Co-chairing a quilt show seems like a piece of cake until disaster strikes.
Antiques dealer Thea James may be fairly new to quilting, but she has the bug and is delighted to help out the Quilt-Without-Guilt Guild in setting up a show featuring both local quilts and the famous Wentworth quilt, “Larkin’s Treasure.” On loan from a California museum, the Wentworth quilt is reputed to hold the clue to finding great riches. As she helps prepare for the newcomer, Thea is upset that ever since her best friend, Renee, returned from her European honeymoon, she’s done nothing but make disparaging remarks about Thea. Thea’s co-chair, Prudy, and her twin sister, Trudy, are both expert quilters, but Prudy is not pulling her weight and often goes missing while Thea deals with all the little things gone wrong. When quilt expert Dr. Cottle, the judge for the show, doesn’t show up for a lecture, Prudy claims that his secretary called and cancelled at the last minute. Mary-Alice Wentworth either falls or is pushed to her bedroom floor and must be hospitalized. Her great-nephew, Kenneth Ransome, seems distraught, but her daughter, Louisa Wentworth Carver, is more troubled about a missing diamond brooch. When the time arrives to reveal the famous quilt, all that its display case holds is broken glass. The police investigate the theft of the quilt and brooch, but Thea feels obliged to use her insider knowledge to help solve the crimes before things get even worse.
Elliott, taking her turn in the author’s seat for the Quilts of Love Series, produces pleasantly one-dimensional characters and a very slight mystery indeed.