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    A murder on a cruise ship -- Great read!

    It's winter and Tricia and Angelica are on a cruise sponsored by the town's Chamber of Commerce. It is an important get-away for Tricia, who has had a lot on her mind with her ex-husband murdered and the fire at her store. I really liked how Lorna Barrett still kept enough ties for fans of the Booktown Mysteries. I think the cruise was a nice change of pace for the series. Even though the location was different, you had plenty of the same characters and a few new ones. And of course, someone is murdered! Tricia may be considered the village jinx but she's an excellent sleuth. I felt that this book also gave an interesting angle into Tricia's personality. This book gives us a little more insight to her character. The character murdered was a famous mystery writer. She was a rather unlikable character, with many people that would have reason to kill her. I felt that there were lots of twists that kept me guessing. This book is a great addition to the series and I really enjoyed the read!
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    A great cozy series!

    Number 10 in the series does not disappoint. This series just keeps getting better. I love the personal growth in the characters lives especially Tricia. This book has it all. A great cozy mystery, a great setting (a cruise ship) and revealed some background in the sisters lives that helps them move on and grow. The characters in this book were well written and the plot had me guessing right until the end. I suggest strongly that you read the series in order to fully appreciate the main characters. I cannot wait for the next book in the series!
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    Murder at Sea

    Although I love the little book themed village of Stoneham, it was nice to see Tricia and Angelica finally getting to take a vacation and have some time to relax. If I were to take another cruise this is the type of cruise I would enjoy, a cruise dedicated to books and reading. Although I wouldn’t want a dead body to turn up on my ship. This book is a little slower paced than previous books but most everything takes place on a ship, there are only so many place you can go or people to see on a small ship. I didn’t mind the slower pace because in this book we get a little more insight of why Tricia is the way she is when it comes to food, exercise, and relationships. Author Lorna Barrett doesn’t disappoint with this book she keeps you guessing until the end of the book even with a limited cast of characters. This book is slower paced but still has a well told storyline. Characters are well developed; this book hints that we may see more character development for especially Tricia in future books. True to cozy mystery form no graphic violence, sex, or bad language. I would definitely recommend this book and look forward to the next. This book can be read as a stand alone although some of the references about a few characters would be better understood if you read the earlier books.
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    Tenth book in series!

    Title Wave by Lorna Barrett is the tenth book in A Booktown Mystery series. Tricia Miles and her sister, Angelica Miles are going on a Mystery Lover’s cruise on the Celtic Lady along with family members (Antonio and Ginny Barbero and their daughter, Sofia) and colleagues from the Stoneham Chamber of Commerce. Milford Travel proposed the excursion and it is taking place during the slow period for their town. They are all looking forward to spending some time in the sun (and away from the snow). They will get a chance to meet various mystery authors, attend lectures and workshops, and get books signed. Tricia owns Haven’s Got a Clue in Stoneham, New Hampshire which carries mystery novels (the town is full of various bookstores). Unfortunately, EM Barstow is one of the authors. Ms. Barstow is a bestselling mystery author with horrible attitude (rude, demeaning). Ms. Barstow is accompanied by Dori Douglas, who is president of her fan club and Cathy Cooper, her editor. Tricia cannot sleep the first night and goes to get some hot cocoa. She is on the way back to her room, when she notices a stateroom door wide open. She investigates and finds EM Barstow dead. The suspect list is extremely long, and they need to solve it before the ships arrives back in port (and the killer will walk away). Can Tricia find the killer before the killer decides to write her off? Title Wave was my least favorite book in this series. From the moment EM Barstow was introduced the reader knows (and hopes) she will be killed. I thought the killer was obvious (the suspect list is really short in actuality), but the author did a good with it (and there is a twist near the end). The one thing that really annoyed me in the novel was the constant mention of how much and what Tricia ate. It is talked about more than the mystery. It was too dominant in the book. Angelica pushed Tricia to eat and Tricia declined to eat. The readers find out why near the end of the book, but, by that time, I did not care (I was sick of it). I think Ms. Barrett could have handled it differently, more subtlety. I wish the author had spent more time on the mystery and less on food issues. I felt that Tricia took the joy out of the book (and the trip for the group). I found that some information was repeated (like Tricia and her eating issues and Tricia’s deceased ex-husband). I give Title Wave 3 out of 5 stars. I will read the next book in A Booktown Mystery series, and I sincerely hope it will be like the novels at the beginning of the series. I received a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.
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