A Stitch in Crime

A Stitch in Crime Thea James has accepted an assignment as co chairperson for Larkindale s first quilt show extravaganza Juggling the new assignment with running her antique business she s already feeling frayed when

Thea James has accepted an assignment as co chairperson for Larkindale s first quilt show extravaganza Juggling the new assignment with running her antique business, she s already feeling frayed when things start to unravel.Mary Alice Wentworth, a much loved town matriarch, respected quilt judge, and Thea s dear friend, is covertly conked on the head during the kick off QThea James has accepted an assignment as co chairperson for Larkindale s first quilt show extravaganza Juggling the new assignment with running her antique business, she s already feeling frayed when things start to unravel.Mary Alice Wentworth, a much loved town matriarch, respected quilt judge, and Thea s dear friend, is covertly conked on the head during the kick off Quilt Show Soiree, throwing suspicion on her guests It also appears that a valuable diamond brooch has been stolen during the attack The family is furious But is it because of their mugged mother or the missing diamonds When a renowned textile expert goes MIA and the famous Wentworth heritage quilt disappears, Larkindale s reputation as a tourist haven is at risk Thea attempts to piece the mystery together and save the town s investment in the quilt show before Mary Alice is attacked again with far worse results.

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  1. There is than one author in the database with this name.Author and speaker Cathy Elliott nourishes her night owl habit by creating cozy mysteries and on her trusty laptop in Anderson, California Like the protagonist in her new mystery, Cathy is an avid quilter Besides collecting too much cool fabric, she also enjoys hunting for antique treasures.

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  1. I was blessed to receive A Stitch In Crime by Cathy Elliott It is a wonderful amateur sleuthing novel set in small town America As I was reading it, I was reminded of those old Miss Marple films with Margaret Rutherford, and then one of the characters actually referred to another as Miss Marple Clearly Cathy Elliott has done an excellent portrayal in her writing.Thea has set up an exhibition of quilts that will feature the famous Larkindale quilt that is over a hundred years old, and borrowed fr [...]

  2. I wish I could just say that I loved this book and leave it at that but alas I have agreed to give you a longer review than that so I will try to convey with simple words what it is that I loved about this book First of all, I loved that it wasn t an in your face romance with gushy love stuff Even though Thea has a boyfriend there is no date nights or passionate kisses, in fact she has a hard time accepting that he likes her and not the pretty mayor of their town At this point in my life I m not [...]

  3. My thanks to NetGalley and Abingdon Press for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.Slightly spoilery rant to follow, but not over a major mystery plot point, just a quibble over character development.Ok, I understand that characters have to start lower than they will end up by the last few chapters of the book to show character growth, BUT I draw the line at the character having so little backbone and the BFF being such the opposite that food shaming happens ONE should EVER make the deci [...]

  4. So boring A Stitch in Crime is part of The Quilts of Love series, and while it had plenty of quilts it was set in and around a quilt show , it was seriously lacking in the love department It was pretty obvious Cole was the love interest he was one of only a handful of male characters, and it was made clear that Thea wasn t interested in the other single guy What wasn t obvious was any kind of romantic tension between the two they seemed like brother and sister, and that s kind of creepy It also [...]

  5. I ve read a few of the Quilts of Love stories now I have to admit I didn t really like this one I found it dull and kept waiting for something to happen to spark my interest On reading a couple of other reviews I saw it referred to as possible a cozy mystery I hadn t really heard of that before so I googled and found A cozy is a mystery which includes a bloodless crime and generally contains very little violence, sex, or coarse language By the end of the story, the criminal is punished and order [...]

  6. If you love to read cozy mysteries this is a book for you Author Cathy Elliott has a terrific command of language which she blends with humor as she takes the reader on a whodunit in the fictional town of Larkindale.Amateur sleuth Thea James thought she was co chairing the first quilt show for the sleepy town that awakens to mysterious mayhem and quilting catastrophes.The book is filled with word play that is an additional adventure.Elliott writes about a soiree, taking tea, garden galas, and a [...]

  7. I really enjoyed this book I don t always enjoy all of the Quilts of Love books but this one kept my attention throughout It had a lot of action and I liked that the mystery wasn t a murder but the loss of a quilt I liked the character of Thea and thought that the setting of this book was very charming This book really kept me guessing all the was through and I was totally thrown off by who did the crime I really like when a book keeps me guessing.I received a complimentary copy of this book for [...]

  8. A Stitch In Crime is another in the Quilts of Love collection from Abingdon Press These books have been a mix of historical fiction, contemporary fiction, and suspenseful fiction, but they ve all featured quilts or quilting, and they ve all had a romantic story A Stitch in Crime was a mystery suspense surrounding the featured quilt in a quilt show extravaganza.Because all of these books have been written by different authors, there are many differences in the writing styles Some of them I ve rea [...]

