Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I never really knew her at all . . .

By Tricia Miles

From Lorna Barrett's SENTENCED TO DEATH -- the 5th Booktown Mystery

Even before I opened my bookshop, Haven’t Got a Clue, I met Deborah Black, owner of the Happy Domestic book and gift shop at an auction. We were both looking to stock their stores: I was looking for books, and Deborah was buying pink depression glass. We struck up a conversation and became fast friends.

In no time at all, we started meeting for dinner every Wednesday night for what we called our own “Girls Night Out.” We talked about everything. Men. Business. Men. Diets. Men. Exercise. And Men. Of course, Deborah complained a lot about her husband, David, but I came right back at her with her tale of woe about my ex-husband--the one who’d left me to . . . well, I was never really sure why he left. A mid-life crisis, he insisted. He needed to find himself--and he couldn’t do that with me.

But that’s another story.

After Deborah had her baby, it was harder for us to get together. David resented babysitting after a long day at the welding shop, but we kept up our friendship, and Deborah came to the book club at my store whenever she could, and of course we talked on the phone often.

I was absolutely devastated when my dear friend was killed in a rather bizarre accident. Hit by a small airplane while giving a speech during Stoneham’s Founders Day celebration. As the days went by, I mourned Deborah but learned some rather disturbing things about her. She hadn’t exactly lied -- but she certainly hadn’t been as candid with me as I’d thought.

In fact, I began to wonder if I’d ever known the real Deborah.

You can join me on my journey of discovery about Deborah and her last days in the latest Booktown Mystery--Sentenced To Death.
Lorna Barrett writes the New York Times Bestselling Booktown Mysteries. Sentenced to Death is the fifth book in the series. She also writes the Victoria Square Mysteries as Lorraine Bartlett and the Jeff Resnick Mysteries as L.L. Bartlett. Please visit her web sites and her blog.


  1. Wow, that would make you reevaluate what you know about your acquaintances, wouldn't it? Can't wait to read this!

  2. Sounds like a fascinating journey. Just goes to show, you know only what people choose to show you. Especially when it comes to husbands.

  3. It does make you look at others to say are they presenting the real them.