Sometimes you just want a to make a quilt that goes together quickly but still makes an impact. Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts fills that niche with this book. The simplicity of the designs means that they are great for the time poor and newbies.
Prue’s plan to catch up with her mother Henrietta hits a hitch when she and Ophelia arrive in Paris. In a short space of time they discover that her mother has gone missing and her half-sister has been murdered in the pumpkin patch. Prue’s step-sisters (who are descended from Cinderella’s step-sisters) are fairly nasty and there are rats running around the gloomy mansion. Ick!
Clare runs the Rescued Word a typewriting and book repair shop with her uncle Chester. She is accosted by a leather-clad man who demands she hand over a client’s typewriter. She refuses and he runs off when the cops arrive. Shortly after, his body is found behind the store. Clare can’t resist the urge to investigate.
Beka, Baba Yaga #2, is flying solo for the first time and unfortunately making a bit of a hash of things. She can’t afford to screw up though as something is causing the local selkies and merpeople to get dangerously ill. She enlists the help of a grumpy but hot fisherman, Marcus, and his father so she can dive for clues.
Bicycle cop Ellie once again gets to put her detecting skills to the test when Eduardo, a gardener she had only just met, is fatally injured. He allegedly fell down a flight of stairs when trying to steal the cello of Xu, an international musician, but Ellie is sure he is too nice a guy to be involved in something criminal. She starts to poke around but has to be careful not to get in the way of the lead detective who she has feelings for.
Lila Wilkins’ literary agency is hosting the cooking aspect of the local Taste of the Town festival and she is hoping it will go off without a hitch. She didn’t count on the inflated egos and general nastiness of all of the author chefs that have been invited to participate. When one of the chefs is unexpectedly killed, Lila gets involved.
Marissa is an old hand when it comes to dealing with things going awry but accidentally starting the apocalypse has to rate pretty high on the oops scale. An old foe emerges out of the shadows because, you know, life wasn’t hard enough. She needs her friends to help defeat them but they have their own dramas to deal with.
I’d been hanging out for Cormack and Elena’s romance ever since they appeared in Celtic Moon and this book was definitely worth the wait. Elena is targeted by Pendaran who wants to control her abilities activating Cormack’s protective streak. He has to master being a human before he can defeat Pendaran though and attempt to win Elena’s heart.
Deirdre “Foxtrot” Lancaster makes her living tending to the needs of ZZ, an eccentric billionaire. In her off-time, such as it is, she acts as a caretaker of a nearby pet cemetery which doubles as a supernatural animal crossroads. Anna, her boyfriend’s sister, is murdered in ZZ’s pool and Foxtrot decides to investigate as she’s worried that whoever targeted Anna might come after Ben next.
When Ophelia is hired by a woman to discover why the ghost of a hanged man manifests in her house with a strange book at his feet, she has no idea just how dangerous the case will be. The body count quickly rises as Ophelia tries to uncover the truth.