What a Picture's Worth

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Fredo Benson, a talented but reclusive artist, is one of the most successful vendors in Shannon McClain's craft market in Apple Grove, Oregon. But he also harbors a dark and deadly secret.
When Shannon locks up Benson's loft studio late one night, she discovers detailed sketches of Paisley mansion, the home she inherited from her grandmother. The sketches could only have been drawn from sessions within the walls of the stately mansion; obviously Benson has been inside the home with neither Shannon's knowledge nor permission.
Before Shannon, a recent transplant from her native Scotland, can confront Benson she and her son, Alec, stumble onto a gruesome murder mystery -- obviously one with Shannon, her home, and family at its epicenter. Even as Shannon and Jack Grayson, Apple Grove's chief of police, try to connect the dots between the murder and several break-ins at Paisley mansion, the mystery's path takes one dangerous twist after another.
Could the link possibly be the vintage Art Deco beaded purse that Shannon has been contracted to restore? The purse is from the 1920s and valuable in its own right. But does it somehow contain the key that will unlock this tale of violence and intrigue?
Join Shannon and the Purls of Hope knitting group as they work to solve this latest mystery to hit the otherwise peaceful town of Apple Grove.

The Characters

Shannon is an avid beader -- running her own custom jewelry business. She thrives on expressing her talents through her one-of-a-kind creations. She is headstrong and can be stubborn at times. But she's best known for her sensitivity to the feelings and needs of others, and for her beautiful smile. Widowed at only 37, she draws strength and inspiration from her two teenage children, but worries about their future. She knows she needs to move on with her life ... but she never expected anything like this mysterious inheritance!

A striking and personable 42-year-old, Michael is 6 feet 2 inches, with straight black hair and striking blue eyes. He owns an elite security consulting firm with many long-reaching connections to nearly all levels of industry and politics. He is strongly attracted to Shannon from the moment he meets her, but unwilling to reveal his secrets, which raises a barrier between them. Death has followed people he's loved, having lost his wife as a result of his dangerous career -- and he is unwilling to trust his heart again. This will change with Shannon, though he tries to hold her at a distance for a long time.

Morgan is the manager of the craft market and quite the expert at card making and stamping. She is most unhappy to have Shannon on the scene as her new boss but she hides it well. What dark secret lurks behind her friendly façade?

Alec has his father's calm, thoughtful nature. He is a good son and very supportive of his mother's quest to learn the truth about her past. When he's not out with his friends, or studying for his classes, he enjoys fishing, something his father taught him to do years earlier.

Lara has inherited her mother's flashpoint temper. But she also inherited her mother's creative talents and is an expert crocheter. Lara possesses a rare talent for noticing things others miss -- seen as well as unseen. This makes her a great asset to her mother throughout the series as Shannon is drawn into the mysteries of Apple Grove.

Deborah was Shannon's grandmother's cook and confidant for more than 30 years. She becomes a comforting presence in Shannon's life, helping her adjust to life in America. Deborah is thrilled that Shannon has inherited the crafts mall. An avid quilter herself, she and Shannon find much to talk about.