27 September 2010

Just finished reading...

The Double Cross by Clare O'Donohue.*

In the third Someday Quilts mystery, Nell and her grandmother Eleanor join their friend Susanne as she treks to a remote bed and breakfast in upstate New York to lead a week-long quilting retreat. They discover, belatedly, that the owners are old acquaintances of group member Bernie, who does not remember them fondly. Nevertheless, she decides to go along.

They are all surprised when they arrive at a ramshackle Victorian house where renovations don't even seem to have begun. The owners, Rita and George Olnhausen, insist that the state of the house will have no effect on the class, which will take place in an outbuilding, and will be attended by locals not staying at the inn.

Reluctantly, the quilters decide to stay, even though the relationship between their hosts is tense, and none of the members of the class appear to want to be there.

Then Eleanor's dog Barney discovers a body buried in the woods, and the atmosphere becomes even more strained.

This is not just a light, fluffy crafting cozy, but a totally absorbing mystery studded with quilting lore and laced with romance.

*Many thanks to the publisher for the review copy.

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