Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Deadly Notions - 4th in the Southern Sewing Circle Mystery series
Author: Elizabeth Lynn Casey
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: April 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic/Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Sweet Briar
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None/Negligible
Elizabeth's Website/Blog: elizabethlynncasey.com/blog/
The entire Sweet Briar sewing circle is suspects in the murder of a truly mean-spirited woman. Sure they vented to each other about how she encouraged and set the example for her five-year old daughter of how to be a bully. Yes, they openly, at a birthday party, said theyíd like to strangle her. But they didnít mean it. Not enough to carry something like that out. No, none of them would go to those extremes for any reason, especially as the results leave a little girl motherless.
Itís obvious that the wagons are circled around Tori and her friends. So she decides to ask a few questions and try to deflect the Chief from instigating anymore "chats" with the sewing circle members.
Of course life has a way of timing things, doesnít it? Milo, Toriís boyfriend, has a visitor in town. His college sweetheart. Everyone but Milo can see that she wants Milo back, which reigns blows to Toriís confidence as to Miloís true feelings.
Itís these things, and her position at the library, that keep Toriís days and nights filled with questions, worry, and a bit of sleuthing.
I always enjoy visiting Tori and her friends in Sweet Briar. They are their own band of sisters who squabble and pick at each other yet will drop most anything to lend a hand Ė yes, Leona, too, in her own way.
Each book in the Southern Sewing Circle series is truly "cozy" in the way itís packaged for the reader; a mystery to solve, relationships to form and develop, lifeís troubles and surprises to overcome and respond to, all within a small-town sense of community.
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