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New York Times bestselling author Lorna Barrett delivers another compulsively page-turning Booktown Mystery in which amateur sleuth and bookstore owner Tricia Miles gets caught up in a local election that turns lethal... It’s November in Stoneham, New Hampshire, and that means it’s time for the Chamber of Commerce elections. The race is already a bit heated, as the long-sta New York Times bestselling author Lorna Barrett delivers another compulsively page-turning Booktown Mystery in which amateur sleuth and bookstore owner Tricia Miles gets caught up in a local election that turns lethal... It’s November in Stoneham, New Hampshire, and that means it’s time for the Chamber of Commerce elections. The race is already a bit heated, as the long-standing Chamber president is being challenged by a former lover—Tricia’s own sister, Angelica. Then local small business owner Stan Berry throws his hat in the ring. Unfortunately, it’s not there for long when he’s found murdered in the Brookview Inn. The murder weapon is a brass letter opener belonging to the inn’s receptionist. Tricia knows there’s no way the receptionist is a killer. And when Angelica asks Tricia to help clear her name and win the election, she sees little choice except to start snooping. She soon uncovers a ballot box full of lies and betrayals, and a chamber full of people who had grudges against the victim. But were they serious enough to lead to murder? And who truly had something to gain? Tricia will have to do some serious sleuthing before she pulls the lever on a killer.


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New York Times bestselling author Lorna Barrett delivers another compulsively page-turning Booktown Mystery in which amateur sleuth and bookstore owner Tricia Miles gets caught up in a local election that turns lethal... It’s November in Stoneham, New Hampshire, and that means it’s time for the Chamber of Commerce elections. The race is already a bit heated, as the long-sta New York Times bestselling author Lorna Barrett delivers another compulsively page-turning Booktown Mystery in which amateur sleuth and bookstore owner Tricia Miles gets caught up in a local election that turns lethal... It’s November in Stoneham, New Hampshire, and that means it’s time for the Chamber of Commerce elections. The race is already a bit heated, as the long-standing Chamber president is being challenged by a former lover—Tricia’s own sister, Angelica. Then local small business owner Stan Berry throws his hat in the ring. Unfortunately, it’s not there for long when he’s found murdered in the Brookview Inn. The murder weapon is a brass letter opener belonging to the inn’s receptionist. Tricia knows there’s no way the receptionist is a killer. And when Angelica asks Tricia to help clear her name and win the election, she sees little choice except to start snooping. She soon uncovers a ballot box full of lies and betrayals, and a chamber full of people who had grudges against the victim. But were they serious enough to lead to murder? And who truly had something to gain? Tricia will have to do some serious sleuthing before she pulls the lever on a killer.

30 review for Not the Killing Type

  1. 4 out of 5

    Celinaresendez

    Don't read. Not worth it. I don't understand how so many people give this series such high marks. Now, I have a sense of humor and I do not get offended easily. This book however was one disappointment after the other. I ended up skimming pages and skipping ahead to see that I correctly guessed who and why someone was murdered in this novel. I am done reading this series. The last two books were very disappointing. I love the idea of small town, cozy mysteries. I liked this series a lot when I f Don't read. Not worth it. I don't understand how so many people give this series such high marks. Now, I have a sense of humor and I do not get offended easily. This book however was one disappointment after the other. I ended up skimming pages and skipping ahead to see that I correctly guessed who and why someone was murdered in this novel. I am done reading this series. The last two books were very disappointing. I love the idea of small town, cozy mysteries. I liked this series a lot when I first started reading it. However, the last two novels, I don't know if there are bad things happening in the author's personal life, but the characters have evolved into assholes. I tried #7 even after #6 was just rampant with rudeness and negativity. As I read more books in a series I typically like the characters more. Not with this novel. The main character is obnoxious. She is petty and shallow. It might make a difference in the story if the author had an ability to use it to charm readers but she fails miserably at that. At first I thought the author was changing things around. Angelica wasn't such a bitch, especially to her sister. Tricia was coming to the conclusion she needed to lighten up. But as I read more and more I realized nothing was going to change. The mystery in itself was disappointing the the murderer was too obvious. The background was even more disappointing. Chubby Chasers International?? Really? The author wrote that one of the women in the magazines was the size of two zebras. Seriously? This is what your novels have turned to? But even worse than that were Tricia's comments about people who were over weight. I started praying someone would murder her if she mentioned her caloric intake one more time. So is the author overweight and doesn't like herself or is she skinny and afraid of gaining weight? Trying to figure out why she would write constantly about Tricia's food intake and fear of eating too much at dinner.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lorna Barrett

