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Sew Deadly (A Southern Sewing Circle #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,598 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
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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May 08, 2012 Nissanmama rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 30, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 28, 2009 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 28, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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!
Aug 12, 2009 Ali rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.

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
Jan 13, 2010 Minanoir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 really liked it  ·  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
Jul 23, 2015 B.E. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read one of the later books in this series a while back and really enjoyed it, so I went looking for the first book as soon as the budget allowed. Totally don't regret it. This mystery was a fun read, the characters were endearing, and while I did have the ultimate villain on my list of possible suspects, I didn't really know who did it until near the end. I'll be finding the funds to snag the rest of this series. =o)
Melanie Smith
Dec 30, 2011 Melanie Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 25, 2014 Dyana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This cosy murder mystery was perfect reading on the 1st rainy day after a long HOT summer. Chicago native, Tori Sinclair, takes a job as the head librarian in the southern town of Sweet Briar, South Carolina. Unbeknownst to Tori, the former librarian, Dixie Dunn, was forced into retirement after a long career of not being open to change of any kind. Dixie is a bitter woman and out to make trouble for Tori. Being an outsider and a "Northerner", Tori has a hard time fitting in until she is invited ...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.
Mar 10, 2010 Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 03, 2009 Judy Iliff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 05, 2010 Cassie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 18, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 02, 2013 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good cozy. Enough obvious and subtle red herrings to keep me guessing 'WHO DONE IT?' until the end.
Mar 23, 2010 Trine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kate, Sheena, Sophiene
Great start to a new cozy mystery series with a fascinating hobby/craft theme, namely sewing.
Oct 06, 2015 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tori Sinclair moved to the small southern town of Sweet Briar, South Carolina and has become the new librarian. Her first task is to update the library and to begin a children's corner. She also joins the local sewing group but when the local town sweetheart is found dead outside her back door. She is, as usual in these types of stories, the first suspect and is bound to find out who the murderer is to clear her name. This was an okay book but I don't know if I will read more of these. It was a ...more
Mrs. Griffin
Sep 20, 2015 Mrs. Griffin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Delightful Read

I am a non-fiction reader, have been all my life. I wanted to take a little break from all things factual and have some fun. This book was such a pleasure to read because I sew and I am a Yankee, just like the main character. Ms. Casey definitely got it right when describing the challenges and rewards of being a transplant. Her writing skill kept me turning pages way past bedtime! I look forward to reading through the rest of this series and seeing what develops with these delig
Connie N.
#1 in the Southern Sewing Circle series

First the negatives:
1. Tory Sinclair acts a little too dumb for me. If she said "I don't understand" one more time, I was going to scream! Either she's the slowest-thinking librarian ever, or Casey thinks her readers are a little slow and felt the need to spell out every obvious step of the mystery. It felt a little condescending.
2. There was a lot of talk about Southern sayings and idioms, most of which Tori didn't understand (big surprise). But it was odd
Catherine Flusche
I'm relatively new to the cozy mystery genre. I only started reading them because my mom is a book buyer and I was desperately in need of something to read. I must say that I was a quick convert.

This one combines by mom's love of crafts and my love of libraries. I liked that each of these topics was given an equal amount of attention. I've found that some authors tend to neglect their subplots to the book's detriment--that wasn't a problem here. There could have been a little more character deve
Paula Ratcliffe
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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
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
Lynn Demsky
Nov 21, 2013 Lynn Demsky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
"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
Jul 19, 2013 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 16, 2013 Lisa Kelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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