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gray mountains and green trees behind a filling station.  Building has a blue striped awning with a red and a white pump in front. a giant gray cat sitting next to the white pump and below in cross stitched letters is the title and series title along with red thread and needle.

"Crossed By Death" (Book 1 in Stitches in Crime Series) by ACF Bookens, eBook, 220 pages

From GoodReads: Salvaging from historic buildings isn’t supposed to require reporting a murder. When salvage expert and historian Paisley Sutton crawls into an abandoned store with a house attached, she certainly isn’t expecting to find a body on site. But soon, her discovery sends Paisley on an expedition through history that links this murder to the one that led the previous owners to abandon the building in the first place. And someone doesn’t want her to salvage this story from the wreckage. Can Paisley preserve herself and her young son while also uncovering the stories that matter most?

Y'all the twists and turns in this book were great! It was a wonderful who-done-it kind of mystery that really left me guessing the whole way through. The main reason I picked to read this book is because at the end of the day to unwind Paisley cross stitches and I love to cross stitch! Her BFF owns a yarn store and she became a mother in her mid 30s like me! I felt very connected to Paisley with the exception that I do not do salvaging! One of the things I enjoyed about this book is that it doesn't have like 50 just has long chapters. One of the things I love about my Kindle is that it will tell me approximately how long it will take for me to read a chapter and there were nights when it would be a 40+ minute read and I knew I would crash before I could finish and I don't like not finishing a chapter.

The characters are very relatable and the author does a great job at painting a picture of this small town in Virginia. I loved this book! It is a 5 star read and I can't wait to read the next book!

5/5 Stars

2024 Reading Challenge: 19/50 complete

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