dead-bath-and-beyondBoats, boats, boats and boats. Whoever thought so many vendors at Artisans Alley would own boats. And it’s not just the vendors. Quite a number of the merchants in and around Victoria Square have boats, too.

So what’s what all the boat-afloat talk? Or rather – non-talk. Because despite the fact so many people around me seem to own boats, nobody wants to talk about it. That makes me curious, and when I’m curious, I tend to be a tiny bit nosy.

For instance; spying on my friends—following them—just to make sure everything is on the up and up. I also have a fierce desire to protect my friends, and sometimes that gets me into trouble. Oh my goodness, you don’t want to know just how much trouble I got into this fall.

Then again, maybe you do. And if so, you might want to read about my latest adventure: Dead, Bath and Beyond.

Dead, Bath, and Beyond is the fourth book in the Victoria Square mystery series, published by Penguin Random House, December 2016.

The New York Times bestselling series is back, as Katie Bonner—owner of Artisans Alley in the quaint shopping district of Victoria Square—attempts to solve a murder at a nearby B & B.

Katie Bonner feels like nothing can spoil her perfect day off, sailing Lake Ontario with her good friend, lawyer Seth Lander. Then she runs into her ex-boss Jake on the dock. It was never smooth sailing with Jake, and Katie is only too happy to get away from him as he makes a scene.

Unfortunately, the next day her unpleasant former employer is found drowned in a bathtub at a bed and breakfast in Victoria Square. Who would pull the plug on Jake? When an autopsy reveals lake water not bath water in his lungs, Katie quickly finds herself in over her head. She ll need to race to find the killer before her business and her freedom both go down the drain. . .”

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About the authors
Lorraine Bartlett is the New York Times bestselling Author of the Victoria Square and Lotus Bay Mysteries, and as Lorna Barrett, the Booktown Mysteries. She also writes the Jeff Resnick Mysteries under the name L.L. Bartlett. Laurie Cass writes the Bookmobile Cat Mysteries. Connect with Lorraine at and Laurie at

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