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Product Details

  • Series: A Deadly Notions Mystery (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425258793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425258798
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“Small-town charm, big-time stakes…a winner!” —Laura Childs, New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Tea Revenge

"Cate Price's Going Through the Notions has everything I read cozy mysteries for—a terrific setting, a smart plot, and well-rounded, clever characters. Lucky us—it's the first in an all new series (Deadly Notions)—and I can't wait for the next one! Cate Price is a natural-born storyteller." —Mariah Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of The Long Way Home
“A fun and fast-paced debut filled with eccentric characters, quirky humor, and small-town drama.”—Ali Brandon, national bestselling author of A Novel Way to Die

About the Author

Going Through the Notions is Cate Price's debut, the first in a series of cozy mysteries featuring the proprietor of a small-town vintage notions shop.  She is hard at work on her second novel.  

More About the Author

Cate Price is a regular sight on the streets of her home town walking her two amazing rescue dogs, and enjoys gardening, antiquing, and cooking with friends. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America.

Writing the Deadly Notions mysteries has proven to be rather a dangerous project, because while researching auction houses, she also became addicted to bidding on box lots.

GOING THROUGH THE NOTIONS and A DOLLHOUSE TO DIE FOR are the first and second books in the series. The third, LIE OF THE NEEDLE, is coming January 6, 2015.

She loves to connect with friends at her website, www.cateprice.com, via email to cate@cateprice.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/catepriceauthor

Customer Reviews

The plot will keep you guessing.
Beverly L. Archer
It had really well developed characters, a good story, a mystery with a twist, and a funny dog.
If you like cozy mysteries you'll enjoy this book!

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Green on September 3, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Retired school teacher Daisy Buchanan (her mother was a big fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald) and her husband Joe Daly were on their way to an auction. Daisy was interested in two items: an old doll house and a vintage sewing machine. Both would look great in her shop window - Sometimes A Great Notion. They arrived in time to see the police leading a handcuffed Angus Backstead to a squad car. He had been arrested for murder. The sad thing is Angus had way too much to drink the night before, and he doesn't remember anything.

Daisy knows that Angus could not have killed Jimmy Kratz. Even if they did argue about Jimmy stealing some very expensive fountain pens, Angus would not have killed him. Betty asks Daisy for her help in getting her husband released from jail. Daisy needs to be careful or she could end up fleeced.

Things to Ponder: Where are the fountain pens? How did Angus get splinters in his hands? Why are Angus' fingerprints on the murder weapon?

Cate Price is a true storyteller. She paints a picture that allows you to get right into the story. This debut book is a winner -it is a fun, fast paced, page-turner that will keep you guessing whodunit. Cate does not disappoint. I hope she is busy planning and plotting the next deadly notions mystery. So if you like your mystery with a small town feel, then you should be reading Going Through the Notions.

FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kate Eileen Shannon on September 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I have read a lot of so called cozies lately. They were good, don't get me wrong, but they really weren't cozies. Some have been thrillers - it seems if you are female and write a series, you are called cozy because the publishing industry only allows a small percentage of Patricia Cornwalls. Or they were what I call `cozy lite', those zany mysteries written more for the humor than the mystery. Well all lovers of true cozies can rest easy now because a new true cozy author has joined the ranks. If you are a fan of Cleo Coyle's Coffee House Series or Ellery Adams' Books By The Bay Series or Susan Wittig Albert's China Bayles series or... well you get my drift, you are going to love Cate Price's Deadly Notions series. The characters are well drawn. You can just see Daisy's shop. You feel you could find your way around the quaint towns and villages in the area. The plot is very smart and you will be kept guessing. I recommend GOING THROUGH THE NOTIONS and I can't wait for A DOLLHOUSE TO DIE FOR to come out.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Melina Mason on September 3, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This cozy mystery was a little different than most cozies I read, but it was still very good. I liked the small town feel of this story, I liked how all of the citizens in the town pulled together to pull off the festival that takes place in this story. I also think that Daisy's shop would be a great place to visit.

Daisy was a likable character for me. When her friend, Angus, is accused of murder, she pulls out all the stops to prove that he didn't do it, even after everyone else in the town wrote him off, even his wife. I think this story was pretty realistic in the fact that the small town sheriff, who had a grudge against Angus, didn't want to look into the possibility that Angus was innocent. I think that happens a lot in small towns. When a detective from New York is brought on the case, Angus is found innocent, but we still don't know who the murderer is. Daisy still has to solve the case.

Full of quirky characters that I am looking forward to meeting again, I am anxiously waiting for the next book in the Deadly Notions Mystery series. If you are looking for a quick read that leaves you guessing and has a great small town vibe, then this is the story for you. Great job Cate.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Zendel on November 15, 2013
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Daisy Buchanan is a retired school teacher who spends her retirement operating a vintage sewing notions store in a small town in Pennsylvania. She has an easy-going husband, a self-centered 20-something daughter, an interesting quirky group of friends and a soft heart for people in distress.

I won some author swag in a Facebook contest (a hand-stitched dresser runner and some lovely nail polish). I do needlework myself, and the plot sounded interesting, so I thought, what the heck, buy the book.

It started a little slowly for me, but I was on the treadmill at the time and didn’t want to stop to get another book. It had good descriptions, entertaining dialogue, and realistic interactions between the characters, but the story just ... lagged. Then, about half-way through, the author introduced an outsider detective who really spiced things up and the book got a lot more interesting. In a departure from standard cozy plot, the detective actually respected Daisy’s insider knowledge, rather than patting her on the head, and valued her contributions. By the end I was hooked on trying to figure out who dunnit. I liked the resolution of the plot, and the resolution of the family conflicts. It was a bonus to get yard sale tips, recipes and craft ideas at the end of the book.

I give this 3 stars for the first half of the book, and four stars for the second half. I’m pleased to see book No. 2 will be available in May 2014. I’ll be pre-ordering it.
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