“Another great book in the Southern Sewing Circle books. The clues had me guessing who the murderer was right up to the end of the book.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Another great book in the Southern Sewing Circle books. The clues had me guessing who the murderer was right up to the end of the book.”Colleen F wrote this review Saturday, December 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Rather good. ”Kitty Lou C wrote this review Tuesday, December 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Main plot line was entertaining, but the subplot was too contrived and added to make this into a holiday sell.”Michelle M wrote this review Monday, December 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Down south, the holidays mean family—and for Yankee librarian Tori Sinclair, family means the Sweet Briar Ladies Society sewing circle. It may not be a white Christmas, but it’s one she’ll never forget—no matter how hard she tries…
The Sweet Briar Holiday Decorating Committee has been taken over by an outsider. Margaret Louise has been replaced without any notice. She has been replaced by "The Grinch" who just happens to be dating councilman Avery Jordan. To try to keep things under control Margaret Louise volunteered Leona, Rose, Dixie and Tori to help "the councilman's little hussy". Tori and Dixie have their hands full with the Holiday Book Extravaganza but can't turn their backs on helping Margaret Louise.
And the season has brought sad tidings as well: Charlotte Devereaux, a sewing circle founding member who unraveled after her storybook marriage fell apart, has passed away. Charlotte loved to draw and near the end of her life while her while her mind was foggy, she sketched some things that make Tori realize her husband didn't leave her - he was murdered!!!
Santa's naughty list will be overflowing as Tori sorts out all the clues.
After 7 stories I feel like the ladies of the Sweet Briar Sewing Circle are old friends I get to see not near enough. Visiting them for the holidays was absolutely perfect. I was as upset about Miss Maime Wellington as the ladies. I have to admit I thought she may be another victim found dead before this story ended. Thankfully my friends had their own "sweet" way to deal with their Grinch.
The actual murder mystery in this story was pretty complex with several possible suspects and the author kept me guessing right up to the end. She is a master at this. I am always one or two steps behind.
I really enjoyed learning about The Devereaux Creek Center and hope the ladies keep up their volunteer work. There seems to be a bit more to to its story.
Elizabeth Lynn Casey has created wonderful caring characters and placed them in a beautiful place. She also puts them in real situations outside the mystery. Whether it be a book fair or a crafting session you will be inspired. She even includes an easy stocking pattern in this edition that will have you wondering if you can do a project just like the Southern Sewing Circle.
I highly recommend a holiday trip over the river and through the woods to Sweet Briar and while there may not be a lot of snow these ladies really know how to Let It Sew!!”
“New author. Good”booklover wrote this review Tuesday, November 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Toni Sinclair is busy at the Library getting ready for Holiday Book Extravaganza, when a force of nature, resembling Leona Elkin, takes over and signs her up for the annual Sweet Briar Christmas Decorating Committee. The reason? A new Christmas Grinch has appeared and it is up to the Southern Sewing Circle (a group of ladies aging from early 20's to 80's,) to get life back to tradition.
Now this sounds like a delightful cozy book to read while sipping tea, but, I suggest you put your cup down when suddenly, a body is found through a clue found in a painting left from a recently deceased member of the sewing circle...was it murder?
This series is as comfortable as a cozy sweater. You find you snuggle down into the tale and the characters are old friends. Sometimes it is quite sentimental which I loved as it was a tale woven around the holidays. Yet, there was a distinct bite with the Grinch. The ladies aren't always so sweet.
I totally enjoyed this cozy murder mystery and look forward to future tales.”