kode adsense disini
Hot Best Seller

Handbook for Homicide

Availability: Ready to download

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 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.


Compare
kode adsense disini

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 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.

30 review for Handbook for Homicide

  1. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    Tricia Miles and the residents of Stoneham are back! Handbook for Homicide is the 14th book in the Booktown Mystery series by Lorna Barrett. Tricia lives in the small town of Stoneham and runs a mystery bookstore. The town has several specialty book shops and book themed businesses that bring in visitors to the town. Tricia also has a habit of stumbling across dead bodies. She uses her love of mysteries to sleuth and find the real killers. In this book, it's not Tricia who finds the dead body, bu Tricia Miles and the residents of Stoneham are back! Handbook for Homicide is the 14th book in the Booktown Mystery series by Lorna Barrett. Tricia lives in the small town of Stoneham and runs a mystery bookstore. The town has several specialty book shops and book themed businesses that bring in visitors to the town. Tricia also has a habit of stumbling across dead bodies. She uses her love of mysteries to sleuth and find the real killers. In this book, it's not Tricia who finds the dead body, but her assistant manager, Pixie. The body is discovered behind the bookshop, and Tricia gets involved when it looks like one of the suspects is Pixie. The dead woman was a homeless vet, with few ties to the area. Tricia's questions lead to wondering if the woman was killed from something in her military past or if a local was behind it. An enjoyable cozy mystery. This book is part of a series, but it can be read as a standalone. That said, I recommend reading the earlier books to better understand the relationships between the characters. A good read for fans of cozies. Delightful and entertaining. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    We're back in Stoneham with Tricia and the gang for number fourteen in the Book town Mystery series. Tricia has just come back from a disappointing trip to Ireland with her boyfriend, when her store manager finds a dead body in her dumpster. The body is a local homeless person who lived in her car and everyone's at a loss as to why she was killed. Full of a cast of kooky small town characters, the Book town series always delivers up a fresh mystery for it's reader to delve into. This reader is ge We're back in Stoneham with Tricia and the gang for number fourteen in the Book town Mystery series. Tricia has just come back from a disappointing trip to Ireland with her boyfriend, when her store manager finds a dead body in her dumpster. The body is a local homeless person who lived in her car and everyone's at a loss as to why she was killed. Full of a cast of kooky small town characters, the Book town series always delivers up a fresh mystery for it's reader to delve into. This reader is getting annoyed with the series though. Tricia's age is revealed in this one to be 46. We may have known before now how old she was, but it's hard to remember because she acts like someone twenty years older. She's one of the least likable main characters I've read. And it's not just me...none of the townspeople in these books seem to like her either. She's in some type of argument with half of them. Just off the top of my head, I can think of 4 or 5 that she isn't speaking to for one reason or another. 🙄

  3. 5 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    Handbook for Homicide is the fourteenth book in the "A Booktown Mystery" series. The series revolves around the main character, Tricia's book store, her employees, customers, family, and friends. The characters in this series have flaws, as does Tricia. Sometimes those flaws are a bit much for readers to handle. Tricia isn't always likable; she can be selfish, petty, and somewhat single-minded. Other characters, such as her sister, are lovely. I did not feel the book store played a significant e Handbook for Homicide is the fourteenth book in the "A Booktown Mystery" series. The series revolves around the main character, Tricia's book store, her employees, customers, family, and friends. The characters in this series have flaws, as does Tricia. Sometimes those flaws are a bit much for readers to handle. Tricia isn't always likable; she can be selfish, petty, and somewhat single-minded. Other characters, such as her sister, are lovely. I did not feel the book store played a significant enough role in this new addition, especially considering the body is found behind it in a dumpster. I also did not like the indecision on Tricia's part about the men in her life. She needs to figure out how she feels for each one and stop hanging onto the past and let the men know where they stand. I do not like cliff hangers in a cozy, it isn't necessary to get people to read the next book in the series, and it disappoints the reader who spent several hours reading only to leave questions unanswered. The victim and the suspects are nicely written; however, the killer, although interesting, was not believable. Handbook for Homicide is an easy to read book but seemed to lack the author's usual flare. Many fans will find the book enjoyable, while others will be upset that Tricia has not changed enough to be likable. The mystery is somewhat pushed aside due to the unending discussions of Tricia's love life, and in this book, her sudden need to help the homeless. Her book store takes a back seat to everything else Tricia deems important and constantly leaves the running of the store to her employees. Overall, this was an okay book, not great, but not horrible. Too much got in the way for me to enjoy it, and not enough of what makes this series enjoyable was included.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    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 h 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Oh. My. Gosh! What an ending! I totally didn't see that coming! Loved the side stories, and this was a great, albeit a little sad, storyline. Love this series!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Smitten

