One Hot Murder by Lorraine BartlettOne Hot Murder by Lorraine Bartlett

One Hot Murder

byLorraine Bartlett

Mass Market Paperback | February 5, 2013

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Where there’s smoke…

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 coldhearted killer…
Lorraine Bartlett is a New York Times bestselling author of another mystery series.
Title:One Hot MurderFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 6.7 × 4.2 × 0.82 inPublished:February 5, 2013Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:042525190X

ISBN - 13:9780425251904

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Hot Read! If you're looking for a good book to read, "One Hot Murder" by Lorraine Bartlett is right up your alley. One Hot Murder is the next in the Victoria Square Mystery Series and as with previous books in the series, it keeps you on the edge of your seat. It's the middle of a heat wave, living over the pizza parlour, and there's plenty to keep things hot, but there's a cold blooded killer on the loose. Join Katie Bonner as she once again steps up to find the killer. Lorraine Bartlett has proven once again that she can keep you wanting more. Don't plan on getting any sleep until you finish this book, because you won't be able to put it down until you find out who dunnit.
Date published: 2015-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Hot Murder Book 3, want more of these characters
Date published: 2014-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Is Victoria Square getting too hot to handle for Katie Bonner? Third in the Victoria Square Mystery Series, this book does not disappoint, in fact if anything, it surpasses with a mysterious fire and death in Artisans Alley. As Katie's mind races between one suspect and another, one victim and another, the reader is hard put to try and outguess the protagonist. With her keen sense of intuition, she needs to talk her ideas out with someone. What a time for Detective Davenport to retire! So many loose threads, but who is holding the winning one, the one with the right answers? Why did two men disappear at the same time, with one body left behind at Artisans Alley? Katie has two many suspects and too many victims. But Detective Davenport does not go lightly into the sunset but is actively hoping to solve this last case before his official retirement date and time. Who died in the Wood U fire? Another thorn in Katie's side, she has once again seen her dreams of owning the Webster Mansion lost to a new buyer. Turning to Seth, her lawyer friend, she finds no answers but more questions, but on meeting the new owners, she finds that they have a lot of ideas similar to her own, and even better, she really likes them. But can she part with all her stored treasures she bought in anticipation of turning the house into the English Ivy Inn? In this sizzling early summer heat, tempers flare, strange things are happening at the Alley, and the air conditioner is ill-equipped for both the extreme temperatures and the size of the building. Going home at the end of the day to her room over the pizza parlor is no better. Emotions run high, and dealing with Ida's frustrating personality has driven her to remove her from the Alley. A decision that will come back to haunt her. Once more Lorraine Bartlett has given us a very hot mystery to keep us guessing. A large part of the charm of the Victoria Square Mystery Series is the camaraderie shared by so many mainstays in the series, and that charm continues. Well-written as always, introducing new characters and perhaps a new direction, this book will certainly keep our brain cells cooking! With Katie's mind going in so many directions, there are twists and turns galore. Recipes included. Disclaimer: I received an advance reading copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. The words and rating are mine alone.
Date published: 2013-02-09

Editorial Reviews

Praise for A Crafty Killing (Best of 2011 by Suspense Magazine):“Fun plot, fanciful characters, really fabulous crafts . . . Bartlett put her art and soul into this mystery!” —Laura Childs, New York Times bestselling author “Bartlett combines murder, a touch of romance, and a lot of intrigue in this charming story. With a cast of personable characters and a lively, fast-paced story line, readers will be enthralled and delighted with this fresh new series.” —Fresh Fiction “A fun new mystery with a cast of charming characters . . . Readers will look forward to more with Katie and the artisans from Artisans Alley.” —The Mystery Reader