  9. If your sense of humor runs to the punny, you may enjoy A Stitch in Crime For example, when Thea walks the dog and discovers a clue, she worries that she will be in the doghouse with the police detective for disturbing evidence Or the way she refers to needing a little Moxie to figure it out Moxie force of character, determination or nerve also the name of the small dog that helped her discover the clue I didn t realize when I started the book that author Cathy Elliott has other books with the m [...]

  10. This review is also posted on Book by Book.I really hate to say this, but of all the Quilts of Love books I have read, A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliott is my least favorite but that doesn t mean I still didn t enjoy reading it Elliott s main character, Thea James, ends up at the center of a quilt show mystery and must discover the culprit before the big event at the end of the week Yet, this mystery did not have the suspense or the romance I expected, and instead, I simply felt curiosity at th [...]

  11. I have a personal affinity for the Quilts of Love series I actually have a great many of the series, so when a new one is introduced, I run to order it and so far I haven t been disappointed This series is a great addition to my library A Stitch in Crime begins so innocently Thea James is running into problems even before the First Annual Blocks on the Walk Quilt Show even begins At the Quilt Without Guilt Guild Christmas potluck it s just one thing after another.And what s going on with her bes [...]

  12. A STITCH IN CRIME kind of has a feel of a Clue game when it begins My kids love to play that the crime has been committed and you have to figure out who dun it With a houseful of guests and no witnesses anyone could ve I didn t understand why the police felt the need to warn Thea off in the beginning of the book She found the victim Why warn her off Did she have a reputation from one of Ms Elliott s previous books I also never really cared about these characters The book didn t grab my attention [...]

  13. I have really enjoyed the books I have read in the Quilts of Love series This one here was one of my favorites though, probably because of the mystery aspect that runs through the whole book I had a hard time guessing who had done the crime and it was different than I expected This is almost like a cozy mystery but still a lot of spunk in it Especially with a heroine like Thea I loved her At times unsure of herself but then steps up to the plate when need be The secondary characters were like m [...]

  14. Abingdon has done a fabulous job on this Quilts of Love series and A Stitch In Crime is another top notch addition As a fan of cozy mysteries, I m always looking for great books in this genre Well, I m thrilled to have discovered Cathy Elliott A Stitch In Crime combines all the perfect elements quilting, community, and crime to create a story that mystery lovers won t be able to put down.I love amateur sleuths and reluctant detectives and Thea was one of those great heroines that I enjoy reading [...]

  15. This was a cute little cozy mystery is full of twists and turns with a cast of crazy characters I loved the way the author sprinkled clues throughout the story and that she kept me guessing until the end.I think my favorite part was the way the main character Thea grew throughout her adventure I laughed at Thea s antics at the beginning of the book, but I was proud that Thea was self assured at the end.If you enjoy books that give you a little escape along with the puzzle of a who done it, you [...]

  16. A Stitch In Crime, By Cathy Elliott Quilt of Love Series This is a suspense and mystery type book I so love the quilt theme of all the Quilts of Love Series A story that will be keeping you guessing until the very end of the book It held my interest It is a fairly quick read The story flows relatively smooth It had a couple of characters in there that i wanted to smack at times There was the character that you thought was so sweet I am looking forward to the next book in the quilts of love serie [...]

  17. About this book Assault, larceny, anonymous threats Who knew quilt shows could be this dangerous Thea James thought working as co chair for Larkindale s first quilt show extravaganza would be a natural extension of her antique business But while organizing the busy week s premiere events would make anyone frayed, she doesn t expect a complete unraveling At the opening soiree, local matriarch Mary Alice Wentworth is knocked unconscious and robbed of her diamond brooch Soon a rare quilt the main a [...]

  18. The latest novel in the Quilts of Love Series, introduces us to Cathy Elliot in A Stitch in Crime For fans of crime and mystery this one will sure to be a hit for you This is the 25th book in the series, and doesn t need to be read in any order to enjoy any of the books Each talented author lends their talent to creating a story utilizing a quilt as their backdrop.In A Stitch in Crime, Thea James has been named co chair for the Larkindale s first quilt show Hoping it will be a success, she is a [...]

  19. This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book Rated 2.0 of 5I have some friends who are quilters, and coupled with the fact that I ve rather recently discovered that I enjoy the mystery book market, I thought I d broaden my reading a bit and try this mystery in the Quilts of Love series What I ve learned is that there are a LOT of different kinds of mystery stories and I m not enthusiastic about them all.A Stitch in Crime is considered a cozy mystery A cozy is a mystery with very l [...]

