This series is a craft retreat mystery series which is set in Gap, North Carolina (not a real place). The main characters, Cora Chevalier and Jane Starr plus daughter, are transplants who are setting up a new life for themselves. Actually, they are doing what they love and making a living.
Death Among the Doilies
This is the first book in the series of “A Cora Crafts Mystery” . Cora Chevalier and Jane Starr (and her daughter) are starting over. Cora worked in a woman’s shelter which caused her to have a stress related condition. Jane is getting over a violent relationship, while raising her daughter in a new environment. They are transforming a Victorian estate into a craft retreat business. Unfortunately, their first retreat includes a murder where Jane’s fingerprints are found at the crime scene. Not to mention the fact that they are not popular among the regular town folk. This is not a great start to their business.
A Book Review (4. 5 stars)
What I really like this about this book was Cora. I can relate to Cora’s stress related condition, I have a chronic illness that reacts to stress. If I don’t have my medicine handy or I don’t take it regularly plus water, I am in a great deal of pain. This retreat plus Cora’s blogging really intrigue me and gave me pointers on my blog plus really increased my desire to get out of the classroom.
Anyway, the book was great, I stayed up and read the book cover to cover. The book is a page turner, the concept is great. Also, I liked the fact that it was realistic measure of how people could solve a mystery and run a business at the same time. Wonderful read!
No Charm Intended
This is the second book in the series “A Cora Crafts Mystery”. Cora Chevalier and Jane Starr (plus daughter) are hosting a “wildcrafting” retreat. However, Jane’s nanny (Gracie) has disappeared and their technology is going haywire. The guests are going on Nature hikes in order to find things for their crafts and Jane is teaching them how to make charms. Gracie’s boyfriend is the chief person of interest and as a result has been kicked out of his home. The ladies take him in and proceed to uncover clues in order to locate Gracie.
A Book Review (4.3)
I wasn’t as excited about this book as I was with the first book. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like the book, I just wish more time was spent on the wildcrafting part of the story. I know it is a cozy mystery, not a cozy crafting story, but the information about the wildcrafting was good and I liked it. Also, the technology that was incorporated into the story wasn’t that new for me, I just didn’t like all of the drugs incorporated into the story. It was bit over the top for me. Once again, I LIKED THE STORY, HENCE THE STARS. You should read it!!!!
This is the next book in the series!! Can’t wait to review it!!!