String of Liesby Mary Ellen Hughes
The police draw a bead on the construction crew working on the house, led by Jo's good
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Parker Holt has started gobbling up properties housing small businesses in town, and Jo worries that her Craft Corner shop will be next. But when she arrives at Holt's home to learn his intentions, she finds him dead – the victim of an insidious electrical trap.
The police draw a bead on the construction crew working on the house, led by Jo's good friend, Dan. Anxious to clear him and his workers, Jo and her beading crafters set to work. Motives are dissected as necklaces are created, and Jo follows a chain of clues back into the past, hoping to unknot the current crime – and catch a murderer before he pulls any more deadly strings.
Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime.
Meet the Author
Mary Ellen Hughes is the author of two more Craft Corner mysteries: Wreath of Deception, and String of Lies, as well as the Maggie Olenski mysteries: Resort to Murder, and A Taste of Death, plus a short story, The Woman on the Train. Visit her website at http://www.maryellenhughes.com
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Jo McAllister, owner of Jo's Craft Corner, discovers that Parker Holt has been buying up some of the neighboring buildings and putting her friends' businesses out of business. Fearing for the future of her new business, she tries to contact her landlord Max. Not being able to reach him, she decides to talk to Parker himself. Easier said than done. So she finds out from Dan, her friend Carries' husband, when Parker will be home and heads over to confront him in person. Unfortunately he is dead. Someone set up an electrical trap, and the police are pointing the finger at Dan's construction crew, especially Xavier. Xavier's wife, Sylvia, had worked for Parker Holt. Parker had made unsavory advances, and Xavier was not happy. Jo and her friends set out to help clear Xavier before his first child is born. Plus Dan's business is suffering from the bad press. But can they pin down the killer's identity without the killer targeting them? I really enjoy this series. Jo and Carrie, Dan's wife and Jo's friend, are such great characters. The author has done such a great job of creating a small town you would want to go visit and especially a crafting store many women would like to frequent. The various customers really add to the story and provide a lot of great sub-stories in each book. There are a crafting tip and directions at the back of the book as well. I highly recommend this book and series. It's always a great, quick reading cozy.
Good mystery,fast read- want to see more books with characters.
This novel held my attention to the very end. It is a real page turner, and there are plenty of suspects to choose from; also plenty of suspense and drama along with anxiety to keep your mind racing. Great escape literature. What happened to Holt Parker? And who caused his "accident" in this little neighborly town? If you want to find out, just read "String of Lies" and uncover the true once the "string" is connected to each lie that has been told. "String of Lies" is well developed and the storyline is sure to fascinate murder mystery fans.