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Chapter and Hearse (Booktown Mystery #4)

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According to the gossip around Stoneham, New Hampshire, Tricia Miles cannot put down a real murder mystery. After all, the owner of the mystery bookstore, Haven’t Got a Clue, has been spending more time solving whodunits than reading them…

Tricia’s sister, Angelica, considers herself to be the next celebrity chef. To celebrate her first cookbook, Angelica hosts a launch par
Paperback, 326 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Berkley Prime Crime
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Oct 10, 2010 Patty rated it really liked it
This series just keeps getting better and better. I love the whole idea of a theme town with bookstores (what librarian wouldn't?) and the characters are so well drawn that the books just seem to suck me in and hold me captive until I finish them!

In this story Tricia is busy trying to run her bookstore, Angelica's bookstore and Angelica's cafe as Angelica is out on book tour for her new cookbook. Naturally, a dead body shows up and Tricia has to try and solve the mystery as well as juggle three
Aug 06, 2011 Tori rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011
I started out liking this series except for a few moments of revulsion at Ginny's constant fishing for more money or Tricia's use of the politically incorrect word "retarded" to describe a mentally challenged/special needs child and complete spaciness that there are people in the world that don't eat every day. However, I wanted to give the series another chance.

Big mistake.

I have no desire to read any more of this drivel. The main character, Tricia, has gradually become more and more annoying
Apr 26, 2012 Crissy rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
So I borrowed a print copy of this book like I said I would, to see if it was any better without Tricia and Angelica ACTUALLY whining in my ear. And it was! Kind of. (I can still hear them)

At last, Tricia doesn't stumble across a random dead body! Instead, a building explodes! Yay! Nosy bookseller go! If I were hottie Captain Baker I would stay as far away from this brand of crazy as possible. Go ahead and keep up that "sickly ex-wife" story, Baker!

Did you know that Tricia HATES when people say
Cheryl Landmark
Jan 21, 2013 Cheryl Landmark rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable mystery in this bookish series by Ms. Barrett.

This time, Tricia didn't stumble over a dead body, but, somehow, the appellation "jinx" still tainted her! At first, the explosion at the store across the street from Haven't Got a Clue looked like an accident, but it turned out to be murder, and Tricia was once again on the hunt for the killer.

Tricia seemed to run hot and cold in this story. Once minute, she was kind and compassionate and, the next, she thought and said some rather
Do you ever read books and get the impression that the author has written the main character with him/herself in mind? That's the feeling I get when reading this series, and this book in particular.

The main character finds the strangest things to comment on and take issue with. For example, she hates when people say, "No problem," in response to being thanked. It's so trivial, and I can see no reason for it to be included in the book other than because it mirrors the author's personal pet peeve.
Sep 11, 2013 Carol rated it liked it
this is the first book I've read by this author and it may be the last, at least in this series. Maybe it was my frame of mind but after the second time of the main character wincing/grimacing, etc. because someone says "no problem" instead of "you're welcome" I wanted to yell "what's your problem?" Unfortunately her reaction continued like this through the whole book and it really grated. Other than that I found her reaction to a sometime boyfriend wanting to stand by his ex-wife during her ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Jun 18, 2010 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
This is one LOL book that has a terrific mystery right at the beginning. The best, by miles, in the series yet! Join me reading this book...pre-order it Now!

I began reading this book with laughter and was a murder mystery. The transition was so smooth you felt you were there. Then you get shocked because the 'killer' appears to be after all sorts of persons.

Meanwhile our intrepid sleuth is trying to deal with a couple of personal problems and she is confused with the reactions of pers
Aug 07, 2010 Monica rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
This one was OK. The owner of the book shop History Repeats is blown up, someone seems to be after Angelica, the owner of The Cookery book shop, and someone in the town is the winner of $20 million. It's entertaining enough and the culprit a bit difficult to pinpoint. The problem is that the protagonist, Tricia, owner of Haven't Got a Clue book store, takes a gigantic leap to figure out who the murderer. I had to read that section a couple of times trying to find the logic in how she figured out ...more
Barbara ★
The only issue I really have with this series is Angelica. She gets on my darn nerves. Luckily for me, she spent most of the book on tour and only made a few cameo appearances which suited me fine.

