The Double Cross by Clare O’Donohue is the third book in the “Someday Quilts” mystery series. Publisher: Plume (Penguin), September 2010

When murder interrupts a quiet quilting retreat, The Someday Quilt ladies team up to solve a case in which one of their own is a suspect.

Nell Fitzgerald is thrilled to be able to take a break from her complicated romantic life in Archers Rest as she helps the women of Someday Quilts ladies teach a quilting class at a new bed-and-breakfast in upstate New York. Her hopes for an idyllic escape disappear, however, when the inn’s proprietor is found shot through the heart—and one of the members of the quilting group is named as the chief suspect.

With smart, spirited Nell leading the charge to clear her friend’s name, the ladies must rely on their craftiest thinking as they embark on their most personal case yet.

They say the third time is a charm and that is what The Double Cross brings to the table. Nell and friends head up to an upstate B&B for a quilter’s retreat to help one of their own lead a class. When the owner is found dead, Nell is worried that her friend Bernie will be the primary suspect, so she begins an investigation and this time with the blessing of Jesse, who is becoming more than just a friend. What a great read! The mystery kept me turning the pages as I tried to guess the killer’s identity along with Nell. Nell’s curiosity about the inn’s guest’s peaked when hushed words were whispered; items disappeared and reappeared, and hidden secrets were exposed. While paying attention to the clues along with Nell, another mystery popped up that I didn’t see coming. The author’s tone is nicely paced where you are wrapped in the warmth of the characters and the feel of the setting. This was an enjoyable read that was pieced together nicely. I’m especially looking forward to the next book in this series.

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