A Crafty Killing

A Crafty Killing

Large Print - 2011 | Large print ed
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The last thing Katie Bonner wanted was to become the manager of Artisans Alley. But when her business partner, Ezra Hilton, is found lying at the bottom of a staircase, bludgeoned to death, she has no choice. She has to admit, though, that murder is great for business.

A collection of booths for artisans and craft sellers in a renovated apple warehouse, Artisans Alley is the main attraction in the quaint Victoria Square shopping area. Business under Ezra had been faltering. But was that enough to provoke someone to kill him? Katie has had more than her share of death. Her late husband - and Ezra's former partner - died in a car accident six months ago. As Katie digs deeper into Ezra's murder, her husband's death begins to seem suspicious to her. And while the cops are running their investigation by the book, Katie is running hers by the booth - because more and more, it appears the killer's identity is buried somewhere in Artisans Alley.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., ©2011
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781611730951
Branch Call Number: BARTLET
Characteristics: 367 p

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LauraSteinert
Jun 28, 2016

I always hesitate to start a cozy mystery series because some are sickeningly sweet and so "cute" I can't read more than a few pages. A Crafty Killing was a wonderful surprise. I read over 100 pages in the first sitting, and loved every page. Not saccharine sweet, but full of sweet people (and of course some who are not only not sweet but clearly capable of murder). Were there two murders or four? Is it one killer or several? Will Katie quit her job and save the business her husband destroyed their marriage to buy into? And which of those hunky guys with smoldering good looks is a potential friend, and which is really her enemy. This book was FUN. Under all her names, Lorna Barrett, Lorraine Bartlett and L.L. Bartlett, this author creates the very best of the cozy mystery genre.
That aside, the basis for this series seems to be stolen from Earlene Fowler's _Fool's Puzzle_ from 1994. An artist community managed by a recent widow (whose husband died in a car crash) is the scene of a couple murders and the cranky Sheriff doesn't want the spunk gal involved in solving the case. One needs ask: Homage or plagiarism?

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LoveAGoodRead
Nov 16, 2013

This is the first in the Victoria Square series and is a well-crafted mystery with delightful characters in a cozy setting. The writing was solid and the pace steady. Enjoyed it very much and will definitely continue the series.

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Sep 04, 2012

A simple American cosy, and a happy example of that genre. Will read more by this author

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LauraSteinert
Jun 28, 2016

LauraSteinert thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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