    Tricia Miles is back home in Stoneham, New Hampshire after a disappointing trip to Ireland with her boyfriend, Marshall. She barely makes it inside the door of the bookstore she owns when her assistant discovers a body in a dumpster behind the shop. Pixie recognizes the victim as Susan Moore, a woman who has been living in her car. Tricia’s ex-boyfriend, Police Chief Grant Baker, puts Pixie at the top of her suspect list. Tricia knows Pixie doesn’t have a motive and would never have hurt Susan, Tricia Miles is back home in Stoneham, New Hampshire after a disappointing trip to Ireland with her boyfriend, Marshall. She barely makes it inside the door of the bookstore she owns when her assistant discovers a body in a dumpster behind the shop. Pixie recognizes the victim as Susan Moore, a woman who has been living in her car. Tricia’s ex-boyfriend, Police Chief Grant Baker, puts Pixie at the top of her suspect list. Tricia knows Pixie doesn’t have a motive and would never have hurt Susan, so she is determined to clear Pixie’s name and find the real killer. Handbook for Homicide is the fourteenth book in this long-running series. I’ve only read a few of the prior books, so I was thankful for the cast of characters at the beginning. It helped me remember who’s who and would help new readers enjoy this book without having read the prior books in the series. My favorite part of the book and the entire series is the close, loving relationship between Tricia and her sister Angelica. They tease each other, but they get together almost every day and are always there for each other. I’m less enthusiastic about Tricia’s relationship with her boyfriend, Marshall. It seems obvious that Trica cares about Marshall, but isn’t in love with him but maybe I’ve missed something in a prior book. There are a few unexpected developments in Tricia’s love life at the end of the book that could get interesting in the next book. I don’t care for huge cliffhangers like this in a series, but I will admit I am very intrigued by what Tricia will do next. The author does a good job of balancing the daily routines in Tricia’s personal life with the murder investigation. I enjoy seeing Tricia with her sister, on the job, and on the case. The investigation brings Tricia to a local homeless camp looking for possible witnesses or suspects. The inclusion of social issues in the book has mixed results. The homelessness issue is woven fairly seamlessly into the story, especially since the victim is homeless. Other offhand comments included in the dialogue regarding other issues come across as stilted and out of place. This is a small complaint about an otherwise evenly paced and entertaining cozy mystery. Readers who enjoy this series or the author’s books written under the name of Lorraine Bartlett, as well as fans of Sheila Connolly will enjoy the latest trip to Booktown. ~ Christine

