Quilt Trip (Southern Quilting Mystery Series #3)

Quilt Trip (Southern Quilting Mystery Series #3)

by Elizabeth Craig

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As a quilter, retired folk art curator Beatrice Coleman likes to have all the seams stitched together—but her plans keep getting tangled up in unexpected ways…

Beatrice has never crashed a party but now her fellow quilt guild member, Meadow Downey, is driving them to a Victorian mansion in the mountains beyond Dappled Hills, North Carolina. Muriel Starnes, an elderly eccentric, has organized a meeting of quilters to pick someone to administer a quilting scholarship. The fact that the Village Quilters weren’t invited isn’t enough to keep Meadow from speaking her piece.

But once the quilters arrive at the mansion, it seems they may never leave. An ice storm sends an old tree crashing across the driveway, leaving them stranded for the night. And by the next morning, they are one fewer—for Muriel has been sent to meet her maker. With everyone in the house a suspect, it’s up to Beatrice and the Village Quilters to figure out who has a guilty conscience before someone else gets tied up in knots.

Includes Quilting Tips!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451240637
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Series: Southern Quilting Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 212,945
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Craig writes the Memphis Barbeque series as Riley Adams and the Southern Quilting mysteries under her own name.  A lifelong resident of the South, she enjoys finding inspiration for the Southern Quilting mysteries in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. She is currently at work on her next novel.

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Praise for Elizabeth Craig and the Southern Quilting Mysteries

“[Craig’s] characters are as vibrant and colorful as the quilts they sew.”—Krista Davis

“Sparkles with Craig’s cleverness and plenty of Carolina charm.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Full of eccentric and engaging characters. The women Beatrice meets are unique and quirky, but in a down-to-earth, believable way.”—The Mystery Reader

“A delightful regional amateur sleuth due to the eccentric quilters...readers will enjoy touring Dappled Hills guided by colorful locals.”—Genre Go Round Reviews

