Portia "Po" Paltrow is out early when she notices things
seem too quiet along the Elderberry Road shops. She follows
her instincts and finds the dead body of Owen Hill, board
member of the Elderberry Shop Owners Corporation, blocking
the open doorway to Selma Parker's quilt shop.
Unfortunately, suspicion is swirling around the small
community of Crestwood and it's up to the quilters who
frequent Selma's shop to uncover who is behind the murder.
Po is a fascinating main character, and I love her spunk!
She's the main narrator of the storyline although we meet a
plethora of other characters, particularly quilters. It's
difficult in a first novel to fully develop characters and
Sally Goldenbaum has quite a few of them. I look forward to
getting to know each of the characters better as Kate
Simpson, Selma, Susan, Phoebe, and the rest of the quilters
are all very different in personalities but extremely loyal
to their friends.
A PATCHWORK OF CLUES is the first book in the Queen
Bees Quilt Shop mystery series. I love the quilting
aspect of the story line, and Sally Goldenbaum incorporates
it into almost all aspects of the mystery. I didn't know
much about quilting when I first started reading A PATCHWORK
OF CLUES, but Sally Goldenbaum has helped me better
understand the intricate work that goes into such beautiful,
handmade works of art. I can't wait to read the next book,
THREAD OF DARKNESS! If you love cozy mysteries and have
any interest in quilting, then A PATCHWORK OF CLUES is the
perfect mystery for you.
On her morning jog, Portia Paltrow comes upon the dead
body of antiques store owner and college professor Owen
Hill, sprawled across the back doorstep of Selma Parker's
fabric and quilt shop on Elderberry Road. The site of
their Saturday morning quilting bee just became a crime
scene. Violent crime is rare in the charming village of
Crestwood, Kansas, and rumors are soon circulating of a
burglary gone wrong. But who would rob a quilt shop? No,
Owen Hill has been murdered.
Selma and her assistant manager Susan are understandably
at loose ends over the crime. So while the tightly knit
covey of quilters—who range from a new mother to a wise
octogenarian—work together on a Crystal Pattern quilt for
Selma's store's anniversary, they also get busy stitching
together a patchwork of clues. But they'd better work
fast—before a crafty killer bolts . . .