Bookmarked For Death by Lorna Barrett
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
Date Read: July 2013
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
What do a stone book and a stabbed cake have to do with Zoë Carter's death?
Once a struggling town, Stoneham, New Hampshire is now enjoying a renaissance--thanks to booksellers like Tricia Miles, proprietor of Haven’t Got a Clue. It’s a great place to find a good mystery to read--or to solve ….
To celebrate her bookstore’s anniversary, Tricia Miles hosts a book signing for bestselling author Zoë Carter. But the event takes a terrible turn when the author is found dead in the washroom. Before long, both police and reporters are demanding the real story. So far, the author’s obnoxious assistant/niece is the only suspect. And with a sheriff who provides more obstacles than answers, Tricia will have to take matters into her own hands--and read between the lines to solve this mystery…
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, Penguin Group
Series: Booktown Mystery #2
Also by this author: Murder is Binding, Book Clubbed br> br>
Also in this series: Murder is Binding, Book Clubbed
Overall Rating: 3.00
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 2.50
Audio Rating: 4.25 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Tricia seemed like a totally different character than in the first book for 3/4 of Bookmarked for Death–the end is what saved it for me!
Story Thoughts: There was a twist y’all! A twist that I both enjoyed and yet couldn’t see coming no matter what. While I love a good twist, I do at least like to be able to go back to the story and go “OH I should have caught that”. That being said, I think the twist really made the story gel together. Overall this was just a fun case to follow which is what I love about cozy mysteries.
Character Thoughts: I really liked Tricia in the first book (Murder is Binding) but for some reason she just annoyed the ever living crap out of me in Bookmarked for Death. First, I don’t get her relationship with Russ. She seems to not trust his motives for anything while her motives are very similar to what she blames him for doing. Her relationship with the Sheriff is horrid (they don’t like each other) but in one instance I really sided with the Sheriff (which I didn’t do at all in the first book). Tricia was listening to the blotter, followed a break-in call, beat the cops there, went in, and then acted prissy when the Sheriff pointed out that she needed to quit interfering with crime scenes. That scene just annoyed me. The end though made me think I will continue to the series. Tricia seemed to eat a little crow so I am hoping she goes back to how she was in the first book in the next one. Sorry but I was just really disappointed with her!
Narrated By Cassandra Campbell / Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
Cassandra did an excellent job once again! This was a rather short audiobook and perfect for a commute or housework type of listen. Cassandra’s emotion and pacing were excellent for all the characters. I recommend this series in audio form.
Final Thoughts: Despite my dislike of Tricia in Bookmarked For Death, I am continuing the series with hopes of Tricia past!
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