Murder Ink (Victoria Square Series #6)

Murder Ink (Victoria Square Series #6)

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Overview

A tattoo parlor on Victoria Square? Some of the merchants get hot under the collar at the proposal, but could they be driven to kill to stop it? That's what the sheriff's office and Katie Bonner want to know when the building's owner is electrocuted with his own saw.

Meanwhile, tensions rise when a hot chef takes over the square's tea shop. Will Katie have three men vying for her affections, or will her rival take the tea cake?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781977314253
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Series: Victoria Square Series , #6
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 300,488
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lorraine Bartlett is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous works, including the Jeff Resnick Mysteries (writing as L. L. Bartlett) and the Booktown Mysteries (writing as Lorna Barrett). She has been nominated for an Agatha Award and has been a finalist in the St. Martin's/Malice Domestic contest.

Jorjeana Marie has narrated over seventy audiobooks, performed in hundreds of commercials, and starred in Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling with Elliott Gould. She is also a stand-up comic who has opened for Richard Lewis, Louie Anderson, and Kathleen Madigan.

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Murder Ink 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
TarynLee 4 months ago
In this next book of the series it looks like a tattoo parlor might be the next business to open up on the square. The building owner is fixing up the building when an accident overalls him, or was it murder. The man was electrocuted with the saw he was using and the police are leaning towards murder. Would someone kill to keep the tattoo shop from becoming a part of the square and it's businesses? Katie is determined to find out, meanwhile she has hired a new chef to head the kitchen in her Tea shop. It looks like Katie has a few suitors vying for her attention, is she happy in her on going relationship or is she looking for something more or even different. Katie doesn't have time to worry about that, not and look for a killer. Will her looking into this murder put a wedge between her and the man she is dating? Katie is determined to figure out who the killer is and make everyone on the square feel safe again. will she be able to do that and keep her relationship together or will both get away from her? This is such a fun series, the addition of new businesses and owners changes things up. Each new personality fills the pages with their own identity and brings forth new secondary characters to get to know. I always enjoy meeting the new characters and look forward to seeing which ones stick around in later books.
CozyUpWithKathy 4 months ago
a complex mystery with a fast paced satisfying conclusion MURDER INK by Lorraine Bartlett with Gayle Leeson The Sixth Victoria Square Mystery A tattoo parlor in Victoria Square? That possibility is just the start of Katie Bonner's problems. When her friend and fellow merchant association member Ray goes to the contractor working on the building to get more information he receives a black eye for his efforts, but the man who dealt it winds up dead. As the sheriff hones in on Ray as the killer Katie has to deal with her tea house manager quitting with hardly any notice, Andy's assistant being overly helpful, and questions about her new vendor at Artisan's Alley. Despite relationship issues Katie strives to keep everything on track and keep Ray out of jail. Will she be able to find the real killer, or will she have as shocking of an end as the contractor? There's a lot going on in this sixth outing of the Victoria Square mystery series, almost too much. Katie is involved with so many projects and wears so many hats, not to mention all of her relationship issues, I don't know how she has time to breathe. By the end of the novel these myriad storylines did meld, but Katie's involvement in every aspect of Victoria Square, almost as if she considers herself Empress of the Square, is a bit off putting. I liked the addition of Brad to Tealicious, although his arrival led to yet more adolescent jealous behavior by several of the key players. I love Nick and Don and give kudos to Nick's quick thinking leading up to the penultimate scene. There are lots of clever bits given by both the author and the characters which make for an intelligent read. MURDER INK is a complex mystery with a fast paced satisfying conclusion. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
Booksandknitting 4 months ago
The Victoria Square Merchants Association is not pleased to hear of plans to open a tattoo parlor in their group. The Association meeting with the tattooist becomes heated, even causing friction between Andy and Katie. Katie’s friend and fellow merchant, Ray, tries to talk to Ken (the tattooist) the next morning, and gets a black eye for his efforts. Ray is soon under suspicion for a murder, and Katie tries to help her friend. Besides the murder mystery (which is very good), the relationship between Andy and Katie is strained, with jealousy on both sides. This is a good addition to the series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but you will enjoy it even more if you read the series.
PPriest 4 months ago
Another wonderful Victoria Square cozy mystery in this must read series! Katie has to quickly investigate the latest murder before her friend is put in jail. I always feel like this is a real place I would like to visit!
Kuzlin 4 months ago
