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Chapter & Hearse by Lorna Barrett

Cover Chapter & Hearse by Lorna Barrett

Tricia is meddling again.  

In a nutshell:

Short synopsis:

After killing a book seller a murderer seems to be after Bob and Angelica.

Language I read the book in:  English

Did I like it? Yes,  but the heroine is annoying, as almost always with cozies.

For people who:  like lovely settings, aggravating heroines


My thoughts: 

This second book that I read in the Booktown Mystery series is quite a nice cozy mystery again. It is the fourth in the series, my prediction after book one regarding a relationship between Tricia and Russ has come and gone, meanwhile she has had another thing going with a police officer and her love life is non existent once more. On the mystery side it is a run of the mill cozy where the Booktown is yet another token theme that has no bearing on the actual story. Those people could be selling anything from books to jam to second hand clothes and it would be just the same.

What I realize more and more is that I have a real problem with the cozy mystery heroines. Why do they always have to be either idiots, have attitude problems or both? Tricia is no exception. I find her aggravating and insufferable. Sorry!

Tricia meddles in business that is not her own. She is condescending and prejudiced. She does idiotic things even though she knows better (I suppose you have to be grateful for that). The number of times I shook my head and thoroughly disliked her I can’t count. I don’t know what is wrong with cozy writers. Can’t they create women that are sensible, reasonable people who deal with things in a respectful and cautious manner?

  • Agatha Raisin is a natural cheater and liar. (Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton)
  • Theodosia is nosy and –again- meddlesome to the extreme. (Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs)
  • That woman from Murder Unleashed (DNF for me) doesn’t want to deal with the police because she is wanted for attempted murder in another state!

Maybe is should stop reading cozies for a while and turn to something else.


Product info and buy link :

Title Chapter and Hearse
Author Lorna Barrett
Publisher Penguin
ISBN 9780425236017
I got this book from Birgit at The Book Garden
Buy link Buy Chapter & Hearse

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Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

4 Comments

  1. Trust me, you’re not the only one who suffers because of the attitude problems some of those cozy mysteries heroines show. I guess there’s no way around sifting through the bad apples to find little gems such as the Coffeehouse mysteries.
    As you’ve still got another Elaine Viets book on your plate, let it be said that the Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper books are better … slightly. What am I saying? The last one I read was utterly annoying *sigh*.
    I still have quite a few new cozy mystery series waiting around, so my hope is high that there will be some good ones among them. Pretty please?

  2. I’ve grown to hate these cozy mysteries (Agatha Christie and the like) because the detective is always so, so good, and the one who commits the crime is so, so evil! I think I prefer books with more blurry borders between good and evil, or at least, I want a flawed, credible detective. That is why I love Kate Atkinson :P (yes, I’m trying to talk you into reading her)
    Elena’s last post ..Best Books 2012

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