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Tricia’s relationship is in trouble after a vacation where her boyfriend has spent more time being tour guide than being with her. When she gets home she finds a body behind her bookstore. When her clerk is blamed she goes looking for the truth. She finds out more about homeless veteran and that the woman murdered was one of them.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I have a hard time giving up a series, that's the only reason I can give for sticking around for book #14. I have found Trisha mildly dislikable to quite dislikable through out the series. I haven't liked many of the secondary characters either. The characters make a point of pointing out how unlikable she is which makes me question why the author is writing her like this. While someone is killed and Tricia noses around the majority of the book revolves around Tricia's social life, town issues an I have a hard time giving up a series, that's the only reason I can give for sticking around for book #14. I have found Trisha mildly dislikable to quite dislikable through out the series. I haven't liked many of the secondary characters either. The characters make a point of pointing out how unlikable she is which makes me question why the author is writing her like this. While someone is killed and Tricia noses around the majority of the book revolves around Tricia's social life, town issues and homelessness. The murder is only solved by the killer outing themself. The very ending is absolutely ridiculous. Glad I got this from the library.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Haven’t Got a Clue Mystery Book Store has another mystery to solve. When Pixie finds the body of a homeless vet behind the store, she becomes the prime suspect. Since Pixie has a bit of a checkered past she fears she is headed for a jail cell. Tricia sets out to clear Pixie's name. It seems that no one really knew Susan. The deeper Tricia digs the more she finds out about Susan’s involvement in a scandal that happened while in the Navy. Does this scandal have something to do with her death? I enj Haven’t Got a Clue Mystery Book Store has another mystery to solve. When Pixie finds the body of a homeless vet behind the store, she becomes the prime suspect. Since Pixie has a bit of a checkered past she fears she is headed for a jail cell. Tricia sets out to clear Pixie's name. It seems that no one really knew Susan. The deeper Tricia digs the more she finds out about Susan’s involvement in a scandal that happened while in the Navy. Does this scandal have something to do with her death? I enjoyed reading this book. The characters have continued to develop and evolve over the series. I like that Tricia and her sister have become so close. I am happy that they have formed a close-knit family with the people in their lives. The one thing about Tricia I would like to see change is that so many people get so angry with her. However, I guess if someone accused me of murder or someone I loved, I might not be so forgiving either. The mystery was interesting though a little slower than usual. I definitely did not figure out who the murderer was in this book. The secondary story-line seemed to play a bigger part in the story than I realized as I was reading the book. Now that I have finished I can see that this was completely setting up the ending. And what an ending! This is a big cliff hanger and I for one am excited to see how it turns out. So looking forward to the next book. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and in no way, I have been influenced by anyone.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    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 nosi 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    This exciting, heartwarming mystery was hard to put down and I didn’t want it to end! I must catch up on the books I haven’t read yet in the series. The author has captured an excellent mix of characters who love their community and work to not just better themselves, but to give others less fortunate a hand up to a better life. I would love to work in Tricia’s vintage mystery bookstore, Haven’t Got a Clue. While I am not familiar with many of the classic authors, it would be a great place to le This exciting, heartwarming mystery was hard to put down and I didn’t want it to end! I must catch up on the books I haven’t read yet in the series. The author has captured an excellent mix of characters who love their community and work to not just better themselves, but to give others less fortunate a hand up to a better life. I would love to work in Tricia’s vintage mystery bookstore, Haven’t Got a Clue. While I am not familiar with many of the classic authors, it would be a great place to learn more! My sleuth cap had a workout with the mysteries in this novel, and there were surprises to be had throughout. Tricia just returned from Ireland and the first stop she hoped to make was to the bookshop, then her loft apartment upstairs. She never got farther than the shop, as her assistant manager and friend, Pixie, had much to fill her in on. Someone tried to break in a few evenings ago, and the alarm scared them away. The interview Tricia had done with a cable network several weeks earlier finally aired several times, resulting in a weekend business increase. Pixie took the garbage out, and making a grisly find, ran in to get Tricia. There was a shoe, with a foot still inside, the body buried under trash. Police chief Grant Baker, who Tricia had seriously dated in the past, couldn’t resist the jab that she was only back in town a short time and already was finding a body. Tricia is a magnet for mysteries, especially those that include murdered people. Technically, Pixie found the remains of Susan Morris, a former Naval officer who had been homeless, living in her car for some time. Pixie had given Susan those shoes, making it easier to identify her. As if finding an acquaintance dead isn’t bad enough, Baker seems to have his sights on Pixie, despite how well she has done since her last stint in prison. She knows ex-cons are railroaded for less, and the stakes are high. This fast-paced novel has many things going on. Tricia has considered breaking up with Marshall, the man she has been dating and went to Ireland with, but decides to hang in a little longer. She and Marshall go to a small tent city of sorts, where several male homeless military vets live to look for leads, take out food and beverages, and get involved with their needs. Angelica, her sister, recently had surgery and needs help getting around. And Tricia is determined to find whounit, really, as she believes Pixie is innocent. This novel is appealing on many levels. The mystery is finely plotted and executed, with many clues that led me in conflicting directions (and now I know why!). The characters are engaging, smart, middle-aged, and generous with those around them. I appreciate highlighting the needs of veterans! There is enough activity to enhance the story but not so much it is distracting. There were surprises at the end, and it was wrapped up in satisfying manner. I really do dislike cliffhanger endings, so I’m not excited over the last couple pages. A cliffhanger does not bring me back to a series, rather, it is being invested in the characters and setting with satisfying, challenging mysteries. Even so, I highly recommend this novel and series to those who appreciate well-written cozy mysteries, mystery bookstores, New England towns, and engaging characters. From a thankful heart: I received a complimentary copy of this novel, and this is my honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    The Booktown Mysteries are my favorite cozy series and I look forward to reading the newest one each summer. It is about a small town in New Hampshire that has revitalized its downtown by having numerous stores that are all book related. Our main character Tricia owns the mystery bookstore called Get A Clue which is just one of the popular tourist attractions in town. She has jut returned from a trip overseas when her employee Pixie discovers the dead body of a homeless woman by the dumpsters ou The Booktown Mysteries are my favorite cozy series and I look forward to reading the newest one each summer. It is about a small town in New Hampshire that has revitalized its downtown by having numerous stores that are all book related. Our main character Tricia owns the mystery bookstore called Get A Clue which is just one of the popular tourist attractions in town. She has jut returned from a trip overseas when her employee Pixie discovers the dead body of a homeless woman by the dumpsters out back. At first Tricia wants to help clear Pixie's name but then it becomes more to her. I enjoyed this book like I do all the others. I especially liked how the ending ended on a cliffhanger for her personal life. I will say that there was one plot point towards the end that I did not care for. You would think after 13 mysteries that Tricia would be better at getting the police involved and knowing what to do in serious situations. Now I will just wait until next summer for the next book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    Kept me going until the end I do care for the characters. Trivialize grown so much over the years. I enjoyed the closure with a few of the characters. When I have holes for one of the new ones. The mystery was interesting and pacing was good. I'm looking forward to the next one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Roxane Erickson

