Sew Deadly by Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the first book in the new “Southern Sewing Circle” cozy mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), August 2009
Ever since she moved to Sweet Briar, South Carolina, Victoria (Tori) Sinclair’s been the talk of the tiny town. But she’s been so busy adding a children’s corner to the library, winning over the women of the sewing circle, and trying to forget her cheating ex that she hasn’t even had time to baste together a pillow, never mind pay attention to the local gossip. Then she finds the town sweetheart dead at her back door, and everything else falls by the wayside.
Everyone believes the police investigator, who’s just fixin’ to link Tori to the murder in a love triangle gone bad through a handsome third-grade teacher, Milo Wentworth. To clear her name, Tori will have to rely on her new sewing sisters and stitch together the truth–or else she’ll be darned.
After a breakup with her boyfriend, Tori starts her life anew and takes a librarian position in a small southern town. She discovers a body and because she is new, the local police and the townsfolk suspect her and are not looking at others. With the assistance of some of the women from the sewing circle and Milo, Tori start gathering clues to find the killer. I loved this book. As I’m reading this, I can feel the southern hospitality and rejoice in what Tori is trying to do in her job. I also like how we saw the differences of living in a big city versus a small town and the colloquialism that is found. My rating: 4 stars
Pseudonym of Laura Bradford