Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
Date Read: July 2013
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
The streets of Stoneham, New Hampshire are lined with bookstores...and paved with murder.
Stoneham, New Hampshire, was a dying town until community leaders invited booksellers to open shop. Now, its streets are lined with bookstores - and paved with murder…
When she moved to Stoneham, city-slicker Tricia Miles was met with friendly faces. And when she opened her mystery bookstore, she met with 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: Berkley Prime Crime, Penguin Audio
Series: Booktown Mystery #1
Also by this author: Bookmarked For Death, Book Clubbed br> br>
Also in this series: Bookmarked For Death, Book Clubbed
Listened for Fun (Library Book)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Really strong beginning to a new to me cozy mystery series. Murder is Binding hooked me. 🙂
Story Thoughts: This was a fun little cozy mystery. Tricia was pretty smart and savvy which made her approach to the case both interesting and fun. I am not a big fan of the plot device used for the “who dun it” but it was still really easy to read. Great for an afternoon with a big glass of ice tea.
Character Thoughts: I really liked the characters of Murder is Binding. Tricia was easy to relate too even in her unlikable moments (yes she had a few) and her interactions with her sister, workers, and town people were great. I felt the side characters were really what shined and I hope we get to spend more time with them in the future.
Narrated By Cassandra Campbell / Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
I really liked Cassandra Campbell’s narration and thought she was perfect for Tricia. She had the right tempo and cadence. I really enjoyed listening to this book on audio.
Final Thoughts: This was a good start to the series and I can’t wait to continue.
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