Title: A Just Clause
Author: Lorna Barrett
Published: 13 June 2017
Series: A Booktown Mystery #11
Date Read: 1 January 2023
Source: My Kinde Library
Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
My Rating: 4
GoodReads’ Rating: 4.6
Other Books by Author: Jeff Resnick Mysteries, Victoria Square Mysteries, Lotus Bay Mysteries
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First Sentence: Tricia Miles almost always felt a thrill to host a book signing at her mystery bookstore, Haven’t Got a Clue, especially when it involved a favorite author.
A Just Clause is the eleventh novel in Lorna Barrett’s A Booktown Mystery Series and I have enjoyed each and every one of the books in the series equally.
In this wonderfully written addition to an amazing series, the mystery opens with a book signing at Haven’t Got a Clue Bookstore featuring Steven Richardson, a thriller author that Tricia Miles met on her cruise in the last novel in the series, Title Wave. Not only is Steven Richardson in attendance at the signing, but Tricia’s father, John Miles, as well. Following the literary event, both men are slapped on separate instances by Carol Talbot, who turns up dead and both men become suspects in the murder. Despite her troubled history with her father, Tricia undertakes sleuthing to clear her father as a suspect in the crime.
The theme of this mystery explores family dysfunction and illuminates how the dysfunction affects the family members involved. I have always loved the sisterly dynamic between Tricia and Anglica and the narrative of A Just Clause helps me to understand why they are so close and supportive of each other.