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Friday, August 21, 2020

Handbook for Homicide (Booktown Mystery #14) by Lorna Barrett

Handbook for Homicide

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 21st 2020 by Berkley

Goodreads synopsis: 
Tricia Miles must swim against the tide to catch a killer when Haven't Got A Clue's assistant manager is accused of murder in the latest entry to Lorna Barrett's New York Times bestselling Booktown series.

Haven't Got A Clue bookshop owner Tricia Miles's relationship is on the rocks. After a not-so-fun vacation with her on-again-off-again lover, Marshall Cambridge, Tricia's hoping for smooth sailing back in Stoneham. Unfortunately Booktown greets her not with blue skies but with another body.

When Tricia's assistant manager, Pixie, finds homeless vet Susan Morris's body behind Haven't Got A Clue, Pixie's checkered past makes her the prime suspect. Tricia sets out to clear Pixie's name armed with only an anchor insignia earring found at the scene of the crime.

As Tricia digs deeper she discovers Susan was involved in a scandal right before retiring from the Navy—but since nobody in the village knows Susan, even Tricia's one lead is in danger of drying up. With family drama brewing in the background and all of Stoneham convinced her manager is a murderer, Tricia knows she has to get to the bottom of the case soon before Pixie's life is sunk.


4.5 stars

This is the fourteenth book in the Booktown Mystery series by Lorna Barrett.

OMG, Lorna, you left this one on quite a cliffhanger!

Tricia Miles runs the Haven’t Got A Clue vintage mystery book store and as she comes home from a less than thrilling vacation with Marshall, her assistant finds a dead body out back in their dumpster. This throws Tricia straight into another mystery that involves the local homeless population.

Chief Grant Baker is less than thrilled that she has her eye on nosing into his investigation. Later she learns that Grant is engaged to be married to a prominent socialite. She, herself, is less than thrilled with her relationship with Marshall and their trip abroad wasn’t fun for her at all. She is rethinking her relationship status with him while all the ballyhoo of the investigation keeps her busy.

Pretty great read. It is amazing how this author can keep her books so fresh as she is moving into the 15th book in the series soon. Wow. Great job, Lorna! Just loving this series.

If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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