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Chapter and Hearse

(Booktown Mystery #4)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  3,803 ratings  ·  330 reviews
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, 243 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Berkley Prime Crime
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Jul 16, 2011 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
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy, mystery
Tricia is so busy running around in this novel, she ought to qualify for frequent running miles! Angelica is on a book signing tour and Tricia is overseeing the running of Angelica’s stores as well as her own. When another shop blows up, that owner is killed and Bob is injured. Now Tricia is on the case, helping the owner’s widowed mother and trying to take care of Bob while Angie is away. Besides this mystery, a side story is developing concerning Tricia’s ex-husband. But then Russ wants back i ...more
Crissy Hensley
Apr 26, 2012 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
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.
Oct 08, 2010 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
Feb 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
This is the only cozy mystery series that has ever made me root for the killer to end it all. Tricia is second only to Dolores Umbridge as the most dislikable character in all of fiction. Tricia wasn't as bad as the last book, maybe because I spaced it out within 3 days instead of just reading it in a few hours like I did with the previous three books. I do not understand why a stable character who was not even into Tricia is all of a sudden obsessed with her. As one of the 1 in 6 women who have ...more
Sep 03, 2013 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 can ...more
Michelle Robinson
Jan 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
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T K Nelson
Mar 23, 2015 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
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

When one of the stores in Stoneham is blown up, the owner doesn't make it out alive. The head of the Chamber of Commerce was also there at the time, but got out with only injuries. Tricia Miles, who owns a mystery bookstore across the street, has a tendency to "help" solve crimes in the area. Meanwhile, Tricia's sister is in and out of town, as she is promoting a cookbook she has written, so Tricia is helping out with her sister's businesses, as well.

I quite enjoyed this 4th book in t
Cheryl Landmark
Dec 12, 2012 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
Dec 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Boy oh boy, I have had my issues with the main character, Tricia Miles, in the past--and judging by other reviewers, I'm not the only one! She is one of the most unlikable, egotistical, snobby, snotty, judgmental, narcissistic, selfish, salad-eating prudes that ever smudged a page. THIS is why it's been years since I'd read any of this series. I really,REALLY don't like Tricia and in this one, even the peripheral characters, including mild-mannered "poor" Mr. Everett irritated me. And don't get ...more
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 "fi ...more
Mar 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, mystery
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 04, 2011 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 skippin ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Jun 15, 2010 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 05, 2010 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 03, 2020 rated it it was ok

So disappointed in this series. Every book seems to make the characters worse versions of themselves. The main character is not only more whiny and needy in this book, but now she calls herself, “filthy rich” when thinking about how she can buy her friends out of their troubles (which seems like it would be nice, but somehow the author makes it seem overbearing, pushy, and snotty). She also is super judgmental....calling someone,”dumpy”, because they work a blue collar job, and when th
Tricia is still an awful person, but she is getting better and developing as a character. This particular installment was pretty boring, but still enjoyable in a way. Pretty bland overall but still fun.
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Love the mystery, do not care for Trishia.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
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Jul 30, 2016 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
Dharia Scarab
I know I said I was done when I read book 5, but I found this for a dollar and decided to pick it up and fill in the gap between three and five.

Again the main character comes across as judge mental and unlike able. All if the men in this series with the exception of Mr. Everett are apparently jerks, stalkers, and cheaters...

If your looking for a bookstore mystery, skip this series and read the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries instead.

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specif
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
The mystery of this Booktown Mystery #4, Chapter and Hearse was enjoyable. The Characters though I found somewhat annoying. Got aggravated with the cat always yelling "Yow"! I didn't notice it so much in the other books so not sure why it bothered me now. Tricia was taking care of her book shop, her sister Angelica's book shop and café while Angelica was on a book signing tour for her new cookbook, all while solving a mystery, crying about her birthday, hurting people's feelings, crying over ex- ...more
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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Feb 05, 2016 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
Sep 19, 2010 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
Jan 21, 2011 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
May 05, 2011 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
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