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A day in the life of Pixie Poe by Lorna Barrett

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being a movie star like Loretta Young, Ava Gardner, and Rita Hayworth. Oh, sure—my girlfriends were into Star Wars, styling their hair to look like cinnamon buns and ogling Han Solo, but not me. I wanted to wear silk gowns, fur coats, dance the night away on moonlight nights on ocean liners while drinking champagne (even if I didn’t know what that meant), and having fun, Fun, FUN – and kissing lots of boys. I liked to kiss boys. . .a lot.

Of course, my family wasn’t able to provide for a lifestyle filled with glamorous days and even more heavenly nights, so I guess it wasn’t surprising that I fell for any guy with a fancy line and a promise of better things to come. I made some bad choices, hung with the wrong people, and got arrested a lot of times. I ended up spending something like ten years in the slammer. Not all at once, you understand, but a few months here, a year or so there.

I had a lot of times on my hands while in stir and I used it to my advantage. I took secretarial classes (just watch me take shorthand at lightning speed. . .not that anybody uses it anymore), and I read. The library was kinda crappy—at least most of the girls thought so. Really old stuff—like the Maltese Falcon, anything and everything by Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and on and on. I loved it. Those vintage mysteries reminded me of the wonderful old movies I loved as a kid.

So is it any wonder I ended up working in a vintage mystery bookstore. Of course, there were a couple of stumbling blocks along the way. Like, I kind of antagonized the owner of the store until she couldn’t stand the sight of me. But cooler heads prevailed, and her sister kinda sorta made her give me a chance, and that was the first time in my life I didn’t blow it.

And now I feel like I’m living the life of a movie star. I got me a fella, and a diamond ring, and he’s gonna make an honest woman of me. And I’m even getting a wedding shower. Can ya beat that?

My name is Pixie Poe (I’m a direct descendent of Edgar Allen Poe, you know) and I’m the luckiest girl in the world! Hope you’ll read all about my latest adventures in A Just Clause.


You can read more about Pixie in A Just Clause, the 11th book in the “Booktown” mystery series.

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.

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About the author
The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorraine Bartlett’s pen name Lorna Barrett on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent — whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett — that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square and Lotus bay Mystery series, and the Tales of Telenia adventure-fantasy saga, and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s).

Visit Lorraine at lorrainebartlett.com, or lornabarrett.com, or on Facebook, on Cozy Chicks, or on her Amazon Author Page

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My Musing ~ Title Wave by Lorna Barrett

Title Wave by Lorna Barrett is the 10th book in the “Booktown” mystery series. Publisher: Penguin Random House, June 2016

Title WaveTricia and Angelica leave Booktown behind for a pleasure cruise, but they’re going to need their life jackets because a murderer has also booked passage—in Lorna Barrett’s New York Times bestselling series.

While her bookstore, Haven’t Got a Clue, is rebuilt following a devastating fire, Tricia Miles and her sister, Angelica, decide to book a cruise for some much needed R&R. Naturally they choose a Mystery Lovers cruise, where they can ponder whodunnit in deck chairs while sipping colorful drinks and soaking up some rays.

But the fun is cut short when a fellow passenger is murdered for real. Is the killer a famous mystery author, one of his fans, or a member of the ship’s crew? As Tricia tries to find the killer before they reach port, she may be cruising for a bruising…

As always, I love my visits to Stoneham, NH, but this time the gang is onboard the Celtic Lady cruise ship headed to the Bermuda. And what would a Booktown mystery be without Tricia finding a body, and yes even at sea there someone is murdered and when it appears that no one is looking into, our girl is on the case.

I like this book. The mystery was well-developed and I liked that there was a whole ship of people who could have wanted the victim dead and it was fun breaking it down to where there was only one person responsible. Every character played a pivotal role in the telling of this tale and I especially love the interaction between the two sisters. The journey of self-discovery was a good one for Tricia and helped me understand her better as the author gave us a chance to delve into the family dynamics. That was an added bonus for me. All in all, this was a very good read and I especially loved how it ended and I can’t wait to see what the author has in mind with that unexpected arrival.

