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A Crafty Killing Audiobook

A Crafty Killing: Victoria Square Mystery, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

The last thing Katie Bonner wanted was to become the manager of Artisans Alley. But when her business partner, Ezra Hilton, is found bludgeoned to death, she has no other choice.

Business under Ezra had been faltering - but was it enough to provoke someone to murder? Only Katie can find the answer.

While the cops are proceeding by the book, Katie is investigating by the booths - for the answer to the killer's identity lies in the hidden secrets of Artisans Alley itself.

©2011 Lorraine Bartlett (P)2015 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A Crafty Killing begins with a bang!" (Romance Readers Connection)

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    merritt Murrieta, CA, United States 04-06-15
    merritt Murrieta, CA, United States 04-06-15 Member Since 2011

    Megh the Book Devourer

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    "very enjoyable"

    really enjoyed this start to a new cozy. This narrator always sounds like she has serious sinus problems but that didn't get in the way of my listening. plot was interesting and a bit different. really liked that Katie didn't get everything she wanted. wasn't your typical happily ever after.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Christi 04-22-15
    Christi 04-22-15
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    "Terrible narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm not sure. I am currently only in chapter 2 and having a VERY hard time getting into the book with this horrible narrator. She drags out every single syllable in a word. No one actually speaks that way and it's very hard to listen to.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Get a different narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Use a different narrator or at least have this one speak in a normal way. She drags out every syllable and it's awful!


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MerylB 03-18-15
    MerylB 03-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Acceptable Cosy"

    Writing was ok - nothing glaringly off, but the main character never felt fully explored. Reader was ok - though it sounded like she had a cold through the entire book. And there were some really rough edits where the sound was jarringly different. Overall, not a compelling listen but an easy one - which might suit if you are in that kind of mood.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kathi 04-30-15
    Kathi 04-30-15 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "So-so"

    I believe another listener commented that the narrator sounded as though she had a cold. I would have to agree with that. It seemed sometimes her voice was also too soft. The story was okay, though it felt a little forced in places. I like cozy mysteries, know I can depend on not being upset by slaughter and grisly scenes. Some, like any other kind of genre, work better than others.

    This one is the story of a young widow who inherits an arts and crafts (for sale) related establishment, that had been going downhill until she got it. She has to discover who killed the man who had owned it, as well as find ways to make it financially solvent going forward. I enjoyed the character descriptions, they were the best parts. But the book moved at a somewhat uneven pace, and I often found myself rewinding parts, because my mind had wandered. I can see that this is a series that might be better as it takes off in more books. Guess I'd give it kind of a wavy-hand. Would like to hear it read with a more spirited narrator, that would probably make some difference.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 03-07-15
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 03-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Good Start to a New Series"

    This is a realistic mystery with realistic characters. Katie Bonner is a likeable character and I look forward to reading more about her.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lingle2727 05-11-15
    Lingle2727 05-11-15
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    "FUN!"

    excellent reading. great plot. Kept me guessing till the end. great characters. looking forward to seeing what comes next.

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    Sandra United States 08-31-15
    Sandra United States 08-31-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining without being graphic or gruesome."

    This is another case of wishing the rating system was a little more precise. I gave the reader 3 stars but feel that it was a little better than three stars, but not quite four. I don't know if it was because I listened to several very quick readers before, but I found her reading to be a little slow and a little monotone. It was not horrible though and I was soon able to forget my problems with the reader and lose myself in the story. That either means I was being to nit-picky in the beginning or the reader found her groove and was able to smooth out any rough spots.
    I really liked the story. It was a good, solid mystery with good characterization. I look forward to listening to the next books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sonnysmom 07-12-15
    sonnysmom 07-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun and Enjoyable"
    What did you love best about A Crafty Killing?

    The quirky characters and the craft cooperative.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Crafty Killing?

    Katie trying to deal with being majority owner of Artisans Alley and the people she has to deal with.


    Any additional comments?

    Well written book and really enjoy the characters being brought to life by the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Jillard Lansdowne, PA, US 07-03-15
    Tracy Jillard Lansdowne, PA, US 07-03-15
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    "You never know where life is going to take you"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it is a well written, well narrated mystery.It gets your attention and you don't want to stop listening until it is done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katie,, who else. She is a strong brave women. I don't think I'd be able to move on and take on all that she has, and quite successfully, so soon after my husband's death.


    What does Jorjeana Marie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A lot can be missed in just reading the book because gives special meaning to the words by how the words are spoken, inflection, speed, pauses. They can make the book much more exciting than just reading the page.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Katie and Vance's nephew were being held up by Tracy and she found out that the accident that killed her husband was not an accident as was believed by everyone, even the police, but was actually a murder committed by Tracy.


    Any additional comments?

    Lorraine Bartlett is an excellent author and her books don't have to have a narrator to make them any better. I loved this one and can't wait to see what more is to come. Her character, Katie, make an excellent protagonist for this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jhouse3 05-06-15
    Jhouse3 05-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Long and boring."

    Long and drawn out. The narration was almost monotone. I wouldn't pay for another audio book by this author and narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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