Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Interview with Tricia Miles, Heroine of the Booktown Mystery Series (w/Giveaway)

Book Clubbed (Booktown Series #8)

Interview with Tricia Miles, heroine of the Booktown Mystery series. Tricia’s latest adventure is called BOOK CLUBBED now out in hardcover. (NOT THE KILLING TYPE is now available in paperback.)

Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I grew up in Stamford, CT and now live in Stoneham, NH. After college, I lived in Manhattan for about 15 years. I like the slower pace of a small town.

What’s your occupation and how did you come to choose it?
I’m a bookseller who specializes in vintage mysteries, although that isn’t all I sell. I sell used books and some new, along with magazines, coffee mugs, etc. I wish I could just sell vintage mysteries, but they are harder and harder to come by and I have two employees, so need that income stream.

What drew you into the mystery?
My grandmother had two loves; reading mysteries and cooking. I inherited the love of reading mysteries, and my sister, Angelica, inherited her love of cooking. So far it’s worked out well for both of us.

Tell us about one of your most memorable “adventures.”
I never planned to become an “amateur sleuth.” Somehow, it just happened when my neighbor was killed and the local Sheriff decided I was the most likely suspect, and all because we had a disagreement and I found her body later that day. Honestly, I’ve read far too many mysteries to know that crime doesn’t pay, and why would I want to put myself on the suspect list? Unfortunately, I seem to have acquired the nickname “village jinx” because I’ve found several bodies.

In my latest adventure (BOOK CLUBBED), my sister, Angelica and I, try to figure out who killed the receptionist at the Chamber of Commerce. This woman led a very interesting life and piecing together all the threads led me to one very shocking conclusion. There were a lot of other shocks along the way, including one about my own family.

Are you married or involved in a serious relationship? Tell us about that.
I’m between relationships right now, not that my ex-husband and ex-lover seem to realize it. I’m happy where I am right now, but everyone around me seems to think I need romantic entanglement. When the time is right, I hope to find that special someone.

What are your plans for the future?
My sister thinks I need to diversify. She has several businesses and thrives on living a rather chaotic life. Me? Not so much. I intend to keep selling books—and trying to stay out of trouble.

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: http://www.LornaBarrett.com/

Now out in Hardcover: BOOK CLUBBED, Booktown Mystery #9.

Now out in paperback: NOT THE KILLING TYPE, Booktown Mystery #8.


Blurb: 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.

Giveaway: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Friday, July 11th for the chance to win a copy of Book Clubbed. (US entries only, please.)


Kaye Killgore said...

This series rocks.


Dru said...

I love this series. Thanks for the interview with Tricia.

Michstjame said...

This is a wonderful series--good mysteries, evolving characters and relationships, and all around fun. I love Tricia, and this was a great interview.

michstjame at gmail dot com

Alicia said...

I love the series and am looking forward to reading this one! afarage(at)earthlink.net

Unknown said...

This is one of my favorite series, thanks fir the giveaway !

Unknown said...

I love books and used bookstores. Unfortunately, some of the best in CA are gone. So it is good we can still read stories about the whole used bookstore miluoe.

Unknown said...

Great author great series, thank you!

NoraA said...

I love this author's books no matter which nom de plume they are written under. I own many of them also. I'd love to be the lucky winner who gets to add another book to their library.


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Unknown said...

Perhaps I'm the lost sister. I always thought it would be great to have a book store dedicated to cookbooks. I love mysteries and cooking, so we'd get along well.
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Unknown said...

Interviewing a character from this book is a great way to intrigue readers. Seems so real when you do it this way. I want to know who killed the Chamber Of Commerce lady now also. Cute!! ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com

Donna A. said...

I love used bookstores. Unfortunately there isn't any that close by.I love cooking and reading both. Lol. gailusann20(at)live(dot)com

Unknown said...

I have added this book to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!

Kimberlee said...

I absolutely adore this series. Can't wait to get my hands on this one. Thanks so much for the giveaway.


Meg C. said...

Love this series, but I hate to admit that I’m not fully caught up. But I’m so looking forward to doing so. Thanks for the giveaway. robbfan141729@yahoo.com

cyn209 said...

a must-add for me to my WishList!!
thank you for the giveaway!!!

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Anonymous said...

Hoping to win...

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Anita Yancey said...

It sounds so good. I really like all of the secrets in this book. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...
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Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...

I have wanted to start this series for a while now, and I love the character interview! jkpekar AT crosslink DOT net

Sue said...

These booktown mysteries are great!

Sharon Braswell said...

Love Tricia and Angelica! What could be better than a good mystery and good food? This receptionist does sound like she had a lot going on and the idea of a family secret discovery really intrigues me! I want to read!

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a good series.


Nancy said...

I've read several books in this series and enjoyed them very much!

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fermentum said...

I have been without internet for quite a few days and I know it is past the giveaway entry date.. I just wanted to mention: GREAT SERIES!!