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.
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.
A quilting conference brings Harriet Truman face-to-face with a past she had been happy to forget. Then she learns the quilter staying at Aiden Jalbert’s house is an old flame whose real agenda might not involve needle and thread.
Then the old flame is found dead in Aiden’s temporary living quarters, and all the evidence points to him. Unless Harriet and the Threads can track down the real killer, Harriet’s blooming romance may wither on the stem.