Sunday, March 20, 2011

Review: Chapter & Hearse by Lorna Barrett

Title:  Chapter & Hearse (Booktown Mystery #4)
Author:  Lorna Barrett
Publication Date:   2010
Publisher:  Penguin
ISBN:  9780425236017

Synopsis (from
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.

My thoughts:
No doubt about it, I love my cozies!  This book is #4 in the Booktown Mystery Series.  The series is set in Stoneham, New Hampshire, a small town that been redeveloped into a booktown with a main street of one bookstore after another of different themes.  I ask you, what booklover would not want to visit this fictional town! 

Everytime I read one of the Booktown Series, I want to be there and I picture myself strolling down the street visiting each bookstore.  Booktown is home to Haven't Got a Clue (the mystery book store owned by Tricia Miles, the main character in the series), next door is The Cookery (the cookbook store owned by Angelica, Tricia's sister, who also owns Booked for Lunch, the cafe across the street).  Booktown is also home to History Repeats Itself (the history bookstore), Have a Heart (the romance bookstore), The Coffee Bean, The Armchair Tourist (travel books), and the Bookshelf Diner.

In this book in the series, a gas explosion injures Bob Kelly, the president of the town's Chamber of Commerce and kills Jim, the owner of History Repeats Itself.  The clues start to mount up and many people in town have a motive to kill and begin looking like viable suspects.  T

Tricia sets out to find the killer and finds . . . (I guess you will have to read it to find out)!!

The characters and the plot are simple, yet somehow draw you into their town and their world!

I think it is worth a nice relaxing, cozy read!

Overall rating:  :)  :)  :)  :)  Liked it!!

And remember,
Books Are Life,

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