Dead, Bath and Beyond (Victoria Square Series #4)

Dead, Bath and Beyond (Victoria Square Series #4)

by Lorraine Bartlett, Laurie Cass

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Overview

Dead, Bath and Beyond (Victoria Square Series #4) by Lorraine Bartlett, Laurie Cass

The New York Times bestselling series is back, as Katie Bonner—owner of Artisans Alley in the quaint shopping district of Victoria Square—attempts to solve a murder at a nearby B & B.

Katie Bonner feels like nothing can spoil her perfect day off, sailing Lake Ontario with her good friend and lawyer Seth Landers. Then she runs into her ex-boss Josh on the dock. It was never smooth sailing with Josh, and Katie is only too happy to get away from him as he makes a scene.
 
Unfortunately, the next day her unpleasant former employer is found drowned in a bathtub at a bed-and-breakfast in Victoria Square. Who would pull the plug on Josh? When an autopsy reveals lake water—not bath water—in his lungs, Katie quickly finds herself in over her head. She’ll need to race to find the killer before her business and her freedom both go down the drain…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101614808
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/06/2016
Series: Victoria Square Series , #4
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 53,313
File size: 728 KB

About the Author

Lorraine Bartlett is the New York Times bestselling author of the Victoria Square Mysteries and, under a pseudonym, another mystery series.
 
Laurie Cass is the author of the national bestselling Bookmobile Cat Mysteries.

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Dead, Bath, and Beyond 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the characters!!!!!!
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
Katie Bonner is shocked to find her ex-boss Josh dead in the bath tub at the B&B owned by her new friends Nick and Don. The fact that she had seen him recently and had a shouting match with him in front of witnesses doesn't help. Katie has no choice but to look into the death once it is listed as a homicide. Not only is she worried about her own alibi, she is concerned about Don's alibi. Katie will do anything to keep herself and her friends out of Detective Hamilton's sights. This is a good series, I look forward to reading the next book.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Last week I read and reviewed the previous book in this series, One Hot Murder, that had been on my To-Be-Read shelf since 2013 when it was released. Because of this the delay between books 3 and 4 was not a problem for me. I have to say it is unusual to have a break like this between books especially when it is the same publisher. This book picks up close to where the last one left off so for me the flow was still there. Things are going well at Artisans Alley. Former detective Ray Davenport has leased a booth as he waits for his shop Wood U to be rebuilt after the fire. A beauty shop has also opened at the Alley. Her new friends, owners of the B & B, are getting ready to open but they have taken in an early guest. A guest that Katie knows quite well, her former boss, Jake. Katie worked so hard for him and he always took the credit. She wasn’t unhappy at all to leave that job and him behind when she inherited the Alley. She was not happy to see him in her neighborhood, but she didn’t even have time to find out why he was staying at the B&B because his dead body was found in a bathtub soon after he checked in. Of course, she is a suspect, they have a past and she did have a bit of a scene with him the day before, in front of plenty of witnesses. I really enjoyed this story. I love the characters and the setting. Ms. Bartlett always delivers a top-notch mystery. She is joined this time by another wonderful storyteller in Laurie Cass, author the fun Bookmobile Cat Mysteries. It was nice to see Ray on the outside of this police investigation and him actually being a sounding board and helping Katie with her sleuthing. They have become friends and Ray’s daughters and I are even hoping for maybe more. That was my only sticky point to this story. Katie and Andy’s romance is going nowhere. They work opposite shifts, they can’t even seem to get together for lunches because something always comes up. She lives above his pizza place so they see each other every day and she steps in to help him when he is understaffed. But they seem to just be staying together just because it is comfortable but not really any fun. I know change would probably impact her living arrangement, but a romantic triangle would sure add some spark to the story. Maybe Andy would step up and make more of an effort in the relationship. Katie does have friends but she needs a man in her life who has time for a life. Maybe in the next book we will see these relationships evolve more. Beyond Katie’s personal life the story is pretty exciting. She does get in as usual over her head and this time almost literally. The suspense builds so that the pages start to flip pretty rapidly as we see how she is going to get herself out of the mess she got herself into. I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the next installment of this series. I am so glad it is back!
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
A Bit too Slow for Me. I was a First Read Winner of this book, and I was eager to get started. Now usually I don't like jumping into a series out of order, but I took a chance and was happy to note that the Author made sure the reader is not lost in the ongoing storyline. Despite the fact that it contained likable characters, I never really got into the book as much I liked. When I have to force myself to read its never good, I like to get lost in the pages and having a hard time putting it down, instead I found the book just a little bit slow and not a lot of action or mystery until the end, also I found the relationship between Katie and Andy not very interesting and a bit of a letdown. Overall nice, but I won't be following the series any further.
chefdt More than 1 year ago