The Lover's Knot (Someday Quilts Series #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Book #1 of the Someday Quilts Mystery series

In the tradition of Jennifer Chiaverini and Emilie Richards, a debut quilting mystery

Nell Fitzgerald is thrilled when she receives a gorgeous handmade quilt in a lover's knot pattern from her grandmother Eleanor as an engagement gift. Her joy is short-lived, however, when her fiancé announces he's calling off the wedding. ...
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The Lover's Knot (Someday Quilts Series #1)

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Overview

Book #1 of the Someday Quilts Mystery series

In the tradition of Jennifer Chiaverini and Emilie Richards, a debut quilting mystery

Nell Fitzgerald is thrilled when she receives a gorgeous handmade quilt in a lover's knot pattern from her grandmother Eleanor as an engagement gift. Her joy is short-lived, however, when her fiancé announces he's calling off the wedding. Heartbroken, 25-year-old Nell flees New York City for her grandmother's home in quaint Archers Rest. In this small town Eleanor's life revolves around her quilt shop, Someday Quilts, and the members of the shop's quilting circle.

When the body of a local handyman known for his flirting is found in the quilt shop, murdered with a pair of quilting scissors, Nell finds herself drawn into the case? and drawn to the handsome police chief. As a pattern of clues begins to emerge, one of the prime suspects is Nell's ex-fiancé, whose arrival in Archers Rest seems suspicious. The ladies of the quilting circle continue to piece together their quilts as Nell unravels the mystery. For quilters and mystery lovers alike, The Lover's Knot is a delightful and promising debut.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

A stitch above most craft cozies, O'Donohue's sweet debut introduces Nell Fitzgerald, a Manhattan publishing professional whose broken engagement leads her to the Hudson River town of Archer's Rest, where her grandmother, Eleanor Cassidy, runs Someday Quilts. After her grandmother takes a nasty fall, Nell decides to help Eleanor recuperate and expand the store with the assistance of Marc Reed, a handsome handyman. The unexpected arrival of Ryan, Nell's ex-fiancé, during a tender moment with Marc causes a major fight. Things get worse after Marc turns up at Someday Quilts "scissored" to death. Local police chief Jesse Dewalt, an attractive widower, has a roster of suspects, including Ryan. Ryan offers to reconcile, but first Nell must clear Ryan's name by helping Jesse solve Marc's murder. O'Donohue sensitively depicts Nell's romantic quandary of Ryan vs. Jesse within a solid smalltown whodunit. (Sept.)

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When Nell Fitzgerald's fiancA© postpones their wedding, heartbroken Nell abandons New York City for the quaint town of Archers Rest, NY, where her grandmother owns a quilt shop. The friendly townspeople welcome Nell, and the Friday night quilters gather 'round to help when grandma breaks her leg. Then the flirtatious town handyman is murdered in the shop, and the prime suspect is Nell's errant fiancA©, who has come to talk. In the capable hands of first-time novelist O'Donohue, Nell solves the crime and learns some life lessons. O'Donohue is a TV writer/producer who produced HGTV's popular quilting show, Simply Quilts. Cozy fans and those who enjoy Monica Ferris's knitting mysteries will snap this up. Not to be missed. For all mystery collections.


—Jo Ann Vicarel
Kirkus Reviews
A brokenhearted bride-to-be, who's retreated to a New York village seeking solace from her grandmother, meets murder. Nell Fitzgerald is admiring the wedding quilt her talented grandmother and her quilting friends had sent her when her fiance Ryan announces that he's not ready to commit. Fleeing to Archers Rest, where her grandmother owns and runs Someday Quilts, Nell is consoled by the hunky guy working on her grandmother's beautiful old house. Marc Reed's bad reputation among the ladies makes him unpopular with a lot of local folks, but Nell finds his flirtatious style soothing. A mishap on the stairs at Someday Quilts that leaves Nell's grandmother with a broken leg gives Nell an excuse to take time off from work to help. It's especially welcome because Marc has just started to expand the quilt shop by refurbishing the shuttered restaurant next door. The recently arrived Ryan's fistfight with Marc catapults him to the top of the list of suspects when Marc is found in the shop fatally stabbed with quilting scissors. Ryan wants Nell back, but now she finds herself attracted to the quietly attractive police chief. Despite the obligatory warnings from the authorities to stay out of the investigation, Nell sets to sleuthing in hopes of proving her former beau innocent. O'Donohue's love for quilts shines through Nell's debut, but the mystery could use some restitching. Agent: Sharon Bowers/The Miller Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440637582
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Series: Someday Quilts Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 127,068
  • File size: 865 KB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2008

    Loved it!!

    I really don't read mystery books, and if Lovers Knot had not been recommended to my by a friend, I don't think I would have read it, and that would have been my lose.<BR/><BR/>There is more to this book than, the mystery part. It is also about a young woman coming into her own, and it is amazing how life "is" like making a quilt...<BR/><BR/>If you enjoyed the Ya Ya Sisterhood books, than you will love this book too. What are you waiting for...buy this book...Are you still reading...Buy the book already.<BR/><BR/>Ms. O'Donohue you have me hooked. When is the next one due to be released?

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    The Lover's Knot is a Lovely Read

    I adored this delightful book. These are character I wanted to meet who lived in a town I wanted to visit. The author gave me a clever mystery, a love story, and enticed me with the fascinating tradition and art of quilting. This author made me want to quilt and I don't even sew. It was both believable and whimsical. I really can't tell how much I enjoyed it - it's perfect for a day at the beach or when you are curled up on your couch.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    If you are a quilter you will love it.

    This was such a fun read. I loved not only the mystery but the quilt talk and creative designs ideas that one gets from the book. This one I had a hard time putting down but I am a quilter and love a good mystery.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

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    Quilters and non-quilters will love the characters in The Lover's Knot.

    Quilters and non-quilters will love the characters in The Lover's Knot. Eleanor owns the Someday Quilts quilt shop in Archer's Rest on the Hudson. Quaint but not sickeningly so, romantic but not dripping in it and a bit of a mystery for good measure.

    Clare O'Donahue's characters are people we have all met and liked and sometimes loved. Each one has potential to become friends with the reader as the series moves on. Our heroine, Nell, makes some mistakes but finally finds her way to lead us through the town with curiosity and courage.

    If you quilt or sew, the joy of the craft comes through. If you don't, you just might find yourself looking for a quilt group or class to get you started. Nell is right, you know. All your cares melt away as you handle the fabric and create a work of art.

    Clare, you must know this since you have more than likely melted yours in creating the fabric of this lovely book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2008

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    Great First Book

    If you like mysteries and quilts you'll like this book. It takes you to a place you'd like to visit, Archers Rest, and introduces you to people you'd like to meet like Nell, Eleanor and Barney. I hope the author carries these characters into future books. There is the mystery of course but you also get a side story of relationships, not just romantic which there is, but also about a group of women and an old, deaf, lovable dog. What else does a book need except a mystery, quilts and a dog.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    engaging Hudson River Valley amateur sleuth

    Twenty something Manhattan based publisher Nell Fitzgerald is stunned when her fiancé Ryan informs her he is not ready to marry. Upset, she decides to leave town to visit her grandma Eleanor Cassidy in Archer's Rest to help her elderly relative recover from a nasty fall and somewhat based on the lovely wedding quilt her grandmother and Friday Night Quilt Club made for her. Eleanor, who owns Someday Quilts, hires local handyman Marc Reed to expand her store. He outrageously flirts with the newcomer and Nell enjoys his attention. Ryan arrives and ends up brawling with Marc over Nell. Soon after their fight, someone scissors Marc to death at Someday Quilts. Local police chief widower Jesse Dewalt investigates knowing many of the townsfolk hared the womanizing Marc and is aware of the brawl with Ryan, who wants Nell back. Instead she tries to prove his innocence one stitch at a time. --- This is an engaging Hudson River Valley amateur sleuth that will remind cozy fans of authors like Maggie Sefton. Although Nell has no experience and no cause to investigate placing herself in danger, she makes for a fine detective. Lighthearted fun as the relationship triangle (to include Jesse not Marc) supersedes the mystery. --- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2010