Author Showcase ~ Title Wave by Lorna Barrett

TItle Wave

Tricia and Angelica leave Booktown behind for a pleasure cruise, but they’re going to need their life jackets because a murderer has also booked passage—in Lorna Barrett’s New York Times bestselling series.

While her bookstore, Haven’t Got a Clue, is rebuilt following a devastating fire, Tricia Miles and her sister, Angelica, decide to book a cruise for some much needed R&R. Naturally they choose a Mystery Lovers cruise, where they can ponder whodunnit in Adirondack chairs while sipping colorful drinks and soaking up some rays.

But the fun is cut short when a fellow passenger is murdered for real. Is the killer a famous mystery author, one of his fans, or a member of the ship’s crew? As Tricia tries to find the killer before they reach port, she may be cruising for a bruising. . .


Release: June 2016
Series: Booktown #10
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime

About the author
The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorna Barrett’s name on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent — whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett — that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s). Lorraine lives in Rochester, NY with her husband.

Connect with Lorraine/Lorna at website, on Facebook, on Pinterest and on Twitter.

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My Musing ~ A Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barrett

A Fatal ChapterA Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barrett is the 9th book in the “Booktown” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, June 2015

New York Times bestselling author Lorna Barrett presents another page-turning chapter in her Booktown Mystery series. This time mystery bookshop owner Tricia Miles is about to find out murder is no walk in the park. . .

While out walking Sarge, her sister’s bichon frise, Tricia is led by the agitated dog to a man lying in a gazebo. She’s startled when she recognizes Pete Renquist, the president of the Stoneham Historical Society, who appears to be suffering from cardiac arrest. When Pete later dies in the hospital, the discovery of a suspicious bruise and a puncture mark on his arm suggests he may have been murdered.

Haunted by Pete’s enigmatic last words to her, Tricia begins to consider who had a motive to kill her friend. Did Pete take his flirting too far, only to have a jealous husband teach him a lesson? Or did he discover something in the town’s historical records that his killer wanted kept secret? Tricia is determined to get to the bottom of things before someone else becomes history. . .

Lorna has done again by delivering a brilliantly executed drama that I could not put down until the last page was turned and boy did she keep me in suspense with this thoroughly engaging whodunit.

Tricia is once again thrust in another murder and try as she might, she just had to do a little investigating and when she was done, well, you’ll just have to read this book. Everything about it kept me glued to the pages and those twists and turns were explosive with several outcomes I didn’t even expect. Tricia really shined in this book, showing her vulnerabilities, yet still being a determined soul. I enjoyed the direction this story took beckoning with new beginnings with old and new friends. This was an excellent read and I look forward to more adventures with Tricia and her family and friends.

Book Clubbed by Lorna Barrett

Book ClubbedBook Clubbed by Lorna Barrett is the 8th book in the “Booktown” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, July 2014

New York Times bestselling author Lorna Barrett is back in town—Booktown, that is—with another page-turning mystery. This time bookstore owner Tricia Miles and her sister, Angelica, put their own problems on the shelf to catch a killer who turns a bookcase into a murder weapon.

Cranky Chamber of Commerce receptionist Betsy Dittmeyer is done reading people the riot act. After she’s crushed by a fallen bookcase, the next item to be read is her last will and testament—which is packed with surprises. It soon comes to light that Betsy was hiding volumes of dark secrets behind that perpetual frown of hers—and one of them just might have been a motive for murder.

While Tricia tries to help Angelica—the newly elected Chamber of Commerce president and Betsy’s boss—solve the mystery, she discovers a hidden chapter in her own family history that rocks her to her very core. And with her ex-husband and the chief of police vying for her affections, it’s doubly hard to focus on who might have buried Betsy in a tomb of tomes.

But as Tricia and Angelica try to read between the lines, they need to watch their step…and make sure the killer doesn’t catch them between the stacks.

This series continues to get better and better and I love it. In the latest adventures of Tricia, she becomes involved in yet another murder. This was a well-written whodunit that had a comfortable tone and the story was easy to follow as each chapter led us with clues to the killer identity. The author did a great job by providing us with several likely suspects who when revealed, I didn’t see that one coming. There were some occurrences within the pages of this book that tested the strength of our heroine and I like how she prevailed in the aftermath. A good strong showing in the telling of this story and I look forward to the next book in this delightfully charming series.

