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A Crafter Quilts a Crime

(A Handcrafted Mystery #3)

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Published February 11th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
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Natalia  R
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's winter in Heartsford, Wisconsin, and Sammy Kane is preparing for the annual Fire and Ice event with a live mannequin window display contest at her store, Community Craft. When a member of the quilt group dies during the contest, and her husband goes missing, Sammy, her sister Ellie, and her cousin Heidi work together to find the culprit.

I found this book to be an entertaining and fun read. I enjoyed the author's writing style and the cozy winter setting. The relationship between Sammy,
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)


So this is my first book my Holly Quinn and I mainly decided to read it because of the cute title. I didn’t know very much going into this book, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed it.

Quinn’s writing is fun and upbeat. It moves at a good pace and is very easy to follow. I think if you’re new to Cozy Mysteries then this is a great series to try.

I also really enjoyed the characters of the story. They all worked well with one another without being too overbearing. I think I
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Tracy Marie
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ng-ew-2019
This was my first book for me to read by Holly Quinn. There are 2 books that are prior to "A Crafter Quilts a Crime" in the "Handcrafted Mystery Series", but it's not necessary to read them in order.

This was the first book I have read in the "Handcrafted Mystery Series and was happy that I could easily "get to know" the characters. This is a fast paced read and can certainly be read as a stand alone. The story was well written and held my attention from beginning to end. I'm looking forward to
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Welcome to winter in Wisconsin and the fictional town of Heartford where the residents are celebrating with the annual Fire & Ice event. The shops are open late and the evening will conclude with a giant bonfire. Sammy Kane wants her shop Community Craft to really stand out and bring in the customers so she has asked a few of her crafters to take part in a “live” mannequin contest. The front window is all decked out and ready for the crafters to take a starring role.

Wanda
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Kristina
A Crafter Quilts a Crime by Holly Quinn is the third A Handcrafted Mystery. Sammy Kane has Community Craft ready for the town’s annual Fire and Ice event. Sammy dreamed up a live mannequin contest that will take place in her front display window. Sammy goes to check on Wanda’s progress and notices her lips are blue. Wanda is dead and her husband is MIA. When Ellie’s husband, Randy becomes a suspect, the S.H.E. team convenes. Sammy, Heidi and Ellie work to stitch together the clues that will ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Less than half way through the first book in this series, I knew and said it was going to be one of my favorites. Having now finished this third book, I stand by my word.

Author Holly Quinn has created something special with her Handcrafted Mysteries. With a good number of cozy mysteries getting “edgier” (Not a word I think of when I think of cozies), Ms. Quinn has stayed true to the roots of the genre, and I for one am thrilled.

A CRAFTER QUILTS A CLUE was a fast paced read from cover to cover.
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Christa
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
I found this one to be a fun one to read. This installment in the series has Samantha "Sammy" Kane running her craft store in Wisconsin and enjoying her time with neighbors and family. When a woman in the community is murdered during a festival, the sleuthing team of Sammy, her sister, Ellie, and their cousin, Heidi, is reactivated once again. The three first gave themselves the moniker of S.H.E. (based on their initials), and started looking for crimes to solve when they were children.

Once
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M. E. Gustafson
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s winter in Wisconsin and Sammy Kane is rapidly putting on the final touches for her display window of Community Crafts. Sammy has gone all out in preparation for the Fire and Ice festivities with the plan to have live mannequins creating a Christmas scene. All the volunteers are lined up and ready to go, with each presentation lasting 20 minutes. First up, Sammy’s cousin Heide, who did an excellent job by not moving, drawing people to the display as well as inside the store. Next is Wanda, a ...more
Kirsti
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book.

