Books by Lorna Barrett

A KILLER EDITION  by Lorna Barrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 2019

"An anodyne visit with Tricia and her friends and enemies hung on a thin mystery."
Too much free time leads a New Hampshire bookseller into yet another case of murder. Read full book review >
POISONED PAGES  by Lorna Barrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"The broad style leaves little room for nuance, though it's not always clear whether that's a choice on the part of the author or a heroine she seems to hold in high regard for reasons that remain mysterious."
Murder and misgivings surround a small-town bookseller who teams up with her sister to prove that she's not a jinx. Read full book review >
A JUST CLAUSE by Lorna Barrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Though Barrett's character-driven series never provides very memorable mysteries, fans who are invested in the lives of the two sisters will welcome this angst-filled installment."
Which would you prefer, a murder investigation or a family crisis? Barrett gives her sister heroines both. Read full book review >
A FATAL CHAPTER by Lorna Barrett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 2, 2015

"Fans of the series (Book Clubbed, 2014, etc.) will welcome this tenth installment, which fleshes out its weak mystery by continuing to develop the many returning characters."
A fire may have closed Tricia Miles' New Hampshire mystery bookstore, but it can't stop Tricia from her amateur sleuthing. Read full book review >
BOOK CLUBBED by Lorna Barrett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2014

A New Hampshire bookstore owner who specializes in mysteries finds yet another one outside the pages.

Tricia Miles is considered the town jinx because she's always finding dead bodies. This time the victim is Betsy Dittmeyer, the nasty receptionist for the Stoneham Chamber of Commerce. Betsy seems to have been crushed by a bookcase, but she was actually strangled in the storeroom of the cookery bookstore owned by Tricia's sister, Angelica. Alas, Betsy was loved by no one, not even her sister, Joelle, or her ex-husband, Jerry, and Tricia's snooping turns up a lot of nasty secrets. Betsy, who was surprisingly wealthy, planned to cut her sister out of her will. The source of her wealth is a puzzle until Tricia finds a list of Chamber of Commerce members hidden on Betsy's computer, along with appended information that could be a rich source for blackmail. She also learns that Betsy and Jerry had a child who died and that she was a hoarder whose house is packed to the rafters with junk. Angelica, who's recently become president of the Chamber of Commerce, is desperately seeking a new office because the outgoing president, her former lover Bob Kelly, owns most of the real estate in town. When she does find a house, it turns out to have been another of Betsy's rentals. Naturally, it's also full of junk; not so naturally, it contains more than $40,000 in cash. Through it all, Tricia must deal with her former husband, who wants her back, and the chief of police, with whom she has a rocky relationship. And at long last, she also learns the real reason her mother never loved her.

Not as good as Tricia's last (Not the Killing Type, 2013), perhaps because the mystery seems to be an afterthought. But the gossipy personal revelations about the locals will delight fans. Read full book review >
NOT THE KILLING TYPE by Lorna Barrett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 2, 2013

"Barrett continues her winning ways with another mystery chock full of interesting suspects and a surprising denouement."
A New Hampshire mystery bookstore owner uses all the knowledge she has gained from reading her wares to help solve a murder. Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE HALF SHELF by Lorna Barrett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 3, 2012

"Barrett's sixth Booktown mystery features a quirky collection of characters, a mystery that keeps you guessing and some appealing appended recipes. "
When a mystery bookstore owner and her ambitious cookbook-writer sister accept a free pre-opening night room at the Sheer Comfort Inn, they walk right into murder. Read full book review >