Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Review: A Crafter Knits a Clue: A Handcrafted Mystery by Holly Quinn (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

A Crafter Knits a Clue: A Handcrafted Mystery
by Holly Quinn

About the Book

A Crafter Knits a Clue: A Handcrafted Mystery
Crooked Lane Books (October 9, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1683317718
ISBN-13: 978-1683317715
Digital ASIN: B078LZ5ZM5

For fans of Betty Hechtman and Maggie Sefton, the latest craft frenzy is Holly Quinn’s Handcrafted series debut.
Sammy Kane just moved back to her hometown to run a craft store. But when the owner of a nearby yarn shop is murdered, Sammy will needle little help finding the killer.
When a heartbroken Samantha “Sammy” Kane returns to her hometown of Heartsford, WI, for her best friend Kate’s funeral, she learns that Kate’s much-loved craft store is in danger of perishing with its owner. Confounding all her expectations of the life she would live, Sammy moves back home with her golden retriever and takes over Community Craft. A few doors down Main Street, fellow new arrival Ingrid Wilson has just opened the Yarn Barn, a real “purl” of a shop. But when Sammy strolls over to see if Ingrid could use a little help, she finds Ingrid’s dead body—with a green aluminum knitting needle lodged in her throat.
Detective Liam Nash is thrown for a loop as every single citizen of Heartsford seems to have a theory about Ingrid’s murder. And nearly everyone in town seems to be a suspect. But the last time Sammy did any sleuthing was as a little moppet. And this is not fun and games. Sammy is eager to help the handsome Liam—who seems to be endlessly inventive in finding reasons to talk with her—and when Liam arrests affable woodworker Miles Danbury, Sammy puts everything on the line to help clear Miles.
As the case comes dangerously close to unraveling, Sammy must stitch the clues together. But the killer has other plans—and if Sammy’s not careful, she may wind up in a perilous knot in A Crafter Knits a Clue, the first warm and woolly yarn of Holly Quinn’s new Handcrafted mysteries.
My Review

Devastated by the death of her best friend, Kate, Samantha Kane goes home to Heartsford, Wisconsin. She takes over Kate’s beloved craft store, Community Craft, and tries to establish a new life for herself.

Sammy drops by the shop next door, the Yarn Barn, and is shocked to discover the owner Ingrid Wilson murdered with a knitting needle. As a child Sammy, along with her sister and cousin, had a detective group called S.H.E. The three women decide it would a good time to bring back the group and investigate this real life murder.

Sammy’s big problem is that Detective Liam Nash wants nothing to do with S.H.E. In fact, he wants Sammy to mind her own business but that’s not about to happen.  Regardless of the danger to herself, she is determined to solve this case.

This is a solid start to a brand new cozy mystery series. It took me a bit of time to warm up to the characters, but I did like the rapport between Sammy, her sister and her cousin. Sammy’s relationship with Liam has potential and I’m looking forward to seeing how this plays out.

The author gave us an intriguing web to untangle. There were a few different ways this storyline could have gone. It was filled with a wide assortment of suspects. Each one had a plausible reason to do in the victim. There were many layers to each possibility and I was surprised at the direction the author took.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series and, once again, meeting up with this interesting cast of characters.

For reading challenges:
Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge 2018

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Holly Quinn is both an avid reader and crafter. Holly sells her artistic creations locally and dreamed of one day opening a gift shop to sell local artist’s handiwork. Instead, she began writing about it and thus her journey of the Handcrafted Mystery series was born. Visit her @ www.authorhollyquinn.com

Author Links

Website - www.authorhollyquinn.com

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HollyQuinnbooks/

GoodReads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7940795.Holly_Quinn

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  1. Yvonne, this cozy sounds captivating! Thanks for hosting this lovely giveaway. I'll add it to my blog's sidebar.

  2. Thanks for the review and hosting me today! Much appreciated! :)

  3. That looks good despite having a dog instead of a cat :)

  4. Oh this looks good! I've been reading the new Laura Childs scrapbook mystery and it's made me realize how much I really enjoy crafting cozies!


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