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New York Times bestselling author Lorna Barrett presents another page-turning chapter in her Booktown Mystery series. This time mystery bookshop owner Tricia Miles is about to find out murder is no walk in the park… While out walking Sarge, her sister’s bichon frise, Tricia is led by the agitated dog to a man lying in a gazebo. She’s startled when she recognizes Pete Renq New York Times bestselling author Lorna Barrett presents another page-turning chapter in her Booktown Mystery series. This time mystery bookshop owner Tricia Miles is about to find out murder is no walk in the park… While out walking Sarge, her sister’s bichon frise, 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… INCLUDES RECIPES


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New York Times bestselling author Lorna Barrett presents another page-turning chapter in her Booktown Mystery series. This time mystery bookshop owner Tricia Miles is about to find out murder is no walk in the park… While out walking Sarge, her sister’s bichon frise, Tricia is led by the agitated dog to a man lying in a gazebo. She’s startled when she recognizes Pete Renq New York Times bestselling author Lorna Barrett presents another page-turning chapter in her Booktown Mystery series. This time mystery bookshop owner Tricia Miles is about to find out murder is no walk in the park… While out walking Sarge, her sister’s bichon frise, 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… INCLUDES RECIPES

30 review for A Fatal Chapter

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    I'm not sure I read the same book at the rest of these reviewers. This is absolutely my least favorite of this series. Let me save you the trouble of reading it: Tricia moans CONSTANTLY throughout the entire book about not having the insurance money for the fire at her book store. There's a few small mysteries that aren't terribly interesting. And then Tricia moans some more. I get it. She's anxious to move on and having to wait on something like that is incredibly frustrating. But do we have to I'm not sure I read the same book at the rest of these reviewers. This is absolutely my least favorite of this series. Let me save you the trouble of reading it: Tricia moans CONSTANTLY throughout the entire book about not having the insurance money for the fire at her book store. There's a few small mysteries that aren't terribly interesting. And then Tricia moans some more. I get it. She's anxious to move on and having to wait on something like that is incredibly frustrating. But do we have to hear about it CONSTANTLY? Also, what the heck was up with her ex husband? I would have been extremely pissed if someone treated me the way he was treating her. Bah. This one was horrible. I'm glad the library had it so I didn't have to spend money on it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    A Fatal Chapter is the ninth book in A Booktown Mystery series by Lorna Barrett. I think this is my favorite book of the series. Tricia is working at the Chamber of Commerce while waiting for the insurance money to come so that she can rebuild her mystery bookstore Haven't Got A Clue. I love the story and always love being back in Stoneham! This is a wonderful story of family with really two mysteries being solved. Even though Tricia says she will leave the solving to the police, we all know how sh A Fatal Chapter is the ninth book in A Booktown Mystery series by Lorna Barrett. I think this is my favorite book of the series. Tricia is working at the Chamber of Commerce while waiting for the insurance money to come so that she can rebuild her mystery bookstore Haven't Got A Clue. I love the story and always love being back in Stoneham! This is a wonderful story of family with really two mysteries being solved. Even though Tricia says she will leave the solving to the police, we all know how she loves to get involved. Surprises that if you want to know about, well you are going to have to read to find out. The end part of the story had me in tears, happy or sad tears???? Not telling!! Can not wait for the next book!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Really 4.5 stars but I rounded up. ***This review contains a spoiler from Book Clubbed the previous book in this series. Read at your own risk*** It's been awhile since I've read a book in the Booktown series, and I can honestly say that I forgot how great they were! A Fatal Chapter was a fast-paced, riveting thrill of a read that left me wanting more! Tricia is a great MC, she's strong-willed and independant, something that is practically required for a mystery, and she can be hilarious. Angelica Really 4.5 stars but I rounded up. ***This review contains a spoiler from Book Clubbed the previous book in this series. Read at your own risk*** It's been awhile since I've read a book in the Booktown series, and I can honestly say that I forgot how great they were! A Fatal Chapter was a fast-paced, riveting thrill of a read that left me wanting more! Tricia is a great MC, she's strong-willed and independant, something that is practically required for a mystery, and she can be hilarious. Angelica is the best. Period. She is hilarious, smart, and caring all wrapped into a perfect package. We see more of Christopher in this book, and I really liked him. Of course the rest of the crew, Ginny, Mr. Everett, Grace, and Pixie all also reappear. This book takes us through the semi-long-term aftermath of her store burning, as it takes place 6 months after, and Tricia's insurance still hasn't settled. It was frustrating because I loved Haven't Got A Clue and hoped to see it, but it really didn't take away from the story. The mystery was probably the only drawback of the book; it was extremely predictable and, though the ending was amazing and terribly heartbreaking at the same time, the mystery and the identity of the killer really fell flat, at least for me. Overall great characters, an amazing town, but a semi-weak mystery give A Fatal Chapter 4.5/5 stars. Please pick up a copy of the first book in this series and read it, if you haven't already. You won't regret it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Bitchy Tricia is back!

