Sep 262013
 

09242013
The Double Wedding Ring:
A Someday Quilts Mystery Featuring Nell Fitzgerald

5th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Plume (September 24, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0452298798
E-Book File Size: 819 KB
ASIN: B00C5R757M
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It’s murder before marriage in book five of the Someday Quilts series…

Nell’s future is on her mind, and it looks as though the pieces are coming together like a perfectly made quilt. Her relationship with police chief Jesse Dewalt is heating up, she’s thinking of starting her own business, and Grandma Eleanor, is about to get hitched. But just as the future seems sewn up, Jesse’s former NYPD partner turns up–dead. Nell has to scramble to keep the wedding on track, her relationship from falling apart, and herself from being the target of a stranger with a secret.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
After two novellas to get us Someday Quilt Series fans back in the groove, Clare O’Donohue is back with a full length mystery and I am thrilled. I am so happy to return to Archer’s Rest, New York and my quilting friends.

Eleanor is getting married and that means her friends are planning a wedding quilt and a shower plus Nell is helping with all the wedding details.  Nell’s parents even come home but not for the reasons you may think.  Jessie is having a hard time dealing with his old partner’s death but he is also hiding something. Jessie tells Nell to stay out of the investigation but she just can’t.

Again we are drawn right into the story. Ducking bullets, shivering from the cold, and enjoying that wonderful smell and feel of new fabric. It really makes me miss being able to sew and quilt.

I am so impressed with the way I feel when reading these stories. They touch my heart but also test my mind as I follow the clues. Big changes are coming to Someday Quilts as Eleanor takes this big step.  I have to say I am a little concerned but trust Clare O’Donohue to keep bringing me the stories I love! This will be just another twist!!

a perfect escape

5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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To Find Out More About This Wonderful Author Visit Her Webpage here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Dec 072012
 

Cathedral Windows:
A Someday Quilts Mystery (A Penguin Special from Plume)

Short Story (E-Book)
It’s a chance for folks unfamiliar with the Someday Quilts gang to meet them, and for fans of the series to catch up with old friends until book #5 is released in the fall of 2013.
Plume (November 13, 2012)
80 Pages
File Size: 725 KB
ASIN: B00938UPUU

CATHEDRAL WINDOWS
It’s the holiday season, but things are heating up in Archers Rest.

Christmas is just around the corner in the Hudson Valley. Nell and her friends at the Someday Quilts shop should be making eggnog and finishing up the stitching on their last homemade gifts, but when an arsonist strikes and a beloved teacher becomes a suspect, the ladies rally behind him to clear his good name. Will they succeed in time for him to spend Christmas among loved ones or will this be a chilly winter for the town of Archers Rest?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

A holiday bonus trip to Archer’s Rest with a bit of a message too!

Just because a person is a bit of a mystery doesn’t mean there is anything sinister afoot. Charlie is a veteran who has returned after serving in Afghanistan and is now a teacher in Archer’s Rest. Nell meets him when she is doing a quilting project with the kids at the school. He doesn’t stick around while she is in his classroom even though a little teacher participation would have been appreciated. She understands he is adjusting to his non-military life but others seem to think his is strange because he keeps to himself. When his house starts on fire many suspect him of arson because his failure to acclimate to civilian life. Nell decides to get to know him a little better and maybe find the real culprit that started the fire. It is then that she learns about Charlie’s grandmother and her Cathedral Windows quilt.

A quilt has a way of bringing people together. The story behind it, the quilters that put it together, or even quilters sitting together working on their own projects. Those sewn seams can bind us together. That is what happens in this wonderful story. A perfect read for the holidays.

Dollycas

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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May 082012
 


Life Without Parole:
A Kate Conway Mystery (Kate Conway Mysteries)

2nd in Series
A Plume Book
Published by The Penguin Group

We first met Kate Conway, free lance television producer in Missing Persons, her soon to be ex-husband was killed and she was the prime suspect. Of course, she didn’t do it.

In Life Without Parole Kate is actually a little bored as her life returns to “normal”. Then she is offered two new jobs. One is a documentary about prison inmates sentenced to life without parole and the other is a reality show about a new restaurant.

She accepts both jobs and works out a schedule. Things go awry when one of the investor’s in the restaurants is murdered. Then become even poor intense as she digs deeper in to the minds of the prisoners. Can what she learns from these death row killers help her solve the murder mystery?

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I adore the way Clare O’Donohue writes. These stories are of the edge of your seat variety, face paced, exciting and can’t put down.

Kate Conway knows her job and she does it well. She gets in the heads of both the investors and the prisoners. There are a lot of mind games happening here giving this story some unexpected psychological elements. 

Clare O’Donohue is writing what she knows as she has worked in television. Her experience helps draw some awesome characters and plausible  plots. The dialogue rings true as do the relationships, even the most unlikely friendship between Kate and Vera.  In my review of Missing Persons I said I felt like I was watching a television drama and almost forgot I was reading a book. The same is true in this installment. 

Kate Conway continues to develop at a perfect pace. With her chosen profession the material for future stories is endless. That makes this reader very happy.


Dollycas

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To Find Out More About Clare Visit Her Website http://clareodonohue.com

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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