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Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt A Cozy Mystery: Harland Creek Mystery Quilters
1st in Series
Setting – Mississippi
Guardian Ink LLC (September 5, 2022)
Paperback : 214 pages
ISBN-10 : 1953854966
ISBN-13 : 978-1953854964
Digital ASIN : B0B83Y31YN
Hi! I’m Dove Agnew, former successful dress designer who was living the high life in New York, until my sleazy business partner used my business to move his drugs, leaving me to pack my ruined reputation and move back home to the tiny town of Harland Creek.
Despite the setback, all was going relatively well until I found Gertrude Brown’s body on the floor of my mom’s quilt shop. Now, rumors are flying and all eyes are on me. I’m a murder suspect! Even my ex-boyfriend, the current chief of police, is suspicious of me.
Now, it’s up to me to clear my name and find out who the real killer is before someone else gets hurt. But I’m going to need help, and the Harland Creek Quilters, and a goat named Petunia, are just the group to get things done.
Welcome to the new series set in the beloved town of Harland Creek. With the quilting club ladies and a sidekick, which happens to be a goat, this book will keep you guessing and laughing out loud!
Dove Agnew is back home in Harland Creek, Mississippi after her business partner tanked her New York City dress design business. Now she is using her sewing talents working with her mom at her quilt shop. While not the life she had imagined she is glad to be helping out her mom in any way she can. That is until Gertrude Brown starts making demands and is then later found dead in the shop. Dove is everyone’s prime suspect but she is no killer. She finds help to clear her name and solve the mystery of the tea cup quilt from her mom’s friends, the Harland Creek Quilters and their mascot, a goat named Petunia. Hopefully they all survive to tell the tale and catch the real killer.
The author has introduced a wonderful cast of characters to get this series off to a great start. The Harland Creek Quilters are a hoot. Their hearts are in the right place and their heads have great ideas but their bodies betray a lot of the sleuthing they want to do. Our protagonist Dove appreciates their help but knows she needs to save herself, especially because her ex-boyfriend and chief of police, is even questioning her and her motives. As this is the first book in the series we have just scratched the surface of character development but I am already invested in the entire group. I mean, come on, a group with a goat as a sidekick has to pique everyone’s interest.
The mystery is well-written too. I was very intrigued by the tea cup quilt and all the interest it seemed to be receiving. Plus Gertrude Brown had her share of enemies. Almost everyone in town had a bone to pick with her but most are not revealing exactly what. It was good to see Dove had plenty of company. Readers are given plenty of clues and that did help me solve the mystery before the reveal but I still found the ending quite exciting.
Prior to my accident, I was an avid quilter so this story took me to a happy place. I do miss the joy of completing my own projects but am happy to get to read about others piecing some amazing works of art.
The Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt is a clever mystery with endearing characters in a terrific setting. I really enjoyed the high dose of humor throughout the book. I caught myself laughing out loud several times. Petunia contributes to the funny but almost every character has a comical moment or two. I am really looking forward to the next book in this series. The Mystery of the Drunkards Path is set to be released on January 9, 2023.
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About Jodi Allen Brice
Jodi Allen Brice has written numerous books under different pen names. Under Jodi Allen Brice she writes women’s fiction, small town clean sweet romance, and cozy mysteries.
She transitioned away from paranormal romance in the year 2020 when the virus hit. She still writes about lovable characters who overcome the impossible to get what they want. You’ll find yourself laughing and crying when you are reading her books. She is also an avid quilter and camping. Sometimes she does both at the same time!
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.”