01 June 2011

Just finished reading...

Sentenced to Death by Lorna Barrett.*

Many of the residents of Stoneham, NH (affectionately known as Booktown) are gathered in the town square to celebrate Founders' Day. Tricia Miles is watching Deborah Black's son Davey while her friend is making a speech. A small airplane is circling overhead towing a banner promoting the festival. Deborah is about to begin her speech when the plane hurtles downward and crashes in the middle of the square.

Both the pilot and Deborah are killed, leaving behind his cash-strapped widow and Deborah's son and unpleasant husband. The deaths are presumed to be accidental, though Tricia suspects otherwise. Deborah and her husband had been having problems because he thought she was spending too much time and money on her shop The Happy Domestic, while pilot Monty Capshaw was also having financial troubles and had irreversible cancer.

Tricia's assitant Ginny is trying to convince her boss to give her more responsibility, her ex-boyfriend the editor of the local newspaper wants her to give him another chance, her ex-husband is sending her jewelry, and she has her own budding relationship with Captain Grant Baker from the County Sheriff's Department.
Meanwhile, Tricia is certain that the plane crash was no accident, and sets out to prove it in-between her other obligations.
Her sister Angelica is able and willing, and with her help Tricia is able to do a little poking around.

Tricia is an appealing heroine, and although her sister can be a bit grating neither Angelica nor any of the other supporting characters are one-dimensional.

Booktown is based on the Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye and would be a fantastic idea here in the U.S., though perhaps not in this financial climate.

*FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the publisher, who sent me a copy of the book for review purposes.


  1. Another Booktown Mystery...I wonder if I'm behind now? I think I've only been able to get two of these so far. What number is this one?

  2. Scrabblequeen, this is #5. It's so good to hear from you!

  3. LOL. "though perhaps not in this financial climate."

    Still, I'm betting the characters are endearing. The kind of people you'd like to be friends with.

    I just read a post somewhere about all of Lorna Barrett's pen names (three, I think) and how hard she's working to get everyone to understand they're all her.

  4. Great review! I'll have to check the series out!

  5. Thanks, Kathleen!
    I'm really looking forward to the Tory Bauer series in e-book form!

  6. Peg, I really think I'd like to be friends with one or two of the characters, especially Tricia. Imagine having a friend who owned a mystery bookstore!

  7. "leaving behind his cash-strapped widow and Deborah son and unpleasant husband."
    Sounds like a great plot, Marlyn.


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