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Going Through The Notions (2013)

by Cate Price

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Going Through The Notions is the first book in the A Deadly Notions Mystery series.

Daisy and her husband, Joe, are in there 50's and have retired to Millbury. PA, where Daisy has opened the business of her dreams, A notions and related antique store. She loves to attend the local auction looking for items to put in her store. One morning as they are arriving at the auction, they find the police hauling off the auctioneer, Angus, off in handcuffs. It seems that Jimmy Krantz has been found brutally beaten to death. Jimmy has allegedly stolen some valuable fountain pens that were to be auctioned off. What with Jimmy and Angus having been drinking the night before and that Angus' hands had injuries that would be consistent with the victims injuries and he is arrested for the murder. Even though Daisy knows Angus can have fits of temper, she doesn't feel that he is guilty. Then when you add that the detective might have reason to not look past Angus, Daisy knows she has to do some sleuthing. So with help of her fellow shopkeepers she starts to investigate.

A very enjoyable cast of characters and a beautiful little community add to the story.

I'm certainly looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  yoder | Sep 20, 2013 |
What a great start for a new series. ( )
  nlb1050 | Sep 7, 2013 |
4 STARS

Before I read a little bit about Cate Price I thought Going through the Notions had a British feel about it. Some words, small town, walking and riding bikes. It feels like a cozy place to live in.

The Characters are full of characters. I like Daisy. She is a retired school teacher who taught in Harlem. She has been married happily to Joe for years. Her daughter Sarah is 26. She has opened up a store that sells vintage new sewing supplies, linens, old toys. Her store is the place everyone gathers for coffee and baked goods and gossip every morning.

She loves to go to auctions and garage sales to pick up stuff for her store. She goes a lot of times with Angus Backstead. Angus and his wife Betty really took them under their wing when they first bought their house. Angus feels like her older brother.

Angus is arrested for killing his best friend. They were at the bar the night before together and Jimmy droved him home. Angus had blackout. He is sure though that he did not kill his friend.

The police detective is sure that they have the guilty party. He knows what Angus is capable of.

Daisy is the only one that is sure Angus is innocent and she is going to find out the truth. The more she finds out about her friends & neighbors.

The pace of the book is slow. Not in a bad way. Builds and reveals about the different characters and their lives and friends. The book has depth. You like the characters, you want to go to the auctions, the stores and taste all the yummy deserts they eat.

In trying to figure out what really happened to Jimmy, run her store, help Betty with the next auction her daughter shows up for a long visit and brings a puppy with her that is not trained at all. Daisy and Joe's patience is tested.

I am glad that Cate is already working on the next book in the series. I would read it.

This book is a clean read, good quirky characters, could make you eat deserts, go to a auction or two, Has good suspense that keeps you guessing, lots of suspects, some drama and keeps your attention.

At the back of the book has some fun tips on garage sales to crafts. A couple of the crafts using old sweaters I would like to do sometime. I would not have minded more of these ideas. even has a recipe or two.

I was given this book and asked in return to give honest review and be part of the blog tour. ( )
  rhonda1111 | Sep 5, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425258793, Mass Market Paperback)

A retired schoolteacher—and yes, daughter of an F. Scott Fitzgerald fan—Daisy Buchanan has finally found her calling in the quaint village of Millbury, Pennsylvania. While her husband endlessly renovates their old house, Daisy happily presides over Sometimes a Great Notion, a quirky shop that sells sewing bits and bobs, antiques, and jewelry.
 
Daisy has her eye on an antique dollhouse and a classic Singer Featherweight at the local auction—until her friend and mentor, auctioneer Angus Backstead, is led away in handcuffs. It appears he bashed in the head of a drinking buddy who stole a set of fancy fountain pens. Daisy’s sure the sprightly old-timer couldn’t have done it. But if Daisy can’t stitch together the bidder truth—and soon—Angus will be going once, going twice… gone forever.
 

Includes creative tips for vintage notions!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:29 -0400)

"A retired schoolteacher--and yes, daughter of an F. Scott Fitzgerald fan--Daisy Buchanan has finally found her calling in the quaint village of Millbury, Pennsylvania. While her husband endlessly renovates their old house, Daisy happily presides over Sometimes a Great Notion, a quirky shop that sells sewing bits and bobs, antiques, and jewelry. Daisy has her eye on an antique dollhouse and a classic Singer Featherweight at the local auction--until her friend and mentor, auctioneer Angus Backstead, is led away in handcuffs. It appears he bashed in the head of a drinking buddy who stole a set of fancy fountain pens. Daisy's sure the sprightly old-timer couldn't have done it. But if Daisy can't stitch together the bidder truth--and soon--Angus will be going once, going twice...gone forever."-- Page [4] of cover.… (more)

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