Monkey Wrench (Quilting Mystery Series #4)

Monkey Wrench (Quilting Mystery Series #4)

by Terri Thayer

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Monkey Wrench (Quilting Mystery Series #4) by Terri Thayer

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738731261
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Series: A Quilting Mystery Series , #4
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 651,536
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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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Monkey Wrench 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
vanella More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed this series, and this one is the best of the bunch. Over 4 books, the author develops very believable characters and drops clues along the way. The plot for this one is original and quite interesting. I'd say give it a read. You may enjoy it more if you have read the earlier ones in the series. Over 4 books, the characters will become your friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dewey and company make ready for crawl and then bodies start turning up. Great storey line and a fast read. Enjoyed it and I didn't figure out who the killer was until end. I figured out the sub plot about half way through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Monkey Wrench is the best yet of this series. It keeps you guessing until the very end.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully Crafted Dewey has her hands full with her participation in this year’s Quilter’s Crawl and with two of her friends, Pearl and Vangie, who are not acting like themselves lately. When Vangie’s boyfriend is found dead and a customer dies during one of their events, Dewey will have to pin the pieces together to save her friends and put an end to a killer’s plan. What a fun ride! This was a good mystery filled with humor; suspense and non-stop action as the story took place all over San Jose. The author’s words gave me the same rush of the customers as they traveled from quilt shop to quilt shop, never knowing what’s going to happen next. It was fun seeing Dewey, Buster and especially Freddie and the rest of the supporting cast. I do enjoy their interactions and conversations with each other that make this an entertaining read. It’s been a long time between visits with Dewey and I hope she is here to stay for more exciting adventures in this wonderfully crafted series.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
It's time for the annual Quilter's Crawl and this year Quilters Paradiso (QP) is back on the map as part of the crawl. Over the weekend quilters will travel to 12 different quilt shops in the area for special bargains and prizes. Vangie from QP has even set up a Twitter promotion to help boost sales. Getting everything set up and organized has been quite hectic as Vangie has college classes to work around and a new boyfriend. The store's long time teacher Pearl is starting to fail a bit so she is not as much help as Dewey was hoping she would be. Dewey will work day and night with her few available employees to make sure everything is just right. While picking up more maps for the Crawl Dewey learns of a program at the college that places young men with elderly women call "Grand Son". They help around the house, run errands, help with medications. She thinks this maybe just the thing to help Pearl get back to where she was and teaching classes again. Just days before the Crawl a riot breaks out on campus as law enforcement tries to crack down on the drug problem at the collage and Vangie's new boyfriends dies from an overdose. As if that's not enough, one of the Twitter promotions sets off a stampede and a customer is killed. These events have all put a huge Monkey Wrench into Dewey's weekend plans. Now she has to untangle the clues and piece them back together to save her store and herself and her friends. Dollycas's Thoughts Terri packs her pages with drama, humor, a little romance and some wild characters. We were introduced to quite a group in this edition. All the shop owners for all the Quilter's Crawl stores, one leader very set in her ways, a few of her followers stuck in the past and not open to new ideas and a few that have wanted to evolve but not had enough courage to buck the leader. Add Dewey to the mix and watch the sparks fly. Things don't go exactly as planned but the group pushes forward together. They become quite a gang. I hope next year's Quilter's Crawl is a big success hopefully without the dead bodies. With the crew you just never know. I love that Freddy has a shop near QP and was integral in the story. I even enjoyed Kym in a small dose as she steps in to help at the shop. Anyone that has ever remodeled anything will enjoy Dewey putting her brother through the paces to get a bathroom ready and operational before the big event. The characters in these stories have become old friends, some I like more that others but they are all entertaining. The happenings at Quilters Paradiso are sometimes a long way from Paradise but I have enjoyed every single visit more than the last. I am looking forward to my next trip to California already.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story a real guessed until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was an awesome read. I have read all 4 of them. WHEN IS THE NEXT ONE COMING OUT. AT THE END IT SOUNDS LIKE SHE IS GOING TO CARRY ON. I CANT WAIT FOR IT!
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