In the opening book of this series by Lorna Barnett, we find Tricia Miles, a divorcee who comes from the big city to the small town of Stoneham, NH ( not far from the border from Massachusetts and a stone’s throw to Portsmouth) also dubbed as the safest town in the US.
Having used all of her savings to invest in “Havent got a clue,” her bookstore is located in an embankment of bookstores in Main Street. She puts a lot of effort into making her investment work, but mysterious things start to happen. Pamphlets about a nudist resort start appearing among the pages of books… her neighbor Doris, a bitter store owner and competitor suddenly turns up dead… and she has odd encounters with the local reporter.
On top of that, her estranged sister Angelica suddenly shows up creating a little too much to handle for Tricia. She must try to keep her store open, herself out of trouble, and keep the real killer at bay.
I love this book because of the setting (so easy to recognize some of the Portsmouth landmarks) and the characters – although flawed at times – are very real and easy to like. Also, the mystery’s plot keeps you guessing until the end. All in all, a good book to read in one afternoon.