circle member Rose, in her eighties, has finally made her
dream come true! She's opened her own sewing shop, SewTastic,
in downtown Sweet Briar. The other sewing circle ladies can't
be happier for her, and well-to-do Leona even financed the
shop! Things are off to a good start until a tour group comes
for a scheduled weekend project, and one of the guests is
rude and even nasty.
long before Opal Goodwin, disliked by everyone whose path
she crosses, is murdered, and it happens at SewTastic, leaving
Rose devastated and certain that her business is doomed to
fail. There is no shortage of suspects among the visitors,
but uncovering the right motive and the opportunity isn't
so easy. Librarian Tori Sinclair, with the help of her friends,
Charles and Margaret Louise (another sewing circle member),
have successfully investigated murders, and they are determined
to solve this case before Rose descends into depression and
her health fails as a result.
thing about this book, and in fact the whole series, is the
deep friendships that continue to grow amongst women of various
ages, backgrounds and interests. Sewing brought them together,
and they are there through thick and thin for each other.
It was wonderful to read about someone of Rose's age and frailty
finding enough stamina and interest to open her own business
with the support of her friends.
was solid, and I didn't know who the killer was until it was
revealed to me. I found it clever that the author did a little
subtle cross promotion for the series she writes as Laura
Bradford, too! The only thing I didn't care for, and it's
really a minor thing, is the over-use of whatever the triangle
finger snap is that Charles does. I wished that there were
some recipes included as well, especially for the Truth Serum
I continue to highly recommend this series, and you do not
have to have read any of the prior 10 books to thoroughly
enjoy "Needle and Dread."
Reviews of other titles in this series
Dangerous Alterations #5
What You Sew #6
It Sew #7
of Murder #8
Reviewer Note: Elizabeth Lynn Casey also writes
as Laura Bradford