Assault and Beadery (A Cora Crafts Mystery) by Mollie Cox Bryan

About the Book

Assault and Beadery (A Cora Crafts Mystery) Cozy Mystery 4th in Series Kensington (September 25, 2018) Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages ISBN-10: 1496716442 ISBN-13: 978-1496716446 Digital ASIN: B078QM4V66
All of Cora Chevalier’s dreams are coming true. Since moving to Indigo Gap, North Carolina, the busy crafting maven has been blessed with a great boyfriend, a lovely home, and a booming craft retreat business. But on the eve of her first Crafty Mom’s Escape Weekend, tragedy strikes again in Indigo Gap. This time, it’s curtains for Stan Herald, the disagreeable director of the local theater group, who’s murdered on the opening night of their new production. Worse, Cora’s friend Zee is accused of the crime.
Cora is determined to prove her friend’s innocence, but Zee’s mysterious past is making that difficult. And with a list of suspects longer than a double spool of satin cording, getting a bead on the real culprit won’t be easy. With her friends Jane and Ruby at her side, Cora must string together the clues and solve Stan’s murder before the killer gives an encore performance.
Includes crafting tips!

Running craft retreats is a dream come true for Cora Chevalier and her friend, Jane Starr. They have even developed a good relationship with their inherited co-conspirator, Ruby. 

This retreat is a bit different from the first two, as its aim is to provide mothers a break from their routines, time to relax, make new friends and perhaps learn a new craft. The main focus is to be a vacation of sorts, to recharge their spiritual batteries. 
The women who signed up are a mixed lot, but all seem to be decent, caring women. 

Along with the retreat, Jane and Cora have reluctantly volunteered to assist with a local theatre production. They find it difficult to say no to their friend Zee, but do their best to remain in the background, working on scenery. Unfortunately, their involvement consumes more time when the play's director is murdered and Zee takes the spotlight as prime suspect. 

The only thing that kept this from being a full 5 star read for me is repetition amongst the dialogue. Certain things that did not bear repeating as frequently or as soon as they were.

I love learning about the crafts. The interactions between the main characters is something I look forward to in each book. The actual murder mystery was not too simple to solve. While there is a romantic element to the series, it does not overshadow other aspects of the story.

About the Author

Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of the Cumberland Creek Scrapbooking mystery series and the Cora Crafts 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 at
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  1. Thank you for your review on "Assault and Beadery" by Mollie Cox Bryan and for being part of the book tour.

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read this awesome sounding book.
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