A Bias for Murder–review

This is the third book in the revised cover/title series Queen Bees Quilt Shop. The original title was “Murder on a Starry Night”, but it’s kind of cool to actually see that title quoted toward the end of the book. I noticed a couple of inconsistencies and thought it was just me, but in an Amazon review, I saw that someone else noticed it too. It’s nothing major. There’s a reference to an Esther, which I assume is Eleanor, one of the regulars. Then Po’s husband’s name became Bruce for some odd reason. The previous two books had him as Scott, and when I checked the copy I have of “Murder on a Starry Night,” he was called Sam in that one! Oh well, just little things I notice, but they don’t take anything away from the story line. I was just happy to find the assurance that I wasn’t dreaming about Scott becoming Bruce 😉

My Goodreads review:

A Bias for Murder (Queen Bees Quilt Shop #3)A Bias for Murder by Sally Goldenbaum

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The quilters got a large commission in this book when the twin sister of a recently murdered beloved local scholar arrived in town. She didn’t leave the best impression on people and shocked the town when she announced that she was opening a B&B in her family’s mansion. The Queen Bee Quilt Shop quilters were happy to take on the task of making eight quilts to go in eight of the rooms of the B&B. In the meantime, a killer was lurking out there someplace, and Po & Crew knew that they’d be investigating.

Somehow this book seemed to move a lot slower than the previous two. The story was good, and we got the usual camaraderie of the ladies and their friends. I always love it when Po has Sunday dinner at her house for her friends. It give them a chance to talk about the case and pick any brains, but PJ wasn’t even working the case this time which seemed a little odd. All in all, I did like it and the showdown was exciting. As it turned out, the town had a couple of new people to call friends. Now I’m wondering if the original fourth book in this series is going to be redone. I know this author’s name isn’t on it, and I’m not sure if the name Marnette Falley is a pen name for her or not. I at least have a copy of the original fourth book called “Dog-Gone Murder”, so I intend to read it and see if any closure was brought to this series that ended. I have two couples in mind that I would like to see happily ever afters for! 😉

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A Thread of Darkness–review

This is the second book in the recently re-edited Queen Bees Quilt Shop by Sally Goldenbaum, and I am really loving these characters! If you like the author’s Seaside Knitters series or any of those that feature a group of crafting women who make pretty good sleuths, then you’ll like this series too. It’s not quite as long as the Seaside Knitters books, but there is just as much love and caring going on with the characters. The ladies were making a quilt for their dear friend Jacques who just opened a French restaurant and whose specialty was bouillabaisse.

My Goodreads review:

A Thread of Darkness (Queen Bees Quilt Shop #2)A Thread of Darkness by Sally Goldenbaum

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another awesome book in this series! I’ve only met these characters twice now, but I feel like they’re old friends, especially Po and Kate…and PJ of course! This was an intriguing murder mystery dealing eventually with deep pockets that hid something that happened long ago. I wasn’t sure who the killer was this time until Po started getting ideas. I had some thoughts, but they weren’t the right guesses. I do love how all these friends work together to help each other and truly care about their other friends and community. It’s nice to read a mystery that has just a little more than the mystery and solution–it lets you in on who these people are. Until next time, Crestwood KS!

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A Patchwork of Clues–review

This is the first book in the newly re-edited, renamed series and retitled book series now called Queen Bees Quilt Shop by Sally Goldenbaum who also writes the Seaside Knitters series, which is a long-running series. I hadn’t realized when I first pre-ordered the book that it was a reprint of the original which was Murders on Elderberry Road, but a friend on Goodreads had let me know about that. I was sad for the author when I saw that someone on Amazon had given a 1-star review just for that reason. I mean who does that? It’s not really fair. I wouldn’t think of lowering the stars I gave the original title to anything less. It was just as good the second time!

I’m anxious to read the next books as they come out. I know they’re not nearly as long as Seaside Knitters, but they portray just as much camaraderie and love of family as Seaside does.

My Goodreads review:

A Patchwork of Clues (Queen Bees Quilt Shop #1)A Patchwork of Clues by Sally Goldenbaum

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Much like the ladies in the Seaside Knitters in this author’s other series, this is another awesome group of women who have each others’ backs no matter what. It doesn’t hurt that they all seem to like a good mystery as well. It seemed like a larger group of characters to get to know, but by the end of the book I definitely knew that Po as the unspoken leader of the group was my favorite. She had an amazing sense of family and loved to surround herself with her friends whom she considered to be like family.

The oldest member, Eleanor Canterbury really cracked me up! She was sharp, spunky, and even though she came from money, she’s as down-to-earth as the rest of the friends. I honestly had no idea who the killer was until the clues started coming, and the showdown was great! I’m glad that these books were given a face lift, as the new covers are super attractive and fun! And I do like the updated titles as well.

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