The Devil's Puzzle (Someday Quilts Series #4)
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  • The Devil's Puzzle (Someday Quilts Series #4)

The Devil's Puzzle (Someday Quilts Series #4)

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by Clare O'Donohue
     
 

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Book #4 of the Someday Quilts Mystery series

Nell and the crafty Someday Quilters undertake their first cold case in the latest addition to this bewitching series.

After their quilting retreat upstate, the Someday Quilts ladies return to Archers Rest to prepare for the town's big anniversary celebration. But their plans are unexpectedly derailed

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Overview

Book #4 of the Someday Quilts Mystery series

Nell and the crafty Someday Quilters undertake their first cold case in the latest addition to this bewitching series.

After their quilting retreat upstate, the Someday Quilts ladies return to Archers Rest to prepare for the town's big anniversary celebration. But their plans are unexpectedly derailed by the discovery of a human skeleton in Nell's grandmother's backyard-making Eleanor the prime suspect in a murder. But a skeleton isn't the only thing that's long been buried. When a wave of vandalism raises fears that the town's bygone history of witchcraft has been reawakened, secrets are unearthed that could change life in Archers Rest forever. In addition to a thrilling mystery and the warm camaraderie of the ladies, The Devil's Puzzle is full of the quilting lore and techniques that Clare O'Donohue's readers adore.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Near the outset of O'Donohue's satisfying fourth cozy set in the Hudson River town of Archers Rest (after 2010's The Double Cross), Oliver White, a prominent English artist, shows series heroine Nell Fitzgerald a grim discovery: a skeleton at the bottom of a hole dug in the rose garden of Nell's grandmother, Eleanor Cassidy. Oliver was planning that night to propose to Eleanor, who runs a quilting shop in Archers Rest, but as Oliver indicates to Nell, this unsettling find has left him in no mood to discuss marriage. While Nell investigates what appears to be a homicide, Mayor Larry Williams, who owns the local travel agency, seizes on the mystery of the skeleton to promote the town's upcoming Fourth of July and 350th anniversary celebration. Nell's special relationship with the Archers Rest police chief, Jesse Dewalt, and her helpful group of quilters add warmth and interest. (Oct.)
Library Journal
A skeleton in Nell's (The Double Cross) grandmother's backyard brings up talk of witchcraft and other long-buried secrets.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452297371
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/27/2011
Series:
Someday Quilts Series, #4
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
521,814
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

CLARE O’DONOHUE is a freelance television writer/producer. She produced television’s most popular quilting show, Simply Quilts, on HGTV, and she is currently producing and writing for a variety of television crime shows, including Forensic Files. This is her first novel.

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Devil's Puzzle 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
There is a lot going on in Archer's Rest. First, Nell and Oliver are planning a huge surprise for Eleanor. They are going to replant the beautiful rose garden in her backyard and bring it back to the way it was before Grace, the previous owner died. But the surprise turns out to be on them as while digging up the garden they discover the skeleton of a human body. The mystery is started as Nell and her Chief of Police boyfriend, Jesse, start to gather clues to determine who the deceased was and how he came to be buried in rose garden. Archer's Rest is also planing a a big anniversary celebration for the town. There will be a parade, a carnival, a quilt show, and fireworks to mark the 350th year since John Archer had founded the town that bears his name. Add to that, someone is vandalizing everything from the school to the cemetery, and the rumors are flying around town about ghosts and witches. As the clues and many secrets are revealed the job of sewing them all together may be too much for Jesse even with Nell's help. Thankfully they have many friends willing to assist them in solving this mystery. My Thoughts Visits to Archer's Rest are like a trip to visit friends. Friends that understand perfectly my overwhelming fabric stash and my vast collection of quilting books and magazines. My favorite passage from this book, "We are all joined by needle and thread, by the usefulness and beauty of a quilt, and by the friendships that form because of it." I love the way Clare writes, she describes the scene, makes her characters shine, threads together a complex plot with so many suspects, and keeps it all tight and real. This time there were so many pieces I didn't know how they were all going to come together but she sews everything up with missing a stitch. This is the perfect story to cozy up with as the weather turns cooler. Sit back and enjoy as Archer's Rest works together to not only pull off a fine festival but uncovers the real "devil" behind this mystery puzzle. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Plume, A Division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
This well-crafted mystery was a delight to read. The storyline kept me intrigued as it came to an exciting and surprising finish. The mystery plays a large part in this book, but it's the relationships and camaraderie among the residents that keeps me coming back. With an endearing cast, great dialogue and the sense of small-town community, this is the best book yet in this character-driven and charming series.
mysteryloverNY More than 1 year ago
Great addition to the series! Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like fast moving stories with a lot of what seems like old friends you will love all of the Clare O'Donohue books . Can't wit for the next one.
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