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The Walled Flower (Victoria Square Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – February 7, 2012
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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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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.
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 Walled Flower" is the nicely done second book in Lorraine Bartlett's Victoria Square cozy mystery series. Bartlett has created a wonderful setting in Artisans Alley - I wish it really existed so I could go there. Kate is a well-written character, in some ways she is moved past her husband's death (she is dating again), in other ways she hasn't forgiven him for basically killing her dream of owning a bed-and-breakfast. Her struggles to keep Artisan Alley going are very believable, as are her dealings with some of the vendors there. Her relationship with Andy is a work in progress and it will be interesting to see where it goes in future books. The mystery itself is well done and a bit sad - Bartlett does a good job of showing how the death has affected Heather's Rose and showing that everyone has hidden secrets. While this is a cozy mystery and not gory, the deaths, particularly Heather's, are a bit gruesome. Bartlett keeps readers guessing as to who the killer is and there is more than one surprise in this book.
"The Walled Flower" is a good cozy mystery.
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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