It was a clean, easy read. I liked how the author gave real reactions to finding a dead body. Aurora got sick and really shaken up as the murder was p...moreIt was a clean, easy read. I liked how the author gave real reactions to finding a dead body. Aurora got sick and really shaken up as the murder was pretty gruesome. Later, she showed fear in some shadowy situations. I think in this way Charlaine Harris made Aurora real. Unfortunately, I felt like she kept the sleuthing a bit too light. I never got invested in the story. For this reason, I gave it only two stars.(less)
It was not my favorite read. I gave it two stars because it was a clean read and I was able to finish it.
Ms. Aames introduced too many characters too...moreIt was not my favorite read. I gave it two stars because it was a clean read and I was able to finish it.
Ms. Aames introduced too many characters too soon. It was difficult to remember how each was associated to the protagonist. The town and the characters were not well drawn. Jordan, the love interest, has no background and no character traits to recommend him other than his looks. This, I believe, was supposed to create mystique, but it fell flat. Charlotte, the protagonist, is swayed by every suggestion and jumps to a new conclusion with every new “fact”. The clues are weak and speculative. She kept ruminating over the same theories and suspects. In fact the plot was all over the place, but did not build or really move forward. The solution was weak and unbelievable. It needed more support throughout the story. As for the cheese references, they were overwhelming. Only once did they eat anything that didn't have cheese in it, at the BBQ. The whole narrative was dripping with fancy artisan cheese for which I had no real frame of reference. (less)
For those of you who think you have to be a quilter to appreciate it, you're wrong. I don't quilt and had trouble putting it down.
4 stars because: 1)...moreFor those of you who think you have to be a quilter to appreciate it, you're wrong. I don't quilt and had trouble putting it down.
4 stars because: 1) Some strong characterization. a) A sympathetic protagonist, who is out of her element and trying to adjust. However, she was a little too clueless at times. b) An annoying sister-in-law, who is important to the tension in the story. It was not necessary for the story line, but I would like to hear more of her story. c) Quirky peripheral characters who are humorous, aggravating, and/or endearing. 2) Good writing with realistic conversations and smooth plot development with a story line that didn’t sit still.
Only 4 stars because: 1) Some weak characterization. a) The love interest got stupid in his cop mode. He refused evidence that was important to the case because of how it was introduced. I hope that doesn’t continue in sequels. It would be hazardous to the relationship. b) The antagonist was too benign. We needed to dislike her. 2) There were two sex scenes. It got a little steamy but was not overly explicit, which I appreciated. You can give a strong sense of attraction without the sex. 3) Two instances of moderately colorful language that did not help the story.
It was a light, easy read and I really enjoyed it. I definitely want to continue in this series. (less)
This author and story line have potential, but the story was a little weak or "fluffy". The action was a bit slow and the investigation was light. Mos...moreThis author and story line have potential, but the story was a little weak or "fluffy". The action was a bit slow and the investigation was light. Most of the evidence came from witness testimony which everyone was willing to share...eventually. There was no real sleuthing, mostly pestering questions and a little stumbling over clues. I hope that as the series progresses the main character will become more bold and practiced in her sleuthing skills. I liked the characters, some of which I liked to dislike, and the motivation was there.
I was just getting connected with Margot when she was murdered about a third of the way into the story. Betsy was more of a blown by the wind, spontaneous character and harder to connect with. After the murder came a time of grieving. Finally the investigation happens in the last third of the book. Betsy at this point has become more grounded as she invests herself in the needlework shop, Crewel World.
Language: There are some instances of God's name being taken in vain, but only a few. It was mild.(less)