A Fatal Chapter

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A Fatal Chapter

A Booktown Mystery, #9

In “A Fatal Chapter” by Lorna Barrett, Tricia Miles is trying to put her life back together after a fire destroyed her beloved mystery book store. Currently helping out at the Stoneham Chamber and living above it in a temporary apartment, Tricia’s main concern is worrying about her insurance company settling on her claim. But when Tricia comes across the president of the local historical society suffering from what looks like a heart attack, she worries about her reputation as a jinx. Later, when it turns out that he might have been killed, Tricia finds herself delving into the mystery. But as always, she needs to solve this crime quickly before she finds herself a victim of the killer.

Lorna Barrett’s Booktown mysteries are always a lot of fun. I did find myself missing Tricia’s bookstore in this novel. The previous books seemed to have more emphasis on books and reading, which I always enjoyed. This was still a well-plotted mystery, and I definitely did not see the ending coming. While I’m hoping we get to see the grand re-opening of Haven’t Got a Clue book store, I’ll read the next book no matter what.

Book Blurb for A Fatal Chapter

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…


Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2015 4.50