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One Hot Murder (Victoria Square #3)

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Where there's smoke...
Katie Bonner, the reluctant manager of Artisans Alley in the quaint shopping district of Victoria Square, is no stranger to ambivalence. Things have been going hot and heavy with pizza maker Andy Rust--so much so that Katie has moved in over his pizza parlor. But now that summer's ushered in a heat wave, an apartment above pizza ovens without an air...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Berkley Books
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Andrea Wahle
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway.

I didn't realize this was book 3 in a series when I entered the giveaway - that didn't matter. Lorraine Bartlett has a wonderful way of bringing a reader up to date on the happenings in her world without it feeling like exposition. I got enough background of the goings on in the first two books to understand the relationships, but not so much that I don't want to go back and read the first two. I know who was murdered in the first two books, but not t...more
Janet Sampurdanis
Love this series. Kept me guessing practically to the end. Interesting bunch of characters. Each book you learn more about the people of Artisan's Alley. Keeps you interested till the end.
Can't wait until the next book in the series.
One Hot Murder is the third book in the Victorian Square Mystery series. And a very welcomed and enjoyable book, too.

It seems to be a hot time in the square this July. The annual Christmas In July pot-luck is coming up and everyone is excited to be able to get together and party. Putting a damper on the festivities for Katie, begins when she looks out of her apartment, over her boyfriends pizza parlor, and that the shop Wood U is on fire. The fire is quickly extinguished, but a body is found ins...more
Katie Bonner, the reluctant manager of Artisans Alley, is hot, literally hot from a heat wave. It doesn't help that she moved into the apartment over her boyfriend, Andy's pizza parlor without air conditioning, however, it's hot everywhere. Artisans Alley doesn't have air conditioning either. When a fire strikes a small woodworking store Wood U in Victoria Square, the store is destroyed, but there is a dead body inside. It seems that the victim was not killed by the fire, he was shot. Katie is d...more
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Third in the Victoria Square Mystery Series, this book does not disappoint, in fact if anything, it surpasses with a mysterious fire and death in Artisans Alley. As Katie's mind races between one suspect and another, one victim and another, the reader is hard put to try and outguess the protagonist. With her keen sense of intuition, she needs to talk her ideas out with someone. What a time for Detective Davenport to retire! So many loose threads, but who is hol...more
Amy Lignor

This is the third installment in the Victoria Square Mysteries, and it’s just as cool as books one and two.

Katie Bonner is roasting to death in her apartment located over a pizza parlor. She has always dreamed of owning a B&B, but she found out - when her husband passed away - that he had used all of their savings to buy a mall that handled local crafts. This mall is already going down the tubes and Katie now finds herself the manager of a business she never even wanted.

Her job is to deal wi...more
Sue Ross
Lorraine Bartlett wrote more twists and turns than a cobra being chased by a mongoose this time. Just when you think you know who the killer is, oops maybe not!! It's hot and sticky the middle of July and Katie and her friends for Artisian Alley are planning a Christmas in July party, but it sure won't feel like Christmas if she can't get the air conditioning fixed. Not only that but one of the memebers of the Merchants association is murdered, the big brown delivery guy is missing and what is t...more
Katie Bonner has inherited the Artisan Alley after the death of her husband. Its not the career that she had wanted, but her husband had taken her saving and invested the money in the Artisan Alley. Upon her husband's death she took over managing the venders that sold their products there.
The author give us a very good picture of Katie's character and that of the other main charactera and then spins a wonderful murder mystery for us to 'work out'. I found the book well written and fun to read...more
I really enjoyed the other books in this series but for some reason I was disappointed in this one. I still don't like Katie and feel no connection between she and Andy. The character of Det. Davenport is unbelievable. There are too many rabbit trails that lead no where or seem contrived to fill in a plot line. I'll read the next one to see where the story goes.
This newest entry in the Victoria Square series features a good mystery as well as some dramatic developments for several characters.
Katie Bonner has her hands full as manager of Artisans Alley. There is a heat wave, the air conditioning at Artisans Alley is not working properly and she doesn't have the money to fix it. She also has to deal with problem vendors as well as the fact that someone is stealing their lunches. She is also trying to find time to be with her boyfriend Andy Rust - the two have different work schedules. The last thing she needs is to be involved in a murder case but after a suspicious fire at Wood U and...more
Katie Bonner has arrived!, March 23, 2013

