A Stitch in Crime (book review)
Thea's first quilt show begins to fall apart at the seams. Will she be able to piece the mystery together and save the town’s investment in the quilt show before another attack happens . . . with far worse results. This post has been organized by Litfuse Publicity. I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review. All opinions are my own.
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.
I've read a few of the Quilts of Love stories now. I have to admit I didn't really like this one. I found it dull and kept waiting for something to happen to spark my interest. On reading a couple of other reviews I saw it referred to as possible a "cozy mystery". I hadn't really heard of that before so I googled and found "A cozy is a mystery which includes a bloodless crime and generally contains very little violence, sex, or coarse language. By the end of the story, the criminal is punished and order is restored to the community." So, yeah... I'd say this fits the "cozy mystery" family... and I'm not a cozy mystery fan. If you ARE a cozy mystery lover... ignore my review. :) They're just not for me.
The biggest thing for me... the character development just wasn't fully there. The story was there... but the follow through was lacking. I never really found a reason to love Thea. Was there supposed to be a love interest with Cole? Why WAS Odette around? I guess I kept wondering if certain things were part of a mystery... or if certain people were just highly irritating. I just never really felt drawn into the story or characters.
Actually... my favorite part of the book was probably a scene where Thea makes an effort to chat with her elderly neighbors. Her giving in and showing interest in them and chatting with the husband, and him talking about how he and his wife met, was probably the most interesting conversation in the book. Oh! And when there was (almost) a little bit of excitement with Thea's cat (for a minute).
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.