- File Size: 706 KB
- Print Length: 301 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (October 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: October 1, 2012
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008O53S1Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,179 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Patterson wrote a brilliant, suspenseful 'cozy mystery' from a unique angle. Avoidance of explicit sex and violence, emphasis on puzzle-solving over suspense, a small-town setting, and a focus on a hobby or occupation are all frequent elements of cozy mysteries. The precise boundaries of the genre are vague, however, and can use some traits from typical murder mysteries. Patterson has all the hallmarks of a cozy mystery, but also adds a twist of suspense. Her book brings to mind the Julia Spencer-Fleming mystery series of Russ Van Alstyne and Claire Fergusson. It's a similar concept.
Lilias Ruiz, the main character, is a bead artist who travels to craft shows and sells her bead work for a living. Make sure you take note that Lilias is a 'bead artist.' Don't you dare call her just a bead crafter! She'll take you to task for it as she has quite a temper.
Upon her arrival home from traveling to such a show, she walks into her house and discovers a dead man on her Mexican weave carpet. The police are convinced that she is the killer and suddenly Lilias finds herself hanging by a thread onto her innocence. But after her home is vandalized and her van broken into, Lilias begins to realize that she has something that someone wants. But she has no idea what that something is!
Determined to return to the craft circuit, Lilias is relieved to be accompanied by her 7'3" nephew who's on the run from an unwanted basketball scholarship. Along with the help of her colorful neighbor, Annie, a cutthroat attorney who means well and an overzealous FBI agent, they string together the clues and wonder if there really could be a gem in Lilias's collection of dusty old beads or if the killer is after something more.
This is a strong start to a new series. Characters were introduced particularly well. Lilias is a strong-willed, fiery tempered, woman who lost her husband two years ago. She still struggles with her grief at times and is heartbroken over her son, David, a con artist always looking for the next big thing. Lilias doesn't engage in much detective work until the middle of the story, when she finally becomes tired and angry of being attacked, frightened, and on the run. I really enjoyed Lilias as the main character. She has a strength, iron-will, and temper, as well as soft, tender side that usually remains hidden to the 'public.' It was easy to fall in love with her and root for her to defeat the bad guys.
I also found her neighbor, best friend, and fierce attorney Annie, and Lilias's nephew Toby quite likable and intriguing. Some of the characters were perhaps a little bit stereotypical of this genre (the disbelieving, bullish police and FBI detectives for example). At times, I wanted to smack the FBI agents for badgering Lilias, thinking she was the ring leader of the evildoers, but we are given a glimpse of history about the one persistent FBI agent as to why he is so hardheaded about pursuing Lilias. It shows the FBI agent as more than one dimensional which allows us to feel some sympathy for him and sets us up for some unexpected 'romantic' scenes towards the end of the novel. A genius twist on Patterson's part. Some small details were divulged about her con artist son, David, and I hope that in future books, this area is explored, as well as the potential romances.
Patterson is brilliant in her writing. The flow is smooth, engaging, and intriguing. I always wanted to keep turning the pages to know what happens next. I did figure out the whodunit before the book was over, but not the why or how. Despite this, I still wanted to keep reading! I had to know if I was right or not, of course. And how it all happened.
If you want a easy, light-hearted, but suspenseful, 'cozy' mystery, Patterson's Beaded to Death is the perfect read.
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At every turn in this book there is a new twist that leaves you in suspense. The book leaves you guessing from beginning to the very last chapter. This book has a awesome sort of spunk that makes for an incredible adventure. It's packed full of hidden secrets, lies, scandals and strength as well as a slight hint of love for family and friends
Poor Lilias is just a average jewelry maker, traveling from art show to art show. She comes home to a horrific scene. The tragedies don't end there, they seem to follow here everywhere leaving her the primary suspect of an investigation she was merely a victim of.
Be prepared to keep analyzing the information because what you think is never what's really going on. All the danger and excitement leaves you shaking right along Lilias side with anxiety about where it will lead her next.
Janis Patterson is an extraordinary, creative and wise author. Janis seems to have a vast knowledge of the world around us and it's evident in her work. She gave her characters a vast spread of personalities to make this book a most interesting read. I don't just recommend this book to others, I strongly encourage everyone to read it and enjoy the journey too.
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