Looming Murder (Weaving Mystery Series #1)

Looming Murder (Weaving Mystery Series #1)

by Carol Ann Martin
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Looming Murder (Weaving Mystery Series #1) by Carol Ann Martin



Della Wright has come to peaceful and picturesque Briar Hollow, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, to realize her lifelong dream of owning a weaving studio. To promote her new business, Dream Weavers, Della is offering weaving workshops for all levels of ability. In her first class, she meets half a dozen of the town’s colorful characters, who seem as eager to gossip as to learn how to work a loom.

But when a shady local businessman is found murdered, Briar Hollow suddenly appears a lot less idyllic. And when one of her weaving students is suspected of the crime, Della can’t help getting entangled in the investigation—with some help from her criminologist friend, Matthew. But can she weave together clues as well as she weaves together yarn—and stop a killer from striking again?


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451413604
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/04/2013
Series: Weaving Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 634,068
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Carol Ann Martin is the national bestselling author of the Weaving Mysteries, including Looming MurderTapestry of Lies, and Weave of Absence.

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Looming Murder (Weaving Mystery Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
LynneNC More than 1 year ago
At first I thought I would not like this book. Since I have read other books in the vein, I have changed my mind. I loved the book. I truly recommend this whole series!!!
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I have read many books of this style - a quilt shop, a tea shop, etc. Carols writing style is by far my favorite. I have pre-ordered her next book. I am looking forward to a post Christmas treat, just for me, to be read by the fire under a cozy blanket, with a cup of expensive coffee in hand.
TessT More than 1 year ago
"Looming Murder". This new series, by Carol Ann Martin, is great. I think that she has a sure-fire hit on her hands! This is the 1st book that I have ever read about weaving.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Cozy mysteries have always been one of my favorite genres, and author Carol Ann Martin doesn't disappoint me with her entertaining whodunit with a chick lit twist, Looming Murder, the first book in A Weaving Mystery series. Written in the first person narrative, the readers follow the adventures of Della Wright, as she establishes her new weaving studio, Dream Weavers, in the picturesque small town of Briar Hollow, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hoping to promote her business and a chance to get to know the quirky townsfolk of Briar Hollow, Della offers weaving workshops for all levels of ability. But when Della stumbles upon the murder of a shady local prominent real estate businessman, and one of her students is accused of the murder, Della goes on a quest to find the real killer before they strike again. Author Carol Ann Martin weaves a riveting tale filled with intriguing twists and turns, a long list of quirky suspects, and cleverly hidden clues interwoven throughout the story that keeps the reader engaged as they try to guess the identity of the murderer. And if that isn't enough to peak your interest, the reader is introduced to a idyllic small town setting with quirky townsfolk who provide some laugh-out-loud moments, a lovable French Bulldog named Winston ("Winnie"), a heroine who has romantic issues and a penchant for high heels, and even some interesting weaving tips. This story easily peaked my interest, I loved the richly detailed and descriptive small town setting of Briar Hollow, the quirky characters, the subtle chick lit romance twist, and the chance to become an amateur sleuth following Della on her quest to solve the murder mystery. This is a fun whodunit that whets my appetite to continue to read the next installment in the series. Looming Murder is an entertaining cozy mystery that engages the reader to immerse themselves into this fun whodunit as an amateur sleuth. As the reader tries to figure out the identity of the killer, the cleverly interwoven twists and turns, and unexpected surprise ending will shock even the best of sleuths!
kbaby920 More than 1 year ago
It has always been said that curiosity killed the cat. In the case of a sketchy accidental death and the murder of a prominent real estate mogul, Della Wright seems to be landing safely on her feet at every turn. After facing a dramatic life change, Della moves to the small town of Briar Hollow to start fresh and live out her dream of owning and operating a Weaving Shop. But little time has passed before she is intrigued by the small yet quirky town with its vivacious cast of inhabitants, and a murder she unknowingly stumbles upon. I found it entertaining that Della seemed to put herself in harms way despite the open threats to her well being. It was as if she needed more in her life other than operating a Loom and teaching others how to weave. It’s like she felt empty. Despite this, the Author had a way of directing the story that kept my rapt attention, and I found I couldn’t put it down. I was far gone wanting to know who had actually committed the murder and if Della might come face to face with this unknown killer. The whodunit feel of the book was riveting, and the end had a very well put shock value because the culprit and their reasoning for the murder were unexpected.
