Thursday, February 11, 2010
I've lived in two small towns in my life. One totally different from Sweet Briar. The other one so similar it was unbelievable. God forbid if you're new to town, have a different accent or move in while something unsavory is going on in the town. The negatives I describe are what Toria experiences in Sweet Briar. To tell you who she can truly trust or who she can't trust would give a spoiler. So, I'm not writing the names of those good guys or bad guys.
What it adds up to is Toria becomes a murder suspect. A young girl named Tiffany Ann is murdered. Tiffany was young, energetic and loved interior decorating. She loved life. This is why the murder seems so senseless. While I tried to figure it all out, for the sake of Toria, I decided to enjoy the costume making at the sewing circle, the favorite fictional characters drawn by the children while visiting the library. I also enjoyed Toria's sweet tooth. It led her to the bakery where she met other citizens of Sweet Briar, Emma, Milo, the school teacher.
Oh, I loved, loved the mystery of missing objects like popsicle sticks, missing light bulbs and the record book from the library. These items aren't unimportant. The popsicle sticks are meant for Toria's craft time at the library. They are great for making Egyptian pyramids.
This book made me think a lot about small towns. It is so easy to become afraid of change. Even new people coming to town can become a threat. Sometimes people, like Tiffany Ann, are mislabeled because they are so vibrant. Fear can become a factor too. Fear that whomever you love might not receive the best that they should receive. Then, a person wants to protect that person with all of their might no matter how ugly their actions.
The good side of a small town are the easily made friendships, the time to have entertainment with a small group like the sewing circle and the ability to always find someone with a kind listening ear. I suppose small towns can never become painted with just black paint or white paint. There is an X factor to every small town, the unknown. Loved this cozy. I look forward to reading the whole series. Elizabeth Lynn Casey has written a winner. Don't miss the sewing project at the end of the book. I just might try it.