Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Frayed Edges: A Quilting Cozy by Carol Dean Jones

 

Cozy up with Sarah and her friends for more murder, quilting, and community
When sixty-eight-year-old Sarah Miller moves into the Cunningham Village retirement community, she is mourning the loss of her husband and the place that has been home for forty-two years. But Sarah is a survivor. As she reaches out into the retirement community that is to become home, she finds friends, activities, new hobbies, and a love interest.
In the twelfth installment, excitement grows as the Tuesday Night Quilters plan an antique quilt show. But things go terribly wrong. Sarah and Sophie again throw themselves into the middle of the investigation, but this time Sarah finds herself in real danger. As always, Sarah and her retirement village cohorts offer fun, mystery, and lots of quilting.

  • The twelfth in a series! Follow your favorite characters from story to story
  • In the newest adventure, Sarah and Sophie find themselves at an antique quilt show before things go terribly wrong

Includes complete instructions for the cover quilt featured in the story

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About The Author


I'm Carol Dean Jones, a retired geriatric social worker born in Kentucky and currently living in the West Virginia foothills. During my many years working with men and women facing the issues of aging, I learned a great deal about growing old. Sarah Miller was born out of my desire to share what I have learned. Sarah is the main character in my Quilting Cozy series and a woman of a certain age who has faced the loss of her husband, her young grandson, and the home where she raised her family. Yet, Sarah is a survivor.

The story begins in Cunningham Village, a retirement community, and follows Sarah as she finds ways to make a successful adjustment to this new way of life. From taking classes at the community center, making lasting friendships, and even exploring the possibility of a romantic connection, Sarah remains steadfastly determined to continue to be a vital, active woman engaged in life.

Being an avid quilter myself, I also wanted to integrate that particular creative expression into the story and Sarah, always willing to go along with my wishes, took up quilting. She, in fact, makes the quilts (with my help, of course) for each of the book covers, as you will see as you read the stories.

Because I wanted to write about quilting and about relationships, I chose the cozy format. A cozy is a light mystery without explicit sex, violence, or profanity. If the crime is murder, it tends to occur out of the view of the reader. Cozies are usually organized around a hobby and a group of friends in a small community who work to solve the mystery. In this series, the hobby is quilting and the community is a retirement village just across the park from the main street of a small town in the mid-west.

In each book, I tried to walk that fine line between giving too much and too little information about previous books in the series. Each can stand alone, but reading them in order will offer the advantage of watching characters, relationships, and situations develop over time.

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My Review


 This is the twelfth book in this series, and for me the first that I have read, and the first few pages, I wondered if I would be able to get into this read, but I read a few more pages and I was off.
This quickly became a page turner and there is a lot of information or references given for past reads, but I soon knew the characters, and for me what’s not to like about dogs, cats and of course quilting!
We end up with a mystery, and get to see with the eyes of these characters, cherished quilts from past generations. Come and join Sarah and Sophie as we explore the origins and then begin using modern technology to find lost quilts.
There is also a pattern given at the end of Andy’s Great-Grandmother’s beloved quilt that our smart ladies figured out the pattern.
Now I would like to read some of the past books!
I received this book through Edelweiss and C & T Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.

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