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Sew Deadly (A Southern Sewing Circle #1)

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Ever since she moved to Sweet Briar, South Carolina, Yankee librarian Tori Sinclair has been the talk of the tiny town. But she's been so busy at work, winning over the sewing circle, and trying to forget her cheating ex that she hasn't even had time to baste together a pillow, let alone mind local gossip. Then she finds the hometown sweetheart dead at her back door...Ever...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Berkley Books (first published July 8th 2009)
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I wanted to like this book. I really did. I've lived in the south and I know these women Casey has characterized who sew and bake and gossip. Unfortunately that's where the substance died. As far as mysteries go, it ranks up there with Scooby Doo. I had it figured out from the first mention of the killer and spent the rest of the pages bored while the main character, Tori Sinclair, stressed and fretted her way from page to page. With only 50 pages left until the end, I had to put the book down f...more
This is an excellent debut book. Torie (Victoria) takes a job as a head librarian at a small town in S.C. where she finds out that she is replacing a long-standing head librarian, who just happens to hate her guts for this turn of events. Torie starts making friends, mostly with the people in a sewing circle but also through her work and a budding romance is also on the horizon.

When a local sweetheart is found dead (by Torie) behind a dumpster outside the library life starts getting more complic...more
I really liked this book and before I even finished, I ordered 3 more books in the series. It's hard to believe that "Sew Deadly" is the author's debut novel. It's well written, has interesting characters and the fact that I worked in a library for many years and have sewn since I was a kid makes it all that more appealing. She really did a good job first time out and I'm looking forward to reading the next one. Definitely recommend for lovers of cozy mysteries.
I really enjoyed this cozy set in a sweet Southern Community. The people are nice ( for the most part )..
As Tori gets familiar with her new librarian job, and making new friends,.she finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation.
And some of the people that dont know her ( or want to get to know her ) think that she is the killer!
Sharon Chance
Victoria “Tori” Sinclair is thrilled to begin her new job as head librarian of Sweet Briar, South Carolina’s library. Not only is it a new challenge for her, its also chance to start her life over again after a devastating end to a romance.

As a newcomer to town, as well as being a “Northerner,” Tori is having a difficult time settling into her new home and making friends. An avid sewer, she is thrilled to be invited to join the local sewing circle, but is dismayed to discover the former libraria...more
Victoria "Tori" Sinclair is a very sweet and bright young woman, who after breaking off her engagement wanted to reclaim her life. Tori decided that she needed a change and leaving Chicago for the tiny town of Sweet Briar, South Carolina was it. Tori just did not know how big of a change she was about to get!
Tori has her work cut out for her not only as the town’s new librarian but trying to fit into the Southern way of life as well. And some of the townspeople aren’t making it any easier for he...more
Susan Ferguson
Tori (Victoria) Sinclair has moved to the town of Sweet Briar, South Carolina, to be the head librarian. Bit the ladies of the town insist on calling her Victoria and she eventually gives up correcting them. She meets antique seller Leona on her way back from the hardware store after buying more lightbulbs since her porch lights keep disappearing. She sees a wooden sewing box in the window that reminds her of her grandmother's who taught her to sew. Georgina Hayes comes by with brownies to welco...more
Kelly Knapp
Feb 15, 2012 Kelly Knapp rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery buffs, librarians, sewers.
Recommended to Kelly by: my daughter
Tori leaves a ruined love life in Chicago and accepts a position as head librarian in the quaint southern town of Sweet Briar. She is not prepared for the stares and interest of the local residents.

Shortly after arriving, Tori is invited to participate in the town's sewing circle. Then she finds out that her job was at the expense of the previous librarian and half of the sewing circle is friend with the previous librarian. She also learns a great deal about residents of the the town including...more
Melanie Smith
I am new to the "cozy mystery" genre, but after reading this book, I am a fan! I love this series. In fact, after I read it, I rushed to the bookstore to get the next one before they closed. I fell in love with each character and being from a small town in the south, could relate to each of them. After reading this book, even when the only "sewing" I have done is reattaching a button, I found myself wanting to run out and join a "sewing circle". The friendships that these women, being all ages,...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This was a very good book for the first in a new series. I, at first, was upset by the attitude exhibited towards the sleuth, then the Author made a right angle turn and I began to champion the characters. By the ending, which I only saw at the end, even though there was a hint earlier that at the time I thought "That's strange...", I was very comfortable with the entire book.

Now, I will have to order the next in the series.
I was quite sad to get to the end of this book; I was not yet ready to leave Sweet Briar and the people of that town. Although I am not from the South nor do I sew, I felt like I was there watching the women in the sewing circle just like the other non-seamstress, Leona. As the mystery of the missing items unraveled, I was surprised right along with Tori. Just under 2 months until the next installment! I can hardly wait!!
My first book from this author… admittedly it is easy to knock the South, but her Southern Sewing Circle Series is pretty darn good! A newcomer to Sweet Briar, SC; Tori is the new town librarian with fresh ideas. No sooner does she arrive from Chicago then everyone thinks she’s a murderer… or at least that’s how she feels… give this book a try, like Tori and her new town need to give each other…
Judy Iliff
I thought this was a very good first novel. The story centers around a new librarian in a small southern town who is suspected of murder. The town is typical, for the most part, of small towns. Tori, the main character, does makes friends through a sewing circle she joins, and it is with some of them that she's able to solve the murder. I look forward to this author's next book.
I think a lot of cozy mystery fans will enjoy this book. I am a cozy mystery fan who neither loved nor hated the book. I found the book just a tad too sweet, a tad too quaint, a tad too cutesy, a tad too too everything - Little House on the Prairie meets a Hallmark movie with a tiny murder thrown in for spice.

