Friday, September 9, 2016

Death Among the Doilies by Mollie Cox Bryan

Title: Death Among the Doilies
Series: Cora Crafts Mystery #1
Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
Publish Date: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Kensington
Source: Netgalley

About the Book:
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 . . .

My Review:
Be prepared to be quickly hooked on the story, the characters, and the small town. I like how the book is written. Very easy to read, with just enough descriptions, not so much to weigh you down. Being the first in a series, sometimes it tends to be so heavy with introductions to everything. The author has done an amazing job on explaining only what she needs to when it comes up in the story.

I also liked how the murder occurred before the story began. I’m not sure if I recall another cozy (that I’ve read) being written this way. Usually the sleuth is the one to find the body. I love the fictional history of Indigo Gap. Makes for a fun idea of the small town and its evolution through history. Very unique little town.

Romance is trying to find its way around every corner throughout the book. Lots of twists, turns, and I did find myself laughing a couple times. All in all this is an excellent read!

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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