Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Death Among the Doilies (Cora Crafts Mystery, #1)” as Want to Read:
Death Among the Doilies (Cora Crafts Mystery, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Death Among the Doilies

(Cora Crafts Mystery #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  422 ratings  ·  141 reviews
“The perfect weekend getaway: crafting, food, and a murder or two!”—New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon

For thirty-something blogger Cora Chevalier, small-town Indigo Gap, North Carolina, seems like the perfect place to reinvent her life. Shedding a stressful past as a counselor for a women’s shelter, Cora is pouring all her talents—and most of her savings—into a
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by Kensington
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Death Among the Doilies, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Death Among the Doilies

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.85  · 
Rating details
 ·  422 ratings  ·  141 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Death Among the Doilies (Cora Crafts Mystery, #1)
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a new series by an author that I enjoy. The craft theme is still here, but it is a very different series. This series is set in Indigo Gap, a fictional town located in the mountains of western North Carolina. It is a small town with a great atmosphere. It has everything you come to expect from a small town in a cozy mystery including artisan shops, quaint restaurants, pretty churches, and so on. Cora, the main character, is a well-written, strong female lead. She had previously worked as ...more
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Setting: Indigo Gap, North Carolina


Cora Chevalier - Former counselor at a women's shelter, current craft retreat owner in the small town of Indigo Gap, North Carolina
Jane Starr - Cora's best friend, potter, and one of her partners in their crafting retreat business
Ruby O'Malley - An herbalist who lives at the craft retreat and also teaches there
Cashel O'Malley - Attorney, Ruby's son
Assorted crafters, victims, and suspects!
Plot: Life as a counselor to women who had experienced domesti
Carole Jarvis
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Death among the Doilies, book #1 in a new series by Mollie Cox Bryan, is an excellent cozy mystery. This story has character depth and emotion, humor, a vivid setting that almost becomes a main character, and Mollie’s writing flows easily across the page. I believe this is a spinoff from another series that I’m not familiar with, and I enjoyed it so much that I’d like to read more of Mollie’s writing.

There’s a lot to like in Death among the Do
When the stresses of her job as a women's shelter counselor become more than she can handle, Cora and her friend Jane decide to reinvent their lives in the small town of Indigo Gap, North Carolina. Both crafty, they decide to open a craft retreat business. But when Jane's fingerprints are found at the scene of the local librarian's murder, Cora must work to clear her friend's name before her own reputation meets an untimely demise.

This book pulled me in from the very first line! It was full of a
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
A craft retreat in the small town of Indigo Gap, North Carolina is the perfect setting for a cozy mystery series. It has the feel of an old fashioned “whodunit”. Cora Chevalier is, also, the perfect amateur sleuth to get this series up and running. She leaves her stressful life behind and brings along her close friend, Jane Starr, who is also leaving a stressful life in the past.

This story is filled with eccentric characters who make this story come to life. The mystery interwoven through each p
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Death Among the Doilies is the first book in the Cora Crafts Mystery series

This was an enjoyable start to an interesting new series.

Cora has left her stressful job of managing a shelter for battered women and has moved to the peaceful town of Indigo Gap. She purchases a Victorian house, which she plans to use as a crafting retreat. Shortly before the first retreat is to begin, Sarah Waters, the local librarian is murdered and Cora’s friend Jane, who is part of the retreat’s staff, is suspected o
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Craft blogger Cora Chevalier is ready to give up her work as a counselor and open a craft retreat center with her BFF Jane Starr. But when they get to Indigo Gap, N.C. they find a school librarian has been murdered, and the police put Jane at the top of their suspect list. Cora decides she needs to conduct her own investigation, to clear her friend to keep the retreat center from going under before it has a chance to get off the ground.

