Unraveling family secrets can be murder in Suede to Rest…
THE FIRST BOOK IN THE ALL-NEW “MATERIAL WITNESS” MYSTERY SERIES
With her career as a dress designer in shreds, Polyester Monroe is looking forward to a fresh start. But as it all unfolds, the pattern to a new beginning looks a lot like murder.
When Poly Monroe was little, she loved playing in her family’s textile store. But after a fatal family tragedy, Land of A Thousand Fabrics was boarded up and Poly never expected to see the inside again. Now, as inheritor of the long-shuttered shop, she’s ready to restore the family business. However her two new kittens, Pins and Needles, aren’t the ones causing a snag in her plans…
Not everyone wants Poly back in San Ladrón, especially a powerful local developer pressuring her to sell—and leave town fast. But even when the threats turn deadly, she’s not ready to bolt. Because Poly is beginning to suspect that the murder behind the shop is tied to a mystery in her family’s unsettled past that she’s determined to solve…before her own life is left hanging by a thread.
So glad I picked this one up when I was in a reading slump…
Suede To Rest introduces us to Polyester Munroe, a talented dress designer whose life is about to fall apart when playing safe fails to give her the level of ease she desires.
Polyester prefers people to call her Poly. Although she grows up around fabrics, she likes to design dresses more than picking up the raw materials to sew. When she becomes the inheritor of the family’s textile store, she has a life-altering decision to make – does she want to sell the store or keep it?
I like that the story is not just about Poly playing the amateur sleuth. Poly is a believable character who goes about life just like you and me. She has dreams she’d like to achieve and she’s practical enough to know when she must wear black to hide stains and minimize embarrassment. A bit on the clumsy side, she has her share of experience knowing when not to act and when to play safe. I like that in the story, she gradually learns what she is truly passionate about, and it’s wonderful to see her warming up to the idea that there are friendly people in San Ladrón just like everywhere else.
I also like that there is not one but two mysteries to solve in this story. The villain here seems normal and ordinary, and I have to say, I wouldn’t have suspected if Poly didn’t start re-examining the friendly faces in the neighborhood.
Overall an enjoyable read, Suede To Rest offers an entertaining introduction to a cast of pleasant, good-humored characters. I had a great time getting acquainted with Genevieve (the tea shop owner), Charlie (the mechanic), and the Lopezes (the cleaning ladies). I look forward to meeting them again in the next book.