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Poisoned Pages: 07/25/18
Poisoned Pages by Lorna Barrett is the twelfth book from the Booktown mystery series. It opens with the trial of Bob and him cursing Tricia and her extended family. It's the first time I can recall this series using a prolog.
After that the action gets going quickly, with a man dying of an apparent acute reaction to a food allergy at Tricia's house warming party, post remodel. It's one more tick in the jinx column for her as far as the townsfolk are concerned, and it comes right as she's announced her candidacy for president of the chamber of commerce.
The death and the campaign though are secondary to Angelica's problems. Someone is blackmailing her regarding her business dealings as the reclusive Nigela Ricita. Again, Angelica is trying to keep secrets that really aren't secrets to anyone who know her well. But we do get to have theories confirmed and she gets to learn that her good deeds have endeared her to the town and to her growing family.
As to how the death at the party and the blackmailing are related came as no surprise to me, even while listening on a cross-state road trip. That said, I didn't care that I knew because I'm thoroughly invested in the characters. This book probably wouldn't work for a new comer to the series. If you're new, start with Murder is Binding