Mary Ellen Hughes introduces her Craft Corner Mystery series with Wreath of Deception, an enjoyable cozy with a likeable heroine and supporting cast.
Jo McAllister moved to Abbottsville, Maryland following the tragic death of her husband in a fire. With the support of her best friend, Carrie, she's opening a craft shop in the small community. Despite her misgivings, opening day is a resounding success, until Jo returns after dinner and finds the body of Kyle Sandborn, the man she hired to be a clown for the afternoon. This second tragedy makes Jo the primary suspect in the eyes of the local police, but it brings her a strong support network of women who become regulars in her crafting classes.
Knowing Jo is under suspicion, the women of the crafting group push her to start her own investigation. She's not sure she should snoop, but with the help of Charlie, Carrie's fifteen-year-old son, Jo pries at the local country club and little theater. In a small community, everyone seems connected, so Jo's suspicious of everyone's story.
Wreath of Deception is an enjoyable mystery, with a great supporting cast.
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Wreath of Deception by Mary Ellen Hughes. Berkley Prime Crime, ©2006, ISBN 0425212246 (paperback), 260p.