Friday, November 7, 2014

The next Booktown Mystery!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

As most of you know, I write the Booktown Mysteries under the name Lorna Barrett--one third of my trifecta of writing personalities.  The next book in the series, is A Fatal Chapter.  (Note I didn't say final. Too many peoples seem to be calling it that. This is NOT the last Booktown Mystery.  I'm about to start #10.)

While we write the books, the publisher's marketing department writes the "blurb" that goes on the back cover and to all advertising places. (Think Amazon, etc.)  Usually, the author is kept in the loop about these things.  For some reason, this little detail seems to have fallen through the cracks for A Fatal Chapter.  I read the blurb for the first time on Amazon.  Here it is:

While out walking Sarge, Tricia is led by the agitated dog to a man lying in a gazebo. She’s startled when she recognizes Pete Renquist, the president of the Stoneham Historical Society, who appears to be suffering from cardiac arrest. When Pete later dies in the hospital, the discovery of a suspicious bruise and a puncture mark on his arm suggests he may have been murdered.

Haunted by Pete’s enigmatic last words to her, Tricia begins to consider who had a motive to kill her friend. Did Pete take his flirting too far, only to have a jealous husband teach him a lesson? Or did he discover something in the town’s historical records that his killer wanted kept secret? Tricia is determined to get to the bottom of things before someone else becomes history…

Yeah, that's a lot of the story, but not what I consider the most important part of the book.   So I wrote a shorter version, that I think introduces the most important aspect of the story. 

Have you ever been on a ghost walk? The Stoneham Historical Society plans to give nighttime tours of the Stoneham Rural Cemetery, but someone wants to prevent that--taking extreme measures. Can Tricia figure out who is behind the attacks before someone else becomes the cemetery's newest resident?

What's your take on the story?  Are you intrigued by either description?  If so, which one?  Should they be combined?

And by the way, how do you like the cover?  (I think it's the prettiest one yet.)

A Fatal Chapter will be released on June 2nd. It is now ready for preorder from the following places:

Amazon  |  Kindle  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Nook  |  iBooks  |  Kobo
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