Genres: Cozy Mystery
Published by Berkley on 3 June 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Mid Year COYER
You wouldn’t think that zombies, crafts and a wedding go together but this book was just plain fun. The blinged out hoopskirt was supposed to be a fun way to celebrate Edna’s upcoming nuptials but instead it helped cause a death. There is no shortage of suspects as visitors have flocked to the town for the zombie retreat, craft fair and wedding. Willow feels obliged to investigate as she was first on the scene.
Willow may be a machine embroidery shop owner by trade but she has developed a bit of a reputation as an amateur sleuth. At one point Willow comments that another character was doing a great impression of a doormat. I thought this was a bit like the pot calling the kettle black as she tolerated an awful lot from her fractious house guest Brianna and was unwilling to stand up to her mother. Take those women out of the equation though and you have a fun loving, devoted friend who has a soft spot for animals.
Bolin has populated her cozy craft town with entertaining and eccentric characters but there were so many people that we didn’t get to know them in any real depth. This problem spread to the suspect pool as the motivations of many of them weren’t clearly explored. I adored the two zombies and waspish Mrs Battersby though who stole just about every scene they were in.
Please note that although the characters often engage in crafts and talk about their efforts there is no attempt to teach the reader a particular skill. I haven’t read the other books in the series so I don’t know if this is a common thread or something new. I didn’t mind this though as if it isn’t executed well, it can take the reader away from the main point of the book which is the mystery.
I enjoyed this whimsical tale and will happily step into Threadville again.