lorraine bartlett's bio

The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what first put Lorraine Bartlett’s pen name Lorna Barrett’s name on the New York Times Bestseller list, and garnered a coveted Agatha nomination for best novel of 2009, but it’s her talent — whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett — that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series, and the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries, and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s).

Lorraine has done it all–from drilling holes for NASA, to typing scripts in Hollywood. She has also been a copy editor, an MSDS coordinator, a data-entry clerk, a secretary, a used-book seller, an antiques dealer, and an Administrative Assistant. In her writing life she has been a man, a woman, a scientist, an investigator, a cop, a bookseller, a jilted bride, a widower, a doctor, a nurse, a car, an extraterrestrial, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Lorraine lives in Rochester, NY, with her husband and two felines.



Writing as Lorraine Bartlett

The Victoria Square Mysteries

A Crafty Killing
The Walled Flower
One Hot Murder
Dead, Bath and Beyond
Yule Be Dead
Murder Ink
A Murderous Misconception
Dead Man’s Hand
Recipes To Die For: A Victoria Square Cookbook


Life On Victoria Square (A companion series for The Victoria Square Mysteries)
Carving Out a Path
A Basket Full of Bargains
The Broken Teacup
It’s Tutu Much
The Reluctant Bride
Tea’d Off
A Look Back
Tea For You

The Lotus Bay Mysteries
Panty Raid (A Tori Cannon-Kathy Grant mini mystery)
With Baited Breath
Christmas At Swans Nest
A Reel Catch
The Best From Swans Nest

The Tales of Telenia Adventure-Fantasy Series

~ Women’s Fiction ~
Sabina Reigns (A novel)

~ Short Stories ~
Love & Murder: A Collection of Short stories
We’re So Sorry, Uncle Albert
Unconditional Love
Blue Christmas
Love Heals
Prisoner of Love
Happy Holidays?

Tales from Blythe Cove Manor
A Dream Weekend
A Final Gift
An Unexpected Visitor
Grape Expectations
Foul Weather Friends

Writing As Lorna Barrett
The Booktown Mysteries

Murder Is Binding
Bookmarked For Death
Bookplate Special (Agatha Nominee, Best Novel 2009)
Chapter & Hearse
Sentenced To Death
Murder On The Half Shelf
Not The Killing Type
Book Clubbed
A Fatal Chapter
Title Wave
A Just Clause
Poisoned Pages
A Killer Edition
Handbook for Homicide
A Deadly Deletion


Writing As L.L. Bartlett
The Jeff Resnick Mysteries

Murder On The Mind
Dead In Red
Room at the Inn
Cheated By Death
Bound By Suggestion
Dark Waters
Shattered Spirits

~ Jeff Resnick’s Personal Files ~

Evolution: Jeff Resnick’s Backstory
A Jeff Resnick Six Pack
When The Spirit Moves You
Bah! Humbug!
Cold Case

Off Script
Abused: A Daughter’s Story

Visit Lorraine’s Alter Ego Page

Whew! Now that the official stuff is out of the way, I can tell you about the REAL me.

scones on rose plate.smI love to bake.There, I’ve said it. If baking didn’t equal a LOT of calories, I would bake scones, a cake or cookies, or even a pie (Mr. L is the big pie fan around here) every day. We could buy a bigger freezer, but there just aren’t enough people in our small circle to feed everything I would bake. So instead, like to write about baking in my books.

I like to collect vintage china. Doesn’t matter if it matches, I just like pretty china. I grew up wedged between brothers and was a tomboy. But now I’ve given into the inner girl within and collect lots of girly stuff. Still, there’s enough of the tomboy in me to enjoy writing the Tales of Telenia–a little SF, a little fantasy, a lot of adventure.

potatoes 7-7-08.smI love to garden–and mostly I attempt to grow veggies (not always successfully). Due to garden critters, I’m resigned to growing my crops in containers. (Those are potatoes to the left.) I’ve shared my love of gardening with my character, Jeff Resnick. He mostly tends a summer flower garden of annuals and perennials. I have plans to add a lot more rosebushes to my yard. I prefer the old roses that really do bush out and give hundreds of flowers. I love to see the bees working the plants.

When I’m not on Facebook (oops, guilty pleasure), or making silly graphics, I’m writing. That’s what I do. I hope you like my stories.

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