Saturday, June 8, 2024

#Review ~ A Lethal Lake Effect (A Victoria Square Mystery, Book 9) by Lorraine Bartlett ~ Cozy Mystery


A Lethal Lake Effect (A Victoria Square Mystery) by Lorraine Bartlett

About A Lethal Lake Effect:


A Lethal Lake Effect (A Victoria Square Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

9th in Series

Setting - Victoria Square, McKinlay Mill, NY

Publisher: ‎ Polaris Press (June 6, 2024)

Number of Pages: 306

Digital ASIN: ‎ B0CYYDN1GH

Things go awry for Katie Bonner when her former mother-in-law, Margo, throws a housewarming party at her lakeside rental and one of her guests ends up dead in the water. Maxwell Preston was a devoted husband--and a not-so-great dad. He was a beloved pharmacist who didn’t take care of his ramshackle property, which is destined to be a hot commodity on Victoria Square when his heir puts it up for sale. But most of all, Preston was a stranger to the others who attended the party.

Meanwhile, Nona Fiske takes charge of Victoria Square big summer extravaganza—a disaster in the making as what little power she’s seized has gone straight to her head. The Davenport sisters have their own agenda, and they’ve not only been poking around to find out more about the dead man, but what other mischief has been going on around the Square.

So, who killed Maxwell Preston and why? That’s what Katie wants to know—and she’s willing to risk everything to find out.

My Review:

A Lethal Lake Effect is the ninth book in the Victoria Square Mysteries. I'm excited to back in Victoria Square. Margo, Katie's mother-in-law hosts a housewarming party for her new lakeside home. The party goes very well and the reclusive Maxwell Preston even attends. Things take a drastic turn when Katie, while cleaning up after the party ends, finds a body floating in the lake. Distraught at being unable to save him, Katie turns to trying to figure out what happened. When the news breaks that Maxwell's death is a homicide, Katie and Margo are unsettled knowing someone at the party had to have been the killer. But why? Maxwell was a stranger to everyone.

I love Katie's character. She's been overwhelmed through several books but it goes to the extreme in A Lethal Lake Effect. She is very invested in her town, her business adventures, and the people she loves. In most cases, Katie is a very strong character. She has proven she can manage businesses, be chair of the Merchant Association, and aid in murder investigations. She is also not flawless. Katie has so many irons in the fire, and situations that crop up, that Katie is a mess. She's able to mostly hide it but there are moments in the book that she succumbs to her anguish. Her imperfections make her human and relatable. I enjoy all of the secondary characters and the way the author portrays them. Each person is vital to Katie's successes, whether professionally or personally.

I was provided a copy of this book to read.

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About Lorraine Bartlett:

The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what first put Lorraine Bartlett’s pen name Lorna Barrett on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent -- whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett—that keeps her in her readers’ hearts. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author also pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square and Lotus Bay Mystery series, and the Tales of Blythe Cove Manor, and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s).

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