Taken InTaken In by Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the 9th book in the “Southern Sewing Circle” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, August 2014

When a trip to the Big Apple ends in murder, the sewing circle searches for a killer who’s rotten to the core. . .

Winning an appearance on a top-rated, New York based morning show means the trip of a lifetime for librarian Tori Sinclair and the Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle. Anxious to experience Manhattan with her friends, Tori is less than excited when fellow member Dixie Dunn opts to use the vacation as an opportunity to rendezvous with a man she met online.

Still, Tori never imagined her friend would be taken in by a con man specializing in scamming vulnerable older women—or that Dixie would be arrested for his murder.

Now, as the sewing circle goes up against Gotham’s elite to prove Dixie’s innocence, they will have to unravel tangled secrets and alibis, patch together a mess of clues, and put a clever killer in the city’s hottest spotlight . . .

The fun begins and ends when the Southern Sewing Circle members venture to the Big Apple and find themselves involved in yet another murder and this time with the help of an exuberant acquaintance, the ladies led by Tori do what they do best and that is expose a murderer.

I love it. This series continues to get better with each book written and it shows in this enjoyable tour de force that was brilliantly executed. I love the style and pacing in this character-driven mystery that was both a fun and an enjoyable read. The author did a great job in showing us how this diverse group of friends pull together in a state of crisis far from their home with the introduction of a character that I hope will visit Sweet Briar in the future as they tackle the clues that are presented to them. This is the best one yet and the backdrop of the Big Apple befits this tale and I’m looking forward to the next book in this delightfully charming series.

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