Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: The Quick and the Thread - 1st in the Embroidery Mystery series
Author: Amanda Lee
Release Date: August 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Talulah Falls Oregon
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Amanda's Website/Blog: www.amandalee.com
It had always been a dream for Marcy Singer to open an embroidery specialty shop of her own. She had a job as an accountant in San Francisco and wasn't happy there at all. She stated that a co-worker had given her a cactus for a birthday present and when she put it in her window at work it died. As you probably know, it's kind of hard to kill a cactus. Marcy got a phone call from her old college roommate that the shop next to her was available and she thought that Marcy would love it. So, Marcy packed herself and her Irish Wolfhound, Angus up and moved to Oregon to open her dream shop.
At the grand opening of her shop called The Seven Year Stitch, Marcy threw a party for the townspeople. Her friend, Sadie, who owns a coffee shop next door supplied the refreshments and the party is a huge success. The residents are signing up for embroidery classes and buying Marcy out on the first day. Unfortunately, on the morning after the party, when Marcy and Angus come to open the shop they find the former owner lying dead in the stockroom, with a message scratched into the wall beside him by a tapestry needle. The shop is a crime scene and sadly Marcy is suspect number one but, she decides to form her own investigating team and she and Sadie go to town to find out who wanted the man dead. There turns out to be an overabundance of suspects and Marcy is going to be in a lot of trouble and danger before this is finished.
This book was a joy to read. The characters are well thought out, including Angus, the Irish Wolfhound. Having had a very close relationship at one time with a grey Irish Wolfhound named Clarence, I had many a flashback about this gentle giant. I had the job of taking care of Clarence for a while and it was an experience I'll never forget. I was asked, one day, to step in front of him so he wouldn't run away. I can still see him galloping by me and grinning at me with glee. The author has the breed pegged perfectly and I wonder if she owns a Wolfhound. Back to the book. It was a wonderful read and the mystery was very good as there are a lot of suspects and you will be surprised at the ending. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon,
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