Book Clubbed (A Booktown Mystery)
By Lorna Barrett
Berkley Prime Crime
It's wintertime, and the living is . . . boring. At least in Stoneham, New Hampshire, it is. The weather is bitterly cold, and the tourists are wisely staying home. Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles is just starting to wonder how she and her restauranteur sister Angelica will keep themselves entertained, when they discover the body of Chamber of Commerce receptionist Betsy Dittmeyer under a bookcase. As murder weapons go, this one is certainly unique. And as Tricia and Angelica begin their own investigation into Besty's death, they discover that she was a much more unique woman than anyone had ever suspected.
For such a sleepy town, Stoneham is populated with intriguing characters, many of whom seem determined to get themselves into trouble. The many relationships among the townsfolk are realistic and genuine, though the reader may wonder how in the world Angelica manages to do as many varied things as she does! The plot is complex and leads up to a climax that readers will likely never see coming. A fine installment of this series!
Amy Sikes, ReaderToReader.com