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    LOVER'S KNOT

    In this first book of the series we are introduced to Nell Fitzgerald as she receives a beautiful quilt handmade by her grandmother and The Friday Night Quilting Circle to celebrate her engagement and her upcoming wedding. Her grandmother owns a quilting shop, Someday Quilts, in Archer's Rest on the Hudson River. Nell was overjoyed to receive the gorgeous quilt with the Lover's Knot pattern, but her joy quickly turned to despair as her fiancee, Ryan, told her he just wasn't ready to get married. It becomes a true Lovers NOT!

    A heartbroken Nell takes her belongings that were mostly already packed to move to her new apartment with Ryan and leaves New York behind and heads to her grandmother and Archer's Rest for comfort, time and space to figure out what to do now that her life has been turned upside down. She is welcomed with open arms by her grandmother and all the ladies in the quilting group.

    While Nell is trying to sort out her life, her grandmother takes a terrible fall and Nell decides to stay until she recuperates. She has also talked her grandmother into expanding Someday Quilts into a vacant building right next door and knows she must be her grandmother's eyes and ears on the project so it is completed quickly and to her grandmother's exact specifications. Things are going fine until the handyman hired to complete the project is found dead in the store. Guess who arrived in town just around the time of the murder? Nell's ex-fiancee and he becomes the prime suspect. Nell and the ladies of the quilting circle are drawn right into the investigation and try to piece together the clues to "help" the sheriff pin down the killer seamlessly.

    I LIKED IT!!!!

    I love reading series books one right after the other, the authors and characters grow and evolve right before your eyes. This author knows quilting, she worked on the HGTV show, Simply Quilts, for four seasons, eventually becoming the Supervising Producer. But after reading these books I have learned that she is also quite a storyteller.

    You can tell just by reading the author's words she is a true quilter that understands the tactile life of finding the perfect fabrics for the perfect quilt. She also knows how to piece together a good mystery. Stitch those things together, add a hint of romance and humor and you have a cozy mystery.

    Her words not only drew me into the mysteries but into the Someday Quilts shop. It was almost like I was going through the aisles, feeling, touching the fabrics. Stacking the fabrics, standing back viewing how they would compliment and contrast with each other. I used to spend hours searching for just the right fabric choice, calculating the yardage and choosing the right pattern. These books not only entertained me with their mysteries but brought back some truly wonderful memories.

    I think if I could change one thing in my life it would be to follow my bliss after high school and have worked on my crafts and maybe opened a craft store instead of studying and working in the accounting field, minus the murder, of course.


    I have to thank Mary at Plume for sending me this wonderful series for review and I hope there will be many more adventures forthcoming in the Someday Quilts Mystery Series!!


    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received these books free from Plume Books, a Division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2009

    A good read

    Enjoyed the book. Made a rainy day go quickly. Look forward to more by the same author

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2009

    Great Read!

    I really enoyed this book. It had mystery, romance and humor. I read it quickly and can't wait for the next one. Highly recommend!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2009

    enjoyable

    I read this book in a day. I liked how the author compared the act of quilting to relationships, and I can't wait for the next installment.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Less than good

    This author does not rank with others with good development of character and just plain story-telling. I did not care about the characters. I only stuck with it to see Who Did It.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2009

    Amatuer writing despite author's resume

    I found Lover's Knot to be over-dialogued with an underdeveloped plot. The author's style of writing was far too cliche and amatuer for my tastes. I gave the book away when I was done. It was disappointing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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