    I wrote it; I liked it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chance Lee

    I've had a like/hate relationship with these little books, but this one pushed me right over the forward slash from the "e" in like face-first into hate. HATE. This was a miserable reading experience, and I don't think I'll read these any more. Here's what I liked about other books in the series: the town, loosely resembling Milford, NH, but mostly populated with bookstores; what the author would probably call "alternative lifestyles" being explored through some of its characters: freegans, ex-co I've had a like/hate relationship with these little books, but this one pushed me right over the forward slash from the "e" in like face-first into hate. HATE. This was a miserable reading experience, and I don't think I'll read these any more. Here's what I liked about other books in the series: the town, loosely resembling Milford, NH, but mostly populated with bookstores; what the author would probably call "alternative lifestyles" being explored through some of its characters: freegans, ex-cons, etc.; dramatic, as far as cozies go, mysteries with a bit of danger; people patiently explaining to the judgmental main character what a horrible person she is, without saying it. Here's what I hated: the extremely judgmental main character, her relationships, anything that didn't have to do with the bookstore. And that's this book. It is ENTIRELY about Tricia, her disgusting attitude, her relationships, and very little time spent in the bookstore. After the initial murder, literally nothing happens over the next 300 pages except for three men falling all over Tricia for no reason and wondering who is going to be elected president of the Chamber of Commerce. High drama, folks. Tricia hates Pixie's tacky Christmas decorating style, she seems to think recycling is pointless, and she generally complains about everything. It's so tiresome. Angelica, Tricia's sister, calls her "stuffy," which I appreciated, but Tricia pouts so much about it, it feels like I'm supposed to sympathize with her and her horrible, gross, judgmental attitude. Tricia loosens up a bit, ordering an extra drink or a dinner that isn't simply a salad, but it's not enough. She rolls her eyes, either literally or figuratively, on practically every third page. Here are some of her greatest (read: worst) hits: 1. Pixie: "It's a condition of my parole that I not frequent businesses that serve alcohol. Just in case I'm tempted to... you know." Tricia: Take up her old life as a prostitute? Yes, Tricia could see the danger frequenting a bar might pose. [Me: Oh my god. Yes, one drink and you become a WHORE.] 2. Tricia took a tiny sip of her drink. It was watered down, as most restaurant drinks seem to be. 3. Couldn't Pixie see the items in the box for what they were -- someone else's cast offs? [Me: OH MY GOD. Tricia's parents were stuffy assholes, and Tricia hates them for it, yet she, herself, is a stuffy asshole.] 4. The way she kept nodding, Frannie seemed to be imitating a bobblehead. 5. This attractive, well-dressed--and well-spoken--young man didn't look the worse for wear for being brought up by a single mother. And he didn't sound all that bitter about his experience, either. [Me: OH MY FUCKING GOD. Yes, most men brought up by single mothers are ugly, wear rags, and can't speak no English very good. Are you kidding me? And she just met the man. Why would he complain to someone he just met about his upbringing? Oh, probably because sour-ass Tricia totally would herself.] 6. No, this tree was elegant. Pixie was willing to settle for bright and gaudy. [Me: LEAVE IT ALONE.] 