Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Review: 'The Walled Flower' by Lorraine Bartlett

The Walled Flower by Lorraine Bartlett, 2012, Berkley Prime Crime, $7.99, softbound, 294 pages. Category/Genre: mystery. Cover: pretty nice. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million.

Spoiler Alert!

Katie Bonner, owner and manager of Artisans Alley in Victoria Square, has a problem: she and her late husband, Chad, saved up for years to buy the Webster mansion with the idea of turning it into a B and B. But Janice and Toby Ryan have just bought the place and are renovating it for the same purpose. 

Then Katie lends a hand with the renovating and uncovers a body. The body happens to be Heather, the niece of Katie's friend, Rose Nash, and when Rose finds out, she enlists Katie's help in solving the murder. 

It won't be easy. Not only is Katie not a detective, she has other things on her mind. Polly Bremerton, one of the craftswomen working at Artisans Alley, has accused another crafter of stealing; and Katie also agrees to become the matron of honour for yet another crafter -- a job which ends up taking much more effort than she imagined. Plus Katie is moving soon and has nowhere to go. 

The mystery deepens when the victim's best friend, Barbie, asks Katie for a secret meeting. Later, another body is found at the mansion: Barbie's. And things heat up at Artisans Alley when Polly is found to have been passing off new dolls as antiques and selling them.   

This was a fine read. Recipes are included in the back. 

Note: strong language. 

If you like this one, try: Thread Reckoning by Amanda Lee; The Long Stitch Goodnight by Amanda Lee; The Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse by Leann Sweeney, and The Cat, the Lady, and the Liar by Leann Sweeney.   


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