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The Walled Flower (Victoria Square Mystery) (2012)

by Lorraine Bartlett

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Katie Bonner has a full plate - not only does she manage the Artisan Alley, but she's been tapped by an acquaintance to step in as the Maid of Honor (the wedding is a week away) with all the accompanying duties (favors, shower, etc.) but she also has to move and she hasn't found a new apartment yet.

When making a courtesy call on new neighbors who bought an old mansion that Katie had wanted to buy and turn into a B&B, she is allowed to help with the renovations and a smack with a mallet on the wall reveals a skeleton within.

The ensuing escapades related to the apartment search, wedding preparations and interviews with suspects carry the reader on a bumpy ride that entertains thoroughly. ( )
  cyderry | Jul 30, 2015 |
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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 unfortunately 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 before handing it over to the detective. Girl, I don't care how much "Real TV" you watch--the cops know how to do their jobs. Also, the inn she wanted was sold to another couple so while she was pleasant to them, her internal dialogue was very me, me, me. Both of those bugged me book 1 but I was told she was better book 2. Not so much or at least not the part I listened too. So this has to be a DNF for me.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Jorjeana Marie / Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins

Jorjeana's narration was really good but again she sounded like she had a cold. It was really "stuffed up" sounding and I listened to examples of her other narration, it wasn't like that at all. So I am just going to assume these were recorded back to back when she had a cold.

Final Thoughts: While these things did not work for me that doesn't mean the series is bad. It has a great setting, great side characters, and the mystery (at least in the first book) was solid.

DNF Report: It's not you, It's Me! ( )
  thehistorychic | May 18, 2015 |
The Walled Flower is the second book in the A Victoria Square Mystery series.

Katie Bonner and her late husband had there hearts set on the old Webster mansion, at the the edge of Artisans Alley. But here husband invested all their savings in Artisans Alley and soon after was killed in a car crash. Now she is the owner of Artisans Alley and barely making a go of it.

She comes to work one morning to find a young couple renovating the mansion that should have been hers. Katie swallows her pride and as president of the Victoria Square Merchant Association pays the couple a welcoming visit. The are busy tearing out walls and doing whatever, they themselves, can do to keep the costs down. They invite Katie to pick up a sledge hammer and take a couple whacks at a wall herself. A few good swings and she has put a hole in the wall, only to find human bones wrapped in plastic sheeting wedged between the studs. Rose, a vendor at Artisan's Alley, discovers among the bones a small pill box that belonged to her niece who had disappeared some twenty years ago.

Naturally, Rose wants Katie to help find out how, why and who murdered her niece. It just so happens that the niece's old boy friend will be in town. He's now a big time movie produce, in town to receive an award. So Katie starts looking into the nieces former friends, hoping for some clue as to her disappearance. Katie does get a hold of a girlfriend, but before she can get too much information the girlfriend is murdered. Katie also receives a VCR tape of movie made with the niece and some of her high school friends being the actors.

Now she just has to put all this together and hope she can learn who the killer is before they strike again.

I really enjoy this series am looking forward to the next book. ( )
  FredYoder | May 8, 2015 |
The Walled Flower is the second book in the A Victoria Square Mystery series.

Katie Bonner and her late husband had there hearts set on the old Webster mansion, at the the edge of Artisans Alley. But here husband invested all their savings in Artisans Alley and soon after was killed in a car crash. Now she is the owner of Artisans Alley and barely making a go of it.

She comes to work one morning to find a young couple renovating the mansion that should have been hers. Katie swallows her pride and as president of the Victoria Square Merchant Association pays the couple a welcoming visit. The are busy tearing out walls and doing whatever, they themselves, can do to keep the costs down. They invite Katie to pick up a sledge hammer and take a couple whacks at a wall herself. A few good swings and she has put a hole in the wall, only to find human bones wrapped in plastic sheeting wedged between the studs. Rose, a vendor at Artisan's Alley, discovers among the bones a small pill box that belonged to her niece who had disappeared some twenty years ago.

Naturally, Rose wants Katie to help find out how, why and who murdered her niece. It just so happens that the niece's old boy friend will be in town. He's now a big time movie produce, in town to receive an award. So Katie starts looking into the nieces former friends, hoping for some clue as to her disappearance. Katie does get a hold of a girlfriend, but before she can get too much information the girlfriend is murdered. Katie also receives a VCR tape of movie made with the niece and some of her high school friends being the actors.

Now she just has to put all this together and hope she can learn who the killer is before they strike again.

I really enjoy this series am looking forward to the next book. ( )
  yoder | Sep 20, 2013 |
Katie Bonner longs to own the old Victorian house across the square from her Artisans Alley and turn it into a Bed And Breakfast. She decides to welcome the new owners and see how they are renovating the house and pitches in to help with the demolition. While breaking down the drywall, they discover a body wrapped in plastic behind one of the walls. The murdered young woman is Katie’s friend, Rose’s niece and they start investigating to determine who murdered her much to the annoyance of the detective in charge. ( )
  Kathy89 | Jul 21, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425246167, Mass Market Paperback)

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 missing twenty-two years ago. Heather's aunt, a jewelry vendor at Artisans Alley, asks Kate for help finding her niece's murderer. The case may be cold, but the killer is very much alive-and ready to go to any lengths to keep past secrets buried...

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When the bones belonging to Heather Winston, who went missing 22 years ago, are found in the walls of the Webster mansion, Katie Bonner delves into this cold case at the behest of Heather's aunt, a jewelry vendor at Artisans Alley.

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