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Monkey Wrench (A Quilting Mystery #4)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  220 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Dewey Pellicano’s quilt shop has earned a spot in the annual Quilter’s Crawl, and twenty-something employee Vangie has organized a trendy Twitter promotion to boost sales at the struggling store. But when Vangie’s boyfriend dies from an overdose, it’s up to Dewey to get her young staffer off the hook for homicide.

Meanwhile, the store’s quilting teacher Pearl takes in a col
Paperback, 275 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Midnight Ink (first published May 1st 2012)
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Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
It's time for the annual Quilter's Crawl and this year Quilters Paradiso (QP) is back on the map as part of the crawl. Over the weekend quilters will travel to 12 different quilt shops in the area for special bargains and prizes. Vangie from QP has even set up a Twitter promotion to help boost sales.

Getting everything set up and organized has been quite hectic as Vangie has college classes to work around and a new boyfriend. The store's long time teacher Pearl is starting to fail a bit so she is
Monkey Wrench is 4th in the Quilting Mystery series by Terri Thayer, set in present-day San Jose California.

Dewey Pellicano owns QP, the quilt shop formerly known as Quilter Paradiso, founded by her late mother. Dewey did not originally intend to be a quilter nor a business owner, but now is very proud of her shop, and fond of her staff and the regular shoppers.

Dewey has entered QP in this year's Quilter's Crawl, a quilt shop hop. QP has not been part of the Crawl since her mother's death, and D
Feb 15, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
Quite a scrapy little tale.... Vivid, memorable, characters and a plot that just keeps twisting.

I wouldn't quite call this a Cozy Mystery because there wasn't much of an attempt at humor. I did find myself chuckeling at the pictures my mind would draw of the sometime comedic "grandmother" figure of Pearl.

Good friends... not so good friends... and some customers that you want to choke, make the "Monkey Wrench" feel like an afternoon of neighborhood gossip.

I enjoyed the ambiance of the quilting st
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This book was an cozy murder mystery revolving around a quilting store and one of it's employees/friends. There was a secondary tale about watching out for our elder friends that also can get into troubles.

The store's name is "QP" and the owner is Dewey Pellicano. I really do not know too much about her other than she has a policeman boyfriend, Buster. The reason is I haven't read the first three books in the series, and in this case, you need to go back to fill in the blanks.

This book finds a
Jun 25, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok
This wasn't the cloying cozy I'd anticipated, nor was it much of a mystery. Instead, this series about a quilt shop owner, her police officer boyfriend and her staff and quilting friends is really more of a character study hung around a vague mystery. There are two dead bodies and one attempt (that's the cozy part), and luckily the characters don't go a-sleuthing but do what most of us would do when faced with an unexpected, untimely death.

What was surprising was how little quilting actually ca
Oct 10, 2012 Kaye rated it really liked it
Dewey Pellicano is trying to make a name for her quilting shop, the QP, during the annual Quilter's Crawl (12 shops in 4 days, participants need to get their "passports" stamped at each shop in order to be eligible for prizes). Her assistant manager, Vangie, has come up with a Twitter promotional giveaway, and has a lot on her plate. So while Dewey's police officer boyfriend Buster is working day in-day out, her favorite customer/teacher Pearl is having problems and takes in a "GrandSon" from th ...more
Marcie Mathis
May 10, 2016 Marcie Mathis is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I wish there were more in this series

I have enjoyed all the books in this series and wish there were more. I hope the author adds to it. I like the characters, and the connection with quilting, especially the inclusion of the Quilters Crawl in this story. Also, the mention of more modern quilters. I liked the surprise near the end, just when it was feeling a little predictable.
Feb 22, 2016 Nancy added it
Unfortunately, I have been reading this book for almost 4 weeks because my mother became ill and then passed away on July 16. I started reading this when she was in the hospital having tests done and was only able to finish it this last week. It was great like all the others, but I just was too busy to read it through all at once. I highly recommend the whole series. Its very enjoyable.
Feb 04, 2015 Andrea rated it really liked it
This is one of a series about quilt shop owner Dewey and friends. I liked that it is set in a quilt shop and I loved all the quilting references and talk. Some of the characters weren't that well developed but that is a minor quibble. I hope there will be another one, but it looks like Terri Thayer's life has gone in a different direction for now. I hope she will write another one!
Aug 28, 2012 Marge rated it did not like it
This book hardly seems to fit with the first three in the series. Sloppy editing and lazy writing made this book a chore to finish.

The author can only describe emotions with bodily functions and most times its 3 words sentences. My scalp crawled, my heart pounded, my gut roiled, my innards clenched. Really??? She is taken in the arms of her lover and her response - my shoulders heaved.

