Berkley Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780425252574, 308pp.
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Cranky Chamber of Commerce receptionist Betsy Dittmeyer is done reading people the riot act. After she's crushed by a fallen bookcase, the next item to be read is her last will and testament which is packed with surprises. It soon comes to light that Betsy was hiding volumes of dark secrets behind that perpetual frown of hers and one of them just might have been a motive for murder.
While Tricia tries to help Angelica the newly elected Chamber of Commerce president and Betsy's boss solve the mystery, she discovers a hidden chapter in her own family history that rocks her to her very core. And with her ex-husband and the chief of police vying for her affections, it's doubly hard to focus on who might have buried Betsy in a tomb of tomes.
But as Tricia and Angelica try to read between the lines, they need to watch their step and make sure the killer doesn t catch them between the stacks.
Praise for the New York Times Bestselling Booktown Mysteries
“Fans of Carolyn Hart and Denise Swanson, rejoice!...This first-rate cozy artfully blends crime, cuisine, and even bookselling in a cheerful, witty, well-plotted puzzler.”—Julia Spencer-Fleming, Edgar® finalist and author of One Was a Soldier
“Lorna Barrett’s new cozy creation…has it all: wonderful old books, quirky characters, a clever mystery, and a cat named Miss Marple!”—Roberta Isleib, author of Asking for Murder
“A mystery bookstore in a sleepy New England town, a cat named Miss Marple, a nasty murder, and a determined heroine make Barrett’s delightful debut mystery everything a cozy lover could want and more. Bravo!”—Leann Sweeney, author of The Cat, the Mill and the Murder
“Barrett is skilled at making her characters flawed and fully believable.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Tightly plotted and paced to keep you turning the pages, this series is indeed getting better with each book.”—Gumshoe Review
“Charming…An engaging whodunit.”—Publishers Weekly