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ISBN13: 9780425251904
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Where there’s smoke…

Katie Bonner, the reluctant manager of Artisans Alley in the quaint shopping district of Victoria Square, is no stranger to ambivalence. Things have been going hot and heavy with pizza maker Andy Rust—so much so that Katie has moved in over his pizza parlor. But now that summer’s ushered in a heat wave, an apartment above pizza ovens without an air conditioner is making Katie hot and bothered.

At the height of the heat wave, a tragic fire strikes Victoria Square. Wood U, a small store selling wooden gifts and small furniture, is destroyed. But the fire may just be a smoke screen—for murder. A body is found among the charred wreckage, and the victim didn’t die from smoke inhalation. He was shot. Now—despite making Detective Ray Davenport hot under the collar—Katie is determined to smoke out a coldhearted killer…

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The last thing Katie Bonner wanted was to become the manager of Artisans Alley. But when her business partner, Ezra Hilton, is found bludgeoned to death, she has no other choice. Business under Ezra has been faltering-but was it enough to provoke someone to murder? Only Kate can find the answer.

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If Katie Bonner's late husband hadn't invested all their savings in the crafts fair Artisans Alley, the Webster mansion could have been hers to remodel into a bed-and-breakfast. Instead that dream belongs to another young couple. But that dream becomes a nightmare when a skeleton is discovered sealed in the walls of the mansion. The bones belong to Helen Winston, who went missing twenty-two years ago. Heather's aunt, a jewelry vendor at Artisans Alley, asks Kate for help finding her niece's murderer. The case may be cold, but the killer is very much alive-and ready to go to any lengths to keep past secrets buried...

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Lorraine Bartlett is a New York Times bestselling author of another mystery series.

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Kaye, July 6, 2013 (view all comments by Kaye)
Katie Bonner, the reluctant manager of Artisans Alley, is hot, literally hot from a heat wave. It doesn't help that she moved into the apartment over her boyfriend, Andy's pizza parlor without air conditioning, however, it's hot everywhere. Artisans Alley doesn't have air conditioning either. When a fire strikes a small woodworking store Wood U in Victoria Square, the store is destroyed, but there is a dead body inside. It seems that the victim was not killed by the fire, he was shot. Katie is determined to find the murderer, even if Detective Davenport gets hot under the collar.

I really like this series. Katie keeps busy with Artisans Alley, and its sometimes difficult crafters, she's President of the Merchant's Association, and shes investigating a murder. In this book the old Webster Mansion sells again, this time to a couple of people who aren't likely to back out, and even worse their plans for the bed and breakfast are almost the same as Katie's. These characters get more depth as the series goes on.
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Betty Gelean, February 8, 2013 (view all comments by Betty Gelean)
Is Victoria Square getting too hot to handle for Katie Bonner?

Third in the Victoria Square Mystery Series, this book does not disappoint, in fact if anything, it surpasses with a mysterious fire and death in Artisans Alley. As Katie's mind races between one suspect and another, one victim and another, the reader is hard put to try and outguess the protagonist. With her keen sense of intuition, she needs to talk her ideas out with someone. What a time for Detective Davenport to retire! So many loose threads, but who is holding the winning one, the one with the right answers? Why did two men disappear at the same time, with one body left behind at Artisans Alley? Katie has two many suspects and too many victims. But Detective Davenport does not go lightly into the sunset but is actively hoping to solve this last case before his official retirement date and time. Who died in the Wood U fire?

Another thorn in Katie's side, she has once again seen her dreams of owning the Webster Mansion lost to a new buyer. Turning to Seth, her lawyer friend, she finds no answers but more questions, but on meeting the new owners, she finds that they have a lot of ideas similar to her own, and even better, she really likes them. But can she part with all her stored treasures she bought in anticipation of turning the house into the English Ivy Inn?

In this sizzling early summer heat, tempers flare, strange things are happening at the Alley, and the air conditioner is ill-equipped for both the extreme temperatures and the size of the building. Going home at the end of the day to her room over the pizza parlor is no better. Emotions run high, and dealing with Ida's frustrating personality has driven her to remove her from the Alley. A decision that will come back to haunt her.

Once more Lorraine Bartlett has given us a very hot mystery to keep us guessing. A large part of the charm of the Victoria Square Mystery Series is the camaraderie shared by so many mainstays in the series, and that charm continues. Well-written as always, introducing new characters and perhaps a new direction, this book will certainly keep our brain cells cooking! With Katie's mind going in so many directions, there are twists and turns galore. Recipes included.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425251904
Author:
Bartlett, Lorraine
Publisher:
Berkley Books
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Series:
Victoria Square Mystery
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
6.78 x 4.29 x 0.86 in 0.33 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,
The last thing Katie Bonner wanted was to become the manager of Artisans Alley. But when her business partner, Ezra Hilton, is found bludgeoned to death, she has no other choice. Business under Ezra has been faltering-but was it enough to provoke someone to murder? Only Kate can find the answer.

"Synopsis" by ,

If Katie Bonner's late husband hadn't invested all their savings in the crafts fair Artisans Alley, the Webster mansion could have been hers to remodel into a bed-and-breakfast. Instead that dream belongs to another young couple. But that dream becomes a nightmare when a skeleton is discovered sealed in the walls of the mansion. The bones belong to Helen Winston, who went missing twenty-two years ago. Heather's aunt, a jewelry vendor at Artisans Alley, asks Kate for help finding her niece's murderer. The case may be cold, but the killer is very much alive-and ready to go to any lengths to keep past secrets buried...

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