This book is the second installment in the Southern Sewing Circle mystery series by Elizabeth Lynn Casey. I really don’t like series because they tend to be predictable and grasp at straws just to try to keep up with and expand the original story. The only exception to this analysis of mine are the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling and the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. I have to say that the format is pretty much the same as the first book, Sew Deadly: a murder mystery, a close-knit town full of loyal residents, an exclusive sewing circle, a newcomer, and of course, sewing.
I like the book, but it’s pretty predictable in its details, like when they talk to one another, the banter, for example, except the who-done-it part. Just when you think you know who did it, you don’t! Ha-ha!
What I liked most about the story are the characters. Like the first book, this story follows Tori’s venture into a new murder mystery but this time her friends tag along and she has a boyfriend. Each character is colorful and adds to the charm of the town. You can easily blend in with the residents everywhere they go, whether in the bakery, the hardware store, or in their homes. Imagine a nice town like the one Manny Garcia of Handy Manny (Disney cartoon!) lives in. It’s a nice place to want to be. Also, the characters display their emotions like they display their creations on a quilt. You want to be a part of their lives. You want to live in their towns and be their friend.
I will more than likely read the entire series because I already started and it includes a sewing and quilting theme, which is what caught my interest in the first place. It’s a good, entertaining read. Oh, and I thought the cover of the book was pretty clever too.