Series: Quilts of Love
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Abingdon Press (January 20, 2015)
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.
A Stitch in Crime is a cozy mystery. I'm fairly new in my appreciation of cozy mysteries, so when I found out this one was one, I was looking forward to it. The book definitely had its share of mystery, as well as some humor and only a little romance. However, the character development felt a little weak to me, and the secondary characters didn't have as much description about them to compensate all of the involvement that they had. I just felt like they could've been more developed for a more real feel, in my opinion.
I enjoyed the humor. I'm a bit on the corny side, so the humor fit right in for me. But the mystery side just felt a little too relaxed--not enough spunk to it to keep me tuned in on the action. However, for readers who prefer a more relaxed side would enjoy this book, I believe. I'm not big on heavy duty blood and gore, don't get me wrong. It just felt a little too light for me.
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.
Find out more about Cathy at https://cathyelliottbooks.wordpress.com/.