Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Death Threads - 2nd in the Southern Sewing Circle Mystery series
Author: Elizabeth Lynn Casey
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: May 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Sweet Briar South Carolina
Overall Rating: 3.75
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Elizabeth's Website/Blog: www.elizabethlynncasey.com
The sewing circle is a tight knit group. They are loyal to each other. But Tori Sinclair knows exactly how long it takes for that loyalty to fly out the window. Zero, zip, no time at all.
Local author, Colby Calhoun unleashes an article on the small community that rocks the very foundation that rebuilt their town after the Civil War. Disbelief and anger reverberates around the town. Foul play is afoot…Colby has disappeared leaving only an unhealthy amount of blood for evidence. Evidence of what, though? Everyone seems to have their own idea as to Colby’s fate.
Unfortunately with Colby’s disappearance his wife, Debbie, a member of the sewing circle, gets the brunt of the residents’ anger. Her bakery is boycotted; her children are teased and taunted. With the locals and several members of the sewing circle angry Tori knows she’ll have to do her bit; her sleuthing bit. Yet what she finds and learns either solidifies the possibility that Colby was murdered, or else just doesn’t make sense.
With Margaret Louise and Leona on her side, riding shot gun, she’s either going to get to the bottom of the mystery or get hurt in the process. But she’s willing to take the risk.
I often found myself cheering Tori on when she stood her ground with Leona or the sewing circle. She’s not a fair-weather friend as some of the citizens in Sweet Briar seem to be. In fact, I feel I should warn Leona; if she doesn’t watch out, her holier-than-thou attitude, no matter how well intended at times, is going to land her in trouble some day. Good thing she has Tori by her side should that ever happen.
This is a satisfying cozy series. It’s full of colorful characters who add multi-faceted layers to the stories. The plots are convoluted enough to keep the reader on their toes. And the scent of a budding romance between Tori and Milo complete the pattern nicely.
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