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Tapestry of Lies (Weaving Mystery Series #2)

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Tapestry Of Lies is the second book in the A Weaving Mystery ser

    Tapestry Of Lies is the second book in the A Weaving Mystery series.

    I'm enjoying this series more, this doesn't have as much loom talk as the first did, so easier for me to follow. The book has a cast of believable and interesting characters.

    Della Wright's shop, the Dream Weaver is doing well for only having been open for a short while, when Bunny Boyd, a celebrity designer, ask for her help in weaving some tapestry for a job at Bernard Whitby's mansion, she knows this job will definitely make a name for her and Dream Weaver. As Della is leaving a party at Whitby's mansion, somehow her purse gets switched with Mrs. McDermott, who with her husband own a coffee shop. When Della visits the coffee shop to exchange purses, she finds Mr. McDermott dead from a gunshot. Jenny, who also runs a tea and coffee shop in Della's store becomes a person interest and Della is convinced that Jenny had nothing to do with the murder. Soon Della learns that Mr. McDermott has been photographing women in suggestive poses. Della is determined to find out who wants Mr. McDermott out of picture, so to speak.

    The characters from the first are back. Marnie is back with her delicious baking and humorously helping out Dream Weaver Jenny is busily running her tea shop and helping to draw in customers for both of them. Mercedes, a teenager is back and is starting to divest herself of wild outfits and hairdos. Hopefully she will become more active at Dream Weaver.

    Then there are Della and her friend Matthew. Neither one seems to be ready to take their friendship to a higher level. But their mother's. along with Marnie and Jenny have their fingers crossed. I can't forget Matthew's wonderful dog, Winston, whose always ready for a treat.

    Looking forward to book #3.

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  • Posted January 27, 2014

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    Weavers and cozy mystery enthusiasts alike will enjoy Carol Ann

    Weavers and cozy mystery enthusiasts alike will enjoy Carol Ann Martin's second book in her Weaving Mystery series, Tapestry of Lies. Readers who know something about the loom will enjoy the interesting details about weaving and tapestries, and cozy fans will be on the edge of their seats trying to figure out who did McDermott in. With plenty of suspects and some compromising photos popping up, Della and the Dream Weaver gang will get to the bottom of whodunit or else!

    What I liked:

    In the first book there was a huge amount of interesting facts and terms related to weaving that were a bit daunting for a reader who had no previous knowledge of anything to do with this hobby. In Tapestry of Lies, there is still information on the subject but it comes in a lot more easily digested morsels. It was bit less overkill, which made the book even more entertaining and fun to read.

    The real focus on this one was the mystery itself, which is so important in this genre. The amateur sleuths career and background is important as well, but should not be the main emphasis of the story. When someone picks up a cozy, they want the mystery and Carol Ann Martin delivers with this one. Della gets her purse switched with Mrs. McDermott who owns the coffee shop with her husband Mr. McDermott. When Della goes to switch them back she finds Mr. McDermott dead and Jenny is soon a suspect. So Della is on the case. 

    Martin does a wonderful job of getting Della involved in the case. I liked the fact that she took a simple misunderstanding like two women having the same purse and turns it into an opportunity to find a murder victim. The simplest things turn into a mystery where this author is concerned and that is extremely entertaining. I wasn't exactly sure how Bunny Boyd and the tapestry she ordered for the Whitby house was going to take a turn for the worst but Martin certainly pulled it off.

    It seems that Mr. McDermott had a penchant for photography. The problem was his subject matter. I liked the fact that there were several suspects, including Jenny, which gave Della a good reason to investigate. I thought I had it pinned down a time or two but thanks to some twists and turns and few red herrings Martin had me stumped until close to the end.

    I also enjoyed learning more about Della's relationship with Matthew. A friendship that is slowly, slowly starting to become more. I'm glad Martin wasn't too quick on the draw with them. I think the slow pace is endearing and will make their relationship all the more satisfying when it does happen. I have to admit I love Winston, Matthew's dog. He really adds a bit of comic relief and a reason for Matthew to continue to see Della. He is a great plot device and fun to read about.

    What I didn't like:

    There were a few moments in this book where the pacing was a bit off. It was like things slowed down to crawl and then sped back up really quickly. I prefer a steady pace or at least a building momentum and a I felt like Tapestry of Lies suffered a bit from the ups and downs. 

    Bottom Line:

    I enjoyed the tidbits about weaving much better in this book than the first in the series. Tapestry of Lies has a few pacing issues but nothing to strongly dissuade reading it. All in all there is a lot of potential in the series and I liked this one a lot. I'm looking forward to seeing where Martin goes with the series next. P.S... I hope she adds more of Winston!

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