Murder Is Binding

Murder Is Binding

A Booktown Mystery

eBook - 2008
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The streets of Stoneham, New Hampsire are lined with bookstores...and paved with murder. When she moved to Stoneham, city slicker Tricia Miles met nothing but friendly faces. And when she opened her mystery bookstore, she met friendly competition. But when she finds Doris Gleason dead in her own cookbook store, killed by a carving knife, the atmosphere seems more cutthroat than cordial. Someone wanted to get their hands on the rare cookbook that Doris had recently purchased-and the locals think that someone is Tricia. To clear her name, Tricia will have to take a page out of one of her own mysteries-and hunt down someone who isn't killing by the book
Publisher: 2008
ISBN: 9781101147467
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Oct 25, 2020

(The first book in the Booktown Mystery series) I can cross this author and series off my list. Boring predictable cozy. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Apr 02, 2019

This is definitely the best cozy mystery I've read in awhile. It's possible that I'm slightly biased due to the protagonist's chosen business: a used bookstore (I've always wanted to run one!) However, I would also like to point out the New England location, the intelligence and general likability of the protagonist, and just the right complexity in a mystery of this caliber. The supporting characters are also charming, and not stock stereotypes like I've come across in other cozy mysteries. They've got depth and feel like real people, including the murderer (who I won't give away here of course). It can be hard to ride the line between a genuine, scary bad guy dropping just enough reasoning and exposition behind their motives, and a Snidely Whiplash, mustache twirling Bond villain in the third act. Murder is Binding did a great job of conveying an interesting mystery without getting too long winded and full of itself.
The only character I had trouble liking was Angelica, Trish's sister- and even by the end of the novel she'd grown on me. I was also very interested in Trish's store, her clients, and her book-buying.
I actually had trouble putting this one down, and finished it within a few days. If you're looking to wet your feet in the cozy mystery genre, I'd highly recommend picking up this one for sure.

Aug 29, 2017

I never got into this book, so a review of only 20 or so pages is probably not a fair one. But I sort of saw the danger on page one when the author spends 3 lines describing the pink polyester outfit one of the characters was wearing.

Jul 23, 2017

Eh, found it super boring.

Oct 09, 2013

(The first book in the Booktown Mystery series) I can cross this author and series off my list. Boring predictable cozy. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Jan 08, 2013

Enjoyed the first book in the Booktown Mystery Series. The cast of characters were interesting, although not all were well-liked; but isn't real life just like that?

I could relate to the sibling conflict Tricia had with her sister. One looking for approval, the other often clueless to the tension; but in the end, family sticks together.

The true to life small town atmosphere was believable, where store owners know their neighbors, gossip abounds, and outsiders only become natives with the passing of time.

I often wished I was sitting in the bookstore sipping coffee, chatting with the diverse group of employees.

I hope that Tricia finds a little more romance in future editions (perhaps Russ?) and look forward to reading another by this author.

Jul 14, 2012

City clicker Tricia, owner of a mystery bookstore, finds that there is discord between the locals and new folk...Tricia finds "friendly competition" turning to "suspician" that she is a murderess, and works hard to solve the mystery.


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