L.L. Bartlett

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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 Mystery series, and now the Tales of Telenia fantasy saga, and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s).

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I always had stories swirling around my mind, but it wasn't until my late teens that I started writing them down.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Writing the first four books in the Jeff Resnick Mystery series was a learning experience--and it was mostly learning who these characters were. I was writing the four books similtaneously, so that if something happened in the 4th book, I could go back to the first to lay the groundwork. I tried to understand why Jeff did some of the (rather odd) things he did. I was very unsure of myself as a storyteller, and a number of published writers in my local writing group were generous with their critiques. One of them really stood out. While reading Cheated by Death, I was asked, "How long has this man had an eating disorder?" A what?

And then she went on to point out several areas in the book where clearly Jeff's relationship with food is at odds. It was then I realized it was a thread through the previous books as well--something I hadn't even noticed. The idea fascinated me, and I wrote a short story to explore the issue. I wrote short stories to explore other areas of his past, too. I've told a number of readers about the stories, and they've encouraged me to publish them.

The stories in Evolution: Jeff Resnick's Backstory are not mysteries. They're about a boy struggling to grow up, and the very rocky relationship he has with his older brother. They help explain why the two were estranged for eighteen years, and hopefully contain the seeds of their fierce friendship to come.
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Where to find L.L. Bartlett online


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Panty Raid
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,530. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2014 by L.L. Bartlett. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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! This mini mystery introduces the two main characters of the upcoming Lotus Bay Mysteries.
Love & Murder; A Collection of Short Stories
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,930. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2013 by L.L. Bartlett. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Love & Murder by Lorraine Bartlett (and her alter ego L.L. Bartlett) explores the highs and lows of love, and humanity. This sampler will give you an idea of the kinds of themes she explores in her New York Times bestselling novels. The collection contains:
Blue Christmas
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,610. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2013 by L.L. Bartlett. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Christmas used to be a joyous time for Judi Straub, but that was before her parents passed away and her siblings became too busy to socialize with their old maid sister. Holidays spent with friends were a nightmare. Then Judi won an all-expense-paid trip to Puerto Rico where a handsome stranger swept her off her feet. Will her fantasy of happily-ever-after be derailed?
Recipes To Die For: A Victoria Square Cookbook
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,910. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2011 by L.L. Bartlett. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Entertaining
(5.00)
117 Recipes from the owner and vendors of Artisans Alley, Victoria Square, and McKinlay Mill, NY.
Love Heals
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,580. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2011 by L.L. Bartlett. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(4.00)
A romantic short story. It's the most romantic night of the year and Diana Mason is alone. She broke up with her boyfriend because he wanted a playmate not a soul mate, but it's someone else who haunts her thoughts on the most romantic of holidays. Is there a chance he's thinking of her, too?
We're So Sorry, Uncle Albert
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,230. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2010 by L.L. Bartlett. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
The Nichols family is all in a tizzy when it's discovered their penny-pinching Uncle Albert is worth millions, and decide he has overstayed his worldly welcome. But can they bump off the old man and get away with it?

Books

Evolution: Jeff Resnick's Backstory
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Series: Jeff Resnick Short Stories, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,430. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
NOT A MYSTERY: A Collection of short stories chronicling Jeff Resnick's (and that of his brother, Richard Albert) back story. What forces molded these men into the people they are today?
Dark Waters
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Series: The Jeff Resnick Mysteries, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,710. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
For Jeff Resnick, the trouble starts with a near-death experience. Brenda's family comes to visit and one of them reminds Jeff of the thugs who mugged him. His brother has taken possession of an expensive boat. The yacht holds a deadly secret, one destined to turn his world upside down. Will Jeff solve the puzzle before his vision of near death becomes a reality?
Room At The Inn
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Series: The Jeff Resnick Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,590. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Jeff and Maggie head to a Vermont inn for a working vacation, but when a guest is murdered, they must use all their wits to bring a ruthless killer to justice.
When The Spirit Moves You
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Series: Jeff Resnick Short Stories, Book 2. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 12,820. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dysfunctional relationships
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Jeff Resnick's curiosity is piqued when he sees a sign advertising psychic readings. At first he's sure the medium is a fake, but then his funny feelings lead him to suspect that a murder has taken place in the dilapidated house where Madam Zahara holds her readings. Just who died and how? And why is Jeff compelled to look for bodies buried in the medium’s yard?
The Jeff Resnick Mysteries: Books 4 & 5 (Cheated By Death & Bound By Suggestion)
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Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 156,990. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective
A bargain priced box set of the fourth and fifth Jeff Resnick Mysteries: Cheated By Death and Bound By Suggestion
The Jeff Resnick Mysteries: Books 1 & 2
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 143,750. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
The Jeff Resnick Mysteries: Books 1 & 2 Murder on the Mind and Dead In Red.
Bound By Suggestion
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Series: The Jeff Resnick Mysteries, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,970. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
In exchange for helping her unlock the emotions of a disturbed young woman, psychiatrist Dr. Krista Marsh promises to cure Jeff Resnick's recurring headaches via hypnotism. Meanwhile, Jeff’s brother Richard is vying for a chairman seat on the hospital’s fund raising board. Two seemingly unrelated events that suddenly converge with deadly results.
Dead In Red
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Series: The Jeff Resnick Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,280. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
(4.00 from 1 review)
When a bartender at Jeff Resnick’s favorite tavern is murdered, psychic visions of a sparkling red high-heeled shoe and bloody hands linger in his mind--and hit too close to home. When Jeff’s brother Richard last helped him with an investigation, it nearly cost him his life. Still, Richard is determined to tag along as Jeff is drawn into the seamy world of fetishes an drag queens.
Bah! Humbug - A Jeff Resnick Story
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Series: Jeff Resnick Short Stories, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,590. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2010. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
It's Christmastime -- the day after Cheated By Death ended. Jeff and Maggie spend Christmas dinner with Maggie's family, who are not receptive to her new significant other. It'll be a Christmas to remember . . . but who wants to?
Cheated By Death
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Series: The Jeff Resnick Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,050. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2010. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
In this third of a series, Jeff Resnick faces a new dilemma: someone is stalking his sister-in-law, Brenda, who fears that violence from pro-life supporters will escalate near the women's clinic where she works. Or could the threats against her have come from her abusive ex-husband? Meanwhile, Jeff grapples with meeting his estranged father and the sister he he never knew existed.
Abused - A Daughter's Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,080. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
(5.00 from 1 review)
Emily Miller knew her life was about to change forever the day her mother said, "I'm pregnant." She'd hear those words again and again--and with every pregnancy Emily's father changed from bad to worse. For years the Miller family suffered through his rages. It took a terrible loss for the family to regroup, and all the love Emily can muster to save her siblings.
Cold Case--A Jeff Resnick Mystery
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Series: Jeff Resnick Short Stories, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,440. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2010. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
(5.00 from 1 review)
Psychic Jeff Resnick has no expectations when investigating the disappearance of a four-year-old, until he confronts the mind responsible--a shattering experience for all involved. --"A compelling mystery that will grip you tightly and not let go--even after you've finished reading." ~ Leann Sweeney, nationally best-selling author of the Yellow Rose and Cats In Trouble mysteries
Murder On The Mind
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Series: The Jeff Resnick Mysteries, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 72,180. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2010. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
A mugging leaves insurance investigator Jeff Resnick with a fractured skull, and graphic nightmares of murder. But when a local banker is found dead, Jeff believes the attack left him with a sixth sense, and finds himself probing into dangerous secrets that touch his own traumatic past. Originally published by Five Star/Cengage. "A tightly paced story with a good kick at the end."--RT Magazine

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