    Don't like endings that aren't really endings.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Another Booktown mystery with the regular cast of characters. Tricia is not the most likable of people and some of the comments she makes to her friends throughout the book make you wonder why they still talk to her. The ending was the most implausible ending ever (not the solution of the murder).

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Cozy mysteries have a niche and they fill a need for a number of readers at various times in their lives. Tricia Miles is just back from a trip to Ireland with her sometimes beau Marshall, who owns a travel book store. The trip is forcing Tricia to rethink her relationship with Marshall. She is eager to get back into the groove of running her bookstore, but in early days back, her employee, Pixie, finds a body in the dumpster behind her building. Pixie's past is less than squeaky clean, and she Cozy mysteries have a niche and they fill a need for a number of readers at various times in their lives. Tricia Miles is just back from a trip to Ireland with her sometimes beau Marshall, who owns a travel book store. The trip is forcing Tricia to rethink her relationship with Marshall. She is eager to get back into the groove of running her bookstore, but in early days back, her employee, Pixie, finds a body in the dumpster behind her building. Pixie's past is less than squeaky clean, and she is immediately considered a suspect. Tricia, of course, investigates and the investigation leads her into a local homeless camp as well as some run ins with several characters who are less than fans of Tricia herself. For those who have read the preceding books, Tricia's family and the residents of Booktown make appearances. I received an ARC from NetGalley, the author and the publisher, in exchange for a review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pam Walker

    This is a favorite series of mine and have read all of the but #13 so I was excited when I had an opportunity to get an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher of the newest book in the series. In this edition 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 a quiet return in Stoneham. Unfortunately Booktown greets her not with blue skies but with another body. When T This is a favorite series of mine and have read all of the but #13 so I was excited when I had an opportunity to get an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher of the newest book in the series. In this edition 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 a quiet return 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. The author continues to evolve the main characters in the series and leaves us hanging at the end hoping we know the answer but eagerly awaiting the next installment.

