Patterned After Death

Southern Sewing Circle Mystery, #12

I picked this up because I love a good mystery. What I didn't realize when I picked it up is that it is the 12th book in a series. Unfortunately, for me, this is not what I would consider a standalone novel. Since I had not read any of the previous works in this series I was lost for several chapters on who the characters were and their relationships to each other.

The other downside to this novel, for me, the mystery was overshadowed somewhat by the small town drama. I would have liked a more fleshed out mystery and sleuthing, but that's a personal preference. For those who like a little less mystery and more personal interaction, this novel will be right up your alley.

Having said that, however, the characters were well developed and multidimensional. And they certainly epitomized, something I'm intimately familiar with, small town living and mentalities, bless their hearts.

Fans of the series will love it. Those new to the series, I HIGHLY recommend reading the previous novels before diving into this one.

Book Blurb for Patterned After Death

Murder hits close to home for the Southern Sewing Circle in the latest mystery from national bestselling author Elizabeth Lynn Casey.

Everyone in Sweet Briar, South Carolina, knows former high school football stars Jake Davis and Noah Madden. The two were fierce rivals once and now, twenty years later, the dueling quarterbacks haven’t lost their luster. So townsfolk are surprised when Jake and Noah team up for a business venture. And there’s only one suspect when Noah turns up murdered. 

Margaret Louise, Jake’s mother and one of the founding members of the sewing circle, isn’t about to take the attack on her son’s reputation lying down. In fact, she’s in full mama-bear mode. And Tori and the rest of the Sweet Briar gang are more than willing to help her sharpen her claws to catch a killer.


Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2017 3.50