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The Walled Flower (Victoria Square Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – February 7, 2012
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--Mystery Scene Magazine
"With the many twists and turns in this mystery it wasn't going to be easy to find out whodunit, especially since the murderer was still on the loose after twenty-two years. Bartlett is getting into her stride early in this series, one that will knock the reader's knitted socks off when they read about Katie Bonner's latest foray into murder, madness, mystery, and mayhem in Artisans Alley. This mystery is over-the-top and (almost literally) off the wall fantastic."
-The Feathered Quill
"There's a good balance of dialogue and description to move the story along, plus realistic side stories involving the collection of nicely varied-and likable-characters. Recipes for the backed goods Katie makes as treats for her artisans are included."
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Added to the mix are Detective Davenport, whose people skills still leave a lot to be desired, a looming deadline to find new living quarters, and a boyfriend who refuses to let her move in to the apartment over his pizzeria. Oh, boy!
The characters are really coming into their own in this one, particularly Katie who not only knows that she is taking on more than anyone could handle, but sticks to her commitments and sticks by her friends.
Also, Rose, one of the Artisans Alley vendors, has center stage in this story and she's great! Katie and Rose together made a formidable team and I hope to see more of Rose in the future.
I have to say that I really didn't want to put this down to go even to go to sleep. It was fast-paced, well-written, and lots of fun! I look forward to many more stories set in Victoria Square!
For the sake of proper disclosure, I received an ARC of this book from the author.
Katie Bonner and her late husband had there hearts set on the old Webster mansion, at the the edge of Artisans Alley. But here husband invested all their savings in Artisans Alley and soon after was killed in a car crash. Now she is the owner of Artisans Alley and barely making a go of it.
She comes to work one morning to find a young couple renovating the mansion that should have been hers. Katie swallows her pride and as president of the Victoria Square Merchant Association pays the couple a welcoming visit. The are busy tearing out walls and doing whatever, they themselves, can do to keep the costs down. They invite Katie to pick up a sledge hammer and take a couple whacks at a wall herself. A few good swings and she has put a hole in the wall, only to find human bones wrapped in plastic sheeting wedged between the studs. Rose, a vendor at Artisan's Alley, discovers among the bones a small pill box that belonged to her niece who had disappeared some twenty years ago.
Naturally, Rose wants Katie to help find out how, why and who murdered her niece. It just so happens that the niece's old boy friend will be in town. He's now a big time movie produce, in town to receive an award. So Katie starts looking into the nieces former friends, hoping for some clue as to her disappearance. Katie does get a hold of a girlfriend, but before she can get too much information the girlfriend is murdered. Katie also receives a VCR tape of movie made with the niece and some of her high school friends being the actors.
Now she just has to put all this together and hope she can learn who the killer is before they strike again.
I really enjoy this series am looking forward to the next book.
I also liked that the book didn't "slow." With so much going on, it makes for a lively, fast paced, fast moving story. This is another thing that I like - when an author is able to add events, people, etc, it keeps the reader moving and makes the book much more interesting. Bartlett does not ramble on and on about the same event through the entire middle of the book - I thought she did a great job keeping the main charachter juggling a million events - much more real life, and keeps it interesting! 5 stars
Loved the plot, and how the town, businesses, people and buildings were included, along with "old history." New charachters were added, old ones included, and the author does this beautifully - seamlessly. She keeps you guessing right to the end. I can't wait for the next installment in this series! 5 stars
The murder mystery in THE WALLED FLOWER is the most intriguing I've read in a long time. Katie Bonner is a young widow, cheated out of owning the property of her dreams, the Webster mansion, because her late husband invested all of their money into the struggling Artisans Alley just before he died. Katie pays a visit to the new owners of the mansion to see their renovations and also to pine away for what she lost. Poor, Katie! While she's there, a skeleton is found sealed behind a wall, and it's revealed that the bones are those of Heather Winston, a young woman who went missing 22 years ago.
Heather's aunt is Rose Nash, a jewelry vendor at Artisans Alley, and also Katie's good friend. Rose persuades Katie to help her uncover clues that might reveal who Heather's killer is. Even though Katie has a very full plate with running the crafts fair, finding a new apartment, trying to make peace between squabbling vendors, and fulfilling matron of honor duties for a not-so-close friend's wedding, she agrees to help out. After all, the town's lazy-ish detective is not inspired to work hard on a two decades old cold case.
This book grabbed me from the beginning. What a challenge it would be for an amateur sleuth to solve a murder that took place 22 years ago! Where would you begin? Ms. Bartlett has a talent for creating an intricate mystery with many interesting twists and turns. The plot moved at a very fast pace as more clues and characters were introduced. I thought to myself, "How is she ever going to figure this out?!?" This was not an easy one to crack, but Katie Bonner was smart and savvy enough to do it.
THE WALLED FLOWER is the second book in the A Victoria Square Mystery series, but if you haven't read the first book like me, not to worry.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is repetitive. The main character, Katie Bonner, keeps going over how much she wants to buy this inn but she can't afford it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jolene Wipf
Katie Bonner really wants the Webster mansion instead of Artisans Alley, so she is sad when a couple buys the house. Read morePublished 7 months ago by P. Priest
Katie, the main character, has a bad personality, puts up with very bad treatment from her boyfriend, and allows the author to show how judgy she is. This book is unpleasant. Read morePublished 7 months ago by C. Schmidt
This is the second book in the Victoria Square series by Lorraine Bartlett.
Kate finds one morning a young couple renovating the Mansion that she feels should be here and... Read more
I love this series. I like that I don't have to read about sex and firsthand violence. This reminds me of some cute little crafty village and sounds like such fun. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Janice N. Dinse
Years ago I read the first one in this series. Found this at the library, so I tried it and liked it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Always Reading
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Overall Rating: DNF
Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: The Walled Flower by... Read more
I really enjoyed reading this book. I read the series backwards, this was supposed to be the 2nd series and I read the 3rd book first then this. It was still a great read. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Momoftwo