Monday, February 10, 2020


I'm so excited to be a stop on the book tour for
Book 3 in the Handcrafted Mysteries
by Holly Quinn

Perfect for fans of Betty Hechtman and Maggie Sefton, Holly Quinn's third Handcrafted mystery aspires to wrap you in its warmth.

Community Craft proprietor Sammy Kane must piece together a patchwork of clues when a "live" mannequin ends up stone-cold dead.

Snowcapped pines and glittery dusted sidewalks adorn tranquil Heartsford, Wisconsin, while residents cuddle beneath heirloom quilts in front of cozy wood fires. But come the next day, the below-zero temperatures won't keep the locals away from Heartsford's annual Fire & Ice event. To boost customer traffic at Community Craft's one-night-only sale, Samantha "Sammy" Kane persuades a few of the craftspeople who sell their wares at the store to participate in a live mannequin window display contest.

Local quilter Wanda Wadsworth emerges as a favorite to win the contest, as she manages to not move a muscle for an unusual amount of time. Onlookers outside the window try everything to get her to crack--tapping on the glass and making funny faces--but nothing disrupts Wanda's stillness. When the eagle-eyed spectators realize Wanda isn't breathing, a blanket of grief and fear descends upon the wintry town.

Detective Liam Nash can't seem to piece the clues together. Fortunately, Sammy's cousin, Heidi, and her sister, Ellie, are on hand to reconvene their detective team, S.H.E. They set out to solve Wanda's untimely death before the case grows as icy as a sub-zero Wisconsin winter. But they are all too aware that the killer is too close for comfort.

LKBR:  Thank you for being here today, Holly. Please tell us a bit about yourself, and A Crafter Quilts a Crime.

HQ: I write the Handcrafted Mystery series for Crooked Lane Books and I’m excited to share the 3rd book, A Crafter Quilts a Crime.  This mystery starts as a result of something that happens during a mannequin challenge in the window at Community Craft. The contest is for the January Fire and Ice Event in the town of Heartsford, so it’s a perfect read for a cold snowy evening.

LKBR: Any hints or spoilers you can give us about your next book?

HQ: Nope. You’ll have to read it. Ha-ha!

LKBR: Have you ever written a scene that you loved but had to remove it for the sake of the story?

HQ: Actually, this story was originally supposed to release before Christmas and was slotted to publish as a holiday book.  Unfortunately, it had to be re-written to fit the publishing schedule. So…it still has a hint of after Christmas remnants scattered though the beginning of the novel as you’ll soon see! I couldn’t take all of it out. 😊

LKBR: Have you ever gotten reader’s block? Just find it hard to get into reading because you are so into your writing?

HQ: Yes. Definitely, yes! I can’t read while I’m writing the first draft of a novel. It’s like trying to walk and chew gum at the same time. (I’m not very good at that either, LOL!)

LKBR: Are there any magazines/publications that as a writer you subscribe to? Are these or others something readers could also benefit from?

HQ: No. I’m a member of Sister’s in Crime and subscribe to their emails. With a tight publishing schedule, that’s about all I can keep up with. I think readers can join SIC too, but I’m not sure?

LKBR: Is there anything you would give up if you thought it would make you an even better writer?

HQ: My weight. Ha-ha! I’ve gained 20lbs writing this series because I’m sitting too much. They say sitting is the next smoking. Goodness, I’m in trouble!

LKBR: Any new projects in the works?

HQ: I’m working on several submission packages for a few future cozy series ideas that I’m sending to my agent. Fingers crossed! A few cool ideas in the works, unfortunately, none I can share yet. They’re still in the vault!

LKBR: If you could ask your readers 3 questions, what would they be?

HQ: Where is your favorite place to read a book?

What about a story drives you to read further? Do you like those hooks at the end of a chapter? Or do they drive you mad because you must stay up way past your bedtime?

Would you rather meet your favorite author? Or your favorite character?

LKBR: Where can readers go to learn more about you and your books?

LKBR: Thank you so much, Holly for letting us get to know you better!

HQ: Thank you, Lisa, for having me. The pleasure is all mine. 😊



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Winner will be chosen after February 14 at the end of the tour.

This giveaway is through Great Escape Book Tours, not Lisa Ks Book Reviews.

Less than half way through the first book in this series, I knew and said it was going to be one of my favorites. Having now finished this third book, I stand by my word.

Author Holly Quinn has created something special with her Handcrafted Mysteries. With a good number of cozy mysteries getting “edgier” (Not a word I think of when I think of cozies), Ms. Quinn has stayed true to the roots of the genre, and I for one am thrilled.

A CRAFTER QUILTS A CLUE was a fast paced read from cover to cover. Feeling as though I was a participant in every scene, I was totally invested in finding out who killed a local woman and why they did it. With skillful plotting and a knack for knocking the reader off track, the author had me duped right up until the reveal.

I’m sure I said this about the second book of this series, but I think A CRAFTER QUILTS A CLUE may be my favorite book in this series so far. It’s been delightful watching the characters grow from book to book, and I feel this story shows them at their best and strongest yet. The feeling of community was palpable and I enjoyed being a part of it.

With A CRAFTER QUILTS A CLUE is the perfect book to treat yourself to a dose of cozy.

About Holly Quinn

Holly Quinn has published two stand-alone fiction novels in another persona. She graduated from Carroll University in Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in business and a minor in marketing. This is her second Handcrafted mystery. 
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  1. Thanks for the interview and the lovely review. I'm glad you enjoyed it and noticed I strive harder for each new book in the series! :)

  2. Thank you for being part of the book tour for "A CRAFTER QUILTS A CRIME" by Holly Quinn.

    Enjoyed reading the interview with Holly. In answer to her questions: in from of the fireplace in the winter and our on the front porch in the warmer times of year. Love the hooks because who needs sleep anyway. Why can't you have both since most times there is a little of the author in the character. :)

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read this book on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. Thanks, Lisa! Monday blessings, to you.

  4. This is a wonderful interview. This book sounds wonderful. I am a quilter and am now reading cozy mysteries. I have this on my list to read now.
    quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

  5. Loved reading and learning about a new author. Loved the interview.
    I really like books like this especially paperback/print ones and etc...
    I love the book cover and blurb. It's very interesting, intriguing and mysterious. I like your use of humans and pets together in the book.
    Can't wait to read the paperback/print version of your books. I just love books like that.
    Hope I win.