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Going Through the Notions (A Deadly Notions Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – September 3, 2013
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“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.
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Daisy is now the owner of a shop called "Sometimes a Great Notion" located in a small town in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, not too far from Philadelphia and sells a variety of items such as vintage buttons, ribbons, sewing notions and vintage fabric along with many other very interesting items. She is married to Joe Daly and has a daughter, Sarah, who lives and works in New York.
I found Daisy's shop to be a place where I'd love to spend time browsing and chatting away with Daisy and her circle of friends even if some of them are a bit odd. It just makes them more interesting and makes the book more of a mystery with its you-never-know-if-this-one-did-it characters. Needlework samplers, small antiques and old books are right up my alley along with the customers and friends who meet there.
The author set the story up so that there are several characters who seem to have a motive for killing Jimmy. New characters enter the landscape of the story and each one seems to have a reason for murder. There is a very humorous and lovable dog in the book, too. Only the very end of the story tells the truth. The book has its suspensful moments as well as a few laugh out loud ones and also some romantic times with Daisy and Joe. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to cozy and general mystery readers. I am very anxious to read the second in the series.
Daisy Buchanan used to be a school teacher but now you can find her running her shop Sometimes a Great Notion which carries all kinds of sewing notions as well as antiques and jewelry. Luckily there is a local auction every Saturday and it’s a great place for Daisy to find items for the shop. When she and her husband Joe arrive at the latest auction it is to find Daisy’s dear friend and auctioneer Angus being led away by the police. He’s been arrested for the murder of a neighbour and apparently all over a set of expensive fountain pens. Just what is going on? One thing is for sure – there is no way that Daisy believes that Angus had anything at all do with it. Of course that also means she’ll have to set about clearing his name. Needless to say that is when the real fun begins!
I really liked Daisy. She’s a spunky fifties- something gal and a go-getter who doesn’t hesitate to get herself in trying situations much to her husband’s chagrin. She’s a loyal friend and is always looking out for others. One of my favorite parts of the book was when the dog Jasper comes to stay. He’s a puppy and we all know the trouble puppies can get into. Anyhow it brought back memories of my own pup. I also enjoyed the visits to the auctions. I spent a good part of my childhood at auctions as my uncle was an auctioneer and it brought back some fond memories.
If you like your cozies to have a small town feel and a great sense of community with characters you can’t wait to see again then Going Through the Notions is one you should definitely put on your ‘to read’ list. I really enjoyed it and will be anxiously awaiting the second in the series. I hope we won’t have to wait long!
While at a recent auction, Daisy's good friend, Angus, is arrested for murdering his friend, Jimmy, but Daisy doesn't believe he's guilty. Then again, the glutinous, dull brained local sheriff is sure that Angus is guilty and doesn't choose to entertain any of Daisy's objections or clues towards ant one else's guilt. Why? The town's variety of characters are willing to believe that Angus is a good man, but are convinced that everything points toward his guilt. Always helpful and compassionate, Daisy, may loose her family and her life before she can find the actual guilty party.
Lots of fun information about antiques and auctioneering adds to the fun of this cozy mystery. Family relationships are explored with emphasis on family conflicts and loyality. The tension ratchets up faster and faster until the twisted final solution. I love the variety of characters involved, especially the little puppy that causes havoc all by himself. Looking forward to the next one in this series.
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