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With Baited Breath (The Lotus Bay Mysteries) (Volume 1) (edició 2015)

de Lorraine Bartlett

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With baited breath: Tori Cannon and her grandfather, Herb return from her grandmother's funeral, and it's with sadness that she learns the bait ship and small motel they ran has fallen on hard times. Jammed into one of the motel's units is the body of one of Herb's customers, his mouth filled with spikes. The victim has not enemies, except for maybe the rich woman who wanted to level his eyesore of a home. But he also had a daughter who's resentful her father wasn't a major force in her life, and some friends who were anything but friends. Tori's friend, Kathy, arrives to help spruce up the property, and the two of them find themselves mixed up in the petty jealousies and deadly consequences that murder entails. Can they save the bait ship and find a murderer or will they, too, sleep with the fishes? Panty raid: Tori Cannon and her BFF, Kathy Grant, get together for a girl's weekend of wine, cookies, and laughter, but there's also the specter of a panty pincher hanging around the laundry room of the complex where Tori lives. Kathy thinks they can catch the culprit red-handed in a panty raid!… (més)
Membre:GrandmaCootie
Títol:With Baited Breath (The Lotus Bay Mysteries) (Volume 1)
Autors:Lorraine Bartlett
Informació:Polaris Press (2015), Paperback, 262 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:****
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Wonderfully intelligent and strong women characters in a comfortable and realistic setting have me looking forward to the next book in this series. It's a winner for me. ( )
  MareF | Sep 29, 2016 |
Tori Cannon has returned to Lotus Bay for her grandmother's funeral and, because she is at a crossroads in her life, she decides to stay with her grandfather for a while. She is saddened to see how run down her grandfather’s bait shop, motel, and house have become and, with the help of her friend Kathy Grant, tries to spruce up the place with the idea of opening the hotel up again. Much to her dismay her grandfather has other ideas but Tori doesn't have much time to dwell on her problems - a murder victim has been found in one of the hotel units. Tori and Kathy get caught up in solving not only that mystery but the mystery surrounding an abandoned house Kathy is hoping to buy. The two of them need to be careful or they too will be bait for a killer.

“With Baited Breath” is the nicely done first novel in the Lorraine Bartlett’s Lotus Bay cozy mystery series. Since this is the first book in the series, in some ways it acts just to set up the characters – Tori, her grandfather, Kathy, Annisa, and Noreen - and this is perfectly done. By the end of the book I felt like I knew all the characters, especially Tori and Kathy, and Lotus Bay itself. I love the Lotus Bay setting and wish I could visit there myself. I also love the characters especially Tory and Kathy but I really like Anissa. She has a bit of an edge to her and takes some getting used to as a character but she adds a nice bit of sharpness to the book. Again, because this is the first book in the series and sets up the background for future books, some things in the book are resolved a bit too neatly (although what happens to Tori's grandfather towards the end of the book did make me smile- if only I could be that lucky in real life!) however the reason for the murder in the book is anything but soft and cozy it is all too real, sad, and frightening. This plot-line was particulary well done by Lorraine Bartlett.

“With Baited Breath” is another nicely done cozy mystery by Lorraine Bartlett and a good start to a new series. ( )
  drebbles | Jul 9, 2015 |
I started this book 3 times before I finally got far enough into the storyline to grab my interest. The story starts with the death of Tori’s grandmother and her grandfather’s grief, bitterness and his not caring for the rundown condition of his bait and tackle shop/motel. Tori, herself, is depressed because she just lost her teaching position and has hopes of moving in and running the business with her grandfather. Her best friend, Kathy, arrives to help her clean out the rooms cluttered with yard sale finds when they discover a dead body.

This series isn’t as good as her Jeff Resnick and Booktown Mysteries. ( )
  Kathy89 | Jan 25, 2015 |
The beginning of the book was very compelling. I read a sample and was so hooked that I had to buy the book right away. Tori has a lot going on in her life, things haven't worked out as she had planned and hoped, and now her grandmother has died and she is going to stay with her grandfather for awhile. Her grandparents owned a bait shop which has fallen to neglect and disrepair. Tori realizes that she has always felt happy there and wants to stay, but her grandfather has other ideas - and of course there is the body she finds and a few other complications.

As Tori begins to settle in the book starts to bog down a bit. Her Grandpa Herb isn't all that likable most of the time, and Tori and her friends Kathy and Anissa are sometimes annoyingly immature for grown women. At times they are almost like three high schoolers in how they talk, think and act. The book seems a bit rushed, which might account for why it feels like Tori and company are not thinking things through as well as they should.

That said, this was a very enjoyable read and I didn't want to put it down. The mystery was solved with a twist that I hadn't expected and lives are starting to sort themselves out. There are a lot of possibilities for Tori with the bait shop and Kathy with her B&B and Anissa with her construction work, and I am looking forward to the next book in the series to see what is in store for Tori next. ( )
  GrandmaCootie | Jan 12, 2015 |
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With baited breath: Tori Cannon and her grandfather, Herb return from her grandmother's funeral, and it's with sadness that she learns the bait ship and small motel they ran has fallen on hard times. Jammed into one of the motel's units is the body of one of Herb's customers, his mouth filled with spikes. The victim has not enemies, except for maybe the rich woman who wanted to level his eyesore of a home. But he also had a daughter who's resentful her father wasn't a major force in her life, and some friends who were anything but friends. Tori's friend, Kathy, arrives to help spruce up the property, and the two of them find themselves mixed up in the petty jealousies and deadly consequences that murder entails. Can they save the bait ship and find a murderer or will they, too, sleep with the fishes? Panty raid: Tori Cannon and her BFF, Kathy Grant, get together for a girl's weekend of wine, cookies, and laughter, but there's also the specter of a panty pincher hanging around the laundry room of the complex where Tori lives. Kathy thinks they can catch the culprit red-handed in a panty raid!

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