I'm finishing this book because I'm still waiting for DH to finish Nuldoid. The author tends to take the "southern speak" a little too far. And uses the term "hairbreadth" too many times. The characters don't feel real and the setting doesn't either.
I liked it - It was a very quick read. Similar to the cooking series of Diane Mott Davidson, except it focuses on sewing.
It was fun and cute -- no stress, no pressure, just a fun, quick read.
A good cozy. Enough obvious and subtle red herrings to keep me guessing 'WHO DONE IT?' until the end.
Great start to a new cozy mystery series with a fascinating hobby/craft theme, namely sewing.
Paula Oliver
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Michelle Randall
I was born and raised in Indiana, no where near the South, but give me a book set in the South and I am one happy camper! Add in sewing and I am tickled pink, so I was excited to find this book. Book One of the Southern Sewing Circle Series.

Tori moves from Chicago to take a job in Sweet Briar SC, but things are not all that they seem. The job Tori got was a vacant position, but one the town made available. So there is a great deal of tension in town, add to that Tori finding the town beauty quee...more
Angela Lynn Holland
What I did like: I like how the this took place in a small town. I also like how the main character is a librarian and a lot of the book took place there. One other thing I like is how there was mention of Laura Ingalls Wilder a lot in this book, she has always been one of my all time favorite authors.
Overall Impression: I liked this mystery of the town sweetheart murdered and how they tried to pin it on the new person in town. Many small towns are not very welcome to outsiders moving into thei...more
Lynn Demsky
"Ever since she moved to Sweet Briar, South Carolina, Yankee librarian Tori Sinclair has been the talk of the tiny town. But she's been so busy at work, winning over the sewing circle, and trying to forget her cheating ex that she hasn't even had time to baste together a pillow, let alone mind local gossip. Then she finds the hometown sweetheart dead at her back door...Everyone believes the police investigator, who's just fixin' to link Tori to the murder in a love triangle gone bad. To clear he...more
I liked this book, but I have to say that it isn't really much of a mystery. The main character talks about solving the mystery, but doesn't really do much except ask questions of people she happens to run into as she goes about her business. The clues are so obvious that the unveiling of the murderer is rather anticlimatic - which is not helped by the fact that it is all talked about in past tense in the last chapter. Much more important to the book is the new librarians wish to open a children...more
Lisa Kelley

I'm new to the party on this series. But the good news for me---I still have 5 more of the series in my TBR stack to enjoy! The newest being REMNANTS OF MURDER, released earlier this month.

I fell in love with Tori/Victoria and the people of Sweet Briar from page one of Sew Deadly. Ms. Casey kept me guessing through all 3 stories. Not only that, she kept me laughing! Out loud at times!

The members of the Sweet Briars Ladies So...more
After being jilted by her fiancé, librarian Tori Sinclair moves from Chicago to Sweet Briar, South Carolina and encounters all things Southern. Because she is a new-comer, suspicion falls on her when the town sweetheart, Tiffany Ann, is murdered. Tori perseveres and solves the mystery with the help of her new friends in her sewing circle.

As a librarian who enjoys sewing myself, combining these two "threads" in a story should be a win-win situation. But there are some annoying and unrealistic ele...more
Raiveran Rabbit
"Cozy Mysteries" is supposedly a genre of murder stories alarmingly shoehorned in to quaint settings. None has been more alarming than this story, set in a Southern town of what one can only fervently hope are very embellished archetypes. Trying to enjoy the quaintness of setting is not merely impossible but uncomfortable among a cast of bigoted, judgmental, accusacatory, small-minded and horrifying human beings. Why an MC from a real city wouldn't be on the phone to her lawyer the moment some d...more
Predictable mystery. Small town setting that was far from quaint. Another librarian mystery and the craft aspect was so perfunctory that the author could have skipped it altogether. No need for me to read anymore in the series.
I chose to read this book in my little cozy mystery spree. I didn’t know if I would like the theme of sewing, but it was quite a lot of fun. The group of ladies involved in the sewing circle were of different ages, stages of life, and careers.

I liked Tori the main character. I could relate to her and enjoyed the relationships that she developed as well as the ideas she had for the library. She did kind of get blindsided when given the job as library director. This provides a lot of angles to th...more
The book was good, but for me it seemed to lag from time to time. Maybe the next book will hold my interest a little more. I will give it a try.
Sian Jones
I could complain about the two-dimensional characters, the pre-Flood gender roles. I could complain about the lack of subtlety or any sense of reality and a plot whose contours could be guessed at by a blind deaf-mute from 300 miles away. But what really offended me? The constant assertion that perfectly normal words and phrases were somehow, SOMEHOW distinctly Southern. The word "dab" for example. I'm sorry but you cannot declare regional ownership of a word used in Shakespeare. Monks were prob...more
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