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Quilt Trip

(Southern Quilting Mystery #3)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  357 ratings  ·  49 reviews
As a quilter, retired folk art curator Beatrice Coleman likes to have all the seams stitched together—but her plans keep getting tangled up in unexpected ways…

Beatrice has never crashed a party but now her fellow quilt guild member, Meadow Downey, is driving them to a Victorian mansion in the mountains beyond Dappled Hills, North Carolina. Muriel Starnes, an elderly eccent
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by NAL
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Dawn Michelle
Well. I never saw that coming.

Another great read in the Southern Quilting Mysteries series. This time Beatrice and Meadow [that woman would drive me to insanity I SWEAR she would] and Posy and Miss Sissy get themselves into a heap of trouble when they get stranded with 6 strangers in an old creepy house and people start turning up dead. There is nothing to do but keep trying to get a phone signal and to let Beatrice put her "solving" hat on and pray that she solves it before they all end up de
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
In this third installment Meadow is dragging Beatrice to meeting they were not even invited to attend. Meadow has no qualms about “crashing the party”, but the sky looks like it is cooking up a storm and Beatrice would just like to stay home safe and sound. But there is no stopping Meadow so off they go to find the Victorian mansion in the mountains beyond Dappled Hills, North Carolina, that belongs to Muriel Starnes. Muriel is an elderly eccentric woman who wants to start a foundation to introd ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the book overall, but it started slowly for me and then built up steam. It was written in the style of an Agatha Christie "someone is killing someone in the house and we can't get out because it's on an island or it's a train or it's a storm". This was perfectly fine with me as I like that style and premise. I think it might have had more to do with the characters, or at least some of them, that might have put me off and took me a bit to warm up to the story. It didn't keep me from readi ...more
Sandy Bell
May 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Sorry. I don't understand how this stuff gets published. All the characters had the same voice, used the same words (blanket apology and you look stressed and take a nap). They would find a clue and then say, "Well, lets go to bed after we eat and talk about it in the morning." All they cared about was food and sleep and never thought about two dead bodies. They would wake up and quilt instead of trying to find a way to leave. I don't know how an editor would allow two lines of dialogue to have ...more
Pamela Maring
May 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Interesting, but implausible murder mystery. I thought of setting it aside several times, but perhaps the only two reasons I continued was to add it to this list and to keep my injured ankle up and healing. It wasn't easy to keep track of the characters, but then, perhaps I wasn't "into" this book the way I should have been. I am a beginning quilter (actually a wanna-be quilter) so I was looking for the promised "hints" which were listed on 3/4 page and also discovered 4 interesting sounded reci ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy, crafting
This has been the best in this series so far; I enjoyed the throw-back to some of the classic mystery-genre tropes. I will say that the books are still somewhat clunky and Beatrice is still somewhat inconsistent as a character and inexplicable in her reactions, but things are going somewhat better. I do think the characterization of Miss Sissy is bewildering. As far as I can tell she solves or nearly solves all the mysteries, but she's still referred to as though she is insane.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I found this a little hard to get into. The characters were weird instead of endearing. But the mystery piece was quite well done. It made logical sense even if I truly had no clue as to who the murderer was. Their food choices were limited and it seemed strange that no one tried to really leave even if it was to bring in supplies.
May 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A huge disappointment compared to the last quilting mystery. Everyone is stuck in a house the entire book and that in itself was completely ludicrous. I just couldn't believe no-one could get help. There is no Dappled Hills or Posy's quilt shop or lovable Boris or any town interactions what so ever. There is no humor or a cozy feeling to be found in this read.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
#3 in the Southern Quilting Mystery series, this one is a lot of fun and very well-done. I am getting to know and love the main set of characters more and more with each book. I can’t say much else without spoilers, but I will say that there is a bit of an homage to a classic mystery tale included.
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
I find this series a fun read. Getting to know the characters, I find I know similar personality types and it brings them to mind. Now on to the next in the series...
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Interesting story. Not too many characters to keep track of and not a lot of unbelievable heroics by the main character. A fun summer read.
Debbie Lester
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Craig's Southern Quilting Mystery series continues with her latest offering, Quilt Trip. It is the third mystery in the series and has the feel of an old fashioned whodunit, complete with a group of unsuspecting quilters gathered in a mansion, terrible weather and a killer in their midst. Craig's use of humor and adventure add to the mix, making this a very enjoyable cozy for mystery lovers and quilter's alike!

My grandmother's were avid quilter's. I tried my hand at it when I was young
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beatrice Coleman can’t believe she allowed her friend and fellow quilter Meadow Downey talk her into crashing a party at a Victorian mansion, in the middle of nowhere. The owner, Muriel Starnes, grudgingly allows them to stay and make their pitch for why their quilting guild would be the perfect fit to administer the quilting scholarship Muriel plans to fund. Beatrice feels uncomfortable and unwelcome among this disparate group of quilters and can’t wait to leave. Unfortunately, an ice storm hit ...more
Sep 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Quilt Trip is the 3rd book in A Southern Quilting Mystery. This book was all right, but I don't think I would ever re-read it. I have read both of the other books in this series and enjoyed them immensely.
Meadow Downey, wife of the local police chief, talks Beatrice Coleman into "gate crashing"a special quilting meeting. Nothing Beatrice says or does will make Meadow change her mind and turn around and go home. Upon arrival at the Starnes mansion the real trouble starts when a bad ice storm hit
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Quilt Trip is the third book in the A Southern Quilting Mystery series.

This is the first book I have read in this series and I really enjoyed the characters.

Meadow has stopped and picked up and are heading for Muriel Starnes mansion up in the mountains of Dappled Hills, NC. Meadow has learned that Mrs. Starnes has invited some quilters to her home to pick a quilting group to manage a foundation she wants to establish to promote the craft of quilting. An ice storm has started to fall about the ti
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Quilt Trip by Elizabeth Craig is the 3rd book in A Southern Quilting Mystery series and follows the pattern of the classic murder mysteries. An isolated crumbling southern mansion with secret passages and many nooks and crannies where the residents are cut off from the outside due to ice and snow, fallen trees, no electricity or phones and no phone reception. The village quilters gate crash a meeting of quilters to select someone to administer a quilting scholarship, not realising this was a rus ...more
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
"Quilt Trip" is a cozy mystery. It's the third book in a series. You don't need to read the previous novels to follow this one, and this book didn't spoil the whodunit of the previous novels.

Though set in modern day, it was a classic murder-at-the-mansion setup. A number of guests arrive at a mansion, someone dies, and they can't leave. Beatrice and her friends question the other guests to determine whodunit since they are a neutral party. Everyone had the opportunity to kill and secrets to hide
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was a great cozy read. A group of quilters show up at a crumbling Victorian mansion on top a high hill to meet with the eccentric owner about a quilting foundation. Muriel Starnes has terminal cancer and she used this ruse to make a blanket apology to some of the quilters she had wronged over the years. Beatrice and her quilting group were not invited but showed up anyway in order to throw their hat in the ring for the prize of having their guild manage the foundation.
An ice storm strands
I liked this one just enough to keep reading to the end, but as I was slogging through the slow moving plot (in places) I kept hoping that the author would fill those slow places with some information about the characters, their history together as quilters (since I am a quilter myself!) or pretty much anything besides the dwindling contents of the pantry. A few of the suspects seemed so similar it was hard to distinguish them, which made it easy to guess who the murderer would be. Also, I was s ...more
Craftnut -
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book was merely OK, nothing special, and in fact seemed to be a retelling of Agatha Christie's book And Then There Were None (originally published as Ten Little Indians). The quilters are trapped in a house in a snowstorm with a killer. The guilty party was very obvious in this one, not much mystery here, so the endless questioning of participants was a bit boring. Sad but I think this series has run its course with just three volumes. I really don't care about the main characters here, not ...more
Shelley Giusti
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Craig has done it again with her newest Cozy mystery ! Beatrice and Meadow as well as a few other quilters are stranded in Muriel's mansion due to the winter weather, Muriel invite them to come because of her health condition and she needed to make a few things right. when Muriel is found dead the next morning the ladies believe it is because of her illness and that she just died in her sleep, but Beatrice doesn't think that is what has happened and does some investigating on her own w ...more
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. It is an ARC that I won from the author. I liked the icy cold setting since it is getting to be that time of the year. I had not read the previous books in the series but I didn't feel like I had missed too much, the book is good as a stand-alone. But I will try to read the other books by this author. I enjoyed reading about the quilters' enthusiasm. I sure wish I had a picture of the Cathedral quilt that Beatrice was working on. The author did a very good job keeping me gue ...more
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received my copy from a first reads giveaway.

This was a fun, light read! I read it n one evening, because I got so caught up n the story. We have an interesting assortment of women stranded in an old house on top of a mountain for a number of days. Each character is interesting and like able in her own way, as well as easy to relate to.

Although the story stands on its own, I found myself wanting to find the other books in the series. I'd like to get to know the Village Quilters even better, a
Chris M
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was as ready to be rescued from this book as much as the ladies were ready to be rescued from the ice storm by the time this mystery was solved. Chapter after chapter no progress was made and I was as bored with quilting and worrying about the lack of appetizing food stores as everyone else. At least we had the comfort of knowing that the dogs were being taken care of in their owners' absence. I enjoyed the first two books in this series quite a lot more than this one.
Oct 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: real-book
2.5 stars but I am rounding up because of the Corgi on the cover. This one was not as enjoyable as the first I read. It was somewhat monotonous - upstairs, downstairs, and meal after meal. Maybe some of the story could have taken place before they went up the road to the manor? Also, I think I disliked Beatrice in this one. She seems to have become very irritable and a little snooty. Meadow is now my favorite character.
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun series. I especially like loony Miss Sissy, whose off the cuff ramblings often solve the crime. The fact that the main character is a retired art curator just learning to quilt helps too. The stories involve quilters but would be a good read even for someone who has never held a needle.
Oct 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, fiction
I enjoyed this book. Once I picked it up, it was difficult to put down, but I wasn't thinking about it or wondering about the characters when I wasn't reading it. It was a good "whodunnit" story that I recommend for a cozy evening.

I received this book for free as a part of the Goodreads First Reads program.
Gail Richmond
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not the best of this series, but enough suspense to keep the reader going. Meadow is still obnoxiously noisy. Beatrice has to use logic to uncover the murderer when several quilters are trapped in an old mountain Victorian mansion by a freak ice storm
Joyce Rawlins
Feb 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Story about ladies from quilting groups that are stranded together in an old mansion. Two murders are committed. Ladies can't wait to be rescued as they are afraid of being murdered also. It was a good book. Some parts were a little long in description.
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