7. Tricia: "The fact that we're talking fact and not fiction makes no difference to me." [Me: Tricia is borderline sociopathic about finding dead bodies at this point. Literally no one cares that someone is killed. Why should I care who did it?] 8: Tricia: "What would make women pose for these demaning kinds of publications? Angelica: "Let's see... to pay the rent? Put food on the table? Maybe it was a chance for them to feel sexy?" [Me: This is one of the few scenarios in the book where someone actually calls Tricia out on her judgmental bullshit.] 9. Tricia found herself getting antsy. What if Angelica won? Would she be so busy she'd have no time for Tricia? [Me: Yes, Tricia is turning Angelica's Chamber president bid into something all about her. Literally four pages ago, Angelica called Tricia early in the morning, and Tricia told her to go away because it was too early for her to be awake.] I did like how, after finding a dead body in a bathroom, Tricia is disappointed for not bringing a book with her to occupy herself while waiting for the police. I'd probably think the same thing. And I liked a line about how just because two New Hampshire towns might just be 15 miles apart, it could take a freaking hour to get between them because of the state's circuitous highway system.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Woooow. Tricia is a TERRIBLE person. Here are some of the things she does that pissed me off: 1. Was SUPER judgy about Pixie's Christmas decorations. 2. Called the fat women in a "chubby chaser's" mag she found "pathetic," and determined that any man who could be attracted to them was "sick" 3. Was incredibly nosy! Maybe this is just a part of all mysteries, and I haven't noticed how awful it is until now, but Tricia was seriously annoying me by asking everyone their business all the time. 4. Talks Woooow. Tricia is a TERRIBLE person. Here are some of the things she does that pissed me off: 1. Was SUPER judgy about Pixie's Christmas decorations. 2. Called the fat women in a "chubby chaser's" mag she found "pathetic," and determined that any man who could be attracted to them was "sick" 3. Was incredibly nosy! Maybe this is just a part of all mysteries, and I haven't noticed how awful it is until now, but Tricia was seriously annoying me by asking everyone their business all the time. 4. Talks constantly about calories, eating healthy, how she regrets eating some stupid danish for breakfast - your diet is boring, Tricia. Shut up about it. 5. Lies to the town's wedding planner in order to get personal information from her. Seriously, she pretends she might get married (when in reality she has NO intention of doing so), then pointedly says she'd only want a friend to be her wedding planner, then pries the details of the wedding planner's recent breakup out of her. 6. When a character confesses that she was raped, Tricia immediately thinks "How could he possibly have felt sexual desire for her? She was fat!" And then she asks the lady how much older she was than her rapist, as if to say "Really? I just can't believe anyone could rape you!" 7. (view spoiler)[ Also, great job nosy Tricia! If she'd called the police when she found out that Eleanor was the kid's aunt, Eleanor wouldn't have been able to drink the poison. But because she was so nosy and curious and had to know everyone's secrets personally, Eleanor had the chance to kill herself. Good work, Tricia. (hide spoiler)] Really, really, REALLY terrible. I will not be reading another in this series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Juanita

