Sammy Kane owns and manages Community Craft, a retail store on Main Street in Heartsford, Wisconsin. It's the best shopping night of the year, the Fire and Ice Event, and Sammy has a brilliant idea to attract customers to her shop. She asked the vendors from Community Craft to be live-mannequins inside the storefront display window. The plan goes awry when one of the mannequins looks blue despite the bright lights. Sandy, her sister and cousin, in their childhood formed an investigative club nicknamed S.H.E. They decided to insert themselves into the murder investigation to discover who murdered their quilting friend, Wanda. Detective Nash is not amused when Sammy is kidnapped by the chief suspect and proposes a convoluted theory about a map and clues hidden in a quilt made by Wanda.
This cozy mystery provides a respite from everyday life. The characters are likable and predictable (in a good way) and will entertain you. The food mentioned in the book sounds delicious and Quinn has provided recipes and a quilt pattern. I will absolutely make Ellie's Meatball Soup and Sammy's Crustless Spinach Quiche. Well-written with just enough of a plot twist to keep the story from being like any other cozy mystery. Throw in a little romantic tension, and it's just right.
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 Handcrafted mystery. Quinn is both an avid reader and crafter. Holly sells her artistic creations locally and dreamed of one day opening a gift shop to sell local artist’s handiwork. Instead, she began writing about it and thus her journey of the Handcrafted Mystery series was born. Visit her @ www.authorhollyquinn.com