I like the idea of the bookish town and the clever naming of each bookstore. I like most of the characters too so it makes for an enjoyable read.
Jul 30, 2016 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Tricia Miles, the owner of the Haven't Got a Clue mystery bookstore in the cozy village of Stoneham in New Hampshire, starts her fourth adventure with a bang ... literally. Her sister Angelica, who owns the local cookbook, is hosting a launch party for her premier cookbook in her own stores sends Tricia down the street to collect Angelica's boyfriend Bob Kelly, head of the local Chamber of Commerce and the owner of the buildings most of the local vendors rent space in, has gone missing. In fact, ...more
T K Nelson
Mar 23, 2015 T K Nelson rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozies
In hopes of finding perhaps characters eventually become more likeable, I peeked at reviews of more recent Booktown Mysteries. Sadly the same complaints remain. Why this series is so popular is beyond me. With innumerable cozy series available, life is too short to read books with a main character this unpleasant. I'm done with this series. Which is not to say I'm done with the author. The Victoria Square and Lotus Bay Mystery series are two of my favorites.

Being very late to this review writing
Mar 10, 2014 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, series
I keep reading this series because I like the premise and some of the characters. The whodunit is usually good and sometimes a surprise, as in this one. It was obvious that the perp was a dicey person all along but I didn't suspect the person as the murderer or the motive, so that was good. I actually came up with a motive early on that turned out to be way off, so I like the surprise factor. But I don't like the main character and maybe that's why I keep reading. Sometimes it's amusing to read ...more
Julie P
Jan 11, 2011 Julie P rated it did not like it
I read the first book in this series, and did not like it. More specifically, I did not like the characters. It's not that it wasn't well written, but just that the protagonist, Tricia, seemed unlikeable. I broke a cardinal rule and skipped books two and three in the series, and picking up with book four. Even with some time and seasoning I find that I still don't like Tricia, nor do I like many of the characters in this town. At times they are downright nasty. Maybe by book seven (after ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book in the series, and I enjoyed it. Tricia's sister Angelica isn't mentioned in this book too much, as she is on a book signing tour and just makes quick trips home. Therefore, Tricia not only has to run her own business, she has to keep checking on the two stores that her sister owns. With the result that, in this book, she seems to be constantly out of her own store!
Angelica's boyfriend is injured when a store that he rents has an explosion, killing the owner. Of course, T
Jan 21, 2011 Grey853 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
It's hard for me to like a book, no matter how well it's written, when I don't like the main character. Tricia is extremely whiny, opinionated, and self-absorbed. Since she's the protagonist, it's difficult to really care what happens.

I wanted to like this book, but nobody in the town was the least bit nice. The sisters bicker too much, a trend I see in several series, and I just found it all unpleasant. It's a shame, too, because I've actually bought the rest of the series and now I'm not incli
Sep 23, 2010 Kate rated it liked it
A 2.5. I don't really get the hype over these books. This one was ok but I didn't feel like the connections the heroine made to "solve the case" made any sense or even added up. She jumped from one massive stretch of a theory to another and it was painful and confusing. (Example: X knew this person = X was romantically involved with this person. Really?) I also felt like the author was trying to redo Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson series- there were just WAYYYY too many similarities. I think I'll ...more
Dec 31, 2014 Loraine rated it really liked it
SUMMARY:Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles has been spending more time solving whodunits than reading them. Now a nearby gas explosion has injured Tricia's sister's boyfriend, Bob Kelly, the head of the Chamber of Commerce, and killed the owner of the town's history bookstore. Tricia's never been a fan of Bob, but when she reads that he's being tight-lipped about the "accident", it's time to take action.

REVIEW: Easy to read cozy mystery with interesting characters, a good storyline and in the
May 10, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok
I think I'm done with this series. The 5th book isn't out until next month but I'm not hurrying to read it. I love a good cozy mystery, but these are so samey it's driving me mad now. And I think I'm meant to like main character Tricia, but she really grated on me in this book.........practically perfect in every way is the saying that springs to mind, and she keeps pointing out faults with everyone else, but I can't remember an incident where she looked at herself critically!