A Day in the Life of Angelica Miles by Lorna Barrett

Book ClubbedMy work is never done.

That sounds like the story of my life, and honestly—it is. When I came to live in Stoneham and decided to take over the cookbook store, the Cookery, I had no idea what a successful businesswoman I would become. Of course, I modeled my store after my dear sister Tricia’s mystery bookstore, Haven’t Got a Clue, but it soon became apparent to me that I had far more business acumen and stamina than her. I mean, she’s only running one business, and she’s not as efficient as she could be. She insists on having two employees, plus herself in the store several days a week. I can’t imagine what that’s doing to her bottom line. (I didn’t ask.)

Still, just running the Cookery wasn’t enough. I’d always wanted to be a restaurateur, but at the time I opened my little café, Booked for Lunch, there was nowhere on Main Street to have a bigger business. That changed when the history bookstore blew up, but by then I was already knee deep in blue plate specials. Still, good food is good food, and my customers leave happy.

Angelica's listMy next business venture was buying a share of the Sheer Comfort Inn, a beautiful Victorian house on a residential street that caters to weary (well-heeled) tourists. I was lucky to get a say in the furnishings and linen upgrades, and I think my good taste shines through. During the summer months we’re booked solid, and during the winter, we still manage a 50-60 percent occupancy rate. Not bad!

I mustn’t forget to mention that I’m a bestselling cookbook author, although lately I’ve put that career on hold after taking the helm of the local Chamber of Commerce. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. Of course, I had to wrestle it away from my former paramour, but our relationship had ended and, honestly, it was time for a change. Our membership is already up 100 percent and still growing, and we’re doing spectacular things in just a short period of time. Of course, things would be better if we hadn’t lost our receptionist. Betsy Dittmeyer was killed when a fully loaded bookshelf fell over and squashed her like a bug. (A big juicy bug.) But I’m sure we’ll soon hire someone very good (and a lot nicer) to take her place.

You see, Betsy had a lot of secrets she was keeping not only from me, but all the rest of the people in her life. Then again, there are a few secrets I’ve been keeping from Tricia. A very big one that, when told, will shatter her for life. It’s been more than 40 years, perhaps it’s time to spill the beans. But that means waiting until the time is right. And it might be time very soon.

Until that time comes, I’m going to charge full-speed ahead.

It’s the only way I know how to operate.


You can read more about Angelica in Book Clubbed, the 8th book in the “Booktown” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is Murder is Binding. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

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Meet the author
The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorna Barrett’s name on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent — whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett — that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series and the Tales of Telenia saga, and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s). Check out the descriptions and links to all her works, and sign up for her emailed newsletter here at www.LornaBarrett.com

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A Day In My Life: Pixie Poe by Lorna Barrett

Not The Killing TypeWhen I think of all the years I spent wasting away in a jail cells across the Northeast, I could kick myself. Hi, my name is Pixie Poe and I’m a recovering prostitute.

I never had much of an education, and when I was younger I wasn’t bad to look at. I never got caught up in drugs, and I wasn’t a bad person—honest. I just didn’t have any skills except one, and … well, I kinda liked it—when I had a regular clientele. I was never into kinky stuff and … well, that’s probably more information than you wanted to know, right?

It’s really, really boring in jail. I learned to kinda type, and I have a lot of spit, so I was always good at licking envelopes, but there’s only so many hours a day you can work in the Warden’s office, so I killed a lot of time reading in the prison library. Money is always short, so they don’t buy a lot of new books, so I had to read everything three or four times just to ease the boredom. Since I’d never had a real romance, I decided they just frustrated me, but give me a good murder story any day and I’m happy as a pig in … well, you get my drift.

