Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dead, Bath, and Beyond (Victoria Square #4) by Lorraine Bartlett

It always excites me to find a new author and series I can jump into. I'm not sure how I missed Lorraine Bartlett for so long, but I sure am glad I had the chance to read, Dead, Bath, and Beyond (Victoria Square #4) by Lorraine Bartlett. 

From the back of the book:

The New York Times bestselling series is back, as Katie Bonner—owner of Artisans Alley in the quaint shopping district of Victoria Square—attempts to solve a murder at a nearby B & B.

Katie Bonner feels like nothing can spoil her perfect day off, sailing Lake Ontario with her good friend, lawyer Seth Lander. Then she runs into her ex-boss Jake on the dock. It was never smooth sailing with Jake, and Katie is only too happy to get away from him as he makes a scene.

Unfortunately, the next day her unpleasant former employer is found drowned in a bathtub at a bed and breakfast in Victoria Square. Who would pull the plug on Jake? When an autopsy reveals lake water—not bath water—in his lungs, Katie quickly finds herself in over her head. She’ll need to race to find the killer before her business and her freedom both go down the drain.

My thoughts:

This was my first visit to Victoria Square and I easily feel into the story and felt like I was with friends. Katie is a fun sleuth and the people surrounding her are so sweet and fun to read. I didn't have any problems starting right here and connecting with them.

There were a lot of suspects because Jake wasn't so nice and there was some other reasons that I will leave you to read. I did like the layers and the reveal was intense. I mean, wow, talk about having a bad night. I don't want to spoil the fun because I never saw that sort of high intensity ending coming. I'm glad Katie was okay, I was worried about her for a minute.

In the back you will find some yummy recipes. I enjoyed this part enough that I have to go back and read the rest while I hope the next one is in the works.

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