I liked Cora. She is a strong character and I found her to b
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
This is a cozy with some bite to it. Cora and Jane are running a craft retreat, and have given this venture their all, both in terms of effort and finance. When a murder is possibly linked to Jane, it threatens their business. Of course, Jane wants her name cleared, and Cora wants her business untainted by scandal, so both are determined to solve the mystery. Interesting characters seem more real because of their flaws and idiosyncrasies. An intriguing beginning for a new series.
Death Among the Doilies is the inaugural book in the Cora Crafts Mystery series by Mollie Cox Bryan. Set I in Indigo Gap, NC, the reader is introduced to Cora Chevalier. Cora is rebuilding her life after dealing with a difficult life situation causing PTSD. Now, she’s a craft blogger who is hosting a crafting retreat in her new abode, the Kildare House, an old Victorian home. The reader is also introduced to Jane Starr and her young daughter, London, who live in the carriage house. A talented po ...more
Kathy Dunn
Death Among the Doilies is the first in series by Award winner Mollie Cox Bryan. Cora and her friend Jane have bought the perfect place to create a crafting retreat business in a small town in North Carolina. When Jane is accused of murdering the school librarian and the police do not seem to be in a hurry to eliminate her as a suspect, Cora realizes she must do her own investigating to prove her friend is innocent and as well as save her business. As the dead body count rises, so do the suspect ...more
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
This is the first book inn the Cora crafts series. I think I have found a new series. Cora leaves her job at a women's shelter when the job becomes too much for her and moves to a small town in North Carolina. She opens a craft retreat with her longtime friend Jane and the housekeeper/cook, Ruby, who came with the property. The school librarian is murdered and Jane becomes the prime suspect when a partial fingerprint match matches Jane's. Cora doesn't believe that Jane is guilty. Ruby's son is a ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cora Chevalier moves to Indigo Gap, NC to 'reinvent herself'. After years as a counselor in a women's shelter she has found the perfect place to start a craft retreat location. Her first retreat is coming up and with her best friend Jane they just about have it all together. That is until the local librarian is found murdered and Jane's fingerprints are at the scene which makes her their prime suspect. Cora doesn't believe for a minute Jane killed anyone and starts her own investigation. I love ...more
Jessica Wilhoite
Really enjoyed this book - can't wait to read on... ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook, cozy-mystery
This was a great book. I'm so glad the book club I'm apart of picked to read it. I don't think I ever would have assuming it's not my type. Although there are craft talks and great tips, you can totally enjoy this book without being into crafting. Cora and Jane are setting up and ready to have their first crafters retreat. Things get messy but the show must go on! I love Cora and Jane. ...more
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
‘Death Among the Doilies’ is the fascinating first novel in the new Cora Crafts Mystery series by Mollie Cox Bryan. It is the first cozy mystery I’ve read by this author and won’t be the last! It takes place in the gorgeous, historic setting of Indigo Creek, NC.

Cora is a craft blogger who has gained a large following. After one too many panic attacks in her previous position at a women’s shelter, Cora purchased Kildare House, a spacious 3-story Victorian home where she and her best friend/busine
Melanie McKinney
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fabulous first book in a new series by Author Mollie Cox Bryan. The setting is a small town in North Carolina where Cora Chevalier and her best friend, Jane Starr, have renovated the Kildare House into a place for craft retreats. While planning and throwing their first retreat, Jane becomes a person of interest in the murder of the school librarian. Although the cops are working the case, Cora cannot allow her friend to go to jail for a crime she did not commit. Cora can also not allow ...more
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
**I received a copy of this upcoming book from Kensington Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

As an avid crafter, I understand the therapeutic benefits of creative endeavors. When I read the description of this upcoming cozy mystery by Mollie Cox Bryan, I knew I would identify with the main character! Cora Chevalier is a blogger, crafter, and former counselor at a women's shelter. She left her counseling position because the constant stress was causing her to have panic attacks
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Death Among the Doilies is the first installment in the Cora Crafts Mystery series. Coralie "Cora" Chevalier has purchased the old Kildare Victorian in the town of Indigo Gap, North Carolina. Along with her best friend Jane Starr and Jane's daughter, London and Ruby O'Malley, the elderly woman who came with the house, the woman are turning the old home into a Crafter's Retreat.

With the first retreat scheduled for only a few days away, Cora and Jane are shocked when Jane is suddenly under suspici
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is author Mollie Cox Bryan's first book in her Cora Crafts Mystery series and also the first book I have read by this author. I found this book very entertaining and a fun read! The story follows main character Cora, her best friend Jane, and a host of other interesting characters as they make their way into the world of crafting retreats at Cora's new home, Kildare House, in Indigo Gap, North Carolina. Having just visited the mountains of western North Carolina this summer, I was delighted ...more
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Down to earth characters embroiled in an intriguing mystery are the perfect ingredients which makes “Death Among The Doilies” by Mollie Cox Bryan a wonderful read! This new series, crafted by Ms. Bryan, seamlessly intertwines character backstories into the mystery which invites the readers to really get to know the characters without slowing the tempo of the book. The main character, Cora Chevalier is a woman that rebuilds her life after dealing with a toxic past. By opening a crafter’s retreat, ...more
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free copy through Netgalley, in return for an honest review.

'Death Among the Doilies' is a fast-paced read with a lot of romance and feel-good-crafts. In my honest opinion the romance was too much (Cora, who does not want men around with all she has seen, and Jane likewise, seem to fling themselves on every available man somehow). The feel-good-crafts were just the right amount, and I liked the way some of the women who came to the craft-retreat referred to Cora's blog. Apart from a
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great debut for this new series, is a book that is fascinating in its cover and inside its pages. I'm just learning the amazing world of scrapbooking and I love each object of DIY. I have really appreciated the helpful advice that are at the end.
Cora is trying to rebuild her life in Indigo Gap after a very difficult period. She is a craft blogger and has decided to open a craft retreat in Kildare, her Victorian house. To help her in this new business there is her friend Jane, she is very good at
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Characters from the Cumberland Creek Mystery series appear in this new series by Mollie Cox Bryan.