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Quilt Trip (Southern Quilting Mystery Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
In this third installment Meadow is dragging Beatrice to meeting they were not even invited to attend. Meadow has no qualms about “crashing the party”, but the sky looks like it is cooking up a storm and Beatrice would just like to stay home safe and sound. But there is no stopping Meadow so off they go to find the Victorian mansion in the mountains beyond Dappled Hills, North Carolina, that belongs to Muriel Starnes. Muriel is an elderly eccentric woman who wants to start a foundation to introduce and teach quilting to young people in the area. Meadow is on a mission to get her to choose the Village Quilters Guild over everyone else at the meeting to administer the foundation. As expected the storm Beatrice was worried about strikes just as they arrive at the mansion. The rain soon turns to sleet and then ice. It isn’t long before an old tree limb falls blocking the driveway which it now just a thick sheet of ice, the power goes out, and of course there is no cell phone reception. They have no choice but to bed down for the night. At least Muriel has plenty of beds and quilts to keep everyone warm. But everyone does not survive the night. They find in the morning that Muriel has passed away. She was in poor health but Beatrice sees she did not die of natural causes. She was murdered and they have a houseful of suspects. They are also all trapped in the house with a killer. Beatrice and the Village quilters are on the case to figure out just who is responsible for their host’s early demise. Dollycas’s Thoughts These are some of my favorite fictional characters. Beatrice, calm, cool, collected, and just so darn nice. She can’t say “no” to anyone especially Meadow. Meadow, “bless her heart”, it is always in the right spot, but she is like “a bull in a china shop” and her brain does not filter what comes out of her mouth. Miss Sissy is battling Alzheimer’s so she has her good times and bad but she always seems to be on the right track when it comes to figuring people out. Posy is sweet as can be and she handles Miss Sissy perfectly. And when they are all stuck together, with barely enough food, the all pull out their works in progress and quilt. The author has written a very Christie-esque mystery where all the suspects are trapped together and someone (Beatrice) figures out the Who – Why and How. It all takes place is a mansion with all the turrets and attic complete with hidden rooms and spaces. It also seems the deceased had a pretty big secret. The was a really fun mystery to read. With the bitter wind blowing outside my own window I felt like I was right in the story with them. All I needed was the fire to warm my toes. I enjoyed this Quilt Trip very much and can’t wait for my next trip to Dappled Hills.
TessT More than 1 year ago
Quilt Trip is the 3rd book in A Southern Quilting Mystery. This book was all right, but I don't think I would ever re-read it. I have read both of the other books in this series and enjoyed them immensely.  Meadow Downey, wife of the local police chief, talks Beatrice Coleman into "gate crashing"a  special quilting meeting. Nothing Beatrice says or does will make Meadow change her mind and turn around and go home. Upon arrival at the Starnes mansion the real trouble starts when a bad ice storm hits the area and they find themselves with people they really don't know, except Miss Sissy and Posy who are their fellow quilters. Poor Miss Sissy is a card short of a deck, who wanders the mansion day and night muttering to herself, her favorite mumble being, "Wickedness". Miss Sissy does know more than she lets lets on but getting  her to tell you is almost hopeless. Becoming stranded in a spooky mansion with a group of eccentric quilters was not on Beatrice's day planner. When a couple of good sized trees are knocked over blocking the driveway and then the electricity going out, none of the ladies is going anywhere. With a small pile of firewood, and an even smaller amount of food, plans, and good intentions are flying all over the house. Then the murders start, one by one people are murdered in their beds. Who will be next, why will they be next, what can the survivors do to stop the murders? Being stranded with no heat , little food and no one knowing where they are is bad enough, but factor in the murders and you have chaos on your hands.
shelleyg More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Craig has done it again with her newest Cozy mystery ! Beatrice and Meadow as well as a few other quilters are stranded in Muriel's mansion due to the winter weather, Muriel invite them to come because of her health condition and she needed to make a few things right. when Muriel is found dead the next morning the ladies believe it is because of her illness and that she just died in her sleep, but Beatrice doesn't think that is what has happened and does some investigating on her own when she realizes that it was murder. She has to find out who did it and why before it is to late. You will have a great time getting to know these Ladies and loving them as I have. What a great book! And the cover is amazing and perfect for this time of year!
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Craig's Southern Quilting Mystery series continues with her latest offering, Quilt Trip. It is the third mystery in the series and has the feel of an old fashioned whodunit, complete with a group of unsuspecting quilters gathered in a mansion, terrible weather and a killer in their midst. Craig's use of humor and adventure add to the mix, making this a very enjoyable cozy for mystery lovers and quilter's alike! My grandmother's were avid quilter's. I tried my hand at it when I was younger, but it wasn't the niche for me. I am a cross stitcher at heart, but I love those memories of watching them pick the fabrics and colors, of the many happy hours they spent around the quilting hoop, laughing and enjoying the peace and tranquility that quilting brought to their lives. I miss them very much. I am very thankful for some of the wonderful quilts they created though, to remember them by. This book reminded me of a good old fashioned mystery. Akin to the game Clue, where you have all of the suspects contained in one place, unable to get away, until someone solves the crime. I liked that Agatha Christiesque kind of mystery. In my opinion Agatha was the forerunner of the cozy sub-genre with her Miss Marple series and I enjoyed the nod to her writing style that Craig uses here. I found myself pondering... Was it Miss White in the kitchen with the candlestick? a few times and I liked that part as well. Beatrice and Meadow have heard about an eccentric ladies wish to create a foundation that would supply quilting scholarships. Muriel has invited several quilting guilds to her home in order to choose which guild will administer the foundation. Unfortunately, the Village Quilter's were not asked to join the group, but they decide to crash the party. The weather turns gruesome and everyone must stay for the night. When Muriel is found dead in the morning... the mystery is on! I thought Craig came up with a creative idea for her third book in the series and I could see something like this taking place, which gave it a ring of truth that readers will enjoy. Beatrice is once again a very methodical investigator. She asks all the right questions and puts two and two together in a somewhat clinical sort of way. It is Meadow who brings a bit of the unpredictable into the equation. She is more free spirited and asks those questions that others might not think of, together they make a great team of amateur sleuths. I think Craig paired them well and adds an element of humor in their relationship and how they view the world. Though Colonel Mustard and Professor Plum were not among the suspects, there were plenty to choose from and enough motives to keep even the most avid mystery reader scratching their heads. This one was a hard one to put my finger on, but in the end my guess was correct. The clues logically pointed to a certain character as the main suspect, but things are certainly not what they appear in most mysteries and this one is no exception. Craig keeps the reader off balance by adding in clues that aren't necessarily a part of the mystery at hand. It was interesting to see how it all came together in the end.   A good addition to the series to be sure!
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Quilt Trip is the third book in the A Southern Quilting Mystery series. This is the first book I have read in this series and I really enjoyed the characters. Meadow has stopped and picked up and are heading for Muriel Starnes mansion up in the mountains of Dappled Hills, NC. Meadow has learned that Mrs. Starnes has invited some quilters to her home to pick a quilting group to manage a foundation she wants to establish to promote the craft of quilting. An ice storm has started to fall about the time they arrive at the mansion. Once everyone has gathered, Muriel offers a blanket apology to those that she has hurt in the past and turns the meeting over to her lawyer, Colton, to discuss the formation of the foundation. Then a large tree comes crashing down and blocks the driveway and knocks out all power. When they awake in the morning it is discovered that Muriel is dead. She had been suffering with a terminal illness, but Beatrice notices things that suggest that she was murdered. With four possible suspects, Beatrice and Meadow need to hope for warmer temperatures and somebody to miss them, and figure out where they are, before there are more dead bodies. Meadow and Beatrice and fun and interesting characters. Beatrice is methodical in her inquiries and Meadow tends to be rather spontaneous. Starsky and Hutch they aren't, but a whole lot of fun. Will be watching for the next book in the series.
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zhela More than 1 year ago
i am hooked on this series. a great read get yours today. b& n are the best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I prefer reading a series in order, I've completed book #3, "Quilt Trip" after enjoying every minute of reading it. Whenever a cozy deals with a hobby, job, lifestyle or whatever the overall theme of the series may be, that the reader shares with the characters or perhaps shares in a similar plotline, I at least have a difficulty with time. I find myself engrossed in reading the book, as I should be. However I also find myself drawn to spending more of my time in working on whatever theme the cozy series is about, in this case, quilting. So as I read of quilting, I want to stop reading and quilt instead but at the same time, I want to continue reading also. Luckily with current technology we can quilt and read at the same time with audio books. I wonder if a cozy reader was the inventor of audio books?