Pocketful of Mystery

A Short Story & Easy Knitting Pattern

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
26 Pages
Reviewed on 11/22/2019
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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

Pocketful of Mystery: A Short Story and Easy Knitting Pattern by Christina Galeone is part of the Briar’s Grove Mysteries. Maya’s favorite customer shows up at her antique shop with a peculiar request: to keep the locket she wears every day safe. Suzanne also gifts to her the pattern for a prayer pocket pillow which Maya immediately promises to make. Maya puts the pattern together and is excited to see how Suzanne likes it, but when she arrives to deliver the gift, she discovers that her customer is dead. When the killer shows a clear interest in the locket and ransacks Maya’s house, she knows her life is in danger ... which means there's little time to solve the case before the killer strikes again.

Christina Galeone delivers a short, fast-paced mystery that has murder, suspense, and a quick solving of the case. The friendship is what drives Maya forward to investigate the case and is also what draws Maya into the middle of a murder mystery. The locket represents Suzanne’s life and is harboring a secret part of her that is revealed by the end of the story. It’s also a key object within the mystery that makes Maya a target. The events happen in quick succession and the clues are discovered as the danger grows with Maya right in the middle. From a break-in to an attack while on a run, Maya isn’t about to give up even if the case takes a dangerous turn. The short story also features an easy knitting pattern woven into the story which will immediately appeal to knitting lovers. Those who enjoy cozy mysteries will enjoy Pocketful of Mystery which has humor, danger, murder, and a mysterious stranger.