Original Posting At http://pastor-patrick.blogspot.com/2019/10/a-crafter-quilts-crime-review.html
My first reaction was that this book was more “cozy” than “mystery”. I was wrong.
All small towns in Wisconsin are alike – for example, they each have their annual festivals. Oh, they may come at different seasons of the year, but they do occur. Heartford, Wisconsin’s “Fire and Ice” event took place in winter in the first weeks of January. It was scheduled to end with the bonfire late in the evening where the town would burn its collection of well-used Christmas Trees from the previous year’s advent celebration. Scheduled, but for some “Fire and Ice” would end hours earlier with the unexpected death of Wanda.
And with Wanda’s passing, the S.H.E.s (a group of two sisters and a cousin, Sammy, Heide, and Ellie) began gathering evidence; evidence which would eventually lead to a kidnapping. Much of the action centers around Sammy’s craft shop located across the street from Liquid Joy, the local coffee shop. But we also spend time on the rural farms and in the homes of local citizens impacted by Wanda’s demise.
Having spent six years living in a small town in southern Wisconsin, this reader felt right at home – though murder was not part of my personal experience, car theft was. For the reader looking for a book focusing on the Winter months with an interesting cast of characters, Holly Quinn’s latest work may be a worthwhile choice. Bundle up and open the book and find your newest vacation spot – including the quilt trail maps that define most of the region. After reading, you may want to schedule a spring or summer visit.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.