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One Hot Murder (Victoria Square Series)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Is Victoria Square getting too hot to handle for Katie Bonner?

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 an...
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.

Disclaimer: I received an advance reading copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. The words and rating are mine alone.

posted by readerbynight on February 8, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I like the story alright but the "fillers" the author

I like the story alright but the "fillers" the author uses make the story arduous to read. Every little thing is explained for no apparent reason. I love Bartlett's Jeff Resnick books: they are well written and very interesting. This particular book is okay bu...
I like the story alright but the "fillers" the author uses make the story arduous to read. Every little thing is explained for no apparent reason. I love Bartlett's Jeff Resnick books: they are well written and very interesting. This particular book is okay but it is redundant in many many places and, as I mentioned before, there is way too much detail that seems to be filling up the pages instead of lending something to the story.

posted by 7149113 on March 30, 2013

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    Posted December 11, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    The best of this series so far. I enjoyed the other titles but n

    The best of this series so far. I enjoyed the other titles but not as much as this one. The characters are taking shape and now feel familiar. Can't wait to see what happens at Sassy Sally's Inn! We have not heard the end of Katie's involvement I feel sure!

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