A Thread of Darkness
Expected publication: July 2nd 2019 by Lyrical Underground
The national bestselling author of the Seaside Knitters mysteries returns to find the Crestwood Quilters on pins and needles when a killer strikes. . .
As owners of the popular bistro The French Quarter, former New York City restauranteurs Picasso and Laurel St. Pierre are the toast of the town of Crestwood, Kansas. Chef Picasso’s culinary creations delight the women of the quilting club, who have embraced him as a friend. But Laurel’s anti-social behavior confuses Kate Simpson—until she spots Mrs. St. Pierre with another man in what appears to be a lover’s spat.
Gossip travels fast in a small town like Crestwood, and rumor has it this isn’t Laurel’s first indiscretion. She also filed a police report accusing Picasso of domestic abuse. And when Laurel’s murdered body is found Picasso is the prime suspect. To prove their friend’s innocence, Kate and the Crestwood Quilters must uncover the secrets of Laurel’s past—a patchwork history wrapped up in Kate’s own teenage years . . .
This is the second book in the Queen Bees Quilt Shop mysteries series.
I read book one a month or so ago and it didn’t appeal to me which made me sad. I was looking forward to getting to know the quilting circle goodness and the cozy mystery all tied into one. I didn’t find what I was looking for in that book and this one missed the mark as well. I felt like I was missing the entire cozy mystery experience.
The main character doesn’t stand out here. I didn’t have anyone to grasp ahold of and follow through the story. I spent a good portion of the book thinking Jacques was going to be killed and it ended up being Laurel instead.
This book was just not for me. And that is not usual for my tastes. I am not clear what it is about this that turns me off so much. I think it is the lack of a main character to follow through the book and there are so many threads of different relationships that it almost overpowers the real story of whodunit. Seemed like 10% whodunit and 90% back and forth between characters that didn’t seem to contribute to the true focus of the story.
Wanted to love it and it fell flat for me. But if you love a cozy mystery, check this out and judge for yourself. Don’t take my word for it. Not my speed but it may be yours.
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.