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A Patchwork of Clues

(Queen Bees Quilt Shop Mystery #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  581 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Small-town quilters look for a killer's pattern in this delightful new series by the national bestselling author of the Seaside Knitters mysteries . . .
On her morning jog, Portia Paltrow comes upon the dead body of antiques store owner and college professor Owen Hill, sprawled across the back doorstep of Selma Parker's fabric and quilt shop on Elderberry Road. The s
Kindle Edition, 157 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Lyrical Underground
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Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery, arc
A Patchwork of Clues by Sally Goldenbaum is the beginning of what I hope is a long running new cozy series. Ms. Goldenbaum is a "new to me" author and I thoroughly enjoyed this first book.

The well-crafted story introduces the members of the quilting bee held in the back room of the Queen Bee Quilt Shop. The characters are a variety of ages and backgrounds but their love of quilting and their friendships are strong. I liked each woman and was glad that Ms. Goldenbaum took her time to introduce ea
Peggy R
I have been wanting to give this author a try so when I saw she had a new cozy mystery series debuting in June I thought I would give it a try. I like the author's writing style and the characters in this new series. This is a group of diverse women brought together by their love of quilting in a local quilt group. There is really a character for everyone in this book. They are all likable. The author did a good job of introducing the characters and providing their backstory and laying the groun ...more
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

Firstly, three stars is a rather low rating for me, but it wasn't because this book was bad exactly. It was just so slow to get into the mystery, and spent far too long on each character and their sweaters than I had time for. I wanted some sleuthing to get done, but it was a long while into the book before anything on that count was even attempted. I get that it was setting us up to know the characters, but the suspense w
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
A Patchwork of Clues is the first in this new quilting series. I really enjoy crafting cozies and this is a new author for me. I liked that the murder happened early in the story. However, solving it seemed to be put on the back burner as the author spent so much time describing all the various characters--too many for me.. I liked that the main character, Po, was a widow in her 60's--so she was more relatable to me than a 20-something owning her own business, but I just didn't connect with the ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Correcting an error (thank you Linda for letting me know!) that I was thinking this was a continuation of the original series, when it's simply a revamping with new titles and covers. I even noticed on the Amazon order page that it does state the previous title. But when I was thinking it was a continuation, I remembered having this one in my TBR and was very happy to find that it's much like her Seaside Knitters series, meaning that there's a group of awesome friends of all ages who get togethe ...more
A Patchwork of Clues is a cute, lighthearted cozy mystery. Po Paltrow is a strong female character and I like that she is an older protagonist (60s). It provides a different perspective. The quilters are various ages and have diverse personalities (a character for every reader). They are friendly group of women who support each other. It is cute how Po, with help from the other ladies, is working to set up her goddaughter, Kate Simpson with Officer PJ Flanigan. The author took the time to establ ...more
Jerri Cachero
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Crafting mysteries are a favorite of mine and A Patchwork of Clues didn't disappoint. I enjoyed the characters, mystery and the quilting theme.

When Po (Portia Paltrow) and her group of quilters, tackle the murder of a beloved college faculty member, the adventure begins! I loved the range in ages, backgrounds and quilting experience in the book. There is a character for every reader - my favorite was Po, a "60 something" writer who serves as the center of the group and loves to jog and enjoy lif
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Portia finds the dead body of antiques store owner Owen Hill, the quilter’s group is puzzled by the idea that someone would break into a quilt store instead of one of the more expensive stores. The quilters work on a crystal pattern quilt for Selma’s store as they try to figure out who murdered Own and why. With the wide ages of the quilters there are several interesting side stories. I look forward to the next in the series. 0
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
This is the first book in the Queen Bees Quilt Shop series by Lyrical Underground. It had previously been published as “The Murders on Elderberry Road.” This is an updated and renamed version.

I have to admit that I am the biggest crafty fanatic around, although quilting is not my particular jam. My great aunt is a quilting guru. So, I am not unfamiliar with this world.