    I wasn't crazy about this installment. I think part of it was a bit personal - I didn't like Tricia's reaction (view spoiler)[ to when she found the chubby chasers magazine, how she was grossed out. Throughout the entire book, she acted like it was a complete mystery why a man might be attracted to larger women, and that really bothered me. I'm not skinny myself, and I struggle with finding myself attractive at times, partly because of the way I know so many people view me. With that said, there I wasn't crazy about this installment. I think part of it was a bit personal - I didn't like Tricia's reaction (view spoiler)[ to when she found the chubby chasers magazine, how she was grossed out. Throughout the entire book, she acted like it was a complete mystery why a man might be attracted to larger women, and that really bothered me. I'm not skinny myself, and I struggle with finding myself attractive at times, partly because of the way I know so many people view me. With that said, there are still plenty of men who think I'm pretty and like me, and I really didn't like how she acted. With that said, I'm glad she's starting to loosen up a bit, she's been much too uptight. I thought it was fairly obvious that the "auntie yum-yum" would be closely involved and was surprised they weren't more interested in locating her. Glad Angelica won Bob's seat as head of the Chamber! (hide spoiler)]

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    When did Trish become so unlikeable? And really another body found on a toilet? What is up with that?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Don't think I will read this author again - the main character is so uptight and boring - stiff. Don't like the story line anymore. Don't think I will read this author again - the main character is so uptight and boring - stiff. Don't like the story line anymore.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    I will bet good money that the author lost every fan that has a BMI over 35. Rightfully so.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    This seventh novel in the mystery series known as 'a Booktown Mystery,' continues to astound me as it continues to gather momentum with each volume published. Tricia Miles, owner of 'Haven't A Clue' bookstore, in Stoneham, New Hampshire, is dealing with her ex-husband, Christopher Benson, current on-off again boyfriend, Police Chief Baker, and her sister, Angelica Miles who is attempting to become the President of the Chamber of Commerce for Stoneham. It is also nearing Thanksgiving, the Christma This seventh novel in the mystery series known as 'a Booktown Mystery,' continues to astound me as it continues to gather momentum with each volume published. Tricia Miles, owner of 'Haven't A Clue' bookstore, in Stoneham, New Hampshire, is dealing with her ex-husband, Christopher Benson, current on-off again boyfriend, Police Chief Baker, and her sister, Angelica Miles who is attempting to become the President of the Chamber of Commerce for Stoneham. It is also nearing Thanksgiving, the Christmas Holidays, and her best friend, Ginny's up-coming wedding. What else can cause additional angst? Why, of course, Tricia's finding the corpse of Stan Berry, the only other contender for the C of C's Presidency. As this election heats up, so does the search for the killer. Can it be as simple as Angelica or the current Chamber's President, Bob wanting the competition out of the way? Or is it an unknown relative wanting the estate? Or??? I was surprised, myself, and truly can say...the killer was 'Not The Killing Type!' I was given this novel proof as a gift from the author to me as a friendship gift. I just had to write this review as I'm truly a fan of this series, and seem to grow more invested in the mysteries as the stories become more quick-paced, intricate, and the characters become more fully developed. I can honestly say...this is the best volume in the series to date....Now, when is the next one due out???

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    Suffice to say this will be my last book by Lorna Barrett. Instead of accusing the author, I'll describe her main character Trish. 1. Personality Trish is boring, unlikable, self-centered, body obsessed, a gossip, judgemental, a bigot, discriminatory, passive aggressive, self-loathing, self-pitying, and basically, a bitch. Every single person she encounters, she thinks something derogatory about them. She judge's their appearance, and looks down on them for their values and habits. The character w Suffice to say this will be my last book by Lorna Barrett. Instead of accusing the author, I'll describe her main character Trish. 1. Personality Trish is boring, unlikable, self-centered, body obsessed, a gossip, judgemental, a bigot, discriminatory, passive aggressive, self-loathing, self-pitying, and basically, a bitch. Every single person she encounters, she thinks something derogatory about them. She judge's their appearance, and looks down on them for their values and habits. The character will say one thing but think another. How on Earth can that not be completely draining to read about??? 2. Lifestyle Trish is obsessed with her weight. She starves herself, and will only eat certain things. She has an ugly habit of pointing overweight individuals when describing them. She keeps having on and off again relationships with men who don't respect her. She is, as the author puts it, filthy rich. She judges other people who aren't. She makes a point to say what kind of clothes and shoes she wears. She makes a point to say she drives a Lexus. She makes a point to describe what other people aren't wearing, how they style their hair wrong, and what they aren't driving. If you don't fit the description of what Trish is, then you aren't good enough. Ms. Barrett: The small town and surrounding towns in this village you've described has more than Chinese food. I'm sure they have Japanese, Thai, Korean, and other ASIAN selections. Maybe not. Possibly not in your smallminded little world. And the straw that broke the camel's back- Judging someone poorly because they were raised by a single parent is offensive. It's time you entered the 21st century and realized most of the people on this planet are raised by a variety of individuals. Using words like despite being raised by a single mother, he turned out okay. Your descriptions of what goes through Trish's mind, are truly a detriment to your capabilities as a writer.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Deb Sharp

