I don’t often review novels, but I loved reading this book and want to help other crafty people find books they may enjoy. I hope to do a few more posts about the cozy mystery series I enjoy reading, though many of them have been out for years and the book in this post is very new.
I recently read the newly released book ‘Tuesday Evenings with the Copeton Craft Resistance‘, by Kate Solly. (The linked book title will take you to the back cover matter.) I usually enjoy reading cozy mysteries, focusing on crafting and solving puzzles. This novel was a nice change to that genre but it still had crafting and community at its core.
The book’s characters live in a fictional outer Melbourne town called Copeton. Each of the women and men in this story have a different reason for joining the crochet group, organised by Meredith. We are introduced to Meredith first in the book, having an insight into her work life, and exploring her reasons for starting the crochet group. As we meet other characters we are drawn into the complexities of their work lives, home lives, families and perceived failings. With news that a group of refugees is to be housed in the town, tensions rise in the community. The craft resistance forms as a way of expressing solidarity with the new citizens, and forging bonds with existing citizens. I really enjoyed the characters, who were presented as three-dimensional people with their own pasts, fears and hopes. The story included a few home truths, some great plot twists, insights into the complexity of building new relationships, and some laugh-out-loud moments too. I won’t give too much else away, but I will urge you to read this book. At the end, although the ends were tied up nicely, I still wanted to read more about what happened next for the group. I hope Kate Solly writes another book soon, as it was a joy to read.
Since moving to an e-reader for most of my books, I have found that I am reading so much more. One reason for the shift was that book prices and shipping times of many of the cozy mysteries I used to get from the US are too expensive now. Another reason is that I can adjust the brightness and font sizes for reading in any setting. Having books on my phone means I don’t do quite as much facebook scrolling, and have much more incidental reading time with a few minutes here and there, as well as evenings. I have also found some old favourite authors and some new ones too, and hope to blog about them soon.
Until next time