Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Review: Seams Deadly by Maggie Bailey

About the Book

Cozy Mystery


Crooked Lane Books

Release Date
September 5, 2023

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When seamstress Lydia Barnes finds a dead body soon after moving to a new town, she will need more than shear luck to find the killer, in this novel perfect for fans of Molly MacRae and Anna Gerard.

Lydia Barnes is excited for a fresh start when she moves to the quaint mountain town of Peridot, Georgia. Her friend, Fran, offers her a job at the Measure Twice fabric store and even sets her up on a date with the handsome Brandon Ivey, who also happens to be Lydia’s new next-door neighbor. Finally, things are looking up. But after a disaster first date that ends with a fist bump instead of a kiss, Lydia doesn’t think her night can get any worse. She’s soon proven wrong when she later stumbles upon Brandon’s dead body.

Considered the prime suspect by the police, Lydia calls on her friends to help her hunt for the truth and prove her innocence. But when another body is soon found inside the Measure Twice store, Lydia knows that the killer must be close by, and that this town has more than its fair share of secrets. Who would want to frame the newest addition to Peridot for these terrible murders—and why?

Lydia may discover that while sewing might have a pattern, killing rarely does. Will she be able to stitch together the clues and clear her own name before the killer strikes again?

My Review

After dealing with a messy divorce, Lydia Barnes moves her life to the small town of Peridot, Georgia.  She gets a job at the local fabric store, Measure Twice.   She accepts a first date with her neighbor, Brandon Ivey, but things don’t go very well.  It's more than a bad first date when Lydia discovers Brandon’s dead body and the police focus on her as the prime suspect.

Lydia and her friends decide to investigate for themselves and clear Lydia’s name.  Instead, she finds another dead body and now she’s suspected of killing two people.  The race is on to find a killer.

I like the small-town setting with the backdrop of a sewing shop.  Lydia’s circle of friends are quite a quirky group.  There are a couple of characters that are truly creepy.  The author does a great job with all the different character personalities.  

Lydia won my heart with her love of animals.  In particular, she rescued a kitty named Baby Lobster and that totally won me over.

I didn’t realize who the true killer was until near the end.  As the whole story came to light, it was a surprising end. It’s a fast-paced mystery that kept me guessing to the end.

This is the first in a new cozy mystery series and I’d be interested in reading the next book. 

For reading challenges:

Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge 2023
Literary Escapes Reading Challenge 2023 (Georgia)

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


  1. Sounds like a serial killer is in town.

  2. Baby Lobster definitely sold me on this book! I'm glad you enjoyed this read.


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