Review of A Stich in Crime by Cathy Elliott

Leah Courtney
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A Stitch In Crime is another in the Quilts of Love collection from Abingdon Press. These books have been a mix of historical fiction, contemporary fiction, and suspenseful fiction, but they've all featured quilts or quilting, and they've all had a romantic story. A Stitch in Crime was a mystery/suspense surrounding the featured quilt in a quilt show extravaganza.


Because all of these books have been written by different authors, there are many differences in the writing styles. Some of them I've really loved, and some of them...not so much. A Stitch In Crime, unfortunately, falls into the second category.

The story is told with a one dimensional relaying of facts. There isn't any character development. We don't get to know the characters at all except through what they do. There isn't much of a romance to this one either which was a little confusing with the Quilts of Love. All in all, the story felt choppy, and I had a hard time really relating to any of it.

I give this one 2.5 stars and a PG for content.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Stitch in Crime
Abingdon Press (January 20, 2015)
by
Cathy Elliot


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cathy Elliott is a full-time writer who lives in northern California and whose cozy mysteries reflect her personal interests from playing her fiddle with friends to antique collecting and quilting. Besides collecting (too much) cool fabric, she also enjoys hunting for antiques and is several years into recovery from her eBay addiction. UPDATE: She backslid a while back, enticed to bid on a 1945 Singer Featherweight. (She won.) But now she’s back on the wagon. Except for the recent crazy quilt pillow purchase. She also leads music at church and enjoys time with her grandchildren.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Thea James has accepted an assignment as co-chairperson for Larkindale’s first quilt show extravaganza. Juggling the new assignment with running her antique business, she’s already feeling frayed when things start to unravel. Mary-Alice Wentworth, a much-loved town matriarch, respected quilt judge, and Thea’s dear friend, is covertly conked on the head during the kick-off Quilt Show Soiree, throwing suspicion on her guests. It also appears that a valuable diamond brooch has been stolen during the attack. The family is furious. But is it because of their mugged mother or the missing diamonds? When a renowned textile expert goes MIA and the famous Wentworth heritage quilt disappears, Larkindale’s reputation as a tourist haven is at risk. Thea attempts to piece the mystery together and save the town’s investment in the quilt show before Mary-Alice is attacked again . . . with far worse results.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Stitch in Crime, go HERE.



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