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I really enjoyed this book and have already bought the books 1-4 in the series. This is the 1st book of the Stitches In Crime series by A C F Bookens (St Marins Cozy Mystery series) set in Virginia. A predominantly cozy mystery series with a touch of romance too, what's not to like!
The main character, Paisley Sutton is a 46 year old Single Parent to a young boy Sawyer (Saw) and fur Mum to a large cat who walks on a leash, Beauregard. She's a Freelance Writer centering on History, and runs her 1 woman salvage business to make ends meet. It was in clearing a derelict building set for demolition that she comes across a body a body which shouldn't be there, and a very much deceased one at that.
Other main characters are her Dad and Step Mum (Lucille) best friend Mika who runs the yarn store in the town and newly elected Sheriff Shifflett. There's also the owners of the store who have employed her to clear the store Berlinda and George Jefferson.
The story moved quite quickly and covered the time in history where there was alot of segregation and prejudice.
I love cozy mystery stories and couldn't guess the person behind the murder at all. I'm all ready to start the next book in this delightful series.
I would have chosen higher, as few editorial mistakes, they are howlers though. I got sick to death of the single mother stating constantly, just how hard it is. Yes, we know. She harps on all the way through. Twice of poor me was enough.
Never known a single mother have so much free time! Dumping obnoxious child in anyone.
Theory of story ok, but make the single, by mother choice, divorce, grow up, take responsibility and stop harping on how hard up she is. Make the father pay for the child, there is no mention he pays a penny.
Today was not the best of days, and I wanted a short cosy to distract myself from everything and this little number fit the bill quite nicely. It starts off when the MC, Paisley, stumbles across the scene of a murder and that in turn kicks off a much larger investigation of unraveling the mystery surrounding the history of the store and an old case that was never solved.
Paisley is a cool, calm and collected older mum, whose two year old whirlwind, Sawyer, runs ragged. Baba and Boppy are delightful, and Mika is a godsend. Then there is Santiago, the investigating Sheriff who takes more than a passing interest in single mum Paige. Add in some sleuthing and a promise of future romance, and this was a quick and intriguing mystery.
I enjoyed this first story in the series. Paisley works salvage and when she finds a body on one of the sites, she gets caught up in the mystery. This is a unique cozy with a convoluted and interesting mystery. The characters are well-developed and I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.
The writing is good and clean, including the hint of romance. It did feel preachy to me, though and a tad unrealistic. There was a lot about her toddler, which I dont think added to the story. Things happened very slowly, but the final twist was ok.