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Old Maid's Puzzle (Quilting Mystery Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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Thirty-year-old techie Dewey Pellicano is trying to make a go of Quilter Paradiso, the quilt shop she inherited from her mother. But she's facing a patchwork of problems—fierce competition, an uncooperative employee (who also happens to be Dewey's sister-in-law) and, oh yes, a dead body in the alley.

Dewey pins her hopes on the store's huge 20th anniversary sale and appearance on national television. With the...

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Old Maid's Puzzle (Quilting Mystery Series #2)

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Overview

Thirty-year-old techie Dewey Pellicano is trying to make a go of Quilter Paradiso, the quilt shop she inherited from her mother. But she's facing a patchwork of problems—fierce competition, an uncooperative employee (who also happens to be Dewey's sister-in-law) and, oh yes, a dead body in the alley.

Dewey pins her hopes on the store's huge 20th anniversary sale and appearance on national television. With the help of her smolderingly hot detective boyfriend Buster Healy, can Dewey save her shop and find the killer?

Praise for Terri Thayer's Wild Goose Chase
"Cutting-edge drama deftly sliced to reveal the sass beneath the surface of the quilting business." —Margaret Miller, author of AnglePlay Blocks

"Put down your piecework, brew yourself a cup o'Joe, fill up a snack bowl, and laze around the yard this spring with this amusing quilt-themed mystery." —Mark Lipinski's Quilter's Home Magazine

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A computer expert turned quilt-shop owner fights for the survival of her store. Dewey Pellicano inherited Quilter Paradiso from her mother (Wild Goose Chase, 2008)-much to the dismay of her sister-in-law Kym, who thinks she could do a better job and is willing to sabotage Dewey to prove it. The bottom line is plunging toward red when Dewey gets a lucky break. Quilter Paradiso is about to be featured on a national TV show right before a huge 20th-anniversary sale that will make or break the store. On the domestic front, Dewey's romance with an old family friend, police detective Buster Healy, is complicated by Buster's determination to abstain from sex until they get to know each other better. Her mother's coterie of quilting buddies help out any way they can, even trying to teach Dewey to quilt, but tension between her two old friends Gussie and Celeste over a likely con artist becomes another source of anxiety. All these problems are eclipsed when a man's found dead in the alley behind the store. In addition to preparing for the big sale, fending off Kym's disastrous ideas and helping her mother's old pals, Dewey must now solve a murder. An enjoyable piece of fluff.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738720326
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: A Quilting Mystery , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 174,214
  • File size: 982 KB

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 TerriThayer.com.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Not good for much

    If you are going to write a story about Quilting, give it some class. This was too much like others. The addition of the main characters sexual angst was unbelievable and got in the way of the mystery.
    I read for the solution, and that, too, was not fully developed in the story.
    Don't waste your time, and if you have plenty of time, don't waste your money. Buy some fabric for your stash instead!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    I like this series - it is original and keeps me coming back. It

    I like this series - it is original and keeps me coming back. It does not have a lot of quilting, but a lot of behind-the-scenes about the quilting business. I loved the mystery part of it and the way the characters are developed. I thought in this one, the sex was overdone for the story however.

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  • Posted March 24, 2012

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    Dewey Pellicano is looking forward to celebrating the 20th Anniv

    Dewey Pellicano is looking forward to celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Quilter Paradiso, the quilting shop left to her by her mother. Dewey never caught the quilting bug but realizes she has to learn to keep the store a sucess and as she learns so is starting to love it just as her mom did.

    The quilting love goes out the back door as she finds out there is a dead body in the alley behind the store. As if she didn’t have enough problems, facing stiff competition from other stores she is barely keeping Quilter Paradiso afloat, she has an employee who happens to be her sister-in-law fighting her every step of the way and she just learned her shop is going to be featured on national television the day before the huge 20th Anniversary Sale. A dead body in the alley is not going to lure customers to her store even if it is on television. She has to scrap together everything she can to find the killer before the sale. Hopefully her hunky detective boyfriend Buster will lend her a hand.

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    There is just something about these books, once I start them I can’t put them down. As I said when I reviewed the first book, Wild Goose Chase, this is a fun series. Dewey is getting stronger. Her romance with Buster is developing nicely. Kym has taken her fight against progress to a whole new level. We are also getting into more of the lives of the supporting characters.

    But it is the mystery of who killed the man in the alley that kept the pages turning with its several twists and turns that made me love this book. It was full of surprises and suspense. There are also parts that are laugh out loud funny. Terri has crafted another cozy both quilters and non quilters will absolutely love. I can’t wait to read Ocean Waves and Monkey Wrench comes out on May 8.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2010

    murder with a quilting theme

    what could be better than 'hot' sex and murder with a quilting theme!!!

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