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Product Details

  • Series: A Someday Quilts Mystery
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Original edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452295580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452295582
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Nell Fitzgerald, a 26-year-old New Yorker who's made a new life for herself in the Hudson River town of Archers Rest, looks into two murders in O'Donohue's artful second quilting mystery (after 2008's The Lover's Knot): that of Lily Harmon, a young woman found floating in the Hudson's icy waters, and that of Sandra Thomas, an art student whose strangled corpse turns up two feet from Nell's back door. The abrasive Sandra may have been having an affair with her teacher, Oliver White, a notorious womanizer and former drunk, who Nell suspects is the killer. Meanwhile, Nell and her quilting group worry about the romance developing between Oliver and Eleanor Cassidy, Nell's quilt shop–owner grandmother. Despite a warning from her new boyfriend, Archers Rest's police chief, Nell throws herself into the investigation, which also draws the attention of a nearby town's police chief. O'Donohue deftly weaves clever crime-solving with valuable quilting tips. (Sept.)
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Review

Named a "Notable Book" by Indie Bound, Nov. '09

"A captivating mystery, well told." - Mysterious Reviews

"A Drunkard's Path is the perfect read." -Bookloons --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Clare O'Donohue is the author of the Kate Conway Mysteries (Missing Persons & Life Without Parole) as well as the Someday Quilts Mysteries, which include four books and the e-story, Cathedral Windows. She is also a TV producer & writer.

Check out her website at www.clareodonohue.com

Customer Reviews

I like the secondary charcters story lines as well.
SusieB
I really had enjoyed my first adventure with them and I was looking forward to reading more about them and solving a new mystery.
Deborah
I sent the book back and got a replacement with the same problem.
Mary Byrnes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susan on October 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
the second in the Someday Quilts Mysteries and to thank the author for another excellent read! Having just re-read my review for The Lover's Knot, I can truly say "DITTO". The characters have all moved along in the wonderful way people do in life and, this one left me with tears in my eyes. (No spoiler here.)

The mystery, new characters, new relationships, new QUILTS, left me wanting to read the third installment soon!! To be perfectly honest, I ordered this book along with others due out in November and foolishly had them shipped together....HOWEVER, I couldn't wait to read this, found out my local library had it and borrowed it. I will, nevertheless, keep my own copy so it may sit alongside Volume 1 on the bookshelf.

My recommendation would be this: if you haven't read "The Lover's Knot" yet, do yourself a favor and begin the series with that one as it immediately takes you into the lives and hearts of all the characters I'm sure you'll come to know, love and enjoy...THEN move onto A Drunkard's Path and you'll be most pleased with the way the author has continued to write another terrific book.

ENJOY!!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By bridget3420 on September 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
Nell has just finished her first quilt and it's almost time for her date with the Chief of Police, Jesse Dewalt. As time passes, Nell realizes that Jesse isn't coming and their date has been cancelled without an apologetic phone call. Nell is frustrated but soon finds out the reason for Jesse ditching her. A woman has been found dead in a river.

Nell and her quilting friends have been discussing drawing classes and soon, Nell decides to join the class with Oliver White as her teacher. Nell introduces Oliver to her grandmother but soon wishes that she hadn't. She's had a bad feeling about him from the start. When a dead body shows up near her grandmother's house and all the clues point toward Oliver as the killer, Nell must act fast to crack this case and save the people she cares about.

This is a great whodunnit? book. You can't help but break out the magnifying glass and note the clues while reading this delightful mystery.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. M. Reed on October 5, 2010
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A good quilting friend of mine introduced me to these books. This (as the other Someday Quilts Mysteries) is a quick read, but holds one's attention straight through--in other words, it is a quick read because you don't want to put it down!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Davis on August 17, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The first thing that surprised me about this book was the eerie similarity with characters from another author, Earlene Fowler. Earlene's Benni Harper series was written years before the Someday Quilts series and features the main character, Benni, who has a relationship with the police chief and who has a famous photographer (Isaac Lyons) dating her grandmother. Seems too much of a coincidence to me. Very disappointing that the author couldn't come up with something more original.

Also, I agree with another reviewer who was surprised with the glib way that she (and the other members of her quilting guild) broke the law with 2 breaking and entering episodes. A serious crime and hardly believable. Even more unbelievable was that later, when her actions are discoverd by others, no one seems to get very upset about it, especially Oliver White, whose house she broke into. Add to that her petulance and unreasonableness with the police chief when he finds out and reprimands her for this, and the book goes from bad to worse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
In the next book in the series, Nell has decided to stay in Archer's Rest, help out at Someday Quilts and follow her dream of becoming an artist. Nell signs up for classes at the nearby college and hopes to take a drawing class being offered by a renown artist. The class is full but the artist has become smitten with Nell's grandmother, Eleanor, and tells her to just show up for the class.

Nell finds herself attracted to the local sheriff, Jesse, but he stands her up on their very first date. As she heads home, blaming herself for always picking the wrong man, she finds out the sheriff had a good reason for standing her up. The body of young woman has been found near the river. Jesse begs her to stay out of the investigation, but when a second body turns up, a woman from her drawing class, and clues seem to lead to the man who is becoming closer and closer to her grandmother, Nell can't help herself from following a sort of "drunkard's path" of clues in the investigation and the other circle members are along for the ride.

I LIKED IT!!!!

I love reading series books one right after the other, the authors and characters grow and evolve right before your eyes. This author knows quilting, she worked on the HGTV show, Simply Quilts, for four seasons, eventually becoming the Supervising Producer. But after reading these books I have learned that she is also quite a storyteller.

You can tell just by reading the author's words she is a true quilter that understands the tactile life of finding the perfect fabrics for the perfect quilt. She also knows how to piece together a good mystery. Stitch those things together, add a hint of romance and humor and you have a cozy mystery.
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