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.
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.