The Persian Pickle Club
If you are looking for a well-written gentle mystery then The Persian Pickle Club is a good choice. The setting of this book is a small rural Kansas town during the Depression, where a close-knit community is struggling against the hard times together. The women are particularly close as they all belong to a quilting club they call "The Persian Pickle Club." The quiet town is shaken up when the son of one of the local farmers returns, bringing his new wife, Rita, with him. Rita aspires to be a journalist so she can get a job in the city and escape the country life. When the bones of a man are found buried in a field, she jumps at the chance to get the scoop and write a newspaper article on the murder. Her investigation, however, brings her dangerously close to a secret the Pickles (that's what the quilting group calls themselves) have sworn to keep. She eventually has to decide whether her loyalties lie with her career goals or with her new friends.