I do love when I get in on a series at the start. And you should know that crafty cozies are my absolute favorite at the moment. When I saw Basket Case, A Silver Six Mystery, by Nancy Haddock in my reading stack I grabbed it first.
From the Back of the book:
There isn’t much crime in Lilyvale, Arkansas, but local authorities have their hands full with Ms. Sherry Mae Stanton Cutler and her housemates—a crafty group of retirees who’ve dubbed themselves the Silver Six. But when Sherry Mae’s niece, Nixy, arrives to keep them in line, Lilyvale also plays host to a killer.
When Leslee Stanton “Nixy” Nix gets the latest call from Lilyvale detective Eric Shoar, she knows it means trouble. There’s been another kitchen explosion at her Aunt Sherry’s farmhouse, and the dreamy-voiced detective has had enough. If Nixy doesn’t check on her aunt in person, the Silver Six could become wards of the court. But the trouble Nixy finds in Lilyvale is not at all what she expects.
The seniors are hosting a folk art festival at the farmhouse, featuring Sherry’s hand-woven baskets, when land developer Jill Elsman arrives to bully Nixy’s aunt into selling the property. When Jill is later found dead in the cemetery, Sherry is suspected of weaving a murder plot, and it’s up to Nixy and the Silver Six to untangle the truth.
Everything about this was perfect. There wasn't a single character that I didn't love. And the detective, Eric, was swoon worthy. Nixy was fun, playful and quick to pick up on things making her a fun unforgettable heroine. Plus, in addition to various neat townspeople who I look forward to hearing more from, you have the Silver Six! What a feisty group of older craftspeople! They are so fabulous.
The mystery was well paced and one I was able figure out, always a nice plus. I loved the setting as well, it felt very homey and was easy to relax into. Did I mention characters? I sure can't wait to see them all again. I know it will happen too because there was an excerpt from the next part, which I devoured, right along with craft tips and recipes.
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