Murder is binding by Lorna Barrett

Cover Murder is binding by Lorna Barrett

Who knew book lovers lived so dangerously?

In a nutshell:

Short synopsis:
A cook book shop owner is murdered and the next door neighbour, mystery book seller Tricia, is the only suspect for the police sheriff who holds a grudge against her.

Language I read the book in: English

Did I like it? Yes, rather

For people who: like books about book lovers and cozy mysteries

My thoughts: 

I got this book from Birgit and as it sounded nice and entertaining I read it right away.

Once I started reading it drew me right into the atmosphere of this little New Hampshire town with a whole street full of antiquarian books stores. Sounds like a reader’s dream come true.

There was budding romance (don’t recoil, it was ok for a mystery book), quite interesting characters, a sisters’ conflict, an intriguing murder and a dislikeable sheriff. A few of the plot items will definitely carry on into following sequels and I find it quite inconsiderate of Birgit that she didn’t send me the next book, but the fourth. Just kidding, I love Birgit, but now I somehow have to get the two mysteries in between in order to be in the picture. I am predicting a relationship between Tricia and the publisher of the local newspaper in the future, but we will see.

Anyway, a nice mystery, the series is definitely worth reading on.

One thing that I would like to mention that totally rubbed me the wrong way was the fact that the characters (and thus the author) talked about a child with Down Syndrome as being "retarded" which I find offensive. I have a child with Down Syndrome and I find that word hurtful. Obviously the author knows that the word is debatable to say the least, because in one scene she has one character say something along the lines of "you can call her [the child] retarded, it won’t offend me". Well, it did offend me as a reader and that little detail (as unimportant as it may seem – the story doesn’t revolve around the DS issue) was in the back of my mind during the whole book and bothered me.

Product info and buy link :

Title Murder is binding
Author Lorna Barrett
Publisher Berkley Mystery
ISBN 9780425219584
I got this book from Birgit at The Book Garden
Buy link Buy Murder is binding
More info The Booktown mystery series

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Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

3 Comments Write a comment

  1. Shame on me … I knew you’d complain about the missing books 2 and 3! In the meantime I also got my hands on books 3 and 5, so prepare yourself to get those too sometime. 🙂

    To be perfectly honest, I debated with myself whether to give you “a warning” about the part where a child with Down Syndrom is referred to as retarded. Trust me, it rubbed me the wrong way too, mostly because I have this slight suspicion that it’s the author’s opinion … then again, maybe that’s just me. After all, there is a huge difference between a character making stupid and uneducated remarks like that OR if the author lets her own mindset shining through.
    Birgit’s last post ..This isn’t Fiction – Recommended Reads #6


  2. I don’t know, I found the whole thing strange. Tricia didn’t seem to be especially stupid or uneducated and I found her choice of words rather uncharacteristic. As it was repeated a couple of times I got really annoyed. Doesn’t the writer know a politically more correct term or did she want to expose her character as rude and unfeeling? I am by no means someone who calls for PC terms in every situation, but the connotation of the word retarded is just plain ugly and I don’t want to read it under any circumstances, and especially not when referring to a child which could be mine.


    • That’s exactly why I think it’s the author talking, not the character. What is it about cozy mystery heroines with … let’s call it “attitude problems” anyway? Every other mystery I read the main character will do/say something to tick me off *sigh*. And don’t even get me started on them being prone to lying! But yes, I do love the genre, it’s just that I enjoy some series more than others! 😉


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