“Scraps of Evidence” by Barbara Cameron

Tess has taken some ribbing from her fellow officer, Logan, for her quilting hobby. He finds it hard to align the brisk professional officer he patrols with during the day with the one who quilts in her off-time. Besides, he’s been trying to get to know her better and he’d like to be seeing her during those couple nights a week she spends with her quilting guild.

Then one afternoon Tess and Logan visit her aunt in the nursing home and she acts agitated when Tess covers her with the story quilt. Aunt Susan seems to be communicating a message to them about Tess’s uncle. There’s a story behind this quilt, they realize, one that may lead them to a serial killer. Will they have a chance to have a future together or will the killer choose Tess for his next victim before they find him?

I love a good mystery, and a romantic mystery is the very best.  Scraps of Evidence is the story of two detectives trying to solve a murder committed by a serial killer who’s gotten just a bit too personal.  I really liked the premise.  There were sparks between the love interests, caring cops hurt by the crimes they try to prevent and solve, a long-cold murder to solve.

While a great mystery, this one wasn’t very suspenseful for me.  I rarely guess the ending of a story, but I nailed this one in the very beginning.  The coolest twist to the story for me was the way that the quilt was used in the end.  Like many other books in the series, quilting is a therapeutic hobby for the leading character, but the quilt has another purpose in this one, and that was a complete surprise.

The romance was a bit choppy, as well.  While I liked each aspect of it, there didn’t seem to be a clear, smooth resolution to the issue of partnering cops dating.  One minute they were fighting it, and the next they were good with it – and working hard to solve the mystery while the sparks flew.  

Despite that, I enjoyed the story.  The idea of finding justice for a friend long dead was appealing, and the characters were likeable and fun – just the kind of people I’d like for neighbors.

If you like to read solid mysteries with friendly characters and vibrant settings, check out Scraps of Evidence

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Barbara Cameron is the CBD, CBA, and  ECPA bestselling author of 24 books including the new Stitches in Times series for Abingdon Press. Barbara has written fiction and non-fiction books for Abingdon Press, Thomas Nelson, Harlequin, and other publishers. She sold three films to HBO/Cinemax and is the first winner of the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Barbara’s first two novellas won the 2nd and 3rd place in the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest from the Faith, Love, and Hope chapter of  RWA. Both were finalists for the novella category of the Carol Award of the American Christian Writers Award (ACFW). 
Learn more about Barbara at: http://barbaracameron.com
I received a free copy of Scraps of Evidence from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
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