November 1, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway


When I was asked to review a mystery novel centered around quilting, I was excited because I love to read, I love quilting, and I love mysteries. It was also great timing because I had been on the hunt for some fun, new fiction. (The kind where your mind gets a little break from the stresses and details of your day and you get to take a little vacation for a few minutes.)  Since I hadn't read any of Clare O'Donohue's other books, I wasn't sure what to expect. I am happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed reading the entire series.  "The Devil's Puzzle" is the fourth book in the "Someday Quilts" series which consists of  "The Lovers Knot", "A Drunkards Path", and "The Double Cross."
O'Donohue's writing style is suspenseful, fun and easy to read and really got me hooked.  The main characters are well developed and likable and I found myself quickly getting attached to them. Add in the suspense factor, and the love of all things quilting, and you have a recipe for hours of reading enjoyment.

SUMMARY:
Witchcraft in a small New England town typically harkens Salem, Massachusetts. However, amateur sleuth Nell Fitzgerald finds the upcoming anniversary of Archers Rest, New York drawing out the town’s own dark history of witchcraft, as well as that of its residents in "The Devil's Puzzle". Nell is thrilled when her grandmother Eleanor’s boyfriend plans a double surprise—restoring the rose garden of her old Victorian house, and a marriage proposal. However, Oliver’s plans are put on hold when a skeleton is unearthed in Eleanor’s backyard. Police Chief Jesse Dewalt launches an investigation, and for once, Nell vows to stay out of his way, instead focusing on organizing a historic quilt show as part of the town’s upcoming anniversary festivities. When clues lead to questions about Eleanor’s past, Nell is forced to uncover the truth. As the anniversary approaches, a chilling wave of vandalism strikes town hot spots, raising fears that witchcraft has returned, and revealing secrets that could change life in Archer’s Rest forever.
GIVEAWAY:
Have I piqued your curiosity? If you would like to win a free copy of "The Devil's Puzzle", simply leave a comment telling me who your favorite author is.  Comments will be open until Friday November 4th at 9pm PST and the winner will be chosen via random number generator.  Please make sure to leave a way for me to contact you in your comment.  Good luck and happy reading!

Note: I was given the book series to review for free but was not compensated for this review

21 comments:

BaileyGirl5 said...

This book sounds like a delightful escape from my dirty house and mundane chores! My favorite author is hard because I have so many favorites but I'm going with Conrad Richter. He wrote my all time favorite books ... The Trees, The Fields and The Town. I re-read them every few years and love them even more.

Snoodles said...

Clare is my new favorite -- no, really!! I just finished reading "The Lover's Knot" and thoroughly enjoyed it! Before that it was A Conan Doyle...gotta love Sherlock Holmes! Thanks for the chance to win.

Jennifer said...

I always love reading (when I'm not cross stitching or quilting, of course)!

It's hard to pick just one author, but right now my favorites to read are Jodi Picolout and Kristen Hannah.

mblittle5 said...

I love Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series!! I can't wait for the next installment!

Janet said...

Ohh, favourite author - that's hard. Maybe right now it is Maeve Binchy. I'd love to read this book.

Sunnybec said...

Oh this is really difficult because I like more than one. Patricia Cornwell. Kathy Reichs, Karin Slaughter and Harlen Coben are the ones I alway buy when a new one comes out. Linda

charlotte said...

I have read the Lover's Knot and am currently reading Drunkard's Path. I like the characters too. This is the type of book I enjoy. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the new one.

Sarah Craig said...

My all-time favorite author is Diana Gabaldon - Jamie and Claire are like old friends, and I too am waiting anxiously for the next installment. But I'd love to give this author a try - I've heard good things!!

Donna said...

Jan Karon is my favorite. I love the Mitford series.

Patty D from NC said...

I'd love a chance to win. I've read the early books in this series. My fav author is A Trigiana.

Jennifer Gail said...

Ann B Ross she's a hoot. Thanks

Fleurette said...

I enjoy reading Kate Morton and Joanne Harris. Thanks for the opportunity.

Denise in PA said...

Well, I read a lot of loves lots of authors, but I am particularly smitten with Sandra Dallas. Thank you so much for the giveaway!!

quiltzyx said...

This series sounds just up my alley! I have many favorites authors, but the one that I can read & reread over & over again,
is Dick Francis. :D

conny's quilts said...

What a great give away. Thanks for organizing. Oops so may autors I love, especially the scandinavian detective writers: Jussi Adler Ohlsen, Henning Mankell, Arnaldur Indridadson, Stieg Larson, and many many more.
I love to read quiltstories of Jennifer Chiaviari so I guess I will love this one you offer for free too! Might I be a winner then when I have read it I might do another give away and give the book through to some-one else too!

Quiltin' Sandy said...

I have a lot of fav. authors- James Patterson, JD Robb are just two of them. :)

JJ said...

I have always enjoyed reading Mary Higgins Clark. Love a good mystery.

Missy said...

My favorite author is ... (I have lots) John Grisham, Philippa Gregory, Jodi Piccoult... I could go on.

lisa said...

I have a couple favorites: Janet Evanovich, Denise Swanson, JA Jance, Catherine Coulter, and when I need a break from mystery I go to Nora Roberts, oh and I forgot Linda Fairstien

Liz said...

I have SO many favorite writers! But I'm a really big fan of Kristan Higgins--her books are funny and romantic!

Mindy said...

Love a great mystery! Thanks for the chance to win.