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Murder Ink

(Victoria Square Mystery #6)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  349 ratings  ·  57 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
Mass Market Paperback, 294 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
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Many members of the Victoria Square Merchants Association are up in arms when they learn a tattoo parlor is opening on the square. They try to convince the proprietor that his business would do better at another location but when that fails they approach the owner of the building to try to have him rescind the rental contract. When Katie, now the president of the association goes to make another plea, she witnessed the building owner’s electrocution and she is injured as well.
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
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 s
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 bu ...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 enoug
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hoopla
Murder Ink was a great installment in the Victoria Square Series. It's my favorite book of the series so far. In this one, Katie Bonner is present when the owner of a building on Victoria Square is electrocuted. When Katie's friend, retired detective Ray Davenport, becomes the main suspect, she is determined to find the killer.

This one had a storyline that kept me interested, and it was entertaining and fun to read.
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
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 d ...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 isn ...more
Jeanie Jackson
Murder Ink was a challenging mystery but I loved the previous book so much that this one was a bit of a disappointment. The writing was excellent but I got aggravated with Katie more than usual. I like that she isn't perfect but too much negativity takes away from the special thing that makes love the series. I will stay with her of course. The least book in the series is still a pretty darn good read. ...more
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable story. Katie is still running her Victoria square. The residents are upset about a tattoo parlor moving in and have heated discussion about it. Katie goes and tries to make peace, the man isn’t interested and grabs his saw and is electrocuted, while Katie is given a bad shock. She has to figure out who killed him before her friend is blamed. Katie’s manager walks out so she is able to hire a new chef. He is very nice looking so Andy is worried.
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jeanie

Murder Ink
Victoria Square #6
By Lorraine Bartlett and Gayle Leeson
ISBN 9780425266014
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Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie


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 th
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 s
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 hard
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-shelf
Murder Ink is the sixth book in the Victoria Square mystery series. A business owner wants to open a tattoo parlor on Victoria Square. Some of the merchants are not happy about that, but would one of them kill over it? That's what Katie wants to find out when the building owner is electrocuted by his own saw. In the meantime, does Katie have another suitor on the horizon?

I always enjoy visiting Victoria Square. I can imagine walking through Artisan Alley, looking at all of the artist's pieces an
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Pretty typical for a cozy mystery/Lorraine Bartlett book. It got a little too busy in the middle and the relationship drama is Yikes! but the mystery isnt bad.

I just want to make one point about the Merchats Association and their snobby high horse. They are clearly judging Paul for being a tattoo artist and having tattoos and that attitude should be their demise. I'd love to see their snooty holier-than-thou attitude bite them in the bum. My husband's fave tattoo artist not only works hard to gr
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 a
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best in the series “Murder Ink” was filled with bad guys, twists & turns, and a heart-stopping climax.

Katie has a new vendor at Artisan Alley who raises a lot of red flags for her. Why was Hugh let go from his last job? Why do so many people think he’s lucky to not be in jail? And what is his connection to the strange blue pill Katie found? Katie also has to deal with Detective Schuler who is trying to pin a murder on her good friend Ray Davenport. Lots going on in this time around an
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 existin ...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 an
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I won a copy of Murder Ink on a book blog site. It is the first cozy mystery book I've read. I thoroughly enjoyed the setting of the book - a quaint artist's shopping area. I love to read about crime and love mysteries as well. This book had a crime, but the focus was on the setting, characters and solving the crime. It didn't focus on the violence of the crime or the sex of the book romances. (which I think makes it a cozy mystery).
The characters were well rounded and interesting. The setting
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 h
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I write this review with mixed emotions. As much as I enjoyed the mystery I really disliked the protagonist, Katie. I thought she was abrasive, pushy, thoughtless and even mean at times. At one time or another she suspected everyone including her boyfriend and closest friends. I still can't quite figure out why she was interested in solving the mystery in the first place since I don't think she even liked the person accused. The mystery was decent and there were several viable suspects but I'm n ...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 bet ...more
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 autho ...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.
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