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Oct 18, 2011

Book Review + GiveAway: The Devil’s Puzzle, A Someday Quilts Mystery by Clare O’Donohue

Oct 18, 2011
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Book Review:
When I was first asked to review a quilting mystery novel, I was a bit hesitant, afraid I would not relate to the main character.  I was pleasantly surprised to find the main character of this murder-mystery novel is in fact a young 20-something graduate student and quilter, studying art and working in her grandmother’s quilt shop in a small town in New England.

This book is the fourth installment in the Someday Quilts mysteries, featuring Nell Fitzgerald.  If you’re looking for a quick, easy and enjoyable read, The Devil’s Puzzle will keep you interested and intrigued from the first few pages.  The chapters are short, just a few pages each, which helps move the story along and is great for busy moms and women trying to sneak in a little pleasure reading.

If you ever enjoyed Nancy Drew as a kid, you’ll surely find Clare O’Donohue’s books enjoyable as the main character is an amateur sleuth with the same obsession for fabric we all share!

Book Synopsis:

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:
If you’d like to enter to win your own copy of The Devil’s Puzzle by Clare O’Donohue, simply leave a comment here.  Perhaps tell me a quilt block name that you think sounds like a murder-mystery.  Clare’s books are named The Lover’s Knot, Drunkard’s Path, The Double Cross, and The Devil’s Puzzle to get you thinking!


Enter by Saturday, October 22 at midnight EST. A winner will be randomly drawn on Sunday.
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47 comments:

  1. I love to win!! Thanks for the chance!

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  2. Ha! A Storm at Sea sounds like a mystery in the making to me!

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  3. How about True Lovers Knot or Steps to the Altar?

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  4. I had wondered about these books. Thanks for the review. To me, anything with curves is a bit of a mystery. Does that count?

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  5. Oh how I love mystery books! I read the first one in this series a while ago.
    I wish I knew more block names. I will have to come back and read comments here.

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  6. A block that sounds like it could be a mystery title is Moon Over The Mountain. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway!

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  7. Flipping through my Farmer's Wife book, I think Buzzard's Roost has a pretty sinister ring to it...haha I love these kinds of books!

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  8. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book. It sounds interesting. I think that Jewel Box could be a mystery. :-)

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  9. Thanks for the chance to win a fun read. Kaleidiscope sounds like a fun one.

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  10. Quilt block names do make for great sounding mysteries. How about Buzzard's Roost or Hovering Hawks?

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  11. Love mysteries - and if it involves quilting - even better! How about a mystery with "Clay's Choice". Thanks for the give away.

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  12. How about a body found in "Grandmother's Flower Garden?". Oooooooooo. Thanks for the opportunity to win a quilting mystery book.

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  13. Actually, the basic "Log Cabin" sounds like it could be a mystery set in the woods!

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  14. Maybe "Sliced Scrappy"? Thanks!

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  15. Why is there a "Hole in the Barn Door"? I love a good mystery!

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  16. Hmm, this is just the kind of pleasure reading I need. (that would mean less time for sewing, though!)

    I had to look up names of quilt blocks. The obvious choice is coffin star: http://www.blockcrazy.com/images/Finished%20Blocks/Diamonds%20in%20Squares/Coffin%20Star%20Quilt%20Block%20984.gif

    But I think that crown of thorns could work:
    http://www.blockcrazy.com/images/Finished%20Blocks/four%20patch/crown%20of%20thorns.gif

    Or even arkansas traveller:
    http://www.blockcrazy.com/images/Finished%20Blocks/four%20patch/arkansas%20traveler.gif
    (mysterious traveller lends itself well to a mystery story)

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  17. I can't think of any, but I love the idea. Thanks for the chance.

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  18. Is 'Flying Geese' a quilt block? That could be an interesting title! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  19. I am always on the look out for a new series to read! I think I'll have to pick this one up. As for a quilt block mystery? How about "Kansas Troubles". I saw that block online.

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  20. How about the log cabin...it would make a great setting for a mystery. I would love to win. Thanks.

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  21. I like the Kasas Troubles idea as well. Fun giveaway.

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  22. Fun giveaway! Thanks! I think Irish Chain or Jacob's ladder would make good mystery names.

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  23. I would love to win this book - I've read the other 3. I think Eccentric Star would make a good name for a mystery.

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  24. Looks interesting! Thanks for the opportunity! :)

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  25. I love all the ideas for titles, very creative (my brain is not working well, so I can't come up with anything to rival these!) I've read books 1-3 and am looking forward to #4!

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  26. Oh let's see. How about The Double First Cousins Clue.

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  27. Yeah! I found a new blog and a new author to read. I think broken dishes would make a good book title.

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  28. How about "The Fractured Block?" I'm an avid reader and am always in the hunt for a new author .... even better if it's knitting/quilting related. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  29. I think "Broken Windows" is a great quilty-mystery title. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  30. very interesting concept! mystery novels for quilters :-) I'd KILL to have time to read a book! haha
    I don't know many names of quilt blocks but "The Wonky Log Cabin" sounds cool, right? :-)
    Thanks AM!

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  31. I don't know any of the traditional block names, except maybe 9-patch but that might be more a crew of pirates than a murder mystery, LOL! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  32. Can't think of any names off hand, but I would love to read this book! I am always looking for new authors!
    Amy
    abcsemartin(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. Maybe 'Broken Dishes'? It could center around something tragic happening at her friend's coffee shop. Whatever she names the next one, I know I'm going to want to read it! I really enjoyed the first three and can't wait to get my hands on the fourth.

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  34. These books look wonderful! How about "The Coffin Star"?

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  35. Thanks for the giveaway! I can't think of any mysterious sounding blocks just off the top of my head. But the books sound like interesting reading!

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  36. Oh, I don't know many quilt block squares by name, I just like to make them. The one's I know don't really lend themselves to a mystery novel.

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  37. How about Broken Dishes? I've really liked the other books in this series. Looking forward to reading this new one. Thanks for the review!

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  38. thanks for the great giveaway! i hope i win :)

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  39. Kansas Trouble, King's Highway, Path Through the Woods. How fun! Thanks for a chance to win, I can't wait to look into these books. Love a good mystery!

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  40. How about Cain and Abel? There's a whodunit....

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  41. I've read the first two; I have the third but haven't got to it yet. I'd love to have the fourth to give away the complete (to this point) series!

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  42. Broken Dishes sounds like a mystery! Or Double Wedding Ring could be one too! I would love to read this book, thanks for the review!

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  43. Awesome giveaway! I'm posting it on my blog. :)

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  44. Feathered Star would be a good title. Lots of possibilities there. Thanks for the giveaway. I love to read.

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  45. How about Crossed Canoes for a name!

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  46. Oh this book sounds like it's right up my alley as far as to the books I enjoy reading. As far as a name for a book well this block has several different names. How about Churn Dash, Monkey Wrench or Sherman's March. What a neat question. Had to get the brain cells moving. hehe.

    Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. Who doesn't love a mystery? I love a good mystery. Thanks for introducing me to this author. My block/title name is .. Variable Star.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    missmoozie(at)gmail(dot)com

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