Book Review: “Fatal Chapter” by Lorna Barrett (Booktown Series #9)



Title:  A Fatal Chapter

Author:  Lorna Barrett

Series:  Booktown Series #9

Synopsis (from

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 Renquist, the president of the Stoneham Historical Society, who appears to be suffering from cardiac arrest. When Pete later dies in the hospital, the discovery of a suspicious bruise and a puncture mark on his arm suggests he may have been murdered.

Haunted by Pete’s enigmatic last words to her, Tricia begins to consider who had a motive to kill her friend. Did Pete take his flirting too far, only to have a jealous husband teach him a lesson? Or did he discover something in the town’s historical records that his killer wanted kept secret? Tricia is determined to get to the bottom of things before someone else becomes history…



My thoughts:  The latest installment in the Booktown Mystery series.  I must admit that while I enjoy this series a great deal – because let’s be real what reader wouldn’t enjoy a series set in a place called Booktown which is basically filled with cozy book shops, cafes, restaurants, etc – this wasn’t my favorite in the series.

It seemed to drag a bit for me from the very beginning – I’m not sure why.

And I admit that while I generally love all the characters in this series Tricia’s sister Angelica drives me crazy.  In this book particularly since she has become the Chamber President she things she is too good for everyone and she just seems mean, belittling, and demeaning to Tricia and I know it seems silly since these are just book characters – but I hate it.  Treat my Tricia nice!!!

I of course will tune in for the next book in the series as I am hopeful that it will include a Grand Opening Ceremony and opening of Tricia’s newly refurbished store after the fire!

Overall a great series – this one just fell a bit flat for me!

And remember,

Books Are Life,



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