An aspiring artist and her admirer on the force find themselves at odds over a murder case.
Looks as if Nell Fitzgerald’s first date with Police Chief Jesse Dewalt will have to wait; she’s stood up when a young woman’s body is found in the Hudson River. After accepting Jesse’s apologies, Nell busies herself helping in her grandmother’s Someday Quilts shop, working on her own first quilt and signing up for art classes at a local college. She manages to worm her way into the already full drawing class of famous artist Oliver White, who’s taken a shine to her grandmother. Despite Jesse’s disapproval, Nell can’t resist looking into the river death. Nor is she deterred when the corpse of a fellow drawing student who seemed uncommonly friendly with Oliver is found in her grandmother’s yard. Nell hates to suspect Oliver or her new friend Kennette, an impoverished art student who somehow ended up working at the quilt shop and living with Nell and her grandmother. But both of them have mysterious backgrounds. Nell ropes in all her grandmother’s friends to do research and snooping. Jesse turns a cold eye on her amateur detective work, but Nell will do anything to protect her grandmother from a possible murderer.
As before (The Lover’s Knot, 2008), O’Donohue aims to make those who love quilts feel right at home. A surprise ending adds to the appeal.