  5. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts When I finished this book all I could say is WOW! Tricia is residing above the Chamber of Commerce office and volunteering there too as she waits for the insurance company to resolve her claim so she can renovate the Haven’t Got A Clue bookstore after the fire. While walking her sister’s dog, Sarge, they find Pete Renquist, the president of the Stoneham Historical Society, lying in the park gazebo and she quickly calls 911 but not in time to save Pete. It turns out he was murde Dollycas’s Thoughts When I finished this book all I could say is WOW! Tricia is residing above the Chamber of Commerce office and volunteering there too as she waits for the insurance company to resolve her claim so she can renovate the Haven’t Got A Clue bookstore after the fire. While walking her sister’s dog, Sarge, they find Pete Renquist, the president of the Stoneham Historical Society, lying in the park gazebo and she quickly calls 911 but not in time to save Pete. It turns out he was murdered and Tricia is going to find out who killed her friend. There is also another mystery in Stoneham and she is going to solve that one too! So much happens in this book and I couldn’t read it fast enough. One suspicion I have had for a while finally is confirmed but to say this story was a wild ride just doesn’t do it justice. Lorna Barrett hits this one completely out of the park and then some. She even had me shedding a few tears. I love these characters and even with Haven’t Got A Clue closed for the time being we are able to keep track and catch up with all of them. Babies are arriving soon, someone has a new boyfriend and Christopher wants Tricia to give him another chance. The entire Booktown Mystery series is fantastic and each installment tops the last. To get maximum reading enjoyment the series should be read in order. The plots are crisp and the characters have continued to grow. If you are already a fan of the series all I can say is READ THIS BOOK NOW!! You are going to love it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    John

    I wasn't going to review this one, but decided I really had to do so after all. First, I had forgotten that Tricia's bookstore had burned up, so thought it was something from offstage after the last book, but no. Here, she's waiting VERY impatiently for the insurance claim to start work on restoring the building. On the other hand, she's loaded; there's discussion of her buying the building from Bob Kelly. Couldn't she have at least started some of the work while the ckaim was pending? Speaking of I wasn't going to review this one, but decided I really had to do so after all. First, I had forgotten that Tricia's bookstore had burned up, so thought it was something from offstage after the last book, but no. Here, she's waiting VERY impatiently for the insurance claim to start work on restoring the building. On the other hand, she's loaded; there's discussion of her buying the building from Bob Kelly. Couldn't she have at least started some of the work while the ckaim was pending? Speaking of Bob ... much is made of this outstanding warrant from his youth (I believe it was for mooning someone). Well, it wasn't a major crime, and more to the point ... he's been in the area for years, if not the entire time, and they're just finding him now? I couldn't suspend enough disbelief there, sorry. Then there's Christopher ... ummm ... one really has to be rather prudish to be concerned about whether Tricia someone was sleeping with an ex-spouse? The next morning he leaves her place in his pajamas. I seem to recall that he hadn't arrived intending to spend the night, so where did they come from? Was there an incident that destroyed the clothes he wore over there, or did he arrive in them and I missed that? If so, Tricia could've gone to his plathe first couple of books, thece and picked up some. I understand that we find out more about Tricia's emphasis on food in the next book. But here she came across as her usual judgmental, anorexic self. Another reviewer reminded us that we see everything through her point-of-view, which isn't always that reliable. In the first couple of books the female police chief was very nasty to Tricia (who, of course, commented on how overweight that woman was); gee -- a newly arrived rich girl from New York starts meddling and that woman resented it - go figure! Interestingly, my favorite character Pixie Poe, the former prostitute, ex con, bookstore assistant seems sorry for Tricia, who actually doesn't have much of a life. Then again, she moved to a small town where the locals aren't going to be from her background. Angelica may be even richer, but she's thrown herself into several jobs, making it clear that Stoneham is her home. Bottom line: Tricia needs therapy. Getting back to the story, I thought the climactic scene was one of the funniest in the series, although that may have been the way Karen White read it. Her voices for Miss Marple the cat, and Pixie Poe, are the highlights of each story for me. Really 2.5 stars -- the next book set away from Stoneham sounds like an interesting challenge for the author.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cindi

