Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Something Borrowed, Something Bleu - 4th in the Home Crafting Mystery series
Author: Cricket McRae
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Release Date: July 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Spring Creek CO
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Cricket's Website/Blog: www.cricketmcrae.com
Her brother’s suicide eighteen years ago isn’t something that’s discussed between Sophie Mae Reynolds and her parents. So it comes as quite a shock when her mother calls, almost desperate, asking her to come home. Apparently a letter her brother wrote (and mailed) to his girlfriend, on the day of his suicide, has surfaced.
Why now? Can they really learn anything after all this time? Sophie Mae has a week to find out. Not much time to dig up the past or delve into people’s memories, but she’ll give it every effort and then some.
One of the first things on her agenda is taking cheese-making classes given by her brother’s high school girlfriend, Tabby. True, she gets to learn how to make a variety of cheeses (she loves learning new home-making crafts), but also she gets the one-on-one time she needs to ask Tabby questions, show her Bobby Lee’s last words. Perhaps Tabby can help her clear things up.
Unfortunately things come to a grinding halt when Tabby’s husband, Joe Bines (Bobby Lee’s best friend) is murdered. Or do they? Naturally more questions arise. Is the timing of Joe’s murder a coincidence? He really wasn’t much of a prince, so it could be. Or does this all tie in with Bobby Lee’s suicide? But how, after all these years?
With the help of her fiancé/detective, Barr, and her parents, Sophie Mae is determined to find the answers, even if she has to grasp at scenarios and suppositions to do it. Of course this all leads to one step forward and one and a half steps back, but progress is progress.
Argh! If she could only make some progress with her mother; the small, intimate wedding she and Barr desires is turning into one huge to-do, much to Sophie Mae’s frustration. She may not be in one piece for her wedding, though…Sophie Mae is getting close to the convoluted truth and someone is getting nervous about it.
I absolutely enjoy being able to immerse myself in Ms. McRae’s writing. There’s something about it that seems to click together; the characters (including supporting) and each plotline are always in perfect sync. The atmosphere of the story is always one completely balanced between suspense and wit and home, with healthy dashes of crafting tips and how-to’s tossed in with a deft hand.
Cricket McRae’s imagination takes the reader on a ride of twists and turns. It’s a guarantee that the reader will be entertained on some level.
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