A Crafter Quilts a Crime
by Holly Quinn
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
Community Craft proprietor Sammy Kane must piece together a patchwork of clues when a "live" mannequin ends up stone-cold dead.
Snowcapped pines and glittery dusted sidewalks adorn tranquil Heartsford, Wisconsin, while residents cuddle beneath heirloom quilts in front of cozy wood fires. But come the next day, the below-zero temperatures won't keep the locals away from Heartsford's annual Fire & Ice event. To boost customer traffic at Community Craft's one-night-only sale, Samantha "Sammy" Kane persuades a few of the craftspeople who sell their wares at the store to participate in a live mannequin window display contest.
Local quilter Wanda Wadsworth emerges as a favorite to win the contest, as she manages to not move a muscle for an unusual amount of time. Onlookers outside the window try everything to get her to crack--tapping on the glass and making funny faces--but nothing disrupts Wanda's stillness. When the eagle-eyed spectators realize Wanda isn't breathing, a blanket of grief and fear descends upon the wintry town.
Detective Liam Nash can't seem to piece the clues together. Fortunately, Sammy's cousin, Heidi, and her sister, Ellie, are on hand to reconvene their detective team, S.H.E. They set out to solve Wanda's untimely death before the case grows as icy as a sub-zero Wisconsin winter. But they are all too aware that the killer is too close for comfort.
This is the third book in the Handcrafted Mystery series by Holly Quinn.
This hit all my sweet spots: crafting and cozy mystery. The winter season is the perfect time to read this since the setting is all cold and snowy. A local quilter is found dead during a Fire and Ice even at Community Craft and when Sammy and her friends investigate they discover quite a underlying path of lies and deceit.
I was hooked from the beginning. Loved the setting and the whole crafting, quilting aspect and pairing that with a mystery is just my cup of sleuthing tea. Just when you think you know who is behind it all, that person either ends up dead or vindicated. The end of this had quite a surprising twist that floored me. That person wasn’t even on my suspect list at all. I really need to dust off my sleuthing abilities since apparently I am beyond rusty or maybe the author is just “that good” at crafting her book. I assume the latter is true.
Just loved this book and look forward to any other books this author writes. I still need to read book one in the series but book two was just as great as this one was. Definitely a series you need to put into your Winter TBR pile, for sure!
If you love a good cozy mystery check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.
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.