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 acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series and the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s).
Lorraine honed her characterization and plotting skills as a frequent writer for romance magazines. Her manuscript, Murder in Morton Mills, a traditional mystery, was a finalist in the St. Martin’s/Malice Domestic contest. Her short story, Cold Case, featuring Jeff Resnick, appeared in Mystery in Mind: A Collection of Mysteries of the Paranormal, an anthology published in spring 2003. Her first novel, Murder On The Mind, written under the nameL.L. Bartlett, and featuring Jeff Resnick, was published in November 2005. A Crafty Killing is the first book in the Victoria Square Mysteries. The Walled Flower, second in the series, hit the New York Times extended bestsellers list while One Hot Murder hit the Times list at #16.