Katie Bonner, the reluctant manager of Artisans Alley in the quaint shopping district of Victoria Square, is no stranger to ambivalence. Things have been going hot and heavy with pizza maker Andy Rust - so much so that Katie has moved in over his pizza parlor. But now that summer's ushered in a heat wave, an apartment above pizza ovens without an air conditioner is making Katie hot and bothered.
At the height of the heat wave, a tragic fire strikes Victoria Square. Wood U, a small store selling wooden gifts and small furniture, is destroyed. But the fire may just be a smoke screen - for murder. A body is found among the charred wreckage, and the victim didn't die from smoke inhalation. He was shot. Now - despite making Detective Ray Davenport hot under the collar - Katie is determined to smoke out a cold-hearted killer....
©2013 Lorraine Bartlett (P)2015 Tantor
Once again Katie has found herself in the middle of drama. Not only is she involved in a dispute with merchant association, but she is also in the middle of a murder investigation. There are many characters and plot twist to keep the story going from chapter to chapter. This book will not disappoint you.
Another great book in the series! Characters are good, and the storyline is wonderful. Hope there are more to come!
The narrator fit right into the role of heroine/sleuth. The plot moved at a great pace. A very enjoyable mystery.
This is not a predictable plot. There are some great unexpected twists here. As a good plot guesser, this one took longer to figure out what was coming. I can't wait for the next book. This is a great cozy mystery, which could easily stand on its own, but reading the series in order will add an extra dimension to the plot and reoccurring characters.
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