This book ticked all my boxes. Needlework? Love it. Cozy Mystery? Heck yeah. History? Give me more. You’d think that combining all my major loves into one book would mean an instant 5 star read, right? Yeah. No. Sadly this book was a huge waste of potential. The characters were one dimensional and dull, the story was barely even a story, and the pacing was just off.
At no point was there a real mystery that our protagonist (sorry, don’t remember her name and don’t care enough to look it up) actively tried to solve. She just seemed to wander around and occasionally someone with important information would talk to her. Heck, in the climax, (slight spoiler) she gets a phone call solving the mystery! (end of slight spoiler) This book suffered from a serious case of “tell-don’t-show-itis”.
Also, like I mentioned earlier, the pacing was so strange, even down to the break up of the chapters. The chapter breaks almost felt like the publisher/author expected this book to be read on the bus or in the line at the grocery store. Chapters would literally end and the next pick up mid-conversation when there was no natural breaking point. It was jarring and unnecessary. Slightly spoilery example: (slight spoiler)There was one chapter that started with our main character waking up in bed and thinking her home has been broken into. Two or three pages of her thinking she was going to be murdered and the chapter ends with her Gram’s new husband announcing that he and Gram are home from their honeymoon. The next chapter picked up literally 10 seconds later. (end of slight spoiler) Now, that whole chapter was unnecessary and the break was so jarring, especially as each chapter begins with historical quotes (which actually were my favorite parts of the book). Then there’s another serious slump in pacing until the end with a rather silly action scene. Nope. Not feelin’ it.
Ok. Now, this is the thing that bothered me the most, although I admit, it’s rather silly. The series is called “Mainely Needlepoint” series. The term “needlepoint” is used SEVERAL times in this book, both in general and to describe the stolen artifact. Problem is…there’s no needlepoint in this book. At all. None. The piece that the story revolves around is embroidery, not needlepoint. They are not the same. Some times the characters use the right term of “embroidery”, but 90% of the time, “needlepoint” was used. If only the author had used the term “needlework”, I’d have one less thing to complain about.
**I received this copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**