Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Perfect Summer's Day

By Tricia Miles

From Lorna Barrett's Booktown Mystery Series

Tomorrow promises to be the perfect day.  The weatherman has predicted sunny skies.  The village is ready to celebrate Founder's Day -- and they've gone all out.  Even the locals, who've been reluctant to support the booksellers here in Stoneham (which has become known as "booktown") have made it known that they intend to participate in the celebration.

Bob Kelly, head of the local Chamber of Commerce, tried to sucker me into doing the honors as head of the Founder's Day Committee--but I was too smart to fall for his (insincere) flattery.  My friend Deborah Black (who owns the darling shop the Happy Domestic) ended up with the job.  It wasn't that she wasn't smart, but she finally just got tired of sparring with Bob and took the job to shut him up.  She's giving the opening speech.  Good thing she'a been doing well enough to hire some part-time help for her store, because she needed it, what with coordinating food vendors, and carnival rides, and everything else it took to get this show on the road--or at least assembled in the village square.

Bob has outdone himself in advertising the event, and we're sure to have a huge turn out tomorrow.  I heard there'll even be a small plane buzzing the town with a big, bright banner.

With Deborah's no-nonsense approach to things, the day is sure to go off without a hitch.

I can't wait!


Sentenced to Death, #5 in the Booktown Mystery series by Lorna Barrett, will be published on June 7th. 

It’s Founders' Day in Stoneham and the whole village has turned out to celebrate in the square, including Tricia’s friend and festivities organizer Deborah Black. As everyone watches Deborah give the opening speech, a small aircraft crashes into the village gazebo, killing both Deborah and the pilot. While the Sheriff’s Department is convinced that it was an accident, Tricia has a feeling that there’s more to the story. And when she reads between the lines of the case, what she finds is worse than the most sinister whodunit

Check out Lorna's website, or that of her alter egos:  As Lorraine Bartlett she writes the cozy Victoria Square Mysteries and as L.L. Bartlett she writes psychological suspense with the Jeff Resnick Mysteries.  She also blogs on weekdays on her personal blog, Dazed and Confused, and on Saturdays with The Cozy Chicks.


  1. I'm looking forward to reading all about your next adventures, Tricia. I hope nothing founders on Founders Day.

  2. I'm excited about Founder's Day and I hope all goes well.

  3. Sentenced to Death sounds intriguing! Let's hope nothing unfortunate happens on Founder's Day.

  4. I'll bet it's a Founder's Day to remember! Looking forward to reading all about it.

  5. My money's on Tricia to get to the bottom of what happened. She's smart and determined. But that poor girl could sure use a break!

  6. Perfect days are so rarely perfect. Beware, Tricia!

    ~ Krista

  7. It's a great series. Congratulations on book five. Looking forward to more in the future.