Quilt City Murders was named Best Mystery of 2022 by the National Indie Excellence Awards and was a finalist in two American Writing Awards categories: Best Debut Novel, and Mystery/Suspense.
Reviews of Quilt City Murders:
Quilt City Murders is an absolute must-read cozy mystery, and I do not say that lightly. I give this book a 5+ star rating!
Read Jenny Raith's full review here: https://cozymysterybookshop.com/cozy-mystery-book-review-quilt-city-murders-by-bruce-leonard/
Best-ever murder mystery about Quiltmakers!
Many of the other 5-star reviews here are eloquent and on-target, so I'll just add that this is the first 'quilt' mystery I've read whose story could stand on its own no matter the milieu, and whose details re quilting and quilters were credible. I enjoyed it, feel like I got a free trip to the quilt mega-festival in Paducah, and will look forward to further series titles. — L
My wife and I just finished reading “Quilt City Murders” out loud. It was a real page-turner! The characters were masterfully drawn, the language was artful, interesting and humorous, and we couldn’t wait to find out what was on the next page. Leonard’s writing style is as accessible as it is clever. I loved the tid-bits of humor peppered throughout. We can’t wait for the next one. — John D.
Quilter Hadley Carroll thinks her life can’t get any worse after being demoted from reporter to newspaper courier and having her fiancé, Matt Ackerman, dump her without explanation. But then, while chucking a sack of newspapers into the Ohio River in Paducah, Kentucky—known as Quilt City—she finds Matt's body snagged under the transient dock. She knows she’ll never find peace if she doesn’t figure out why he left her and who killed him, so she gets to work.
But the mystery deepens when fellow quilters succumb to foul play, so Hadley must use her investigative skills and impressive intellect to connect a series of seemingly unrelated crimes.