Tuesday, February 11, 2020

A Crafter Quilts a Crime by Holly Quinn: Review and Giveaway!

A Crafter Quilts a Crime

 A Handcrafted Mystery

by Holly Quinn

About A Crafter Quilts A Crime

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (February 11, 2020)
ISBN-10: 1643852906
ISBN-13: 978-1643852904
Perfect for fans of Betty Hechtman and Maggie Sefton, Holly Quinn's third Handcrafted mystery aspires to wrap you in its warmth.

Community Craft proprietor Sammy Kane must piece together a patchwork of clues when a "live" mannequin ends up stone-cold dead.

Snowcapped pines and glittery dusted sidewalks adorn tranquil Heartsford, Wisconsin, while residents cuddle beneath heirloom quilts in front of cozy wood fires. But come the next day, the below-zero temperatures won't keep the locals away from Heartsford's annual Fire & Ice event. To boost customer traffic at Community Craft's one-night-only sale, Samantha "Sammy" Kane persuades a few of the craftspeople who sell their wares at the store to participate in a live mannequin window display contest.

Local quilter Wanda Wadsworth emerges as a favorite to win the contest, as she manages to not move a muscle for an unusual amount of time. Onlookers outside the window try everything to get her to crack--tapping on the glass and making funny faces--but nothing disrupts Wanda's stillness. When the eagle-eyed spectators realize Wanda isn't breathing, a blanket of grief and fear descends upon the wintry town.

Detective Liam Nash can't seem to piece the clues together. Fortunately, Sammy's cousin, Heidi, and her sister, Ellie, are on hand to reconvene their detective team, S.H.E. They set out to solve Wanda's untimely death before the case grows as icy as a sub-zero Wisconsin winter. But they are all too aware that the killer is too close for comfort.
Live Mannequin Display

About Holly Quinn

Holly Quinn has published two stand-alone fiction novels in another persona. She graduated from Carroll University in Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in business and a minor in marketing. This is her third A Handcrafted mystery. Visit her @ www.authorhollyquinn.com
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A winter panorama of the picturesque village of Ephraim on the shore of Eagle Harbor in Door County, Wisconsin.
Winter in Wisconsin

My Thoughts

A Crafter Quilts a Crime by Holly Quinn is the third A Handcrafted Mystery.  Sammy Kane has Community Craft ready for the town’s annual Fire and Ice event.  Sammy dreamed up a live mannequin contest that will take place in her front display window.  Sammy goes to check on Wanda’s progress and notices her lips are blue.  Wanda is dead and her husband is MIA.  When Ellie’s husband, Randy becomes a suspect, the S.H.E. team convenes.  Sammy, Heidi and Ellie work to stitch together the clues that will reveal Wanda’s killer.  A Crafter Quilts a Crime can be read as a standalone for those new to A Handcrafted Mystery series.  I like the close, heartwarming relationship between Sammy, Ellie and Heidi.  They get along well together and make a formidable team.  I admit that I prefer Ellie and Heidi to Sammy.  Sammy is nervy and lacks understanding of Liam’s position.  She does not understand when the police cannot share information with civilians.  Holly Quinn captured the feeling of winter with her word imagery.  I could feel the cold tingling my ears and nose from her descriptions.  I remember what that bitter cold feels like.  I enjoyed the images of Community Craft with its beautiful handmade items inside.  I wish my town had such a place where people can learn a craft and sell their handmade wares.  The live mannequin contest was a unique event that had an unfortunate end.  The investigation progressed slowly for Detective Liam Nash because he had limited clues.  He is searching for Wanda’s husband as well as a reason why someone would want to harm Wanda.  Sammy feels Liam is moving too slow.  When her brother-in-law is brought in for questioning, Sammy quickly calls Ellie and Heidi.  The three of them (S.H.E.) will do what it takes to prove Randy is innocent.  Sammy’s sleuthing methods could use some finetuning.  She is a little reckless and is quick to break the law as well as obstruct justice.  I like how quilts tied into the mystery.  There were some interesting clues to help readers solve this whodunit.  A Crafter Quilts a Crime is a cute cozy mystery that interweaves Sammy’s daily activities with the mystery of Wanda’s death.   A Crafter Quilts a Crime has a big bonfire, wintry weather, quilt clues, a spouse gone astray, and the S.H.E. squad.  
J Johnson on Instagram: ““Night and Day” quilt barn located on the Door County Wisconsin Quilt Barn Trail. #quiltbarn #quiltbarns #barnquilt #barnquilts…”
A Crafter Quilts a Crime is available at Amazon*,  Barnes and Noble,  BAMIndieBound,  Powell’s Books, and Walmart.  The other two novels in A Handcrafted Mystery series are A Crafter Knits a Clue and A Crafter Hooks a Killer.  Would you like to win a print copy of A Crafter Quilts a Crime (sorry, U.S. Only)?  You can click here to enter or use the Rafflecopter form below.  Leave a comment on my blog for an extra entry.  Good Luck!  To learn more about the Wisconsin Barn Quilt Trail, click here.  Thank you for stopping by today.  I will return tomorrow with my review of Mercy House by Alena Dillon.  I hope you have day filled with joy.  Take care and Happy Reading!

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  1. Thank you for your review on "A Crafter Quilts a Crime" by Holly Quinn and for being part of the book tour.

    Love the cover and can't wait for the opportunity to read the book.
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