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Murder Ink: 01/19/22
Murder Ink by Lorraine Bartlett, Gayle Leeson and Jorjeana Marie (Narrator) is the sixth in the Victoria Square mystery series. It also appears to be the last of the books done as audiobooks and the last published by Berkeley. The seventh has a different publisher.
The tea shop is thriving under Katie Bonner's ownership but she's forced to hire a new manager/chef. Now, though, he seems to be tied to some shady dealings around the square, including the death of a tattoo artist's brother.
A lot of this book's narrative drive is based on the Victoria Square shop owners' bad vibes. They don't want a tattoo parlor in their precious square and their obvious prejudice leads to trouble. Unfortunately, they're also rewarded for their exclusionary practices by having him revealed to be in fact shady.
The more interesting mystery, though, is a subtler one in Artisans' Alley. Here, to the observant reader, the real mystery is just as obvious even if it's not to Katie.
The seventh book is A Murderous Misconception (2020).