Title: Strands of Fate (Creative Woman Mystery #1)
Author: Linda Kozar
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Annie’s Fiction
Format: Hardback (also available in eBook)
About the book:
Loosening the strings at the closure revealed a delicate, old-fashioned locket accented with emeralds and amethysts. It took almost no pressure to open the piece. A lump formed in Shannon’s throat as she stared at the picture inside. Now she knew there had been no mistake, the package was truly meant for her. For the black-and-white photo of the little girl with curls trailing down to her ears was a baby picture of her own mother . . . who had vanished without a trace decades ago.
Meet Shannon McClain – accomplish jewelry maker, loving mother, and recent widow.
Shannon runs her own custom jewelry business from a workshop next to her home in Scotland. While she works hard to ensure her teenage children get the attention and guidance they need, the money from her late husband’s insurance policy is nearly depleted, and she struggles to make ends meet.
When a mysterious package arrives from a law firm in the United States, Shannon is shocked to learn she’s been listed as a beneficiary in the will of Victoria Paisley, a wealthy stranger who claimed to be her grandmother.
Shannon never knew her maternal grandmother because her own mother vanished from her life when she was four years old. Her father wouldn’t discuss her mother’s disappearance, and Shannon could never understand why.
To claim the unexpected inheritance, Shannon must travel from her home in Scotland to the coastal town of Apple Grove, Oregon, and attend the reading of the will. Upon arrival she finds new friends among the townsfolk, including the women of the Purls of Hope knitting circle. But she also finds danger. It seems not everyone in town is happy she’s there. Someone will go to great lengths to try and make her leave before she can claim her inheritance . . . or unearth a dark family secret.
Is Shannon willing to risk her life to finally learn the truth about her family? And can she trust the handsome investigator who offers his help? Join Shannon and her friends as they unravel the mystery behind her mother’s disappearance and discover the identity of the one person who would like nothing more than to see Shannon disappear as well.
This is a delightful cozy mystery!
The development of the main character Shannon McClain is incredible. I was able to connect with her from the very beginning. She is surrounded by numerous friends by the end of the book even though she has picked up and moved from Scotland to Oregon fairly early in the story. We are introduced to each one and slowly learn more about them and their lives. I think that this will continue throughout the series.
The mystery is a fairly light one. No one has been murdered. No one has been kidnapped. There are simply questions from the past and a trail of clues that was left intentionally to find a hidden piece of jewelry. It was very entertaining to follow Shannon and her friends as they worked to follow the trail and beat the bad guy to the prize.
The small town of Apple Grove is a charming setting for these books. I’m really looking forward to seeing where the series goes since each book is written by a different author.