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The Crazy Quilt Murders (1938)

The Crazy Quilt Murders by H.W. Sandberg (Phoenix Press N.Y. 1938)

Rare book (no copies for sale anywhere online) from the Donald Rudd collection of detective fiction. The plot is summarised thus:

When Benjamin Markley willed his nephew Sam a crazy quilt, it seemed like merely one more of his eccentrics on a par with the proviso that Markley legatees spend three days together in Sam's country cabin.

But the Markleys stopped laughing when the three days were blighted by a series of murders more puzzling than any Sam, a mystery writer by profession, had ever imagined. And the colorful crazy quilt enabled Sam to stop the murders before he himself was added to the growing list of victims… 

Everything in life must perforce follow a pattern. Life, death, the very thoughts that idle in your brain at this moment, are guided by a logical, if sometimes confusing, pattern. Witness the crazy quilt; modest or gorgeous, seemingly possessing neither rhyme nor reason, yet behold, you find in it a beginning, a body, a conclusion, the very essence of a pattern.( Sam Markley)

There appear to be collectors of Quilt and Sewing mysteries,
 Clickhare lists these:

Alias Grace by Margaret Eleanor Atwood
Broken Arrow (and more) by Lizbie Brown
The Elm Creek Novels by Jennifer Chiaverini
The Grub and Stakers Quuilt a Bee by Alisa Craig
Persian Pickle Club; Alice's Tulips by Sandra Dallas
Betsy Devonshire Series by Monica Ferris
Goose in the Pond (and more) by Earlene Fowler
Buried in Quilts by Sara Frommer
The Dead of Winter by Paula Gosling
Sew Deadly  (and more) by Jean Hager
Dark Road Home (and more) by Karen Harper
Hearts and Bones by Margret Lawerence
A Phantom Death by Annette Mahon
Sew Easy to Kill by Sarah J Mason
Stitches in Time by Barbara Michaels
Too Many Crooks Spoil the Booth (and more) by Tamar Myers
The Body in the Kelp (and more) by Katherine Hall Page
Crazy Quilt Murders by H.W. Sandberg
The Clue in the Patchwork Quilt by Margaret Sutton
The Crimsom Patch by Phoebe Atwood Taylor
A Piece of Justice by Jill Paton Walsh
Murder at the Quilt Show by Aliske Webb
A Piece of Justice by Jill Paton Welsh

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