Not the Killing Type by Lorna Barrett is the 7th book in the “Booktown” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, July 2013
New York Times bestselling author of Murder on the Half Shelf Lorna Barrett delivers another compulsively page-turning Booktown Mystery in which amateur sleuth and bookstore owner Tricia Miles gets caught up in a local election that turns lethal.
It’s November in Stoneham, New Hampshire, and that means it’s time for the Chamber of Commerce elections. The race is already a bit heated, as the long-standing Chamber president is being challenged by a former lover—Tricia’s own sister, Angelica. Then local small business owner Stan Berry throws his hat in the ring.
Unfortunately, it’s not there for long when he’s found murdered in the Brookview Inn. The murder weapon is a brass letter opener belonging to the inn’s receptionist. Tricia knows there’s no way the receptionist is a killer. And when Angelica asks Tricia to help clear her name and win the election, she sees little choice except to start snooping.
She soon uncovers a ballot box full of lies and betrayals, and a chamber full of people who had grudges against the victim. But were they serious enough to lead to murder? And who truly had something to gain? Tricia will have to do some serious sleuthing before she pulls the lever on a killer.
As always, I’m dazzled by the writing style of Lorna as we get involved in a murder, an election and intrigue as to why Stan was killed. The road to the discovery of the murderer kept me glued to the pages. The author did a good job with supplying us with plenty of suspects with a surprising twist that spun me around. This lighthearted whodunit entertained me from the first page to an ending filled with possibilities. With the addition of Pixie who is a delight, this series gets better and better and I can’t wait to see what happens next with Tricia, Angelica and the rest of the citizens of Stoneham, NH.