When I got out on parole this last time, I went to work as a secretary and … well, I guess I wasn’t very good at it, but Grace Harris-Everett was real swell to me and gave me a chance. But, I kinda blew it by being mean to her neighbor. Well, she looked (and acted) like some kind of society … uh, I’ll use the word “witch.” She got on my nerves, and well … I was mean to her. And then, I got in trouble when I didn’t deliver a message to Grace, and well … it could have been ugly. But then the witch’s sister stepped in and … she got the witch to hire me in her bookstore. Her mystery bookstore. Can you say THE PERFECT JOB? And Tricia isn’t even a witch. Turns out I misjudged her. She’s really nice. And where else can you read ANYTHING YOU WANT when there are no customers to wait on?

I work with Grace’s hubster, Mr. E, too, and Tricia has a great cat who loves me almost as much as she loves her. I got a great crib in the next town, and I’ve made new friends. My life it the tops!

I guess jail was kinda good for me in the long run. I’ve got a new—clean—life, a great job. And books. Lots and lots of books.

Yup, I’m one happy camper.


Thanks to Penguin, I have one (1) copy of MURDER ON THE HALF SHELF to give away. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. The book will be shipped directly from the publisher. Contest ends July 18; US entries only per publisher’s request.


You will meet Pixie Poe in Murder on the Half Shelf and Not the Killing Type, the 7th book in the “Booktown” mystery series; both books were just released this month and are available now. The first book in the series is Murder is Binding.

Meet the author
The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorna Barrett’s name on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent — whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett — that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting “Jeff Resnick Mysteries” as well as the acclaimed “Victoria Square Mystery” series and the “Tales of Telenia” saga, and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s). Check out the links to all her works here: www.lornabarrett.com and www.lorrainebartlett.com

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

Not the Killing Type by Lorna Barrett

Not The Killing TypeNot 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.

It’s all about me, Me, ME! by Angelica Miles (as told to Lorna Barrett)

I’ve been asked: “What’s it like to be Angelica Miles?”

Oh my, should I be modest or sing my own praises?

Do you even need to ask that question?

Life is sweet. Since I arrived in Stoneham, New Hampshire, a mere two and a half years ago, my life has changed considerably. I was a miserable, about-to-be divorced woman. Incredibly attractive, sexy, but sadly unhappy at the events that led me to visit my rather despondent, younger sister (although she didn’t know it at the time), who’d just opened a mystery bookstore.

A mystery bookstore–of all things!

Tricia’s neighbor was killed, leaving behind a cookbook store. What an opportunity! Of course, I snapped it up. I mean, after all, I was born to cook! And then it was just a natural that I’d open a lovely little retro café. And now I’m a nationally bestselling cookbook author.

In other words, I’m a supreme success! (Didn’t Susan B. Anthony say that “failure was impossible?” Well, it sure has been for me.)

The Sheer Comfort Inn is about to open in Stoneham. The village is in dire need of lovely accommodation and I’ve won the Chamber of Commerce raffle to spend a night of luxury in the third-floor master suite during their shakedown before they open next week. And I’ve got a secret that has to do with the inn that I haven’t even revealed to dear Tricia. After all, what’s a secret if you share it with others?

So, I’m off to pack. Just a few outfits. No doubt Tricia will chide me about packing too much, but a woman must be prepared for any situation–and since Stoneham is no longer the safest village in New Hampshire, well … just about anything can happen!


Tricia Miles’ stay at a B&B turns into a nightmare and she’s drawn into a web of deceit, duplicity, and even murder. Lorna Barrett’s MURDER ON THE HALF SHELF, #6 in the Booktown Mystery series and debuting on July 3rd, is the perfect book to download on your e-reader or pack in your suitcase for a great summer read.

** Thanks to the Lorna, I have one (1) Haven’t Got A Clue coffee mug to give away. Contest open to residents of the US only. Contest ends July 15. Leave a valid-email address with your comment. Mug will be shipped directly from the author. **

Meet the author
Lorna Barrett must be absolutely crazy. Why else would she write three different mystery series? In addition to the New York Times bestselling and Agatha-nominated Booktown Mysteries, she writes the bestselling Victoria Square Mysteries as Lorraine Bartlett, and as L.L. Bartlett the Jeff Resnick Mysteries. You can find MURDER ON THE HALF SHELF at most bookstores and online. Please visit Lorna’s website (www.LornaBarrett.com) or her Dazed and Confused blog: www.LornaBarrett.blogspot.com You can find her on Facebook.