  18. 5 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    https://openbooksociety.com/article/h... Handbook for Homicide Booktown Mystery #14 By Lorna Barrett ISBN 9781984802750 Author’s website: lornabarrett.com Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie 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 va https://openbooksociety.com/article/h... Handbook for Homicide Booktown Mystery #14 By Lorna Barrett ISBN 9781984802750 Author’s website: lornabarrett.com Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie 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. Review: It has been a while since I’ve visited Haven’t Got a Clue in Stoneham, NH, so one thing I very much appreciate is how there are just enough details about the characters and town to feel as if I haven’t missed a thing. It can be read as a standalone, but one will definitely want to read the earlier novels in the series. This highly successful series appeals to me as a mystery lover, as do the amazing characters. The New Hampshire setting sounds quaint yet beautiful, the characters are interesting and well-defined, and the mystery kept me guessing. Tricia, owner of Haven’t Got a Clue, a vintage mystery bookstore, and her gentleman friend Marshall, have just returned from Ireland. Marshall was leading a travel tour, so it was not really a vacation for him. Tricia enjoyed seeing Ireland, and wants to see it again, but probably not with a tour group. She is considering when to discuss their relationship. They are comfortable together, but neither seem to have a passion for each other, or the things they do when spending time together. Tricia’s first stop is at her bookstore. She is greeted by Pixie, her assistant manager, and Miss Marple, her fluffy gray cat. After talking about the attempted break-in at the store a few days ago and how the shop in general has been, Pixie took the garbage out behind the store. A very upset, rattled Pixie came back in. Tricia went back out with her to a dreadful find. There was a penny loafer with a foot still inside of it. The foot of someone who was dead. Someone that Pixie recognized, a woman named Susan Morris. Susan had been homeless, living out of her car; they had met in a nearby town. Pixie had given Susan the shoes she was wearing, which is what helped identify her. The police chief and Tricia’s long-term ex-boyfriend Grant wasn’t happy to learn that she was involved with another dead body. Tricia has helped with many murder investigations in the past few years; it was one of the things that made their relationship challenging. Pixie is very concerned that she could be considered a suspect due to her record, having spent time in prison on more than one occasion. Since meeting and working for Angelica, Tricia’s older sister, then for Tricia, she has stopped getting into trouble and gotten married a great guy. Someone who has been in prison is often suspected first, if not arrested and charged, for an easy case closure. Pixie can’t get involved with asking anyone questions about Susan. The more Tricia learned, the more she looked around, including going to a nearby camp where several homeless veterans live. Her heart and Angelica’s were burdened that our veterans are homeless, as Susan had been, and they were prepared to help where possible. In the meantime, Tricia went into Haven’t Got a Clue late one evening when someone tried to break in again, and the police chief took this attempt seriously. The characters are thoroughly enjoyable; I like Tricia and Angelica for their intelligence and heart for helping others. I also like Pixie and Hank, who have been willing to risk change and rejection to pursue better lives. All are defined as well as necessary for their roles, and I do hope Hank joins the gang of people we see regularly in future novels. This is a town I would enjoy, being “Booktown” with genre-specific bookstores that would be a delight to spend time in. Plot twists kept me guessing, considering who could have killed Susan and if it was the same person who kept trying to break into the bookstore. I had a couple of culprits in mind and was happy with the unique resolution! All loose ends are tied up except for one. I’m looking forward to the next in series, and highly recommend Handbook for Homicide! *OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour*

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    In Lorna Barrett's brand new Booktown Mystery, Tricia Miles has just returned to Stoneham, New Hampshire and her mystery bookstore Haven't Got A Clue from a less than satisfactory vacation to Ireland with her boyfriend. The trip went badly enough that Tricia feels no spark with said boyfriend. But that all gets set aside when upon her return to the store, Tricia's assistant manager Pixie discovers a body behind the shop. That's all that Tricia needs. Despite the fact she didn't find the body, bein In Lorna Barrett's brand new Booktown Mystery, Tricia Miles has just returned to Stoneham, New Hampshire and her mystery bookstore Haven't Got A Clue from a less than satisfactory vacation to Ireland with her boyfriend. The trip went badly enough that Tricia feels no spark with said boyfriend. But that all gets set aside when upon her return to the store, Tricia's assistant manager Pixie discovers a body behind the shop. That's all that Tricia needs. Despite the fact she didn't find the body, being thought of as the village jinx has people convinced once again that Tricia seems to brings trouble to town. The identity of the female victim plays a big part in the story. Not just because Pixie knew the woman (which causes her to fear that she's going to be hauled in by the cops), but when Tricia learns the woman was homeless she feels compelled to find out just what happened to her. Not only the fact she was murdered but how she ended up homeless. This gives the author the ability to shine at least a little bit of a spotlight on the plight of the homeless and military homeless in particular. This works well enough inside of the story though you can see how Tricia's actions getting her tagged by other homeless as being a "do-gooder" might be taken by them. Still, the investigation by the cops brings Tricia into conflict with her ex-lover, the chief of police Grant Baker. It's funny that in most cozy series that the bad guy goes to jail at the end of the story and for the most part, things sort of reset. Not so in the Booktown series though. As Tricia soon discovers as she works her way through potential witnesses or suspects, there are any number of people in her life that actively dislike her for past actions. The eventual reveal of this book's killer was a bit of a surprise but I think it worked to kind of clear the decks a bit. Plus, it is such a well deserved consequence that I was actually happy to see who had done it! The mystery portion of this book was solid and I enjoyed following it. But in any cozy series, you have the second part of the equation to deal with as well. That's the more personal character development and plots. And this time around, Tricia's personal life, more precisely her potential love life, had me cringing. Dealing with her family and friends is always a welcome addition, but what made certain parts of the book a drag to get through was Tricia's seeming backslide into indecisiveness. It is that character trait that helps end Handbook for Homicide in such a manner that I was left with the desire to yell at her, "What the hell is wrong with you?" I hope in the next book of the series, Lorna Barrett figures out a way to resolve the personal side of Tricia's life in such a manner that I'm not left with that same desire to scream. The mystery always takes care of itself so I'm never worried about that. But a wishy-washy heroine makes for less of an interesting read, at least for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Drebbles

