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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Book Review - Dangerous Alterations: A Southern Sewing Circle Mystery by Elizabeth Lynn Casey

I'm so excited to share this cozy mystery with you today!  Elizabeth Lynn Casey is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors, and her Southern Sewing Circle mysteries are just about the cutest series around!

About The Book:

Yankee librarian Tori Sinclair has finally found a place to call home, thanks to the Sweet Briar Ladies Society sewing circle. But when her past comes back to haunt her, will her tight-knit group of friends be able to keep her safe?

When Tori accompanies the circle's fiesty matriarch to the local health clinic, the last person she expects to run into is her ex-fiance's great-aunt. And the old woman is so shocked at seeing Tori that she promptly has a heart attack and dies. Now Tori's philandering ex, Jeff - the man she's vowed to steer clear of - has shown up in Sweet Briar, insinuating he's ready for another shot with Tori.

Then Jeff turns up dead, apparently from a heart attack as well. Except the police chief believes it was murder - and that Tori may have been involved. Now she must rely on her ladies from the sewing circle to help her piece together the clues while she keeps her life from coming apart at the seams!

I just adore this series!  The lively and personable cast of characters are just the kind of ladies that you hope to have as friends in your own lives, and the charming town of Sweet Briar, South Carolina is on my list of literary destinations I wish I could visit.

This story, in particular, has a whole lot going on!

 1) Tori's ex-fiance shows up - and yes, he's as rotten as I have pictured him!

2) Tori is waffling about saying yes to sweet Milo's proposal, and her lady friends are strongly encouraging her to give the poor man an answer.

 3) Dixie, the crusty curmudgeon former librarian, is filling in for Tori's assistant, and proves to be a firecracker, in more ways than one!

4. A certain little adored and pampered bunny turns out to be keeping a huge secret that takes everyone by surprise!

Elizabeth Lynn Casey keeps her readers entertained with her wonderful storytelling skills that feature light humor, gentle romance, and always an intriguing, suspensful mystery to be solved. What more could you ask for in a cozy mystery?

To learn more about Elizabeth Lynn Casey, and the Southern Sewing Circle Mystery series, check out her blog at http://www.elizabethlynncasey.com/


One of my favorite things about the Southern Sewing Circle mysteries is the cute sewing projects that are included at the conclusion of each book. 

In "Dangerous Alterations," Sewing matriarch Rose convinces the Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle to make comfort pillows for breast cancer patients like her friend, Lynn.

Comfort pillows, like the ones Rose and the gang make in the book, are much smaller than traditional bed pillows and are used to make things like driving and even coughing/sneezing a bit less painful for women who have just underwent a masectomy.

This is a great (and relatively easy) service project for an individual or group to perform!  Pretty cute, too!

Elizabeth announces on her website that there will be at least 10 books in this series, so we all have more great adventures to share with the ladies of the Southern Sewing Circle to come!  Be sure to check out the previous four!

My thanks to Kaitlyn Kennedy and Berkley Prime Crime Books for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.


Cozy in Texas said...

I haven't ready anything by this author - I love the cover.

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Check her out, Ann! I just love her writing - it's light, funny, and keeps you entertained!!

Liz said...

Have enjoyed this series very much. Glad the newest is here and more in the works.