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Murder Ink

(Victoria Square Mystery #6)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  28 reviews
The charm of Victoria Square may prove to be only skin deep when murder follows the arrival of a tattoo parlor in town in this latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

A tattoo parlor on Victoria Square? Some of the merchants get hot under the collar at the proposal, but could they be driven to kill to stop it? That's what the sheriff's office and Katie
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 31st 2019 by Berkley Books
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Murder Ink by Lorraine Bartlett with Gayle Leeson the 6th A Victoria Square Mystery. I had not read the previous books in A Victoria Square Mystery, and I felt I was missing some needed background information. I believe this series is best if read in order. Katie Bonner is strong, female entrepreneur. She has Artisans Alley and now Tealicious plus she is the head of the Victoria Square Merchants Association. I liked seeing Katie make a move for independence in one important aspect of her life (I ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
MURDER INK is a perfect addition to the Victoria Square Mysteries. Everything fans love about this series is present and as entertaining as the books before.

Author Lorraine Bartlett has nurtured this series since book one, and her dedication shows. Wonderfully written, along with author Gayle Leeson, MURDER INK may be the best installment yet.

There’s more going on in this story than you may first realize. With always something happening to add more questions, I found myself scratching my head a
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Murder Ink, Katie Bonner had a lot to handle as the head of the Victoria Square Merchants Association. This was a relatively new position for her and when a tattoo parlor wanted to set up shop in Victoria Square it was the first time she had to deal with this type of opposition. Wanting to prove that she was more capable than the last association chair and still trying to get a feel for the position led Katie to lose control of the confrontation that took place when the owner of the tattoo ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
In this next book of the series it looks like a tattoo parlor might be the next business to open up on the square. The building owner is fixing up the building when an accident overalls him, or was it murder. The man was electrocuted with the saw he was using and the police are leaning towards murder. Would someone kill to keep the tattoo shop from becoming a part of the square and it's businesses? Katie is determined to find out, meanwhile she has hired a new chef to head the kitchen in her Tea ...more
Mystereity Reviews
3 1/2 rounded up to 4. I do enjoy this series; the town is charming and I love the characters. Despite a few detractions (bickering, bratty teenagers, a ridiculous and unnecessary love triangle becoming a ridiculous and unnecessary love quadrangle) it was a great mystery, who killed Ken and why? No shortage of suspects, lots of twists and turns and a really great (and unexpected!) ending.

One other small thing I have to mention; Katie spent the first third of the book obsessing about having
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
A tattoo parlor plans to open on Victoria Square and some of the merchants are concerned. During a merchants meeting things get a little.... um not nice.
Katie is hoping she can get Paul to relocate, but his brother Ken won't hear of it. He is not happy with Katies’s interference.
When Ken dies, Ray becomes the main suspect. Can Katie find out the truth to who killed Ken before Ray gets put in jail? Will the tattoo parlor open on Victoria Square?
Love this series! Always feel as though I am back
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-careers, obs
Another great cozy in this series! I so enjoyed catching up with Katie, Rose, Andy, and the gang at Artisan's Alley and Victoria Square! Katie faces business challenges head-on, including those at the tea shop she purchased and re-branded, Tealicious. She is a woman who has hit her stride despite loss and disappointments; nothing keeps her down long. Including the murders that have happened around the Square.

Katie leads the Victoria Square Merchants Association, and the new meeting is bringing
Dez Nemec
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, cozy-mysteries
Katie is back with the Victoria Square crew in the 6th book of the series. Still living above her boyfriend Andy's pizzeria and running Artisan's Alley, Katie has now added the tea shop to her list of endeavors. And she is president of the Merchants Association. Makes me wonder how she has time to sleep... Anyway, during a meeting of the association, newcomer Paul Fenton stand up and states that he has bought a building on the square and is planning on opening up a tattoo parlor. The merchants ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This is the sixth book in the Victoria Square Mystery series by Lorraine Bartlett and Gayle Leeson.

I have read one other book in this series and it was so good to see these characters and dive back into this world. There are some cozies that don’t meld in my mind but this one did and its effect lasted.

Victoria Square contains a pretty conservative bunch of shops. So when a tattoo parlor wants to join their little community, there is an uproar amongst the vendors. Then the brother of the
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When a tattoo parlor plans on opening up on Victoria Square, some of the merchants have concerns. Things get a little hot during a merchant meeting between the tattoo parlor’s owner, Paul and the other merchants. Ray volunteers to approach the building's owner to try to purchase the building before Paul can. The meeting comes to blows between Ray and Paul's brother Ken, so Katie decides to take matters into her own hands and maybe convenience Paul to relocate on his own. When she arrives Ken ...more
I started reading this series with Yule Be Dead, book 5 in the series, and I was hooked. When I had the opportunity to review Murder Ink, book 6, I jumped on the chance. I was not disappointed.