    Really? REALLY? OMG, I didn't think this story line could get more far fetched, nor that the characters could moan, bitch and complain more than in the previous books, but I was wrong! NRA is identified and I guess I should have seen it coming, but it's just so completely and utterrly stupid I can't stand it. UGH!!! At least it was a library book, so I only wasted my time, not money. Awful, awful, awful!!!!! one of the things i hated about the series early on was making Tricia (the moaning compla Really? REALLY? OMG, I didn't think this story line could get more far fetched, nor that the characters could moan, bitch and complain more than in the previous books, but I was wrong! NRA is identified and I guess I should have seen it coming, but it's just so completely and utterrly stupid I can't stand it. UGH!!! At least it was a library book, so I only wasted my time, not money. Awful, awful, awful!!!!! one of the things i hated about the series early on was making Tricia (the moaning complainer) pour to be nearly independantly wealthy & making a big deal about it. then there's sister Angelicia who is wealthy beyond means, and basically running the town. So if both sisters are so stupidly & unrealistically wealthy, why does Tricia need to spend a whole book moaning & complaining about waiting for an insurance check to rebuild her store? then the end with Bob - are you KIDDING ME?! Really? this series is so far and beyond of center of anything realistic that it should be labeled as sci-fi. Im just horrified that anyone likes these moaning, whiny, unrealistic people that this series is continuing at all.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    After the devastating fire that destroyed her store and apartment seven months earlier, Tricia is still waiting for her insurance company to finalize their investigation and issue her a check to begin making repairs. Luckily her sister provides her with a small apartment over the Chamber's new offices as well as a temporary job helping out with Chamber business. So the last thing she expects while walking Angelica's dog is to stumble across the unconscious body of the Historical Society's Presid After the devastating fire that destroyed her store and apartment seven months earlier, Tricia is still waiting for her insurance company to finalize their investigation and issue her a check to begin making repairs. Luckily her sister provides her with a small apartment over the Chamber's new offices as well as a temporary job helping out with Chamber business. So the last thing she expects while walking Angelica's dog is to stumble across the unconscious body of the Historical Society's President, Pete Renquist. And when Pete later dies, she learns from her ex-boyfriend, Police Chief Baker, that it was murder, she once again finds herself conducting her own investigation. But this investigation may cost Tricia more than she is willing to pay, even more than a burned up store. I enjoy this series and the character transformations throughout the books. It's been enjoyable watching the developing friends and family connections with Tricia, connections being made in spite of herself. I look forward to the next book in this series to see how Tricia and Angelica continue to make an impact on their home town of Stoneham. Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sue Ross

