A Southern Sewing Circle, Book #2
Elizabeth Lynn Casey
The Southern Sewing Circle mystery series continues.
Yankee librarian Tori Sinclair is basking in the warmth of her new circle of friends from South Carolina’s Sweet Briar Ladies Society sewing circle. That is until local author Colby Calhoun reveals an unflattering secret about the town’s historic past-and then disappears, leaving a bloody trail behind him. And when Tori begins to see a pattern of the townsfolk’s age-old Southern pride standing in the way of justice, she knows it’s time to unravel the mystery. (Goodreads)
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Tori and her group of sewing friends each have unique personalities and it is fun to listen to conversations that they have. I think my favorites of the group are Margaret Louise and Leona. Margaret Louise is the grandmother that we all wished we had (and some of us did). Leona, her twin, is always trying to flirt and be noticed by eligible men. They could not be more different, but you can tell that they love each other greatly. They are a great group of women to visit and hang out with.
The mystery in this book is not a murder, but rather a disappearance, that may have led to murder. It was refreshing that no one happened upon a dead body. I mean, how many dead bodies can show up in any given town? There were enough clues to sift through and red herrings thrown in that is was near impossible to figure out who the culprit was. And I will say, I had no idea who had done the deed, they were not even on my radar.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author creates a small town setting that seems realistic and inviting. The town folks are nosy, caring and honest to a fault. Although at times they have trouble handling the truth, they usually come around.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am taking my time reading this series and I am enjoying it very much.