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Looming Murder: A Weaving Mystery af Carol…

Looming Murder: A Weaving Mystery (original 2013; udgave 2013)

af Carol Ann Martin

Serier: A Weaving Mystery (1)

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Della Wright is offering weaving workshops to promote her new business in Briar Hollow, at the foot of the Blueridge Mountains. When a shady local businessman is found murdered and one of her weaving students is suspected, Della can't help getting entangled in the investigagtion.
Titel:Looming Murder: A Weaving Mystery
Forfattere:Carol Ann Martin
Info:Signet (2013), Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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Della Wright has switched homes with her childhood friend Matthew, due to a scandal at her workplace where she was once suspected of embezzling but was cleared when it was discovered that the culprit was in actuality her boss. She's decided to pursue her dream of a weaving studio where she will also sell her wares. But in order to get it off the ground, her first step is in offering classes.

The people who show up are an assorted group who seem interested. She discovers that one of them - David Swanson - has no desire to learn to weave, but is doing so as part of community service, and they're making baby blankets for charity. She also learns he's a real estate agent, which comes in handy when she finds out things didn't work out as planned for Matthew and he's returning home.

When David is showing her a place she's interested in, they come across the reason for his community service: Jeremy, a man he'd recently had an argument with. To make it worse, the man is with David's ex-wife, part of the reason for the argument. They leave abruptly, and later on David asks her if she's still interested in seeing the building. When Della agrees and they enter the apartment above the store they both get a surprise: Jeremy's body, covered in blood. In her haste to leave Della takes a tumble and sprains her ankle.

While the police think David is the murderer, Della's not so sure and offers up the help of Matthew and resolves to find the killer. But in doing so will she be endangering her own life or the life of someone she cares about?...

I enjoyed this book to an extent, but there were some things that stopped me. For instance: Della sprains her ankle and the head cop Mike tells another officer to take her to the hospital. Why? There was an ambulance right there for Jeremy that they didn't need when it was discovered he was dead - but they send it away. Wouldn't it have been easier just to send her in the ambulance?

Secondly, she was a financial adviser but is lacking in cash. Why didn't she have a savings account? I really tire of reading these books where the protagonist always has a nice career but never has any money. Why is she broke? It doesn't make any sense. Was she dumping all her cash into her condo? Why keep the job if you're only making enough to make ends meet? (She's not working at a convenience store; she has a career that should pay a decent wage - just once I'd like to read a book where the woman actually knows how to manage money and has a healthy bank account when she starts a new business). It actually doesn't make any sense to start a new business if you don't have any money, if you think about it.

Then there's the fact that she likes Matthew and Matthew likes her. They're 35 and 37 years old, but are pussyfooting around like teenagers. They have romantic feelings but won't act on them and it comes off as rather ridiculous and because of this misunderstandings ensue.

Also because of this Matthew moves in with Jenny (temporarily, I gather). Supposedly it was pivotal to the plot point, but it didn't have to be. Things could have progressed exactly the same with him living in his own house. I do recall that he mentioned Della should stay in his spare bedroom anyway, so it didn't make sense to me.

Aside from this, I also didn't get a feeling about the type of person Della was or what she or Matthew looked like. The author made a point of describing everyone coming to the weaving class, but all we learned about Della is that she's short. There's nothing about her personality to make anyone connect with her, either. She doesn't cook which seems odd since she's in her thirties; I mean, honestly, why do all these women never know how to cook? They should at least be able to make the basics - meat loaf, pork chops, roasts, etc.; those are not difficult things to do. No one is expecting them to make Bouillabaisse.

As you can see, I wasn't enthralled by the characters, but it wasn't a terrible book, either. It was fairly on the average scale. I'm hoping the next in the series will be better. In the end, when the murderer was discovered, it seemed rather ho-hum; it was a different conclusion than the usual which is the reason I give it three stars. ( )
  joannefm2 | Jun 19, 2018 |
This first in a new series started off really strong, and I thought "yay!" a new series to get excited about. But from there - well, it sort of fell apart. Not completely - it was still a good enough read, but not nearly as good as it's potential.

