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Product Details

  • Series: A Someday Quilts Mystery
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Original edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452297370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452297371
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

CLARE O'DONOHUE is a freelance television writer/producer. She produced television's most popular quilting show, Simply Quilts, on HGTV, and she is currently producing and writing for a variety of television shows on History Channel, truTV and other networks. The Devil's Puzzle is the 4th novel in her Someday Quilts series. In addition, she has written Missing Persons, the first in the Kate Conway Mystery series.

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

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It held my interest to the very last page.
Miriam Livingston
Since I make quilts and read mysteries, this was a good book for me -- a nice "cozy" with "quilt talk" included.
Cecilia Roberts
I loved how the characters intertwined through the plot.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark P. Sadler VINE VOICE on October 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
Another beautifully written, well thought, and plotted cozy.
I went into this wondering how I was going to stay awake reading about the obviously boring subject of quilting in New England. I was already stifling a yawn when suddenly the skeleton showed up and suddenly no one in the town of Archers Rest was boring anymore.
O'Donohue carefully manipulates the small town folklore with the modern day gossips, and using the cliff-hanger approach leaves us at the end of each chapter with a little tidbit of new information that makes you have to read just one more chapter.
Nell, grand-daughter of the towns quilting shop owner, Eleanor, is the town's nosy snoop. She gains a little insider information into the curious goings on in town through pillow talk; her boy-friend in the town's police chief. When the skeleton is discovered in the grandmother's rose garden she has to fight to defend Eleanor from the rumors that she was the murderer. It turns out that everyone in town is harboring a secret and one-by-one Nell overturns the rock that everyone has hidden that secret under.
When she receives written threats on her own safety, and discovers that someone is secretly following her around town Nell turns up the heat. Not known for her tact, she treads on more than one person's toes on her way to the undeniable truth. When an attack on the niece of the dead man leaves her unconscious, lying in a pool of blood, the amateur sleuth realizes that the murderer is still alive.
In the fashion of a modern day Jane Marple on steroids, Nell puts together the final piece of the puzzle just in time to stage the quilting display for the town carnival and have the suspect arrested simultaneously.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
There is a lot going on in Archer's Rest.

First, Nell and Oliver are planning a huge surprise for Eleanor. They are going to replant the beautiful rose garden in her backyard and bring it back to the way it was before Grace, the previous owner died. But the surprise turns out to be on them as while digging up the garden they discover the skeleton of a human body. The mystery is started as Nell and her Chief of Police boyfriend, Jesse, start to gather clues to determine who the deceased was and how he came to be buried in rose garden.

Archer's Rest is also planing a a big anniversary celebration for the town. There will be a parade, a carnival, a quilt show, and fireworks to mark the 350th year since John Archer had founded the town that bears his name.

Add to that, someone is vandalizing everything from the school to the cemetery, and the rumors are flying around town about ghosts and witches.

As the clues and many secrets are revealed the job of sewing them all together may be too much for Jesse even with Nell's help. Thankfully they have many friends willing to assist them in solving this mystery.

My Thoughts
Visits to Archer's Rest are like a trip to visit friends. Friends that understand perfectly my overwhelming fabric stash and my vast collection of quilting books and magazines.

My favorite passage from this book, "We are all joined by needle and thread, by the usefulness and beauty of a quilt, and by the friendships that form because of it."

I love the way Clare writes, she describes the scene, makes her characters shine, threads together a complex plot with so many suspects, and keeps it all tight and real.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Love on October 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
This well-crafted mystery was a delight to read. The storyline kept me intrigued as it came to an exciting and surprising finish. The mystery plays a large part in this book, but it's the relationships and camaraderie among the residents that keeps me coming back. I love Nell because she is such a strong protagonist who is not afraid to be direct in her quest. With an endearing cast, great dialogue and the sense of small-town community, this is the best book yet in this character-driven and charming series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martha B. Stuart on November 8, 2011
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Another in a series of quilt related stories in which the heroine interacts with her friends in a quilt shop. She is one of those people who always has a lot on her plate and trouble seems so follow her no matter how hard she tries to avoid it. A good read for those looking to be entertained by less bloody mysteries.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I truly enjoyed this book all the way through. I never thought I would like mysteries but these books are light mysteries and I love the quilting references.
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By Carol I. Bowery on May 24, 2014
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Light read, enjoyable if you quilt and maybe if you don't. This is one of my favorite kinds of vacation, summer reading.
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This is another outstanding book by Claire O'Donohue. I have loved all her books and each one keeps getting better. It held my interest to the very last page. The QUilts, I felt like I were there with them. I could visualize there beauty. And the last QUilt my mom made before she passed away was a Cathedral Windows just like Grace and her name was Grace. Brought back many memories. And the mystery was outstanding. Loved this book and I would recommend it to all our quilters out there and especially my sister, another excellent quilter.
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