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The Double Cross (Someday Quilts Mysteries #03)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  459 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
A knotty new Nell Fitzgerald mystery in the series that's beguiling cozy fans and quilters alike.
Nell Fitzgerald and the Someday Quilts ladies are asked to lead a quilting workshop at a new bed and breakfast in upstate New York. However, the retreat quickly takes an unexpected dark turn. When a body is found in the woods, and one of their own is the chief suspect, the la
ebook, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Plume Books (first published August 21st 2010)
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Dec 18, 2010 Miki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OKay, I'm done. I hereby state I will no longer read this series. The last one - Drunkard's Path - was bad enough, but this one was even worse. The thing is, O'Donohue is a good writer, it's just that her characters are classic TSTL (Too stupid to live). The protagonist is an artist who believes she can investigate crime better than any policemen, even her boyfriend. In this one, he lets her "take the lead" and she responds by treating him like an idiot who has to be told how to breathe. Nope, t ...more
Sep 27, 2010 Marlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozies, crafts
In the third Someday Quilts mystery, Nell and her grandmother Eleanor join their friend Susanne as she treks to a remote bed and breakfast in upstate New York to lead a week-long quilting retreat. They discover, belatedly, that the owners are old acquaintances of group member Bernie, who does not remember them fondly. Nevertheless, she decides to go along.

They are all surprised when they arrive at a ramshackle Victorian house where renovations don't even seem to have begun. The owners, Rita and
Valley Brown
Not having read the previous books in the series, I was at a disadvantage jumping in on this one. The story moved quickly, almost a bit too fast. I wanted more time to learn the cast of characters. Here is where having read the previous books would have helped. Too much was assumed.

Nell, the female protagonist, is a strong personality, but I had a tough time warming up to her. She and the other "regulars" of the series are entrenched in snooping and gossip, and make no bones about it. Admittedly
I haven't read the first two in the series, so perhaps I've missed out on the characters development; I didn't connect with them in this book. It was painfully obvious "who dune it," and too many other side trails that didn't add to the story but just made me think: "get ON with it."

I'd much prefer the Elm Creek Quilts series by Jennifer Chiaverini.
The Double Cross is the third book of the Someday Quilts mystery series by Clare O'Donohue, set in present-day upstate New York.

Nell Fitzgerald fled a broken marriage and high-powered life in New York City, to live with her aunt Eleanor in the small town of Archers Rest. Eleanor owns the town's quilt shop, Someday Quilts. Eleanor's friends and fellow quilters warmly welcomed Nell into their quilting group. Her inquisitive nature has led Nell to unofficially investigate recent murders in town, a
Vanessa James-brooks
Clare O Donohue knows how to write a fantastic read that's for sure. Susanne one of the quilting lady's in the Someday Quilt Mysteries was asked to go upstate to teach a quilting at a B&B, so Susanne and a few of her Quilting Friends packed up and went with her. Come to find out no one there wanted to learn to quilt at first, and was pressured into it by a man named George Olnhausen. One of the members of the Someday Quilts group had a past with George and Rita his wife and while at the B&am ...more
Nov 06, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
The third book in the Someday Quilts series takes the group away from home. Susanne has been asked to teach a quilting workshop at a new bed and breakfast, but there is some controversy as the inn is owned by a former beau of their friend Bernie, George, and his wife, Rita, once a good friend. Despite her initial anger, she decides to join Eleanor, Nell, and Susanne at the retreat. When they arrive, they find it is rather rundown and find that the quilting students are locals that have been rope ...more
Sandy H
This was an okay, but not great, book. I liked the first two books in the series better. I don't know if they actually were better, or maybe I'm just less willing to overlook things with each subsequent book. They're basically light summer reading--enjoyable enough for that purpose but nothing that warrants more stars than I'm giving it. Also, I try not to be nitpicky about this type of thing but the Kindle version had a lot of typos in it. I mean capital A capital L a lot. Enough to be distract ...more
Mary Lou
Clare O'Donohue's new Nell Fitzgerald mystery takes the group on an excursion to a bed and breakfast that is being opened, designed to cater to quilting retreats. But when they arrive, the B&B is very shabby, the renovations are incomplete, and the owners don't seem to know or care much about quilting.

Soon, there is a murder and one of their own is a suspect. What has happened?

This is an entertaining, light read, but much about the plot does not make sense. Every time I read one of these, I
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Our favorite quilting team follows Suzanne to a quilt teaching job, for a week, at a Bed and Breakfast owned by Bernie's former high school love and his wife. As the friends find out, there is far more going on than just an uncomfortable reunion.

Nell Fitzgerald, sleuth and young quilter, finds herself having to absolve Bernie from murder charges when George, the owner of the B& B, and Bernie's former love, is found murdered.

This story was good but I found it rather rambling to me. Unlike the
Mar 07, 2011 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"From Booklist -
The Someday Quilts group in Archer’s Rest, New York, is asked to lead a quilting workshop at the new Patchwork Bed-and-Breakfast. The retreat, however, seems to be jinxed from the start. The bed-and-breakfast clearly is not ready for the public, and those signed up for the workshops have little to no quilting experience. When a body is found in the woods and one of the Someday Quilters is the chief suspect, it’s clear that the excursion was not one of the group’s better ideas. N
Oct 10, 2010 Grey853 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
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Like a good mystery? Like Quilts? Well, this book has it all. Mystery, suspense and of course Quilts. I'm a quilter myself so this book grabbed me when I read the synopsis. I also like murder mysteries. So this book was a great combination. As the ladies pack up to go to the retreat there is a mystery revolving around one of them. It seems that the person holding the retreat is an old boyfriend and his wife is the woman who took him away from her. And then a body shows up and one of the ladies i ...more
Jan 24, 2012 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series very much. It looks like Ms. O'Donohue has been publishing one a year for the last 4 years, in September. I've got one left in the series to read, then will have to wait for the next one to be published. Write FASTER, Ms. O'Donohue!

