One Hot Murder
By Lorraine Bartlett
(Berkley, Mass Market Paperback, 9780425251904, 304pp.)
Publication Date: 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.
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