Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett

Murder is BindingThe streets of Stoneham, New Hampshire 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. (From Amazon.ca)

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.

I give it an 8 out of 10.

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