    After a trip to Ireland, Tricia Miles thinks the only problem she has is trying to figure out what to do with her relationship with Marshall Cambridge. But when a body is found in the dumpster behind her store and her Assistant Manager Pixie Poe is one of the main suspects, Tricia finds herself involved in yet another murder investigation. “Handbook for Homicide” is the nicely done fourteenth book in Lorna Barrett’s Booktown cozy mystery series. The characters, particularly Tricia and her sister After a trip to Ireland, Tricia Miles thinks the only problem she has is trying to figure out what to do with her relationship with Marshall Cambridge. But when a body is found in the dumpster behind her store and her Assistant Manager Pixie Poe is one of the main suspects, Tricia finds herself involved in yet another murder investigation. “Handbook for Homicide” is the nicely done fourteenth book in Lorna Barrett’s Booktown cozy mystery series. The characters, particularly Tricia and her sister Angelica, have continually grown and changed throughout this series and this book is no exception as Tricia ponders her relationship with Marshall. With other authors, this situation might overwhelm the murder mystery but not in Barrett’s deft hands- their relationship is an important part of the plot but it never overwhelms the mystery. And the mystery is well done and quick moving as Barrett delves into some of the issues that the homeless have. This is poignant and shows a softer side to Tricia. The identity of the killer came as a surprise to me and certainly opens up room for future plot lines in the series. Finally, this book ends on quite a cliffhanger that will leave readers eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series. “Handbook for Homicide” is a nicely done cozy mystery.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Murder of a Homeless Woman Trisha Miles has returned from a vacation in Ireland with Marshal Cambridge wondering what to do about a relationship she isn’t sure she wants to pursue. She’s tired from the trip and wants to rest but she has to look in at the bookstore. Her Assistant Manager Pixie Poe is eager to fill her in on what’s happening as Trisha tries to escape for a rest. When Pixie goes outside to the dumpster, she finds a body. The victim is Susan, a homeless woman who has been living in h Murder of a Homeless Woman Trisha Miles has returned from a vacation in Ireland with Marshal Cambridge wondering what to do about a relationship she isn’t sure she wants to pursue. She’s tired from the trip and wants to rest but she has to look in at the bookstore. Her Assistant Manager Pixie Poe is eager to fill her in on what’s happening as Trisha tries to escape for a rest. When Pixie goes outside to the dumpster, she finds a body. The victim is Susan, a homeless woman who has been living in her car. Pixie knows her and has given her help. This makes Pixie a prominent suspect. Trisha now has to work to solve the crime to remove suspicion from Pixie. Trisha is helped by her sister, Angelica, who has had an operation on her foot and is requiring more time from Trisha. This mystery is in my view overshadowed by Trisha’s love life. She and Angelica take center stage in the book. I have to admit I didn’t particularly like Trisha, she’s a busybody. This trait is important in a sleuth, but Trisha is not particularly clever about it. The plot is somewhat unique with the death of a homeless woman in the small town, but it wasn’t difficult to guess who the murderer was. This is the fourteenth book in the series. The main characters are growing and changing, but they still are not people I’d want to know. I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    As with any good cozy series, the books become less about the murders and more about the relationships between characters, most of whom the reader comes to view as good friends. The Booktown series by Lorna Barrett certainly fits this bill. In Handbook for Homicide, heroine Tricia Miles is just back from a trip to Ireland with her on again, off again boyfriend Marshall who owns a travel book store. The trip was less than inspiring, but Tricia doesn't have to wait long before events in her life be As with any good cozy series, the books become less about the murders and more about the relationships between characters, most of whom the reader comes to view as good friends. The Booktown series by Lorna Barrett certainly fits this bill. In Handbook for Homicide, heroine Tricia Miles is just back from a trip to Ireland with her on again, off again boyfriend Marshall who owns a travel book store. The trip was less than inspiring, but Tricia doesn't have to wait long before events in her life become unpredictable again. A body is discovered in her bookstore's dumpster, but, in a nice twist, it is discovered by Tricia's assistant Pixie, not Tricia herself. Of course, Tricia investigates and the investigation leads her into a local homeless camp as well as some run ins with several characters who are less than fans of Tricia herself. The book makes some nice points about homelessness in our society and shows Tricia's evolution into a more nuanced character with a social conscience. The ending is an unexpected cliff-hanger that will have readers very much anticipating the next entry in the series. Full Disclosure--NetGalley and the publisher provided me with a digital ARC of this book. This is my honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura Salas