This review is from: One Hot Murder (Victoria Square Mystery) (Mass Market Paperback)
In my opinion, this book has made all the right turns in Katie's life to keep this series successful. It has not only not become stale, it has taken on a higher standard in Katie's life.

Katie has obstacles in her way that prevent her from attaining peace and quiet with some level of organization. Problems and problem makers appear to be insurmountable but...Katie final...more
It's summer and the heat is turned up high in Victoria Square. The tenants at the Artisans Alley are trying to stay cool as the temperature rises. However, this is proofing difficult with the dodgy air conditioning. Katie Bonner knows she should take a loan out to fix the air-conditioning but she can't bear more debt. Meanwhile there are new owners to what should have been her Inn. Selling all the antiques she has bought for the day when she could've bought the Inn would be the perfect cure to h...more
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Widow Katie Bonner’s dream of running a Bed and Breakfast is shattered when she learns her late husband used all their savings to purchase a struggling craft mall. Katie is now the reluctant manager of Artisan’s Alley and also the president of Victoria Square’s merchant association. Both roles require Katie to deal with quirky characters and strong personalities, but she still finds time for a little romance with pizzeria owner Andy Rust as well as help the local police force solve a few murders...more
Katie Bonner is hot under the collar for many reasons. While the outside temperature is sweltering so is the temperature inside Artisans Alley, the business she inherited, as well as the climate of the apartment she rents above her boyfriend's pizza parlor. New air conditioning would help out a great deal but where will the money come from for the business and can she talk her boyfriend, Andy, into doing some updating in her apartment. Meanwhile, a fire on the square reveals a body that did not...more
Aurian Booklover
There is a heat wave going on, and Katie is really suffering. Not only does the ancient air-conditioning in her office at Artisans Alley not work as it should, one part of the building is freezing cold, the other is suffocating hot. Also the apartment she is renting from her boyfriend, above his pizza parlor, is also overheated. The ancient electrical wiring can’t handle a big airco unit. Katie can’t afford to have the airco at the Artisan’s Alley repaired, or rather, installed again. She is sti...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This series,A Victoria Square Mystery, keeps improving book by book. Seriously, this is not what all series can claim. Ms. Bartlett has the ability to deepen not only her story lines, but each character within the book. Book number three, One Hot Murder, has a suspenseful, intriguing, and complex story line to prove my theory.

Katie Bonner, widow and owner of the co-operative Artisans Alley, has the normal worries of ownership, filling up rental spaces and keeping the building maintained. The las...more
Shelley Giusti
love this series and Lorraine has done it again with One Hot Murder. This is the third book and the title says it all. Lorraine writes characters that you will instantly like and some you might not so much but still they become part of your life as you read this story.

Katie is a widow and now thanks to her deceased husband the owner of Artisan Alley. She is busy trying to get the Christmas in July party going and making sure that everything runs smoothly.

Katie happens to see a fire over at the...more
I truly enjoy this series by Lorraine Bartlett. Katie Bonner wasn't the most likable person in the beginning (and still has her moments) but she's dealt with a lot so I guess she's entitled to have a snippy moment now and then. She HAS softened a bit...perhaps due to a certain pizzeria owner....

Summer has arrived with a vengeance, keeping Katie hot at work and at home. Then, a fire in a shop on Victoria Square, a body found inside, then the house she's coveted for ages with an eye to turning it...more
Lorraine Bartlett comes through again with another highly entertaining read! One Hot Murder is the 3rd book in this series of cozy mysteries with Katie who owns Artisans Alley craft fair.

