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    Accident OR Murder

    Katie Bonner receives a phone call from her former mother in law Margo Bonner. Margo would be passing through and would like to spend time with Katie. Really!? Now?? Why, as they were never close when Katie was married to her son Chad. Artisans Alley was getting ready for the Holidays. When Francine's daughter Vonne is killed in an accident, Katie thinks there is more to be checked out. Katie is also thinking of buying Afternoon Tea, as Francine is seriously considering selling it as business hasn't been good. So much going on, a murder with twists and turns, suspects, relationships, teenage issues and possibly a new business. I love these characters, watching them develop, going back to be with old friends and new friends to get to know. Thank you NetGalley and Berkeley Publishing for the opportunity to read this book.
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    Murder at the Holidays

    Katie Bonner is helping to get Artisans Alley ready for the Christmas holidays, when she receives a call from her former mother-in-law, Margo Bonner. Margo will be in the area and wants to spend some time with Katie...incredible considering that she never really wanted to spend time with Katie when her husband, Chad, was alive. But while she is attempting to process this, she first learns that Francine Barnett, owner of the Afternoon Tea, is considering selling the business because things aren't going well, and then second, the shocking revelation that Francine's daughter, Vonne, has been killed in an accident. Between Margot's visit, dreams about owning and running the Afternoon Tea, and her own suspicions about the cause of Vonne's death, Katie has her hands full. But her questions quickly lead her to be physically attacked, and thereafter she acquires her own personal bodyguards in the persons of Ray Davenport and her boyfriend, Andy. This is an enjoyable series, filled with interesting characters. There are several subplots here besides the murder mystery, including projected ownership of a new business, and helping out with Ray's daughters. I enjoyed how Katie and Margot work on mending their relationship, as well as how Katie and Andy look to further their own. It was also fun to watch a better friendship emerge between Katie and Ray. The murder itself provided several suspects and twists and turns. This is a series better read in order, to appreciate the characters' developments. Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing this book received from NetGalley.
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    A Holiday Mystery Treat

    In this next book of the series it's Christmas time and there are many goings on at Victoria Square. While visiting the tea shop across from Artisan's Alley Katie learns that one of the owners, Vonne Barnett, has been found dead. It looks like it might have been due to her drinking but as the police investigate more it turns out to be murder. Katie wants to help in anyway she can when it comes to solving the crime but an upcoming visit from her previous mother-in-law she isn't sure how much investigating she can actually do. She is worried about the visit because the two have never really cared for each other and she isn't even sure why she agreed in the first place. Connor left a trail of men in her wake, some of them even married. Could one of them have had it in for her? Could a disgruntled wife be mad enough to kill her? With all that Katie has going on she realizes just how daunting looking for a murderer is going to be, there are tons of places to look for clues not to mention suspects. Things seem to be going okay with her mother-in-law but other issues are popping up left and right as each day passes. Follow along as Katie deals with some ride mini-ballerina's, a kleptomaniac, and a young girl with an eating disorder. Will she be able to resolve all these issues while looking for a killer? She also has the opportunity to buy the tea shop, the other owner is looking to sell because things haven't been going well for the business and she is ready for a change. Will Katie jump at the chance to make part of a life long dream come true? This is such a wonderful series filled with a ton of unique characters that will have you excited for the next book. I look forward to seeing what direction the author takes the main character Katie to next!
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    great holiday mystery

    Katie Bonner is busy with the holidays at Artisans Alley when former mother-in-law Margo Bonner calls. Her interest in visiting surprises Katie. While she ponders the upcoming visit, Vonne, the daughter of The Afternoon Tea owner, is suddenly killed. It seems Vonne left a trail of failed relationships, and bad feelings. Even Francine Barnett, Vonne's mother seems to have conflicted feelings about Vonne's death, and then theres the shop, which appears to have gone downhill over time. Francine hints that Katie would be a good owner, as she is thinking of selling the business. There's a wealth of twists and turns and lots of secrets in this book that unravel with each page. Katie has her own problems too. When she is hit by a car after a late night walk, things get even more sinister. It appears that not just the holidays are approaching, but danger too. I really enjoyed this mystery. It kept me guessing. I also enjoyed the introduction of Kate's former mother-in-law, and the interactions with all the other characters. I have read every book in this series, and continues to be full of interesting characters and an engrossing mystery. I love wrapping myself up in one of these books for the holidays! Disclosure: I received an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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    I Love This Series!

    It is always refreshing to read Ms. Bartlett's books because they have decent, down to earth characters in real life situations, along with a few scary times, and of course, a murder. This series, along with her other series, are always at the top of my "to be read" pile. I highly recommend reading anything written by Lorraine Bartlett / L. L. Bartlett / Lorna Barrett (all the same author).
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