Sep 6, 2013

Book Review/Tour: Going Through the Notions by Cate Price

Title: Going Through the Notions: A Deadly Notions Mystery by Cate Price
Publication: September 3, 2013; Berkley
Genre: cozy mystery, new series
Source: review copy from publisher

Book description:
Retired schoolteacher Daisy Buchanan has found her calling in the quaint village of Millbury, Pennsylvania. While her husband renovates their old house, Daisy presides over Sometimes a Great Notion, her quirky shop that sells sewing bits and bobs, antiques, and jewelry. At a local auction her friend and mentor, auctioneer Angus Backstead, is arrested, accused of killing his drinking buddy who had stolen a set of expensive fountain pens. Daisy’s sure the sprightly old-timer couldn’t have done it and sets out to find the truth. (publisher)

My comments: Readers get involved with Kate's friends and her customers in the notions shop, a setting apart from the mystery plot, which involves her looking out for her friend Angus, whom she is determined to prove innocent of a murder. Lovers of notions and antiques will like the characters and the quaintness of the small shop. The murder plot is only half of the novel. I was often a bit impatient to get away from the notions, auctions, and yard sales, and back to the mystery, but found overall the novel was a good effort and good beginning for this new series.

About Cate Price
Cate Price was born in England and came to the U.S. when she was sixteen. She enjoys walking her two rescue dogs, and enjoys gardening, yard sales, and cooking with friends. Her previous (unpublished) books have finaled in numerous contests, including the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.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 an expensive project, because while researching auction houses, she became addicted to bidding on box lots. She is 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

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  1. I enjoyed your review. This sounds like it might be a fun light read for the holidays.

  2. Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog today!

  3. I'm looking forward to reading this book!

    BTW, for some reason I wasn't able to post a comment within Bloglovin, so you may want to check with them and see what's up. I had to X out the Bloglovin "frame" and go into Blogger. That may be a Bloglovin problem, or a Blogger problem, I'm not sure which. I hope you get it sorted out!

  4. This really sounds so cute! I'm looking forward to reading it!

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

  6. This sounds like an enjoyable cozy. :)

  7. Until very recently my sister owned owned such a shop that was involved in buying and selling this kind of merchandise. I will let her know about this book. I think that it is clever to set a mystery around this subculture.


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