"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

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Review: Sentenced to Death

Title: Sentenced to Death
Author: Lorna Barrett
Listening Time: 9 hours and 37 minutes
Challenges: Cozy Mystery Challenge
Rating: 3/5

Summary from Goodreads:

As the owner of Stoneham, New Hampshire's mystery bookstore Haven't Got a Clue, Tricia Miles can figure out whodunit in the latest bestseller way before she gets to the last page. But these days, Tricia is using her sleuthing skills for much more than the books on her shelves . . .

It’s Founders' Day in Stoneham and the whole village has turned out to celebrate in the square, including Tricia’s friend and festivities organizer Deborah Black. As everyone watches Deborah give the opening speech, a small aircraft crashes into the village gazebo, killing both Deborah and the pilot. While the Sheriff’s Department is convinced that it was an accident, Tricia has a feeling that there’s more to the story. And when she reads between the lines of the case, what she finds is worse than the most sinister whodunit …

I just finished book five in the Booktown cozy mystery series, Sentenced to Death, and while I enjoyed it, I also found various parts to be extremely frustrating.

One, this has been the longest book/audio so far, and it drug something horrible.  Especially in the middle.  There wasn't a lot of anything there to really help move the story along.  There seemed to be a lot of speculation, but not a lot of sleuthing.  The whole premise of the book seemed a little far fetched and mismatched.

Two, Tricia was super whiney in this one!  Everything was an issue, and she couldn't seem to deal with anything.  I'm a little sick of hearing about her pitiful love life, and her ex husband issues.  Stand up for yourself and quit letting these idiots treat you like dirt.  She seriously has horrible test in men, as does her sister Angelica!

And finally, I don't think the killer was completely flushed out.  Everything seemed to happen haphazardly at the end, and I felt like there were a lot of loose ends and unanswered questions.

I'm still going to continue with these books as I've really enjoyed this series up to book five.  Plus, book six is the most currently published book, with book seven not coming out until July so it will give me a break from Stoneham for a while.  Perhaps I'm just Booktown burnt out?

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