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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the quaint village of Blueberry Cove, Maine, where an expert seamstress turned amateur sleuth is getting measured for murder...

Iris Buckley is sew ready for a change. After the death of her beloved grandfather, Iris decides to stay in her Maine hometown to help out her widowed grandmother, Anne-and bring her online hand-made apron designs to real-time retail life. Her and Anne's shop, Ruffles & Bows, is set to include all the latest and vintage linen fashions, a studio for sewing groups and classes, and a friendly orange cat. The only thing that they were not planning to have on the property? A skeleton in the basement.

Anne recognizes the remains of an old friend, and when a second body shows up in the apron shop-this time their corrupt landlord, whom Anne had been feuding with for decades-she becomes a prime suspect. Now, it's up to Iris to help clear her name. Enlisting the help of her old high-school crush Ian Stewart who, like certain fabrics, has only gotten better-looking with age and her plucky BFF Madison Morris, Iris, must piece together an investigation to find out who the real killer is ...and find a way to keep her brand-new business from being scrapped in the process.

©2019 Elizabeth Penney (P)2019 Tantor

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Very entertaining

Hems and Homicide is a humorous and entertaining cozy mystery. The characters are engaging and the story is well written with a lot of twists and turns. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next book in this series.

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Hate to say it

I did not enjoy this book. I normally love most books but the characters in this book were more childish than I figured 30 year olds behave. The plot wasn't too bad, boring at times. I was hoping to hear more about vintage linens or vintage aprons. I don't think every cozy mystery has to have a love interest. I am going to return this title, I love to relisten good books but it was honestly a chores to finish this one.

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For anyone who would kill for some time to sew...

On a whim, I entered "sewing" into the search bar in Audible and I found this title. I'm a sewing addict--and I've devoured my fair share of books while hand-finishing dresses. I had credits to burn... so why not? I was not disappointed! I was actually quite pleasantly surprised--so I "burned" (i.e. gladly spent) my last few credits on the other titles in the series, and I can't wait to start listening.

My only complaint was the narration. I didn't feel like the narrator conveyed a 30 year-old, small town protagonist very well... more like a 15 year-old. Maybe that was the author's fault, but when I read passages, I didn't get the nasal, "valley girl" impression that the narrator used for the main character and her friends. Every time I loaded the book to listen for an hour, I heard "California actor" instead of "small town girl." It was distracting.

So the basic takeaway: didn't care for the narration, but really enjoyed the book... enough to get the other titles in the series.

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Lighthearted murder mystery with sewing references

Cute mystery, wonder if the book included an apron pattern? Our heroine is a seamstress and a business owner, small town intrigue, cold case, and lots of detail - a good listen

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Nice, gentle listen.

It is very American and the narrator has an American accent, but it is still an enjoyable listen.

This book isn't going to change your life, but it made me smile. It was a lovely listen when doing my own sewing.

I am quite happy to recommend this book.