by Elizabeth Craig
Mass Market Paperback:
Released: December 3, 2013
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
Retired folk art curator, Beatrice Coleman, and her fellow quilt guild member, Meadow Downey, are headed to a Victorian mansion in the mountains. Meadow is determined to convince elderly Muriel Starnes to pick their guild to receive a quilting scholarship instead of one of the quilters that she has summoned to a meeting.
But once they arrive at the mansion, it seems they may never leave. An ice storm sends an old tree crashing across the driveway, leaving them stranded for the night. And by the next morning, they are one fewer—for Muriel has been sent to meet her maker. With everyone in the house a suspect, it’s up to Beatrice and the Village Quilters to figure out who has a guilty conscience before someone else gets tied up in knots.
Quilt Trip is a cozy mystery. It's the third book in a series. You don't need to read the previous novels to follow this one, and this book didn't spoil the whodunit of the previous novels.
Though set in modern day, it was a classic murder-at-the-mansion setup. A number of guests arrive at a mansion, someone dies, and they can't leave. Beatrice and her friends question the other guests to determine whodunit since they are a neutral party. Everyone had the opportunity to kill and secrets to hide. While there were clues, I wouldn't call this a clue-based puzzle mystery as the clues didn't slowly build up to point at one suspect.
Though I prefer puzzle-mysteries, I still enjoyed the varied characters who acted in realistic ways. The heroine and her friends were likable, nice people. I don't know enough about quilting to follow the various designs they were working on, but they did sound pretty.
There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable cozy mystery.
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