About the Book
Genre: Cozy Mystery, #1 in A Cora Crafts Mystery
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
E-Book ASIN: B0190HGVVK
Synopsis from Goodreads:
For thirty-something blogger Cora Chevalier, small-town Indigo Gap, North Carolina, seems like the perfect place to reinvent her life. Shedding a stressful past as a counselor for a women’s shelter, Cora is pouring all her talents—and most of her savings—into a craft retreat business, with help from close pal and resident potter Jane Starr. Between transforming her Victorian estate into a crafter’s paradise and babysitting Jane’s daughter, the new entrepreneur has no time for distractions. Especially rumors about the murder of a local school librarian . . .
But when Jane’s fingerprints match those found at the grisly crime scene, Cora not only worries about her friend, but her own reputation. With angry townsfolk eager for justice and both Jane’s innocence and the retreat at risk, she must rely on her creative chops to unlace the truth behind the beloved librarian’s disturbing demise. Because if the killer’s patterns aren’t pinned, Cora’s handiwork could end up in stitches . . .
A craft retreat in the small town of Indigo Gap, North Carolina is the perfect setting for a cozy mystery series. It has the feel of an old fashioned “whodunit”. Cora Chevalier is, also, the perfect amateur sleuth to get this series up and running. She leaves her stressful life behind and brings along her close friend, Jane Starr, who is also leaving a stressful life in the past.
This story is filled with eccentric characters who make this story come to life. The mystery interwoven through each page is captivating, suspenseful and keeps the reader guessing to the end. There were many different suspect possibilities, but I couldn’t figure it out.
The author, also, gave us an inside glimpse into the craft world. We learn many things about different crafts. It’s all very interesting and a great balance with the fictional mystery.
This looks to be a fun series with great characters. You can even learn a new craft while you’re at it. I, for one, am looking forward to the next book in the series.
For reading challenges:
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2016
Crafty Cozy Reading Challenge 2016
NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2016
FTC Disclosure: The publisher and NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of the Cumberland Creek Scrapbooking mystery series. She is also author of two cookbooks, the regional bestseller Mrs. Rowe’s Little Book of Southern Pies and Mrs. Rowe’s Restaurant Cookbook: A Lifetime of Recipes from the Shenandoah Valley . An award-winning journalist and poet, she currently blogs, cooks, and scrapbooks in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband and two daughters. Scrapbook of Secrets was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel.
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