Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries, No 5
Elizabeth Lynn Casey
Berkley Prime Crime
Nov 2011/ 978-0-425-24461-6
by Laura Hinds
After two years,
Sweet Briar has really started to feel like home to librarian Tori
Sinclair. She loves running the library, adores her friends in the
Sweet Briar Ladies sewing circle, and has opened her heart to love
once again. Tori has dealt with a broken heart in the past, and
with accusations of murder in Sweet Briar, but all that is behind
One day, she
goes along with friends to support their friend Rose, during a treatment
for her arthritis pain at a local clinic. She’s shocked when
she looks up and sees her ex-fiancée’s great-aunt.
The great-aunt, Vera, drops dead of a heart attack on the spot.
Tori is shocked and saddened, but things get worse when her ex-fiancée,
Jeff , shows up in town and lets it be known that he believes that
he and Tori should get back together. He’s evidently come
into sudden money and it has only heightened his ego and prompted
behavior that is more pompous than ever before.
knows what has hit her, Jeff keels over dead while jogging. The
problem is that he was in excellent health and worked in the fitness
field. There is no reason he should have died so young. After the
autopsy is performed, Jeff’s death is ruled murder. Although
Tori herself isn’t really a suspect this time, she is worried
that her present boyfriend might be involved. Her doubts about him
haunt her, and lead her to pursue her own leads. The police have
told her to leave it alone, but she just has to know the story for
herself; especially after a fire at her beloved library makes things
This is a well-rounded
book, with the murder mystery being the main theme, but sharing
nearly equal space with the themes of friendship, trust, and small
town regional mannerisms. The women are special to each other, even
when there is in-fighting. One woman, Leona, even has a pet rabbit,
which pulls a stunt of its own that will surprise readers.
of this group of southern women is so true to life that it made
me wish for women just like them to be in my circle of friends.
They share sewing, food, and even a weekend getaway to a vacation
spot just perfect for their needs.
this series will likely already be set to dive into this latest
installment. If you hadn’t heard it was out yet, hurry to
get your copy now. You won’t be sorry, and you will come away
with a down-home happy feeling, fueled by the friendships, the resolution
of the mystery without anyone placing themselves in needless danger,
and by the helpful sewing tips at the back of the book.
Reviews of other titles in this series
Notions, No 4
Alterations, No 5
What You Sew, No 6