The merchants on Victoria Square aren’t happy when it seems a tattoo shop is looking to become part of their group. But when the owner is found dead, the police seem to be focused on Ray as the main suspect. Can Katie keep help Ray or will her prying put her in the real murderer’s sights. I love how this series is expanding by bringing in new businesses and vendors to keep it from becoming stale. Katie is a strong female lead, showing she is more than capable of successfully managing her existing position, as well as overseeing the new tea shop. I found her attitude toward Ray a trifle irritating at times...she seems to take advantage of him a bit too often. I also am not fond of her boyfriend’s carefree attitude with his own employee (not sure I would have been so quick to forgive after one incident)! And I really adore Don and Nick...hope to see more stories featuring them. Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing this book and all opinions are strictly my own.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Paula Jacobson Murder Ink is the sixth book in the Victoria Square mystery series. A business owner wants to open a tattoo parlor on Victoria Square. Some of the merchants are not happy about that, but would one of them kill over it? That's what Katie wants to find out when the building owner is electrocuted by his own saw. In the meantime, does Katie have another suitor on the horizon? I always enjoy visiting Victoria Square. I can imagine walking through Artisan Alley, looking at all of the artist's pieces and wanting to take them all home. I can seem myself walking outside, looking at the quaint shops. I would have lunch at Tealicious with a yummy dessert. I love the fell of a small town. It's cozy and makes everyone feel like a family. The characters add richness to the story with all of the quirks The mystery of the story drew me in. I kept trying to figure it out from the clues the authors dropped in the story. Each time I thought I had it figured out, a new clue would surface and I would have to start all over. The twist and turns were like being on a ride I didn't want to end. Lorraine and Gayle have written another great who-dun-it. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a story with a small town feel, rich characters with strength and a great sense of humor. The mystery will keep you guessing until the end. I received my copy of this ARC from NetGalley and Lorraine Bartlett for review. This is an honest review.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Paula Jacobson Murder Ink is the sixth book in the Victoria Square mystery series. A business owner wants to open a tattoo parlor on Victoria Square. Some of the merchants are not happy about that, but would one of them kill over it? That's what Katie wants to find out when the building owner is electrocuted by his own saw. In the meantime, does Katie have another suitor on the horizon? I always enjoy visiting Victoria Square. I can imagine walking through Artisan Alley, looking at all of the artist's pieces and wanting to take them all home. I can seem myself walking outside, looking at the quaint shops. I would have lunch at Tealicious with a yummy dessert. I love the fell of a small town. It's cozy and makes everyone feel like a family. The characters add richness to the story with all of the quirks The mystery of the story drew me in. I kept trying to figure it out from the clues the authors dropped in the story. Each time I thought I had it figured out, a new clue would surface and I would have to start all over. The twist and turns were like being on a ride I didn't want to end. Lorraine and Gayle have written another great who-dun-it. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a story with a small town feel, rich characters with strength and a great sense of humor. The mystery will keep you guessing until the end. I received my copy of this ARC from NetGalley and Lorraine Bartlett for review. This is an honest review.
Dollycas 29 days ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Many members of the Victoria Square Merchants Association are up in arms when they learn a tattoo parlor is opening on the square. They try to convince the proprietor that his business would do better at another location but when that fails they approach the owner of the building to try to have him rescind the rental contract. When Katie, now the president of the association goes to make another plea, she witnessed the building owner’s electrocution and she is injured as well. After that, many members of the association find themselves on the suspect list. Katie is also juggling a little vendor drama at Artisan’s Alley and dealing with employee turnover at her new tea shop. The young manager quits and is replaced by a hunky and truly overqualified chef. Andy is having a staff issue as well. All this starts to cause a little chaos in Katie’s romantic life. ___ Katie Bonner really has her hands full in the 6th installment of this very popular series. She manages the Artisan’s Alley and is responsible for staffing and vendors. She recently opened her tea shop Teaolicious where she and enjoys doing the baking each morning. And she is President of the Victoria Square Merchants Association and all that entails. She is also trying to have a relationship with pizza parlor owner Andy Rust and is now in the middle of another murder investigation. Sometimes her activities just exhaust me and I think she is finally starting to realize she is reaching her limit. However, she is a great protagonist with a huge heart and motivated to stay on top of everything on her plate. She does make a big decision that I am really enthused about because it is a change that I felt was needed. I hope it