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Yule Be Dead

(Victoria Square Mystery #5)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  496 ratings  ·  85 reviews
A Christmas crime shocks the merchants of a quaint shopping district in this latest installment of The New York Times bestselling Victoria Square series.

It's Christmastime, but not everyone is jolly--especially not Vonne Barnett. Her dead body has been found in Victoria Square. Katie Bonner, the manager of Artisan's Alley, happens to be at the tea shop Vonne's mother, Fran
Mass Market Paperback, 294 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Berkley Books
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Diana • Book of Secrets
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars → Yule be dead — is that a great Christmas cozy mystery title, or what? This is the fifth book in the Victoria Square series, with Katie Bonner and her Artisan's Alley merchants gearing up for the busy holiday season. Things get even more hectic when the tea shop owner's daughter is murdered, and the questions Katie starts asking put her in hot water.

I've read one previous book from this series, so it was a delight to reunite with these characters. YULE BE DEAD is part mystery and pa
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Gayle Leeson joins Lorraine Bartlett in penning this fifth Victoria Square Mystery. Set just before the Christmas holidays Vonne Barnett is found dead. Vonne and her mother, Francine, own Afternoon Tea in Victoria Square. Artisan’s Alley manager Kate Bonner is at the tea shop when Francine finds out about her daughter’s death. There are plenty of suspects as Vonne was not herself when she passed. She was dating or flirting with every man she came in contact with but does that
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it

Like a lot of readers, I enjoy reading holiday themed books during the season they are set in (not a must, but fun) making YULE BE DEAD was of course a must.

I’ve missed the last two books in this series, so a few things have changed. But I had no problem catching up. It also helps that the author provides a character list at the beginning of the book. (More and more authors are doing that)

YULE BE DEAD was a good mystery and holds up to the others in the series. I didn’t guess who the killer was,
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Katie Bonner receives a phone call from her former mother in law Margo Bonner. Margo would be passing through and would like to spend time with Katie. Really?! Now?? Why, as they were never close when Katie was married to her son Chad.
Artisans Alley was getting ready for the Holidays.
When Francine’s daughter Vonne is killed in an accident, Katie thinks there is more to be checked out.
Katie is also thinking of buying Afternoon Tea, as Francine is seriously considering selling it as business ha
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With Christmas just around the corner, Artisan's Alley and the rest of Victoria Square are getting ready for their busy season. Everywhere Katie looks things seems to be in chaos, the vendors at the Alley keep having conflicts, Katie's former mother-in-law is coming to town, and Katie and Andy are having a hard time finding time to spend together. All these issues make a great storyline as well as the mysterious death one of Victoria Square own-Vonne. Vonne's death seems to bring to light some s ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Katie is still running the Artisan Alley and trying to decide if she should buy the Afternoon Tea or not. The owner is found dead in what they think first is a car wreck but later find out is really murder. Katie is trying to get alone with her former mother-in-laws visit, take care of problems at the Artisian Alley and decide which boyfriend she is really in love with.
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
In this next book of the series it's Christmas time and there are many goings on at Victoria Square. While visiting the tea shop across from Artisan's Alley Katie learns that one of the owners, Vonne Barnett, has been found dead. It looks like it might have been due to her drinking but as the police investigate more it turns out to be murder. Katie wants to help in anyway she can when it comes to solving the crime but with an upcoming visit from her previous mother-in-law she isn't sure how much ...more
Katie Bonner is helping to get Artisans Alley ready for the Christmas holidays, when she receives a call from her former mother-in-law, Margo Bonner. Margo will be in the area and wants to spend some time with Katie...incredible considering that she never really wanted to spend time with Katie when her husband, Chad, was alive. But while she is attempting to process this, she first learns that Francine Barnett, owner of the Afternoon Tea, is considering selling the business because things aren't ...more
Annie ⚜️
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Ohhhh, boyyy. How is this rated so high? The story was just okay but really so much more time is spent on all these subplots and other characters that the mystery became relegated to the background. Things are rehashed innumerable times! How many times do we really have to hear here thought processes about the pros and cons about accepting a very generous gift from her former mother in law.

Which brings me to another point. Why does she have to refer to Margo as her former mother in law every tim
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I just finished reading Lorraine Bartlett and Gayle Lesson's book: Yule Be Dead. It was my first time reading the Victoria Square Mystery and while I do prefer cozy witch mystery, I thought that reading another kind of investigation would be fun! The book is from Berkley Prime Crime and is the fifth by Lorraine Bartlett.

Katie Bonner is the manager of Artisans Alley and she is a young widow trying to relink with her mother in law, find time with her boyfriend, maybe buy a tea shop and still be a
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-shelf
Yule Be Dead by Lorraine Bartlett with Gayle Leeson, is the fifth book in the Victoria Square mystery series. The holidays are right around the corner and Artisan Alley is buzzing with activity. Katie Bonner's former mother in law is coming to visit her. She's not sure why and it's making her nervous. Someone from town is killed in what appears to be a car accident. Katie must figure out what is going on before the holidays are ruined.
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Visiting Victoria
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
3 Stars

I was excited to dive into this book. Who doesn’t love Christmas and add to that the Dickens-theme the Artisan’s Alley had and the atmosphere was set for success. This book started out so good. I was into it.

Then somewhere in the middle I lost interest.

