Audiobook Review: The Walled Flower by Lorraine Bartlett

Posted May 20, 2015 by Felicia S in 1 Wine Glass/DNF, 2015 Read, Audiobook, Reviews / 6 Comments

Audiobook Review: The Walled Flower by Lorraine BartlettSource: Audiobook Review, Provided by Tantor

Format: Audiobook

The Walled Flower by Lorraine Bartlett
Narrator: Jorjeana Marie
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins

Date Read: April 2015

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery

If Katie Bonner's late husband hadn't invested all their savings in the crafts fair Artisans Alley, the Webster mansion could have been hers to remodel into a bed-and-breakfast. Instead that dream belongs to another young couple. But that dream becomes a nightmare when a skeleton is discovered sealed in the walls of the mansion. The bones belong to Helen Winston, who went missing twenty-two years ago. Heather's aunt, a jewelry vendor at Artisans Alley, asks Kate for help finding her niece's murderer. The case may be cold, but the killer is very much alive-and ready to go to any lengths to keep past secrets buried..

More Information:
Publisher: Berkley, Tantor
Series: Victoria Square #2

Also by this author: A Crafty Killing
Also in this series: A Crafty Killing


Geeky Bloggers DNF

NOTE: These “reviews” are as simple as it gets (and mostly for tracking purposes)! They will have a rating, first thought, narrator thought (quick), and will officially be filed 🙂 

Listened for Review (Tantor)
Overall Rating: DNF

Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: The Walled Flower by Lorraine Bartlett unfortunately was a DNF for me because of the leading lady.

Quick Thoughts: Katie was immediately (like 2nd chapter) already second guessing the police (cozy mystery pet peeve number 1: when the lead who is neither a police officer OR PI starts thinking they are so much smarter than the cops)! Example: Oh surely they dusted for prints before handing it over to the detective. Girl, I don’t care how much “Real TV” you watch–the cops know how to do their jobs. Also, the inn she wanted was sold to another couple so while she was pleasant to them, her internal dialogue was very me, me, me. Both of those bugged me book 1 but I was told she was better book 2. Not so much or at least not the part I listened too. So this has to be a DNF for me.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Jorjeana Marie / Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins

Jorjeana’s narration was really good but again she sounded like she had a cold. It was really “stuffed up” sounding and I listened to examples of her other narration, it wasn’t like that at all. So I am just going to assume these were recorded back to back when she had a cold.

Final Thoughts: While these things did not work for me that doesn’t mean the series is bad. It has a great setting, great side characters, and the mystery (at least in the first book) was solid.

DNF Report: It’s not you, It’s Me!

FTC Disclosure

Overall Rating
1 / 5
Narrator Rating
3.5 / 5
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6 responses to “Audiobook Review: The Walled Flower by Lorraine Bartlett

  1. I only warmed up to the third book in the series, and then the publisher ended it I believe. There were things I really did like, but also some I did not like, but I can’t really remember those.

  2. Yes, because watching Crime TV makes you a better crime solver than the professionals *shakes head* Why we don’t need police anymore, any CSI watcher can do the job! *rolls eyes* MCs like her can pull me out of a book so fast, I can totally see why you DNFed.

  3. That is to bad. I actually ended up like A Crafty Killing even though I did find Katie to be a bit snobbish when it came to the Detective. Though she had to feel bad after finding out about the death he had in his family. I was hoping that in The Walled Flower she was going to move past her second guessing the police but I guess that didn’t happen…bummer. CSI effect, reality cop show effect it happens to the best of us…lol.

  4. Oh, I can see DNFing this for that character and her actions. I enjoy a good cozy but not if they believe they’re smarter than the cops! *headdesk* CSI is giving characters ideas!

    • To be fair the character never says it is because of CSI but I have a cop friend that says the CSI effect really makes people think they know a cops job. Drives me NUTS!