Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett is the third book in the “Booktown” cozy mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), November 2009
Tricia Miles, owner of Haven’t a Clue mystery bookstore, is still settling into Stoneham, New Hampshire, the kind of town where everybody knows your name—and where everyone’s quick to lend a hand, even when murder is afoot . . .
The kinder folks of Stoneham might call Pammy Fredericks a free spirit. The less kind, a freeloading thief. Tricia has put up—and put up with—her uninvited college roommate for weeks. In return, Pammy, has stolen one hundred dollars, among other things. But the day she’s kicked out, Pammy’s found dead in a trash cart, leaving loads of questions unanswered. What was she foraging for? Did her killer want it too? To piece the case together, Tricia will have to dive in headfirst.…
This is another great book in this series. Tricia kicks Pammy out of her house and is later found upside down in a dumpster. Captain Baker is on the case and he proves to be a better detective more accepting of the clues that Tricia discovers. It was good seeing more into the lives of Tricia, Angelica, Bob and Ginny. I had a hard time putting this book down and the mystery of who killed Pammy had me guessing as to who did it right until the end of the story and I never saw that twist coming. Good job. My rating: 4 stars
*pseudonym of author Lorraine Bartlett