by Mary Ellen Hughes

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BN ID: 2940015888638
Publisher: Mary Ellen Hughes
Publication date: 10/26/2012
Series: Craft Corner Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 222,839
File size: 806 KB

About the Author

Mary Ellen Hughes is the author of two other Craft Corner mysteries - String of Lies, and Paper-thin Alibi - as well as the Maggie Olenski mysteries - Resort to Murder and A Taste of Death. Her short sotry, The Woman on the Train is also available on Barnes and Noble.com. She lives in Maryland.

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Wreath of Deception 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When the acetylene torch that Mike used in making his metal sculptures exploded killing him and destroying his loft, his wife Jo was totally bereft. Her best friend Carrie convinced her to leave New York and move to Abbotsville, Maryland. Jo leaped at the chance to start over and after months of planning opens up Jo¿s Craft Corner in the small town of Abbottsville. Her opening is a success except for the constant whining and complaints of Cuddles the Clown aka Kyle Sandborn who was hired by Jo to entertain the customers.---------------------- After the store closes, Jo goes into the back room only to find Kyle on the floor covered with blood. The police inform her that he was murdered with her knitting needles as the weapon and that someone slipped a sedative into his drink. The officer in charges zeroes in on Jo as the only suspect as she had the means and opportunity though the motive remains elusive. Her customers in her craft classes convince her to investigate because the police will continue to ignore anyone but her. She acquiesces and almost becomes the killer¿s victim.-------------------- This first Craft Corner mystery is a charming and colorful cozy due to the eccentric fully developed ensemble, the craft ladies, who encourage the spunky heroine to not only get on with her life, but to solve the murder mystery. Readers will admire and like Jo, who believes her new endeavors will bring her some happiness that has been lacking since the accident. Mary Ellen Hughes provides a refreshing writing style that produces a refreshingly original who-done-it that readers will enjoy.-------------------- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jo McAllister is opening Jo¿s Craft Corner. She was recently widowed and her best friend Carrie has helped her getting the store ready to open. She is also helping her run the store. The grand opening goes great except for Cuddles the Clown. Every time Jo sees him he is grumbling. By the end of the day she is ready to throttle him. But instead she pays him. Last she sees him he is going to the back room to change. Later that night after celebrating with Carrie and her family, Jo stops by the store. Unfortunately she finds Cuddles the Clown whom she hired dead in her store room. Jo becomes the prime suspect. The gals in her craft classes and Carrie help her set out to clear her name. Carrie¿s son Charlie is a great help as well. Who is feeing the police lieutenant information about Jo¿s past and encouraging them to look at her as the prime suspect? Can Jo find the real killer before the killer gets to her? I really enjoyed this book. I¿ve never read anything else by this author, but this will not be the last. I can¿t wait until the next book is out in this series. Jo is such a likeable character. Her relationship with her friend Carrie is great, too. I like the craft store setting in the small town. Really lends itself to this fast reading cozy. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an avid mystery reader, I am enthused about and enjoy reading all the new cosy mysteries being published.This one had a good plot, a believable 'amateur' sleuth and a likable cast of supporting characters. Looking forward to many more books with Jo and her friends. The craft store is a delightful setting to anchor the story and there are good tips on stamping and scrappin' too.A good read for lazy afternoons.
cyderry on LibraryThing 8 hours ago
Jo McAllister, A recent widow, returns to her hometown to open a craft store with her best friend. On the day of the grand opening, the clown that she hired to greet the customers is found dead in the storeroom after the festivities. The po9lice seem to zero in on her since the murder took place in her shop, with knitting needles from her stock. Jo feels that she needs to vindicate herself and with the help of her friends and the crafters that come to her different workshops, she finally figures out the culprit, but maybe a bit too late.I loved the characters in this story. The way that the author used not just the older members of the small town but also Charlie, Jo's 15 year old godson, to wheedle information that Jo needed to solve the murder was very amusing. Jo's character especially was well-presented making her very believable and sympatric. I'm going to have to track down another of this series.
Antares1 on LibraryThing 8 hours ago
Mary Ellen Hughes mystery Wreath of Deception was cute. It follows Jo McAllister. She's trying to pull her life together after the loss of her husband. Using what little insurrance money she receives, she opens a craft shop with an old friend. On the grand opening, the clown she hired is murdered. What follows is standard mystery fair, with the police detective trying to link Jo to the murder. Jo has to investigate the crime herself in order to clear her name, and hope that her business doesn't fail due to bad publicity. Hughes gives her characters some depth and realism. The killer is somewhat obvious early on, so I wasn't really surprised at the end of it. I couldn't say that I really became involved with the characters though. I didn't feel Jo's peril at all. I'm not sure if that's the fault of the writing, or the fact that I couldn't really identify with Jo at all. I love crafting though, so I'm not sure what the problem is.All in all I think the book needs a bit more humorous interaction or to develop more of a sense of peril.
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