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Quilt Trip: A Southern Quilting Mystery

Quilt Trip: A Southern Quilting Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Craig
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As a quilter, retired folk art curator Beatrice Coleman likes to have all the seams stitched together—but her plans keep getting tangled up in unexpected ways…

Beatrice has never crashed a party but now her fellow quilt guild member, Meadow Downey, is driving them to a Victorian mansion in the mountains beyond Dappled Hills, North Carolina. Muriel Starnes, an elderly eccentric, has organized a meeting of quilters to pick someone to administer a quilting scholarship. The fact that the Village Quilters weren’t invited isn’t enough to keep Meadow from speaking her piece.

But once the quilters arrive at the mansion, it seems they may never leave. An ice storm sends an old tree crashing across the driveway, leaving them stranded for the night. And by the next morning, they are one fewer—for Muriel has been sent to meet her maker. With everyone in the house a suspect, it’s up to Beatrice and the Village Quilters to figure out who has a guilty conscience before someone else gets tied up in knots.

Includes Quilting Tips!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1228 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451240634
  • Publisher: NAL (3 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BDQ397G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #251,316 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Elizabeth writes the Memphis Barbeque mystery series for Penguin/Berkley (as Riley Adams), the Southern Quilting mysteries for Penguin/NAL, and the Myrtle Clover series for Midnight Ink and independently. She blogs at Mystery Writing is Murder, which was named by Writer's Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers for 2010--2013.

A lifelong resident of the Southern US, she enjoys finding inspiration for her mysteries in the beautiful states of North and South Carolina.

Elizabeth Spann Craig (Riley Adams)
Twitter: @elizabethscraig

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars drawn out but worth reading 18 May 2014
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The story is completely located in an house with the usual characters snow-bound with ensing murder of the obvious character almost immediately. The intensity quickly builds and I easily found myself feeling the coldness and the starkness of the hostile house and company of characters as I ploughed through the chapters. At times I found the story-line somewhat repetitive and predictable and nearly gave up, but I perservered and it was worth it; it is a good story cleverly crafted, but I hope later books return to the more varied range of characters and settings.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not very engaging thriller 3 Sep 2014
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I read Elizabeth Craig's other quilting novels, which were fun to read and had ver engaging characters, so I was looking forward to this new one. Unfortunately, the change of location, the new characters and the lack of the lack of a quilting focus don't work for me. I know nothing about quilting but I gather it is a communal activity. This came through a little in the book but not as much as in the other ones.

The story is set in a large mansion. It is meant to be creepy with a bad tempered owner. Anyway, the women turn up to learn about a crafting foundation. The weather turns. Everyone gets snowed in. Nobody looks for them. There is no electricity. There is little food. One dies. One investigates. Who done it?

I found the writing forced and lacking the easy flow of the earlier novels. I didn't get either humour or sense of mystery from this novel. I think the setting was just too extreme and does not work.

I hope Ms Craig revisits the template for her earlier novels and produces a cracker next time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quilt Trip by Elizabeth Craig 4 Dec 2013
By Deb@Debbie's Book Bag - Published on
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Elizabeth Craig's Southern Quilting Mystery series continues with her latest offering, Quilt Trip. It is the third mystery in the series and has the feel of an old fashioned whodunit, complete with a group of unsuspecting quilters gathered in a mansion, terrible weather and a killer in their midst. Craig's use of humor and adventure add to the mix, making this a very enjoyable cozy for mystery lovers and quilter's alike!

My grandmother's were avid quilter's. I tried my hand at it when I was younger, but it wasn't the niche for me. I am a cross stitcher at heart, but I love those memories of watching them pick the fabrics and colors, of the many happy hours they spent around the quilting hoop, laughing and enjoying the peace and tranquility that quilting brought to their lives. I miss them very much. I am very thankful for some of the wonderful quilts they created though, to remember them by.

This book reminded me of a good old fashioned mystery. Akin to the game Clue, where you have all of the suspects contained in one place, unable to get away, until someone solves the crime. I liked that Agatha Christiesque kind of mystery. In my opinion Agatha was the forerunner of the cozy sub-genre with her Miss Marple series and I enjoyed the nod to her writing style that Craig uses here. I found myself pondering... Was it Miss White in the kitchen with the candlestick? a few times and I liked that part as well.

Beatrice and Meadow have heard about an eccentric ladies wish to create a foundation that would supply quilting scholarships. Muriel has invited several quilting guilds to her home in order to choose which guild will administer the foundation. Unfortunately, the Village Quilter's were not asked to join the group, but they decide to crash the party. The weather turns gruesome and everyone must stay for the night. When Muriel is found dead in the morning... the mystery is on! I thought Craig came up with a creative idea for her third book in the series and I could see something like this taking place, which gave it a ring of truth that readers will enjoy.

Beatrice is once again a very methodical investigator. She asks all the right questions and puts two and two together in a somewhat clinical sort of way. It is Meadow who brings a bit of the unpredictable into the equation. She is more free spirited and asks those questions that others might not think of, together they make a great team of amateur sleuths. I think Craig paired them well and adds an element of humor in their relationship and how they view the world.

Though Colonel Mustard and Professor Plum were not among the suspects, there were plenty to choose from and enough motives to keep even the most avid mystery reader scratching their heads. This one was a hard one to put my finger on, but in the end my guess was correct. The clues logically pointed to a certain character as the main suspect, but things are certainly not what they appear in most mysteries and this one is no exception. Craig keeps the reader off balance by adding in clues that aren't necessarily a part of the mystery at hand. It was interesting to see how it all came together in the end.

The quilting aspect of the book was definitely in the forefront, and Craig brings a bit of nostalgia to readers who enjoy the craft of quilting. I enjoyed all of the references to different styles of quilting and specific quilt patterns. There was something for both quilters and mystery enthusiasts in this book and I thought Craig did a great job of balancing the overall theme of quilting with the underlying aspect of the mystery. A good addition to the series to be sure!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Whodunit! 14 Dec 2013
By Shelleyg - Published on
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Elizabeth Craig has done it again with her newest Cozy mystery ! Beatrice and Meadow as well as a few other quilters are stranded in Muriel's mansion due to the winter weather, Muriel invite them to come because of her health condition and she needed to make a few things right. when Muriel is found dead the next morning the ladies believe it is because of her illness and that she just died in her sleep, but Beatrice doesn't think that is what has happened and does some investigating on her own when she realizes that it was murder. She has to find out who did it and why before it is to late.

You will have a great time getting to know these Ladies and loving them as I have. What a great book! And the cover is amazing and perfect for this time of year!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so fun 11 Dec 2013
By CJ Sew - Published on
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I have been captivated by these characters. What a good read. Quilting and mystery together is a great mix for me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars just o.k., fine for a rainy day 15 Jun 2014
By Happy Wanderer - Published on
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This was a gentle enough story, no big surprises. I was hoping for more quilting action.

There were so many situations that were not plausible that I finally skimmed towards the end to find out who they murderer was. Examples:
- Supposedly they were short of candles, but when someone claims to have spent the night reading, I wondered how they could read or quilt in the dark?
- They complained on day two of being "sick of these clothes!". What? Are we truly so spoiled that we can't survive without a change of clothes?
- We are told they are stranded because of ice on the road, even though they were only 2 miles from the main road. Gee, I could scoot on my backside for miles to get away from a murderer.

But the book was harmless enough, just too trite for my taste.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good, but slow 17 Jan 2014
By D. Griffin - Published on
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Not as good as prior installments of this series. However it is a must read for those of us who follow the series. I hope the next installment will give more interaction with the community at large and the lively characters.
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