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Monday, September 2, 2013

Cate Price-Going Through the Notions Review and Interview and Giveaway

Book Details:
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: Berkley
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Number of Pages: 304
This is a Brand New Series
A retired schoolteacher—and yes, daughter of a Fitzgerald fan—Daisy Buchanan has found her calling in the village of Millbury, Pennsylvania. While her husband endlessly renovates their old house, Daisy happily presides over Sometimes a Great Notion, a quirky shop that sells sewing bits and bobs, antiques, and jewelry.
Daisy has her eye on an antique dollhouse and a classic Singer Featherweight at the local auction—until her friend and mentor, auctioneer Angus Backstead, is led away in handcuffs. It appears he bashed in the head of a drinking buddy who stole a set of fancy fountain pens. Daisy’s sure the sprightly old-timer couldn’t have done it. But she soon learns Angus had more than a few enemies…including the detective on the case.
As Daisy seeks the truth, she also uncovers some leads: a disgruntled heiress hunting for the pens, two farm boys with a grudge against the deceased and the accused, and a twisted scam that entangled the dead man. But if Daisy can’t stitch together the bidder truth soon, Angus will be going once, going twice…gone forever.
My Review:
This cozy mystery was a little different than most cozies I read, but it was still very good.  I liked the small town feel of this story, I liked how all of the citizens in the town pulled together to pull off the festival that takes place in this story.  I also think that Daisy's shop would be a great place to visit.

Daisy was a likable character for me.  When her friend, Angus, is accused of murder, she pulls out all the stops to prove that he didn't do it, even after everyone else in the town wrote him off, even his wife.  I think this story was pretty realistic in the fact that the small town sheriff, who had a grudge against Angus, didn't want to look into the possibility that Angus was innocent.  I think that happens a lot in small towns.  When a detective from New York is brought on the case, Angus is found innocent, but we still don't know who the murderer is.  Daisy still has to solve the case. 

Full of quirky characters that I am looking forward to meeting again, I am anxiously waiting for the next book in the Deadly Notions Mystery series.  If you are looking for a quick read that leaves you guessing and has a great small town vibe, then this is the story for you.  Great job Cate.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

About Cate Price Cate Price was born in England and came to the U.S. when she was sixteen. She is a regular sight on the streets of her home town walking her two amazing rescue dogs, and enjoys gardening, yard sales, and cooking with friends. Her previous (unpublished) books span the genres of romantic comedy, romantic suspense and murder mysteries, and have finaled in numerous contests, including the prestigious Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America.
Writing the first book in the Deadly Notions mystery series proved to be rather an expensive project, because while researching auction houses, she also became addicted to bidding on box lots. She is currently hard at work on the next book in the series, A DOLLHOUSE TO DIE FOR.
Cate loves to connect with readers at her website, on Facebook at or Goodreads at
Purchase Links:
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Interview with Cate Price

1.      How long have you been writing? 
     All my life actually, but in 2001 I finally decided to get serious about finishing a novel. I joined Romance Writers of America, and with the help and feedback from the wonderful authors in my local chapter, I wrote a romantic comedy that finaled in the Golden Heart.


2.       Where did you get the idea to write this book?
      An editor at Penguin had come up with the idea for a series based on a vintage sewing notions store and was looking for someone to write it. Around the same time, I’d queried my dream agent with a murder mystery of mine, hoping for representation. They liked my style, and thought I would be a good fit. I wrote a proposal for Going Through the Notions that consisted of the first three chapters and a synopsis, and based on that, my agent negotiated a three-book deal. Magical stuff.


3.    Where did you get the idea for the setting of this book?
     The area around New Hope, Pennsylvania seemed perfect for a fictional village that might have a quirky antiques shop like Daisy’s. It’s also close enough to Philadelphia and New Jersey to be a viable destination for interior designers, collectors, and antique dealers.


4.      Since the shop in this book is a shop that sells sewing notions, antiques, and jewelry, do you sew, go antiquing and love jewelry?
      I go antiquing frequently, and love jewelry, but I’m afraid I’m not the world’s best seamstress. I’m lucky to have some accomplished friends to point me in the right direction, though, and while writing this series, I’ve developed a real passion for vintage buttons. My editor collects hand-sewn vintage tea towels, so I’m always on the lookout for those, too.


5.       How many books do you plan for this series?
       Currently my contract calls for three books, but I have several more planned so I hope I  have the opportunity to write them!