    In this next chapter in the Book Town Mysteries, Trish is dealing with the loss of her bookstore and staying at the Chamber of Commerce offices until her insurance check for the fire comes so she can rebuild. She is doing volunteer work for the Chamber while she waits. While she is waiting, one of the Historical Society members is murdered and it’s up to Trish and Angelica to help figure out who the murderer is. She must also deal with her ex-husband, Christopher and his need to have her back. O In this next chapter in the Book Town Mysteries, Trish is dealing with the loss of her bookstore and staying at the Chamber of Commerce offices until her insurance check for the fire comes so she can rebuild. She is doing volunteer work for the Chamber while she waits. While she is waiting, one of the Historical Society members is murdered and it’s up to Trish and Angelica to help figure out who the murderer is. She must also deal with her ex-husband, Christopher and his need to have her back. On top of that, the guy who owns her store is pressuring her to buy it, but asking way too much for it. In this book, you might find out who owns NRA as well as find out who the murderer is. You won’t believe your eyes!!! I love this series and was sure glad when this one came out. I was beginning to miss Trish and the gang. Lorna Barrett writes in a way that you become part of the book and the characters begin to feel like family. I hope it won’t be such a long wait for the next one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This book for me was one I could not put down. Literally. I started on Friday night and read till my eyes would not stay open then finished on Saturday. Tricia is still waiting for word from her insurance company about her claim from the fire. Until then she has taken up residence in the upstairs area of the Chamber of Commerce and is working there part time. With summer drawing to a close, the Chamber wants to work with the Historical Society to give cemetery ghost walks during the Halloween sea This book for me was one I could not put down. Literally. I started on Friday night and read till my eyes would not stay open then finished on Saturday. Tricia is still waiting for word from her insurance company about her claim from the fire. Until then she has taken up residence in the upstairs area of the Chamber of Commerce and is working there part time. With summer drawing to a close, the Chamber wants to work with the Historical Society to give cemetery ghost walks during the Halloween season. Pete Renquist is heading this up until Tricia finds him in the gazebo while walking Sarge. After he dies Janet Koch, another member of the society is found near death on the grounds of the society with a skull fracture. Then Michele from the Dog Eared Pub is attacked after she takes up the job of docent for the ghost walks. Naturally Tricia has to investigate. Much against everyone's wishes. At the same time someone is going around town and pinching the heads off the flowers of the hanging baskets down main street. Much to the furry of Angelica. Who vows to persecute the felon. While All this is going on there is the running understories of Tricia wondering if she will ever get back into her store. Bob Kelly still trying to get Tricia to buy her building so he doesn't have to do the repairs. And babies waiting to be born. This storyline was the best ever. Mainly because the usually whiny Tricia has stopped her whining. At least for this book, which made it most enjoyable for me. It also exposed a few secrets, which if you really are a word person, you knew already. I have to admit I did know from the start who the flower nipper was, but it was fun this time watching it unfold in the story. As to the murderer. Well logically I knew after the second attack and the basic reason, but I didn't want to believe it. As to everything else, well you must read it for yourself. And I hope you do. And I almost forgot. Angelica's recipes at the end. Can't wait to try them. And best part is they are served in the book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Tricia Miles is volunteering for the local Chamber of Commerce while waiting on the insurance money for the fire in her bookstore. She takes her sister's dog for a walk and discovers a body in the park. Since she knew and liked the dead man, she works with her sister in figuring out who killed her friend. Pretty soon someone else in town is attacked, then another person. Tricia's also concerned about who keeps stealing flowers from the boxes aligned along main street. Surely no one local would b Tricia Miles is volunteering for the local Chamber of Commerce while waiting on the insurance money for the fire in her bookstore. She takes her sister's dog for a walk and discovers a body in the park. Since she knew and liked the dead man, she works with her sister in figuring out who killed her friend. Pretty soon someone else in town is attacked, then another person. Tricia's also concerned about who keeps stealing flowers from the boxes aligned along main street. Surely no one local would be committing these crimes. This book was easy to read and understand the plot. I liked the human characters as well as Miss Marple the cat and Sarge, the small dog. I will definitely read a Lorna Barrett book again. I received this book for free in an author giveaway. My opinion is my own and not influenced by anyone.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dez Nemec

