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Looming Murder: A Weaving Mystery by Carol Ann Martin
Review by Verna Suit
Signet Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451413604
Date: 04 June 2013 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

After a traumatic episode in her life, 35-year-old Della Wright decides she needs to make some changes. She abandons her career as a business analyst in downtown Charlotte, NC and moves to the little village of Briar Hollow, where she opens a weaving studio. She soon has a circle of local friends who keep her up to date on local gossip. A frequent topic of conversation is developer Jeremy Fox, who bilked people out of their savings and sleeps with other men's wives. He's a good bet to end up as a murder victim and eventually does.

After a traumatic episode in her life, 35-year-old Della Wright decides she needs to make some changes. She abandons her career as a business analyst in downtown Charlotte, NC and moves to the little village of Briar Hollow, where she opens a weaving studio. She soon has a circle of local friends who keep her up to date on local gossip. A frequent topic of conversation is developer Jeremy Fox, who bilked people out of their savings and sleeps with other men's wives. He's a good bet to end up as a murder victim and eventually does.

Looming Murder is first in a new cozy series. The mystery of the killer's identity is a challenge that confronts various characters throughout the book, but the primary focus is on Della's new life and friends and the romantic possibilities her new town might hold. She's single and obviously still looking.

If her mother had her way, Della would soon be married off to Matthew Baker, the childhood friend with whom she is temporarily sharing a house. A romance with Matthew might suit Della, too, but she's not ready to admit that. Too many other nice, handsome men are wandering into her life lately.

This book's major attraction for me is its focus on weaving. Most of the other fiber arts -- knitting, quilting, sewing, paper crafts, etc. -- have been featured in other series, but no others, to my knowledge, have addressed weaving. As a sometime weaver I'm glad to see this omission rectified. Della is described as a lifelong hobby weaver who is now thrilled to be able to immerse herself in her craft full-time. Her weaving studio in Briar Hollow includes a shop where she can sell her handwovens and also space for several looms which she can use for giving weaving classes. All of this rings true.

The author acknowledges that she herself is just a newbie weaver who has been taught the basics, but she does a creditable job of describing the process and the lure of the craft. The many technical terms she throws out may leave non-weavers scratching their heads, but they will warm the hearts of experienced weavers, who will love her for making the effort.

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