The Broken Teacup

The Broken Teacup

by Lorraine Bartlett

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Katie Bonner needs a pick-me-up one cold and gloomy fall day, and the US Mail delivers--literally. A mysterious package arrives at Artisans Alley with her name on it, but the return address is obscured and the treasure inside, a beautiful bone china teacup, is broken. Before Katie can open the accompanying card, she's called away and one of the vendors mistakes the package for trash. Katie makes a quick rescue, but the card is gone. Who sent the cup? What is its significance? Can Katie solve this mini mystery?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157487058
Publisher: Polaris Press
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Series: Life on Victoria Square , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 75,277
File size: 376 KB

About the Author

The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorraine Bartlett’s pen name Lorna Barrett on the New York Times Bestseller list, 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 exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square and Lotus bay Mystery series, and the Tales of Telenia adventure-fantasy saga, and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s).

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The Broken Teacup 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hopefully, I will get this review written and posted before I lose it. Third attempt. Enjoyable story, short enough to read before bedtime or when time is limited. This series of short stories is like getting more familiar with my friends in Victoria Square. I even did some online searching to learn more about the teacup pattern and history. Beautiful pattern.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a cute short story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this little story about a teacup. I also collect them. I was disappointed that her honey cookie recipe included was wrong. Nobody uses 2 & 1/4 cups of "all purpose baking soda."
MandaLuvsToRead More than 1 year ago
This is another short story in the Life on Victoria Square series, a companion piece to the Victoria Square Mysteries. I love these because each one has its own little mystery or puzzle to be solved on the square and is full of colorful and lively characters. In this story, Katie Bonnor receives a package in the mail that contains a broken teacup. She has no idea who sent the teacup, and is curious as to where it came from. Katie has a small collection of teacups and assumes there must be some significance to this gift. Her investigation is further thwarted by the fact that Ida Mitchell, one of the other vendors on the square, has taken off with the note that came in the box and can't be reached. Some people think Katie is making a big deal about nothing, but Katie feels in her heart that there is a tale behind the teacup and is resolved to get to the bottom of it. You won't want to put this down until you get to the end.
DeniiseN More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this companion seriues to the Victoria Square mysteries. It's fun getting to spend a little time with the other merchants on Victoria Square. One gloomy, rainy day, Katie Bonner is presented with a wet box, a broken teacup and a mystery. The rain has destroyed most of the shipping label, and before she gets a chance to read the enclosed card she gets called away to attend to Artisans Alley business. The box, teacup and card disappear. Katie manages to recover the teacup and it's box but not the card. The little teacup, in a pattern prophetically called Black Magic, seems to take on a mischievous life of its own. Katie turns to her neighbors on Victoria Square for help solving the mystery of her teacup.
PPriest More than 1 year ago
I love this companion series. Where and from who did the broken teacup come from? Why was it sent to Katie? This is a wonderful short story you don't want to miss!
KTempleton More than 1 year ago
A Broken Teacup (Life on Victoria Square # 3) by Lorraine Bartlett is a companion story to the Victoria Square Mystery Series. Katie Bonner receives a mysterious package in which the rain has completely damaged the shipper’s name and address. Katie opens the package to find a beautiful teacup and saucer but unfortunately the cup was broken. There is a card inside but before Katie can read it she is called away to assist one of the vendors of Artisans Alley. When she returns she finds that another vendor has thrown away the box, cup, and saucer which she quickly retrieves from the trash but the card is nowhere to be found. Can Katie find out the note and find out who sent the mysterious package? Once again I enjoyed getting to know more about the Victoria Square businesses and their owners. This book is mostly about Katie Bonner. Katie seems to be a caring person, she sees the value even in a broken teacup. I like that Katie is determined to find out the story behind the cup because she feels that the person who sent it to her deserves to have their kindness acknowledged. This is a well written short story, with great pace, and the right amount of intrigue to keep the mystery going until the surprise ending. This book is true to the cozy genre no graphic sex, language, or violence. I recommend this book to Victoria Square Mystery Series Fans, all mystery lovers, and to anyone that is looking for a enjoyable quick read,
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
With the weather cold and rainy, Katie is looking for something to perk up her spirits. So she is surprised to find the mail includes a mysterious package addressed to her...but the return address has been washed away. Inside is a beautiful bone china cup and saucer that has apparently been damaged in transit. However, before she can open the enclosed envelope to discover who sent it, she is called away. When she returns, the package and envelope has disappeared. This sends Katie on a quest to find the package and learn the identify of the sender...definitely a frustrating quest. This was a fun short story, bringing in some of the Victoria Square regulars, including boyfriend, Andy, while featuring a bit of a mystery...albeit no dead body! I enjoy these short stories that provide little snippets into the characters' lives and often a feel-good ending. Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing an advance reading copy of this book.
csrsvivr More than 1 year ago
Another short story in which the merchants in Artisans Alley play a larger role. A mysterious package arrives for Katie Bonner on a rainy day. She doesn’t remember ordering the teacup and saucer and further upsetting is it arrives broken. While dealing with water inside her building, someone throws the package in the dumpster along with the note inside. Katie is on a mission to find out who sent the package, its significance and what the note reveals. It is a delightful and heart-warming read! The book reminds me of the sentimental value we place on things. Worth your time to read this short story!