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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

Critic Reviews

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

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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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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 03-07-15

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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FUN!

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

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Underwhelming

Would you try another book from Lorraine Bartlett and/or Jorjeana Marie?

I will read Lorraine Bartlett under L.L Bartlett.

Has A Crafty Killing turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not turned off per se. But not my 1st choice.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jorjeana Marie?

I

Any additional comments?

Since I enjoyed the Jeff Resnick series, I decided to try this series. This is one of the most uninteresting books ever. I've tried no less than 10 times to get through this book. I've given up & moved on. The narrator's voice is not suited for this. I did not enjoy listening to her voice.

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Creative premise on a cozy mystery

This is a really creative premise with a place for artists to sell their works, Artisans Alley. Ezra, the owner, gets pushed down the stairs, forcing the young widow Katie, whose last husband had invested in the alley and thus is a minor partner with Ezra, to have to take over.

I really enjoyed reading about the various characters and their lives. I also liked the way the police are not treated as dumb but given real lives and are real people.

This is a fun book that I recommend and look forward to the next in the series!

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PAINFUL to hear

The narration was so monotone it was painful to listen to. I just could not get past that and finish the story. It's a shame because I really wanted to like this one.

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I wanted to love it

I wanted to love this. I really did. The premise sounded good. But I just didn't care for Katie. It could have been the narration that made me not care but she really didn't seem to be much of a person. She talks about moving to the area months ago so her and her husband could open a business and yet she didn't know any of the shop owners. She didn't know any of the vendors in her husband's business and barely knew his partner. She just worked for a boss she didn't like. There's an unevenness to the writing... too much descriptions in parts and not enough in others. And the timing of the events seem to be rushed and not how things would happen in real life. Hopefully book two will be better.

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