6.       Besides writing, what are your interests and how do you spend you free time?
      I enjoy gardening, long walks with my dogs and watercolor painting. A thoughtful conversation and a good glass of wine with close friends is another favorite pastime.


7.       Where is your favorite place to vacation?
      I haven’t actually taken a real vacation since 2005. My funds have mainly gone towards putting my daughter through college, but it’s okay. I’m not keen on flying, and I miss the dogs too much when I go away.


8.      If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would it be?
       Martha’s Vineyard.


9.       Since we are coming to a season change soon, what is your favorite season and why?
     Spring, because it’s a time of renewal and hope. I can enjoy working in the garden before the brutal Philadelphia humidity arrives. It’s such a relief after the harshness of winter to ditch the heavy coats and boots, and to leave the windows open at night.


 Cate Price has graciously agreed to give away one copy of her book per blog, please leave a comment about why you would love to read her book, and don't forget to put your email address so I, or Lori, can contact you.  I will randomly pick a winner on Sept.  6.  I will then forward your email address to Lori Caswell, the tour coordinator, and she will contact Cate.







  1. Melina, thank you for hosting me on your blog today, and for such a wonderful review!

  2. Thank you for being part of this tour!!

  3. I definitely want to read this book! It sounds like fun, and the setting intrigues me. I enjoy crafts, particularly knitting and sewing, and I'm also drawn to vintage and antigue fabrics, costumes, and notions. I have a large button box full of buttons inherited from my mother-in-law and my mother, and another box of vintage laces and trims picked up here and there over the years.

    1. I forgot to include: jkpekar AT crosslink DOT net (just replace AT and DOT with the usual symbols, and no spaces.)

    2. Geez, I am absent-minded today! I also meant to say, good review and wonderful interview, Melissa! I love hearing or reading authors talking about their work.

    3. Hi Lark,
      Good luck in the giveaway! And thanks for mentioning costumes. I hadn't thought of including those in Daisy's shop, but you've just given me an intriguing idea :)

  4. This sounds like such a cute book. I've been reading so many books for review lately, that I never get time to read books for fun! I'd love to read this one :) We went to Cape Cod in May and I would have loved to have gone to Martha's Vineyard. And Nantucket! It's so expensive going on the ferries though! We were so fortunate that someone let us stay in their summer home. My daughter is in college now too. Thankfully she chose a community college where they gave her a full year scholarship! Her books alone were over $1,000!

    1. Thank you, Christy! I hope you get to read for fun again soon :) Congratulations on your daughter's scholarship - that's great. Yes, the textbooks are so expensive, and it seems as though there's always a new edition that's required. Thanks for stopping by!

    2. I know, Christy, almost all of the books I have read this year have been for review. Don't get me wrong, they are fun too, especially this one. But I know sometimes you just want to go to the store or library and get a book that you don't have to worry about writing a review for. I also understand about textbooks, as I am going back to school for my early childhood education degree. Textbooks are outrageous. I paid over seven hundred just for five books! Can you reply back with your email address so I can enter you for the giveaway.

    3. It's crazy isn't it! My email is christy41970 at gmail dot com Thanks :)

  5. I used to do some sewing, years ago, so I enjoy the 'sewing' cozy's. Thank you for the chance to win this.


    1. I'm not a sewer or crafter in anyway, but I love all cozy mysteries. Good luck!

  6. My mother taught sewing high school so I love books with sewing themes. Thank you for the chance to win.


    1. I am definitely not a sewer Carol. But this was a great cozy and I also enjoy other cozies about crafts.

  7. I enjoyed your review!
    I love cozies with small town settings. =)

  8. I'd really love to stitch together a winning entry. The story intrigues me enough to actually comment. I'm a big fan of cozies based on hobbies and collectibles.


    1. I like "stitch together a winning entry" :)Good luck in the giveaway!

  9. I'm not into sewing---in fact I'm terrible at sewing, can't even mend decently. But I do enjoy reading, especially cozies with quirky characters so I'd like to get started on this series.

    1. Hi Sue! The heroine in this book owns a shop that has vintage sewing notions, yes, but there are antique children's toys, Amish quilts and all sorts of other stuff that she finds at auction. I can't claim to be any kind of expert seamstress either, but I do love to find a good treasure at the yard sales! Thanks for your interest.

  10. Hi Cate,
    I love mysteries and these sound really cute.
    I would love t win/read/review it.
    Thank you for your generosity on the giveaways.