There is a lot going on here. LOTS of characters. I had a hard time distinguishing ages between residents since there seemed to b
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
On her morning jog, Portia Paltrow comes upon the dead body of antiques store owner and college professor Owen Hill, sprawled across the back doorstep of Selma Parker's fabric and quilt shop on Elderberry Road. The site of their Saturday morning quilting bee just became a crime scene. Violent crime is rare in the charming village of Crestwood, Kansas, and rumors are soon circulating of a burglary gone wrong. But who would rob a quilt shop? No, Owen Hill has been murdered.

The quilting ladies deci
The Cozy Review
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: Queen Bees Quilt Shop - Book 1
Author: Sally Goldenbaum
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Hobby/Writer
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Page Count: 155

New (re-issue)from Lyrical Press Sally Goldenbaum’s first book in her “Queen Bees Quilt Shop Mystery ” series, A Patchwork of Clues is an easy to read, entertaining book with great characters and a wonderful setting.

Portia (Po) is a woman on a mission, she is
Karen Hollins-Stallman
I love a mystery that has a crafty theme, "A Patchwork of Clues" is the first book in the Queen Bees Quilt Shop Mystery series by Sally Goldenbaum. This is my first book by this author, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I enjoyed it.

The story was a little slow to get started as murder was in first chapter but wasn't till 2/3rds of the way through that they decide to sleuth. (only reason why I gave 3 stars)

But with that said the mystery is interesting and I loved the characters which are well
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murders on Elderberry Road (Hardcover)
by Sally Goldenbaum (Goodreads Author)

One of SG's early books (2003), Murders on Elderberry Road is the first in the Queen Bees Quilting mysteries. A good mix of characters and character introductions without the tediousness sometimes seen in first books for setup. I can definitely see elements that make it into the Seaside Knitters books.

I really like escaping into Sally Goldenbaum's books, it's like visiting with friends old and new.
If you like cozy my
RO G'ma
A Patchwork of Clues is the first book in Sally Goldenbaum’s Queen Bees Quilt Shop series. The author did a good job of introducing a diverse group of likable, caring, and giving characters and providing their backstories, which makes for a good foundation for the series, but I felt there was too much background and not enough mystery. The discovery of a murder victim occurs in the first chapter; however, no amateur sleuthing occurs until the last third of the book. That said, I enjoyed reading ...more
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
"A Patchwork of Clues" earns 5/5 Colorful Quilt Patches...Engaging Fun!

Sally Goldenbaum has penned quite the complex mosaic of an engaging murder mystery and rich, even quirky, characters with a fun camaraderie that kept me totally engaged. Selma Parker's fabric and quilt shop, the creative center for an eclectic group of women dubbed the Crestwood Quilters, has become a crime scene. The victim's desire to spruce up the business district had led to arguments and hard feelings, but murder? The po
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Much like the ladies in the Seaside Knitters in this author's other series, this is another awesome group of women who have each others' backs no matter what. It doesn't hurt that they all seem to like a good mystery as well. It seemed like a larger group of characters to get to know, but by the end of the book I definitely knew that Po as the unspoken leader of the group was my favorite. She had an amazing sense of family and loved to surround herself with her friends whom she considered to be ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first book of a new series, Queen Bee Quilt Shop was slow going as each member of the quilt group was introduced with a personal background.
Portia Paltrow is jogging through an area and when she reaches Elderberry road and its shops she found Owen Hill murdered body in the entrance of Selma Parker's shop, the site of the quilting group. The story takes several turns as the quilting group learns about the different opinions of the shop owners. Owen Hill was in charge of the Elderberry Shops O
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

In a small Kansas college town, a popular professor and public figure is found dead in the back of a store. An Aunt and niece duo start poking around, as the murders continue. This business of murder to cover up other murders seems logical in the mystery genre, but doesn't really seem to happen all that often.

The sections on quilts were educational.
Linda Smatzny
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This story is set in Crestwood, Kansas and features a group of quilters who get involved with a murder in their college town. I received my free Kindle download thru the Goodreads First Reads program. The book is an easy read.
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it

As a fan of Sally Goldenbaum's Seaside Knitters books, I was looking forward to this series. This first book was disappointing. It was slow going and never really grabbed my attention. I will read the second book and hope it is better.
Amy Ingalls
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy, giveaways
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

The author spent a good deal of time introducing us to the town and its inhabitants. I appreciated that, because there were a good number of characters. I feel like the reader got to know who each person was and I had little trouble keeping them apart in my mind. This provided a good foundation for future books in this series.

