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Monkey Wrench (Quilting Mystery Series #4)

Monkey Wrench (Quilting Mystery Series #4)

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by Terri Thayer
     
 

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Dewey Pellicano’s quilt shop has earned a spot in the annual Quilter’s Crawl, and twenty-something employee Vangie has organized a trendy Twitter promotion to boost sales at the struggling store. But when Vangie’s boyfriend dies from an overdose, it’s up to Dewey to get her young staffer off the hook for homicide.

Meanwhile, the

Overview

Dewey Pellicano’s quilt shop has earned a spot in the annual Quilter’s Crawl, and twenty-something employee Vangie has organized a trendy Twitter promotion to boost sales at the struggling store. But when Vangie’s boyfriend dies from an overdose, it’s up to Dewey to get her young staffer off the hook for homicide.

Meanwhile, the store’s quilting teacher Pearl takes in a college-age “GrandSon,” who turns out to be a real pill. As if Dewey didn’t have enough on her plate, she’s blamed when a customer is killed during a Twitter-induced stampede. Putting together the pieces to save her skin—and her store— is a real monkey wrench in Dewey’s murderously busy shop-hop weekend.

Praise:

"Thayer's pleasant fourth offers its curious heroine a touch of romance and several puzzles to solve, and adds quilting tips for the like-minded."—Kirkus Reviews

"A smoothly written blend of cast, plot, and craft."—Booklist

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Dewey Pellicano continues to transform her late mother's quilt shop, making her own mark with contemporary trends. She's worried about her employees, college student Vangie and part-time instructor Pearl, who is newly widowed and floundering with old age. When Vangie's shady boyfriend ends up dead of an overdose, Vangie calls Dewey for help. At the same time, Pearl hires a part-time caretaker through a campus-advertised service that sounds too good to be true. It is, because the students are using their senior clientele as a front for a prescription pill mill. When another death occurs, Dewey senses a pattern, and she's not about to let it go any further. VERDICT This engaging and thought-provoking fourth entry (after Ocean Waves) in Thayer's excellent quilting series is an easy-to-recommend cozy with its likeable characters, loyal cop boyfriend, and community of quilters. The author effectively weaves in the different generations and moves her story into the surrounding San Jose region. Share with those who like Earlene Fowler for the quilting and college town setting and Joanna Campbell Slan for spunky heroines willing to help women in need.
Kirkus Reviews
A quilt-shop owner's ideas for promoting her shop and helping an employee involve her in a case of murder. In the first time since her mother's death, Dewey Pellicano's totally revamped quilt shop, QP, has been invited to participate in the annual Quilter's Crawl, several days of special events at a number of California quilt shops that draw visitors from long distances. But things are not going as smoothly as she'd like. Her bathroom makeover is not done, her best employee Vangie is busy with college and Pearl, her recently widowed quilting teacher, is acting strangely. Dewey and Vangie have come up with a plan to use Twitter to publicize the event, but when Vangie's boyfriend, who's been in a pro-drug rally, dies in her car, Dewey finds herself, not for the first time, in the middle of a murder investigation. Nor are all the quilt shop owners happy with the Twitter idea. When a quilter drops dead in a big crowd at one of the featured shops, Dewey gets the blame. Although Dewey doesn't see her boyfriend Buster as often as either of them would like, his experience as a police officer assigned to the drug task force comes in handy when she learns that both Vangie and Pearl may be innocently entangled in an illicit drug ring. Her attempts to get her friends out of trouble make her a target for murder. Thayer's pleasant latest (Old Maid's Puzzle, 2008, etc.) offers its curious heroine a touch of romance and several puzzles to solve, and adds quilting tips for the like-minded.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738731261
Publisher:
Midnight Ink
Publication date:
05/08/2012
Series:
Quilting Mystery Series, #4
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
528,752
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Terri Thayer is the author of the Quilting Mysteries (Midnight Ink) and the Stamping Sisters Mysteries (Penguin). She belongs to the Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America organizations, and has been an active member in several quilting associations in the Santa Clara Valley. Originally from the East Coast, she now lives in San Jose and travels to quilt shows and conventions year round. Visit her online at www.TerriThayer.com.

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