A Southern Sewing Circle, Book #1
Elizabeth Lynn Casey
Ever since she moved to Sweet Briar, South Carolina, Yankee librarian Tori Sinclair has been the talk of the tiny town. But she’s been so busy at work, winning over the sewing circle, and trying to forget her cheating ex that she hasn’t even had time to baste together a pillow, let alone mind local gossip. Then she finds the hometown sweetheart dead at her back door…
Everyone believes the police investigator, who’s just fixin’ to link Tori to the murder in a love triangle gone bad. To clear her name, Tori will have to rely on her new sewing sisters and stitch together the truth— or be darned. (Goodreads)
Tori is a strong smart positive woman who wants to be accepted in Sweet Briar, South Carolina. She has big dreams concerning the library and all of the things she wants to accomplish. But before she can do anything more than talk about her dreams, a murder is committed and she finds herself as suspect number one. She has to do her own sleuthing to find the real culprit before she is checked into jail for a murder she did not commit.
The characters are well rounded and well developed. It was fun to meet Tori and all of her sewing circle buddies. They all have distinct personalities (some nicer than others) and it will be fun to see how they develop in future books. I just absolutely adored Lulu, a granddaughter of one of the sewing circle members. I thought she added so much to the story.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. 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. I could picture the children’s room in my mind (hopefully there really are places like that for children to go and get lost in books).
The mystery was well plotted and carried on well throughout the book. There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that it was nearly impossible to figure out the real killer before it was revealed at the end.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I had read this book many years ago and I never forgot about the children’s room and Lulu. I decided to reread the book and now I am going to read the rest of the series.