As for the mystery itself, the bad guy wasn't too difficult to figure out, but it was still a good cozy and I enjoyed reading it.
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
The first thing wrong with this book is the beginning. The author has drawn pictures of the characters, along with mini-bios. I thought the idea of a book was to describe the characters, and allow you to picture them in your own mind as you see them. As a matter of fact, none of the 'drawn characters' fit their later descriptions in the book; (i.e., Phoebe LOOKS a lot older than she is supposed to be in the book). It really spoils the enjoyment of reading. Note to author: You can leave in the bi ...more
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
While I liked the setting and the women of the quilting circle, I found the plot disappointing. I was able to figure out who the culprit is fairly early (and I am not generally good at that!) but a bigger problem for me was the unrealistically naive (or incompetent) police force! Come on, (view spoiler) ...more
3.5 stars. This book started off a bit rough - there are 8 "Bees" and I couldn't keep any of them straight, especially when they started throwing children's names in too! But, eventually, I got to know most of the characters and ended up really liking the book!
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fun mystery about a quilting group that manages some pretty good detecting. There are several possible suspects, but the culprit turns out to be a surprise, even though the explanation was there.

Portia Paltrow (Po) goes on her jog through the alley by the Elderberry shops. She discovers the body of Owen Hill, on the doorstep of Selma Parker's fabric and quilt store. He was a wealthy professor at the college and owner of an antique store on the street. He was killed late during the nigh
Barbara Sousa
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
A Patchwork of Clues is a light, entertaining cozy mystery. It is the first book in Sally Goldenbaum’s “Queen Bees Quit Shop” mystery series, and a promising one at that. Po Paltrow, a 60-something widow, is the main viewpoint character. She along with her group of quilters find themselves with a mystery to solve when a beloved college professor is murdered. Goldenbaum does a good job of providing clues and red herrings, and, although I had settled on the culprit early on in the book, the variou ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Patchwork of Clues by Sally Goldenbaum is a delightful new cozy series with a quilting theme for all that love crafts and quilting. Ms. Goldenbaum is a favorite cozy author of mine so I was thrilled to read this for review. Thank you for the ARC to the publisher and to Net Galley. My opinions are my own.,

The new series introduces the members of a quilting bee at the Queen Bee Quilt Shop run by Po Paltrow. . Po is right away a favorite of mine as she is in her vital 60's and the center of thei
I enjoy reading about knitting and quilting mysteries even though I can barely sew on a button or hem a skirt and knit one, purl one is as far as I can get with knitting. Sally Goldenbaum's Seaside Knitter's Society series is one of my favorites and I was glad to get an advance copy of this new series. As the first book in this, so far, three book series, it is a bit slow even though the crime is front and center very early on. The victim owns an antique store and teaches at the local college. W ...more
Susan Johnston
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Princess Fuzzypants here: Portia or Po, and her merry band of quilters must solve the murder of the beloved college professor whose body Po finds at the back door of the quilting store she frequents. It turns out bodies are not good for business and soon the shop is suffering from a lack of anything but curiosity seekers. It’s been a mainstay for 50 years. The quilters are making something special to celebrate but decide their sleuthing talents are even more valuable to the owner if it can save ...more
A Patchwork of Clues by Sally Goldenbaum
Book #1: Queen Bees Quilt Shop Mystery Series
Source: Purchase
Rating: 2/5 stars


The Bottom Line: Cozy mysteries are among my favorite books because they tend to be lighter, quirkier, set in a small town, and full of fun characters who become very real to me by the end of the read. While some of this holds true for A Patchwork of Clues, not all came through as successfully as I would have liked. The small-town setting is lovely, and I especiall
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Sally Goldenbaum is a philosophy teacher, knitter, editor, and the author of more than two-dozen novels.

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