Murder by Gravity: The Coffin Quilt
by Barbara Graham
Review by Sherry Lilley
Five Star Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781432829476
Date: 17 December 2014 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
It's snowing on Halloween. Of course. And with it comes all the chaos of traffic snarls and general snowy day mischief for Sheriff Abernathy.
This book starts out with a scatter shot of events. Why does the woman in the grocery store have a knife in her back? What's the story on the skeletons in the basement of the old house, now rented to new tenants? Why did a man climb out on the wing of the airplane and jump to his death, fishing rod firmly in hand? And, because it's a quilting mystery, who stole the priceless quit? And why? These are just the bigger questions that need to be dealt with. There are some minor ones that crop up along the way, just in case one needs a little more to wonder about.
By the end of the book, almost everything is neatly resolved. There might be one or two smaller issues still out there, waiting for resolution in the next book. Or the one after that. They make an interesting continuing story line -- something to look forward to with the next book.
The characters, however, are the real stars of this book, and I like the fact that while new characters are introduced in the book, old characters are still around, even the bit players. It's nice to know what's going on with the minor characters in the book. They are a big part of the charm.
Reading this book feels like coming home, like sitting down and visiting with the family, reminiscing over the odd relative or two, enjoying the familiar stories, and just relaxing, knowing it's okay to be whoever you are when you drop your mask. You're home, and they love you there, just as you are. That's what this book feels like to me -- home.