this fifth entry in the Victoria Square Mystery series, Katie
Bonner is busier than ever. It is the Christmas season and
she’s working hard to get Artisans Alley ready, her
former mother in law Margo wants to visit for a couple of
days, and then Vonna Barnett, daughter of Francine Barnett,
was murdered. Francine owns the local teashop, Afternoon Tea,
has been planning to sell it and wants Katie to buy it. Once
again, Katie is hot on the trail of a killer. But will she
find the killer or get herself in hot water trying?
is a series I’ve liked from the start. For the last
book, Dead, Bath, and Beyond author Lorraine Barlett collaborated
with Laurie Cass. This time she co-writes with Gayle Leeson.
I have noticed this becoming a trend for some mystery series,
and although I initially didn’t warm to it, I’m
all for it now if it extends the life of a beloved series
by injecting some fresh writer’s blood. So to speak.
the mystery itself, the character interaction and the holiday
theme. With proper pacing, timely events and an assortment
of small-town characters, this is a great book to gift to
your mystery-loving friends and family. But don’t forget
to get a copy for yourself!
of other titles in this series
Walled Flower #2
Hot Murder #3
Bath and Beyond #4