As I peered through the wavy glass windows of the Victorian dollhouse that I’d purchased at auction for two hundred dollars, I brushed angrily against the tears streaming down my face. Too bad I could never set foot inside.
Within its rooms was a perfect little world with hand-sewn curtains, needlepoint carpets, and exquisite furniture. A world where nothing could go wrong and nothing was out of place. A world where ceilings never leaked, dinner was always on the table, and people couldn’t say bad things about you and completely mess up your life.
I’m Daisy Buchanan, owner of Sometimes a Great Notion, a haven of vintage linens and sewing notions in the quaint village of Millbury, Pennsylvania. I specialize in what’s called “new” old stock. Like buttons, snaps, and fasteners still on their original cards, and unopened packages of gilt braid, seam tape, and zippers. My beloved store was a testament to my passion for the past, but now, thanks to an unfortunate turn of events, I’d have to shut it down.
I wandered around the shop, straightening the Irish linens spilling out of the drawers of the Welsh dresser, and trailing my fingers over the seed counter with its glass-fronted loading bins holding a plethora of ribbons, lace, and Simplicity McCall sewing patterns.
A tiny part of me, a very tiny part, was glad that I hadn’t shelled out money on a new alarm system for the place, but the biggest part of me was one big, wrenching heartache.
Over in the corner, Alice the mannequin surveyed me in her usual enigmatic fashion.
Buck up, Daisy. Other people in the world have real problems. You still have your health, your friends – as strange as they are – and your wonderful husband.
I stared at her. “You’re right, as always, Alice. And don’t worry. You’ll be coming with me.”
God, I’d miss this place.
You can read more about Daisy in A Dollhouse To Die For, the second book in the “Deadly Notions” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is Going Through the Notions. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.
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Meet the author
Cate Price is the author of the Deadly Notions mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. She is a regular sight on the streets of her home town walking her two amazing rescue dogs, and enjoys gardening and trying out new recipes with adventurous friends. Writing this series also allows her to indulge her love of antiquing, yard sales, and auctions, all in the name of research. A Dollhouse To Die For will be released on May 6, and she is hard at work on the third book in the series, Lie Of The Needle.
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