The Lover’s Knot by Clare O’Donohue is the first book in the new “Someday Quilts” mystery series.  Publisher: Plume (Penguin), September 2008

YOUNG, HIP, AND HEARTBROKEN—NELL PICKS UP THE PIECES OF HER LIFE AND PIECES TOGETHER CLUES FOR AN UNSOLVED MURDER IN THE SMALL TOWN OF ARCHERS REST

Nell Fitzgerald is thrilled when she receives a gorgeous handmade quilt in a lover’s knot pattern from her grandmother Eleanor as an engagement gift. Her joy is short-lived, however, when her fiancé announces he’s calling off the wedding. Heartbroken, 26-year-old Nell flees New York City for her grandmother’s home in quaint Archers Rest. In this small town Eleanor’s life revolves around her quilt shop, Someday Quilts, and the members of the shop’s quilting circle.

When the body of a local handyman known for his flirting is found in the quilt shop, murdered with a pair of quilting scissors, Nell finds herself drawn into the case—and drawn to the handsome police chief. As a pattern of clues begins to emerge, one of the prime suspects is Nell’s ex-fiancé, whose arrival in Archers Rest seems suspicious. The ladies of the quilting circle continue to piece together their quilts as Nell unravels the mystery. For quilters and mystery lovers alike, The Lover’s Knot is a delightful and promising debut.

I love this cozy murder mystery but the best part is all the references to the quilting process and the fact that I was learning something new that I can use while I quilt.  This was an enjoyable read and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.  My rating: 5 stars

*new-to-me author

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