A Reel Catch

A Reel Catch

by Lorraine Bartlett

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ISBN-13: 9781940801506
Publisher: Polaris Press
Publication date: 07/30/2018
Series: Lotus Bay Mysteries , #2
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 133,688
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorraine Bartlett's pen name Lorna Barrett on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it's her talent--whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett -- that keeps her in the hearts of her readers. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series, the Tales of Telenia adventure-fantasy saga, and now the Lotus Bay Mysteries, and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s).

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A Reel Catch 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Dollycas 3 months ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Kathy Grant and Tori Cannon are roommates working on opening up their new businesses. Kathy’s Swans Nest Inn is opening soon. She has asked her Tori to help her clean up brush and shrubs on the property. Thinking they had found an old jacket they are stunned to find it on a body. Pending identification and a cause of death Tori and Kathy go back to readying the inn for guests. Tori plans to reopen her family’s Lotus Lodge have stalled out a bit until she can find more money for renovations. Strange that at this time she gets not one but two partnership offers. To add craziness to the mix, Tori’s cousin Amber blusters onto the scene with her own bit of drama. The ladies have their hands full because the case of the body they found has now been declared a murder. Can they catch a killer and get the Seans Nest Inn opened on time? or will they be the killers next victims? I am late to the party on this series and was confused because some reviewers call this the second book in the series while Amazon lists at as book #4. A little research has shown the first book in the series, Panty Raid is a short 26-page prequel, followed by Book #2, With Baited Breath, the first full-length book in the series. The third book in the series is again, a mini-mystery, 46 pages, entitled Christmas at Swans Nest. That brings us to A Reel Catch, the second full-length book in the series. By jumping in at this point I felt I would lose some of the character development and the journey of the characters to this point, but the author included enough history to make me feel comfortable. I do need to go back and read to get more info on Tori’s grandfather and his big lottery win though. What the little bit I have seen he sounds like quite a gentleman and the close relationship he has with Tori is very clear. As I got to know the characters I was quickly drawn into their lives. Finding this body started to put some chaotic events in motion and it seemed everyone they came in contact with became a suspect. Kathy, Tori and their friend Anissa really tackle everything thrown at them head-on. I enjoyed following through each vital and sometimes very scary moment. This author also writes the Booktown Mysteries under the name Lorna Barrett, a series that I love. Like those stories, this story features strong women with a strong bond. The mystery she has entangled them is complex with a variety of suspects. She sets a pace that ramps up as the story continues. Her descriptive talents bring Lotus Bay to life. My first literary escape to Lotus Bay was quite enjoyable. I hope to return again soon.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Paula Jacobson Reel Catch, by Lorraine Bartlett, is the second installment of the Lotus Bay Mystery series. Tori is helping Kathy clear some brush on her property to get it ready for the opening of Swan's Nest, Kathy's new bed and breakfast. Tori sees a coat in the water. When she tries to pull it out, she discovers it's not just an empty coat. Tori and Kathy want to find the answers to who the dead man is, his past and who may have wanted him dead. This is the first book I've read in this series, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Tori and Kathy, along with the whole cast of characters, really drew me into the story. They are funny, so likable and very relatable. I found myself wanting to know more about all of them. The mystery of this book pulled me in right from the first page. I wanted to know who the victim was, what happened and why. I could not put this book down. It held me hostage until I found out how all the pieces of this puzzle fit together. I would recommend this book to any reader who likes fun, relatable characters with a mystery that will hold you and keep you guessing until the very end. I received an ARC copy of this book for review from the author. This is an honest review.
JL_Coy0 11 months ago
I enjoyed the first Lotus Bay book and waited anxiously for another installment. A Reel Catch picks up where With Baited Breath leaves off as far as Tori, Kathy and Anissa are concerned, but it also reads quite well as a stand-alone book. I thought it started out a bit slow, but picked up right away with a dead body and the mystery surrounding it. I think that Lorraine Bartlett did a wonderful job with her characters, her setting and leaving no loose ends in the mystery department. I can only hope that she writes another installment to the Lotus Bay Mysteries quickly. I want to know what happens with the compound, the bar and all the characters.
PPriest 11 months ago
A Reel Catch starts out with a bang, when Tori and Kathy are working outside and discover something. . . or maybe someone. The setting for this book is great – right on the south shore of Lake Ontario, near Rochester, NY – and the characters are so real and friendly and people I would hang out with. Except for some of the scary situations they get involved in. But that is what makes this book even more exciting. The Swans Nest is about to reopen, and the description of each room makes me want to stay there. I’d like to find a place like this on Lake Ontario, with similar people. I’m excited not only about this book, but within this book the author sets up part of what will be happening in the next books in the series. I enjoyed going home after work every night and reading this book. It’s one of those books that made me feel really good!
TarynLee 11 months ago
In this next book of the series Swans Nest Inn is getting ready to open, and Kathy Grant asks her best friend, Tori Cannon, to help clean up her yard, especially around the marshy side. Friend Anissa has been working very hard to get the B & B in shape and ready for the opening. While cleaning they see a coat in the water that happens to still have a body in it. Neither recognize the man and can't tell how long he has been in the water but by the looks of him it has been a while. Who was he? How did he end up in the water? While all this is happening Tori gets interest in her property from two different sources, both want to become partners and help her reopen the Lotus Lodge. Tori doesn't know what she wants to do and is suspicious of both people. Can she trust either? Should she take one of the up on their offer? Will she ever get the Lodge open? Follow along as the ladies become more enticed into figuring out who the dead man was and how he ended up floating in the marsh. Will the ladies be able to come up with some answers or be left out in the cold? I love the relationship between the three ladies and enjoyed following their friendship chapter after chapter. The author truly developed some great women. I loved how they worked together on each of their separate projects and always had time for one another. I look forward to seeing where they go from here.
Kuzlin 11 months ago
Kathy and Tori are busy working on clearing out some of the unsightly brush on the property closest to Lotus Bay, but the dead guy floating near the debris quickly put a damper in their efforts. With the opening of Kathy's Swans Nest quickly approaching, and Tori's own efforts to manage Cannon Bait and Tackle, they simply don't have the time or energy to meet with Detective Osborn about what they could only hope was a simple drowning. Tori is also getting frustrated about her own financial situation, trying to eke out a living with substitute teaching and the bait shop, all the while dreaming of reopening The Lotus Lodge. So when she is approached by not one but two financial partnership offers for her property, she finds herself in a quandary. And then there is the intrusive visit by her cousin Amber. But the drowning mystery soon draws both women into their own investigation, once again possibly putting them directly in the killer's sights. This story, book 2 in the series, helps solidify the relationship between Kathy, Tori and Anissa. It also has helped flesh out two central characters of Paul and Noreen, as well as introducing wealthy Lucinda Bloomfield and her servant, Mr. Collins...characters that I hope will make future appearances. Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing an advance reading copy of this book.