Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Stitch in Crime

Stitch in Crime Cathy Elliott

Book Info and Review
About Quilts of Love: Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women's fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.

About the book: 

Thea's first quilt show is coming apart at the seams!

Thea James has accepted an assignment as co-chairperson for Larkindale's first quilt show extravaganza. Juggling the new assignment with running her antique business, she's already feeling frayed when things start to unravel.

Mary-Alice Wentworth, a much-loved town matriarch, respected quilt judge, and Thea's dear friend, is covertly conked on the head during the kick-off Quilt Show Soiree, throwing suspicion on her guests. It also appears that a valuable diamond brooch has been stolen during the attack. The family is furious. But is it because of their mugged mother or the missing diamonds?

When a renowned textile expert goes MIA and the famous Wentworth heritage quilt disappears, Larkindale's reputation as a tourist haven is at risk. Thea attempts to piece the mystery together and save the town's investment in the quilt show before Mary-Alice is attacked again . . . with far worse results.

My thoughtsA STITCH IN CRIME kind of has a feel of a Clue game when it begins. My kids love to play that… the crime has been committed and you have to figure out who-dun-it. With a houseful of guests and no witnesses—anyone could’ve.  

I didn’t understand why the police felt the need to warn Thea off in the beginning of the book. She found the victim. Why warn her off? Did she have a reputation from one of Ms. Elliott’s previous books? I also never really cared about these characters. The book didn't grab my attention and hold on the way I like. 

Ms. Elliott is a very talented author with a great imagination. If you love mystery/suspense (especially of the investigative type) you might love A STITCH IN CRIME.  It isn’t the scary sort, and the heroine isn’t running for her life, but there is a crime to solve and someone who did it. I guessed early on who did it—but then kept second-guessing myself. 

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

About the Author: 

Author and speaker Cathy Elliot nourishes her night-owl habit by creating cozy mysteries and more on her trusty laptop in Anderson, California. Like the protagonist in her new mystery, Cathy is an avid quilter. Besides collecting (too much) cool fabric, she also enjoys hunting for antique treasures.

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