    I can't get enough of this wonderful series! I would love to live in Stoneham. I can't get enough of this wonderful series! I would love to live in Stoneham.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ciara Wilkie

    This one definitely had more offensive content than previously. The main character Trisha has always been weight obsessed which is very realistic in my opinion. Her sister is a snob but I really enjoy her character. The offensiveness was definitely for anyone who struggles with weight as this one centers around a man who dies and they find a magazine called Chubby Chasers in his house. There is sexual assault and fetish in this one that is definitely different from her other novels. I can defini This one definitely had more offensive content than previously. The main character Trisha has always been weight obsessed which is very realistic in my opinion. Her sister is a snob but I really enjoy her character. The offensiveness was definitely for anyone who struggles with weight as this one centers around a man who dies and they find a magazine called Chubby Chasers in his house. There is sexual assault and fetish in this one that is definitely different from her other novels. I can definitely understand why people were offended. As someone who struggles with weight I used to get offended by people who were rude about obesity. Yes Trisha makes some comments that are typical for a woman who is obsessive about her own weight. If anything I think it is a comment on Trishas psyche and personal problems. This novel started to delve deeper into Trisha's past and her past hurts. She has some very deep wounds. She isnt a perfect character and I think that is why I still find these books appealing. Like an onion we are learning more about Trisha. She has a knack for solving crime, she obviously cares about people, though she let's prejudices and judgement cloud her view at times but then she admits when she is wrong. She is learning. Overall I have fallen for this little town. I love the personal stories. The writing is a little cheesey and dry at times but it's a cute cozy mystery series that is a nice break from reality.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Review Based on Advance Reading Copy This is the seventh in the Booktown Mystery Series. Tricia's life seems to be getting more complicated as the town starts to get ready for Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Christmas. She is dealing with on again - off again boyfriend Chief Baker, her ex-husband Christopher Benson who has come to Stoneham and now a new man is interested in her, or is he? As well as Ginny's upcoming Wedding and her assistant Pixie wanting to dress up the store for the holidays. The Review Based on Advance Reading Copy This is the seventh in the Booktown Mystery Series. Tricia's life seems to be getting more complicated as the town starts to get ready for Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Christmas. She is dealing with on again - off again boyfriend Chief Baker, her ex-husband Christopher Benson who has come to Stoneham and now a new man is interested in her, or is he? As well as Ginny's upcoming Wedding and her assistant Pixie wanting to dress up the store for the holidays. The town of Stoneham is getting ready to elect a new President of the Chamber of Commerce. Will it be Bob who has held the position for years, Tricia's sister Angelica or Stan Berry. Once again a body is found and it is Tricia again that finds it. One problem ,the body is Stan Berry. Now what will Tricia do!? The ending took me totally by surprise, not at all what I expected.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Crys

