Limited Edition! "Faded to Death" A Danger Cove Mystery Novella By Gin Jones & Elizabeth Ashby: Review/Giveaway

 Review by Kathleen Costa

Gemma Halliday Publishing is doing a “limited” release of some of their fun novellas originally part of the “Pushing Up Daisies” collection (now out of print). The next up is the novella Fadedto Death from the Danger Cove Quilting Mystery series by Gin Jones and the fictitious Danger Cove resident Elizabeth Ashby. It is available on Amazon only from April 11 to May 31 for the low price of 99¢ … or better yet, enter to win an eCopy by making a comment below about one of your favorite crafting projects or a gift: (1) quilting, (2) knitting or crocheting, or (3) needlepoint or by entering via email-details and a link to purchase the novella below.

Keely Fairchild was a successful trial lawyer, but she took a chance and started the second chapter in her life’s book as a certified quilt appraiser. Her expertise is well-known among Danger Cove’s quilt enthusiasts, historical societies, and museum curators, so much so that, when there’s an appraiser emergency (Is there such a thing?), she gets the call.

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This morning’s emergency call came from Janet Thompson, owner of Quilt-A-Ganza, a popular event held for the first time in Danger Cove. The original appraiser cancelled at the last minute, so she offered Keely a premium fee for her participation. But, it’s not just for the event itself, there’s been an unfortunate incident of vandalism, and Keely’s services are needed to assess the damages. It’s not the first time her appraiser job entangled her in some criminal activity exacerbating her “syncope” (unexplained fainting), but a destroyed quilt seems a simple task. However, Keely’s local seniors, always ready for some undercover work, dish the dirt on the event which includes poor planning, financial woes, angry exes, and conflicts among the staff. Is it all just your typical gossip? Maybe not now since a dead judge just popped up!

Anytime there’s competition involved in the “cozy” world, conflict (aka murder) seems to follow, and Gin Jones’ novella, Faded to Death, is the perfect illustration of just that. The victim looks to be the best karmic choice with more than one legitimate suspect, and the subsequent investigation is done with reasonable methods including assistance from her journalist/boyfriend adding the realism I enjoy. It’s a well-written mystery with an exciting conclusion including quips that highlight Keely’s background in law as well as her knowledge and experience within the quilting community. Gin Jones presents a strong female lead in Keely who has great instincts; she’s a literary favorite, and her unique medical condition is an engaging element that adds, not detracts from the storyline. Details about quilts, quilting, and quilt appraisals is a fascinating, informative element, too, bringing to mind the quilts I made in my youth.

Danger Cover Quilting Mystery

Patchwork of Death (2015 aka Four-Patch of Trouble)

A Christmas Quilt to Die For (2015)

Clues in Calico (2016)

Deadly Thanksgiving Sampler (2018)

Two Sleuths are Better Than One (2019–Crossover)

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Gin Jones is a USA Today bestselling author of several traditional mystery series. Along with this popular Helen Binney Mystery series, she has her three-book AGarlic Farm Mystery with tech savvy Mabel Skinner inheriting her aunt’s prized garlic farm, the four-book CrazyCat Lady Chronicles, set in a unique post-apocalyptic world in which nurse-practitioner Wyn Miller with an extraordinary Maine Coon cat Sal offers her special skills, and as part of the multi-author Danger Cove Mysteries, her Quilting Mystery and Farmers’ Market Mystery. There’s something for any taste!

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Gemma Halliday Publishing is a “small, boutique publisher of quality women's genre fiction.” There library of stories have “laughter, heart, and lots of clever plot twists,” with no graphic descriptions, their books perfect for eighteen-year-olds to eighty-year-old.

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To enter to win an ebook copy of Faded to Death, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "faded,” or make a comment below about one of your favorite crafting projects or a gift: (1) quilting, (2) knitting or crocheting, or (3) needlepoint. A winner will be chosen April 22, 2023. US residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter.  If entering via comment you HAVE to include your email address so we can contact you. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section in Kings River Life and in our mystery category here on KRL News & Reviews. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. And check out our new mystery podcast which features mystery short stories and first chapters read by local actors! A new episode goes up next week.

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.
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  1. My Aunt used to crochet. One year, she made me a stuffed armadillo, which I still have.

  2. I knit and crochet, mostly scarves. My Sister makes the best felted slippers.

  3. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham


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