"Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars, points of light and reason. ...And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason, for anything."

~ Edward Cullen

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Review: Bookmarked for Death

Title: Bookmarked for Death
Author: Lorna Barrett
Listening Time: 8 hours and 28 minutes
Rating: 3.5/5
Challenges: Cozy Mystery Challenge

Summary from Goodreads:

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….

This is the second book in the Booktown Cozy Mystery series, and I continued to enjoy it as much as the first.  These are really cute books, with a lot of literary references.  I love books that mention other books, and this one was chocked full of them!

In Bookmarked for Death, Tricia is settling in at Haven't Got a Clue bookstore, when lo and behold, the famed author at her book signing is found strangled on the tiolet.  Will Tricia be accused of murder again?  Armed with her mystery solving smarts that she's honed from years of reading mystery novels, Tricia sets out to find the who dunnit, with the help of her sister and the entire cast of townies.

Mystery wise, I had an idea of who the murderer was pretty early on - but I had a harder time pinning down the motive, figuring it out just before Tricia did.  Again, I really enjoyed the narrator and felt the pacing of the story worked well.  I've already downloaded bok three, and can't wait to see what happens to the little town of Stoneham.

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