A young shoplifter not only swipes a couple of hand-carved figurines from Ray Davenport, owner of Victoria Square's Wood U gift shop, but barrels into and injures Katie Bonner, manager of Artisans Alley. Upon his escape, the police are called, but before the ink is dry on the report, the boy's grandmother drags the would-be thief back to return the purloined items. She's got an agenda and great expectations? Can Ray come through in a pinch?
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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 there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square and Lotus bay Mystery series, and the Tales of Telenia adventure-fantasy saga, and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Carving Out a Path based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
This is a sweet, short story about a wood carver who decides to turn a young boy's theft into an opportunity for something good. The author includes a personal note about wood carving at the end along with some family photos and they add a person touch to the story. Great read if you need a little pick-me-up
What happens when a young shoplifter swipes a hard carved figurine from Ray Davenport, owner of the Wood U gift shop? In this charming story, we get a peek inside Artisan's Alley, a craft arcade, managed by Katie Bonner. I'm a big fan of this series and enjoy learning more about the individual artisans. their lives and relationships. Highly recommend!
It’s interesting how our lives intersect with other people. A small boy wants to please his grandmother on her birthday, but doesn’t have the means to buy her something. Next best thing, steal it. When she finds out she makes him responsible for his actions. Part of his punishment is to learn how to carve wood characters and this is something his grandfather use to do. This pleases his grandmother as it’s a way to honor the deceased man. This short story is touching and a lesson about not judging others situation. Well done by the author!
I enjoy the Victoria Square cozy mysteries and was excited when this new short story came out. It's a complement to the series featuring Ray Davenport, who runs the Wood U shop at Victoria Square. He catches a boy stealing a few of his woodcarvings. The shoplifter's grandmother brings the boy back to the store, but that's not the end of the story...... This story taught me a little about woodcarving, and warmed my heart as well. Lorraine Bartlett has a way of making the characters come alive in the pages and I enjoyed every page.