Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Thread Reckoning - 3rd in the Embroidery Mystery series
Author: Amanda Lee
Release Date: September 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic/Paranormal/Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Tallula Falls, Oregon
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Amanda's Website/Blog: www.gayletrent.com
The Seven-Year Stitch was the place to be for all things embroidery, latch hook, cross stitch, etc. Apparently Marcy Singer’s shop is also the place to be for all things murder.
Marcy has been commissioned to embellish an old wedding gown with paste jewels and crystals. She soon discovers that the bride, Cassandra, is quickly becoming a bridezilla. Even more so after Cassandra’s future mother-in-law, Francesca Ortega, is found dead in front of the Seven-Year Stitch, if you can believe that.
A small, empty velvet bag, like the one containing the faux jewels given to Marcy, was found next to Francesca’s body. What could anyone want with a handful of imitation gems? Francesca certainly couldn’t afford the real thing. In fact she was in such dire straits that she was going to have to move in with her son, Frederic, and Cassandra.
There are such few clues that Marcy figures, hopes it must have been a mugging gone terribly wrong. All that’s logically left for Marcy to do is make off-the-cuff suppositions. But she can’t leave it at that. After all, the poor woman was killed, mugged, outside her shop. And Frederic obviously needs some peace of mind, so naturally she boldly questions people who knew Francesca and tries to piece her theories together with what she learns. Yep, it was murder.
She needs to find the killer before she becomes one of the victims in this case. Unfortunately her ex-fiancé is adding to her stress by showing up and turning her world upside-down and around. To say much more would be giving things away to you, dear reader, and you know you want to find out on your own…
This is a cozy with continuous goings-on, romantic entanglements, close-knit friendships, all with a hefty balance of sleuthing.
With the characters, and Marcy’s comfy shop atmosphere being so well-developed, it makes the reader feel at home and like they are a part of the action; the camaraderie, the investigation, and Marcy’s romantic dilemma.
A great series that keeps getting better and better.
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