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A Fatal Chapter

(Booktown Mystery #9)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,872 ratings  ·  209 reviews
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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Berkley
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Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Oct 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bitchy Tricia is back!
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015

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
Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
Sue Ross
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Dez Nemec
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
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 ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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, ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that loves the A Read 'Em and Eat Mystery Series by Terrie Farley Moran
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
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-in-series
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.
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Pat Beard
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Didn't see that coming.
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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 ...more
Shelley Giusti
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series, gifts
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 ...more
Teresa Kander
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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.... 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.
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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.
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: booktown
I hated to see this book end but can't wait to see what's in store for the girls next
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I feel like the way things were resolved with Christopher meant he got a pass for the shitty and controlling way he was treating her and that really bothers me.
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 :)
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This series keeps my interest... Already looking forward to the next book!
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