Needle and Dread
by Elizabeth Lynn Casey
Mass Market Paperback:
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Released: April 5, 2016
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
Downtown Sweet Briar is now home to a new sewing shop run by one of the The Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle's own members. With the help and support of her fellow members, Rose is determined to make SewTastic a success, and, to that end, she decides to sponsor a series of do-it-yourself weekends for sewing enthusiasts.
But when a group arrives at SewTastic to work on a project, a loud and argumentative guest pushes everyone’s buttons. And when she winds up dead in Rose’s project room—strangled by a sewing machine power cord—it’s up to Tori and the gang to stitch together the clues before Rose’s reason for living is ripped apart at the seams.
Needle and Dread is a cozy mystery. This book is the eleventh in a series, but it didn't spoil the previous mysteries. A lot of characters were introduced quickly, though, so it helps if you've read a previous novel.
The only thing the police did was prevent suspects from leaving town until Tori solved the case. That's a pity as it would have been a fairly simple case for them to solve. It's only because Tori picked the most difficult angle to solve the case (who hates the nasty woman? everyone!) that it took her so long.
The significant clues were easy for me to pick out. I never changed my whodunit guess, though the two people reading this book with me weren't certain until closer to the end. I liked the characters and enjoyed the humor, though, so I enjoyed the story.
There were no sex scenes. There was a very minor amount of bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable mystery.
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