Stoneham, NH is the setting for my Booktown Mysteries. It's a very pretty little village very close to the New Hampshire and Massachusetts state lines. Back in 1822, the village was founded by Hiram Stone, who owned a granite quarry.
The village was falling into disrepair until Bob Kelly, the then-president of the local Chamber of Commerce, recruited a number of used booksellers to come to the village. Among them, was Tricia Miles, who opened the vintage mystery bookstore, Haven't Got a Clue. It was Bob's vision that Stoneham should be known as BOOKTOWN.
|Hay on Wey mystery bookshop.|
The Chamber of Commerce has always been behind the village's rebirth, and that continues even though Bob is no longer its president. That job fell to Angelica Miles after a bitter election (and after she and Bob broke up).
just-about-to-be deceased). After Tricia found her second body, she became known as "the village jinx," a title she loathes.
determined to make sure the village wouldn't be in the running.
Despite the bodies piling up, Stoneham really is a very nice place to visit. There are restaurants (The Bookshelf Diner, Booked for Lunch, and the Brookside Inn), a pub (the Dog Eared Page), and of course, many bookstores.
If you haven't already visited, try reading Murder Is Binding. The village welcomes all new visitors.
If you have visited, what's your favorite thing about Booktown?