They all want a disabled lecherous riding teacher dead.
The new year is unusually cold in Foggy Point, Washington. As a result, the new manager of the equestrian center asks Harriet Truman and her quilt group The Loose Threads to make a special type of saddle blanket designed to keep a horse’s kidneys warm while they are ridden in the cold.
As Harriet and Jenny’s foster kids board their horses there, the Threads agree. They soon find themselves getting more involved at the stable, volunteering for the equine therapy program the local homeless veterans participate in.
The quilters quickly discover that the disabled husband of the new stable manager, Simon, not only teaches young women to ride, he gropes them every chance he gets.
The local homeless veterans are invited to participate in a horse therapy program at the stable, and the quilters volunteer to help. It quickly becomes clear that one of the veterans has a past history with Simon, and it isn’t a good one.
Tension at the stables rises as Simon’s behavior continues to offend. Harriet and the Threads decide to spend more time observing riding classes, preventing Simon from having time alone with the female students. Their guard duty comes to an end almost before it begins when someone puts a more permanent end to Simon’s bad behavior.
More than one person had reason to wish him dead, but who did the deed?
What do knitters Permelia O’Brien and Betty Fitzandreu have in common besides a love of knitting? Both have been betrayed by their husbands. Permelia moved to town when her husband left her for a much younger woman. Her new apartment is over the town morgue and when she finds Betty’s husband’s hat in the parking lot after Ed Anderson’s body is brought in it quickly becomes clear that Betty’s husband wasn’t just cheating with another woman. He had a whole other family.
Still, that doesn’t explain why someone murdered him, and as Permelia and her new friends dig deeper into the mystery, it becomes clear the killer isn’t finished yet.
Harriet Truman is looking forward to creating happy Christmas memories with her husband James and their new foster son Luke. She and the rest of the Loose Threads are also delighted to see their special quilts displayed throughout the downtown in festive store windows.
But a shocking murder disrupts the joy of the season, and when another body turns up, and then Harriet and Luke only just manage to escape a black-clad attacker, it’s clear all isn’t holly-jolly in Foggy Point.
Make quilts for foster kids getting close to aging out of the system and teach them some useful skills as well. Granted, the foster parents aren’t the most pleasant people, but Luke and Sincere and the others have already had tough lives and say they can handle it.
Things get complicated, though, when a reality-TV show gets permission to film the kids and track down their relatives. Foster parent Paul Holloway is murdered, and the “relatives” the TV crew introduces are more than odd. Then, when the producer’s assistant is killed, too, it’s clear there’s some deadly going on—and the kids are the targets.
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Father Juan Ibarra came to Monterey to minister to the native Californians suffering under the heavy hand of the Spanish Empire. Instead, he’s caught up in a web of murder and corruption at the highest level.
A young woman drowns—a seemingly tragic accident until Father Juan’s autopsy reveals Jacinta was not only murdered but pregnant. As he and the commander of the Monterey Presidio dig deeply into her history, they begin to unearth a complex web of corruption that points to the governor himself as their prime suspect.
But the forces who intend for Jacinta’s killer to remain anonymous are prepared to go to any lengths to ensure the truth remains hidden.
Loose Thread DeAnn Gault is happy her younger half-sister Molly has come home to visit Foggy Point, even after she asks Harriet Truman and the quilting group if they will make quilts as a reward for two $10,000 donors to the Carey Bates Missing and Exploited Children Center. The charity is near and dear to Molly’s heart, as she herself was a kidnap victim when she was five.
But Molly has another agenda – she wants Harriet to figure out what happened to her friend Amber, who was kidnapped with her but never found.
After Harriet’s Aunt Beth is injured in a car accident that may have been sabotage, the group wonders: Will someone go to any lengths to keep the secret of Amber’s disappearance? Or has Molly’s current work pursuing human traffickers made them a target?
A Harriet Truman/Loose Threads Mystery – Book 9
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