In A Crafty Killing by Lorraine Bartlett, Katie Bonner, widowed from her estranged husband a few months earlier, gets left half the estate of her husband’s business partner, Ezra Hilton, found dead, possibly pushed, at the bottom of the stairs. This includes Artisan Alley, the main business in Victoria Square. Sixty artists each rent space there, with Ezra’s estate getting a percentage of the profits, but Katie soon discovers that Ezra has not been financially responsible and is on the verge of bankruptcy. However, Katie’s efforts to bring Artisan Alley into solvency meets with some resistance, especially when Katie declares that all those who haven’t paid their rent recently, some for as long as a year, will have to leave if they don’t settle what they owe.
The book follows an interesting plot, with Katie’s discovering more about her husband through his diary and finding about his passion for Artisan Alley, which was the cause of their split when he gave all their savings to Ezra. She finds a new passion and a return to life as she comes to love her new place and makes new friends.
This book is really enjoyable, with a creative plot and setting. I also liked the way that Katie did not set out to prove the police to be inept and solve the crime herself. We see the humanity of the police, as well as the other characters in the book, who have a variety of backgrounds and natures. Even details less significant to the mystery itself have clever twists.
The audio book is narrated by Jorjeana Marie, and I enjoyed listening to the book.
A Crafty Killing is a good start to this series. I enjoyed the book a lot and recommend it, giving it four stars.
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