A Fatal Chapter – Lorna Barrett

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4.5/5 Silk Flowers

On The Back:

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:

***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 is the best. Period. She is hilarious, smart, and caring all wrapped into a perfect package. We see more of Christopher in this book, and I really liked him. Of course the rest of the crew, Ginny, Mr. Everett, Grace, and Pixie all also reappear.

This book takes us through the semi-long-term aftermath of her store burning, as it takes place 6 months after, and Tricia’s insurance still hasn’t settled. It was frustrating because I loved Haven’t Got A Clue and hoped to see it, but it really didn’t take away from the story.

The mystery was probably the only drawback of the book; it was extremely predictable and, though the ending was amazing and terribly heartbreaking at the same time, the mystery and the identity of the killer really fell flat, at least for me.

Overall great characters, an amazing town, but a semi-weak mystery give A Fatal Chapter 4.5/5 stars. Please pick up a copy of the first book in this series and read it, if you haven’t already. You won’t regret it!

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