Monday, August 17, 2015

Monday Mystery - Book Review Beaded To Death by Janis Patterson

I enjoyed Beaded to Death by Janis Patterson. The unusual occupation of the amateur sleuth was interesting to read about. I've always been fascinated by beading, not that I have the patience, but it is an art. One that can provide beautiful jewelry, and in the case of Lilias Ruiz, she also makes flowers and bridal head pieces. Following her on the craft fair circuit was interesting. The characters she met and the weaving of the mystery was well done.

The secondary characters were all unique and added to the story. My favorite books are ones that have interesting characters. when her nephew entered the story I found his talent for beading came from his mathematical brain. That was another interesting thing. I would have never suspected a math brain to do beautiful artwork, which one things of more as creative but it makes sense. 

The reader could root for Lilas from the start of the book. Coming home from being on the road and only wanting to drop into bed and sleep for week and finding a dead body in her living room... That caught my attention and kept it through the book. 

If you're looking for an interesting mystery book that takes you into a life you may have never thought of that is filled with unique and interesting characters then Beaded to Death is the book for you!

Blurb for Beaded To Death:
You'd think the life of a bead artist would be fairly uneventful. But that's not the case for Lilias Ruiz.
Especially when she returns from an art fair tour and is greeted by a dead body.
The police are convinced she's the killer and suddenly Lilias finds herself hanging on to a thread of innocence.
But after her home is vandalized and her van broken into, Lilias begins to realize that she has something
someone wants.

Determined to return to the craft circuit, Lilias is relieved to be accompanied by her 7'3" nephew who's on the run from an unwanted basketball scholarship. Along with the help of her colorful neighbor, Annie, a cutthroat attorney who means well and an overzealous FBI agent, they string together the clues and wonder if there really could be a gem in Lilias's collection of dusty old beads. Or is the killer after something more? 

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About the Author
Janis Susan May Patterson is a seventh-generation Texan and a third-generation
wordsmith who writes cozy mysteries as Janis Patterson, romances, horror and other
things as Janis Susan May, children’s books as Janis Susan Patterson and non-fiction and
scholarly works as J.S.M. Patterson.

Formerly an actress and singer, a talent agent and Supervisor of Accessioning for a
bio-genetic DNA testing lab, Janis has also been editor-in-chief of two multi-magazine
publishing groups as well as many other things, including an enthusiastic amateur
Egyptologist. She is a founder of RWA and currently serves on a regional MWA Board.
Janis married for the first time when most of her contemporaries were becoming
grandmothers. Her husband, also an Egyptophile, even proposed in a moonlit garden near
the Pyramids of Giza. Janis and her husband live in Texas with an assortment of rescued

Social Media Links
Twitter - @JanisSusanMay
Facebook – Janis Susan May

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