Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Dire Threads - 1st in the Threadville Mystery series
Author: Janet Bolin
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: June 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic/Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, "Threadville" PA
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Janet's Website/Blog: threadvillemysteries.com
What a jerk! What a bully! Mike Krawbach thinks he can come in and condemn her little cottage and steal some of her land to put toilets there for an ATV trail? Well, Willow Vanderling might be a new resident and (embroidery) shop owner, but she won’t take his threats lying down. In fact, she issues one of her own. Not that she means it of course.
It’s unfortunate for Willow that she finds Mike badly injured at the back of her property. It’s really unfortunate for her that Mike dies and she becomes and remains the prime suspect.
Willow loves Threadville. She’s grateful that her best friend Haylee encouraged her to open shop along with the other Threadville fabriholics. But she’s going to end up "embroidering orange jumpsuits" unless a murderer is caught.
Apparently it’s up to Willow and Haylee and the Three Weird Mothers to investigate. As they do their snooping they find out more people than not had reason to despise Mike. Who wanted him dead and why? Who should Willow trust in her investigation?
What a great beginning to a new series! There’s crafting and cunning, humor and a bit of off-the-wall-ness, and much camaraderie amongst the fabriholics. While the reader is given clues, there are more pieces to the puzzle dropped as well. What you think you many know…well, just don’t assume anything.
Looking forward to the next Threadville mystery!
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