A killer edition / Lorna Barrett.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: With her assistant, Pixie, picking up more responsibility around the shop, Tricia Miles suddenly has a lot more time on her hands. Tricia decides to join the local animal-rescue board and enter the Great Booktown Bake-Off, but neither pans out as smoothly as she'd hoped. Balancing a bake-off that's heating up with a frosty reception from the board, Tricia stops by Joyce Whitman's romance bookstore looking for a book to get her fired up. She stumbles on something hot, but it's an argument between Joyce and her neighbor Vera Osborn instead of a steamy read. When Vera turns up dead in Joyce's garden hours later, Tricia has to wonder--could Joyce be the killer? Or is the culprit still lurking in town? One thing is for sure, someone in Stoneham is stirring up something more sinister than sweet. Tricia is determined to win the cutthroat cooking contest, but first she will have to make sure no one else is in danger of getting burned....
    • Notes:
      Includes recipes.
    • ISBN:
      9781984802729
      1984802720
    • Accession Number:
      2019011733
    • Accession Number:
      on1074116903
      1074116903
    • Accession Number:
      fay.661652

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2019 July #1

It's early summer in Stoneham, New Hampshire, dubbed "Booktown" as it is home to several bookstores, including Tricia Miles' vintage mystery bookshop, Haven't Got a Clue. Business is good, and, with her recently promoted manager assuming greater responsibility, Tricia pursues her newfound interest in baking by entering the amateur competition in a celebrity bake-off, as well as seeking a seat on the board of the local animal shelter. She wasn't counting on finding a body. The victim, Vera, and her neighbor, another bookstore owner, had been arguing about an overhanging tree on the fence between their properties, but surely that wasn't cause for murder—or was it? Much to the annoyance of the local police chief, Tricia starts investigating, around her bake-off preparations. When she learns that Vera had been a volunteer at the shelter, Tricia asks about her there but is shown the door. With the intertwined threads of cooking and animal rescue, this cozy will appeal to fans of Joanne Fluke (for the baking) and Linda O. Johnston (for the pets). Recipes from the bake-off included. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 March #1

Relieved of heavy duties by ambitious assistant Pixie, bookstore owner Tricia Miles turns her attention to other projects, eventually visiting Joyce Whitman's romance bookstore. There she hears Joyce arguing with a neighbor who later turns up dead.

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 June #1

The residents of Stoneham, N.H., a book lover's dream village, are gearing up for the Great Booktown Bake-Off in Barrett's charming 13th Booktown mystery (after 2018's Poisoned Pages). Even Tricia Miles, who owns the mystery bookstore Haven't Got a Clue, decides to enter the contest, not that she's a master baker. Boredom has set in since she promoted the efficient Pixie Poe to assistant manager, so Tricia is looking for new hobbies, including gardening. When Tricia and fellow shopkeeper Joyce Widman find the body of irascible Vera Olson in Joyce's garden, a "pitchfork thrust through its midsection," Tricia once again turns amateur sleuth. What at first appears to be a matter of tension between Vera and a neighbor leads Tricia to a more serious matter that involves pure greed and would anger a lot of people. Appealing characters and the picture of small-town life offset the weak resolution. Scrumptious cupcake recipes round out the volume. Cozy fans will be pleased. Agent: Jessica Faust, BookEnds. (Aug.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.