    You know those somewhat strange relatives you have that you don't necessarily want to spend lots of time with, but you still want to keep up with them? That's kind of how the Booktown mysteries are for me. Tricia is so negative all the time, and she does inexplicable things like suggest to Ginny, who doesn't even know if she wants a second child, to practically adopt a child she barely knows? And then thinks, If Ginny was going to be prickly, it could be a long evening. Seriously? And yet. Every You know those somewhat strange relatives you have that you don't necessarily want to spend lots of time with, but you still want to keep up with them? That's kind of how the Booktown mysteries are for me. Tricia is so negative all the time, and she does inexplicable things like suggest to Ginny, who doesn't even know if she wants a second child, to practically adopt a child she barely knows? And then thinks, If Ginny was going to be prickly, it could be a long evening. Seriously? And yet. Every time there's a new entry in this series, I want to read it to see what Tricia, Angelica, and the rest of the gang are up to. Despite Tricia's negativity and appalling taste in men, I feel some sort of weird connection to her and her extended family. And the plotting of the mysteries always keeps me interested. So, while I don't quite understand WHY I'm compelled to read this series, I have to admit I am. The murder in this one was so sad and such a waste. I ended the book more determined than ever to show the people I love how much I love them and to learn to accept help from others. Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lois

    This is the 14th book in her Booktown Mystery series, right there says,alot for Lorna Barrett. The series takes place in a cozy little town in Vermont called Stoneham, where the main character, Tricia Miles, who has a new relationship with Marshall, runs the Havent Got a Clue bookstore. Angelina, her sister, who moved to the town several years back, is an entrepreneur who has helped the town come alive with funding and building new businesses. Tricia is known as the town jinks because she is alw This is the 14th book in her Booktown Mystery series, right there says,alot for Lorna Barrett. The series takes place in a cozy little town in Vermont called Stoneham, where the main character, Tricia Miles, who has a new relationship with Marshall, runs the Havent Got a Clue bookstore. Angelina, her sister, who moved to the town several years back, is an entrepreneur who has helped the town come alive with funding and building new businesses. Tricia is known as the town jinks because she is always finding dead bodies as she kind of does in this one. But when her bookstore manager, Pixie, is accused of killing Susan, who they find out, lives in her car, and has a checkered past, is found dead, Tricia helps to find out who the killer is. Lorna Bartlett throws the readers for a loop at the end by keeping us in suspense when Tricia has a decision to make, but I don't want to spoil the ending, so I'll let you read to find out. I am glad to know the series will continue. Lorna Barrett does it again.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    In this, the 14th book in the series, Tricia Miles has a lot to juggle in her life. She and her boyfriend, Marshall have returned from a tour in Ireland - a business trip for Marshall who runs a travel book store in Stoneham. Tricia has the feeling that, after the less than stellar trip, she and Marshall may be at the end of their relationship. Add to that, she hasn't been back long when her store assistant, Pixie, finds the dead body of a homeless woman in their dumpster. So many questions have In this, the 14th book in the series, Tricia Miles has a lot to juggle in her life. She and her boyfriend, Marshall have returned from a tour in Ireland - a business trip for Marshall who runs a travel book store in Stoneham. Tricia has the feeling that, after the less than stellar trip, she and Marshall may be at the end of their relationship. Add to that, she hasn't been back long when her store assistant, Pixie, finds the dead body of a homeless woman in their dumpster. So many questions have to be answered in order to keep the prime suspect out of jail - Pixie is at the top of the list of suspects. Focusing on the plight of homeless vets and their interactions with the local community, the mystery was complex enough to hold my interest to the last page - An ending with a major life cliffhanger for Tricia. The next book can't come soon enough for me. My thanks to the publisher, Berkley and to Edelweiss for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jacque

    Tricia returns from a less-than-exciting trip to Ireland with her boyfriend to find someone attempted to break into her store. Then Pixie, her assistant, finds the body of a homeless woman in their trash bin. Tricia, of course, has to investigate and is soon being a do-gooder, bringing food to the local homeless population. Her obnoxious ex-boyfriend, Russ, is selling his newspaper to her current bland boyfriend. Tricia has issues with numerous other shopkeepers in her small town, but she genera Tricia returns from a less-than-exciting trip to Ireland with her boyfriend to find someone attempted to break into her store. Then Pixie, her assistant, finds the body of a homeless woman in their trash bin. Tricia, of course, has to investigate and is soon being a do-gooder, bringing food to the local homeless population. Her obnoxious ex-boyfriend, Russ, is selling his newspaper to her current bland boyfriend. Tricia has issues with numerous other shopkeepers in her small town, but she generally means well. She and Baker, the police chief, are still at odds (or is that attraction?). It’s fun to see the group moving on; Tricia and her sister have a real bond now and a family that supports each other. The story ends with a cliffhanger...what will happen next? Guess we’ll all wait for the next book in the series!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ann Garczynski

