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The Walled Flower (Victoria Square #2)

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If Katie Bonner's late husband hadn't invested all their savings in the crafts fair Artisans Alley, the Webster mansion could have been hers to remodel into a bed-and-breakfast. Instead that dream belongs to another young couple. But that dream becomes a nightmare when a skeleton is discovered sealed in the walls of the mansion. The bones belong to Helen Winston, who went ...more
Kindle Edition, 307 pages
Published (first published February 2012)
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Lindig
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A slog. For a book that should have taken a couple of hours to read, it has dragged on for days now. I kept getting so annoyed at Katie for allowing herself to be so stressed by her "friends" and even more annoyed at her boyfriend's attitude. And I didn't care about the mystery at all; it seemed contrived. I'm always amazed at business owners who have time to run all over town all the time and just chuck the business into someone else's hands; most of the owners I know work 50+ hours a week. Any ...more
Marge
Jan 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just can not like Katie at all. She is manipulative, self-centered and not very nice to Andy the person she supposedly loves. I'm sure in the next book she will expect Andy to buy her the B&B prospect, simply because she wants it. With "eyes blazing" (<-direct quote from book) Katie was infuriated because Andy was using his property to further his business instead of giving her the apartment she WANTED. But never fear, Katie is already scheming about moving in furniture and redecorating ...more
Betty
Published by Berkley Prime Crime, New York
Review based on ARC

What a stressful life our Katie Bonner is living these days! Aside from her daily routines at the Artisans Alley, which are about to be interrupted in a less than happy way, she is rushing around to find a place to live and down to a very short deadline since her apartment has been rented out already. Then one of her vendors talks her into becoming her Matron of Honour (and must have read and copied every book on a Matron of Honour's d
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I was Blessed this week by a surprise gift in my post office box. What was it? An ARC of "The Walled Flower" by Lorraine Bartlett. Ms. Bartlett gave me this splendid gift and was I happy! Not only was I at the ending of my current read, I know that Lorraine Bartlett is one of those Authors unable to disappoint me.

Now, "The Walled Flower" may seem an unusual title for a Victoria Square Mystery, however, it reminded me of many titles favored in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is quickly shown to t
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TheGeekyBlogger
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Overall Rating: DNF

Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: The Walled Flower by Lorraine Bartlett unfortunatly was a DNF for me because of the leading lady.

Quick Thoughts: Katie was immediately (like 2nd chapter) already second guessing the police (cozy mystery pet peeve number 1: when the lead who is neither a police officer OR PI starts thinking they are so much smarter than the cops)! Example: Oh surely they dusted for prints
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Scott
Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
I'm usually a huge fan of Bartlett and use her books as a kind of palette cleanser between other large (900+ page) books that I read. I enjoy her characters, character interactions and growth and a low key mystery to keep the story interesting.

This one however I found a tad aggravating and the ending reminded me of a Scooby Doo ending where everyone confesses because why not? Just too unbelievable for me to truly enjoy. But I'll round up to 3 stars because I love the way she writes characters.
Amy
Mar 24, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I kept reading this book thinking it has got to get better. It never did and the ending was just ridiculous. Note to self - don't read this author again.
Shelby
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Even slower than the first book in the series, although the characters and relationships in this episode were somewhat more natural and believable. I'm not sure I'll read another in the series.
Amy
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great series! Katie's character continues to develop. She still has resentment that her late husband invested all of their savings into Victoria Square, especially when she sees the "Sold" sign on the Webster house next door. This was supposed to be her dream, a B&B. But the new owners' dream then becomes a nightmare when a skeleton is found in the walls during renovations. It is her friend Rose's niece, Heather, who was presumed to be a young runaway 20 years ago, with big dreams ...more
Jessica Robbins
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 ...more
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