This book was all over the map has far as the characters were concerned and Dewey running the quilt shop was ma
Apr 16, 2013 Scilla rated it it was ok
Dewey Pellicano runs a quilt shop and dates an homicide detective. Her employee, Vangie, is going to college and is found dead is Vangie's car. Dewey goes to pick up flyers for a Quilters Crawl, designed by an Art Instructor, Sonya, at the college. There she finds an ad for students looking get an inexpensive room in exchange for helping around the house, by being a GrandSon for elderly women. Dewey recommends it to her elderly quilt teacher whose husband has recently died. The GrandSon isn't so ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Dany rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
A fast and "cozy" theme mystery, this one surrounding a quilt shop and its amateur sleuth owner. This series has a more modern feel than your typical cozy mystery, and yet retains all of the tried and true standby features of this type of book. Entertaining if not groundbreaking.
Aug 07, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it
I didn't see that ending coming! As a wannabe quilter I do enjoy this series of books. I wish the author would have included the instructions for the Monkey Wrench quilt block. Having been on quilting shop hops it was fun to read about a fictional one that gave a little look into the excitement of a real Shop Hop.

I believe this is #4 in the series. Dewey/Buster, her boyfriend/ Vangie, employee and some of the others from the rest of the series all add to the story line.
❂ Jennifer
Aug 29, 2013 ❂ Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A quick read, I can't really say why definitively, but I just found this one to be o.k. The characters just didn't gibe with me this time, I guess? It's well written and the plot was solid and creative (although I guessed the murderer almost right away, it was just that - a guess). Perhaps the series is fading for me, or maybe it was just that I wasn't in the right frame of mind when I read it? I wouldn't steer anyone away from it; I just didn't love it.
Aug 20, 2012 Kemi rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It wasn't great literature by any means, but it was a fun, fast-paced, quick read.

There were a few editing mistakes in the book. They were minor things, like using "come" instead of "came", forgetting quotation marks, and misspelling a word, but they were noticeable enough to pull me out of the story.

Overall, though, I liked what I read. I will go back and read the first book in the series, as well as new ones that are published.
Sandy H
These books are basic entertainment. I like Thayer's basic writing style and the mysteries are decently engaging. I do wish some of the characters weren't quite so caricatured--very one-sided. By book four, I'm pretty able to pinpoint early on who the perpetrator is because the books run to a bit of a formula. I will continue to read future books in the series, I'm sure, but will be hoping for a little less formula and a little more surprise.
Jul 06, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
Dewey is busy readying her quilt shop for the annual Quilter's Crawl, but her young assistant Vangie is in trouble, and so is her elderly customer and friend Pearl. Dewey thinks having a college aged boarder will help Pearl, but soon Pearl is so into helping the young man that she's rejecting her other friends. Then Vangie discovers her boyfriend dead, and becomes a suspect. Naturally, Dewey has to help.
Aug 09, 2012 Maggie rated it really liked it
This was a fun quilting mystery. A quilting crawl involving multiple shops and lots of customers leads to a death. Dewey's Quilter's Paradise shop is right in the thick of things. I felt Dewey's pain as folks criticized her for changing her mother's shop to suit her. I had the same comments when I updated my mother's house for resale. You'd have thought I hung Elvis impersonators all over the Eiffel Tower.
Jun 07, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
I would have given this 2.5 stars if I could have. It seemed that the plot took a long time to come together while Dewey tried to manage the Quilter's Crawl. Reading about the quilt shop is what saved this book for me. I was glad to see that Kym made only brief appearances as Dewey's animosity toward her has been totally overdone in the previous three books.
Roseann Moss
Nov 15, 2015 Roseann Moss rated it it was amazing
Great book- hoping there are more of this serices.
Mar 19, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this series
May 20, 2012 Melodie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Been awhile since the last one in this series came out, so I was pleasantly surprised to see this one become available. Good read! A couple of murders, drug dealers....and a quilter's crawl. I like this series, except for the 3rd one! RECOMMEND!
May 15, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Next best thing to a quilt shop hop or quilters crawl is reading about one. But I prefer to shop hop without murders! :) This is the 4th in this series and I've enjoyed them all. Excellent read!
Jun 15, 2012 Sandybear76 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
Dewey and her new and improved Quilt store is a part of the annual Quilter's Crawl and she adds Twitter to the new promotional stuff. But the Twitter causes a quilter's death or did it?
Jul 09, 2014 Cristina rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It has the most mystery in it of the 3 in the series. It kept me guessing to the end. As usual, it make me want to head to my local quilt shop.
Sanya Weathers
Jul 01, 2013 Sanya Weathers rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Serviceable. Same exact template as that yarn series I read, but less annoying and with better writing.

I should probably give up on cozies.
Cynthia Rielley
Jun 24, 2012 Cynthia Rielley rated it it was amazing
good characters and pacing, maybe a bit easy to predict but worth the ride.
Jun 13, 2013 Jan rated it liked it
Very enjoyable! Great characters, terrific plot! I will read the whole series.
Jul 17, 2013 Rachel rated it did not like it
The mystery is good, but there is ALOT of unnecessary plot points.
Dorothy Persch
Nov 02, 2012 Dorothy Persch rated it really liked it
Read October 2012 - another quilt thriller
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I am the author of seven mysteries. Four quilting mysteries: WILD GOOSE CHASE, OLD MAID'S PUZZLE, OCEAN WAVES, MONKEY WRENCH.

I am a quilter, have been for more than 20 years. I love fabric and reading and writing mysteries.
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