Pinned For Murder by Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the third book in the “Southern Sewing Circle” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), October 2010

The members of South Carolina’s Sweet Briar Ladies Society sewing circle are as loyal and close-knit as the day is long. But the new Yankee librarian Tori Sinclair, is finding that some threads can bind dangerously tight.

Tori Sinclair feels like she’s known her new sewing sisters forever. That is until the richest and meanest woman in Sweet Briar turns up murdered—and Rose, the circle’s feisty matriarch, refuses to believe her troubled former student was responsible. With suspicion and gossip spinning out of control, something worse than just ruffled feathers is threatening to tear the town apart.

Now Tori must confront her and her friend’s deepest fears in order to mend fences. And they will need all their skills to pull together loose scraps of clues in order to create the perfect picture of truth.

What a story! Rose’s neighbor is murdered and her mentee is the prime suspect when all clues lead to him. Rose believes that her former student could not have murdered the woman and stolen her money, so Tori and the women of the Sewing Circle are doing everything they can to put the light back into Rose’s life by proving his innocence. This is one those stories where you get wrapped up in the character’s lives that you’re pulling for them in every step they take. The mystery was good because everything was not as it appeared. There were a couple of tender and warm-filled moments that made this book a worthwhile and awesome read. My rating: 5 stars

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