Chapter & Hearse : Booktown Mysteries

  • by Lorna Barrett
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • Series: Booktown Mysteries
  • 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.

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Hope it gets better

I like this series. It's my first attempt at mystery novels and I have to say I'm pleased with Lorna Barrett's little world of book sellers. Most of the characters are unloveable, which I thought worked well since any one of them could be the killer. It also makes it a fast read, because you don't have a lot of emotional interaction with favorite/least favorite characters.

This particular book in the series was my least favorite. The biggest reason is because the murder was none of Tricia's business. In the first three books, she set out to clear her own name or to determine who was responsible for a murder that directly affected her. In this case, she didn't even know the victim. And suddenly, she's in everyone's face, asking nosy questions. The story also dragged on forever, going nowhere for a long time. The characters were constantly whining about their financial problems, and Tricia was running around trying to fix their problems. Then she suddenly narrates that she was "filthy rich." Really? How convenient. How did this realistically bland character turn into such a Mary Sue? It wasn't appealing at all. The Ginny character made me cringe. She was the biggest financial whiner in the world. Something should tell you that if you work for a bookstore at just above minimum wage (the "minimum wage" thing was broadcast throughout the whole book), you shouldn't even think about a mortgage. Ginny did redeem herself in the end, so I hated her less then.

The fact that I can feel so strongly about these things tells me that Lorna Barrett really is a good writer. She did address some of the issues, like having other characters tell Tricia the same things I was thinking. The reason I'm pointing them out is because I hope that the next book improves the series. We need something different, like a mystery that does not involve murder. Or maybe more than one murder at a time. I do think it's worth reading the series and I do look forward to the next one.
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- Word Nerd

Enjoyable read

This is one of the most enjoyable books I have read by Lorna Barrett. I have read the previous books in the series and have enjoyed them all. I love the setting and the characters. As the town jinks, Tricia keeps bumping into trouble in a realistic way. Although the series has many enjoyable characters, Tricia is my favorite. Her life isn't perfect and she doesn't complain. Tricia's character is actually sympathetic. You can't help but sympathize with her as we see glimpses of her childhood and through the new budding relationship she is developing with her sister. Even though Tricia's character is nosy you can't help but support her endeavors to find out the truth. Cassandra Campbell does a good job of lending different voices to characters and bringing out their individual personalities. I look forward to the next book.
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- Beatrice

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-03-2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio