Tuesday, September 6, 2016


Mollie Cox Bryan

Genre – Cozy Mystery
  • Series: A Cora Crafts Mystery (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (August 30, 2016)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496704641

For thirty-something blogger Cora Chevalier, small-town Indigo Gap, North Carolina, seems like the perfect place to reinvent her life. Shedding a stressful past as a counselor for a women’s shelter, Cora is pouring all her talents—and most of her savings—into a craft retreat business, with help from close pal and resident potter Jane Starr. Between transforming her Victorian estate into a crafter’s paradise and babysitting Jane’s daughter, the new entrepreneur has no time for distractions. Especially rumors about the murder of a local school librarian . . .

But when Jane’s fingerprints match those found at the grisly crime scene, Cora not only worries about her friend, but her own reputation. With angry townsfolk eager for justice and both Jane’s innocence and the retreat at risk, she must rely on her creative chops to unlace the truth behind the beloved librarian’s disturbing demise. Because if the killer’s patterns aren’t pinned, Cora’s handiwork could end up in stitches . .

Cora and her best friend Jane have had some rough times in their lives but moving to Indigo Gap, North Carolina is a fresh start; the result of hard work and a huge dream.
Their dream of offering a crafting retreat to women is coming true. Even the woman they inherited with their new home, Ruby, is integral to fulfillment of this project. Each character in this novel brings something special, an added layer to the mystery and charm of the plot. 
Cora felt she had prepared for as many bumps in the road as she could imagine. How could she have predicted Jane would be a person of interest in a very bloody and gruesome murder? How the townspeople react will have a strong impact on the success of their business. Add to that a bed hopping guest instructor, and this retreat is not as relaxing as envisioned.

While still very cozy, this mystery gets more complex with each page turn. 
Sprinkled among the tense moments are wonderful crafts and delicious treats.
You will find both the good guys and bad guys are not who they appear.
Cora's past comes to play in the plot and Jane has a deep secret herself.

I enjoyed this first spin off series and look forward to getting to know the quirky characters of Indigo Gap in future books.

I did receive a copy of this book via Netgalley to review.

Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of the Cumberland Creek Scrapbooking mystery series.  She is also author of two cookbooks, the regional bestseller Mrs. Rowe’s Little Book of Southern Pies and Mrs. Rowe’s Restaurant Cookbook: A Lifetime of Recipes from the Shenandoah Valley . An award-winning journalist and poet, she currently blogs, cooks, and scrapbooks in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband and two daughters. Scrapbook of Secrets was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Visit her on the web atmolliecoxbryan.com


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1 comment:

  1. Love the title "Death Among the Doilies" -- SO perfect for a "cozy mystery!"


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