Chapter & Hearse (A Booktown Mystery) by Lorna Barrett

By Lorna Barrett

Secret bookstall proprietor Tricia Miles has been spending extra time fixing whodunits than analyzing them. Now a close-by gasoline explosion has injured Tricia's sister's boyfriend, Bob Kelly, the top of the Chamber of trade, and killed the landlord of the town's background bookshop. Tricia's by no means been partial to Bob, but if she reads that he is being tight-lipped in regards to the "accident", it is time to take motion.

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Baker nodded. "Looks like I need to talk to your sister--and Ms. " "Please don't tell Frannie I told you about her relationship with Jim. " Baker sipped his coffee. "It would've probably come up during the course of the investigation, anyway. " Tricia waved back. Baker looked uncomfortable. "Have you met Jim's mother? She seems like a charming lady--" Except for that rather nasty smile she'd flashed when she'd offered Tricia a lemon bar. Still, Tricia tried to be charitable. " "I spoke to her, too.

This time, however, it was wearing a sombrero and a colorful serape. The note telling customers they could find Angelica's book inside was now pinned to the fabric. Tricia knocked on the door. Stationed at the cash desk, Frannie looked up, gave her a wave, and rounded the counter to open the door. " The words were cheerful, but her expression was anything but. Frannie's eyes were swollen and bloodshot, no doubt from crying. And she wore her least cheerful aloha shirt--the black one with the solemn white calla lilies.

Tricia asked. " Oops! Tricia had forgotten that. "Then I'll see you there," she said, and sketched a wave. Chauncey gave Tricia a smile and a return wave, and resumed his reading as she backed out the door. One down, more than ten to go. It was going to be a long morning. Tricia visited all the shops on the west side of Main Street, save for the Happy Domestic, which seemed to be inundated with customers. She'd try that later. The morning was quickly evaporating, so she also skipped the Stoneham Weekly News , the Chamber of Commerce office, and Kelly Realty.

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