Book Review: A Stitch in Crime

Posted by Katrina Roets at 9:00 AM

Friday, January 23, 2015

Thea James has accepted an assignment as co-chairperson for Larkindale’s first quilt show extravaganza. Juggling the new assignment with running her antique business, she’s already feeling frayed when things start to unravel.
Mary-Alice Wentworth, a much-loved town matriarch, respected quilt judge, and Thea’s dear friend, is covertly conked on the head during the kick-off Quilt Show Soiree, throwing suspicion on her guests. It also appears that a valuable diamond brooch has been stolen during the attack. The family is furious. But is it because of their mugged mother or the missing diamonds?
When a renowned textile expert goes MIA and the famous Wentworth heritage quilt disappears, Larkindale’s reputation as a tourist haven is at risk. Thea attempts to piece the mystery together and save the town’s investment in the quilt show before Mary-Alice is attacked again . . . with far worse results.

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I wanted to like this book. I really did. I have really enjoyed all of the other books in this series, but this one just didn't meet up to my expectations. For starters, the cover makes it look as if this is a Christmas book, but it really isn't. Then comes the character of Thea. For whatever reason, I just didn't like her. She seemed spoiled and whiney to me. I don't know. Perhaps the problem isn't with the book but with the expectations that I had for the book. I was expecting romance and there wasn't any. Instead, this book is a basic amateur sleuth whodunit type book. The story itself moves along quickly, but in the end, it just wasn't enough to hold my attention. If there was one redeeming quality to me, it was the character of Mary-Alice. I very much adored her and would love to read a book about her history and the love of her life, who clearly meant so much to her.

All of this being said, if you're looking for an amateur sleuth meets quilting and a serious love for her cat type of book, be sure to check this one out. Just because it wasn't my favorite doesn't mean that it can't be yours!

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I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts, comments, and opinions are my own.
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