Death Threads by Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the second book in the “Southern Sewing Circle” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), May 2010

The members of South Carolina’s Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle enjoy their group, but the new Yankee librarian, Tori Sinclair, is really giving them something to talk about.

Tori Sinclair is basking in the warmth of her new circle of friends. That is until local author Colby Calhoun reveals an unflattering secret about the town’s historic past. He soon finds that when you fray the stitches on the ladies’ cloak of southern hospitality, things are bound to fall apart.

Then Colby disappears, leaving a trail of blood but few clues to his possible murder. Tori looks to her sewing circle to help her cut through Sweet Briar’s tight weave of ancient feuds and alliances to find him. But when she sees a pattern of townsfolk’s age-old southern pride standing in the way of justice, she knows it’s time to unravel the mystery.

When local author, Colby Calhoun, writes a disparaging article about the town’s history, the people shun him and his family. When the sewing circle ignores his wife, Debbie, Tori comes to her aid and when Colby can’t be found, Tori opts to investigate his disappearance in order to give closure to Debbie and her kids.

What I love about this mystery is every time I think it could be one person, the author spins it so that another is to the forefront. I like that in a mystery and the twists and turns had me turning the pages until I came to the same conclusion as Tori. I especially love the banter between Tori and the sewing circle members. This was a great read and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. My rating: 5 stars

Pseudonym of Laura Bradford

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