    I adore this series - more to come

  15. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    November in Stoneham means a Chamber of Commerce election. The members have gathered at the Brookview Inn to cast their votes. This year is different because Bob Kelly actually has opposition. Both Tricia’s sister, Angelica and local small business owner Stan Berry are running against the long time president. But before the election can even take place the ballot shrinks to just two contenders. During a short break Tricia finds Stan Berry dead just down the hall from the meeting room. The murder November in Stoneham means a Chamber of Commerce election. The members have gathered at the Brookview Inn to cast their votes. This year is different because Bob Kelly actually has opposition. Both Tricia’s sister, Angelica and local small business owner Stan Berry are running against the long time president. But before the election can even take place the ballot shrinks to just two contenders. During a short break Tricia finds Stan Berry dead just down the hall from the meeting room. The murder weapon is a letter opener belonging to the hotel’s receptionist. Tricia can’t believe that sweet woman could kill anyone. So now in addition to helping Angelica win an election Tricia has to track down a killer. Could it be someone she knows? She barely knew the victim but someone not only wanted him off the ballot but permanently voted out. With a hotel full of suspects she has her work cut out for her… Dollycas’s Thoughts Murder on the Half Shelf really left us hanging with Tricia’s ex back in town. This story didn’t pick up exactly where that one left off but Christopher is sure bringing a bit of strife to Tricia’s life. Also complicating her life is a new man in town and her on and off relationship with Police Chief Baker. Hard to keep this relationship going with Tricia so close to all these investigations. Add to this her friend Ginny’s wedding with a planner I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, the Chamber election, the holidays with Pixie’s decorating ideas and another murder this story becomes one you just can’t put down. Lorna Barrett has given us one of her best with this installment. I love this series and each one is better than the last and the first one was excellent. If this series is new to you start at the beginning and enjoy every one. Fans of this series will fall for the residents of Stoneham, New Hampshire all over again.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    Not the Killing Type is the seventh book in the Booktown Mystery series. The Stoneham Chamber of Commerce is having their election for President. Angelica has decided to throw her hat into the ring against her former boyfriend, Bob Kelly. Then local sign maker Stan Berry adds his name. A break is taken before the vote and Tricia heads to the restroom and finds Stan dead, a victim of a stabbing. What with Black Friday coming up soon and the wedding of Ginny and Antonio, Tricia hardly has time to t Not the Killing Type is the seventh book in the Booktown Mystery series. The Stoneham Chamber of Commerce is having their election for President. Angelica has decided to throw her hat into the ring against her former boyfriend, Bob Kelly. Then local sign maker Stan Berry adds his name. A break is taken before the vote and Tricia heads to the restroom and finds Stan dead, a victim of a stabbing. What with Black Friday coming up soon and the wedding of Ginny and Antonio, Tricia hardly has time to take on an investigation. But with Angelica being looked at with interest in the murder, she and Tricia need to be out campaigning, so she can upset Bob. Most all the regulars are back. Christopher, Tricia's ex, is back and making a pain of himself. Pixie, Tricia's ex-hooker salesperson, is here providing some humor. New to the series is Stan Berry, Jr., the son of the victim, who seems to getting to know Tricia better. Another great addition to the series. I feel that Tricia has decided to become a stronger person in her personal life and Angelica seems to be a little more considerate to her sister. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Robinson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I honestly do not know how this book has so many good reviews. Tricia is just as nasty and meanspirited in this book as she is in the previous ones. She treats Fanny terribly. It is apparent that the author ( who created Fanny as a likable character) now wants us to see her as a gossip. Even is she was, there is no reason whatever for Tricia to speak to her as she does. At the end of the novel, there was no reason at all for Tricia to approach the supposed suspect. She also should not have lied t I honestly do not know how this book has so many good reviews. Tricia is just as nasty and meanspirited in this book as she is in the previous ones. She treats Fanny terribly. It is apparent that the author ( who created Fanny as a likable character) now wants us to see her as a gossip. Even is she was, there is no reason whatever for Tricia to speak to her as she does. At the end of the novel, there was no reason at all for Tricia to approach the supposed suspect. She also should not have lied to Will. The author does everything to further the her need to allow Tricia to be meddlesome. It does not show any qualities of decency in Tricia. She is horrible anyway and seemingly past the point of becoming anything other than a tiresome, meddling know it all. The way she and her sister demeaned the large women in the magazine was sickening. Even if they did not like what they saw there, I winced for any larger ladies they may have been reading this book. These are truly awful people, that is the one thing that there is no mystery about.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sallee

