up another in this series. Tricia Miles is one of a number of bookstore owners in Stoneham, New Hampshire. Stoneham was a dying small town until the town's leaders turned it into "Booktown" where tourists and buses full of book lovers regularly visit. Tricia is happily building her mystery bookshop's success, until she finds Doris Gleason, her next-door business owner of the cookbook store murdered. Then Tricia herself becomes the prime suspect by a local sheriff who seems to have it in for her. If she wants to stay out of jail, Tricia will need to find the REAL killer herself. Without giving anything away by spoilers, I found the plot in this book highly implausible and somewhat over the top, especially since it supposedly takes place in a small, friendly, safe little town. It just seemed very forced to me when I found out who the murderer was. I also really didn't like or connect to most of the characters. I found them whiny and irritating. Tricia in particular puts up with an awful lot of nonsense that I don't think most people would, and it annoyed me that she was such a doormat instead of telling some of these people off. I don't think this was a bad book, just not the best book for my particular tastes.
Date published: 2010-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from See - books ARE exciting! Ditto to everything that Betty wrote! This is the 1st in the Booktown Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime). Setting: rural New Hampshire town where the economy has 'tanked'. Rather than go for 'Big Box Development', the town opts for a 'novel' idea! Bring in antiquarian & specialty booksellers to re-invigorate Main Street, which in turn attracts tourist $$$, thereby saving town from financial collapse. As The Bookwoman's Last Fling demonstrated some time ago, booksellers can be a dastardly lot. And we are off on a tale of thievery, arson & murder! Really did enjoy this! BTW: the cat's name is Miss Marple... You won't go wrong w/this one!
Date published: 2010-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's dangerous to be the new girl in town Tricia Miles is the owner of a mystery bookstore called "Haven't Got a Clue" in a small picturesque town that rescued its dying economy by becoming a book-town. It's a hot spot stop for tourists. Every store on the main street specializes in a genre of books. They don't just sell the top ten and pop authors (but it certainly keeps them in business), but also sell and track down rare and antique books. And a rare and antique book is about to cause a lot of problems. Murder, vandalism, heating up romantic interests, and Tricia's sister moving into town. There are moments where some of the foreshadowing is a little too transparent, but it doesn't take away from the overall enjoyment and tension of the story. A series I will look for more of!
Date published: 2009-01-17

Editorial Reviews

"Move over Cabot Cove. Lorna Barrett's new cozy creation, Murder Is Binding, has it all: wonderful old books, quirky characters, a clever mystery, and a cat named Miss Marple!" --Roberta Isleib, author of Preaching to the Corpse and the Advice Column Mysteries "A mystery bookstore in a sleepy New England town, a cat named Miss Marple, a nasty murder and a determined heroine make Barrett's delightful debut mystery everything a cozy lover could want and more. Bravo!" --Leann Sweeney, author of the Yellow Rose Mystery Series