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 du...moreAs 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. (less)
I didn't realize this was part of a series until I'd already started it. Fortunately for me, the way the story is laid out it didn't really matter. Th...moreI didn't realize this was part of a series until I'd already started it. Fortunately for me, the way the story is laid out it didn't really matter. The premise/setting is unusual and the setting vividly described, with lots of colorful inhabitants of the Renaissance Village. The characters that play a more prominent role are pretty well rounded and the plot flow is smooth, with a good integration of fun, mixed in with Jessie's sleuthing. Chase is a typical hero and a nice guy...but he most definitely plays second fiddle to Jessie and the way she goes about looking for the killer.
I really enjoyed Andre...the hat maker and prime murder suspect. His personality was the most rounded of the secondaries and I loved how the author threw in pieces of Hollywood movie/costume history. Adding in the Knights Templar was a nice touch and helped to keep things lively and most full of action. There were a few twists and turns but the killer wasn't exactly a big surprise in the end. It'll be interesting to see what kind of trouble Jessie and her friends can get into next. (less)
A fun and entertaining look back into the world of scrapper Carmela and friends. The mystery is pretty good and well integrated into the overall life...moreA fun and entertaining look back into the world of scrapper Carmela and friends. The mystery is pretty good and well integrated into the overall life the the heroine and her friends, but it never gets too dark, despite two people getting killed. The secondary characters are numerous and interesting and it was nice that Babcock is still Carmela's squeeze. I just wish we'd gotten to see a little more of him. My only big complaint is that after the big build up...the whole book of looking for the killer...everything was wound up in a matter of a few pages. Yes, there was action, a little gun fire and some blood, but it all seemed a bit rushed to me.(less)
This is another entertaining addition to the series and it's funny in parts, too. It reminds me of the TV show Bridezilla, with the crazy fiance who w...moreThis is another entertaining addition to the series and it's funny in parts, too. It reminds me of the TV show Bridezilla, with the crazy fiance who won't let her future mother-in-law death get in the way of her wedding. The author's expression of her over-the-top selfishness in the face of her boyfriends grief is nicely done.
The mystery in this one is good with lots is unexpected clues, twists and turns galore, and the usual quirky characters so you won't get bored. As you'd suspect, Marcy's shop plays an important role and once again the author pulls various needlecrafts into the story line, along with new and old characters as they wander in and out the front door.
I was surprised with the appearance of Marcy's ex-fiance, David...and is this guy a jerk, showing the reader how lucky our heroine was to have not married him. His scenes are nicely written, allowing Marcy some closure. The books pacing definitely isn't that of a rollercoaster but it's steady up until nearly the end. There it slows and abruptly wraps up, which I found rather disappointing.
One thing that's started to bother me is Marcy and the romantic triangle that seems to be developing between her and the men in her life. The juggling of the two, under the nose of the other, is getting annoying. Its making her appear indecisive and I hope it doesn't drag out much longer. (less)
It's a good first book in a new series. I liked the characters...I even liked including Angus the Irish Wolfhound being frequently mentioned. And for...moreIt's a good first book in a new series. I liked the characters...I even liked including Angus the Irish Wolfhound being frequently mentioned. And for a person who's done a great deal of needlecraft in the past, I enjoyed the setting and the vivid details of the Marcy's shop. (There are a couple of stitch related errors but if you haven't cross-stitched, you'd never catch them).
The personalities of the characters are fairly well developed as is the mystery, and there are plenty of twists and turns involving who the killer(s) might be and who is behind the financial troubles and manipulations. Keeping track kept me on my toes.
The police, Ted, played his part, providing a variety of roles. One of which might be a potential boyfriend for Marcy in the future. There's numerous other secondary characters to add interest and you'll also find a couple of deaths, some misunderstandings, deceit, betrayal, financial shenanigans and a few other surprises. It's a cute, lighthearted read and I look forward to the next release.(less)