Tricia and Angelica leave Booktown behind for a pleasure cruise, but they’re going to need their life jackets because a murderer has also booked passage—in Lorna Barrett’s New York Times bestselling series.
While her bookstore, Haven’t Got a Clue, is rebuilt following a devastating fire, Tricia Miles and her sister, Angelica, decide to book a cruise for some much needed R&R. Naturally they choose a Mystery Lovers cruise, where they can ponder whodunnit in deck chairs while sipping colorful drinks and soaking up some rays.
But the fun is cut short when a fellow passenger is murdered for real. Is the killer a famous mystery author, one of his fans, or a member of the ship’s crew? As Tricia tries to find the killer before they reach port, she may be cruising for a bruising..
About the author:
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 has many short stories and novellas to her name(s).
The Booktown Mystery series concerns a mystery bookseller who deals in rare, out-of-print, and used books. What does “L” know about bookselling? A little. She, too, has sold used books.
Authors are split on the whether “used” bookstores are good for building their careers. From a reader’s perspective, they’re a great way to find new authors or find out-of-print books by their favorite authors. Sadly, authors make no money from the sales of used books–and this is a business where unless you’re Stephen King, Nora Roberts, or John Grisham, you aren’t going to make enough money from your writing career to cover the mortgage and groceries. So it’s a catch-22.
Tricia Miles, the owner of the Haven’t Got a Clue bookstore that’s the heart of the Booktown Mysteries, also sells new books, thus helping current “real” authors (who are mentioned in the Booktown Mysteries) stake out some kind of living, as well as keeping “alive” the works of long-dead authors.