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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: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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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From the Author

Book 2 in the Victoria Square Mysteries.

More 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 Mystery series and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s). Check out the links to all her works here: http://www.lorrainebartlett.com

****** What others are saying about Lorraine's books ******

"Fun plot, fanciful characters, really fabulous crafts...Bartlett put her art and soul into this mystery."
--Laura Childs, New York Times bestselling author

"Bartlett combines murder, a touch of romance, and a lot of intrigue in this charming story. With a cast of personable characters and a lively, fast-paced story line, readers will be enthralled and delighted with this fresh new series."
--Fresh Fiction

"A fun new mystery with a cast of charming characters . . . Readers will look forward to more with Katie and the artisans from Artisans Alley."
--The Mystery Reader

"A sweet new mystery series by a top-notch author who writes under a few pen names. Katie is a likable heroine, fallible yet strong, tough but tender. A great book for readers looking for something light--and who also look for happy endings. I expect this series to go on for a long time."
--The Cozy Library

"[A] fantastic start to a new cozy series . . . A Crafty Killing kept my attention from the very first word until I turned the last page. The red herrings were aplenty, and the killer a complete surprise. Ms. Bartlett has created a crafty tale that must be read."
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Customer Reviews

I would recommend this book to any cozy read and this author.
Ellen Rappaport
I really feel for the main protagonist Katie, a widow with so much on her plate, struggling to keep Artisans Alley afloat while aching to own the Webster mansion.
M. Lapierre
The plot moved at a very fast pace as more clues and characters were introduced.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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 Elisabeth 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 Francesca Sanders VINE VOICE on March 4, 2012
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"The Walled Flower" is the 2nd installment in the Victoria Square Mysteries by Lorraine Bartlett (also Lorna Barrett of the Booktown Mysteries). Our protagonist, Katie Bonner, has become successful in business & love. She has finally gotten Artisans Alley into solvency, & she has been dating her boyfriend, Andy, for 6 months. Things are looking up until a body is found in the old Webster Mansion. The body just happens to be the neice of one of Katie's employees & friends. She soon asks Katie to help her solve the decades old crime.

I really felt compelled to write a review for this book because Lorraine Bartlett (Lorna Barrett) has become one of my favorite authors. I love that her series are set in small towns, & she always has a way of keeping me interested in the mystery & the characters. I would highly recommend her Booktown Mysteries if you enjoyed "The Walled Flower." She is a great author.
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