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The Lover's Knot: A Someday Quilts Mystery    by Clare O'Donohue order for
Lover's Knot
by Clare O'Donohue
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Plume, 2008 (2008)
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* * *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

The Lover's Knot is fresh and fun. Clare O'Donohue deftly weaves together two genres popular among women – chick lit and cozies – into a must read for fans of either.

Nell Fitzgerald thinks her life is going well. She has a sophisticated job in New York, a great fiancé, and has just received her engagement gift from her grandmother – a beautifully intricate beige quilt in a lover's knot pattern. Within hours of opening the gift, her life falls apart as her fiancé Ryan calls off the engagement. Devestated, Nell runs away to her grandmother's house in Archers Rest where her grandmother's quilting circle friends quickly welcome her into their group, making her feel right at home.

When Nell's grandmother trips down the steps of her quilt shop, Nell decides to stay and help. Her mind is quickly taken from Ryan as the town playboy, Marc, starts flirting with her. Although warned against it, Nell finds herself falling for him – until he winds up dead while remodeling the quilt shop. The number one suspect is Ryan, who arrived in town only hours before the murder. Nell is torn over her feelings for Ryan. To get her mind off of him, she throws herself into solving Marc's murder, much to the consternation of the handsome town sheriff.

Like many cozies, The Lover's Knot is an engaging mystery - once you pick it up, you do not want to put it down. As in many chick lit novels, Nell is the type of character to whom all younger women can relate. O'Donohue cleverly blends these two genres to make one excellent read. The Lover's Knot is full of twists, turns and memorable characters who will keep readers laughing, crying, guessing, and cheering until the end.

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