    I love the Booktown Mystery series and have read all of the previous 8, but this was definitely my least favorite of the bunch. The bookstore is out of commission - and has been for 6 months. But at least there is light at the end of the tunnel. Christopher is beyond annoying with all his amorous overtures. And the killer is so obvious, that I kept thinking the person couldn't be the killer because it was too obvious. The reveal of Nigela Ricita is interesting, but that was pretty much the best I love the Booktown Mystery series and have read all of the previous 8, but this was definitely my least favorite of the bunch. The bookstore is out of commission - and has been for 6 months. But at least there is light at the end of the tunnel. Christopher is beyond annoying with all his amorous overtures. And the killer is so obvious, that I kept thinking the person couldn't be the killer because it was too obvious. The reveal of Nigela Ricita is interesting, but that was pretty much the best part of it. I don't really know what everyone else saw in this book!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    This series normally gets a solid 3 stars from me but I felt this book stepped things up a bit more and the ending not only shocked me but brought me to tears and that hardly ever happens for me with books. Kind of mad at the author for one certain character being killed off but it definitely surprised me for once! Now I want to know what happens next.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    Tricia Miles finds herself back in the center of another murder case while she is out walking her sister Angelica's dog in the park. Pete Renquist, with whom she had just attended a media event, is in the park as well only she comes across him lying on the ground having trouble breathing. At first, Tricia thinks that he is suffering from a heart attack, but it proves to be murder once the coroner gets to examine him. Pete, whom everyone seems to know as a kind and generous resident of Stoneham, Tricia Miles finds herself back in the center of another murder case while she is out walking her sister Angelica's dog in the park. Pete Renquist, with whom she had just attended a media event, is in the park as well only she comes across him lying on the ground having trouble breathing. At first, Tricia thinks that he is suffering from a heart attack, but it proves to be murder once the coroner gets to examine him. Pete, whom everyone seems to know as a kind and generous resident of Stoneham, was killed by receiving a shot of heroine by someone. Tricia finds herself checking out his friends and other members of the Stoneham Historical Society, an organization of which he was the president. Sadly, there is not much that seems to stick for the longest time. Tricia is also struggling with her relationship with her ex-husband Christopher, who recently moved to Stoneham himself. He is very outspoken about the fact that he wants to get back together with her, but she is not sure that she is interest because he hurt her so much when he demanded a divorce five years earlier. Angelica is also beset with horror as someone in town seems to be hard set to ruin the flower pots the local chamber of commerce maintains along Main Street. She is the president of the chamber, and no matter what she does (along with Tricia's help), the replaced flowers keep disappearing. Finally, readers get a chance to learn who Nigela Ricita is. She is a well-to-do woman who has been investing a great deal of money and ideas to helping Stoneham continue to develop as a tourist destination. It was definitely a surprise to me!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I somehow overlooked this book, and went from book 8 to book 10. Needless to say, these should be read in order, so I had some questions when reading book 10! However, I fixed that so...As I might have mentioned before, I like this series. However, I have a real problem with the main character, Tricia. Try as I might, I just can not connect with her. She just seems too critical of everyone, especially her sister. In this book, she is waiting impatiently to get word from her insurance company so I somehow overlooked this book, and went from book 8 to book 10. Needless to say, these should be read in order, so I had some questions when reading book 10! However, I fixed that so...As I might have mentioned before, I like this series. However, I have a real problem with the main character, Tricia. Try as I might, I just can not connect with her. She just seems too critical of everyone, especially her sister. In this book, she is waiting impatiently to get word from her insurance company so she can begin rebuilding her store, which was in a fire. Someone is destroying all the flower baskets hanging downtown, Ginny is ready to have her baby and a frequent character is sent to jail on a number of troubling reasons.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ferne

    This series never disappoints and I think it's definitely one of my favorites of the entire series. The main character of the series is Tricia Miles and her older sister Angelica. Tricia is the mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth. In other words, for those of us that began our love of mysteries with amateur sleuth Nancy Drew, Tricia can easily be pictured as either Nancy Drew's older sister or the natural progression of Nancy's life complete with being a bookstore owner since Nancy introdu This series never disappoints and I think it's definitely one of my favorites of the entire series. The main character of the series is Tricia Miles and her older sister Angelica. Tricia is the mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth. In other words, for those of us that began our love of mysteries with amateur sleuth Nancy Drew, Tricia can easily be pictured as either Nancy Drew's older sister or the natural progression of Nancy's life complete with being a bookstore owner since Nancy introduced so many of us to the 'world' of reading as we tried to unravel the clues of each mystery. In Booktown Mystery 9, Tricia's still waiting for her insurance check after a terrible fire that destroyed her beloved bookshop of Haven't Got a Clue and her upstairs apartment in Stoneham, New Hampshire. While she's waiting for the insurance company, Tricia puts her time to good use helping at the Chamber of Commerce which is also giving her temporary residence as well as putting her in the perfect position to solve some mysteries around town. Most of all, this novel provides a beautiful expression of how some people come into our lives as acquaintances and coworkers to become the best of friends and over time dearly loved family.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Linnea

