A Crafty Killing by Lorraine Bartlett
Narrator: Jorjeana Marie
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
Date Read: February 2015
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
The last thing Katie Bonner wanted was to become the manager of Artisans Alley. But when her business partner, Ezra Hilton, is found bludgeoned to death, she has no other choice. Business under Ezra has been faltering-but was it enough to provoke someone to murder? Only Katie can find the answer.
Publisher: Berkley, Tantor
Series: Victoria Square #1
Also by this author: The Walled Flower br> br>
Also in this series: The Walled Flower
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
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 1.00
Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: A Crafty Killing by Lorraine Bartlett had one of my worst Pet Peeves ever: leading character thinks she is smarter than the cops and thinks they can’t do their job.
Might have changed my mind if: I listened to 70% of the story and just had to shut it down. However I had to know what happened so I fast-forwarded to the last 5%. If Katie had acknowledged the police sooner I might have changed my mind about her. The mystery was solid, the business rebuilding was really interesting, and the side characters were really good. Katie however was not likable at all to me with her judgement, condescending attitude, and “know it allness” (in this book). I am going to chalk it up to her life getting turned upside down. I will try Book 2 because of how this ended. It gives me hope that she is more likable in Book 2.
Narrated By Jorjeana Marie / Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
I really loved Jorjeana’s narration but she sounded like she had a cold while recording. It was a little distracting. I went to listen to other snippet’s of her narration and she is really good. So I think it probably was a cold and not a nasally problem. I will definitely listen to her again!
Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Reviews
My status updates while reading:
40%: #Listening Liking the characters but here is my pet peeve with some cozy mysteries: why do they try to make cops look incompetent. Like there is no way the case could be solved unless they butted in. I will reserve judgement till the end but right now the cop is grouchy and according to the main character not doing much.
48%: #Listening Narrator definitely had a cold(or something)—I went to listen to other samples of her narration and she is excellent. This really isn’t bad but I can hear stuffy!”
52%: #Listening I am having a real problem with the leading lady: her judgement of others (the cops, other shop owners, ect) is really getting on my nerves
62%: #Listening she is growing on me a little bit now but still a wee bit judgmental.
67%: #Listening Katie just went off on the cop and felt like she could do his job better. BIG PET PEEVE! She is a suspect exactly why does she think the cop should share all his information with her. I am really back to disliking Katie again. I am close to DNFing this.
and then I DNF’d at 70%