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Sew Deadly (Southern Sewing Circle Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I'm new to the party on this series. But the good news for me---I still have 5 more of the series in my TBR stack to enjoy! The newest being REMNANTS OF MURDER, released earlier this month.
I fell in love with Tori/Victoria and the people of Sweet Briar from page one of Sew Deadly. Ms. Casey kept me guessing through all 3 stories. Not only that, she kept me laughing! Out loud at times!
The members of the Sweet Briars Ladies Society Sewing Circle are different as night and day. The things they do have in common are, sewing, gossip and their strong belief in each other. Well, some stronger than others. But they always come around in the end.
Tori, the town librarian, along with her fellow sewing circle members, finds herself wrapped up in one mystery after the other in these three titles. But working together there is nothing they can't do, be it a group sewing project or solving a crime. I just wish I had this group of women around in my life. Luckily, I can spend time with them on the pages!
Each book includes sewing tips (Ms Casey gets some from her readers!) and a sewing pattern of the book's project. NOTE: You do not have to know sewing to enjoy these stories. And fans with book themes won't be disappointed. Plenty of time is spent in the Sweet Briar Library!
I can't wait to get into the fourth in the series to see what the ladies are up to!
Do yourself a favor...read this series!
Very pleased with this read! I was in the mood for something that would be easy to pick up when I had a few moments to read here and there. This was the perfect fit. Plus, I am a sucker for whodunits so I kept reading to solve the mystery. Will definitely check out the rest of the series!
Suddenly Tori is juggling a new job, a tentative new romance, a group of women who may (or may not) be her friends - and a murder investigation. Will Tori's much hoped for "new beginning" turn out to be nothing but a dead end?
This was quite cute and I enjoyed it despite some of the little hiccups that are pretty common in the first installment of a new series.
Pros: I'm a sucker for "starting over in a small town" storylines, and I found Tori an engaging and relatable protagonist. The author did a good job of giving Sweet Briar a distinct sense of place and the domestic details are neatly sewn (cheesy, but I couldn't resist!) into the storyline. I also enjoyed the romantic element.
Cons: I felt like too many characters were introduced into the storyline all at once, mostly through the sewing circle. It took a while for each of them to develop distinct personalities and honestly I kept getting them confused. I also wasn't fond of Tori becoming the chief suspect just on the basis of her finding the body - I don't know why this is so darned common in cozy mysteries. Not a big fan of the police being portrayed as bumbling, incompetent hicks either. The ending was a touch too saccharin for my taste, with Tori teetering on the brink of becoming a Mary Sue.
Bottom Line: Enjoyable. Definitely a "cozy" mystery with the emphasis on the characters and setting leaving the mystery as window dressing. I'm looking forward to reading the next entry in the series, Death Threads (Southern Sewing Series)
No strong language or sexual content.
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