A Crafter Quilts a Crime: A Handcrafted Mystery
by Holly Quinn
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A Crafter Quilts a Crime: A Handcrafted Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (February 11, 2020)
Perfect for fans of Betty Hechtman and Maggie Sefton, Holly Quinn’s third Handcrafted mystery aspires to wrap you in its warmth.
Community Craft proprietor Sammy Kane must piece together a patchwork of clues when a “live” mannequin ends up stone-cold dead.
Snowcapped pines and glittery dusted sidewalks adorn tranquil Heartsford, Wisconsin, while residents cuddle beneath heirloom quilts in front of cozy wood fires. But come the next day, the below-zero temperatures won’t keep the locals away from Heartsford’s annual Fire & Ice event. To boost customer traffic at Community Craft’s one-night-only sale, Samantha “Sammy” Kane persuades a few of the craftspeople who sell their wares at the store to participate in a live mannequin window display contest.
Local quilter Wanda Wadsworth emerges as a favorite to win the contest, as she manages to not move a muscle for an unusual amount of time. Onlookers outside the window try everything to get her to crack–tapping on the glass and making funny faces–but nothing disrupts Wanda’s stillness. When the eagle-eyed spectators realize Wanda isn’t breathing, a blanket of grief and fear descends upon the wintry town.
Detective Liam Nash can’t seem to piece the clues together. Fortunately, Sammy’s cousin, Heidi, and her sister, Ellie, are on hand to reconvene their detective team, S.H.E. They set out to solve Wanda’s untimely death before the case grows as icy as a sub-zero Wisconsin winter. But they are all too aware that the killer is too close for comfort.
My review of A Crafter Quilts a Crime
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, but I don’t want it to happen to me!
Well, A Crafter Quilts a Crime is set in mid-January where temperatures in Wisconsin are way below zero! And, I think I have it bad in Ohio?! Those temperatures come into play during the book as Sammy, Heidi and Ellie (AKA S.H.E.) try to figure out what happened to Wanda Wadsworth. Of course, they’re not supposed to be trying to find this out since they’re not police, and it’s dangerous! That doesn’t stop their inquisitive minds though…especially when the police think Ellie’s husband might be involved.
Though this is the first book I’ve read in the A Handcrafted Mystery series, it was easy for me to get a grip on the characters. I appreciate when authors don’t give you major plot points from the prior books because I like to go back to read the ones I’ve missed sometimes. Holly Quinn does a great job of developing the characters enough for us to understand and know them without giving away too much of what happened (like who the murderers are) before.
A Crafter Quilts a Crime is a cozy mystery that you’ll get through quickly since you won’t want to put it down! I definitely recommend you check this one out soon.
About the author
Holly Quinn has published two stand-alone fiction novels in another persona. She graduated from Carroll University in Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in business and a minor in marketing. This is her second Handcrafted mystery. Visit her @ www.authorhollyquinn.com
Author Links –
Website – www.authorhollyquinn.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/HollyQuinnbooks/
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