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"Not surprisingly, Bartlett skillfully orchestrates an intricate plot that keeps readers in suspense until the end."
--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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Product Details

  • Series: Victoria Square Mystery (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425246167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425246160
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Harbingerdc on February 7, 2012
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This is the second book in the Victoria Square series and it starts out fast and never lets up. Katie finds herself in over her head with situations as disparate being pushed into becoming the Matron of Honor of a very demanding bridezilla, personality conflicts and accusations of theft in Artisans Alley, and murders 22 years apart but almost certainly related.

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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By F. Yoder on February 7, 2012
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The Walled Flower is the second book in the A Victoria Square Mystery series.

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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C Quilts on February 20, 2012
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I liked it! There are several reviews re-capping the book, so I will comment on why I liked it, rather than what happened. The author really developed the charachters in this book, and she did it well. Probably one of the main reasons I like books in a series because I already know the charachters, and when an author further develops them, it adds to the overall enjoyment of the entire series. 5 stars

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
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 11, 2012
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I've reached the point where I just can't bear to read a book where the conflict arises from the stress caused by the protagonist not being able to open her mouth and say NO when people around her make unreasonable demands. Then she feels obligated to complain for pages on end because she doesn't have time to satisfy the demands she shouldn't have agreed to in the first place. I can tolerate a bit of this type of "filler" but there comes a point where I just loose interest in hearing her whine. The mystery was not compelling enough to get me over this hump, so I just stopped reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Book of Secrets on February 29, 2012
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Rating: 4½ 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.
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