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
Life On Victoria Square
Carving Out a Path
A Basket Full of Bargains
The Broken Teacup
It’s Tutu Much
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
A Fatal Chapter
A Just Clause
Whew! Now that the official stuff is out of the way, I can tell you about the REAL me.
I 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.
I 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.