opens her life up in new and exciting ways. All the other characters we have come to love over the course of the series return and are involved in little subplots that mesh well with the main plot and theme. The new characters bring some freshness to the story as they interact with our faves, both in good and bad ways. As I have come to expect from these authors they pack a lot of drama within these pages. There is always something happening which for me sets a brisk pace. This time I had to slow down a little bit and reread a couple of things to try to catch all the clues and follow all the twists. It was fun to follow along with Katie as all the clues fell into place. These characters are very well-crafted and are featured in an entertaining story with strong mysteries. My only criticism was the snarkiness of the square shopkeepers had with the new business prospect although I realize it was needed to set up the story that followed. Murder Ink is a great addition to the series. I am excited about the next book, I am very interested to see what Ms. Bartlett and Ms. Leeson have in store for Katie.
LisaKsBooksReviews 3 months ago
MURDER INK is a perfect addition to the Victoria Square Mysteries. Everything fans love about this series is present and as entertaining as the books before. Author Lorraine Bartlett has nurtured this series since book one, and her dedication shows. Wonderfully written, along with author Gayle Leeson, MURDER INK may be the best installment yet. There’s more going on in this story than you may first realize. With always something happening to add more questions, I found myself scratching my head a few times trying to link the details. However, when all the pieces fell into place, the subtle clues throughout seemed so obvious to me. I could have kicked myself about one thing. My sister introduced me to this series. As a matter of fact, she’s been anxiously waiting for me to finish this installment and pass it on to her. Her wait is over, and she’s going to be thrilled with, MURDER INK.
MandaLuvsToRead 3 months ago
I love reading the Victoria Square mysteries! Artisan's Alley should be a welcoming spot for a tattoo artist, but some of the more conservative members of the Square are not happy at all about the idea. Which one of them was so unhappy that it led to murder? Katie is on the case, and you get to spend time with plenty of the merchants while she works to find the answer. Another great read in the series with characters that remind you of people you know.
Linda-D 3 months ago
A tattoo parlor on Victoria Square? The merchants have mixed opinions of the newest business, and some don't believe that it fits with the crafty feel of the area. But is this enough to cause murder? When the tattoo parlor owner, Paul is electrocuted, there's a lot of questions. Katie Bonner already has enough on her plate, but solving the murder is personal because her friend Ray is the prime suspect. I found this book to be engaging with great characters and an interesting storyline. The author's writing made me feel that I was there and that the characters were believable, as well. This was a real treat to read and escape reality with a mystery that kept me guessing. I highly recommend.
KrisAnderson_TAR 3 months ago
Murder Ink by Lorraine Bartlett with Gayle Leeson the 6th A Victoria Square Mystery. I had not read the previous books in A Victoria Square Mystery, and I felt I was missing some needed background information. I believe this series is best if read in order. Katie Bonner is strong, female entrepreneur. She has Artisans Alley and now Tealicious plus she is the head of the Victoria Square Merchants Association. I liked seeing Katie make a move for independence in one important aspect of her life (I do not want to spoil it for you). Katie is dating Andy Rust who owns Angelo’s Pizzeria, but there are a few obstacles in the way of their happily ever after. A big one is Andy’s assistant manager, Erikka who wants Andy for herself. Ray is attracted to Katie, but his daughters are openly hostile towards Katie. Then there is the new chef at Tealicious who creates delectable items for the tearoom guests, is very kind, and looks like a movie star. Katie has several romance possibilities if she is open to them. I find the characters developed and realistic. The death of Ken Fenton sends Katie on a merry chase. When Detective Schuler focuses on Ray Davenport as the killer, Katie dons her investigator cap once again so she can find the true culprit. The first order of business is learning more about Ken Fenton and his brother, Paul. Katie is curious as to why Paul picked McKinlay Mill for his tattoo parlor. There are a limited number of suspects in this whodunit. The more Katie learns, the shorter the list becomes. She also finds herself in harm’s way which adds suspense and excitement to the story. I believe that the mystery touches on a subject that is topical and realistic. I would have enjoyed a mystery that was slightly more challenging to solve. But I did find it intriguing and there were interesting elements. If people would only take their intelligence and creativity and use it for good instead of evil the world would be a different place. I liked the authors writing style which made for a pleasing to read cozy mystery. There is a lovely cozy feel to the story as Katie spends time with friends, boyfriend, working, investigating, reading, eating, baking and spending time with her cats. Fans of A Victoria Square Mystery series as well as newcomers will be happy with Murder Ink. Murder Ink is an engaging cozy mystery with a person with a predilection for peppermint, a terrifying tattoo artist, charming cats, a determined detective and romantic rivals.