Saturday, September 16, 2023

Seams Deadly - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads: Seams Deadly (A Measure Twice Sewing Mystery #1) by Maggie Bailey

Rating: Liked It! (3.5 Stars)
Source:   Publisher    

Description:  When seamstress Lydia Barnes finds a dead body soon after moving to a new town, she will need more than shear luck to find the killer, in this novel perfect for fans of Molly MacRae and Anna Gerard.

Lydia Barnes is excited for a fresh start when she moves to the quaint mountain town of Peridot, Georgia. Her friend, Fran, offers her a job at the Measure Twice fabric store and even sets her up on a date with the handsome Brandon Ivey, who also happens to be Lydia’s new next-door neighbor. Finally, things are looking up. But after a disaster first date that ends with a fist bump instead of a kiss, Lydia doesn’t think her night can get any worse. She’s soon proven wrong when she later stumbles upon Brandon’s dead body.

Considered the prime suspect by the police, Lydia calls on her friends to help her hunt for the truth and prove her innocence. But when another body is soon found inside the Measure Twice store, Lydia knows that the killer must be close by, and that this town has more than its fair share of secrets. Who would want to frame the newest addition to Peridot for these terrible murders—and why?

Lydia may discover that while sewing might have a pattern, killing rarely does. Will she be able to stitch together the clues and clear her own name before the killer strikes again?

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  While I don't sew I really enjoy sewing related cozies and I can never resist the first in a new series.  

My Impression: I love finding a new cozy series to enjoy and this was a fun discovery.  Lydia is recently divorced and figuring out life again.  She loves sewing - especially clothing - and is finding a new home at the Measure Twice fabric store.  Things are going well until an awkward date ends up with Lydia stumbling over a body and becoming a murder suspect.  

Lydia isn't on my list for main characters I'd like to be friends with.  She's a bit immature and unsure of herself and not always great at listening when people are talking to her. But she also had her life completely upended at the age of 40 and is figuring out who she is.  The fact that she adopts a cat named Baby Lobster gives me lots of hope that she is on her way to being a bit stronger in the next book though.

The writing style was nicely paced and made the book easy to slip into from page one.  The mystery was well done and did keep me invested.  The community of Peridot was full of interesting characters  - I especially loved Fran.  And did I mention there's a cat with serious attitude names Baby Lobster?  All of these factors make for the beginning of an enjoyable cozy mystery series and definitely have me wanting to read the next book.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? I would!  While this wasn't flawless I did enjoy the read and think it's a promising start to a new series.

Would I Recommend this Book? If you enjoy cozy mysteries I found this a solid and enjoyable read.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. So many cozy mysteries have hobbies I enjoy like sewing, quilting, knitting, etc and books, but I like a stronger mystery plot and less quirky characters usually. Some of them work for me if they are clever like Miss Marple style.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  2. Sounds like a promising start to a series with room to grow.

  3. I can't sew either and, yet, I'm always drawn to those type of cozy settings. I enjoyed this one. I think Baby Lobster was my favorite character :)