5/5 Rural Missouri Inns
On The Back:
Former antiquities bounty hunter, Julie Ellis, is on the run, trying to stay one stiletto step ahead of her past. She accepts a position as manager of the Quilt Haus Inn in Missouri wine country, thinking it the perfect place to keep a low profile and start a new, less-dangerous career. It is—until Daniel Franklin walks through the door and asks for a room. Daniel claims he’s come to Straussberg in search of a famous sunken ship that he believes is buried in a nearby farm field. Julie finds the handsome historian’s story odd at best, but when a dead body is discovered at the proposed dig site, it becomes clear somebody else believes the theory and doesn’t want the ship or its secrets exposed. Who in the town would possibly care about the old shipwreck? As frightening things start to happen at the inn—all seemingly connected to the hunt for the missing ship—Julie and her quilting friends must unearth the truth before someone else is buried.
My library’s ebook library doesn’t get many just published mysteries that often and when they do they are taken and on hold for months after, however I saw this one and luckily I was the first to nab it. I’m glad I did this book was probably one of the best mysteries I’ve read all month.
I loved the characters and the fact that they weren’t perfect. Julie isn’t above breaking the law to do what she feels is right and Hannah and Julie don’t always get along. It felt like the characters were written so naturally to me, they were vivid and compelling.
The setting was also flawless. I’ve been to some of the areas they were talking about, so I could picture them perfectly in my head. The authors also did a great job of not overloading you with quilting facts like some series do. They had a few but the story really focused on the mystery, which was a refreshing change from a lot of cozy mysteries these days.
The mystery was amazing. I guessed the killer about 2/3 of the way through, but the way the authors wrapped it up was nice.
Overall a really good mystery and overall book. I’ll be looking for the next one next month!