    It is a book of family and relationships. I was suprised at one of the plot line twists. I am looking forward to the next book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Toni (T.C.) LoTempio

    Another consistent entry. I was sorry when one of the main supporting characters died but I imagine it was necessary for Trish's growth in the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen Fatouros

    First off, took Tricia long enough to figure something out! Page 23 in HC edition. Another emotional end... Definitely read in order so you understand things & relationships better. 1 - murder is binding - September 2 - bookmarked for death - April 3 - bookplate special- October 4 - chapter & hearse- June (looks like 6/3-11) 5 - Sentenced to Death - August (beginning 8/8) 6 - Murder on the Half Shelf - week of March & April 7 - Not the killing type - Friday (week before Black Friday) - shop local Satur First off, took Tricia long enough to figure something out! Page 23 in HC edition. Another emotional end... Definitely read in order so you understand things & relationships better. 1 - murder is binding - September 2 - bookmarked for death - April 3 - bookplate special- October 4 - chapter & hearse- June (looks like 6/3-11) 5 - Sentenced to Death - August (beginning 8/8) 6 - Murder on the Half Shelf - week of March & April 7 - Not the killing type - Friday (week before Black Friday) - shop local Saturday 8 - Book Clubbed - Saturday, 2/8 - Friday, 2/14 9 - a fatal chapter - August (probably around mid-August) 10 - Title Wave - January 11 - just clause - June 4 -

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    While I was initially taken aback or at least a little disappointed that the main location for the setting of the books in this series hadn't been rebuilt following the events of the previous novel, I still found myself quite enjoying the latest installment in the Booktown Mystery series. While Tricia Miles is working as an unpaid volunteer with the Chamber of Commerce while waiting for her mystery bookstore to get the go-ahead to be rebuilt, she stumbles upon an injured man who later dies. As al While I was initially taken aback or at least a little disappointed that the main location for the setting of the books in this series hadn't been rebuilt following the events of the previous novel, I still found myself quite enjoying the latest installment in the Booktown Mystery series. While Tricia Miles is working as an unpaid volunteer with the Chamber of Commerce while waiting for her mystery bookstore to get the go-ahead to be rebuilt, she stumbles upon an injured man who later dies. As always, even without intending to, she becomes embroiled in finding out who killed the victim and why. But that isn't the only thing on Tricia's mind. She has to deal with her ex-husband who can't get the hint, her landlord who is threatening her and the discovery of a long held (but to the reader, long known) secret about her sister Angelica. Lorna Barrett did a nice job of crafting both a solid mystery and advancing the various character building subplots at the same time. One character spends the book being the embodiment of the phrase "passive aggressive douchebaggery" only to see the author pull the rug out from under the reader's expectations. And the completion of another character's long but well earned fall from grace came about nicely. I was a little disappointed in how the story ended for Tricia in terms of how she stood, a regression of her character that might've made sense in the continuity of the story, but it is not something I particularly cared for. Angelica continues to be revealed as a more complex character than she first seemed. All in all, the book demonstrates to anyone reading, exactly why the series is such a good bit of cozy mystery fiction.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pat Beard

    Didn't see that coming.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    I have followed the Booktown Mysteries since the very first book. (Being a reviewer, I sometimes start well into the middle of a series). In my recent review of book 8, BOOK CLUBBED, I declared it to be the best in the Booktown series. It was best. That was before A FATAL CHAPTER blew it out of the water! The action started almost immediately and only slowed long enough for me to catch a breath before it was back to the edge of my recliner seat reading. After nine books, the characters in this se I have followed the Booktown Mysteries since the very first book. (Being a reviewer, I sometimes start well into the middle of a series). In my recent review of book 8, BOOK CLUBBED, I declared it to be the best in the Booktown series. It was best. That was before A FATAL CHAPTER blew it out of the water! The action started almost immediately and only slowed long enough for me to catch a breath before it was back to the edge of my recliner seat reading. After nine books, the characters in this series feel like old friends, and some them old enemies. ;-). In A FATAL CHAPTER author Lorna Barrett really took all of them and me on an emotional rollercoaster ride. Without giving spoilers let me just say…things have changed for many of the regular characters. Big things. When reading the exciting, action packed reveal, my mouth was literally handing open. Fans of this series are truly in for a great read! And remember to keeping reading once the story is done so you don’t miss out on the six delicious recipes at the back of the book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)

