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Tying the Knot
Southern Quilting Mystery #5
Elizabeth Craig

June 2, 2015/ ISBN 978-0-451-46951-9
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Beatrice Coleman is loving life in Dappled Hills, North Carolina. She retired there to be closer to her daughter, Piper, and has quickly made several friends in the close-knit community. Most of her friends are quilters, and Beatrice enjoys the fellowship of the Village Quilters guild.

Beatrice's gentleman friend, Wyatt, has a sister named Harper, who is getting married. During the wedding reception, the man who was supposed to be the best man dies. Someone killed Trevor Garber, and there are quite a few suspects. Since Beatrice has had some success in solving murders before, it's a given that she'll snoop...with a little help from her friends.

The Southern Quilting Mystery series continues to evolve in a smart way. As new characters are introduced, the longer standing members of the storyline become more in-depth and rich. The relationships between the quilters are unique, and I love Miss Sissy's crankiness as much as I love Beatrice's level-headedness, and Meadow's well-intentioned meddling.

While it's a great escape into a cozy mystery, Dappled Hills feels real enough that I'd love to visit there, and meet all the friends and their families. There are special dogs and cats in the town, too, as well as The Patchwork Cottage quilting shop, and the annual spring festival.

This was an enjoyable read full of murder and motives, suspects and clues, romance and quilting and there are even recipes and quilting tips at the back of the book. You can't go wrong with a visit to Dappled Hills! So who killed the best man? You'll have to read the book to find out! My lips are sealed!

Reviews of other titles in this series

Quilt Trip
Knot What It Seams
Shear Trouble

Reviewer Note: Elizabeth Craig also writes The Myrtle Clover Mystery Series

Reviewed 2015