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
"A Crafty Killing begins with a bang!" (Romance Readers Connection)
Megh the Book Devourer
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.
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.
Get a different narrator.
Use a different narrator or at least have this one speak in a normal way. She drags out every syllable and it's awful!
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.
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
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.
This is a realistic mystery with realistic characters. Katie Bonner is a likeable character and I look forward to reading more about her.
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.
The quirky characters and the craft cooperative.
Katie trying to deal with being majority owner of Artisans Alley and the people she has to deal with.
Well written book and really enjoy the characters being brought to life by the narrator.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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