|Gorgeous cover which suits the craft theme of the book!|
August 2015, Kensington, 288 pages, Kindle, Review copy from NetGalley
Content: murder, major peril, lots of humour, a few scary parts, tissues needed
Summary from Kensington Publishing
Sorting through the estate of a wealthy recluse may sound like a fascinating task, but when the skeletons in the closets turn out to be real, Martha and her quilting pals wish they'd stuck to basting and batting. . .
Martha Rose is stunned when she hears that her best friend from high school has passed away. Her shock doubles when she learns that Harriet Oliver made her the executor of her estate. But when investigators determine that Harriet was murdered, Martha recruits her fellow quilters to help find the culprit. She's mastered the art of piecing together blocks to create intricate quilts, but piecing together her friend's murder will prove far more challenging. . .
Diving in partway to an incredible craft based series whose protagonist has fibromyalgia, which has a few symptoms like mine, was a wonderful way to spend a few hours. The humour filled read filled me with joy even at the darker moments of finding out that the killer from many years ago wanted to get rid of anyone who knows the truth. The high levels of friendship made it a delight to read. It was easy to relate to some of Martha's health issues, which in itself was exciting because reading books where the heroine has health restrictions doesn't happen that often for me. It's nice to have more elements in Martha's life that I can understand – the eerie parts freaked me out a little kept my reading to daylight hours only.
Previously I didn't know much about house clearance, so enjoyed learning about what happens in the process, as well as the strength of both the craft community and the wider community which Martha and her friends live in. Yes there is a fair amount of craft related work, which is crucial to solving the mystery of the suicide which turns out to be a murder. I enjoyed seeing how Martha figured everything out, how she narrowed down suspects, how she managed to gather all the suspects up together, and the odd mistake she made which demonstrated she is as human as the rest of us. This is one to reread, and to search out the other books in the series!
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