Cora Chevalier & her business partner Jane Starr along with Jane’s daughter London are new to Indigo Gap, N Carolina. Opening a crafters retreat center is a dream coming true for Cora and a fresh start for potter Jane. Cora’s Craft Retreats offer a wide variety of crafting opportunities, including up-cycling for locals and out-of-towners alike. Hiring local help; caterer Darla Day, Herbalist Ruby O’
Great start to a new series. Cora was a counselor at a women's shelter and decides to restart her life for health reasons. Her friend Jane with her daughter join Cora in starting a craft retreat. When a body is found and eyes turn to Jane, Cora steps in to help find the real murderer.
I admit at first I wasn't enamored with Jane but when Ms. Bryan lets us see inside Jane's head a certain points in the book, I enjoyed her much better because I was seeing her point of view, I found that a refresh
Peggy R
This is the first in a new series by author Mollie Cox Bryan and the first book I have read by this author. I very much enjoyed it and will be back for more. The story was well written with a plot and mystery that kept me engaged and turning pages. Plenty of clues and suspects to choose from in this mystery. I also really liked the characters. Cora and Jane are both a bit vulnerable due to their pasts but they have a strong friendship that really comes through in this story. The secondary charac ...more
April Schilling
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cora and her friend Jane are looking forward to the first crafter's retreat at their new home when the murder of the local librarian comes crashing in on them. Partial prints found at the scene match Jane's and with her past that includes an attempted murder charge, things are not looking good. Cora decides for the well being of not only her friend but their new business, she has to look into the murder herself. Will she found out who the killer is before the killer finds her?

This is the first b
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable

I really liked the idea of a crafting weekend complete with an old historic house. Loved the plot twists and never would have guessed the killer. I look forward to reading more of Cora and Jane 's craft retreats!
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books
Summary from Goodreads:

"For thirty-something blogger Cora Chevalier, small-town Indigo Gap, North Carolina, seems like the perfect place to reinvent her life. Shedding a stressful past as a counselor for a women’s shelter, Cora is pouring all her talents—and most of her savings—into a craft retreat business, with help from close pal and resident potter Jane Starr. Between transforming her Victorian estate into a crafter’s paradise and babysitting Jane’s daughter, the new entrepreneur has no time
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I was given the second book in this series to review, so that meant that I had to buy the first book to read first. Yes I'm OCD. I am so happy I found this series, I loved the idea of a craft retreat and I chuckled every time I read about the knitters, since I am a knitter. ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cora and her best friend Jane open a crafter retreat in North Carolina. Their pasts follow them and they have to solve the murder to clear their names and characters with the small town folks.

This is a more serious cozy mystery. The backstories of Cora and Jane are given and they are not sweet and cute. Serious stuff happened to them to make small town life look safer. I liked Cora, not so sure about Jane. She keeps too many secrets for my liking. I like the people they have gathered around them
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Cozy Mysteries : DEATH AMONG THE DOILIES Giveaway! 1 11 Dec 13, 2017 09:47AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Due or Die (Library Lover's Mystery, #2)
  • A Sprinkling of Murder (A Fairy Garden Mystery #1)
  • We Wish You a Murderous Christmas (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery #2)
  • Death by Coffee (Bookstore Cafe Mystery, #1)
  • The Diva Cooks up a Storm (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #11)
  • Reading Up a Storm (Lighthouse Library Mystery #3)
  • Word to the Wise (Library Lover's Mystery, #10)
  • The Cat of the Baskervilles (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery, #3)
  • Forget Me Knot (A Quilting Mystery, #1)
  • A Likely Story (Library Lover's Mystery, #6)
  • Read and Gone (The Haunted Library Mysteries, #2)
  • Hark the Herald Angels Slay (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery, #3)
  • Matchmaking Can Be Murder
  • Killer Cruise (A Jaine Austen Mystery, #8)
  • Prologue to Murder (Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery, #2)
  • Here Comes Santa Paws (Melanie Travis, #24)
  • Shelved Under Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #2)
  • Christmas Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #26)
See similar books…

Other books in the series

Cora Crafts Mystery (4 books)
  • No Charm Intended (Cora Crafts Mystery #2)
  • Macramé Murder (Cora Crafts Mystery #3)
  • Assault and Beadery

Related Articles

If you ask us, it's always the perfect time to lose yourself in a page-turning mystery. To help you sleuth out a new read, we asked the...
78 likes · 70 comments