This wasn't my first foray into the world of the Sleuths of SHE (Sammy, Heidi and Ellie respectively) but I think I preferred this story to the last one I read. Sammy is still completely annoying and bonkers about her sleuthing, but I'm starting to just accept that and realize that these girls get away with stuff that many other sleuths don't even risk. It does have a heating up romance too, which doesn't hurt matters. I
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Micky Cox
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The S.H.E.'s are at it again and this time the gals will need to work quickly as it looks like Ellie's husband is the prime suspect! However, the girls find they are in over their heads when their "investigation" leads to kidnapping, murder, money and family discord! The characters are really starting to flesh out and become more fully realized which along with intriguing and entertaining plot lines that overlap in the book to create a multi-dimensional read that leads to hours of entertainment! ...more
Katherine
I really enjoyed that the novel was set in Wisconsin and that the murder mystery began early, quickly bringing me into the plot. The murder motive was interesting and I appreciated that it was very “Wisconsin”. The way quilts were tied into this book was also fascinating. My recommendation is to read the series in order and not begin with this book as it is the third in the series, so that you are familiar with the characters and their history.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the
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Jan
Ah, Wisconsin in the depth of winter with celebrations, lots of snow, biting cold, and. ..murder? Two sisters and their cousin get caught up in investigating the death of a friend and the apparent disappearance of her husband. It becomes a real tangle complete with misdirection, red herrings, and romantic issues with a policeman AND the detective! It's a good story and well worth your time even if I won't give in to the spoiler temptation.
I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked
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Holly Quinn
Nov 06, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I'm so exited that #3 in the Handcrafted Mystery series is now in production! The release date is Feb 11, 2020. However, A Crafter Quilts a Crime is up for pre-order at all your favorite retailers now!! YIPPEEE!!!!!!!!! Visit my website for links: www.authorhollyquinn.com
Bridget
I have read book two (A Crafter Hooks a Killer) in this fabulous cozy mystery series, so I was absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to read this third book - A Crafter Quilts a Crime. Just like book two, it has a little bit of everything on offer - a quaint setting in a quiet(?!) village, a cute craft shop, a knitting shop, and a bakery selling delicious cakes, cookies and hot chocolate. Perfect.

I loved the story-line -the plot was so engaging, the pacing was perfect and I was
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Christy
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed A Crafter Quilts a Crime. For one thing, I love reading books that are set during the winter. I don’t like winter because it’s cold, gets dark early, rains as soon as it starts to warm up, snows just enough to make driving difficult…I could go on and on. However, I like reading about it! It makes me feel warm and cozy, and I have zero clue why. Do you know what I mean? It’s like I told you in my Bonbon With The Wind review. I like reading about storms and tornadoes and stuff, ...more
Micky Cox
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The S.H.E.'s are at it again and this time the gals will need to work quickly as it looks like Ellie's husband is the prime suspect! However, the girls find they are in over their heads when their "investigation" leads to kidnapping, murder, money and family discord! The characters are really starting to flesh out and become more fully realized which along with intriguing and entertaining plot lines that overlap in the book to create a multi-dimensional read that leads to hours of entertainment! ...more
Dixie
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked so much about this book. The relationship between the sisters and cousin was heartwarming and their antics were laugh-out-loud funny. The community blends loveable people and crusty curmudgeons. The whodunit plot kept me guessing. But Sammy's lack of impulse control when it came to jumping into dangerous situations rather than calling in law enforcement professionals stretched my willful suspension of disbelief more than a little. Still, I recommend this for lovers of cozy mysteries with ...more
Tracy
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best one yet! Like a roller coaster, this story plunges you into a murder right off the bat and then twists and turns you through the suspects. No one would have expected the local yoga instructor to drop dead, and in a display window no less during the Fire and Ice event. Plus there is the S.H.E. girls who are ready to rumble when it looks like Emily's husband is a suspect. Of course Detective Nash repeatedly asks them to step back and let him do his job to the point where their friction is ...more
Kathy
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sammy Kane owns and manages Community Craft, a retail store on Main Street in Heartsford, Wisconsin. It's the best shopping night of the year, the Fire and Ice Event, and Sammy has a brilliant idea to attract customers to her shop. She asked the vendors from Community Craft to be live-mannequins inside the storefront display window. The plan goes awry when one of the mannequins looks blue despite the bright lights. Sandy, her sister and cousin, in their childhood formed an investigative club ...more
M. E. Gustafson
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s winter in Wisconsin and Sammy Kane is rapidly putting on the final touches for her display window of Community Crafts. Sammy has gone all out in preparation for the Fire and Ice festivities with the plan to have live mannequins creating a Christmas scene. All the volunteers are lined up and ready to go, with each presentation lasting 20 minutes. First up, Sammy’s cousin Heide, who did an excellent job by not moving, drawing people to the display as well as inside the store. Next is Wanda, a ...more
Toni
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: january-2020-tbr
4.5 Stars

This is the third book in the Handcrafted Mystery series by Holly Quinn.