I didn’t care who had killed Vonne. I was more interested in the “ is she going to buy Afternoon Tea” and “will Margo kill her before the end of the book.” Margo is her dead husband Chris’s mother. (I think it was husband. Now I am second
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: clean-cozy
3.5 stars

I've read all the books in this series and was looking forward to this one. It started out really good, but it became clear the murder investigation would be taking a backseat to Katie's various issues. The book became repetitive as Katie weighed her options on possibly purchasing a new new business and moving on from her late husband, if only she could decide which man she loved. Although the repeated debates and pondering are probably realistic, after a while they weren't entertaining
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Katie Bonner is not your average amateur sleuth, she is just a young widow trying to make the best of a bad business situation that her late husband created. When Katie's husband invested their life savings in a failing business--Artisans Alley--and then left her with the mess when he died, Katie decided to make a go of the business. When the daughter of a local merchant is killed under mysterious circumstances, Katie begins to find out pieces of information surrounding the incident, and is curi ...more
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Katie has turned Artisan’s Alley into a success, but then her former mother-in-law calls to say she would like to visit Katie for a few days. Katie and Margo were never close, but that soon becomes the least of her worries. The nearby tea shop isn’t doing well, and the owner wants Katie to buy it. Then the current owner’s daughter is killed. When Katie is run down and has a broken leg, the suspicions run rampant. Are the two events related? Who has motive? And to top it off, Katie’s boyfriend is ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I normally really enjoy reading the Victoria Square series and I overall did enjoy this one as well. We follow Katie during the Christmas season as she navigates dealing with another murder, a possible love triangle, and her mother in law coming for a visit. I would have given this book three stars but I did not like how a certain character was dealt with. I found it to be very insensitive and it put a bad taste in my mouth.
Mystereity Reviews
I hadn't realized I missed this one, so it was a nice read post-Christmas. I really enjoyed the addition of Margo as a character; the stereotypical "not good enough for my son" mother-in-law made for a nice change in dynamic within the characters. The mystery - who killed Vonne - was good, but I felt like it took a back seat to Katie and Andy's relationship issues. Overall, enjoyable and festive but this book was more for advancing the characters than solving a mystery.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to read this new book. I have missed this series.
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
This was a fun visit to Artisans Square. Great mystery and was surprised by a couple plot twists, I am interested to see how they work out in future stories. Looking forward to the next one!
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
have always loved this series. Katie is turmoil in more than one way. The cliff hanger of the Ray and Andy saga has me on the edge of my seat.....who will she choose
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great read in this intriguing series. The characters are well-developed and the story is a great one. As always this series is entertaining.
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
"Yule Be Dead" is a cozy...romance? The book started out as a mystery: a woman is found dead in a staged car accident. Katie asked some questions relating to why someone would want to kill the woman. But she was quickly distracted by her visiting mother-in-law, debating whether or not to buy a tea shop, two men competing for her attentions, and by the shenanigans happening in her current store. When she angered a suspect about a current crime, he attacked her. Is he the murderer? That thread got ...more
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jeanie

Yule Be Dead
Victoria Square, Book #5
By Lorraine Bartlett and Gayle Leeson
ISBN 9780425266007
Author Website: lorrainebartlett(.)com, gayleleeson(.)com
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Jeanie


A Christmas crime shocks the merchants of a quaint shopping district in this latest installment of The New York Times bestselling Victoria Square series.

It’s Christmastime, but not everyone is jolly–especially not Vonne Barnett. Her dead body has been found in Victo
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: obs
If the stories of Artisan's Alley and Victoria Square were a regular tv show, I'd give up my soap opera for it! This series has become far more fascinating than most shows; the characters are three-dimensional, the mysteries are mind-boggling, and descriptions of McKinlay Mill, NY and Victoria Square lead the reader into the Square.

Katie is preparing for Christmas at Artisan's Alley, and busier than ever. There is a Dickensian Festival and tree lighting planned, and many of the sellers dress in
I started reading this series with this book and I was hooked. I will be going back and reading the series from the beginning.

Yule Be Dead takes place around Christmas. All the merchants are gearing up for the Dickens Festival, and Katie is gearing up for a visit from former mother-in-law, Margo. When Katie's husband Chad was alive, neither Katie nor Margo could see eye-to-eye, yet, after his death there seemed to be a bond and both of them miss Chad horribly.

On top of all of the festivities,
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, drama
Bartlett's Yule Be Dead is a cute mystery centered around a farmer's-market-type shopping center called "Artisans Alley" in the lovely Victoria Square. The protagonist, Katie Bonner, the boss of Artisans Alley, must deal with cranky vendors, shoplifters, the arrival of her mother-in-law, and on top of all that she finds herself entangled in a murder mystery. To deal with all Katie uses her unfailing wits and courage and the relationships she cultivates and grows.

While Yule Be Dead is labelled a
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Another charming Victoria Square mystery! Christmastime is my favorite time of the year, so I enjoyed reading about the holiday with Katie and the gang. Our mystery here comes when a young woman named Vonne dies in a car accident, except (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I had a few problems with this book.
I'm not sure the reason, I'd need to think about it for awhile, but, I had a difficult time reading the first half of the story. I felt like it was work getting through the mystery. Then suddenly, the second half of the book was much better.
I didn't like Katie. Who knew??? She's the sleuth. I thought she was nonsensical and blind to so much going on around her and in her own personal life. I really need to give her the benefit of the doubt though. *ahem* She i
Linda Dawley
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Katie Bonner is busy with the holidays at Artisans Alley when former mother-in-law Margo Bonner calls. Her interest in visiting surprises Katie. While she ponders the upcoming visit, Vonne, the daughter of The Afternoon Tea owner, is suddenly killed. It seems Vonne left a trail of failed relationships, and bad feelings. Even Francine Barnett, Vonne's mother seems to have conflicted feelings about Vonne's death, and then theres the shop, which appears to have gone downhill over time. Francine hin ...more
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