    The story continues in this latest Booktown mystery. I've enjoyed all the books so far. That said, for some reason Tricia, the series' sleuth seemed very stuffy in this one. Indeed, in the book she is accused of being stuffy. She needs to let go more and let her inner child out. Her ex-husband is back in town and trying to woo her back, her police chief love interest seems detached and they do end up breaking up but he seems jealous of her ex and another younger character. The Chamber of Commer The story continues in this latest Booktown mystery. I've enjoyed all the books so far. That said, for some reason Tricia, the series' sleuth seemed very stuffy in this one. Indeed, in the book she is accused of being stuffy. She needs to let go more and let her inner child out. Her ex-husband is back in town and trying to woo her back, her police chief love interest seems detached and they do end up breaking up but he seems jealous of her ex and another younger character. The Chamber of Commerce is having an election. Bob Kelly, the incumbent is running against Tricia's sister, Angelica. The other candidate is found dead in the restroom of the inn where the the meeting was taking place and Tricia discovers the body...again. She is noted as the town jinx as she seems to be always coming across bodies. The book has a few twists and overall was a great read. I hope that we get to know the identity of Nigella Ricita who is the mystery character behind the scenes.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Where do I start? I am so sad the book is done, I loved it. I love that it is the middle of summer and yet I have been transported for the last few days to Stoneham NH in the fall, my favorite time of year. I love the characters, Lorna Barret's book town mysteries was actually a series I happened on at my Library and after the first book I was hooked, I have purchased the last two as hardcover and I am so glad I did, this way I did not have to wait for my Library to get it! This is one of my mos Where do I start? I am so sad the book is done, I loved it. I love that it is the middle of summer and yet I have been transported for the last few days to Stoneham NH in the fall, my favorite time of year. I love the characters, Lorna Barret's book town mysteries was actually a series I happened on at my Library and after the first book I was hooked, I have purchased the last two as hardcover and I am so glad I did, this way I did not have to wait for my Library to get it! This is one of my most favorite Cozy Mysteries Series and I highly recommend everyone read it. The characters are so lovely, the setting serene and the plot always grabs me! Grab a cup of tea, a blanket and turn of the phone and computer, you are going to want to read this book with out putting it down. Enjoy!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mary Rose

    I think I only continue to read this series to find out if Tricia ever figures out her love life. I find the way she interacts with these men very immature. she never has a frank discussion but is often stoic or passive aggressive. the personality of the men seem to change from book to book. she's 40+ years old. why did she put up with bakers nonsense so long? it just aggravates me. Tricia also has a quite a feeling of superiority about her. she often looks down on Pixie and others like the maga I think I only continue to read this series to find out if Tricia ever figures out her love life. I find the way she interacts with these men very immature. she never has a frank discussion but is often stoic or passive aggressive. the personality of the men seem to change from book to book. she's 40+ years old. why did she put up with bakers nonsense so long? it just aggravates me. Tricia also has a quite a feeling of superiority about her. she often looks down on Pixie and others like the magazines she found. She could stand to learn what true kindness is. the story line conclusion was a bit convoluted and dramatic. it was a mean thing to do to Chauncey.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Discrimination In “Not the Killing Type” a character is discribed as having a sick fascination for super-sized women or that it’s a fetish. I’m saddened by this attitude towards obese women, it suggests that large people are disgusting looking, unloveable and those who are attracted to them are sick Or have a fetish. I’ve read more than six of her books and enjoyed them immensely. I can’t finish this book or read any other books. We large people are attractive to partners, loved, cherished and va Discrimination In “Not the Killing Type” a character is discribed as having a sick fascination for super-sized women or that it’s a fetish. I’m saddened by this attitude towards obese women, it suggests that large people are disgusting looking, unloveable and those who are attracted to them are sick Or have a fetish. I’ve read more than six of her books and enjoyed them immensely. I can’t finish this book or read any other books. We large people are attractive to partners, loved, cherished and valued. I’m saddened by this portrayal of men who are attracted to large women, and the implication that large women are unattractive.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Judii

    I love this series. I see many negative reviews. But I use these book for when I need to read without having to truly think about what I am reading. They help me on days when I can't seem to focus on anything, but I can still read these books! I always enjoy them and the recipes at the end! I would love to live in Book Town! It is my dream. I would give anything to live in a place like it. Where people know each other, care about each other, help each other. A job at a place like Haven't Got A C I love this series. I see many negative reviews. But I use these book for when I need to read without having to truly think about what I am reading. They help me on days when I can't seem to focus on anything, but I can still read these books! I always enjoy them and the recipes at the end! I would love to live in Book Town! It is my dream. I would give anything to live in a place like it. Where people know each other, care about each other, help each other. A job at a place like Haven't Got A Clue! Another dream come true would love it! Keep them coming?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Allena

