5/5 Renovated Apartments
On The Back:
Just when things are getting back to normal in Booktown, Tricia and Angelica have their lives turned upside down by a shocking visitor from their past in this latest entry in Lorna Barrett’s New York Times bestselling series.
Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, is in for a surprise when her ne’er-do-well father, John, comes to town—and promptly becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a woman with her own scandalous past. Even Tricia’s faith in the old man is shaken when the Stoneham police break the news that her father is a known con man who has done jail time.
But what about bestselling thriller author Steven Richardson? Is it a coincidence that he arrived for a book signing just before the crime or that the victim was found with a signed copy of his latest bestseller?
From merlot to murder, Tricia is determined to clear the family name before another body shows up and ruins Stoneham’s first—and highly anticipated—wine and jazz festival.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Berkley and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions stated in this review are explicitly my own.*
One of the first cozy series I ever read, and one of my favorites, A Just Clause was a winner!
I love the town of Stoneham and the characters there. Tricia, Angelica, Pixie, and Mr. Everett are all the type of characters that make you feel like you’re coming home when reading these mysteries. Pixie, though, is my absolute favorite! I also loved getting to know Tricia and Angelica’s parents more throughout this book, and I really hope they reappear in later volumes.
The mystery was excellent, though slightly rushed. The pool of suspects was so small the killer didn’t really surprise me, but at the same time, it did. There were a lot of components to the mystery and Tricia investigated without calling herself and investigator, which is a trait I look for in MC’s.
Overall an excellent book and a wonderful addition to a series that I highly recommend. Wonderful, simply wonderful!