First, the setting is excellent; small town, at the base of the blue ridge mountains. Most of the action takes place in only two places, so there's not much of a mind map setup, but it wasn't really missed and didn't detract from the story.

Next, the characters. We start with a charity weaving night that introduces us to the main characters and coincidentally, the suspects. I really liked the female dynamic and was all set for a good 'friendship' setup for the series. But Della spends most of the book talking down to her "closest" new friend, Jenny, someone who believes she can read aura's and tarot. Della treats her as a bit of a silly child because of this, and it hurts the book. Della was supposed to have been a Financial Analyst in her previous life, but seems to have no money of her own and needs to take advice from the men in her life about her own financial decisions. Plus, I was over hearing about the damn high heels. Marnie is introduced as a bit of a shrew, but then becomes likeable as the book progresses. And the final female character, Dolores, is portrayed as a nasty, scheming piece of work until the last third of the book where she becomes a bit of a hero in the piece. ?!?! And finally, Michael - the childhood friend/love interest: He is an Ass!!!! One minute he's talking to Della like she's a child and constantly nagging at her and the next, he's blushing and running away from her at the slightest provocation. WTF??? Total turn-off. All-in-all, the characters felt all over the place, I never knew how I was meant to feel about any of them (except Michael, whom I'm sure I am meant to like but really, I'd just like to kick him in the jewels...)

Finally, the plot. Very well done and wow, way to keep me completely distracted with lots of suspects and red herrings and then shock me at the end. Totally didn't have a clue until Della did. Excellent!

Not sure I'll read the next one or not - though I'll admit to finding the weaving bits very interesting. I'll have to see how I feel once the next book comes out. ( )
  murderbydeath | Sep 20, 2014 |
This book is billed as the first in a series. The main character, Della Wright, is a 35 yo. woman who has relocated to Briar Hollow, NC from Charlotte to fulfill her long time dream of opening a weaving studio in the wake of a disastrous experience in her previous employment in the financial services industry. Written in the first person narrative, Della meets some of her new Briar Hollow neighbors when she decides to start a charity group to weave baby blankets. The group is made up of women except for David, who chose this activity as his court ordered community service. Early in the novel a body turns up. It's the local swindler and lothario, Jeremy Fox who also happens to be the reason for David's community service requirement.

This book sets the series up with a cast of local characters and various love interests. It's a cozy, chic lit sort of mystery....a quick and enjoyable read. ( )
  tangledthread | Jul 8, 2014 |
I've always been fascinated with weaving, and this book has just enough information to fan its flames. The small town setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina is very well done, and Martin has assembled an interesting and eclectic cast of characters that sets the series off to a good start. As I turned the last page, I found myself looking forward to meeting these characters again in another adventure. Martin's series is definitely one to watch. ( )
  cathyskye | Oct 5, 2013 |

Looming Murder is the first book in the A Weaving Mystery series.

Della Wright has recently swapped houses with her friend Matthew and has opened her dream business, that being a weaver's studio. To generate interest in her new enterprise she offering weaving classes. For the first workshop she has six people with varying degrees experience.

When an unscrupulous real estate developer is found dead by Della and one of her workshop members, David Swanson, suspicion falls on David. David had assaulted the deceased and as punishment he was ordered to community service and David chose learning to weave.

Many residents of Briar Hollow loss money in the deceased's real estate scam and she feels that David is not the murderer. So with the help of a couple members of weaving workshop and Matthew, she sets off to find the real killer. I really enjoyed meeting all the members of Della's workshop and look forward to meeting them again. Looking to learning more about Mercedes and if she might become part of the staff at Dream Weaver. Also looking forward to seeing if any romantic interest evolves with either David or Matthew.

The only thing that I would have liked to have would be a glossary of weaving terms.

Looking forward to the next book.

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  yoder | Sep 20, 2013 |
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