A Crafter Hooks a Killer by Holly Quinn (A Handcrafted Mystery #2)
English | 2019 | Mystery/Thriller | ePUB | 2.9 Mb
A Crafter : Sure to delight fans of Betty Hechtman and Maggie Sefton, A Crafter Hooks a Killer is the second installment in Holly Quinn’s Handcrafted mysteries.
Community Craft proprietor Sammy Kane suspects that a tantalizing thread links the deaths of her best friend and a bestselling author. But can she weave together the clues?
Samantha “Sammy” Kane is settling into her new life in idyllic Heartsford, Wisconsin, running her late friend Kate Allen’s craft shop, Community Craft when one early June day, bestselling crochet author Jane Johnson visits Heartsford. Captivated by Community Craft, Jane devotes a chapter in her new book, Behind the Seams, to the store. Sammy is honored, though satisfaction quickly turns to shock when she finds Jane strangled to death?her cold hands clutching a copy of her most recently published book, with the words “THE END” raggedly scratched into the cover.
Heavens to Etsy! Not only must Sammy contend with the author’s inauspicious demise, she has to untie some knotty details from her own past. It turns out Kate’s death was not what it seemed, and instead somehow hooked to Jane Johnson’s demise. Handsome Detective Liam Nash is on the “skein”, more than happy to see the shop owner again, if less than enamored by her sleuthing interventions. But this was Sammy’s best friend?she has to know.
Fortunately, Sammy has a “lace” in the hole. As a child, she formed the S.H.E. detective team with her cousin, Heidi, and her sister, Ellie. Having already reconstituted their partnership, the S.H.E. team searches for a pattern behind the latest death. As the case starts to unravel, will Sammy and team be able to sidestep Liam quick enough to stitch together the clues?
“Sammy’s cousin Heidi, who was more like a sister or a close friend than a cousin, suddenly disrupted her reverie and pushed through the back door, waking her from her confused mental state. Heidi’s dyed blonde hair was braided from the left side across the back of her head and fell loosely to her right shoulder. She was wearing a pale-blue tank top that hugged her perky breasts (which Sammy envied, as she had none to speak of) and matching nylon shorts. Sammy also envied her cousin’s tall lean legs and sculpted arms. But Sammy didn’t exactly put in the effort of a disciplined exercise routine like her cousin did. She could only blame herself for not sticking to a workout plan and eating far too many “samples” from Marilyn’s Sweet Tooth Bakery.
Heidi plucked her earbud out of one ear. “I just finished my run, and you’ll never guess who I saw entering the trail as I was jogging over here.”
Sammy crushed her cousin’s excitement with one swift comment. “Jane Johnson.”
“How did you know?” Heidi’s dimples faded and her face fell flat.
“Not working at the hospital today?” Sammy changed the subject as she wondered why Heidi wasn’t in her typical nurse scrubs. She was also envious that her cousin was playing hooky on this beautiful summer day.
“They’ve changed my schedule to twelve-hour shifts, on and off days. I’ve moved out of the ER and onto the hospital floors. It’s just a trial period while Natalie is on maternity leave. I swear, that woman pops out babies like a Pez dispenser.”
“Are you happy with the change?”