So, I'm sticking t
Jun 28, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing
Angelica has just launched her new cookbook with a party she talked Tricia into doing.
On the eve of the tour an explosion occurs in another bookshop in Stoneham. The owner Jim is killed as well as Angelica's love interest Bob Kelly getting injured.
Tricia is trying to manage her store as well as Angelica's stores.
With each book these characters grow and develop more. Action and adventure to keep you turning those pages!
Apr 27, 2012 Gretchen rated it liked it
This was the worst cuz it's really sexual, the mystery wasn't very interesting (but you still don't figure it out), and it just messes with the characters. The recipes go down in quality and quantity. I just found myself gettign annoyed at the author and disagreeing with things she said.
June Shaw
Jul 07, 2011 June Shaw rated it it was amazing
The people we come to love and expect from a series are our friends that we want to return to and visit. Lorna's books are wonderful!
Jul 30, 2015 Sierra rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
The ending was nice but the main character, Tricia, was kind of a brat in this installment of the series. Maybe the next one will be better.
Well, I think this will be the last Booktown Mystery that I will read/listen to for a while. Honestly, Tricia got on my nerves with this one. I get that she's trying to solve murders, but she's so intent on invading other peoples' privacy that she doesn't get it at all when they don't want to tell her things that are absolutely none of her business. That, and the fact that she was trying to solve the financial issues of several Stoneham residents was truly annoying. I mean, I know that she's ...more
This book had me guessing until the end and then I had to go back and find the little hints I missed to expose the murder. And I liked that. For me even the motive seemed to be well hidden.

As an avid reader of mysteries and watching mysteries on TV, I thought this was going to have a little twist in it. It had a few twists and turns that left me guessing and even when the murder was reveled for me it was like a forehead slap, how did I miss that. With the explosion of one of the bookstores and t
Nov 18, 2016 A.J. rated it liked it
Another entertaining adventure in the increasingly "dangerous" little village of Booktown. When I'm in the mood for something light that will happily distract me while I'm driving or doing housework the Booktown mysteries never fail to delight. For this purpose the audiobook versions, performed by the talented Cassandra Campbell, are ideal.
Some people have commented that none of the main characters invite sympathy. This is true but we are all flawed in real life. Yes, Trisha, the protagonist, is
Jayne Roper
Oct 27, 2016 Jayne Roper rated it liked it
Another light and cosy mystery. The characters are not yet dulled by repetition so I'm eagerly awaiting more from the series :)
Feb 25, 2015 Nicola rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book in the Booktown Mysteries, featuring Tricia who owns ‘Haven’t Got A Clue’ – a bookshop specialising in mysteries. Her sister, Angelica, has just launched her career as the new Martha Stewart with her cookery book and on the eve of her book tour there is an explosion in one of the other bookshops in the street. The owner, Jim, is killed, and Angelica’s boyfriend, Bob, is injured and will not co-operate with the police and is very tight-lipped about the whole matt
I found that this mystery wasn't as mysterious as the others. Granted I had correctly guessed bits and pieces of the the previous books before.

I like that the author finally focused on someone other than Tricia being attacked but what is it with the car chases or using the car as means of weapon, assault, threat and damage, etc. I am quite impressed with Angelica loyalty and hiring of Jake. The fact that she gave him a chance beyond the interview to ask what happened is commendable. I hope I do
Mar 06, 2016 Ferne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone that loves the A Read 'Em and Eat Mystery Series by Terrie Farley Moran
I loved the 1st 2 books in the series when I read them last year and I enjoyed the 3rd and 4th books in the series just as much if not more! Without a doubt, I'll continue reading more titles in the series!

There are so many delights to this series! Cover art is not a must for a novel to make it to my 'love' list but in this series, the covers are an exquisite part of the whole! They are absolutely charming and enchanting!

The main characters, Tricia Miles and her sister Angelica are women that yo
I have a love/hate relationship with this series. I love the setting of a quaint historic town of bookstores and always picture it as being like one of the villages on Prince Edward Island or even Silver Islet. The stories themselves are enjoyable and well written, they move at a good pace and are rarely dull. However some of the characters mostly Tricia are annoying and ruin things for me. Onto the book. It begins when the history bookstore is blown up, my worst nightmare, save the books! The ...more
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