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Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Weaving Mystery Series by Carol Ann Martin.  We are introduced to Della Wright, former business analyst from Charlotte and now a full time weaver and small business owner living in the small town of Briar Hollow.  Della has traded houses with her long time friend, Matthew.  Since Matthew has a job teaching criminology at the University of Charlotte while working on a book about criminology, this trade works well for both of them.   The story opens with Della waiting for a group of weavers to arrive in response to her advertisement for a weaving group.  She has put together a charity project, making baby blankets for the local hospital.  An interesting and diverse group of people show up.  Some are novices and some are more experienced weavers.  One gentleman is doing this as a way to work off some community service time.  But Della is excited to meet them all and start getting to know some people in the area.  She has been in town for a little while but hasn't really managed to make any friends yet. Things start to get interesting when Matthew comes back, having gotten the book deal he has always dreamed of.  Unfortunately this puts Della in the awkward position of needing to find another place for her shop, as she opened it in the living areas of Matthews old fashioned gingerbread house.  During the search for a new property, a murder is committed and secrets are exposed.   Della is caught square in the middle and becomes determined to help clear her new friends' names.   I really enjoyed this series.  There is the hint of a romance that could blossom between Della and Matthew, but right now it is just being hinted at.  I was totally shocked at who the killer turned out to be. It was a total surprise to me.  I missed the cleverly hidden clues to their identity and that shocked me.  I am usually much better at figuring out the whodunit, plus there were several twists that I just never saw coming.  For me that makes the story more interesting and keeps my interest.  I will be watching for the next one and will be sure to read it.  This is a great new cozy series.  I am giving it 4 stars on Goodreads.  
Annie10 More than 1 year ago
I have never read a Carol Ann Martin Book but I would recommend this book. I love all the characters in the book. I also loved the story line and what they did to find the murderer.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Looming Murder is the first book in the A Weaving Mystery series. Della Wright has recently swapped houses with her friend Matthew and has opened her dream business, that being a weaver's studio. To generate interest in her new enterprise she offering weaving classes. For the first workshop she has six people with varying degrees experience. When an unscrupulous real estate developer is found dead by Della and one of her workshop members, David Swanson, suspicion falls on David. David had assaulted the deceased and as punishment he was ordered to community service and David chose learning to weave. Many residents of Briar Hollow loss money in the deceased's real estate scam and she feels that David is not the murderer. So with the help of a couple members of weaving workshop and Matthew, she sets off to find the real killer. I really enjoyed meeting all the members of Della's workshop and look forward to meeting them again. Looking to learning more about Mercedes and if she might become part of the staff at Dream Weaver. Also looking forward to seeing if any romantic interest evolves with either David or Matthew. The only thing that I would have liked to have would be a glossary of weaving terms. Looking forward to the next book.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Della Wright jumped at a unique opportunity and has moved to Briar Hollow to open Dream Weavers. Her dream has always been to own a weaving studio. She is so excited when a half dozen people show up for her first class and some are already proficient weavers. She quickly learns that like every small town anywhere, people  here love to gossip. She sees a different side to her quiet, little, new hometown when she trips over a dead body and one of her new students becomes the prime suspect. With a little help from an old friend and a couple of new ones she finds herself weaving together clues to catch the a killer and try not to become their latest victim… I was very impressed with the debut of this series! Funny Della has my mother or a mother just like mine.  Until she died she called me at least once a day to offer “advice”.  The characters are a diverse group, teenager to retired, all with their own little quirks. Della seems to act first and think later, a quality I happen to like in a protagonist. Keeps the reader on their toes. Her relationships with the men in her life give a little Chick Lit vibe to this whodunit. I was very drawn to Mercedes, a teenager that was practically dragged to the first weaving class. She grew by leaps and bounds in this first story. I can see her as an integral character as she continues to grow up and evolve. The author has constructed a wonderful warp in the story for her to weft with characters and situations for many future mysteries. I can’t wait for my next escape to Briar Hollow.
MysteryReaderAR More than 1 year ago
The plot was devious and the secondary characters intriguing, but I was not particularly enamored with the heroine. Della was forced to confront her boss's lies; then in her interaction with William...she lies to him. She gave him her promise and then she broke it. If she is supposedly falling in love with William, she has a strange way of showing it. I'll more than likely read the next one, but Della needs to get her act together.
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