Murder Ink

Coming December 31, 2019

Murder Ink
Victoria Square Mystery #6
by Lorraine Bartlett with Gayle Leeson

Tensions are electrified on Victoria Square when the owner of a building that’s to open as a tattoo parlor is killed.

A tattoo parlor on Victoria Square? Some of the merchants get hot under the collar at the proposal, but could they be driven to kill to stop it? That’s what the Sheriff’s Office and Katie Bonner want to know when the owner is electrocuted with his own saw. Meanwhile, tensions rise when a hot chef takes over the Square’s tea shop. Will Katie have three men vying for her affections, or will her rival take the tea cake?

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excerpt the walled flowerAfter a morning filled with far too many problems, Katie was due to meet Andy for their regular lunch date at Del’s. But first, she decided to swing by Harper Jones’s vacant building to have a word with Ken Fenton.
As she walked up to the frame building, Katie was greeted by the sound of a hammer pounding wood. Gingerly, she stepped inside the building and called, “Hello!”
Katie’s great Aunt Lizzie would have said Ken Fenton was built like a fireplug, and, honestly, he was the first person for whom she thought that description was accurate. The man was short and looked as if he was tough as nails. A red bandana tied around his head and the intimidating expression on his stubbly face could best be described as grim.
“What can I do for you?” he asked, still clutching a hammer rather than putting it into the holster on his tool belt.
“I’m Katie Bonner, head of the Victoria Square Merchants Association. I came to apologize for Mr. Davenport’s visit this morning. I think the two of you must’ve misunderstood each other.”
Fenton straightened, looking none too friendly. “I think I made my position pretty clear.”
“Yes, sir, but I just wanted you to know that the Merchants Association doesn’t want to run your brother out of business. In fact, we want to make sure his business is successful…and we’re afraid he won’t get the kind of traffic he needs here on Victoria Square.”
“Why don’t you let him worry about that?”
“We just want to see him succeed,” Katie reiterated, hoping he’d notice the sincerity in her voice.
“Yeah, sure you do.” He dropped the hammer into the loop on his tool belt and picked up a circular saw. “I need to get back to work.”
“I understand, but—”
He turned on the saw to drown out her words. Immediately, his smirk changed to a look of horror. As his body began to shake, Katie looked for the power cord. Maybe if she—
Wham!
The next thing Katie knew, she was sitting against the wall on the other side of the room from Ken…Ken who’d turned on the saw and then…
Ken!
She struggled to sit up. Where was he? Why was her body trembling so badly? She could see Ken lying on the floor. Her purse had been spilled, so she crawled toward it and rummaged through the contents until she found her phone. She’d missed two calls from Andy, but she called 9-1-1 first.
When she was assured the ambulance was on its way, she called Andy.
“Hey, where are you?”
“I’m…I’m at Harper Jones’s vacant building on the Square. Andy, I got shocked…and I think K-ken might’ve been…electrocuted.”
Andy’s voice was taut. “On my way.”

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