Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: A Crafty Killing - 1st in the Victoria Squares Mystery series
Author: Lorraine Bartlett
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: February 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Victoria Square, Artisans Alley in town of McKinley Mill
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Lorraine's Website/Blog: www.lorrainebartlett.com
A delightful cozy, set in a shopping center called Victoria Square. I've seen many shopping centers like this in New England and miss them.
Katie Bonner is half owner with Ezra Hilton in a group of shops called Artisans Alley. Mr. Hilton was the partner of Katie's husband Chad who was killed in an auto accident. Katie took over the business, with Ezra, but was not enthusiastic about it at all. The last thing that she ever wanted to do was manage Artisan's Alley. Sadly, Ezra is found at the bottom of a staircase in Victoria Square beaten to death and Katie has no other choice. Her shop contains a group of booths for artists and craftsmen in a renovated apple warehouse and is the main money maker in the Victoria Square center. Unfortunately, Ezra has let the business slip since Chad's death and obviously has angered someone to the point of getting rid of him.
Katie has had enough heartache since Chad died about six months before and now his business partner is gone also. She is trying to figure out who had a reason to kill Ezra and, in the process, begins to realize that there was something peculiar about her husband's death. Katie is investigating by checking out the various booths and checking into the owners of said booths for the answer to these two killings. Evidently, something is rotten in Victoria Square.
I really love these cozies!! I'm so pleased that these books are on the shelves now. They are excellent, suspenseful mysteries but, nothing that makes you want to stop reading. The violence is usually down played and the story is in the forefront of the book. This, believe it or not, mystery fans is a good idea. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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