  20. Title A Stitch in Crime Quilts of Love Series Author Cathy ElliottStory Length 215Year 2015Publisher Abingdon PressThea James owns and operates an antique store in Larkindale She is also co chairperson of the town s first quilt show One of her close friends, Mary Alice Wentworth, has agreed to be one of the judges for the show The Wentworths have been a leading family in town for generations Mary Alice donated one of the family s valuable quilts to the local museum The quilt will be on display f [...]

  21. Cathy Elliott in her new book, A Stitch In Crime Book Twenty Five in the Quilts of Love Series published by Abingdon Press brings us into the life of Thea James.From the back cover Assault, larceny, anonymous threats Who knew quilt shows could be this dangerous Thea James has accepted an assignment as co chairperson for Larkindale s first quilt show extravaganza Juggling the new assignment with running her antique business, she s already feeling frayed when things start to unravel.Mary Alice Wen [...]

  22. Interesting and easy read This is my first Cathy Elliott book and so I didn t know what to expect I enjoyed the characters, though there were some things about the main character Thea that bothered me a little off and on, but I came to enjoy her and I LOVE her grandmother Thea really puts up with than I would from other characters in the book, but I do like how some come around in the end And she leans toward the dramatic, which was both entertaining and a bit much LOL The mystery was interesti [...]

  23. Cathy Elliot has penned a quirky, quilty mystery This story has just about everything fun humor, forgetfulness, animals running amuck, and lots of sugary sweets Even the most serious situations in the story didn t feel threatening or dangerous, and I think this was because the rest of the story was so completely funny.Thea isn t exactly Sherlock Holmes She may get results through her snooping, but she bumbles through each episode with as much grace as an bull in a china shop She s so sincere, ho [...]

  24. Monday, January 19, 2015A Stitch in Crime, a Quilts of Love novel by Cathy Elliott, 2015A long looked forward to week seems to being coming apart at the seams The city planning board doesn t approve the banner for the opening gathering promoting the quilt show the next weekend, the main speaker doesn t show, and the hostess has an accident necessitating an overnight at the hospital Could anything else worse happen Yes, it could A missing piece of jewelry, and family squabbles, while guests are s [...]

  25. Stitch in Crime Cathy Elliott Quilts of Love series5 stars out of fiveSmall town politics Throw in a group of avid quilters, mostly older women because they are the ones who not only make time for it, but also thrive on it, and voila You have a suspense story Actually it is not all that easy And though every town has its quilters, and it s politics, not every town has its suspense stories I have been loving the Quits of Love Stories I have not read all 25 of them, but would like to.I am not orga [...]

  26. A nice wholesome Christian cozy genre about a quilt show in a town called LarkindaleThea James is the person who suggested a quilt show come to their tiny town a woman named Prudy twin sister Trudy was Thea s co chair Although Prudy seemed to be not of much helpFor me personally I found the story a bit slow in telling even though there were many different crimes happening It wasn t a real page turner BUT I don t find most cozies to be page turnersIt s a typical cozy genre type story with pets wo [...]

  27. I didn t realize that a corpse in a cozy was a criteria for me I spent quite a bit of time waiting for Mary Alice, a dear and wealthy friend, of Thea s to die from her hit over the head She didn t die She remained in the hospital Then, she recovered and was able to return home I m still puzzling over why the author didn t kill her off It would have made a good mystery Daughter and grandnephew or grandson are in the bedroom when she is whacked over the head Sometimes Kenneth is the great nephew t [...]

  28. My thoughts I m a huge fan of the Quilts of Love books I ve read each and every one of them I m not about to stop now Love this one I love quilts but than that I love the history behind quilts I love learning the story behind them.The featured quilt in this book has a rich history and is rud to hide a treasure But one man s treasure is another man s trash Someone is out to find the treasure of this quilt and will stop at nothing to make sure they are the recipients An elderly lady gets hurt as [...]

  29. I wanted to like this book I really did I have really enjoyed all of the other books in this series, but this one just didn t meet up to my expectations For starters, the cover makes it look as if this is a Christmas book, but it really isn t Then comes the character of Thea For whatever reason, I just didn t like her She seemed spoiled and whiney to me I don t know Perhaps the problem isn t with the book but with the expectations that I had for the book I was expecting romance and there wasn t [...]

  30. This is the second Quilts of Love book that I have read The town of Larkindale has several mysteries on its hands.Thea James, a young antiques store owner is in charge of the towns first Blocks on the Walk Quilt Show She rallies the local quilting club to aide and assist her and this brings about quite a cast of characters who I had trouble keeping straight at the beginning Also if you love quilts or want to learn about them then this is just the book for you The characters are quirky and fun a [...]

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