Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Quick and the Thread

Author: Amanda Lee
Publisher: Signet, August 2010

When Marcy Singer opens an embroidery specialty shop in quaint Tallulah Falls, Oregon, she throws a soiree and a Stitch-In. Soon, Marcy's sign- up sheet for embroidery classes fills up and everyone in town seems willing to raise a glass-or a needle-to support the newly-opened Seven Year Stitch.

Then Marcy finds the shop's previous tenant dead in the store-room, a message scratched with a tapestry needle on the wall beside him. Now Marcy's shop has become a crime scene, and she's the prime suspect. She'll have to find the killer before someone puts a final stitch in her.

The trouble with reading embroidery-themed cozy mysteries when one actually *does* embroider, is when the author sprinkles in the small details meant to add a little color and depth to the character and story and they get it wrong.... it's like a big speed bump in the narrative. These details aren't the focus of the story, nor do they play out in the solution of the mystery, but it's just something I find annoying... LOL

This is a very light, simple story. The resolution is a bit far-fetched, but the characters are likable enough to make it work. If you are a fan of Monica Ferris, you'll not regret spending a little time here.

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