As the first book in a new series it got off to a good start. The introduction of the main character, Beatrice is nicely done. I enjoyed how she is duAs the first book in a new series it got off to a good start. The introduction of the main character, Beatrice is nicely done. I enjoyed how she is dumped in this quaint little town and is almost immediately sucked into the lives of her new neighbors. Talk about feeling totally unsettled. I loved the opening scene where Beatrice thought she was being kidnapped by a crazy woman and that she needed to call the police. Only to find out the woman was the police chiefs hyperactive quilting wife. The fact Beatrice wasn't a twenty-something stick, but is instead a mature woman with an adult daughter is also a nice change of pace.
Beatrice's personality is fully developed, the plot is complicated with a huge number of interesting secondary characters, and the plot, while not a roller coaster ride, flows smoothly. I like how Beatrice embraced the new world in which she lived...the small town life of Dappled Hills which is so different from Atlanta. The quilting, while a central feature of the story, doesn't overshadow the mystery or the personal relationships. Don't get me wrong. There's plenty of quilting references and details but it's not like the author is beating you over the head with her favorite craft.
In my opinion is cozy mystery is a winner. With the humor, good writing, believable mystery, interesting new friends and a cute little town, the series has a lot going for it. I can't wait to see what happens in the next one. ...more
A interesting and compelling story filled with great characters, vivid descriptions and a realistic plot with a smooth flow. I love Brian's little dauA interesting and compelling story filled with great characters, vivid descriptions and a realistic plot with a smooth flow. I love Brian's little daughter Zoe. She's adorable and steals every scenes she's in. I loved how Mr. Grey expressed Nocolai's deafness, showing how he functioned in a silent world by the use of lip reading and sign language. And having Brian and Zoe take classes so they could sign with Nic was a great little plot point.
There's really nothing about this gem of a story that I didn't like. That it was a continuation of Legal Artistry, another story that I adored only made it better. It's another winner as far as I'm concerned. Good job Andrew....more
Another fun and entertaining read. It's well written and plotted, have nicely developed characters who seem like real people and a happily ever afterAnother fun and entertaining read. It's well written and plotted, have nicely developed characters who seem like real people and a happily ever after I found satisfying. I liked these guys. They had their issues to work through... especially Edwin, who has some serious trust problems, but Ms. Yates handled their emotional uncertainty well. The same goes for getting them together and expressing their passion and desire.
Then there's the stalker. It's a little cliche but not unexpected for Fabioi's fame. The descriptions of his day's alone in the ravine are well described, as is Edwin finding him. I would have liked to know more about the stalker. But despite those little niggle I thoroughly enjoyed the story and look forward the next release....more
A complicated and well written story with it's backbone in reality. The premise of a Dieter trying to retrieve familyI give it a 4.5 Review to follow.
A complicated and well written story with it's backbone in reality. The premise of a Dieter trying to retrieve family treasures lost to others during WWII is all too true for some. These individuals are still attempting to get their family legacies back, which is what makes this story so compelling.
The writing it top-notch, I love Dieter and Gerald and I appreciate how much historical detail Mr. Grey included in the story. The amount of research he did on the Nazi/WWII era and difficulties getting property back is is obvious. There's plenty of suspense as they fight with the legal system and watching their love slowly grow gives you a nice warm and fuzzy feeling. ...more
A good start to the series and has some interesting characters. I love Marshall Drummond and how he interacts with Rory. His old-fashioned attitudes dA good start to the series and has some interesting characters. I love Marshall Drummond and how he interacts with Rory. His old-fashioned attitudes drive her nuts and makes for some good chuckles. There are plenty of red herrings and interesting backgrounds as this novice investigator works on her first case.Having her start off as a police sketch artist is unusual and unique, but I'm not certain how that will play into the future books. I didn't guess who the villain was until the end so the author must have been doing her job when she kept me off-balance with his identity. The pace isn't like a speeding freight train and it doesn't plod either, and the story is well written. I look forward to the next release....more