|With the help of the Sweet Briar Ladies Sewing Circle, transplanted Yankee librarian Tori Sinclair is settling in to her new South Carolina town. Tropical storm Roger has just ravaged South Carolina and Tori is faced with a ten-percent loss of materials at the library and many of her new neighbors' homes are heavily damaged.
A ten-percent loss of a library's collection, especially in today's economy, would be daunting enough to keep any library director busy for weeks on end, but whirlwind, optimistic Tori still finds time to help her sewing lady friends investigate the death of one of the nastiest and possibly richest residents of Sweet Briar, Martha Jane Baker. Kenny Murdock is quickly in the sights of the police as their prime suspect, as Martha Jane had recently accused the local odd-job man of stealing her money (which she later found in a sock drawer). There are some in town who say Kenny is odd, even a little slow, and there are others who think the fact that Kenny is black made matters worse between him and Martha Jane.
Tori doesn't know Kenny but trusts her friend Rose's instincts and adds clearing Kenny's name and finding Martha Jane's murderer to her ever growing to-do list.
Sweet Briar is a darling Southern town and the women of the sewing circle are charming. They have accepted Tori and are trying to mold her into one of their own. Tori is tireless and throws herself headlong into whatever project she is currently working on whether it is making polar fleece scarves, cleaning and restocking the library after the storm, solving a murder or winning over her boyfriend Milo's mother.
Tori continues to be a heroine too good to be true as she never loses her temper and helps everyone cheerfully with boundless energy. The investigation into Martha Jane's murder is fairly straight forward and linear, making it easy to solve. It is the Southern charm and camaraderie of the ladies in the sewing circle that add a special something to this myster
--Jennifer Monahan Winberry