I'm just starting quilting, so that aspect of these books fascinates me. Beyond that I appreciate the friendship and love shown between the quilters in the group, and especially between Nell and her grandmother. I like that the courtship between Ne
Quilters from the Someday quilting group trek up to the Adirondacks for a retreat at the b and b owned by the former boyfriend and former best friend of Bernie, one of their members. But the inn, and the owners, are disappointingly dreary, and none of the locals in the class seem to have much interest in quilting. The whole place has an eerie vibe, and when Nell--the heroine of the series--is drugged, her boyfriend, the chief of police, comes up to join them. Nothing could be more timely, as the ...more
Jul 10, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Double Cross was my favorite in Clare O’Donohue’s Someday Quilt Mystery series. For me, it seemed like the most developed of her mysteries, so far. The setting changed to a quilting workshop at a bed and breakfast in another town, still in upstate New York. The main characters were all there: Nell, Eleanor, Jesse Dewalt and members of the quilting group. I enjoyed the concept of journal quilting that was sprinkled throughout the story. There were several interesting twists. The Double Cross ...more
Mary Newcomb
This series has been on my Probationary Do Not Read list. Now that I read this one, I have moved it to my Do Not Read list. The story involves a quilt retreat at a newly opened inn, there is a disparate group of quirky neighbors and the intrepid quilters/crime fighters from the earlier books. Too much of everything and not enough of a believable story. Farewell to this series, on to something else!
Mar 07, 2014 Diana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A classic Good news vs. Bad news. The good news is that this, being book number 3 of the series is far & away the most awful of the series, so you can save yourself by skipping this boring, drab & charmless novel. The bad news, is that the series continues, to bore even more unsuspecting readers. There was ZERO charm in this book. The characters were devoid of any joy, the setting was depressing. One of the most dull books that I have ever read.
Linda Smatzny
Mar 28, 2015 Linda Smatzny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Someday Quilts Mystery series. The main character is Nell Fitzgerald. Nell,her grandmother and two friends are invited to attend a quilting retreat at a new bed and breakfast. When the group arrives, the b& b and the retreat is like nothing anyone expected. One of the owners is found murdered and one of Nell's friends seems to be the main suspect. Nell of course has questions and everyone seems to be hiding something. The book was a fast easy read.
Jun 02, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, chic-lit
This was my favorite in the series. I like the plot and the characters were a lot of fun. I kept my fingers crossed the whole time that the person I suspected was the killer wasn't... sadly they were. It was a good plot with just enough sap to make me happy (0= I love this series. I don't quilt but I kinda wanna give it a try now.
Jan 29, 2011 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series was good, but not great. The books were a nice way to pass time (which often is all I'm really looking for), and they were compelling at times (especially near the end of each book). I wouldn't read them again, but if the author publishes a fourth book in the series, I'd probably read it.
Ann Boytim
Third book in this series of an amateur detective. Nell and her friends go on a trip to teach a class in quilting in a bed and breakfast house that is being renovated. Someone in the group is murdered in the woods nearby and Nell once again with the help of her boyfriend Jesse solve the nurder
Jun 18, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am thoroughly enjoying this series and finished book #3 up while waiting during jury duty selection. Jury duty didn't turn out to be half as exciting as this read (can you say 'case dismissed'). Ms. O'Donohue better hurry up with #5 because I'm already well into book #4.
Nov 03, 2010 Corky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2010
The 3rd book in the Someday Quilts Mystery featuring Nell Fitzgerald is a quick read. Mixed in with the dead body is Nell's romance with the Archers Rest Police Chief, her grandmother Eleanor's budding romance with famous artist Oliver Wright, and lots of quilt talk.
Oct 16, 2014 Marjorie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these Someday Quilts mysteries! The stories are so good, the friendships make me envious! I never guess the culprit. The quilts sound beautiful. I can't wait to read more about Nell and Jesse's budding romance and Eleanor's too.
Nov 10, 2011 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one takes place at a remote Inn, where Nell and her friends have been asked to lead a quilting retreat. By amazing coincidence, someone is murdered, and Nell and her police friend/boyfriend are needed to save the day. Pretty standard mystery fare, but fun.
Jul 14, 2013 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 stars to me
Kris Minnick
Good series, easy read
Apr 22, 2015 Kathie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun quirky quilting mystery. Unsatisfying ending but until then it was puzzling and fun. Anxious to read the rest of the books in this series.
Aug 15, 2013 Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Clare O'Donohue was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest of four children. Her parents, John and Sabina O'Donohue, were both born in Ireland. They met in London and moved to the US and settled on Chicago's South Side where she was raised.

She always knew she wanted to be a writer and in fact wrote her first novel when she was 15. It was a mystery. After college she worked as a newspaper reporter
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Other Books in the Series

Someday Quilts Mysteries (6 books)
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