    This is a series that (for me) keeps on getting better and better, in this latest episode Tricia is camping out above the Chamber of Commerce offices (these are currently in a house due to be renovated as the Kelly Realty offices are no longer available since Bob Kelly is not the head of the Chamber any more), Tricia is still waiting to find out if or what payment she will get from her insurance company after the arsonist burnt out her shop. Speaking of the shop Bob Kelly is pressing her to buy This is a series that (for me) keeps on getting better and better, in this latest episode Tricia is camping out above the Chamber of Commerce offices (these are currently in a house due to be renovated as the Kelly Realty offices are no longer available since Bob Kelly is not the head of the Chamber any more), Tricia is still waiting to find out if or what payment she will get from her insurance company after the arsonist burnt out her shop. Speaking of the shop Bob Kelly is pressing her to buy it, but asking way over the market price, add in finding out who actually runs NRA and finding not a dead body but someone very ill (who dies before reaching hospital) and Tricia has a lot on her plate!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Giusti

    I have been a fan of this series from the start and this one was my favorite. Very enjoyable and and a great visit back with friends. Tricia Miles and her sister Angela are back on the case when Sarge, Angelica's dog finds another body, Tricia's day became way more than she wanted to deal with. Tricia has to find out who would kill Pete and why before the murderer strikes again.Secrets will be uncovered and true will be shared in this fast-paced story that will keep you guessing until the very e I have been a fan of this series from the start and this one was my favorite. Very enjoyable and and a great visit back with friends. Tricia Miles and her sister Angela are back on the case when Sarge, Angelica's dog finds another body, Tricia's day became way more than she wanted to deal with. Tricia has to find out who would kill Pete and why before the murderer strikes again.Secrets will be uncovered and true will be shared in this fast-paced story that will keep you guessing until the very end. I enjoyed this book and can't wait to see what Tricia and Angelica will get themselves into next.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    These books are very character-driven novels with a mystery as the unifying element. They focus on the inhabitants of Stoneham, NH and each one updates us on the goings-on in town and the ongoing story arc of the main characters, Tricia Miles, and her sister, Angelica. Because they are character-driven, it would be hard to pick up in the middle of the series and know what's behind their decisions. But I like the light read they give and this one had a shocker at the end that's set the series up These books are very character-driven novels with a mystery as the unifying element. They focus on the inhabitants of Stoneham, NH and each one updates us on the goings-on in town and the ongoing story arc of the main characters, Tricia Miles, and her sister, Angelica. Because they are character-driven, it would be hard to pick up in the middle of the series and know what's behind their decisions. But I like the light read they give and this one had a shocker at the end that's set the series up for a new direction for Tricia, so we'll see what happens.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Kander

    Oh. My. Goodness. It's been a while since a cozy mystery had me in tears, but the climax of this one certainly did. As usual, Tricia is in the thick of several mysteries at once. There is the murder, of course, but there is also the vandalism of the flowers beautifying the downtown area. Both keep us guessing from beginning to end, and the wrap-ups were surprising, particularly the identity of the murderer. Can't wait to see where Tricia, Angelica and their friends/family go from here.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nicky

    I was glad to be back in Stoneham, but there is no way that I would hang out with Tricia. I enjoy the other characters, especially Pixie. But Tricia has become such a "superior than others", whiny, bitchy, pain in the a**. And of course, the men are falling over themselves for her. Seriously guys.... match.com?? The mystery was ok, but took a back seat to Tricia's whining about... well, everything. The end was heartbreaking and honestly made me dislike Tricia even more.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Georgette

    I still enjoy Lorna Barrett's Booktown series. I enjoyed this book a lot more than the last one she wrote, so kudos to that. Unfortunately, like that book, I guessed whodunit before the end. Overall, though, there were a few surprises which I enjoyed. Still enjoy the characters and the writing. And Tricia didn't seem as whiny to me in this book as the previous. Maybe losing her home and business humbled the character's cranky disposition.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Allena

    I hated to see this book end but can't wait to see what's in store for the girls next

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    Another great novel in this series, very sad about the ending but Tricia is a strong character and will move on with her life and her family :)

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