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Death Among Doilies by Mollie Cox Bryan
A Cora Crafts Mystery #1
For thirty-something blogger Cora Chevalier, small-town Indigo Gap, North Carolina, seems like the perfect place to reinvent her life. Shedding a stressful past as a counselor for a women’s shelter, Cora is pouring all her talents—and most of her savings—into a craft retreat business, with help from close pal and resident potter Jane Starr. Between transforming her Victorian estate into a crafter’s paradise and babysitting Jane’s daughter, the new entrepreneur has no time for distractions. Especially rumors about the murder of a local school librarian…
But when Jane’s fingerprints match those found at the grisly crime scene, Cora not only worries about her friend, but her own reputation. With angry townsfolk eager for justice and both Jane’s innocence and the retreat at risk, she must rely on her creative chops to unlace the truth behind the beloved librarian’s disturbing demise. Because if the killer’s patterns aren’t pinned, Cora’s handiwork could end up in stitches…
Death Among the Doilies by Mollie Cox Bryan is the first book in the Cora Crafts cozy mystery series featuring Cora Chevalier. Cora and Jane are gearing up for their first craft retreat, but things take a turn for the worst when Jane is brought in for questioning regarding a murder. Jane is innocent, but the possibility that her fingerprints were at the scene shines suspicion on her.
This cozy mystery was fast-paced and had a fun fall feel to it. Cora and Jane both have complicated pasts. After Jane is questioned, cancellations for their craft retreat start rolling in. Cora is desperate to find out who the real killer is and to save Jane’s reputation.
I thoroughly enjoyed this crafty cozy. I liked the characters and the small-town setting of Indigo Gap, NC. The mystery was well-plotted and had my attention from start to finish. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the Cora Crafts cozy mystery series.
About the Author
Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of the Cumberland Creek Scrapbooking mystery series. She is also author of two cookbooks, the regional bestseller Mrs. Rowe’s Little Book of Southern Pies and Mrs. Rowe’s Restaurant Cookbook: A Lifetime of Recipes from the Shenandoah Valley . An award-winning journalist and poet, she currently blogs, cooks, and scrapbooks in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband and two daughters. Scrapbook of Secrets was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel.
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Great review. This book looks like a great start to a great new series. A craft retreat at a Victorian estate sounds like an amazing storyline. Can’t wait to read.