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Quilt or Innocence (Southern Quilting Mystery Series #1)

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

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    New Series Off To A Great Start

    I enjoy thrillers and chillers, but there’s just something about a cozy murder mystery with a theme that always draws me back. Born and raised a Southern, when that theme involves quilting it brings back memories of my childhood. Throw in a murder mystery and a cast of zany characters and you have the makings of a fun read. QUILT OR INNOCENCE by Elizabeth Craig fits this bill perfectly. Retired art museum curator Beatrice Coleman moves to the quiet town of Dappled Hills, N.C., to be near her daughter, Piper. Leaving the big city of Atlanta behind, Beatrice soon learns life is much different in a small mountain village. Knowing all there is to know about quilts, except how to make them, Beatrice quickly finds herself a member of the Village Quilters Guild. Just when she’s catching up on the local gossip Judith, the landlord of the Patchwork Cottage quilt shop, is found dead. It seems everyone loved to hate her. Now Beatrice has to use her expert eye to catch the killer. Author Elizabeth Craig has captured the essence of a small town with its zany characters, quirky ways, endless gossip, and helpful neighbors. Beatrice Coleman is a mature protagonist with a fun personality. The cast of supporting characters are unique and well-developed creating a neighborhood that is realistic and caring with an odd ball or two for fun. The action is fast-pace with twists and turns and a long list of suspects that will keep you guessing until the last stitch. Like Beatrice, you don’t have to know how to quilt to enjoy this delightful book. QUILT OR INNOCENCE is the first installment in the Southern Quilting Mystery series and gets the series off to a great start. The book also includes quilting tips and yummy recipes. In addition, readers have a sneak peek at the next installment in the series scheduled for release in early 2013.   Quilt Or Innocence by Elizabeth Craig, A Southern Quilting Mystery, Obsidian, @2012, ISBN: 978-0451237330, Paperback, 304 Pages FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

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    Beatrice Coleman has retired and moved to Dappled Hills, North C

    Beatrice Coleman has retired and moved to Dappled Hills, North Carolina to be close to her daughter. She had worked as a folk art curator and knows everything there is to know about valuing and displaying quilts. But she has never made a quilt herself and never really planned on ever making one.

    Quilting is a big thing in Dappled Hills, in fact Beatrice's new home is right next to the Village Quilters guild president Meadow Downey. Meadow insists Beatrice join the guild. She doesn't even have time to get settled before Meadow is dragging her to a guild meeting. It is there that she meets Posy, the owner of Posy's Patchwork Cottage and learns about Judith, the landlord everyone loves to hate. She wants to raise Posy's rent and if Posy does want to pay she will just find a new tenant.

    When Judith is found dead there certainly isn't a shortage of suspects. Beatrice may be able to use her fine attention to detail to help figure out who killed Judith. Hopefully before someone else gets pinned permanently.

    Dollycas Thoughts
    Quilters are passionate people, extremely passionate about quilting and they want to share their joys with everyone. I know because before my accident I was a very passionate quilter. I loved going shopping for fabric. I love the smell of a fabric store and rubbing the material between my fingers. Finding the perfect combination of fabrics and deciding on the pattern. The creative part, the construction, the quilting and completing the project can give you a personal high. It's addictive. I understand completely.

    That's why I actually felt sorry for Beatrice. She was ambushed by a group of crazy quilters who expected just because she knew about quilts she would want to make not just one but many quilts. They pushed and pushed, trying to get her to be just like them. They expected her to make a block for a group quilt when she had never picked up a needle. They thought she would be bored unless she was involved in everything happening around town. I found myself really not liking these characters through most of the story. I wanted to jump into the pages and defend Beatrice. Slow down, she hasn't even finished unpacking.

    As the story evolved there was one character that saved the entire story for me. Yes, she is quirky, opinionated and she will definitely keep you guessing whether she is all there or not, but circumstances threw her and Beatrice together and she took the time to get to know Beatrice and let Beatrice do things in her own time frame.

    The who-dun-it played out really well as Beatrice used her analytical skills to see things in strangers that long time residents completely missed. It's always those little things that trip a criminal up. Beatrice was on the spot to blow the whistle on the murderer.

    I am looking forward to the next book in the series and getting to know the characters and Dappled Hills better. Hopefully Beatrice will be more settled before the next tragedy strikes and she has had a little time to adjust to her new life. Dappled Hills may be small but with this cast of characters I am sure it will never be boring.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    I enjoyed this one completely. She has the cozy feel, but it is

    I enjoyed this one completely. She has the cozy feel, but it is a mystery with a real feel. I'm a quilter, I've seen the dynamics of the group. I zoomed right through this one because I wanted to know! Looking forward to the next one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    I love finding new themed books and I love a good mystery and qu

    I love finding new themed books and I love a good mystery and quilts and this looked interesting so I purchased it and it was so boring that I couldn't even finish it and I just put it on my pile of books to donate to the library for their book sale. Maybe someone will love this book but, I'm sorry, it wasn't for me :(

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Bummer.

    I bought this because of the cute title. The author should at least have learned quilt terminology before she started the book. She uses her own made up terms which are meaningless to real quilters. Waste of money. I won't buy anything she writes again.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

    I adore this book. This was a good mystery that had me followin

    I adore this book. This was a good mystery that had me following the clues along with Beatrice in this fast-moving whodunit. The author did a good job in delivering a well-designed mystery filled with plenty of suspects that quickly became a page turner as I had to know who did what to whom. With an intriguing storyline, likeable characters and entertaining dialogue, this is a great beginning to a wonderfully crafted series and I can’t wait for the next book. A bonus of quilting tips, one of which I didn’t know about, and recipes are also included.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2013

    I enjoyed reading this book. This town that Beatrice moves into

    I enjoyed reading this book. This town that Beatrice moves into is quite qwirky.  I like how all the ladies are very much into quilting and get along well that is except for Judith. Judith managed to start a fight before she left the quilting be and the next morning she is found dead. There are many people in the town that could have done it. Beatrice is having a hard time adjusting to her new retired life and to pass her time decides to try and solve the murder. You will be kept guessing as to who really committed murder until the end of the book. I look forward to learning more about this town and all the residents. I give this book four stars. 

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

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    An okay read

    An okay read

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