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A New Day with Daisy Buchanan by Cate Price

Lie Of The NeedleHi, Daisy Buchanan here, getting ready for the holiday season in our little village of Millbury, PA. I’m busy refreshing the displays in my store, Sometimes a Great Notion. It’s a quirky place, full of antiques, sewing notions, linens and quilts, and the spot where everyone seems to gravitate for hot coffee and spicy gossip.

Excuse me while I clamber up into one of the windows with my stash of Christmas-themed merchandise. I think an antique wooden children’s sled will look good in one corner, don’t you? I’ll fill it with boxes that I’ve wrapped with scraps of pretty vintage fabrics and decorated with old millinery trimmings, like rosettes and silk flowers. A stack of hat boxes, tied with gold ribbon and white netting will go in the other corner. In the center, I’ll create a mini dining tableau with a gorgeous Irish linen tablecloth, bundles of silver flatware tied with holly-patterned ribbon, and a set of six ruby wine glasses.

My store is mainly geared toward sewing notions, but I allow myself the leeway to pick up other interesting items at an auction or estate sale. Hey, everything sells in the end.

Across the street I spy my friend, Eleanor Reid, who is unlocking the door to her store, A Stitch Back in Time, where she restores and restyles antique wedding gowns.

The village is abuzz right now, not just with the excitement of the holidays, but with talk of the “Men of Millbury” calendar. Somehow, my other best friend, Martha Bristol, a fiery redhead, has convinced twelve brave souls to take it all off for the sake of historical preservation. From the mailman to the firefighters (who didn’t need much encouragement, let’s be honest) to the criminally good-looking Detective Serrano.

A developer wants to build a series of townhouses at the approach to our village which would completely destroy the character of the quaint neighborhood. Hopefully the Millbury Historical Society can raise enough money with this calendar to top his bid for the farm.

Oops, here comes a customer.

One last tweak to a collection of vintage evening bags filled with baubles, spools of thread, and mother-of-pearl buttons before I hop down from the display window.

Hope you’ll drop by soon for a visit. The coffee is on!


You can read more about Daisy in Lie Of The Needle, the third book in the “Deadly Notions” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is Going Through The Notions.

vintage notionsGIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 6 p.m. eastern on January 23 for the chance to win a prize packet that includes four vintage hankies, a sweet little Nippon dish, and an old spindle (all items that Daisy Buchanan might have in her shop, Sometimes a Great Notion).  Bonus: Giveaway: win a print copy of Lie of the Needle.  The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Meet the author
Cate Price is a regular sight on the streets of her home town walking her two amazing rescue dogs, and she also enjoys gardening, yard sales, and cooking with friends. Writing the Deadly Notions mysteries proved to be rather an expensive project, because while researching auction houses, she also became addicted to bidding on box lots.

Cate is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Visit her at www.cateprice.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/catepriceauthor

Spending Time With Daisy Buchanan by Cate Price

A Dollhouse to Die ForAs 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.

GIVEAWAY
Comment on this post by 6 p.m. EST on May 6, and you will be entered for a chance to win a copy of A DOLLHOUSE TO DIE FOR. One winner will be chosen at random. Unless specified, U.S. entries only.

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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Going Through the Notions by Cate Price

Going Through The NotionsGoing Through the Notions by Cate Price is the first book in the new “Deadly Notions” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, September 2013

A retired schoolteacher—and yes, daughter of an F. Scott Fitzgerald fan—Daisy Buchanan has finally found her calling in the quaint 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 if Daisy can’t stitch together the bidder truth—and soon—Angus will be going once, going twice…gone forever.

Knowing her jailed friend and mentor is innocent; Daisy begins her own investigation in search of a cunning murderer who is hiding in plain sight.

I like it. This was a good story that held my interest from beginning to end. The mystery was good and I liked that I felt like I was a part of the scene as Daisy went about solving the clues to the murder. I enjoyed the camaraderie that existed in their little village with each clue that Daisy uncovered helping to narrow down to the big reveal. The author did a good job in keeping me on my toes throwing me off my track with a couple of red herrings here and there, overall a good job in delivery a finely tuned piece of work. With a great supporting cast, engaging dialogue and a small town atmosphere, I can’t wait to dive into the next book in this pleasantly appealing series.

FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book, in hopes I would review it.

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

Old is New Again With Daisy Buchanan by Cate Price

Going Through The NotionsHi, I’m Daisy Buchanan, the fifty-something-year-old proprietress of Sometimes a Great Notion, a sewing notions and antiques shop in the quaint village of Millbury, Pennsylvania. Actually, I’m fifty-eight, but fifty-something sounds better. And yes, in case you’re wondering, my sainted mother was a huge F. Scott Fitzgerald fan.

About a year ago, my husband convinced me to take early retirement from teaching and we moved into what had been our vacation home for many years, a Greek Revival right on Main Street. Joe settled easily into country life, while I have to admit, I was restless. I missed New York. I missed the hustle and bustle and my trips to the Garment District, fascinated with the endless displays of French ribbons, braided trim, and satin passementerie.

My salvation (and Joe’s!) came the night that we attended the Sheepville auction. I bid on an old steamer trunk that turned out to be filled to the brim with sewing notions and exquisite fabrics. It was the inspiration for my store. Now I’m addicted to auctions and estate sales, and I scour the countryside’s attics and barns for hidden treasures. I swear that my car brakes by itself now for a yard sale sign.

I specialize in offering what’s called “new” old stock – vintage, but untouched – like unopened packages of Lucky needles, flawless wax flowers for ladies’ hats still in their paper wrappers, and snaps, hooks, and fasteners on their original cards.

Somehow my quirky little shop has also become Millbury’s hub for news, gossip, a good cup of coffee, and tasty treats. My best friend, Martha, is a fabulous baker and brings her creations in every day so she won’t be tempted to eat them at home. But then she comes here and eats them anyway. And some of those goodies are downright evil, like her Crème Brûlée Cheesecake Squares. Millbury doesn’t have a local newspaper, but we have Martha, and that’s the next best thing. So sometimes I hear an interesting tidbit, and next thing you know, I’m in the middle of a murder investigation, determined to solve it, the same way I’m compelled to finish my crossword puzzle every morning.

Well, time to unlock the door to Sometimes a Great Notion. If you’re ever in the neighborhood and in the mood for some strong coffee and spicy conversation, come on in!


You can read more about Daisy in Going Through the Notions, the first book in the new “Deadly Notions” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime.


Thanks to Penguin, I have one (1) copy of GOING THROUGH THE NOTIONS to give away. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. Contest ends September 5; US entries only per publisher’s request.

Cate Price - giveawayIn addition to the book giveaway, there’s an extra prize for another lucky winner! A vintage hand-sewn table runner/dresser scarf that might have come straight from Daisy’s quirky shop in Going Through the Notions. Plus three Essie nail polishes with fun names: “Beyond Cozy”, “Cute As A Button”, and “In Stitches”. Good Luck!


Meet the author
Cate Price is a regular sight on the streets of her home town walking her two amazing rescue dogs, and she also enjoys gardening, yard sales, and cooking with friends. Writing Going Through the Notions proved to be rather an expensive project, because while researching auction houses, she became addicted to bidding on box lots. Cate is the VP of her local Romance Writers of America chapter and a member of Sisters in Crime. The second book in the series, A Dollhouse to Die For, has been submitted to her editor, and she is hard at work on the third.

Visit Cate at www.cateprice.com or on Facebook

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.