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.
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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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.