    I loved this book! I can't wait for the next installment. I loved this book! I can't wait for the next installment.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I love this cozy mystery series!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Johanna

    Loved it! I just can not put down her books!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nancy H

    This is a very good cozy mystery set in Stoneham, New Hampshire. When bookstore owner Tricia attends the Chamber of Commerce meeting and sees a new competitor declare himself a candidate for the same position that Tricia's sister Angelica wants, which is also the position the current occupant wishes to retain, she thinks there will be trouble. The trouble, however, is not the kind she anticipated, when she finds the new candidate murdered in the restroom outside the meeting room. Of course Angel This is a very good cozy mystery set in Stoneham, New Hampshire. When bookstore owner Tricia attends the Chamber of Commerce meeting and sees a new competitor declare himself a candidate for the same position that Tricia's sister Angelica wants, which is also the position the current occupant wishes to retain, she thinks there will be trouble. The trouble, however, is not the kind she anticipated, when she finds the new candidate murdered in the restroom outside the meeting room. Of course Angelica and Bob Kelly, current president, are the two most suspected people since they were in competition with the dead man. In order to clear her sister, Tricia tries to find out who else may have wanted him dead, and in doing so, uncovers several more suspects. There are other very interesting subplots, involving Tricia's love life, ex-husband, current boyfriend, and much more. This is a good read and a good series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mayda

    Three people are vying for the chance to be president of the Chamber of Commerce, but before the election can be held, one is dead. This mystery is a little darker than a lot of cozies, and more intense. Still, it’s about booksellers and life in the tourist town. Tricia is again playing at being an amateur detective, and her somewhat former boyfriend, a real detective, is more distant than usual. Tricia’s ex-husband is on the scene, and life is chaotic for all. I enjoy this series, flawed charac Three people are vying for the chance to be president of the Chamber of Commerce, but before the election can be held, one is dead. This mystery is a little darker than a lot of cozies, and more intense. Still, it’s about booksellers and life in the tourist town. Tricia is again playing at being an amateur detective, and her somewhat former boyfriend, a real detective, is more distant than usual. Tricia’s ex-husband is on the scene, and life is chaotic for all. I enjoy this series, flawed characters and all. My new favorite is Tricia’s new assistant Pixie, who brings a breath of fresh air to the series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    In Not the Killing Type by Lorna Barrett, Tricia Miles attends the Stoneham Creek Chamber of Commerce meeting where she nominates her sister, Angelica, to become president. In running, Angelica is challenging her ex-lover, Bob Kelly, the local realtor and landlord to most of the businesses in Stoneham. But everyone is surprised when Stan Berry, the local sign maker, nominates himself. The meeting takes a break, and Tricia, unable to wait in the long line for the ladies’ room, goes to use the han In Not the Killing Type by Lorna Barrett, Tricia Miles attends the Stoneham Creek Chamber of Commerce meeting where she nominates her sister, Angelica, to become president. In running, Angelica is challenging her ex-lover, Bob Kelly, the local realtor and landlord to most of the businesses in Stoneham. But everyone is surprised when Stan Berry, the local sign maker, nominates himself. The meeting takes a break, and Tricia, unable to wait in the long line for the ladies’ room, goes to use the handicapped restroom. Upon opening the door, she finds Stan sitting on the toilet and stabbed through the heart. Read the rest of this review and other fun, geeky articles at Fangirl Nation

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Tricia Miles sister Angelica is now a suspect in a local murder. A political rival was found murdered and Tricia has to sort through a ton of clues to catch the killer. A great Mystery to keep you on your toes!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Margie

    A mystery set in a small pleasant town. Quick read.

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