An Embroidery Mystery #8
By Amanda Lee
Author’s Website: http://www.gayletrent.com/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt
When murder strikes the small town of Tallulah Falls, embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer isn’t afraid of getting into the knitty-gritty to clear her own name…
For most small-business owners in Tallulah Falls, the upcoming Renaissance Faire is a wonderful way to promote their specialty shops. For Marcy’s nemesis, Nellie, and her sister Clara, it’s an opportunity to finally put Marcy and her shop, the Seven-Year Stitch, out of business. Apparently the sisters like to keep their grudges all in the family and have set up a competing booth right next to Marcy’s at the Faire.
When Clara is discovered dead in her own booth—strangled by the scarf she had almost finished knitting—Marcy becomes the prime suspect. Now she has to do whatever it takes to keep her reputation from unraveling and get to the bottom of a most deadly yarn…
Marcy Singer is the owner of a wonderful embroidery store, The Seven-Year Stitch in the town of Tallulah Falls. She and her wonderful dog Angus, an Irish wolfhound, greet customers and help where they can when mysteries pop up. This installment centers around a wonderful Renaissance Faire being held in town. It seems to be a wonderful way to promote the small businesses, specialty shops and crafts. Marcy is really looking forward to the Ren Faire, embroidering shirts and even having classes with the styles of that time. Things rapidly decline after a meeting for the Faire when Marcy learns her booth will be smack dab in the middle of her two enemies. Nellie and her sister Clara just do not like Marcy and are a constant thorn in her side. Well now she is going to be sandwiched between the sisters for the entire time.
As Marcy sets out to get her booth in order, she decided to give it one more go to bury the hatchet with the sisters. When she enters Clara’s booth, Marcy finds her dead. Now it looks like Marcy may fast becoming the prime suspect in her murder. With the help of her boyfriend detective Ted Nash and Marcy’s dear friends, she has to find the real killer. Ted is also dealing with a cold case that has just gotten hot again. As these two mysteries start to intersect things get really interesting. This is one mystery that kept me guessing and guessing right till the end. And what a good ending it was.
Wicked Stitch is a wonderfully written cozy, with well-developed characters, perfect setting and the right combination of all the things that make a perfect cozy! This is the 8th installment of An Embroidery Mystery series and the best yet. All of them have been amazing. Amanda Lee just keeps getting better and better when I thought there was no way she could. I love these characters and of course Angus. There is never a dull spot or lack of fun, adventure and intrigue in this book. It draws you in and pulls you through the eye of the needle and never let’s go.
I would recommend Wicked Stitch to anyone that enjoys cozy mysteries, super writing, great characters and big dogs. Although you can like little dogs too and still enjoy this fantastic book (lol). I do not embroider or sew and am horrible with any kind of thread, however you do not have to like those things to become enthralled in this installment. I have read all of this series, but think you could enjoy this one without having read any of the others. Amanda Lee does a wonderful job of getting a new reader caught up without boring the readers of the series. Her writing style is entertaining and easy. I cannot wait for my next visit to Tallulah Falls and the gang of friends there.
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