This is my favorite of all the Booktown Mysteries. In this installment mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles must solve the mystery surrounding a gas explosion that killed the owner of the local history book store owner and injured Tricia’s sister’s boyfriend Bob Kelly, who also happens to be head of the Chamber of Commerce. Tricia has never been too keen on Bob, but out of loyalty to her sister Angelica, who is off signing copies of her new cookbook, Tricia looks into matters. Things are complicated by the fact that list of suspects continues to grow. Even the victim’s mother doesn’t seem to have liked him very much. Tricia barely has time to crack open a book as she is kept busy trying to solve the mystery as well as trying to cover Angela’s cookbook store and her café all the while worrying about the financial woes of her employees.
I’ve always enjoyed this series, but in this book the characters, even the secondary characters, really seem to come into their own. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop. If you enjoy books, food and mysteries, then you should rush out and purchase a copy of Chapter and Hearse for your collection.