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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?
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Quilts of Love
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Jennifer5 Stars Out Of 5Unbiased ReviewMarch 28, 2015JenniferQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am so pleased with Cathy Elliott's new mystery novel A Stitch in Crime. I have often wondered why people use the word "cozy" in reference to certain mystery novels. After reading this one, I understand why. There is something inherently cozy about this book- the way it wraps itself around you with its rich description, humorous word play, and characters that are not only relatable, but often provide a sense of inspiration to the art of living a spirit filled life.
Our main character Thea is faced with a responsibility much larger than herself when her Co-Chair position of the Larkindale quilt show gives her much more than she bargains for. It is a race against time as the events of the extravagant show begin to unravel one at a time. An attack on the beloved owner of Larkin's Treasure(a quilt rumored to hold secret riches) and the disappearance of a valuable brooch are just the beginning of what this novel delivers.
I would recommend reading this novel anywhere: anywhere you would like to be whisked away to garden parties that would make the crowd at Downton Abbey long for an invite, anywhere you would like to feel inspired by Thea's dear friend Mary Alice (who shows grace and mercy and the love of God in spite of dire circumstances) and anywhere you would like to laugh out loud at Thea's inner dialogue ("snarkfest", "prayer-slap", and "brooch-chucker" being among my favorites).
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5What's Amiss amid the Quilts?March 27, 2015MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Thea James is ready for another zany fling as she heads up a quilt extravaganza. Unfortunately, crimes get stitched into the quilting scene, and Thea seems once again caught in the middle of it all. A Stitch in Crime includes the quirky characters from her first book, A Vase of Mistaken Identity, and introduces readers to more of Larkindales citizens. This light-hearted who-dun-it will especially delight those interested in quilts, but the suspense and humorous happenings can bring enjoyment to all.
Cindy5 Stars Out Of 5A Stitch in CrimeFebruary 24, 2015CindyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a delightful read that I recommend to anyone who loves cozy mysteries. How can you lose with intriguing characters, beautiful quilts, antiques, and a who-dunnit that keeps you guessing? Cathy Elliott is a master at characterization and weaves a compelling mystery you can't put down. I'm looking forward to more of her books in the future. Curl up with your favorite quilt, a hot cup of tea, and get ready for an adventure.
*Disclosure* I received A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliott compliments of Abingdon Press and the author for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own.
MarianneWanham, AlbertaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5another great novel in the Quilts of Love seriesFebruary 14, 2015MarianneWanham, AlbertaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Stitch in Crime - Cathy Elliott Quilts of Love series
5 stars ***** out of five
Small town politics. Throw in a group of avid quilters, mostly older women because they are the ones who not only make time for it, but also thrive on it, and voila! You have a suspense story. Actually it is not all that easy. And though every town has its quilters, and it's politics, not every town has its suspense stories. I have been loving the Quits of Love Stories. I have not read all 25 of them, but would like to.
I am not organized enough to take on the role of Thea as the planner for the Quilt Show Extravaganza. I admired how she thought on her feet to solve the problems she encountered, and if I had half of that, it might not stress me out that I have trouble saying No. Small problems do not make suspense, but when you have them every time you turn around, they escalate. I would find it difficult to show unconditional love in some of the instances, but Cathy crafts an amazing story, with twists and turns that Caught me off guard. I will be looking for the characters to show up in her next book, because some of them are just too good to fade into the woodwork (or quilts)!
Thank you to Amy Lathrop at Litfuse Publicity Group, Abingdon Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and enjoy this book. I was given a free book in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.
VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Assault, Theft, Threats Mystery ThrillerFebruary 7, 2015VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Cathy Elliott in her new book, A Stitch In Crime Book Twenty-Five in the Quilts of Love Series published by Abingdon Press brings us into the life of Thea James.
From the back cover: Assault, larceny, anonymous threats. Who knew quilt shows could be this dangerous?
Thea James has accepted an assignment as co-chairperson for Larkindales first quilt show extravaganza. Juggling the new assignment with running her antique business, shes already feeling frayed when things start to unravel.
Mary-Alice Wentworth, a much-loved town matriarch, respected quilt judge, and Theas 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, Larkindales reputation as a tourist haven is at risk.
Thea attempts to piece the mystery together and save the towns investment in the quilt show before Mary-Alice is attacked again . . . with far worse results.
All Thea James wanted to do was expand her antique business. It never occurred to her that the quilt show would turn out to be so dangerous. I have news for you it never occurred to me either. This book is packed solid with mystery. The assault on Theas friend and the stolen brooch as well as the stolen quilt which may be very valuable. But it does not stop there as Thea cannot seem to find anybody to help and they seem to be acting in a mysterious manner. There is even a threat on her cat. Get ready for a mystery that will keep you guessing until Ms. Elliott reveals all to you at the end. Then you give out a satisfied AAh. This is a truly enjoyable read and I look forward to more from this very talented author.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.