Hello! I want to share with you some of the books that are out today. The list includes The Daughters of Foxcote Manor by Eve Chase, Handbook for Homicide by Lorna Barrett, South of the Buttonwood Tree by Heather Webber, and Speaking of Murder by Edith Maxwell. Which new book are you eager to read?
Handbook for Homicide by Lorna Barrett has Tricia Miles returning home to Stoneham, New Hampshire after a two-week vacation in Ireland with beau, Marshall Cambridge. Tricia knew it was a work trip for Marshall with him leading a tour group, but she was disappointed that they did not get time alone to enjoy the Irish isles. Tricia has barely set her purse down when Pixie Poe finds a body in the dumpster behind Haven’t Got a Clue. The victim is homeless veteran, Susan Morris who had been working at Sweet As Can Be with Donna North. Unfortunately, Chief Baker has Pixie at the top of the suspect list because of her past. Tricia begins asking questions and digging into Susan’s background. The leads are few and thin for Tricia as well as Chief Baker. Tricia learns that while she was away, someone tried to break into the shop. Thankfully, they were scared away by the security system. It seems the individual is intent on gaining access for they try again doing serious damage to the rear door. Tricia is baffled as to why they want into her shop. When not dealing with the murder case and the break-ins, Tricia is thinking about her relationship with Marshall. Tricia is glad she has her sister, Angelica to talk to about her relationship woes. Angelica, though, is unable to act as a sidekick on this case since she is sidelined from her recent surgery. Can Tricia clear Pixie’s name? Why is someone trying to break in to Haven’t Got a Clue?
Handbook for Homicide by Lorna Barrett is the 14th A Booktown Mystery. I found Handbook for Homicide to be well-written with a colorful cast of characters. It was nice to catch up with everyone in Stoneham including Miss Marple and Sarge. Tricia Miles owns Haven’t Got a Clue in Stoneham, New Hampshire known for its bookstores. Tricia is returning from a trip to Ireland with boyfriend, Marshall Cambridge and the trip was disappointing to Tricia. She knew it was a working trip for Marshall since he was leading a tour group, but she expected them to have time to themselves. Tricia wonders if their relationship is near its end. She is not home thirty minutes when Pixie Poe finds a dead woman in their dumpster. The victim is Susan Morris, a naval veteran who was living in her car. Pixie is at the top of Chief Baker’s suspect list which has her worried, so she asks Tricia to do a little nosing around. Tricia, of course, agrees. Her investigation takes her to a local homeless camp where she finds a suspect or two. The mystery was not at the forefront of this book. It seemed to take a backseat to Tricia’s love life. There is also someone trying to break into the store. The two mysteries are easily solved. I would have liked more action in the book. The investigation was minimal on Tricia’s part. Of course, Tricia was distracted by her love life along with the disagreeable Russ Smith, a request for help regarding Nikki Brimfield, Angelica needing extra help, and family drama. There is plenty of eating in this book. I do not think Tricia will be losing those extra pounds from her vacation any time soon. There seem to be several people in town who dislike Tricia which was mentioned several times. I guess investigating murders will earn you a few enemies. I found the pacing a little slow in this edition and there is some foul language as well. I enjoyed the humor when Tricia utilized a unique skill to do a little sleuthing. We are left with an unanswered question at the end of the book, and I am curious how this situation will turn out. The story delves into the situation of homeless veterans and how people can assist them in a helpful and respectful manor. There are recipes at the end of the book for some of the dishes Tricia and Angelica enjoyed. Handbook for Homicide is an appealing cozy mystery with a valuable video, chamber of commerce chaos, a sidelined sister, a cookie conundrum, helping the homeless, and courtship challenges.
Handbook for Homicide can be obtained from Amazon*. You can find the other thirteen novels in A Booktown Mystery series here. Lorna Barrett also writes under the non de plume Lorraine Bartlett for A Victoria Square Mystery series. Thank you for reading my review. I hope I have helped you to find a new book to read. Tomorrow I am sharing Steadfast Mercy by Ruth Reid. It is the 3rd An Amish Mercies Novel. I hope that you have a sparkling day. Take care, stay safe, and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader
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