    I have read this entire series of Booktown mysteries. I did figure out who the killer was before the ending. I don't enjoy that the author spends so much time discussing the main character's (Tricia) love life. She is a 46 year old woman who sometimes acts like she is 20 and other times acts like she is 70. I don't know why I like this series but I do and will continue to read the next books. I am fairly sure that the cliffhanger will turn out to be not that much of a cliffhanger. Tricia said ma I have read this entire series of Booktown mysteries. I did figure out who the killer was before the ending. I don't enjoy that the author spends so much time discussing the main character's (Tricia) love life. She is a 46 year old woman who sometimes acts like she is 20 and other times acts like she is 70. I don't know why I like this series but I do and will continue to read the next books. I am fairly sure that the cliffhanger will turn out to be not that much of a cliffhanger. Tricia said many times during the book and the series that she isn't interested in being married. Case closed. I was also hoping that the conclusion of the mystery would have more to do with the murder victim's involvement with Tailhook than with locals but I was disappointed in that. I have to remind myself that this is a cozy series not a police procedural.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Peter Barr

    I like the Booktown. Mystery series. This, for me, was one of the better ones. There are no perfect characters and this is handled well. There are actually 2 mysteries in this edition and I actually guessed who did one and why the other occurred. The heroine, Tricia Miles is actually called Trivia on page 212. I guess that might be an auto-correct thing. The story takes place in a small New Hampshire town that is brought back to life as a tourist stop by converting a lot of the businesses to boo I like the Booktown. Mystery series. This, for me, was one of the better ones. There are no perfect characters and this is handled well. There are actually 2 mysteries in this edition and I actually guessed who did one and why the other occurred. The heroine, Tricia Miles is actually called Trivia on page 212. I guess that might be an auto-correct thing. The story takes place in a small New Hampshire town that is brought back to life as a tourist stop by converting a lot of the businesses to bookstores and naming everything after phrases along those lines. In this story a murdered woman is left in the dumpster behind the shop owned by the heroine. The story involves homeless people, veteran and other topics. It's a good one.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Linda Millard

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. OMG! What a horrible cliffhanger ending!!! Two proposals within 10 minutes and we are left to wait until the next book to find out what Tricia will do. Other than the ending I was thinking this book was just my cup of tea. NO Flashbacks and the body turns up in the first 10 pages. Tricia and Angelica have changed a lot of lives in this series. Now Hank Curtis enters their lives and hopefully his story will be a successful one. The little hint of a possible future relationship with Angelica leave OMG! What a horrible cliffhanger ending!!! Two proposals within 10 minutes and we are left to wait until the next book to find out what Tricia will do. Other than the ending I was thinking this book was just my cup of tea. NO Flashbacks and the body turns up in the first 10 pages. Tricia and Angelica have changed a lot of lives in this series. Now Hank Curtis enters their lives and hopefully his story will be a successful one. The little hint of a possible future relationship with Angelica leaves us with hope that both sisters might end up in happy, stable relationships. Also hope Russ gets put away and Tricia does run for Chamber president and win. If Tricia accepts Grant I would like to not have Marshall turn into a vengeful jilted ex. Maybe he could accept defeat graciously?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marcy Graybill

    I was able to read this book thanks to Netgalley.com Tricia Miles had just returned from Ireland when a body is found in the dumpster behind her bookstore. Though Tricia never met the victim she can't help but investigate. On the personal side, she's having second thoughts about her beau, Marshall. Though she enjoys his company she thinks the relationship lacks something. As her investigation into the murder heats up, so does her love life. This is a good entry in the series. The characters are I was able to read this book thanks to Netgalley.com Tricia Miles had just returned from Ireland when a body is found in the dumpster behind her bookstore. Though Tricia never met the victim she can't help but investigate. On the personal side, she's having second thoughts about her beau, Marshall. Though she enjoys his company she thinks the relationship lacks something. As her investigation into the murder heats up, so does her love life. This is a good entry in the series. The characters are developing and changing, Though the mystery is good, it wasn't the most suspenseful. #netgalley #handbookforhomicide

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.