In this book, the wood shop in Victoria Square has a fire and a body in found inside. But it wasn't the fire that killed him and was he the owner or ?? Once again, we meet the detective, Ray and Katie's boyfriend, Andy who owns the pizza shop. I am beginning to really like Ray and think it's time to dump Andy. :...more
Lynn Demsky
I enjoyed this book very much, the characters are fun and some of them are truly weird and help put the whole book together as a great mystery. I like how the author puts the good stuff almost in the first chapter helping to make for quick reading!
Mary Havlovic
Katie Bonner is the manager of Artisan's Alley. Tragedy strikes Victoria Square again. A victim is found burned beyond recognition at Wood U, the wood gift shop owned by Dennis Wheeler. Dennis is a retired high school teacher known to have bullied his students. Suspicions begin to arise when Dennis goes missing. Det. Davenport begins to investigate the crime and then is removed as the investigator as he is scheduled to retire. Katie begins to investigate who the victim is and who killed him/her....more
This is such a typical cozy that it is almost boring. But, the problem with this series is there is a steady stream of characters that come and go and really add nothing to the story. And, while it did not happen in this book, the first two books in the series had characters that came along and we were introduced to their idiosyncrasies and then just left to wonder why as the character faded away or the book ended with no resolution to the problems of the secondary characters. If there are more...more
Adrienne Testa
Katie Bonner is still managing the Artisan Alley in the middle of a heat wave. The mansion is once again sold to another couple and a fire in the square uncovers a murder. Katie just cant help herself, she gets involved with solving the mystery and learns Detective Davenport has retired from the sheriff's department. The cast of quirky characters makes you laugh as they uncovers all the secrets and gossip in Artisan Alley. Its an interesting story discussing helping at risk teens, bullying by a...more
Patricia Gligor
I love Lorraine Bartlett's Victoria Square mystery series and "One Hot Murder" is a wonderful addition. I've come to know Artisan's Alley and the old Webster Mansion in the quaint shopping district of Victoria Square, located in McKinlay Mill, New York; it's almost as if I've visited there. It's been several months since I read one of the other books in the series and yet I was able to immediately remember the town and the characters and to dive right into the story, eager to discover what new m...more
As owner and manager of Artisans Alley, young widow Katie Bonner has her hands full of difficult personalities and never-ending problems. But when a body is found after a fire in one of the stores, she finds herself juggling a crime investigation as well. The local heat wave makes everything more difficult, especially because she can't have air-conditioning in the tiny apartment she's renting from her boyfriend, and the beautiful old Victorian house she's always dreamed of transforming into a be...more
Jeanie Jackson
Although I have loved this series from the beginning, I think this is my favorite book. For one thing, our heroine Katie is coming to grips with the way life has turned out and is whining less. Her whining, while justified, was the only weakness in the books for me. Now she is becoming stronger and we see the romance strengthening. As always there are twists and turns red herrings that make it hard to figure out the whole mystery. I did figure out the bad guy early but Bartlett kept me second gu...more
Debbie Heaton
In Bartlett’s mystery novel, Katie Bonner, the manager of Artisans Alley in Victoria Square, and her boyfriend Andy Rust are heating things up. But now the summer heat wave is sweltering and with it comes both a murder and a fire caused by arson. Feeling responsible for the merchants of Victoria Square, Katie dons the hat of detective and sets out determined to smoke out a killer before he strikes again.

Fun plot, likable characters—Bartlett has done another great addition to the A Victoria Squar...more
This was a basic amateur-as-detective story, complete with the heroine who simply must find out who the murderer is, the disapproving boyfriend and the detective who would prefer that she leave detecting up to the professionals. The book's cover had a cat on it, so I figured cats would figure prominently. Not so. She has 2 cats, but they are only mentioned a couple of times in passing. The mystery held my interest, had some interesting plot twists and I wasn't sure who-done-it until the end.
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