I fell in love with mysteries by accident. A co-worker left a stack of paperbacks on my desk one morning and, among them, were two Alex Cross novels written by James Patterson. I was hooked after that.
Then I discovered cozies and a whole new love was born.
There’s something about the small-town life you see in a cozy mystery that draws me in. It fascinates me to think that you can live in this close knit group of people, grow up together and know everything about everyone and still be so in the dark about someone. That’s probably the biggest draw for me when it comes to cozy mysteries.
A Crafter Knits a Clue is the first in a new series, A Handcrafted Mystery, by Holly Quinn. It starts as so many cozy series do, with the main character returning home after being away for some length of time. Sadly, Sammy Kane has returned home after the death of her friend, Kate. As an homage to her friend and a courtesty to the community, she takes over Kate’s old craft store, putting her right the heart of everything happening in Heartsford, WI.
Sammy is a bit prickly and standoffish at the beginning of the novel, but I warmed up to her as I got to know her. You learn about her history, her ex, and other things that make her actions seem more reasonable. It doesn’t always make her more likable, but you can at least see where she’s coming from. For me, that makes all the difference.
New to the town is Detective Liam Nash, taking the place of their former, retired detective. I liked Liam from the beginning. He did have his own prickly moments that bordered on jerky, though. Admittedly, he tended to only be a jerk when Sammy was pushing him or not giving him all the information he needed to do his job. I was extremely happy when they found their common ground and stopped butting heads as much.
This was a great mystery set in a cute little town and I’m anxious to see where the next in the series takes us. My only complaint is that we didn’t get a chance to know Ingrid at all before she was murdered. It would have been good to have seen her alive a bit before she died considering all you learn about her past in the end. Aside from that one small personal preferance, I’m fully invested in Sammy, Liam, and the rest of the town now.
*Thanks to Netgalley, the author and publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for a review.