Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Review: The Tapestry In The Attic

The Tapestry In The Attic The Tapestry In The Attic by Mary O'Donnell
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I picked this up at the library last week, knowing that it was part of a series. However, there was no indication that it was #18 in the series! I found out later only by checking it out at Amazon. Anyway. This is a simple story: The members of local needlework club agree to participate in staging a play at the newly opened town cultural center. Annie, who lives in an old house she inherited from her grandmother, finds a gorgeous tapestry in her attic which she agrees can be part of the stage set for the play. The tapestry is stolen, and a mysterious accident injures one of the participants in the play. Since this is a "cozy" mystery, all's well that ends well.

The plot was overly simple, and it was pretty clear from the start, who the bad guy was. I also found the frequent Christian messages distracting. Some authors (Jan Karon, for example) do it well because it's woven seamlessly into the story. In this book, I felt that the narrative was interrupted by the "Christian message" break, just like a commercial break on TV. I doubt I'll be reading others in the series.

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