Greetings! Mumbo Gumbo Murder by Laura Childs releases on October 1 along with Stitches in Time by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Beyond a Reasonable Stout by Ellie Alexander. Child's Play by Danielle Steel will be out on October 8. Is there an upcoming release you are looking forward to reading?
A Bias for Murder by Sally Goldenbaum takes readers back to Crestwood, Kansas. Everyone is surprised when they learn that Oliver Harrington died from a sudden heart attack. He was a kind man who was the picture of health. His twin sister, Adele returns to town and immediately begins renovating the massive family home into an elegant bed and breakfast which has her neighbors in an uproar. Max Elliott, Oliver’s attorney, is kept busy with people claiming that Oliver promised to leave the estate to them. Meanwhile, Adele’s brusque manner alienates the towns citizens. Halley Peterson, Canterbury University librarian and Oliver’s friend, claims that Oliver was troubled about something prior to his death and she does not believe he died from a heart attack. An autopsy soon reveals that Halley was right. People are stunned to learn that Oliver was poisoned. The Crestwood Quilters are hired by Adele to create eight unique quilts for her new B&B. When a series of incidents begin happening at the estate, Po and the other quilting ladies get drawn into the investigation. Po intends to find out who harmed Oliver and why. However, the killer has no intention of being exposed!
A Bias for Murder is the third novel in A Queen Bees Quilt Shop Mystery series which I recommend reading in order. It will allow you to become familiar with the characters (they can be hard to keep straight) and their relationships. I thought A Bias for Murder was easy to read with heartwarming characters, charming small town, and beautiful quilts. Po Paltrow has a proven track record in solving crimes. Po along with the other ladies in the Crestwood Quilters have the necessary connections to get the information they need. The group is also busy working on eight quilt tops for Adele’s new bed and breakfast including a special quilt for Oliver’s former bedroom. The mystery is straightforward. There are multiple suspects and direct clues. The killer can be identified very early in the story and the reason why is equally apparent (unfortunately). I liked that there were a series of incidents that provided action to keep the book moving forward. I loved the quilt descriptions and comradery between the quilters. They are a close knit group of women who get together to quilt, solve crimes, enjoy good food, and so much more. There are plenty of lovely cozy moments in this character driven book. A Bias for Murder is a heartwarming cozy mystery perfect for a rainy afternoon or an afternoon relaxing poolside. A Bias for Murder has a greedy developer, a publishing professor, an offensive sister, a magnificent mansion, striking quilts, and seven sewing sleuths.
You can find A Bias for Murder here on Amazon (my favorite online book seller). The other two novels in A Queen Bees Quilt Shop Mystery series are A Patchwork of Clues and A Thread of Darkness. Sally Goldenbaum also writes A Seaside Knitters Mystery series and the spin-off A Seaside Knitters Society Mystery series. Her next release is A Murderous Tangle coming out November 26 (available for pre-order). Thank you for visiting today. I will be sharing my review of All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio next time. I hope you have a day filled with happiness. Take care and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader