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Reviews
Bad Babysitter by Jennifer L. Holm
Beyond Auto Mode by Jennifer Bebb
The Book Fair From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
Bookmarked For Death by Lorna Barrett
The Broken Lands by Kate Milford
Cadillac Couches by Sophie B. Watson
Cleopatra in Space: Secret of the Time Tablets by Mike Maihack
A Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle
D4VE by Ryan Ferrier
Giant Days, Volume 5 by John Allison
Knight's Castle by Edward Eager
Knock About with the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding
The Locksmith issue 3 by Terrance Grace
Made for Each Other by Paul D. Storrie and Eldon Cowgur
Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett
Paper Girls, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
Pastoral Cities by James L. Machor
Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass
Poison Kiss by Ana Mardoll
Pumpkin Town! by Katie McKy
Puppy Love by Jennifer L. Holm
The Road Movie Book edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark
Rosemary Remembered by Susan Wittig Albert
Roughneck by Jeff Lemire
Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella
The Time Garden by Edward Eager
Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert
The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin and translated by Sheila Fischman
Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Miscellaneous
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 07, 2017)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 14, 2017)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 28, 2017)
July 2017 Reading Sources
July 2017 Reading Summary

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Bookmarked For Death: 08/23/17

Bookmarked For Death  by Lorna Barrett

Bookmarked For Death by Lorna Barrett is the second of the Booktown Mystery series, which I am listening to as audiobooks, performed by Cassandra Campbell. To celebrate Haven't Got a Clue's first anniversary, Tricia has invited Stoneham's one and only mystery author, Zoë Carter to a book signing. The event doesn't go well, ending with the author dead.

Carter's death opens up a can of worms. There are rumors that she didn't write her own books. Nor were they ghostwritten. They were stolen outright. The question though, is, why wait for her very last book to come out before killing her?

Besides the mystery, there is the ongoing story of Angie's move to Stoneham. At the close of Murder is Binding the sisters had reconciled and agreed to be neighbors. Angie has taken over the cookery and is adding some of her own recipes to store as a way to highlight her cookbooks. Unfortunately, serving food at a bookstore has stirred up some bad feelings among other store owners. So much so that people are starting to get sick!

An on-going complaint among some reviewers is Tricia's unending source of money. Yes — this has been established. And yes, she is, whether or not she realizes it — part of the early gentrification of Stoneham. Bob who owns most of the town got her to sign a larger lease than anyone before and is using her willingness to pay to charge more on future leases. The town isn't ready to pay higher rent and Tricia doesn't see that — even though she pays her two employees more than other stores (those who can afford any employees). She still doesn't pay them a living wage. Instead, she relies on bonuses and only by the end of the book does she realize she should be paying for their health insurance.

Often in a series like this, I'd find Tricia's attitude a hinderance to the series. There is, however, enough wiggle room between Tricia's view of the world and the author's world view — allowing for a dialog between her perception and the reality of what the town is facing.

Finally, it seems that every book has a side plot — nearly a gag plot. The first one had the appearance of the Nudist Resort leaflets. This one has migratory Canada geese who are everywhere and causing a nuisance. These side plots give a sense of place and time to the village. They also provide moments of clarity for Tricia in her sleuthing.

Five stars

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