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Sew Deadly (Southern Sewing Circle Series #1)

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5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

The first Southern Sewing Circle amateur sleuth is an enjoyable regional whodunit

After seeing her fiancé with another woman at their engagement party, Tori Sinclair moved to isolated Sweet Briar, South Carolina. As the newcomer in town, the transplanted Yankee librarian knows the eyes of the world are upon her not just due to her roots; the fo...
After seeing her fiancé with another woman at their engagement party, Tori Sinclair moved to isolated Sweet Briar, South Carolina. As the newcomer in town, the transplanted Yankee librarian knows the eyes of the world are upon her not just due to her roots; the former librarian was forced to retire so Tori stands in judgment with the Sword of Damocles hovering over her. Making matters worse, her predecessor Dixie Dunn spreads lies about Tori.

At a sewing social, Diane gives Tori dirty looks and makes sarcastic comments about the new resident. Tori has a dream for a special place for children to get them to read and she gets the board's approval in spite of Dixie's caustic opposition. Tori finds the body of the town's sweetheart Tiffany Ann at her back door. Inspector Daniel McGuire leads the inquiry with Tori as his prime suspect because rumors state she is after third grade teacher Mike who the victim loved. Most of the townsfolk assume Tori is the killer as they believe all the innuendos and rumors. Tori believes she must identify the culprit before she is either arrested or run out of town.

There is more than one murder for Tori to cope with; but what drives her batty is the bulb on her porch keeps disappearing; her appointment book and a slide projector vanish. The people want to know who the killer is before they allow Tori any welcome. Thus the local support cast brings realism to the plot as they seem like us. The first Southern Sewing Circle amateur sleuth is an enjoyable regional whodunit starring a reluctant heroine and the locals ready to lock her away.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on June 5, 2009

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing

Way too many southern stereotypes and a wimpy leading lady. Won't be reading any more of these.

posted by calvin1 on June 29, 2012

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

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    A delightful Southern mystery that is a joy to read!

    Victoria "Tori" Sinclair is thrilled to begin her new job as head librarian of Sweet Briar, South Carolina's library. Not only is it a new challenge for her, its also chance to start her life over again after a devastating end to a romance.

    As a newcomer to town, as well as being a "Northerner," Tori is having a difficult time settling into her new home and making friends. An avid sewer, she is thrilled to be invited to join the local sewing circle, but is dismayed to discover the former librarian, the woman whose job Tori has just assumed, is also a member of the group.

    But the discomfort of trying to make new friends will soon be a minor inconvenience compared to what is about to turn Tori's life upside down. After finding the town's sweetheart dead behind the library, Tori is the number one suspect in the murder.

    Determined to find the true culprit, Tori finds understanding and help from a 3rd grade teacher, a bossy grandmother, a few of her sewing friends and a darling little girl named Lulu. Will she be able to stitch together enough clues to clear her name?

    "Sew Deadly" was a pure delight from start to finish. Casey captures the true essence of "Southern-ness" from the sweet tea right down to the "bless your hearts." This is such a comfortable novel that readers will feel right at home on Tori's front porch, if she can ever find a bulb for the light. And the gorgeous artwork on the cover is taken right from the description of Tori's living room - just perfect.

    I look forward to the next installment of this dandy series.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2009

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    The first Southern Sewing Circle amateur sleuth is an enjoyable regional whodunit

    After seeing her fiancé with another woman at their engagement party, Tori Sinclair moved to isolated Sweet Briar, South Carolina. As the newcomer in town, the transplanted Yankee librarian knows the eyes of the world are upon her not just due to her roots; the former librarian was forced to retire so Tori stands in judgment with the Sword of Damocles hovering over her. Making matters worse, her predecessor Dixie Dunn spreads lies about Tori.

    At a sewing social, Diane gives Tori dirty looks and makes sarcastic comments about the new resident. Tori has a dream for a special place for children to get them to read and she gets the board's approval in spite of Dixie's caustic opposition. Tori finds the body of the town's sweetheart Tiffany Ann at her back door. Inspector Daniel McGuire leads the inquiry with Tori as his prime suspect because rumors state she is after third grade teacher Mike who the victim loved. Most of the townsfolk assume Tori is the killer as they believe all the innuendos and rumors. Tori believes she must identify the culprit before she is either arrested or run out of town.

    There is more than one murder for Tori to cope with; but what drives her batty is the bulb on her porch keeps disappearing; her appointment book and a slide projector vanish. The people want to know who the killer is before they allow Tori any welcome. Thus the local support cast brings realism to the plot as they seem like us. The first Southern Sewing Circle amateur sleuth is an enjoyable regional whodunit starring a reluctant heroine and the locals ready to lock her away.

    Harriet Klausner

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

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    A great new series

    This book introduces great characters in a small southern town. The banter between the older women and the hint of romance in the younger crowd is fun and leaves a lot of room for future books. As far as the mystery, it keeps you guessing--I changed my suspect a number of times as I read on. Give it a read, it will leave you wanting the next one!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    You see before you a wasteland. Once, this place was obviously a bustling, shining city, filled with people, but now, all has been covered in rust and decay. Torn paper blows about like tumbleweed, riding every gentle gust that happens to stir this ancient ruin. No longer do the birds sing: no, there is not a sound, save for the wind and scraps being tossed about. Yet, this absence of noise is more deafening than the loudest speaker, for some strange reason.<p>Do not be afraid to cry, traveler. But do not give up. Move onwards. See what else this deserted hollow of a city holds.

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

    SEW DEADLY, DEATH THREADS and PINNED FOR MURDER by Elizabeth Lyn

    SEW DEADLY, DEATH THREADS and PINNED FOR MURDER by Elizabeth Lynn Casey.

    I'm new to the party on this series. But the good news for me---I still have 5 more of the series in my TBR stack to enjoy! The newest being REMNANTS OF MURDER, released earlier this month.

    I fell in love with Tori/Victoria and the people of Sweet Briar from page one of Sew Deadly. Ms. Casey kept me guessing through all 3 stories. Not only that, she kept me laughing! Out loud at times!

    The members of the Sweet Briars Ladies Society Sewing Circle are different as night and day. The things they do have in common are, sewing, gossip and their strong belief in each other. Well, some stronger than others. But they always come around in the end.

    Tori, the town librarian, along with her fellow sewing circle members, finds herself wrapped up in one mystery after the other in these three titles. But working together there is nothing they can't do, be it a group sewing project or solving a crime. I just wish I had this group of women around in my life. Luckily, I can spend time with them on the pages!

    Each book includes sewing tips (Ms Casey gets some from her readers!) and a sewing pattern of the book's project. NOTE: You do not have to know sewing to enjoy these stories. And fans with book themes won't be disappointed. Plenty of time is spent in the Sweet Briar Library!

    I can't wait to get into the fourth in the series to see what the ladies are up to!

    Do yourself a favor...read this series!

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