Saturday, July 24, 2021

Frayed Edges by Carol Dean Jones

This is a fun mystery for elderly readers. It has a very gentle pace. In fact, nothing really exciting happens until a third of the way in when a quilt heist takes place. Much of the story centers around the activities of older people, such as hearing aids that don't work well, trying to figure out how to do something on a computer, enjoying a family celebration, or fussing over a pet.

The mystery happens when antique quilts go missing after the first day of a show. We see how a few elderly people go about trying to solve the mystery, resulting in a bit of suspense at the end. Most of the novel, however, is much more sedate. I appreciated learning some about antique quilts, how they are handled and how they might be repaired.

This book is the twelfth in the long line of quilting cozy novels. The main characters have histories in the previous novels. I had not read any of them so was a bit lost at the beginning with all the references to characters and their family members and relationships.

This is a fun novel, especially for readers also interested in quilting. You'll find interesting people planning fun quilting activities and get some humor too.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Carol Dean Jones is a 70-something retired geriatric social worker living in the West Virginia foothills. She is an avid quilter.

C & T Publishing, 232 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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