-The perfect weekend getaway: crafting, food, and a murder or two!- —New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon
Settling into her new life and career in small-town Indigo Gap, North Carolina, Cora Chevalier is preparing to host a -wildcrafting- retreat at her Victorian home. But a specter hangs over the venture when beloved local nanny Gracie Wyke goes missing. Amidst leading their guests in nature hikes, rock painting and making clay charms, Cora and her business partner, Jane, team up with Gracie’s boyfriend, Paul, to launch their own investigation into her disappearance when the local police prove unhelpful.
Cora and her crafters take Paul in, believing he is in danger and not the suspect police have made him out to be. However as they uncover new clues and a body turns up at a local abandoned amusement park, Cora and Jane begin to question their decision. With more questions than answers arising, is Cora crafty enough to untangle a knot that could put an innocent in jail–and permanently destroy her reputation?
Praise for Mollie Cox Bryan’s Mysteries
-Scrapbookers and hobby cozy fans will enjoy this delightful holiday escape.- —Library Journal on A Crafty Christmas
-Light and full of positive solutions… A great entry in a fun series.- –RT Book Reviews on Death of an Irish Diva
-A font of ingenuity…superb entertainment.- —Mystery Scene Magazine on Scrapbook of Secrets
Includes crafting tips! (Goodreads)
The characters are well developed and well rounded. I thought that the two main characters, Cora and Jane, were smart caring women but at times, I thought they were both a little wishy-washy. That is only my opinion and other readers may not feel the same way. At time I got confused keeping all of the characters straight in my mind. With all of the teachers and crafters I felt like there were maybe too many characters. While having crafters come to the retreats allows the author to introduce more characters, it can also be a bit overwhelming. Again, that is only my opinion and others may not agree.
What I did really like about this book was the mystery of what happened to Gracie? This book had a little edgier feeling than most cozy mysteries that I read. I found the idea of an online game murder mystery quite clever and it really held my interest. I could not help but turn the pages faster as I got more into the mystery. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, watching all the action taking place around me. That to me is a real plus.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery with a little bit of an edge to it.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.