Monday, January 26, 2015

CFBA Review: A Stitch In Crime by:Cathy Elliott

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Stitch in Crime
Abingdon Press (January 20, 2015)
Cathy Elliot


Cathy Elliott is a full-time writer who lives in northern California and whose cozy mysteries reflect her personal interests from playing her fiddle with friends to antique collecting and quilting. Besides collecting (too much) cool fabric, she also enjoys hunting for antiques and is several years into recovery from her eBay addiction. UPDATE: She backslid a while back, enticed to bid on a 1945 Singer Featherweight. (She won.) But now she’s back on the wagon. Except for the recent crazy quilt pillow purchase. She also leads music at church and enjoys time with her grandchildren.


Thea James has accepted an assignment as co-chairperson for Larkindale’s first quilt show extravaganza. Juggling the new assignment with running her antique business, she’s already feeling frayed when things start to unravel. Mary-Alice Wentworth, a much-loved town matriarch, respected quilt judge, and Thea’s dear friend, is covertly conked on the head during the kick-off Quilt Show Soiree, throwing suspicion on her guests. It also appears that a valuable diamond brooch has been stolen during the attack. The family is furious. But is it because of their mugged mother or the missing diamonds? When a renowned textile expert goes MIA and the famous Wentworth heritage quilt disappears, Larkindale’s reputation as a tourist haven is at risk. Thea attempts to piece the mystery together and save the town’s investment in the quilt show before Mary-Alice is attacked again . . . with far worse results.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Stitch in Crime, go HERE.

My Review:
 Thea James owns her own antique business and she loves finding new ways to gain new customers. The Larkingdale's First Annual Quilt Show Extravaganza seemed liked a good idea at the time.  But when Mary-Alice Wentworth, the town matriarch, is hurt and her beautiful brooch is stolen, Thea feels like the world is coming down around her.

 As plans are made to go on with the show, Thea is relieved that everything is going her way for once. Everything seems to be falling into place, until a rare treasure of a quilt comes up missing. The quilt was the main attraction at this event, so this is definitely going to be a show stopper. With so few willing to help or in her way all the time, she must try to find the culprit and hand them over to the authorities. As the truth reveals itself, everyone is left stunned. Will the town of Larkindale ever be the same again?

 Cathy Elliott has all the talents and abilities to write a very intriguing mystery novel. She did a very good job at keeping me guessing to the very end.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from CFBA.