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..
Publisher: Berkley, Tantor
Series: Victoria Square #2
Also by this author: A Crafty Killing br> br>
Also in this series: A Crafty Killing
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.
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!
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