Patterned After Death
A Southern Sewing Circle, Book #12
By Elizabeth Lynn Casey
Author website: http://elizabethlynncasey.com/blog/ , http://www.laurabradford.com/
Murder hits close to home for the Southern Sewing Circle in the latest mystery from national bestselling author Elizabeth Lynn Casey.
Everyone in Sweet Briar, South Carolina, knows former high school football stars Jake Davis and Noah Madden. The two were fierce rivals once and now, twenty years later, the dueling quarterbacks haven’t lost their luster. So townsfolk are surprised when Jake and Noah team up for a business venture. And there’s only one suspect when Noah turns up murdered.
Margaret Louise, Jake’s mother and one of the founding members of the sewing circle, isn’t about to take the attack on her son’s reputation lying down. In fact, she’s in full mama-bear mode. And Tori and the rest of the Sweet Briar gang are more than willing to help her sharpen her claws to catch a killer.
PATTERN AND SEWING TIPS INCLUDED
Several things I have to say first, one I wish I could give this more than 5 stars. Even a 100 of them would not be enough. Any time I get to read a book written by Elizabeth Lynn Casey/Laura Bradford, I am one happy camper. Her writing style and stories are always fun, entertaining and heartfelt. Sadly Patterned After Death is the last in the fabulous cozy series “A Southern Sewing Circle”. I am happy that the author was able to end this delightful series on her own terms. I will sure miss this eclectic group of ladies that have become friends to me. I will miss visiting Sweet Briar, South Carolina. I look forward to anything this fabulous author puts out next.
Now on to the book itself. Patterned After Death finds everyone in an uproar after high school football star and man about town Noah Madden winds up dead. He is found in his old rival/new partner’s mechanic shop. Jake Davis is family so you know Tori Sinclair is not going to take this lying down. Even if she goes down when she finds the body, hard. No one could understand why the two men went into business together when their feud had been going strong for so long. High school football in Sweet Briar is pretty dang important and the citizens have long memories. Tori cannot let Jake get railroaded, his mother is her best friend Margaret Louise. He and his family are family to the ladies of the sewing circle. This cannot be happening.
Margaret Louise cannot believe anyone would begin to suggest Jake, her baby boy, is capable of murder. She is not going to let them get away with it either. She has to stay home though and take care of Jake’s family, wife and all his children, her babies. So of course, Tori has to get involved. Who will be her wing man if Margaret Louise is out of commission, new comer but dear friend Charles of course. During Tori’s investigation, she does the unthinkable. She hurts Leona and it seems there is no going back. Also during this time, sweet Rose is out of the fray. She is not doing well and honestly it broke my heart when I would read her parts.
Patterned After Death is everything and more anyone could want in a cozy mystery. This is the twelfth book in the series and if you have not read any of them, do it. They are the best of the best in this genre. Sadly this is the last one, but it can definitely be read as a standalone, but why would you? All the fabulous characters are here and boy do I love them. Elizabeth Lynn Casey is truly one of the best writers, not just in cozies. Her words transport you to wonderful Sweet Briar, they bring the characters to life in a way you can actually get to know them and love most of them. This book is dedicated to the readers and as an avid one I want to say THANK YOU!!
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour*