One Hot Murder (Victoria Square Mystery)

One Hot Murder (Victoria Square Mystery)

Lorraine Bartlett

Language: English

Pages: 304

ISBN: 042525190X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

One Hot Murder (Victoria Square Mystery)

Lorraine Bartlett

Language: English

Pages: 304

ISBN: 042525190X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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…

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the house. She’d walked through these rooms so often she could have done it blindfolded. “Uh-oh,” Nick said as they entered the dusty kitchen. A window in the back door had been broken, and glass littered the old yellowed linoleum. That would have to go, too. They all looked at the gaping hole where the window had been, then around the room, which showed signs of someone having been there in the not-too-distant past. Candy wrappers and fast-food bags littered the counters, as well as a nearly

beneath her. If she could hear creaking and cracking, so could whoever was up on the second floor. Back her in office, she quickly shut the door and picked up the phone, dialing 911. “I want to report a trespasser,” she whispered when the dispatcher came on the line. “I’m alone in my workplace on Victoria Square in McKinlay Mill.” “Can you get out without being seen?” “I don’t know.” Damn. Why hadn’t she thought of just running out the front door and calling from the pizzeria? “Then it might

herself the next morning. If Abby was going to be grilled by Detective Davenport, she might feel the need for a little moral support. Davenport glanced at his watch. “I hope you weren’t planning on doing anything important tonight, Mrs. Bonner, because I want to get the crime team out here to fingerprint this place. I know you won’t want the area around this storage space to be cut off from your customers in the morning.” “You’ve got that right,” Katie said. She’d found sleep hard to come by in

my last official case for the Sheriff’s Office. I’m due to retire at the end of the week.” “Oh.” Well, that explained it. “Congratulations. How many years have you been a deputy?” “Thirty.” Ten years longer than she’d thought. “What will you do next?” He smiled again, showing his rather yellow teeth. “A little of this, a little of that. I’m only sorry that my wife isn’t here to enjoy the next few years with me. We’d made plans, and…well, in her honor, I’m going to carry on with them. My girls

might just come after Katie, and tipping her off that she suspected her of murder could be not only criminally stupid, but deadly dangerous, as well. Now she had to kill at least eighteen minutes until the pizza would be ready for delivery, and hope that Andy’s delivery boy was busy so that she could volunteer to take the pizza over to Abby’s house. She was glad she hadn’t shared her suspicions with Andy, because then he’d be sure to veto such a suggestion. Katie kept her eye on the clock as

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