Arsenic and Old Silk Author:Mary Blount Christian Sophia Parker is confused and more than a little scared. She is confused because the fifth Square in her priceless heirloom quilt indicates that an ancestor, a venetian girl named Maddalena Vittori, was a seamstress for the court of King Henry VIII of England. She is frightened because the driver of a mysterious SUV is stalking her and her fam... more »ily for some unknown reason.
The pale green swatch of fabric remind Sophia of the early sprigs of spring, a sharp contrast to the bleak, late October landscape around her home and Cabot Falls, Vermont. The accompanying entry in the diary bequeath to her by her beloved grandmother, Elaine Baresi, take Sophia back to Windsor Castle in 1532. What's a nice venetian girl like Maddalena doing in a place like this?
Maddalena is in love and wants to be married to a poor artist, Allessandro, but her rich merchant father will not hear of it. Maddalena is an artist at heart, but she is forced to exchange her brush for needle and thread when her father abandons her in England during a merchant sortie to sell fabrics to Henry's palace.
Back in present day Vermont, what should be simple sorties to shop and school become a harrowing as Sophia and her four children are harassed by the elusive stalker. Why is he so focused on the Parkers? How's the family somehow inch their way into the crosshairs of a malicious criminal?
There is no concrete evidence confirming Sophia's story, so the hands of the Cabot Falls police are tied. Sophia must put her best investigative skills forward to keep our family safe. Those same skills will be put to the test as she searches for the key to Maddalena'is dilemma and a riveting mystery that is five centuries old.« less