This hit all my sweet spots: crafting and cozy mystery. The winter season is the perfect time to read this since the setting is all cold and snowy. A local quilter is found dead during a Fire and Ice even at Community Craft and when Sammy and her friends investigate they discover quite a underlying path of lies and deceit.

I was hooked from the beginning. Loved the setting and the whole crafting, quilting aspect and
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Fred
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Crafter Quilts A Crime is the third book in the A Handcrafted Mystery series.

Samantha “Sammy” Kane has been trying to come up with a store window display for the Fire and Ice festival to draw more customers into the Community Craft Shop. Sammy has decided on “live” mannequins to display the crafts they make. It seems to be working at foot-traffic is picking up. When Wanda goes in for her stint, everyone that comes in is commenting on the excellent job she is doing. Wanda’s time is up and Sammy
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Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-craft
Holly Quinn has done it again, another page turner of a book that leaves you wanting more and more!

It is the new year, the excitement of Christmas is over and people are planning to hunker down and keep warm, but there is one thing that most will come out for and that is the Fire and Ice festival, the shops stay open late, people wander round drinking warm (and in some cases spiked!) drinks and enjoy good food and a bonfire, oh and all the shops try to outdo each other with window displays that
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Rekha
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Winter and Snow in a rural Wisconsin setting is the best part of this story. Since this is a craft-themed cozy, I expected to see more of crafty details. The quilting group do make their presence felt. The victim, Wanda, was holding a quilt in her lap when she passed away - and yet, I didn't find the story inclined towards crafts.

The mystery is good. The suspense is well-maintained throughout the story. The story is well-written too. The kidnapping part of the story was, in my opinion, not
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Tari
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting mystery with a good twist that I never figured out. As much as I really like these characters, Sammy while lovable as a puppy, still kind of bothered me with how she managed to twist someone's words into something she was afraid was hurtful or what she saw as untrue. It's not like she was trying to do that for any terrible reason. I think she simply couldn't help it. Her lips moved faster than her brain sometimes, lol. It just seemed to continually get her in trouble with ...more
Maureen Timerman
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I enjoyed this read, my mind kept jumping as to whom the guilty party was, and then I would come to another conclusion.
Now this is my first book in this series that I have read, and no I wasn’t lost, and the author did a great job of keeping everything updated without being redundant.
Now I’m a quilter and also have a farm and barn, so right away my interest was piqued, and I loved the barn blocks, and the trail, and a wonderful job was done to make it part of the story. Even to putting the
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Lisa Morin
The S.H.E. Group is at it again in A Crafter Quilts a Crime.
The holidays are over and it's now time for the Fire and Ice Festival. Sammy has a wonderful idea for the festival, but when it turns into a gruesome event, the S.H.E group, which consists of Sammy, Heidi and Ellie, find themselves in hot water with the police department.
Events leave the group struggling to save relationships, loved ones and for one member, her own life.
This is a fast paced story and can certainly be read as a stand
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Ann
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
This is book 3 in the Handcrafted Mystery series. It can be read as a stand alone. Set in Wisconsin after Christmas, the small town has one last festival so residents can hibernate till spring. Sammy runs a craft shop in Heartsford and comes up with a mannequin contest for her front window. The town folk vote and winner wins a gift card for the shop. When Wanda dies in the window, it's not good news for Sammy's shop. A good cozy that's an easy read. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for ...more
Kelly Long
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, arcs, netgalley
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is the 3rd book in the Handcrafted Mystery series but it's the 1st one I've read. This book could be read as a stand alone book as the author does a good job of introducing characters and giving pertinent background information.
I enjoyed the lady sleuths and the pace of the book was great. It kept my attention throughout the whole book. I look forward to reading the previous 2 books in this
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Louise
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.



This is the second Handcrafted Mystery book I’ve read (I missed the first one) and they are pretty good, solid mysteries.

I really do like Sammy and the various relationships in the town. For me, with cozies, setting plays a massive part and I really liked the rural Wisconsin town the series is set in. I especially loved seeing it in the winter and I thought that Quinn did an absoultely marvelous job of
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