Katie Bonner, owner of Artisans Alley, new proprietor of Tealicious, and head of the Victoria Square Merchants Association, is one busy person and it doesn't look like her obligations are going to lessen anytime soon. Katie's manager of Tealicious quits, leaving her scrambling to fill the position in the
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Katie Bonner is very busy managing Artisan Alley, a former warehouse that is a part of Victoria Square, which houses a wide variety of artists and other merchants selling their wares. She also reopened a tea house in Victoria Square while trying to find time to be with her boyfriend, pizzeria owner Andy Rust. The mostly conservative merchants in Victoria Square aren’t happy to learn that newcomer Paul Fenton has plans to open a tattoo shop in the square. When Paul’s brother dies under
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
MURDER INK by Lorraine Bartlett with Gayle Leeson
The Sixth Victoria Square Mystery

A tattoo parlor in Victoria Square? That possibility is just the start of Katie Bonner's problems. When her friend and fellow merchant association member Ray goes to the contractor working on the building to get more information he receives a black eye for his efforts, but the man who dealt it winds up dead. As the sheriff hones in on Ray as the killer Katie has to deal with her tea house manager quitting with
Deana-Coffee, Books, Life Blog
3.5 Stars

When a tattoo shop plans to open on Victoria Square it shakes up more than the merchants view of what business should be on the square. When the owner of said tattoo shop dies one of their own is the prime suspect.

Katie is the owner of Artisans Alley and Tealicious as well as president of the Victoria Square Merchants Association. She is a strong woman, not intimidated and an amazing entrepreneur. Katie finds herself in the middle of murder, trying to help a friend, playing detective
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The merchants on Victoria Square aren’t happy when it seems a tattoo shop is looking to become part of their group. But when the owner is found dead, the police seem to be focused on Ray as the main suspect. Can Katie keep help Ray or will her prying put her in the real murderer’s sights. I love how this series is expanding by bringing in new businesses and vendors to keep it from becoming stale. Katie is a strong female lead, showing she is more than capable of successfully managing her ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
A BIG thanks to Berkley Prime Crime!

Not my cup of tea. I'm sorry to say I didn't like it and I don't recommend it. The mystery was fair, but I thought, the identity of the nefarious person or persons was a little obvious. It was a well described story, but the characters were horrible to one another. They seemed to be yelling at one another, threatening one another and just overall mean. And! Was that a triangle ~ square ~ rectangle??? What did I just see here??? I don't like triangles at all
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
***DISCLOSURE: I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

We're back on Victoria Square, and Katie's scrambling to find help for her tea shop, Tealicious. When a brilliant and gorgeous chef shows up, Katie can't believe her luck. But the other merchants are angry about a well-known tattoo artist wanting to open up shop on the square.

When the inker's brother is killed in a suspicious electrical accident, all eyes are on Katie and
Linda Dawley
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A tattoo parlor on Victoria Square? The merchants have mixed opinions of the newest business, and some don't believe that it fits with the crafty feel of the area. But is this enough to cause murder? When the tattoo parlor owner, Paul is electrocuted, there's a lot of questions. Katie Bonner already has enough on her plate, but solving the murder is personal because her friend Ray is the prime suspect. I found this book to be engaging with great characters and an interesting storyline. The ...more
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Victoria Square Merchants Association is not pleased to hear of plans to open a tattoo parlor in their group. The Association meeting with the tattooist becomes heated, even causing friction between Andy and Katie. Katie’s friend and fellow merchant, Ray, tries to talk to Ken (the tattooist) the next morning, and gets a black eye for his efforts. Ray is soon under suspicion for a murder, and Katie tries to help her friend. Besides the murder mystery (which is very good), the relationship ...more
Lisa Morin
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It has been a while since I’ve met up with Katie Bonner and the tenants of Victoria Square. As I became immersed in the story, I began to feel as though I was transported to Victoria Square and dropped in the middle of a murder investigation.
What seems like an open and shut case quickly becomes an intense investigation putting Katie directly in harm’s way.
It’s always a pleasure to curl up with a book in this fantastic series and Murder Ink should be at the top of your reading list.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy this series. It is like visiting old friends each time a new book in the series comes out. Katie is a strong character and the mystery is well written and draws you in from the beginning. It could be read alone, but I think you would understand the story of Victoria Square better if you read the other books in the series.
Debbie Lyon
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Will adding a tattoo parlor to Victoria Square be a welcome addition? Seems as though most of the shop owners are opposed to this new shop and when the owner dies by electrocution while using his own saw, the question arises if it was an accident or murder.

Great addition to the Victoria Square mystery series.
Anna Fox
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The characters are interesting and the mystery kept me guessing. I love the town. Katie does seem to be spreading herself very thin and I am wondering about Katie and Andy's relationship. Overall, I am still liking this series.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this series! I love Katie and Andy. I wish their relationship was a little healthier, but it is realistic. I'm not sure I understood why a tattoo parlor is so bad. I thought the mystery was good and it did keep me guessing. I look forward to the next one!
Pamela Priest
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful Victoria Square cozy mystery in this must read series! Katie has to quickly investigate the latest murder before her friend is put in jail. I always feel like this is a real place I would like to visit!
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a new to me series. I somehow let this series pass me by, but I will be rectifying that now.
I will definitely go back and read the previous books in the series now.
This is a really charming cozy series. The premise was realistic and the characters were interesting and full of personality.
The whodunit was well written and kept me engaged and guessing. It was well plotted and paced.
I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more in the series.
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Many of the Victoria Square merchants are unhappy to learn that one of the empty storefronts has been sold to a man who intends to open a tattoo parlor. An apparent accident occurs while one of the men is working on the shop's renovations, but not everyone is convinced it was an accident. When one of Katie's friends becomes the prime suspect behind the incident, she feels obligated to find the real culprit.

This is book #6 in this series, and I was happy to spend some time with Katie, Andy, Ray
Kathie D
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
No Hoopla on 08/24/19 Overdrive E book place hold 10/13/19 got 01/08/20 very good hopes it's not the last of this series
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