A computer geek inherits a quilt shop, helps run a booth at the Northern California Quilt Extravaganza and becomes a murder suspect.
Dewey Pellicano is slowly recovering from the hit-and-run death of her mother, founder of Quilter Paradiso. Bereft of a computing job, she’s trying to bring the shop’s operating system up to speed, though her sister-in-law Kym is fighting her every step of the way. Discouraged, she’s willing to listen when quilt diva Claire Armstrong hints that she may want to buy the store. Unfortunately, she arrives at Claire’s hotel room to find her mortally wounded by a quilt cutter. Sergeant Roy Sanchez obviously considers Dewey a suspect, but also on the case is old family friend Buster Healy, whose messages on her answering machine Dewey’s been steadfastly ignoring. Now she finds Buster’s sex appeal and sympathy a potent combination. Their affair sputters, however, when Buster seems to view her with suspicion. Dewey’s sleuthing reveals many people willing to buy her shop and discloses some dangerous secrets Claire was hiding. Pressed into a quilt fashion show, Dewey stumbles over one of the show managers, dead on the catwalk. The lady had a big gambling problem, but now it’s Dewey who must go the limit to prove her innocence.
Dewey’s debut compares well to other cozies that use craft shops as backgrounds for murder.